Five racers seeking first win of 2002. EL CAJON, CA. If it were hockey, it would be the start of the third period. In auto racing it is the final third of the season. And as Cajon Speedway reaches the two-thirds point of its 2002 season, five ...
Five racers seeking first win of 2002.
EL CAJON, CA. If it were hockey, it would be the start of the third period. In auto racing it is the final third of the season. And as Cajon Speedway reaches the two-thirds point of its 2002 season, five different drivers in the late model sportsman division sit waiting to capture their first main event of the season.
Claude Bell, Rick Chavez, Stephen Peace, Jeff Seifert, and Bob Wickey have all been knocking at the door all season long. But each has not yet made his way to victory lane at the 3/8 mile paved oval.
These five, along with the rest of the regulars in Cajon's premier division, will be back in action this Saturday night when the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by Dodge returns to Cajon Speedway. Race time is 6:45 PM. Qualifying runs start at 5:15 PM. Practice begins and the gates open at 4:00 PM. Admission prices are $10 for adults on the east side and $9 for adults on the west side. Children ages 6 -- 12 are $3; kids under 6 are admitted free with an adult.
Also in action Saturday night will be the street stocks, pony stocks, and bomber stocks. The night will conclude with a train race.
Even though each has been denied a visit to victory lane this year, Bell, Chavez, Peace, Seifert, and Wickey have all won main events previously at the track. Bell and Chavez, both veterans in the division, have even scored in the sportsman class. Chavez has three victories under his belt. Bell has one. Peace is a second year driver in the division. But he has scored four times in the legacy cars. Seifert has been a part time competitor in the late model class for a couple of years and is making a full time effort this year. He has won at Cajon in a super truck. Wickey is a rookie in the division this year. But he is a two-time bomber stock champ and has 47 wins to his credit.
Each of the five has led the main event in recent weeks but has not been able to pull off that elusive first win of the year. Most recently two weeks ago Chavez was setting the pace until he and Wickey got together and spun.
That left Seifert on top. But he crashed when his Dodge Intrepid broke loose.
<pre> POINT STANDINGS FOR THE NASCAR WEEKLY RACING SERIES PRESENTED BY DODGE
LATE MODEL SPORTSMEN 1 Danny Gay Lakeside 3 wins 806 2 John Manke Ramona 4 wins 726 3 Jeff Seifert Jamul 582 4 Jeff Wright San Diego 2 wins 542 5 Dee Cable Santee 509 6 Claude Bell El Cajon 484 7 Bob Wickey Spring Valley 461 8 Rick Chavez Lakeside 359 9 Stephen Peace El Cajon 342