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Sportsman Start Stretch Drive At Cajon Speedway EL CAJON, CA. Three-quarters of the season is in the books for the late model sportsman drivers at Cajon Speedway. That means 14 races are down and only five remain for the NASCAR Weekly Racing ...

Sportsman Start Stretch Drive At Cajon Speedway

EL CAJON, CA. Three-quarters of the season is in the books for the late model sportsman drivers at Cajon Speedway. That means 14 races are down and only five remain for the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series machines at the 3/8-mile paved oval.

After having last week off, the group returns to action this Saturday night at the Gillespie Field track. Race time is 6:45 PM. Qualifying runs start at 5:15. The practice sessions will begin at 4:00.

Also included on the card will be the street, pony, and bomber stocks plus the legend cars. The night will conclude with the monthly train race.

With the stretch drive starting for the late model sportsman, there has also been a change atop the divisional point standings. Ron Overman streaked to victory two weeks ago and has moved to the top rung in the standings. Mike Mendenhall, who had paced the points all season long, slipped to third in the hunt after being involved in a shunt on the ninth round of the 40-lap feature. Sitting between the pair in the points chase is Overman's stepson Todd McLauchlan, who ran fifth in the most recent contest.

Overman has 882 tallies to McLauchlan's 868. Mendenhall sits in third with 847. With points on the line in qualifying as well as in the main event, a maximum 97 points could be earned Saturday night. So Overman's lead is hardly comfortable. Two weeks ago he picked up 76 points to McLauchlan's 67. Mendenhall, who finished 13th, only grabbed 28 points.

The sportsman will run each of the next four weeks. They will have a final breather when they get a night off on September 15. The point season will conclude September 22 when double points will be on the line.

Should all three of the top point men falter, either of the father-son combo of Jerry and Danny Gay could still steal the championship. Jerry Gay sits fourth in points with 738 while Danny, a rookie in the division, has 690 points. The elder Gay won the championship last year, coming from behind late in the season.

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