Cajon Speedway finale preview

EL CAJON, CA. Rich Green has been around Cajon Speedway most of his life. This Saturday night could be the biggest night of his 17-year career at the 3/8 mile paved oval. One thing is certain. He will be the Cajon's ranking Exide Shortrack ...

EL CAJON, CA. Rich Green has been around Cajon Speedway most of his life. This Saturday night could be the biggest night of his 17-year career at the 3/8 mile paved oval.

One thing is certain. He will be the Cajon's ranking Exide Shortrack driver this year. And barring a major catastrophe, the 40-year-old will also be this year's Cajon street stock titlest as well. The NASCAR chase to determine the Pacific Coast Regional standings for the Exide Shortrack will conclude this weekend. Cajon's top street stock driver after this Saturday night's race will be included in those rankings. Green cannot be overtaken in the divisional standings this weekend.

But to claim outright the Cajon championship, he must carry a 148-point bulge out of this weekend's 25-lap main event. Though his once 240-digit lead has shrunk in recent weeks, he still has a very comfortable 194-point cushion over Rick Hagen.

Green is a second-generation racer. His dad raced super stocks at the track during the 60's and 70's. The younger Green has spent time in both the street stock and late model sportsman during his career. Last year he finished second to Danny Gay in the street stock points. Green works as a sign painter during the week. In fact he has painted many of the billboards that surround Cajon's pavement.

Green is the only driver who is even close to wrapping things up. When the green flag falls Saturday night at 6:45 PM, drivers in the pony and bomber stocks will be chasing those valuable points as well. Just 128 markers separate pony stock drivers Ed Hale, Douglas Wright Jr., Andy Papp, and Mike Weimann.

Things are even tighter in the bombers where Mark Holland is just 18 points ahead of Bob Wickey. Holland may become the third bomber stock driver in four years to win the championship without winning a main event. A perennial fast qualifier, he has to come through the pack each week in the main event. On the other hand, Wickey, who also is usually among the quicker qualifiers, has five victories.

Also on Saturday's card will be the factory stocks and legends. The night will conclude with a train race. Qualifying runs will begin at 5:15. Practice will kick things off at 4:00.

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