Gay and Manke battle off-again on-again. EL CAJON, CA. It is off again and then on again for the late model sportsman class at Cajon Speedway. The premier division of the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by Dodge had last weekend off at...
Gay and Manke battle off-again on-again.
EL CAJON, CA. It is off again and then on again for the late model sportsman class at Cajon Speedway. The premier division of the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by Dodge had last weekend off at the 3/8 mile paved oval. They return this Saturday night for their twelfth event of the season. Following this Saturday's go, they will be off again (July 20) and on again (July 27) and then off again (August 3) before returning for a three week stretch (August 10, 17, 24). Race time this Saturday night is 6:45 PM. Qualifying runs start at 5:15 PM. Practice and the gates open begins at 4:00 PM.
Joining the late model sportsman will be the street, pony, and bomber stocks. The night will conclude with the monthly train race. This Saturday night first 2000 ticket holders (1500 on east side and 500 on west side) will also receive a free Cajon Speedway baseball cap courtesy of Advertising Edge. The Blood Mobile will also be in the east side parking lot from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm on Saturday the 13th as part of the Second Annual Amber Lynn Arban Blood Drive. It will be family day with food, a giant inflatable slide, and pony rides available.
And while the sportsman drivers are enjoying their every-other-week mid-season schedule, the battle on the track has settled down to a two-car or two-driver battle. Danny Gay and John Manke have swapped visits to victory lane in the most recent outings. Gay prevailed over Manke to claim his third triumph of the year on June 22. Manke moved underneath Gay late in the June 29 40-lap finale to make his third visit to victory lane this year.
The friendly on-track rivalry has left Gay, a second year racer in the division, 87 markers ahead of the veteran Manke as the second half of the season gets underway. A possible 97 points is possible any race night. Adding spice to the battle for on-track supremacy this weekend should be the return of long-time favorite (and also villain at times), Mark Norris. Norris, a three-time Cajon super stock champion in the 1980's, has told track officials he will debut a new late model sportsman at the track this weekend. He has not raced locally since 1997.
Also throw in the possible return of Jeff Wright from injuries suffered at the track on June 22. With Norris and Wright plus regulars Jeff Seifert, Claude Bell, and Jerry Gay, it could make for a wide-open battle in the 40-lap main event. Wright has won twice already this year. He sits third in the points despite missing the June 29 race. Seifert is fourth, Bell sixth, and the elder Gay tenth in the season long points chase.