EL CAJON, CA. The first third of the auto racing season at Cajon Speedway is history. And now with summer approaching more than just the temperature will be rising in the El Cajon Valley. The competition at the 3/8 mile paved oval will be heating...
EL CAJON, CA. The first third of the auto racing season at Cajon Speedway is history. And now with summer approaching more than just the temperature will be rising in the El Cajon Valley. The competition at the 3/8 mile paved oval will be heating up too.
Race number 11 of the 2002 edition of NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by Dodge will be held this Saturday night at the Gillespie Field oval. It will be True Value night. Race time is 6:45 PM. Qualifying runs start at 5:15 PM. Practice commences and the gates open at 4:00. Admission prices are $10 on the east side and $9 on the west side for adults. Kids ages 6 -- 12 are $3; children under six are free with a paid adult admission.
On tap this weekend will be the NASCAR late model sportsman, the open wheeled Grand American modifieds, the street stocks, and the pony stocks. Capping the night's action will be the monthly train race.
As is the case every year there have been a lot of the expected and also quite a few surprises as the season has unfolded. Prior to opening night most railbirds figured the late model sportsman championship chase would be settled among Ron Overman, Jerry Gay, and Danny Gay. Overman got off to a fast start, winning the first two outings. Then unfortunately he got injured and was forced to retire from racing. Jerry Gay has also parked his car and his future is uncertain. Danny Gay sits atop the standings with John Manke in hot pursuit.
In the modifieds, things are rolling along just as expected. The top competitors include Mike Salm and Ron Brown, the 2000 and 2001 champions, along with Scott Brown (Ron's nephew), and third year racer Mike Jackson. Former bomber stock champ Brian Pusey is also posing a strong challenge. Steve Luecht returned to Cajon last time out after racing out of town for a couple of years.
In the street stocks, two veterans, defending champion Rich Green and vet Richard Hinze, are battling tooth and nail for number one. Ed Hale, who has been a fixture around Cajon Speedway for 41 of the track's 42 years, is dominating. But a pair of brothers is in hot pursuit. Sophomore Victor Clark sits number two in the chase while rookie Eric Clark was as high as third. He has slipped in recent weeks, having had to sit out a couple of races.