EL CAJON, CA. A year ago pony stock driver Trevor Maynard came on strong at the end of the season and was named that division's rookie-of-the-year at Cajon Speedway. And with about a third of the 2003 season now completed, the 18-year-old who just...
EL CAJON, CA. A year ago pony stock driver Trevor Maynard came on strong at the end of the season and was named that division's rookie-of-the-year at Cajon Speedway. And with about a third of the 2003 season now completed, the 18-year-old who just graduated from Grossmont High School this past week is hoping that his rough start this year will not turn into a "sophomore jinx" on the track.
Maynard and the rest of the pony stock gang at the 3/8 mile paved oval will be back in action this Saturday night when the track hosts the ninth event of the year for the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series. On tap with the pony stocks will be the NASCAR late model sportsman, street stocks, bomber stocks, and legend cars. The night will conclude with another one of those crash-em, smash-em destruction derbies.
Hot lapping will start at 4:00 pm. Qualifying will be at 5:15. There is no increase in admission prices for this always crowd-pleasing event. Admission prices are $10 for adults on the east side and $9 on the west side. Kids from 6 --12 are only $3. Children under the age of 6 are free when accompanied by an adult.
Maynard had absolutely no racing experience when he climbed behind the wheel of his pony stock on opening night last year. He purchased his car a week before the season started. "We kind of jumped in with two feet," he recalls. "I was pretty slow at first."
But each week he got a little faster and a little better. By season's end he had clicked off five straight top ten finishes in one of Cajon's most competitive divisions. "Every week we just started improving," Maynard recounts. "I was getting more comfortable in the car and the crew was just figuring everything out. But there's a lot of figure out when you start from not knowing anything. The big thing is learning what you can do in traffic. And another thing was getting close to those big red and white stripes (on the crashwall)."
Maynard was very hopeful when the 2003 season got underway two months ago. But he got off to a rough start. He has rebounded a bit in recent outings. After three straight finishes outside the top ten, he was sixth on May 24. That is his best showing of the year. That leaves him 14th in points, but well with range of a top ten standing.
But Maynard, who operates his team on a shoestring with the assistance of his mom Robyn Adams, knows how tough things can go out on the track. "You need to buy stuff that you can't afford," he admits. "You have to learn to balance things and juggle the finances."