Cajon Speedway May 11th preview

Sportsman return to speedway with questions. EL CAJON, CA (05/11/02) With the chase for the NASCAR late model sportsman 2002 championship at Cajon Speedway now very much muddied, the division's drivers are poised to return to action this...

Sportsman return to speedway with questions.

EL CAJON, CA (05/11/02) With the chase for the NASCAR late model sportsman 2002 championship at Cajon Speedway now very much muddied, the division's drivers are poised to return to action this Saturday night at the 3/8 mile paved oval.

The premier division at the track had last weekend off. But they return this weekend for their fifth event of the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by Dodge. Race time is 6:45 PM. Qualifying runs start at 5:00. Gates open and practice starts at 4:00 PM. 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. Also on tap for the six division card will be the street stocks, pony stocks, bomber stocks, the Pro-Four Modifieds, and Allison legacy cars. This will be the first appearance of the year for both the Pro Fours and the legacy cars.

The sportsman division chase was shaken up three weeks ago when point leader Ron Overman rammed the tire barrier at the pit exit in turn three. The 59-year-old did not suffer any serious injuries and was only hospitalized overnight. But he had broken his back at the track two years ago in a devastating accident. Two titanium rods were implanted in his back at that time. As a result, he continues to suffer a great deal of pain from the smashup on April 20. At this point doctors have not given the likeable driver a release to return to competition. Overman has told family members that he will sit out the remainder of the season and then make a decision about his racing future.

Meanwhile 28 year-old Danny Gay has moved to the top rung in the divisional point standings. He has 216 markers while veteran John Manke sits in second with 206 points. Overman has 198. Sophomore Michael Peace, who will sit out the next four weeks while his brother Stephen gets his turn racing the family owned Monte Carlo, is fourth with 194 points. Jeff Wright, the most recent victor, sits in fifth with 192 tallies. A possible 97 points can be earned on any race night.

Despite the fact that Gay sits atop the chase, his season has not exactly gone smoothly either. Three weeks ago he was the innocent victim of a turn four incident and ended up backing his Dodge into the turn four crashwall midway through the 40-lap main event. But a week early the second-generation sportsman racer faced even more extensive repairs to his car after a heat race accident where he plowed into the crashwall at the end of the front straightaway and then swapped ends and backed hard into the turn one wall. That incident too was not of his doing.

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