EL CAJON, CA (10/11/03). Cajon Speedway's 43rd auto racing season comes to a close this Saturday night on a night where the focus will be on the less serious side of the sport. A 150-lap factory stock enduro, a boat trailer race, and a fireworks...
EL CAJON, CA (10/11/03). Cajon Speedway's 43rd auto racing season comes to a close this Saturday night on a night where the focus will be on the less serious side of the sport.
A 150-lap factory stock enduro, a boat trailer race, and a fireworks display are on tap for the 3/8 mile paved oval. Race time is 6:45 PM. 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.
The fireworks display is being presented at Gillespie Field as part of the Fleet Week celebration. That aerial display will be shot off about 8:00 pm.
For the factory stock enduro the entries will line up three abreast for the start. The first 75-laps will be run in one direction. Then there will be a short intermission. The final 75-laps will be run in the other direction. And since the teams do not know which way they will race first, this prevents special setups under the cars that are supposed to be "stock" except for safety modifications.
About 50 cars are expected to start this marathon grind. The order of the lineup is set by the order in which the entries were received. The night isn't all just for fun. The winner of the 150-lapper picks up a check for $1000.
With the factory stocks having run ten races at the track already this year plus a 150-lapper on the Fourth of July, there promises to be a lot of experienced racers in the field. Needless to say with a large number of cars on the track, there can be a lot of confusion as well. Randy Nelson and Matt Arnold were declared co-winners of the July 4 race. Arnold is also the 2002-2003 track champion in the factory stocks. Nelson has raced trucks, Grand American modifieds, late model sportsman, and NASCAR Southwest Series cars at the track. NASCAR Winston West racer John Borneman III has also filed an entry. He competed in the July race as well. And just to show that experience is not always the determining factor, Borneman was one of the first cars out of that contest.
Unlike regular Saturday night races, the yellow flag is not used. If a wreck occurs, racing continues unless it appears there is an injury or the track is completely blocked.
Following the 150-lapper will be the boat trailer race. Here highly powered stock cars will race while towing boats and trailers. Almost anything goes in this wild affair. But the boat (and not necessarily the trailer) has to remain attached to the racecar throughout the contest.