Cajon Speedway Report 2002-07-27

Breaks go Gay'S way at Cajon. EL CAJON, CA (07/27/02). Sometimes a racer gets the breaks. Sometimes he doesn't. Saturday night the racing gods were certainly shining down on Jerry Gay. As a result, the veteran picked up the victory in the 40-lap...

Breaks go Gay'S way at Cajon.

EL CAJON, CA (07/27/02). Sometimes a racer gets the breaks. Sometimes he doesn't. Saturday night the racing gods were certainly shining down on Jerry Gay. As a result, the veteran picked up the victory in the 40-lap NASCAR Weekly Racing Series main event presented by Dodge at Cajon Speedway.

Gay took the checkered flag twenty lengths in front of Jeff Wright at the conclusion of the late model sportsman contest. Weight however was penalized a position for jumping a restart. That gave second to Stephen Peace, who crossed the line two lengths behind Wright. Rounding out the top five were Rex Murray and early leader Rick Chavez. It was a great night to have things go Gay's way. Sid's Auto Body put up an additional $250 to the winner of the race and also sponsored the Hard Charger Award that goes to the person earning the most passing points. Jerry earned that $200 honor as well. So Gay's 138th career victory was worth $1250.

The victory was number one for Jerry's new car owner, Michael Atkinson. "They're ecstatic," Gay said of his car owner. "I knew he was excited. I came off turn four to get the checkered flag and he was (screaming into the radio). He is very happy."

Gay took over the lead following a lap 21 incident in turn two. At that point Jeff Seifert was leading but he was very loose in the turns. Seifert bobbled in turn two and collected Danny Gay who was running second. Jerry Gay was third and also was involved. But the officials didn't see Jerry make contact and he was placed in front on the restart. Once out front the elder Gay was unheaded as he picked up his second win of the year.

"It was a weird night. I dove to the infield," Gay noted with a bit of sarcasm and a grin a mile wide about the incident that gave him the lead. "I didn't touch them."

Rick Chavez and Bob Wickey battled up front early on. But that tussle ended when the two made contact in turn two and Chavez spun. That put Seifert at the helm. It appeared that Seifert, seeking his first stock car victory, had lady luck on his side. He went from last to first in his heat race when he stopped in time to avoid a melee involving the remainder of the field in turn four. Then .the Chavez-Wickey tangle jumped him from third to first. But his opportunity to win his heat and main event without passing a car ended up buried in the back stretch crashwall.

"We lost a rim in that (heat race) wreck," Gay said after his main event victory. "I popped the tire. Mike (Atkinson) was saying don't drive it (the car) off. We can save the fender. So I said send the tow truck. (In the main event), the car was fine until I went into the infield. I think we bent up something in the front end. It's a little tougher steering."

Eric Ferguson gained his fourth street stock main event triumph of the season. Pat Garity prevailed in the bomber stocks. Matt Arnold outlasted Vernon Gilmore in the factory stocks; that was the only main event that ran non-stop.

Ferguson's 38th career victory came by four lengths over point leader Rich Green. Early on the contest was a battle of brothers-in-law. Kenny Hall and his wife's brother Neil Rodvold ran side-by-side for the opening eight rounds after starting on the front row. By the time Hall finally gained a slim advantage Ferguson and Green, who started alongside each other in the seventh row, were up to third and fourth. Ferguson then got boxed behind Hall and alongside Rodvold for a couple of rounds. But finally the eventual winner was able to clear Rodvold and moved to the low groove. At that point it was merely a matter of time before the 1997 divisional champ mowed down Hall. Ferguson got by once. But that pass was erased by a yellow flag. He was in front to stay on lap 16 and Green followed him past Hall.

The bombers were literally bombing each other in the last five laps of their 20-lapper after a relatively clean opening 15-rounds. Joey Schneider and Scott Denton ran door-to-door for five circuits before Schneider finally gained a clear track. Then Denton faded a bit and Chris Boyer took up the chase. Boyer gave up second to fast qualifier Pat Garity on lap ten. Schneider managed to hold Garity at bay for about five laps before the old professor once again proved his superiority. Yellow flags were necessary on lap 15, 16, 17, and 17 again. The most serious incident was the final one when Alex McKay was turned and punted into the turn four crashwall. McKay was stunned by the hard impact, but was able to walk to the ambulance. Garity went on to take his 20th main event win by four lengths over Boyer. Schneider was third. Rodney Shaw held off point leader Mark Holland for fifth.

The factory stock 20-lap feature ran green to checkered. Eddie Hijar was loose to say the least. But that didn't stop him from leading the first seven rounds before "Vicious Vernon" Gilmore moved past. Then Matt Arnold moved up to challenge Gilmore. It was dejà vu. The #226 of Gilmore and #75 of Arnold ran side-by-side for a couple of rounds, harking back to the great battle between the two cars in the July 4 factory stock enduro. This time however Arnold finally got the best of Gilmore and motored away. Gilmore stayed in second ahead of John Robinson, first-nighter Kyle Christy and Ryan Gay. Christy was driving a cherry Ford Thunderbird plucked from the lot of Carl Burger Dodge by Jeff Seifert. Seifert is fielding the car for his crew guys to drive.

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