Cajon Speedway results 2004-07-24

Beat Back in Driver's Seat at Cajon EL CAJON, Calif. (07/24/04) -- David Beat, the runaway leader of the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Racing Series for Sportsman Stocks division at Cajon Speedway, was two seconds away from seeing his entire season...

Beat Back in Driver's Seat at Cajon

EL CAJON, Calif. (07/24/04) -- David Beat, the runaway leader of the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Racing Series for Sportsman Stocks division at Cajon Speedway, was two seconds away from seeing his entire season crumble to pieces.

Less than four laps away from his eighth main event victory in 12 races, a minor crash involving Billy Hoagland and Michael Peace, the substitute driver for Bob Wickey, occurred in Turn 3. Both cars spun together and were blocking most of the track, with the entire episode occurring right in front of Beat.

"It really wasn't that close to me," noted Beat, who easily avoided the mishap. "But you always have to be careful when other drivers are racing side-by-side in front of you."

A few heartbeats later and Beat's Dodge Intrepid may have been ticketed for the wrecking yard. Instead, Beat, who has been both skillful and lucky all season, was soon enjoying the applause from the more than 4,000 spectators at Gillespie Field yet again, leaving the rest of the drivers to battle for second place in this season's points standings. Beat's victory also earned him his sixth $200 Sid's Auto Body Hard Charger award of the year for earning the most passing points of the night.

"David's car is so much better than anyone elses, so I just wanted to stay in front of everyone else so I can finish second in the points," noted runner-up Stephen Peace, Michael's brother, who finished four full seconds behind Beat. "I'm just trying to stay in from of Ron Overman's No. 2 car and John Manke's No. 5 car, especially after putting my car into the wall last week."

Manke was buried, literally, back in the pack during a pile-up on Lap 9, which started when Scott Moses spun entering Turn 4. The accordion-like, chain reaction immediately followed. Moses was tapped by Rick Chavez, whose car was lifted off the ground and landed partially on top of Manke's Monte Carlo, courtesy of a thrust from behind by Brain Collins.

"All the cars pushed together and Rick landed on top of me," noted Manke, yet his car was undamaged and the Ramona-based driver continued and placed third overall. Only Chavez, who was visibly -- and understandably -- upset with Moses, was forced from the field.

Hoagland, who earned the pole in an exciting heat race, still managed to finish fourth in the main. During qualifying, Hoagland out-dueled Murrieta's Dave Whisenant, the Bomber Stocks points leader, who eventually put his car into the wall of the back straightaway on the final lap.

"I didn't even know we tapped each other (at the white flag)," noted Hoagland, last week's Sportsman feature winner. "Then I actually backed off a little bit after that, because I wanted to start (the main event) on the outside of the first row, but his car slid a bit and caught the wall."

Meanwhile, Overman's race was done on Lap 31 after spinning out hard between the first two turns.

Beat started in the fifth row, finally gaining the lead from Hoagland on Lap 12, passing low on Turn 3. Stephen Peace successfully completed the same move around Hoagland to grab second place three circuits later.

In other events, a Trophy Dash victory by Fallbrook's Mike Salm failed to translate into Grand Am Modified success later on the racing card, as he finished dead last in the main. Instead, the Grand Am checkered flag fell on Cajon Speedway veteran Danny Gay, while Ryan Gay (a not-too-distant relative) claimed the Factory Stocks. to become the first multiple winner of the season in the division.

In addition, Kenny Hall took the Street Stocks main, then James Boissier claimed the popular train race around Cajon Speedway's Figure 8 course. Both drivers hail from Lakeside.

For Danny Gay, he was stunned when the white flag came down from the starter 's cage.

"I'm still blown away that race went so fast," said Gay, who claimed his fourth victory of the season. "When the race was over, I thought to myself, 'Did they shortened the race?'"

Gay finally climbed past rookie Hector Leon of Santee, who led the first 12 laps until he went too fast into Turn 1 and wafted higher than normal, allowing passing room to the inside.

"I had the faster car, but I was taking the same line as Hector, so I couldn 't get by -- you run with what you've got," Gay explained. "When he went too hard, I was able to pull past him."

Except for a restart of the opening lap, the race went incident-free without any cautions.

Gay, the season-long Grand Am Modifieds leader, beat John Luecht, who ranks second in points, followed by Leon. However Luecht, the night's quick qualifier, knocked ten points off Gay's lead in the Carpets Galore Hard Charger Award for the modified racer who earns the most passing points during the entire season.

Hall, the former wrestling standout at El Capitan High, is pleased concerning his transition from motorcycles to four-wheel vehicles after claiming his second Street Stocks main.

"I was racing my motorcycle once, crashed, and got amnesia," Hall said. "So my father bought me a car and I haven't raced motorcycles since."

Hall and Richard Hinze, also of Lakeside, battled side-by-side over both Laps 17 and 18 before Hall's Monte Carlo pulled free to take the lead for keeps. Hinze's Grand Prix later lighted the track with sparks from a broken shock dragging on the racing surface under his car, eventually finishing third behind Matt Arnold of San Diego.

"I saw Richard hold off (points leader) Rick Hagen by going on the outside, so I figured I tried to do the same to him," noted Hall. "It worked out awesome."

For Boissier, it was his first victory of any kind over Cajon's 3/8-mile paved oval in more than seven years, albeit, it was just an exhibition train race.

"I've had lots of seconds, but no firsts in seven years, so I'll take it," noted Boissier. "It was great. It was crazy out there."

BACK-TRACKS -- Following last week's Sportsman race, Wickey was taken to a local hospital with a heart condition. Although he did not suffer a heart attack, the Cajon veteran did suffer a so-called 'cardiac episode' with an angioplasty performed later in the week. Wickey is now on blood thinners and is doing well, yet will not be allowed to race again until after he is off the medication.

-Nick Pellegrino
Courtesy of East County (c)



Fast Time - David Beat, El Cajon; Time - :16.200.

1st Heat (8 laps) - 1. Billy Hoagland, Santee; 2. Ray Butler, El Cajon; 3. Tony Forfa III, San Bernardino; 4. Dee Cable, Santee; 5. Dana Moore, El Cajon; 6. Jack Lee, Vista; 7. David Whisenant, Murrieta; 8. Bill Parenteau Jr., Santee.

2nd Heat (8 laps) - 1. Michael Peace, El Cajon; 2. Stephen Peace, El Cajon; 3. Scott Moses, Chula Vista; 4. Rick Chavez, Lakeside; 5. David Beat, El Cajon; 6. John Manke, Ramona; 7. Ron Overman, Lakeside; 8. Ben Carver, El Cajon; 9. Mike Daniel, Alpine.

Main (40 laps) - 1. David Beat, El Cajon; 2. Stephen Peace, El Cajon; 3. John Manke, Ramona; 4. Billy Hoagland, Santee; 5. Ben Carver, El Cajon; 6. Mike Daniel, Alpine; 7. Scott Moses, Chula Vista; 8. Dee Cable, Santee; 9. Michael Peace, El Cajon; 10. David Whisenant, Murrieta; 11. Tony Forfa III, San Bernardino; 12. Ray Butler, El Cajon; 13. Ron Overman, Lakeside; 14. Rick Chavez, Lakeside; 15. Bill Parenteau Jr., Santee; 16. Jack Lee, Vista; 17. Dana Moore, El Cajon.


Fast Time - John Luecht, Chula Vista; Time - :16.500.

Dash (4 laps) - 1. Mike Salm, Fallbrook.

1st Heat (8 laps) - 1. Pat Garity, El Cajon; 2. Hector Leon, Santee; 3. Dan Hildebrand, El Cajon; 4. Billy Cable, Santee; 5. Andy Papp, La Mesa; 6. Lyle Driscoll, Lakeside; 7. Jeff Thompson, Lakeside; 8. Travis Brozowski, Lakeside.

2nd Heat (8 laps) - 1. Danny Gay, Lakeside; 2. Scott Brown, Spring Valley; 3. Jimmy Dickerson, El Cajon; 4. John Luecht, Chula Vista; 5. Douglas Carpenter, La Mesa; 6. Mike Salm, Fallbrook; 7. Lou Tompkins, San Diego; 8. Mike Jackson, Bonita.

Main (25 laps) - 1. Danny Gay, Lakeside; 2. John Luecht, Chula Vista; 3. Hector Leon, Santee; 4. Douglas Carpenter, La Mesa; 5. Jimmy Dickerson, El Cajon; 6. Dan Hildebrand, El Cajon; 7. Mike Jackson, Bonita; 8. Scott Brown, Spring Valley; 9. Pat Garity, El Cajon; 10. Andy Papp, La Mesa; 11. Lou Tompkins, San Diego; 12. Lyle Driscoll, Lakeside; 13. Jeff Thompson, Lakeside; 14. Billy Cable, Santee; 15. Travis Brozowski, Lakeside; 16. Mike Salm, Fallbrook.


Fast Time - Rick Hagen, Rancho SD; Time - :17.583.

1st Heat (8 laps) - 1. Josh Green, Lakeside; 2. Rob Freeman, Santee; 3. Randy Buell, San Diego; 4. Brian Collins, Oceanside; 5. Ivan Harrison, Santee; 6. Tom Jaggi, Campo; 7. D.J. Weinman, Vista; 8. Don Moore, Lakeside; 9. Jeff Coskey, Santee; 10. Tony Masey, El Cajon.

2nd Heat (8 laps) - 1. Richard Hinze, Lakeside; 2. Neil Rodvold, Lakeside; 3. Kenny Hall, El Cajon; 4. Matt Arnold, San Diego; 5. Dave Arce, Santee; 6. Rick Hagen, Rancho SD; 7. Rich Green Jr., El Cajon; 8. Eric Ferguson, El Cajon; 9. Eric Sweetman, Santee; 10. Rob Overman, San Diego.

Main (20 laps) - 1. Kenny Hall, El Cajon; 2. Matt Arnold, San Diego; 3. Richard Hinze, Lakeside; 4. Josh Green, Lakeside; 5. Ivan Harrison, Santee; 6. Eric Sweetman, Santee; 7. Rob Overman, San Diego; 8. Brian Collins, Oceanside; 9. Randy Buell, San Diego; 10. Neil Rodvold, Lakeside; 11. Dave Arce, Santee; 12. Tom Jaggi, Campo; 13. Tony Masey, El Cajon; 14. Jeff Coskey, Santee; 15. Rick Hagen, Rancho SD; 16. D.J. Weinman, Vista; 17. Don Moore, Lakeside; 18. Rich Green Jr., El Cajon; 19. Eric Ferguson, El Cajon; 20. Rob Freeman, Santee.


Fast Time - David Liedike, El Cajon; Time - :21.066.

1st Heat (8 laps) - 1. Pat Bradley, San Marcos; 2. Lee Harbin, El Cajon; 3. Paul Bethel, San Diego; 4. Mike Rumbaugh, Poway; 5. Blaine Sharp, Jamul; 6. Mark Littlepage, San Clemente; 7. Matt Arnold, San Diego; 8. Rich Crutchfield, Santee.

2nd Heat (8 laps) - 1. Martin Kepler, El Cajon; 2. Charles Nevin, El Cajon; 3. Curtis Reiter, El Cajon; 4. Ryan Gay, El Cajon; 5. David Liedike, El Cajon; 6. Tony Cortes, El Cajon; 7. Eric Shockey, Santee; 8. Mike Ellis, Lakeside.

Consy (10 laps) - 1. John Smith, La Mesa; 2. Joey Summerhays, ; 3. Scott Smith, Santee; 4. Jeremy Amison, San Diego; 5. Bruce Faz, La Mesa; 6. Michelle Compaux, El Cajon; 7. Brandon Scott, San Diego; 8. Steven Cave, ; 9. Amanda Watts, Santee; 10. Butch Johnston, San Diego.

Semi (20 laps) - 1. J.R. Trent, Jamul; 2. Chuck Irey, Spring Valley; 3. Scott Denton, Fallbrook; 4. Joey Schneider, Escondido; 5. Chris Boyer, San Diego; 6. James Schneider, Escondido; 7. Kelly Krueger, Fallbrook; 8. Lauri Wong, Santee; 9. Mike Landry, Lakeside; 10. Robert Hughes, Campo.

Main (20 laps) - 1. Ryan Gay, El Cajon; 2. Lee Harbin, El Cajon; 3. David Liedike, El Cajon; 4. Curtis Reiter, El Cajon; 5. Tony Cortes, El Cajon; 6. Matt Arnold, San Diego; 7. Charles Nevin, El Cajon; 8. Pat Bradley, San Marcos; 9. Blaine Sharp, Jamul; 10. Paul Bethel, San Diego; 11. Martin Kepler, El Cajon; 12. Rich Crutchfield, Santee; 13. Scott Denton, Fallbrook; 14. Joey Schneider, Escondido; 15. Chuck Irey, Spring Valley; 16. James Schneider, Escondido; 17. Mike Rumbaugh, Poway; 18. Chris Boyer, San Diego; 19. Mike Ellis, Lakeside; 20. J.R. Trent, Jamul; 21. Eric Shockey, Santee; 22. Mark Littlepage, San Clemente.

TRAIN RACE - Main (10 laps) - 1. James Boissier, Lakeside


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