Cajon Speedway results 2004-08-28

EL CAJON, CA (08/28/04). For the first half of the 40-lap NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series main event at Cajon Speedway Saturday night, it was almost anyone's race. A blanket or maybe even a pillowcase could have covered the leaders. But a couple of ...

EL CAJON, CA (08/28/04). For the first half of the 40-lap NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series main event at Cajon Speedway Saturday night, it was almost anyone's race. A blanket or maybe even a pillowcase could have covered the leaders. But a couple of mid-race incidents changed the whole complexion of what had been a battle-royal. In the end point leader David Beat romped to his tenth late model sportsman victory of the season on the 3/8-mile paved oval.

Stephen Peace came home in second place about ten car lengths behind Beat. Another ten lengths back in third was Ron Overman who was just about that same distance in front of fourth running Michael Peace, Stephen's twin brother. Billy Hoagland was fifth. Beat also picked up his ninth Sid's Auto Body $200 Hard Charger award for having the most passing points.

In the companion main events, Jimmy Dickerson stormed to his second straight in the 25-lapper for Grand American modifieds. Earl Downing closed ground on point leader Ed Hale with his second triumph in the last three outings in the pony stocks. Darrell Moore led wire-to-wire in the bomber stocks for his first career victory.

Ben Carver and Scott Moses ran side-by-side with Beat and Rick Chavez door-to-door right behind from laps 10 through 19 in the sportsman race. Earlier on the fourth circuit the red flag was thrown after Ron Overman was tagged and spun to trigger a multi-car stackup. Rookie Mike Daniel skated into the melee. His carburetor was sheared off, triggering a fire that quickly blew itself out. Then on the restart John Manke was sent to the back of the pack after he turned Mark Norris around in turn three.

The drama up front was intense, no doubt about it. But then on lap 19, Carver was shouldered right into the path of Beat on the front stretch and ended up spinning into the infield. No caution flag resulted and the racing continued unabated. However on the next circuit Manke and Chavez tangled in turn four. This time the yellow was thrown. With a single file restart, Beat, who was now in second, make short order of pacesetting Scott Moses and was out front to stay on lap 23.

"There were a lot of close calls out there," Beat sighed after his run. I kept thinking 'oh my god, I just missed that one.' I got into Ben after someone got into him and turned him (right in front of me). He was already gone when I hit him; I didn't have anywhere to go on that one. There was a lot of contact out there."

As for the tussle up front, it was obvious that Beat enjoys that kind of competition. "Scott was up there (high), Ben was down here (low in front of me), Chavez was outside me," he continued. "We were like a trophy dash for what felt like ten laps at least. I'm going 'come on Ben, come on Ben -- you can do it -- get up there -- hang tough' because I'm on the bottom (right behind Carver). Now if I was on the top, I would have been going 'come on Scott'."

The modified contest had trouble getting past lap 7. Three consecutive accidents thinned the field. Two of the incidents involved John Luecht, who lost a chunk of points to point leader Danny Gay. After Jeff Thompson spun in front of Luecht for the second yellow, Luecht broke and hit the turn one wall to bring about the third slowdown. The rest of the race was relatively clean with Dickerson, who started sixth, getting around early leader Andy Papp just following the final lap 7 restart. Point leader Danny Gay came home in second ahead of Doug Carpenter, Lou Tompkins, and Mike Salm. But Carpenter was disqualified after his car light at the scales. That gave fifth to Pat Garity. Gay expanded his lead in the season long $1000 Carpets Galore Hard Charger challenge for the modified driver earning the most passing points during the year.

Downing was out front after seven rounds of the 20-lapper for pony stocks only to see a yellow flag erase that pass. He finally took over for good from Douglas Wright Jr. six rounds later. The win moved him to within 46 markers of point leader Ed Hale. Wright held on for second in the race ahead of Steve Dickerson, George Behlman, and Darrell McKee Jr.

Downing, who has been racing for 13 years and was winless until two weeks ago, was all smiles. When asked if a second win is any better than the first one, he replied, "It's just like the first one -- trust me. Thomas (Winter), the car owner, is here from New York. That made it really special. (Winning) makes you want to do it again, again, and again. I had been every position but first -- second, third, fourth, all the way down to 22nd. But we never won a main until a couple of weeks ago."

Downing was not bothered by the fact that he had to get by Wright twice. "He was giving me the come-on sign down the straightaway because his motor was laying down halfway down. All I had to do was wait for him to move up the track and the inside groove was mine."

Even though Moore led all 20-rounds of the bomber stock main event, it was hardly an easy run. The sophomore bomber racer had a gaggle of veterans right on his tail just about the entire distance. Bill Holland was able to almost draw even with him a couple of times. In the closing laps it was Hayden Smith pressuring Moore. But Moore was not to be shaken. He was still a car length in front when he took the checkered. Smith was second ahead of Scott Denton, Rodney Shaw, and Holland.

PIT NOTES: It was announced at the drivers' meeting that Cajon Speedway will operate in 2005 despite countless rumors and speculation to the contrary. --This September 18 would have been Steve Brucker's 53rd birthday. To honor our fallen leader, who was murdered last year, the late model sportsman that night will compete in the Steve Brucker Memorial. The format will be twin 30-lap main events. That will be the final points race of 2004 for the division.

NASCAR DODGE WEEKLY SERIES RESULTS

LATE MODEL SPORTSMAN
Fast Time - David Beat, El Cajon; Time - :16.072.

1st Heat (8 laps) - 1. Ben Carver, El Cajon; 2. Scott Moses, Chula Vista; 3. Mark Norris, Ramona; 4. Ray Butler, El Cajon; 5. Mike Daniel, Alpine; 6. Dee Cable, Santee; 7. Ray Neveau, San Clemente; Time - 4:34.79.

2nd Heat (8 laps) - 1. Billy Hoagland, Santee; 2. Ron Overman, Lakeside; 3. Stephen Peace, El Cajon; 4. John Manke, Ramona; 5. David Beat, El Cajon; 6. Rick Chavez, Lakeside; 7. Michael Peace, El Cajon; Time - 2:11.97.

Main (40 laps) - 1. David Beat, El Cajon; 2. Stephen Peace, El Cajon; 3. Ron Overman, Lakeside; 4. Michael Peace, El Cajon; 5. Billy Hoagland, Santee; 6. Scott Moses, Chula Vista; 7. John Manke, Ramona; 8. Dee Cable, Santee; 9. Ray Butler, El Cajon; 10. Rick Chavez, Lakeside; 11. Ben Carver, El Cajon; 12. Mark Norris, Ramona; 13. Bill Parenteau Jr., Santee; 14. Mike Daniel, Alpine; Time - 24:38.57.

GRAND AMERICAN MODIFIED
Fast Time - John Luecht, Chula Vista; Time - :16.164.

1st Heat (8 laps) - 1. Andy Papp, La Mesa; 2. Jeff Thompson, Lakeside; 3. Hector Leon, Santee; 4. Lou Tompkins, San Diego; 5. Lyle Driscoll, Lakeside; 6. Billy Cable, Santee; 7. Ryan Gay, El Cajon; 8. Dan Hildebrand, El Cajon; Time - 7:12.29.

2nd Heat (8 laps) - 1. Jimmy Dickerson, El Cajon; 2. John Luecht, Chula Vista; 3. Danny Gay, Lakeside; 4. Scott Brown, Spring Valley; 5. Pat Garity, El Cajon; 6. Mike Salm, Fallbrook; 7. Mike Jackson, Bonita; Time - 2:14.44.

Main (25 laps) - 1. Jimmy Dickerson, El Cajon; 2. Danny Gay, Lakeside; 3. Lou Tompkins, San Diego; 4. Mike Salm, Fallbrook; 5. Pat Garity, El Cajon; 6. Dan Hildebrand, El Cajon; 7. Andy Papp, La Mesa; 8. Ryan Gay, El Cajon; 9. Jeff Thompson, Lakeside; 10. Lyle Driscoll, Lakeside; 11. Scott Brown, Spring Valley; 12. Billy Cable, Santee; 13. Mike Jackson, Bonita; 14. John Luecht, Chula Vista; 15. Hector Leon, Santee; Time - 32:18.38.

PONY STOCK
Fast Time - Danny Gay, Lakeside; Time - :18.423.

Dash (4 laps) - 1. Ed Hale, El Cajon; 2. Steve Dickerson, El Cajon; 3. Danny Gay, Lakeside; 4. Tim Beeney, Escondido; Time - 1:15.43.

1st Heat (8 laps) - 1. Andy Harrington, Lakeside; 2. Len Cartwright, Lemon Grove; 3. Phil Griffin, Santee; 4. Robert Minnick, El Cajon; 5. Robert Parenteau, El Cajon; 6. Chris Vaughn, San Diego; 7. Robert Odom, ; 8. Marvin Chappell, El Cajon; 9. Shealynn Longwell, El Cajon; 10. Kyle Thomas, Lemon Grove; Time - 2:33.71.

2nd Heat (8 laps) - 1. Earl Downing, Spring Valley; 2. Douglas Wright Jr., Santee; 3. George Behlman, Santee; 4. Darrell McKee Jr., San Diego; 5. Danny Gay, Lakeside; 6. Ed Hale, El Cajon; 7. Steve Dickerson, El Cajon; 8. Tim Beeney, Escondido; 9. Pete Franke, Lakeside; 10. John Vredeveld, El Cajon; Time - 2:29.73.

Main (25 laps) - 1. Earl Downing, Spring Valley; 2. Douglas Wright Jr., Santee; 3. Steve Dickerson, El Cajon; 4. George Behlman, Santee; 5. Darrell McKee Jr., San Diego; 6. Tim Beeney, Escondido; 7. Pete Franke, Lakeside; 8. Ed Hale, El Cajon; 9. Phil Griffin, Santee; 10. Chris Vaughn, San Diego; 11. Andy Harrington, Lakeside; 12. John Vredeveld, El Cajon; 13. Robert Minnick, El Cajon; 14. Robert Parenteau, El Cajon; 15. Shealynn Longwell, El Cajon; 16. Len Cartwright, Lemon Grove; 17. Kyle Thomas, Lemon Grove; 18. Robert Odom, ; 19. Danny Gay, Lakeside; Time - 17:17.10.

BOMBER STOCK
Fast Time - David Whisenant, Murrieta; Time - :20.121.

1st Heat (8 laps) - 1. Allen Basile, Poway; 2. Darrell Moore, Ramona; 3. Bill Holland, El Cajon; 4. Brandon Haag, Santee; 5. Kevin Gantz, Spring Valley; 6. Michael Burford, Ramona; 7. Ed Patton, ; 8. Perry Humphries, San Diego; Time - 2:47.77.

2nd Heat (8 laps) - 1. Rodney Shaw, El Cajon; 2. Hayden Smith, San Diego; 3. Randy Hart, National City; 4. Scott Denton, Fallbrook; 5. Brian Fitzgibbons, El Cajon; 6. Greg McCown, Lakeside; 7. Marty Lehrke, San Diego; 8. Rick Nies, Lakeside; 9. David Whisenant, Murrieta; Time - 2:45.24.

Main (20 laps) - 1. Darrell Moore, Ramona; 2. Hayden Smith, San Diego; 3. Scott Denton, Fallbrook; 4. Rodney Shaw, El Cajon; 5. Bill Holland, El Cajon; 6. Rick Nies, Lakeside; 7. Greg McCown, Lakeside; 8. David Whisenant, Murrieta; 9. Randy Hart, National City; 10. Marty Lehrke, San Diego; 11. Allen Basile, Poway; 12. Michael Burford, Ramona; 13. Ed Patton, ; 14. Brian Fitzgibbons, El Cajon; 15. Kevin Gantz, Spring Valley; 16. Perry Humphries, San Diego; 17. Brandon Haag, Santee; Time - 11:10.23.

TRAIN RACE - Main (10 laps) - 1. Joe Totten,El Cajon and Rob Totten, Santee ; 2. Ryan Gay, El Cajon and Eric Decker, El Cajon; 3. Heath Parsons, El Cajon; 4. James Boissier, Lakeside and Mike Desrosiers, Santee; 5. Drew Homan, El Cajon and Brian Beeman.

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