Cajon Speedway results 2004-09-04

EL CAJON, CA (09/04/04). Stephen Peace kept his very, very, very slim championship hopes alive and Ron Overman ended a one-year winless drought with victories Saturday night in the twin 30-lap late model sportsman main events at Cajon ...

EL CAJON, CA (09/04/04). Stephen Peace kept his very, very, very slim championship hopes alive and Ron Overman ended a one-year winless drought with victories Saturday night in the twin 30-lap late model sportsman main events at Cajon Speedway.

Peace inherited the lead late in initial NASCAR Dodge Weekly series feature after pacesetting Claude Bell collided with point leader David Beat, eliminating both from contention. In the nightcap, Overman led all the way. Trailing Peace were Billy Hoagland, Rick Chavez, Mark Norris, and John Manke. Overman's first win in a year came by four lengths over Chavez. Norris, Scott Moses, and Hoagland.

In the companion races, Danny Gay took a giant step towards the Grand American modified championship with a dominating victory. Eric Ferguson denied rookie Eric Sweetman his initial visit to victory lane in the street stocks. Tony Cortes came from tenth starting position to score his first career win in the factory stocks.

As the race ran non-stop, Bell ran away from the field in the first sportsman race after starting on the outside of the front row. Then a lap 25 yellow changed the complexion of the contest and left Beat on his bumper. When racing resumed Beat went to the low side and pulled even with Bell. As they exited turn four two rounds later Bell broke loose, slammed into the side of Beat, and both cars ended up in the infield. The restart left Beat in the lead. But his car was ailing. The contact with Bell had broken a nut on a bracket, allowing the panhard bar to drop and grind against the driveshaft. After another lap where Beat's problem became evident, he was banished to the pits. He returned but could only limp around the track, ultimately finishing 12th.

Peace inherited the lead after the Bell-Beat skirmish. He cruised to his third win of the year. He also picked up the Sid's Auto Body Hard Charger $200 check for earning the most passing points. Ironically in qualifying Peace and twin brother Michael each turned identical first laps of :16.225. But Michael, who was born 12 minutes after Stephen on January 7, 1980 got the fast time honors since he qualified first.

Peace knew he was lucky to win. "The cards fell in our favor tonight. I think I broke my streak of having bad luck on our twin 30's nights," he smiled. "All I'm trying to do tonight is stay ahead of Ron Overman and John Manke (in points)."

(Peace, who began the night second in points 7 digits ahead of Manke and 9 ahead of Overman, widened those margins. Overman is now third 42 digits back of Peace and 44 ahead of Manke, who failed to finish the nightcap when his distributor failed. Beat's margin over Peace shrank from 192 to 132.)

"The car was hooked up," last year's most improved sportsman racer continued. "We made some changes this week. It made a big difference. It helped us hook up off (the turn). All this year we've been fighting it getting loose off."

In the nightcap the panhard bar was Beat's undoing again. It broke where it had been striking the driveshaft in the first race. Beat lost several laps in the pits while his crew replaced the panhard bar with one borrowed from Overman. Meanwhile Overman, who was seventh in the first race, broke from the outside of the front row. He was never able to shake Chavez, who started sixth and stayed within about four car lengths of the leader after taking second on lap four.

"That was fun and that was scary," the 61-year-old Overman beamed. "We're ready for the senior tour now. It's been a long time. But I can't think of a better bunch of guys I'd like to get in at least one win with here at this track that I enjoy and love so much."

"We had our troubles early in the night," Overman went on. "Mike (Hagerman) kept working on it and got it half to where we want to be. We were tight and couldn't get through the corner (in race one). It was loose off of course. But Mike got it to turn, but we were still loose off in this race. So we're trying to build up that left rear tire and get some stagger out of it. It started coming in. It was better. But you had to be exact or the thing would pitch out. Anyway it was a hoot."

Despite Beat's woes, he had a virtual lock on his second championship in a row. The title will be his if he finishes 18th in the first main event of the season ending Steve Brucker Memorial two weeks from now or places 22nd or better in each of the features that night.

Gay was easily the class of the field in the Grand American modifieds despite only being the fifth fastest qualifier. He started ninth and stormed past pacesetting Pat Garity eight laps into their 25-lapper. By the time the checkered flag (accompanied by a yellow flag due to a front stretch pileup) fell, Gay was nearly a half lap in front of second place Scott Brown. Garity held on to third ahead of Mike Salm and Jimmy Dickerson. Gay padded his lead in the season-long $1000 Carpets Galore Hard Charger Award, which will be awarded to the modified driver with the most passing points for the year.

For quite a while it appeared that the street stocks would see a new winner. Veteran Dave Arce hoped to celebrate his 45th birthday with his first win. He led the first nine laps. After a three-lap side-by-side duel with first year racer Eric Sweetman, Arce started slipping back, eliminating any chance of giving himself a great birthday gift. Following a lap 14 slowdown, Sweetman saw Ferguson in his rear view window. Looking like he might be able to pull it off, the 28 year-old rookie managed to fend off the 39 year-old two time champion lap after lap. By lap 21 the pair was side-by-side. But then on lap 23 Sweetman, who got his start in racing as a member of Ferguson 's crew and his family's business was a long time sponsor of Ferguson's team, broke loose in turn three. That gave Ferguson clear sailing with just two rounds remaining and also let fast timer Matt Arnold get by into second. Sweetman barely held off point leader Rick Hagen for third. Rich Green was fifth.

Cortes slowly worked his way forward in the factory stocks. After dicing with John Robinson for a couple of rounds, Cortes motored out front on the 14th of 20 laps. Charles Nevin, the night's fast qualifier, was only a couple of lengths behind when the race concluded. Point leader Ryan Gay finished third ahead of Robinson and Lee Harbin.

PIT NOTES: Rob Overman's street stock carried the message "Traci, Will You Marry Me". Of course she said yes. -- The best race of the night was the second street stock heat race where the eight racers ran in dress formation the entire 8-laps.


Fast Time - Michael Peace, El Cajon; Time - :16.225.

Dash (4 laps) - 1. David Beat, El Cajon; 2. Mark Norris, Ramona; 3. Michael Peace, El Cajon; 4. Stephen Peace, El Cajon; Time - no time.

Main (30 laps) - 1. Stephen Peace, El Cajon; 2. Billy Hoagland, Santee; 3. Rick Chavez, Lakeside; 4. Mark Norris, Ramona; 5. John Manke, Ramona; 6. Michael Peace, El Cajon; 7. Ron Overman, Lakeside; 8. Scott Moses, Chula Vista; 9. Mike Daniel, Alpine; 10. Dee Cable, Santee; 11. Ray Butler, El Cajon; 12. David Beat, El Cajon; 13. Tony Forfa III, San Bernardino; 14. Ben Carver, El Cajon; 15. Claude Bell, El Cajon; 16. Bill Parenteau Jr., Santee; Time - no time.

Main (30 laps) - 1. Ron Overman, Lakeside; 2. Rick Chavez, Lakeside; 3. Mark Norris, Ramona; 4. Scott Moses, Chula Vista; 5. Billy Hoagland, Santee; 6. Ray Butler, El Cajon; 7. Stephen Peace, El Cajon; 8. Dee Cable, Santee; 9. Bill Parenteau Jr., Santee; 10. Michael Peace, El Cajon; 11. Tony Forfa III, San Bernardino; 12. David Beat, El Cajon; 13. John Manke, Ramona; 14. Ben Carver, El Cajon; 15. Claude Bell, El Cajon; Time - no time.

Fast Time - Mike Jackson, Bonita; Time - :16.347.

1st Heat (8 laps) - 1. Pat Garity, El Cajon; 2. Hector Leon, Santee; 3. Billy Cable, Santee; 4. Jeff Thompson, Lakeside; 5. Dan Hildebrand, El Cajon; 6. Lyle Driscoll, Lakeside; 7. Andy Papp, La Mesa; Time - no time.

2nd Heat (8 laps) - 1. Lou Tompkins, San Diego; 2. Danny Gay, Lakeside; 3. Jimmy Dickerson, El Cajon; 4. Scott Brown, Spring Valley; 5. John Luecht, Chula Vista; 6. Mike Salm, Fallbrook; 7. Mike Jackson, Bonita; 8. Douglas Carpenter, La Mesa; Time - no time.

Main (25 laps) - 1. Danny Gay, Lakeside; 2. Scott Brown, Spring Valley; 3. Pat Garity, El Cajon; 4. Mike Salm, Fallbrook; 5. Jimmy Dickerson, El Cajon; 6. Lou Tompkins, San Diego; 7. Dan Hildebrand, El Cajon; 8. Billy Cable, Santee; 9. Jeff Thompson, Lakeside; 10. Lyle Driscoll, Lakeside; 11. Mike Jackson, Bonita; 12. John Luecht, Chula Vista; 13. Andy Papp, La Mesa; 14. Hector Leon, Santee; 15. Douglas Carpenter, La Mesa; Time - no time.

Fast Time - Matt Arnold, San Diego; Time - :17.617.

1st Heat (8 laps) - 1. Jason Pontsler, Poway; 2. Randy Buell, San Diego; 3. Dave Arce, Santee; 4. Eric Sweetman, Santee; 5. Brian Collins, Oceanside; 6. Neil Rodvold, Lakeside; 7. Josh Green, Lakeside; Time - no time.

2nd Heat (8 laps) - 1. Rob Overman, San Diego; 2. Ivan Harrison, Santee; 3. Rich Green Jr., El Cajon; 4. Richard Hinze, Lakeside; 5. Kenny Hall, El Cajon; 6. Eric Ferguson, El Cajon; 7. Rick Hagen, Rancho SD; 8. Matt Arnold, San Diego; Time - no time.

Main (25 laps) - 1. Eric Ferguson, El Cajon; 2. Matt Arnold, San Diego; 3. Eric Sweetman, Santee; 4. Rick Hagen, Rancho SD; 5. Rich Green Jr., El Cajon; 6. Richard Hinze, Lakeside; 7. Rob Overman, San Diego; 8. Dave Arce, Santee; 9. Ivan Harrison, Santee; 10. Neil Rodvold, Lakeside; 11. Josh Green, Lakeside; 12. Jason Pontsler, Poway; 13. Randy Buell, San Diego; 14. Brian Collins, Oceanside; 15. Kenny Hall, El Cajon; Time - no time.

Fast Time - Charles Nevin, El Cajon; Time - :20.916.

1st Heat (8 laps) - 1. Kevin Krueger, Fallbrook; 2. John Robinson, Ramona; 3. Joey Schneider, Escondido; 4. Eric Shockey, Santee; 5. Mike Ellis, Lakeside; 6. Justin Schultze, San Diego; 7. Martin Kepler, El Cajon; 8. Scott Brown, Spring Valley; Time - no time.

2nd Heat (8 laps) - 1. Curtis Reiter, El Cajon; 2. Tony Cortes, El Cajon; 3. David Liedike, El Cajon; 4. Charles Nevin, El Cajon; 5. Ryan Gay, El Cajon; 6. Lee Harbin, El Cajon; 7. Blaine Sharp, Jamul; 8. Pat Bradley, San Marcos; Time - no time.

Consy (10 laps) - 1. Brian Faz, Santee; 2. John Smith, La Mesa; 3. Tom McGinn, ; 4. Mischelle Bullen, El Cajon; 5. Chris Young, ; Time - no time.

Semi (15 laps) - 1. Rich Crutchfield, Santee; 2. Scott Smith, Santee; 3. Mark Littlepage, San Clemente; 4. Matt Arnold, San Diego; 5. James Schneider, Escondido; 6. Bryan Bonito, El Cajon; 7. Steve Ybarra, ; 8. Chuck Irey, Spring Valley; 9. Butch Johnston, San Diego; 10. John Smith, La Mesa; Time - no time.

Main (20 laps) - 1. Tony Cortes, El Cajon; 2. Charles Nevin, El Cajon; 3. Ryan Gay, El Cajon; 4. John Robinson, Ramona; 5. Lee Harbin, El Cajon; 6. Pat Bradley, San Marcos; 7. Eric Shockey, Santee; 8. Blaine Sharp, Jamul; 9. Kevin Krueger, Fallbrook; 10. Rich Crutchfield, Santee; 11. Justin Schultze, San Diego; 12. James Schneider, Escondido; 13. Chuck Irey, Spring Valley; 14. Scott Smith, Santee; 15. Mike Ellis, Lakeside; 16. Mark Littlepage, San Clemente; 17. Bryan Bonito, El Cajon; 18. Matt Arnold, San Diego; 19. David Liedike, El Cajon; 20. Steve Ybarra, ; 21. Joey Schneider, Escondido; 22. Curtis Reiter, El Cajon; Time - no time.


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