Cajon Speedway results 2004-09-11

EL CAJON, CA (09/11/04). Richard Hinze has been knocking on the door of a championship at Cajon Speedway for many seasons. During the last five seasons he has finished second in points twice, third once, and fourth once. Saturday night he streaked...

EL CAJON, CA (09/11/04). Richard Hinze has been knocking on the door of a championship at Cajon Speedway for many seasons. During the last five seasons he has finished second in points twice, third once, and fourth once. Saturday night he streaked to his third NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series street stock main event to move into second place in points once again.

Unfortunately for Hinze, Rick Hagen has a virtual lock on the 2004 title. Hagen, who took the bomber stock title in 2003, now has a commanding 142 point lead with just two nights of racing remaining this year for the street stocks. Should Hagen come out of next weeks event with a 148 point margin, the title will be his and Hinze will be relegated to yet another second, third, fourth, or fifth place standing at season's end.

Saturday night Hinze came from sixth starting position and then had a tough mid-race battle with pacesetting Josh Green before moving out to a comfortable lead. A lap 24 caution flag gave the field one more shot at the leader. But Hinze pulled out to a five-length margin by the time the checkered fell. Green held on to second ahead of Kenny Hall, who started the night second in points. Danny Gay subbed for Rob Overman and edged out Hagen for fifth.

"That's three this year," Hinze observed while relaxing after his race that was a tough one from green to checkered. We went to the back in the first couple of laps and then had to work our way back up. We got in the slow lane. Before I could get down (to the bottom of the track), there were a half a dozen cars that got by."

Hinze was quick to credit his long-time crew chief Shawn McCarron for playing an important role in the victory. "He was back (after vacation) for the first time in four weeks. He makes a big difference to this team."

Hinze was also surprised at how strong Green was. "That boy is going to get a win here pretty soon if he keeps putting himself where's he putting himself," he said of his young rival who had his best finish to date. "I almost felt bad about passing him. But only almost. You gotta do what you gotta do."

"It's nice to win one on 9/11," Hinze went on. "That was kind of special. What (track announcer Tom McGrath) said before the races was totally touching. That got to me a little bit. It's been three years, but it doesn't seem like that. It's kind of a patriotic deal."

The street stock division got added competition this year and that fact did not go unmentioned. The likes of Hagen, Matt Arnold, and Kenny Hall have all become capable of winning any week. "There are several cars that we didn't think would be in the mix that surprised us," Hinze noted. "That has made the competition a little more fierce. We weren't quite ready for that. But we picked up our game too. Somebody raised the bar. It took us a few races. But we're up there with them."

In the companion events, Gay virtually wrapped up the Grand American modified title with his sixth win of the year. Marty Lehrke took bomber stock honors, but that division's points battle was shaken up when point leader Dave Whisenant was set down for the night after a heat race incident. Mark Gaiser made his initial visit to victory lane after the legend main event.

The bomber stock standings were tight when the evening started and are even more muddled now. Just 66 points separate new point leader Scott Denton from sixth place Randy Hart with Whisenant, Brian Fitzgibbons, Lehrke, and Hayden Smith squeezed in-between. Lehrke led all the way to score his third win of the season in their 20-lap finale over rookie Brandon Haag, Smith, Greg McCown, and Denton. But then Haag came up light at the scale. So that moved everyone up a spot and gave fifth place to Rick Nies.

Denton had to borrow a car from Lyle Driscoll after he smacked the wall hot lapping. Denton was the final qualifier and still timed in sixth quick in a car he had never even sat in before. Whisenant's troubles came after some heat race incidents. After being run into the infield early in the race, he was spun out by Fitzgibbons on the final lap of the race. But then after the checkered, Fitzgibbons slowed on the backstretch and Whisenant bumped in. The duo traded words and then returned to the pits. Whisenant, who track officials had put on probation earlier this year, was then parked by the officials for the rest of the night for "actions detrimental to auto racing."

Gay was shadowed by John Luecht for most of the 25-rounds of the modified contest. Even though Luecht earned eight more points than Gay, Gay needs only finish 20th or better to match Todd McLauchlan as the only drivers to claim a title in three of Cajon's current divisions. Gay also has a nearly insurmountable lead in the chase for the Carpets Galore $1000 check for earning the most passing points during the year. Luecht has sewn up the second place check of $500 in that hunt. Behind Gay and Luecht Saturday night were Mike Salm, Jimmy Dickerson, and early leader Doug Carpenter.

In the legend 20-lap main, Fred Chavez, Rick Bogart, and fast timer Gaiser had a great battle up front for about ten rounds. Then Bogart started fading and eventually blew up on the last circuit. Gaiser meanwhile finally nosed ahead of Chavez on the 14th round. Early leader Pete Sands was third ahead of Dave Riggs, and Don Stone.


Fast Time - John Luecht, Chula Vista; Time - :16.248.

1st Heat (8 laps) - 1. Billy Cable, Santee; 2. Douglas Carpenter, La Mesa; 3. Jeff Thompson, Lakeside; 4. Andy Papp, La Mesa; 5. Hector Leon, Santee; 6. Lyle Driscoll, Lakeside; Time - 2:17.15.

2nd Heat (8 laps) - 1. Danny Gay, Lakeside; 2. Jimmy Dickerson, El Cajon; 3. John Luecht, Chula Vista; 4. Scott Brown, Spring Valley; 5. Mike Jackson, Bonita; 6. Lou Tompkins, San Diego; 7. Mike Salm, Fallbrook; 8. Dan Hildebrand, El Cajon; Time - 2:12.82.

Main (25 laps) - 1. Danny Gay, Lakeside; 2. John Luecht, Chula Vista; 3. Mike Salm, Fallbrook; 4. Jimmy Dickerson, El Cajon; 5. Douglas Carpenter, La Mesa; 6. Dan Hildebrand, El Cajon; 7. Lou Tompkins, San Diego; 8. Billy Cable, Santee; 9. Hector Leon, Santee; 10. Andy Papp, La Mesa; 11. Lyle Driscoll, Lakeside; 12. Jeff Thompson, Lakeside; 13. Mike Jackson, Bonita; 14. Scott Brown, Spring Valley; Time -- 7:02.43.

Fast Time - Eric Ferguson, El Cajon; Time - :17.544.

1st Heat (8 laps) - 1. Josh Green, Lakeside; 2. Ivan Harrison, Santee; 3. Kenny Hall, El Cajon; 4. Randy Buell, San Diego; 5. Dave Arce, Santee; 6. Brian Collins, Oceanside; 7. Don Moore, Lakeside; Time - 2:22.85.

2nd Heat (8 laps) - 1. Richard Hinze, Lakeside; 2. Matt Arnold, San Diego; 3. Rick Hagen, Rancho SD; 4. Eric Ferguson, El Cajon; 5. Rich Green Jr., El Cajon; 6. Danny Gay, Lakeside; 7. Eric Sweetman, Santee; Time - 2:18.17.

Main (25 laps) - 1. Richard Hinze, Lakeside; 2. Josh Green, Lakeside; 3. Kenny Hall, El Cajon; 4. Danny Gay, Lakeside; 5. Rick Hagen, Rancho SD; 6. Rich Green Jr., El Cajon; 7. Ivan Harrison, Santee; 8. Dave Arce, Santee; 9. Randy Buell, San Diego; 10. Don Moore, Lakeside; 11. Eric Ferguson, El Cajon; 12. Matt Arnold, San Diego; 13. Brian Collins, Oceanside; 14. Eric Sweetman, Santee; Time -- 17:08.83.

Fast Time - Greg McCown, Lakeside; Time - :20.085.

Dash (4 laps) - 1. David Whisenant, Murrieta; 2. Hayden Smith, San Diego; 3. Greg McCown, Lakeside; 4. Brian Fitzgibbons, El Cajon; Time - 1:21.51.

1st Heat (8 laps) - 1. Marty Lehrke, San Diego; 2. Darrell Moore, Ramona; 3. Perry Humphries, San Diego; 4. Bill Holland, El Cajon; 5. Bob Underwood, Spring Valley; 6. Kevin Gantz, Spring Valley; 7. Dave Ensall, Lakeside; 8. Michael Burford, Ramona; Time - 2:46.49.

2nd Heat (8 laps) - 1. Rick Nies, Lakeside; 2. Scott Denton, Fallbrook; 3. Hayden Smith, San Diego; 4. Randy Hart, National City; 5. Greg McCown, Lakeside; 6. Mike McGlone, Fallbrook; 7. Rodney Shaw, El Cajon; 8. David Whisenant, Murrieta; 9. Brian Fitzgibbons, El Cajon; Time - 10:12.53.

Main (20 laps) - 1. Marty Lehrke, San Diego; 2. Hayden Smith, San Diego; 3. Greg McCown, Lakeside; 4. Scott Denton, Fallbrook; 5. Rick Nies, Lakeside; 6. Brian Fitzgibbons, El Cajon; 7. Darrell Moore, Ramona; 8. Rodney Shaw, El Cajon; 9. Randy Hart, National City; 10. Perry Humphries, San Diego; 11. Bill Holland, El Cajon; 12. Kevin Gantz, Spring Valley; 13. Mike McGlone, Fallbrook; 14. Bob Underwood, Spring Valley; 15. Dave Ensall, Lakeside; 16. Michael Burford, Ramona; Time -- 17:10.82.

Fast Time - Mark Gaiser, Anaheim; Time - :19.097.

1st Heat (8 laps) - 1. Pete Sands, Temecula; 2. Mitchell Thorpe, Sun City; 3. Fred Chavez, Santee; 4. Mark Gaiser, Anaheim; 5. Rick Bogart, El Cajon; 6. Don Stone, Lodi; 7. Larry Alsop, Fountain Valley; 8. Dan Shaffner, San Diego; 9. Eric Brett, Ramona; 10. Bill Watson, Panorama City; 11. Dave Riggs, Lakeside; Time - 2:35.05.

Main (20 laps) - 1. Mark Gaiser, Anaheim; 2. Fred Chavez, Santee; 3. Pete Sands, Temecula; 4. Dave Riggs, Lakeside; 5. Don Stone, Lodi; 6. Bill Watson, Panorama City; 7. Larry Alsop, Fountain Valley; 8. Rick Bogart, El Cajon; 9. Mitchell Thorpe, Sun City; 10. Dan Shaffner, San Diego; Time -- 11:42.64.

DESTRUCTION DERBY - 1. Paul Seibert, Lakeside; 2. Ryan Ramsey, Lakeside; 3. Chuck Gillock, San Diego


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Series NASCAR , Stock car
Drivers Scott Brown , Rick Bogart