Cajon Speeway results 2003-09-20

EL CAJON, CA (09/20/03). Despite the fact that David Beat had a virtual lock on the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series championship at Cajon Speedway, it turned out to be an intense final night of racing for the track's premier division. Yes, all Beat had...

EL CAJON, CA (09/20/03). Despite the fact that David Beat had a virtual lock on the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series championship at Cajon Speedway, it turned out to be an intense final night of racing for the track's premier division. Yes, all Beat had to do to lay claim to his first title was finish 19th or better in the first main event or start both main events. And yes, he did get spun out late in the first contest. But he still finished ninth to make everything official. So he was able to race hard in the second 30-lapper. He did so with intensity. So did the other 21 starters in that event. And not surprisingly the newly crowned champ claimed the finale.

Claude Bell captured the first of the two late model sportsman features. He outran Danny Gay, John Manke, Gary Tamborelli, and Charles Price. Manke earned the season's final Sid's Auto Body Hard Charger $200 check for earning the most passing points. Beat's fifth triumph of the year came over Stephen Peace, Jerry Gay, Ron Overman, and Danny Gay. Bell's only two previous victories in the sportsman came earlier this year and in the Fred Perry Memorial that opened the 2000 season. Overman had to step into the Mike Hagerman -- Jerry Lorenz "rent-a-racer" for the first race after banging the wall in the trophy dash. His crew thrashed to repair his regular ride for the finale. He started dead last and drove steadily forward to his fourth place finish.

In the companion events Rob Overman worked his way to victory lane for the first time in the street stocks. It was a poignant victory for Overman, whose sponsor David Langhill had been murdered earlier in the week. Ironically Danny Gay is sponsored by Langhill Properties as well; Gay will pick up the overall first place check in the sportsman based on the combined finishes of the two races. Marty Schmidt paced the pony stocks. Here Hector Leon picked up enough points with his third place finish to wrap up his first championship. Rick Nies went wire-to-wire in the bomber stocks; it was his first victory at the 3/8 mile paved oval. Sean Bishop prevailed in the Allison legacy car 20-lapper.

Bell, who started fourth, overhauled Price with a low pass exiting turn two just three rounds into the first sportsman main event. Once in front, there was no stopping the veteran. Danny Gay followed Bell past Price, but he was unable to pose a challenge for the lead. However behind the lead duo, there was a tight pack that included Tamborelli, Price, Ron Esau, Peace, and Beat. The top twelve qualifiers had been inverted with the remaining ten entrants opting to start in the back. Beat's ride to the title took a slight jab when Peace pinched him off in turn two on lap 22. Beat spun and had to restart at the rear of the pack. He stormed back to ninth.

Bell, who is being assisted by Mike and John Tipps this year, was surprising calm after just his fourth Cajon win in over 20 years of racing. "The thing felt good," Bell smiled. "We had Robert Hughes come out and set it up. We stayed up to midnight last night and then worked on it all day. We freshened up the motor this week. We're finally beginning to get it running good."

"She felt good all night," the winner continued. "I was a little nervous on that last yellow. I knew it was getting a little loose coming off and I didn 't want to chance it. But she felt good."

"Now we can go have some fun," Beat noted after the first race.

No one could have guessed just how much fun though.

In the second race, Esau had the pole after an eight-car invert. He was in control until he looked up two-thirds of the way through the race and saw Beat on his bumper. After starting ninth, Beat couldn't even crack the top five until lap 15. But then he picked his way past Bell, Tamborelli, Billy Hoagland, and Bob Wickey one by one; all the time Peace, his nemesis from the first race, was on his tail. Finally by lap 20 Beat and Peace were right behind Esau. Beat got past the leader first on lap 24 only to have a Gary Rodriguez spin erase that pass. He dipped under Esau on the restart and Peace followed. On each restart during the closing laps, Peace worked the leader but couldn't get past. The leading duo share the same engine builder. The horsepower from the James Weston powerplants showed. Unlike the first race, where there were three slowdowns, the second race had eight caution periods; four of those came in the final five circuits. Few escaped unscathed. The race resembled one of those bumper car rides at the fair with pushing, bumping, and body slams occurring almost at will. Hoagland lost a top five finish when he was shown the mechanical black flag on lap 21. Esau pitted and returned during one of the three lap 26 cautions.

"I was probably a little too cautious in the first race. This one was good. I love passing Ron Esau," Beat said of the winning move. Ironically Beat had been a crew chief for Esau several years ago and the pair has been great buddies for eons. "That was the best. After the first race, I knew we had a good car. But it was better in the second one that the first one. We got it too tight for the first one. But on the restarts it was pushing for about two laps. So I kept trying to keep heat in the right front (tire). Then I was trying to keep the pace up when Stephen was behind me. I thought he might snooker me on a restart."

In the street stocks, Overman drove like a man possessed. He started eighth. He caught and then mowed down pacesetting Ivan Harrison five rounds into the 25-lapper. By the time Richard Hinze took over second on the 12th circuit, Overman had checked out. He was still eight-lengths in front of Hinze when the checkered fell. Jason Pontsler had another fine run and ended up third. Rich Green edged out Eric Ferguson for fourth. Following the emotional win, Overman took a memorial Polish victory lap to salute Langhill, who has been one of his benefactors for several seasons with his Sun Harbor Mortgage and Langhill Properties.

Schmidt came from ninth to take over first spot on just the second of 20-rounds in the pony stocks. A couple of lap 8 yellows left Ty Tipton on his tail. Tipton looked under the leader a couple of times, but was unable to make the pass. He was second at the line, two lengths in arrears. Leon was third ahead of George Behlman and Thomas Winter. Following the race, Leon took a Polish victory lap to accept the accolades of the crowd after sewing up his richly deserved championship.

Nies only had to survive one slowdown en route to his initial victory in the bombers. On lap 12 several cars stacked up in turn one. One of those belonged to Greg McCown, who had started the night number one in points. McCown was eliminated from the race due to damage to his Chevelle. Rick Hagen was able to take full advantage and regained the points lead by finishing fourth. Marty Lehrke and Brian Fitzgibbons battled hard in the closing laps for second place behind Nies. In the final turn, broke cars broke loose even though there was no contact. Lehrke went all the way around and Fitzgibbons crossed the line in second. He was however banished to the rear of the field for the "invisible" contact. That gave second to Hayden Smith. Jeff Coskey and Mick McGlone were sandwiched around Hagen.

PIT NOTES: Austin Cameron was victorious in the NASCAR Winston West event at Roseburg, Oregon. Auggie Vidovich Jr. maintained his point lead with a second place finish in the NASCAR Southwest Series race at Tucson.


Fast Time - David Beat, Santee; Time - :16.438.

Dash (4 laps) - 1. David Beat, Santee; 2. Stephen Peace, El Cajon; 3. Ron Overman, Lakeside; 4. Scott Moses, Chula Vista; Time - 7:07.31.

Main event (30 laps) - 1. Claude Bell, El Cajon; 2. Danny Gay, Lakeside; 3. John Manke, Ramona; 4. Gary Tamborelli, Escondido; 5. Charles Price, Redlands; 6. Billy Hoagland, Santee; 7. Ron Esau, Lakeside; 8. Bob Wickey, San Marcos; 9. David Beat, Santee; 10. Ron Overman, Lakeside; 11. Rod Hildebrand, Alpine; 12. Eddie Secord, Lakeside; 13. Dee Cable, Santee; 14. Steve Teets, Ramona; 15. Ben Carver, El Cajon; 16. Gary Rodriguez, Chula Vista; 17. Damon Sheets, Lakeside; 18. Stephen Peace, El Cajon; 19. Bill Parenteau Jr., Santee; 20. Scott Moses, Chula Vista; 21. Jerry Gay, San Diego; Time - 24:40.46.

Main Event (30 laps) - 1. David Beat, Santee; 2. Stephen Peace, El Cajon; 3. Jerry Gay, San Diego; 4. Ron Overman, Lakeside; 5. Danny Gay, Lakeside; 6. Steve Teets, Ramona; 7. Charles Price, Redlands; 8. Ron Esau, Lakeside; 9. Rod Hildebrand, Alpine; 10. Claude Bell, El Cajon; 11. Ben Carver, El Cajon; 12. Bill Parenteau Jr., Santee; 13. John Manke, Ramona; 14. Gary Rodriguez, Chula Vista; 15. Gary Tamborelli, Escondido; 16. Dee Cable, Santee; 17. Bob Wickey, San Marcos; 18. Scott Moses, Chula Vista; 19. Damon Sheets, Lakeside; 20. Billy Hoagland, Santee; 21. Eddie Secord, Lakeside; 22. Michael Peace, El Cajon; Time - no time.

Fast Time - Eric Ferguson, El Cajon; Time - :17.795.

1st Heat (8 laps) - 1. Ivan Harrison, Santee; 2. Bill Sanchez, Santee; 3. Gordon Anderson, Lemon Grove; 4. Bob Meese, Poway; 5. Ken Wikoren, San Diego; 6. Jeff Bishop, Temecula; 7. Josh Green, San Diego; 8. DJ Weinman, Vista; Time - 2:28.21.

2nd Heat (8 laps) - 1. Neil Rodvold, Lakeside; 2. Rob Overman, San Diego; 3. Jason Pontsler, Poway; 4. Richard Hinze, Lakeside; 5. Mark Holland, San Diego; 6. Rob Freeman, Santee; 7. Eric Ferguson, El Cajon; 8. Rich Green Jr., El Cajon; 9. Dave Arce, Santee; Time - 2:25.59.

Main event (30 laps) - 1. Rob Overman, San Diego; 2. Richard Hinze, Lakeside; 3. Jason Pontsler, Poway; 4. Rich Green Jr., El Cajon; 5. Eric Ferguson, El Cajon; 6. Mark Holland, San Diego; 7. Neil Rodvold, Lakeside; 8. Ivan Harrison, Santee; 9. Rob Freeman, Santee; 10. Dave Arce, Santee; 11. Josh Green, San Diego; 12. Bob Meese, Poway; 13. Jeff Bishop, Temecula; 14. Gordon Anderson, Lemon Grove; 15. Bill Sanchez, Santee; 16. Ken Wikoren, San Diego; 17. DJ Weinman, Vista; Time - 12:11.31.

Fast Time - Ty Tipton, Spring Valley; Time - :18.405.

1st Heat (8 laps) - 1. Chris Vaughn, San Diego; 2. Amber Lee Harmon, San Clemente; 3. Pete Franke, Lakeside; 4. Trevor Maynard, Lakeside; 5. Roland Nocon, Santee; 6. Laura Wright, Jamul; 7. Shayla McEntarffer, El Cajon; 8. Robert Minnick, El Cajon; 9. Rick Lyon, San Diego; 10. Bill Parenteau Sr., El Cajon; Time - 15:00.79.

2nd Heat (8 laps) - 1. Marty Schmidt, El Cajon; 2. George Behlman, Santee; 3. Ty Tipton, Spring Valley; 4. Hector Leon, Santee; 5. Darrell McKee Jr., San Diego; 6. Russ Gregson, El Cajon; 7. Thomas Winter, La Jolla; 8. Shawn Muscat, Escondido; 9. Len Cartwright, Lemon Grove; 10. Michelle Bishop, Poway; 11. Ed Hale, El Cajon; Time - 12:18.81.

Main event (20 laps) - 1. Marty Schmidt, El Cajon; 2. Ty Tipton, Spring Valley; 3. Hector Leon, Santee; 4. George Behlman, Santee; 5. Thomas Winter, La Jolla; 6. Shawn Muscat, Escondido; 7. Russ Gregson, El Cajon; 8. Michelle Bishop, Poway; 9. Pete Franke, Lakeside; 10. Roland Nocon, Santee; 11. Chris Vaughn, San Diego; 12. Darrell McKee Jr., San Diego; 13. Len Cartwright, Lemon Grove; 14. Amber Lee Harmon, San Clemente; 15. Shayla McEntarffer, El Cajon; 16. Robert Minnick, El Cajon; 17. Ed Hale, El Cajon; 18. Trevor Maynard, Lakeside; 19. Bill Parenteau Sr., El Cajon; 20. Laura Wright, Jamul; Time - 16:52.90.

Fast Time - Scott Denton, Fallbrook; Time - :20.157.

1st Heat (8 laps) - 1. Hayden Smith, San Diego; 2. Rick Nies, Lakeside; 3. Mark Wendell, Santee; 4. Randy Wallace, El Cajon; 5. Marty Lehrke, San Diego; 6. Mike McGlone, Fallbrook; 7. Bob Underwood, Spring Valley; 8. Kevin Gantz, Spring Valley; Time - 2:45.84.

2nd Heat (8 laps) - 1. Brian Fitzgibbons, El Cajon; 2. David Whisenant, Murrieta; 3. Jeff Coskey, Santee; 4. Chris Boyer, San Diego; 5. Greg McCown, El Cajon; 6. Mike Johnson, Spring Valley; 7. Rick Hagen, El Cajon; 8. Scott Denton, Fallbrook; Time - 7:09.12.

Semi (10 laps) - 1. Gary Lamb, El Cajon; 2. Randy Hart, National City; 3. Darrell Moore, Ramona; 4. Robert Bradley, Escondido; 5. Bill Holland, El Cajon; 6. Rodney Shaw, El Cajon; 7. Thomas Osborne, San Diego; 8. Bob Blew, Santee; Time - 3:28.31.

Main event (20 laps) - 1. Rick Nies, Lakeside; 2. Hayden Smith, San Diego; 3. Jeff Coskey, Santee; 4. Rick Hagen, El Cajon; 5. Mike McGlone, Fallbrook; 6. Scott Denton, Fallbrook; 7. Randy Hart, National City; 8. Kevin Gantz, Spring Valley; 9. Darrell Moore, Ramona; 10. Gary Lamb, El Cajon; 11. Robert Bradley, Escondido; 12. David Whisenant, Murrieta; 13. Chris Boyer, San Diego; 14. Bob Underwood, Spring Valley; 15. Bill Holland, El Cajon; 16. Mark Wendell, Santee; 17. Mike Johnson, Spring Valley; 18. Marty Lehrke, San Diego; 19. Rodney Shaw, El Cajon; 20. Greg McCown, El Cajon; 21. Randy Wallace, El Cajon; 22. Brian Fitzgibbons, El Cajon; Time - no time.

Fast Time - Michael Peace, El Cajon; Time - :19.127.

1st Heat (8 laps) - 1. John McCain, El Cajon; 2. Sean Bishop, Spring Valley; 3. John Gravelle, San Diego; 4. Rob Ferguson, Poway; 5. Michael Peace, El Cajon; 6. Marcus Smith, Corona; 7. Scott Dannen, Dewey, AZ; 8. Chad Hines, Jamul; 9. Randy Ryden, Escondido; 10. Dennis Hines, Jamul; Time - 4:59.87.

Main event (20 laps) - 1. Sean Bishop, Spring Valley; 2. Chad Hines, Jamul; 3. Michael Peace, El Cajon; 4. Marcus Smith, Corona; 5. John Gravelle, San Diego; 6. John McCain, El Cajon; 7. Randy Ryden, Escondido; 8. Dennis Hines, Jamul; 9. Scott Dannen, Dewey, AZ; 10. Rob Ferguson, Poway; Time - 11:14.56.


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