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Coors contest opens Cajon Speedway 43rd season. EL CAJON, CA. Back in 1986, Cajon Speedway hosted the second event the NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series (NFSWS) ever held. Seventeen years later the 3/8 mile paved oval remains the only track to...

Coors contest opens Cajon Speedway 43rd season.

EL CAJON, CA. Back in 1986, Cajon Speedway hosted the second event the NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series (NFSWS) ever held. Seventeen years later the 3/8 mile paved oval remains the only track to be visited by the touring stock car series every year of its existence.

This Saturday night the two renew their relationship when Cajon Speedway kicks off its 43rd season with the Coors Light 125 for the Southwest Series stock cars.

Race time is 6:45 PM. Qualifying runs start at 5:00. The cars, mostly Chevrolet Monte Carlo's and Ford Taurus', will get their first look at the Cajon pavement during a two hour practice session starting at 2:00. This will be the third race of a 15-race schedule in 2003 for the NFSWS.

Former series champion Bryan Germone was victorious last month on the one-mile Phoenix International Raceway. Dan Holtz came home in front on March 22 at Bakersfield.

Heading the entry list of 40 cars for the Coors Light 125 is current point leader Auggie Vidovich of Lakeside. The 22-year-old Vidovich was second at Bakersfield after placing third at Phoenix. Vidovich has never won at Cajon, but has come close. In his three previous local starts he has been second, third, and sixth.

Defending series champ Eddy McKean from Jerome, Idaho sits just behind Vidovich in the standings. McKean was ninth here a year ago.

Eight other locals will trying to make the starting field for the 24-car, 125-lap Coors Light feature. They include Randy Nelson of El Cajon, Brandon Whitt of El Cajon, Eddie Bryans of El Cajon, Joe Herold of Poway, Don Kerr of Alpine, Todd McLauchlan of Alpine; Mark Meech of La Mesa, and Jeff Seifert of Jamul. Nelson sits sixth in points after two races; he has finished 11th and 15th so far this year. Whitt, who is just 20 years old, was last year's rookie of the year. He has gotten off to a rough start; he is 13th in the hunt after crashing at Bakersfield.

Bryans has been a semi-regular with the tour for many years. Herold is a graduate of a regional truck series and has been a strong Southwest Series runner for a couple of seasons. Kerr is a graduate of the local late model sportsman and will be making his first series start. McLauchlan was the 2001 Cajon late model champ; he entered a couple of series races a year ago, but this will be his first attempt in 2003. Meech is another driver who has been running with the Featherlight cars for many years; he won a race in San Bernardino several years ago. Seifert ran locally last year in the late models and will be making his first start of 2003.

Following Saturday night's contest, the focus switches to the local stock car racing teams. The late model sportsman, Grand American modifieds, street stocks, pony stocks, bomber stocks, and factory stocks will share the Saturday night's at the track. Among the visiting groups this year are the Mechanix Wear Speed Trucks, the Pro-Four modifieds, the Legend Cars of California, and the Allison Legacy cars.

A two-day spectacular for the Supermodified Racing League is scheduled for September 5 and 6.

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Series NASCAR , Stock car
Drivers Bryan Germone , Joe Herold , Dan Holtz , Auggie Vidovich