Modifieds finally start Cajon season. EL CAJON, CA. The Grand American modified drivers at Cajon Speedway probably have felt like forgotten stepchildren. After all, the 2002 NASCAR Weekly Racing Season presented by Dodge started at the track...
Modifieds finally start Cajon season.
EL CAJON, CA. The Grand American modified drivers at Cajon Speedway probably have felt like forgotten stepchildren. After all, the 2002 NASCAR Weekly Racing Season presented by Dodge started at the track back on March 23. To date the open wheeled modified division has not yet held an event on the 3/8 mile paved oval this year.
That will all change this weekend in week number five when the high horsepower machines take to the pavement for their season opener. Race time is 6:45 PM. Qualifying runs start at 5:15 PM with hot laps beginning at 4:00. Admission prices are $10 on the east side and $9 on the west side for adults. Kids ages 6 - 12 are $3; children under six are free with a paid adult admission.
Sharing the track this weekend will be the NASCAR late model sportsman, the street stocks, and the legend cars. The night will be capped by the first destruction derby of the year.
In 2001, Ron Brown, his nephew Scott, and ace Mike Salm battled tooth and nail all year in the Grand American modified division. The trio split the dozen main events run with Ron winning four times, Salm five times, and Scott Brown three times during the year.
Ron Brown overhauled Salm on the final night of the season to take the championship. It was his fourth divisional title in the modified class; the veteran also claimed a pair of street stock trophies back in the early 80's. The veteran sits in eighth place on the all time Cajon Speedway victory list with 44 main event triumphs.
Salm took season long honors in 2000, his only championship. Scott Brown was the points runner-up in 2000 and finished third in the points chase last year.
It is expected that the Grand American modified division will see an increased car count this year. All of last year's regulars are expected back including Mike Jackson, who ended up fourth in the hunt and was named the division's Most Improved Driver. Douglas Wright Jr., last year's second place man in the pony stocks, has acquired a car formerly driver by George Behlman, and will tackle the open wheelers this year. Brian Pusey is posed for a full season assault in the former Harry Lockmann championship ride; Pusey himself won the bomber championship in 1997.