Factory Stock Enduro Closes Cajon's Season EL CAJON, CA. It may seem like just yesterday that the 41st season of auto racing at Cajon Speedway was getting underway. But that was six months ago. This Saturday night the final event of the year...
Factory Stock Enduro Closes Cajon's Season
EL CAJON, CA. It may seem like just yesterday that the 41st season of auto racing at Cajon Speedway was getting underway. But that was six months ago. This Saturday night the final event of the year will be held at the 3/8 mile paved oval located next to Gillespie Field.
A 150-lap factory stock enduro and Boat Trailer Race IV will make up the season finale. Race time is 6:45 PM. Due to the nature of the events, there will be no qualifying runs or practice.
The factory stock enduro is open to basically stock cars with safety modifications, like installation of a rollbar. And to limit any modifications to the suspension that might improve the handling of the car, the 150-lapper will consist of two 75-lap segments, each run in the opposite direction. A coin toss before the green flag will determine whether the cars will run clockwise or counterclockwise first.
At the 75-lap mark, the race will be stopped. There will be about a 15-minute intermission to allow the teams to make any changes they want to the cars. Then the cars will return to the track, line up in the same order that they finished the first half of the event, and go at it again. In addition special racing rules are in effect for this event. The yellow flag will not be used. In the event someone stalls on the track, the race continues; the drivers will just have to take evasive action. In the case of a serious accident or a fire or the track being completely blocked, the red flag will be used.
Cajon held its first enduro event in about a dozen years on July 4. That race started 48 cars. The team of Matt Arnold and John Krempp won the $1000 first prize money. Arnold had a bundle of previous driving experience. He started at Cajon about a decade ago in the pony stocks and then moved up to the street stocks where he has been a semi-regular competitor during the past few years. Krempp was making his first Cajon start in that event. Several of the July 4 entrants were running their first race ever. But several have had an opportunity since the inaugural event this year to gain more seat time. Cajon has hosted four short (20-lap) events for the factory stocks in the meantime. Former street stocker Vernon Gilmore captured two of those events. The other two saw John Robinson and Gary Britton make their way to victory lane.
Following the enduro will be Boat Trailer Race IV. Boat Trailer Race I was the zaniest event the track has ever held. Boats on trailers are attached to the rear of cars. The only rule is that the boat must remain attached to the car. If it becomes disconnected, the competitor cannot continue. But no one says the boats have to remain upright or even in one piece. There were 15 men brave enough to enter the July 4, 2001 boat trailer race. Cajon's train racers or bomber stock drivers captained many of the cars. A couple of factory stock enduro drivers did double duty that night. The lineup for this Saturday's 150-lapper was determined by entry date. A lottery will be used to line-up the Boat Trailer contest.