WS: El Cajon II: preview

EL CAJON, CA. Cajon Speedway's 42nd season of auto racing is fast coming to a close. This Saturday night the 3/8 mile paved oval located next to Gillespie Field will host its next to the last event of the year. The USAC "Western States" Sprint Car...

EL CAJON, CA. Cajon Speedway's 42nd season of auto racing is fast coming to a close. This Saturday night the 3/8 mile paved oval located next to Gillespie Field will host its next to the last event of the year. The USAC "Western States" Sprint Car series will make their second visit of the year to the track. Sharing the racing surface will be the new USAC Ford Focus midget series and the Legacy Cars of California.

Race time for the tripleheader will be 6:45 PM. Qualifying runs will start at 5:15. Practice starts and the gates open at 4:00.

Following Saturday night's contest, only the season finale on October 19 remains. That night those crazy factory stock drivers return for their second 150-lap factory stock enduro. That night will conclude with a boat trailer race.

It was an emotional scene in victory lane at Cajon on March 28 when 22-year-old Mike Aaby Jr. made his initial visit to Cajon Speedway a winning one in the last visit by the USAC Western States sprint cars to the track. Aaby currently finds himself eighth in the series points standings with just three races remaining.

Heading the entry list is second generation driver Chad Nichols. His dad, Ken Nichols, was one of the top midget and supermodified drivers on west coast for may years. Young Nichols was the most recent victor in the series. He captured the September 21 outing on the 1/3 mile Madera (CA) Speedway. A 50-lap main event is on tap for the open-wheeled machines. A 20-lap finale will be run for the Ford Focus midgets. That series just started this year. Todd Hunsaker, who is leading the divisional standings, won the March race at Cajon.

The legend cars will feature a strong San Diego contingent as that series continues to grow. Those cars, which are replicas of cars popular in American during the 1930's, have appeared at Cajon nine times already this year. Dana Moore of San Diego has been the fastest qualifier the last three outings here. Still however no local driver has made his way to victory lane.

Among the hopefuls there are Moore, John Isabella of El Cajon, Fred Chavez Jr. of Santee, Dave Riggs of Lakeside, Gene Brokaw of San Diego, Bob Graham III of Alpine, Marty Swineheart of San Diego, Dave Doll of Alpine, and Jeff Collins of San Diego.

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