Cajon Speedway results 2004-07-31

EL CAJON, Calif. (07/31/04) -- With few prospects stepping forward to somehow defeat David Beat, the season-long Sportsman Stocks points leader in the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Racing Series at Cajon Speedway, Beat instead found a way to lose. With oil ...

Cajon Speedway results 2004-07-31

EL CAJON, Calif. (07/31/04) -- With few prospects stepping forward to somehow defeat David Beat, the season-long Sportsman Stocks points leader in the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Racing Series at Cajon Speedway, Beat instead found a way to lose.

With oil twice spilling from his Intrepid, the first causing a 20-minute delay after Beat's car lost an oil plug, John Manke of Ramona overcame a pile-up from a week earlier to take Saturday's Sportsman main event.

"I don't know if we could've caught the No. 6 (Beat)," said Manke. "But with him at the back of the field, it was just a matter of getting power to the ground."

Manke edged out El Cajon's Stephen Peace for the victory, followed by Ron Overman of Lakeside and Rick Chavez of Lakeside. Manke's first victory of the year also earned him his first Sid's Auto Body $200 Hard Charger check of the year for earning the most passing points.

Manke's victory came under the yellow flag, after a second oil spillage by Beat ended the race after the white flag was waved. However, on the final lap, two more cars spun out with Manke just two turns from the finish line, including a hard spin by Ray Butler in front of Manke in the final turn, as the rear end of his Monte Carlo completely let go.

Instead of re-running the final lap, Cajon stewards awarded Manke his first victory of the season.

"I guess (Beat's) crew didn't fix it and it let go again," noted Manke, who started the day ranked third in the points standings. "And if we had to wait another 30 minutes again, it would've been a disaster."

The remaining winners on the racing card included Steve Dickerson of El Cajon in Pony Stocks, Richard Hinze of Lakeside in Street Stocks, National City's Randy Hart in Bomber Stocks, and Legacy cars winner Michael Peace of El Cajon.

The Pony main was a two-horse race when Dickerson and co-leader Earl Downing collided in Turn 3, with the rest of the field baring down on the sideways pair. Included were Ed Hale and George Behlman, who were battling for third place, as both punched the barrier.

Hale hit the wall particularly hard, knocking out the toe alignment of his front tires by more than two inches. However, his car continued to run well enough to post a second-place finish for the fifth time this season, including being the bridesmaid for the fourth consecutive race. Hale, the Pony points leader, has yet to win a main this season.

Despite his objection, the stewards ruled Downing at fault and sent him to the back. And with Hale unable to pass after the jolt to his car's front end, Dickerson cruised to an easy triumph. Behlman finished third.

"I kind of knew he (Downing) was going to drill me," noted Dickerson. "I was running my line and hooking at the bottom and we went right into me."

Downing countered, noting that he "had nowhere else to go -- I was already running at the bottom of the track."

In Street Stocks, Lakeside's Hinze gained the checkered flag for the second time in July, but needed to overcome disappointments in qualifying before finally coming out on top.

"We messed things up in qualifying, so we missed out on the fast heat race, but still got in (the main) by winning the slow heat race easily," said Hinze. "Our crew chief, Shaun McCarren, pulled some magic out of the hat to get the car ready."

Hinze noted it was the first time his car failed to reach Heat A for the fastest vehicles in four years. After gaining a Street Stocks main berth, Hinze easily held off Eric Ferguson of El Cajon and Josh Green of Lakeside for the win, only needing to avoid Dave Arce over the final lap, when the Santee drive entered the track from the pits, yet was not up to speed by the time the leaders caught and passed him without incident at the white flag.

The post-race happenings in the Bomber Stock main out-shined the easy victory by Hart, who posted his second victory in three weeks over Cajon's 3/8-mile paved oval by utilizing a low line to avoid the slick surface in the first two turns.

Just as the back of the pack crossed the finish line, Bombers points leader David Whisenant tapped the rear of a car operated by Rodney Shaw, sending it spinning into the infield. Shaw was driving Allen Basile's No. 525 Thunderbird after his own Monte Carlo had mechanical difficulties earlier in the day.

So Shaw, with the cars lined in single-file to exit the track, caught Whisenant from behind and spun him out along the grandstands next to the back straightaway. At press time, track stewards were considering sitting either or both drivers down for a week for their actions.

Earlier, Whisenant was involved in a bumping occurrence with another driver, too.

Michael Peace took the Legacy main after avoiding a nasty crash which saw cars driven by Ryan Gay and Dennis Hines towed from the track.

BACK-TRACKS -- Several crew members and drivers in the pits stated that Pony Stocks driver Ty Tipton of Spring Valley is retiring from racing, effective immediately, following his scary crash during Lap 3 of the main event. Tipton s Pinto rammed hard into the wall in front of the flag tower at the start-finish line.


Fast Time - Ron Overman, Lakeside; Time - :16.151.

1st Heat (8 laps) - 1. Dee Cable, Santee; 2. Ben Carver, El Cajon; 3. Billy Hoagland, Santee; 4. Scott Moses, Chula Vista; 5. Ray Butler, El Cajon; Time - 2:14.04.

2nd Heat (8 laps) - 1. Stephen Peace, El Cajon; 2. David Beat, El Cajon; 3. John Manke, Ramona; 4. Ron Esau, Lakeside; 5. Ron Overman, Lakeside; 6. Rick Chavez, Lakeside; Time - 4:56.67.

Main (40 laps) - 1. John Manke, Ramona; 2. Stephen Peace, El Cajon; 3. Ron Overman, Lakeside; 4. Rick Chavez, Lakeside; 5. Ben Carver, El Cajon; 6. Billy Hoagland, Santee; 7. Ron Esau, Lakeside; 8. David Beat, El Cajon; 9. Scott Moses, Chula Vista; 10. Dee Cable, Santee; 11. Ray Butler, El Cajon; 12. Bill Parenteau Jr., Santee; Time - 17:19.02.

Fast Time - Matt Arnold, San Diego; Time - :17.590.

1st Heat (8 laps) - 1. Richard Hinze, Lakeside; 2. Josh Green, Lakeside; 3. Ivan Harrison, Santee; 4. Dave Arce, Santee; 5. Brian Collins, Oceanside; 6. Randy Buell, San Diego; 7. Jeff Coskey, Santee; 8. Tony Masey, El Cajon; 9. Don Moore, Lakeside; Time - 14:28.99.

2nd Heat (8 laps) - 1. Danny Gay, Lakeside; 2. Rick Hagen, Rancho SD; 3. Rich Green Jr., El Cajon; 4. Eric Ferguson, El Cajon; 5. Kenny Hall, El Cajon; 6. Rob Freeman, Santee; 7. Matt Arnold, San Diego; 8. Rob Overman, San Diego; 9. Eric Sweetman, Santee; Time - 2:24.29.

Main (25 laps) - 1. Richard Hinze, Lakeside; 2. Eric Ferguson, El Cajon; 3. Josh Green, Lakeside; 4. Brian Collins, Oceanside; 5. Rich Green Jr., El Cajon; 6. Matt Arnold, San Diego; 7. Danny Gay, Lakeside; 8. Kenny Hall, El Cajon; 9. Eric Sweetman, Santee; 10. Rick Hagen, Rancho SD; 11. Rob Overman, San Diego; 12. Ivan Harrison, Santee; 13. Jeff Coskey, Santee; 14. Rob Freeman, Santee; 15. Dave Arce, Santee; 16. Randy Buell, San Diego; Time - 13:05.44.

Fast Time - Ed Hale, El Cajon; Time - :18.403.

Dash (4 laps) - 1. Douglas Wright Jr., Santee; Time - 1:14.67.

1st Heat (8 laps) - 1. Tim Beeney, Escondido; 2. Tony Cortes, El Cajon; 3. Andy Harrington, Lakeside; 4. Rob Dinsmore, Ramona; 5. Marvin Chappell, El Cajon; 6. Robert Minnick, El Cajon; 7. Phil Griffin, Santee; 8. Bill Parenteau Sr., El Cajon; 9. Shealynn Longwell, El Cajon; Time - 7:10.42.

2nd Heat (8 laps) - 1. Steve Dickerson, El Cajon; 2. Russ Gregson, Santee; 3. Darrell McKee Jr., San Diego; 4. Ty Tipton, Spring Valley; 5. George Behlman, Santee; 6. Ed Hale, El Cajon; 7. Earl Downing, Spring Valley; 8. Douglas Wright Jr., Santee; 9. Pete Franke, Lakeside; 10. Brian Fitzgibbons, El Cajon; Time - 4:23.31.

Main (20 laps) - 1. Steve Dickerson, El Cajon; 2. Ed Hale, El Cajon; 3. George Behlman, Santee; 4. Douglas Wright Jr., Santee; 5. Russ Gregson, Santee; 6. Earl Downing, Spring Valley; 7. Brian Fitzgibbons, El Cajon; 8. Andy Harrington, Lakeside; 9. Marvin Chappell, El Cajon; 10. Len Cartwright, Lemon Grove; 11. Robert Minnick, El Cajon; 12. Darrell McKee Jr., San Diego; 13. Rob Dinsmore, Ramona; 14. Shealynn Longwell, El Cajon; 15. Pete Franke, Lakeside; 16. Bill Parenteau Sr., El Cajon; 17. Phil Griffin, Santee; 18. Ty Tipton, Spring Valley; 19. Tim Beeney, Escondido; Time - 25:04.63.


1st Heat (8 laps) - 1. Kevin Gantz, Spring Valley; 2. Randy Hart, National City; 3. Darrell Moore, Ramona; 4. Bill Holland, El Cajon; 5. Brandon Haag, Santee; 6. Mike McGlone, Fallbrook; 7. Michael Burford, Ramona; 8. Bob Underwood, Spring Valley; 9. Dave Ensall, Lakeside; Time - 2:47.04.

2nd Heat (8 laps) - 1. Rick Nies, Lakeside; 2. Marty Lehrke, San Diego; 3. Hayden Smith, San Diego; 4. Brian Fitzgibbons, El Cajon; 5. Greg McCown, Lakeside; 6. David Whisenant, Murrieta; 7. Scott Denton, Fallbrook; 8. Perry Humphries, San Diego; 9. Rodney Shaw, El Cajon; Time - 2:45.42.

Main (20 laps) - 1. Randy Hart, National City; 2. Hayden Smith, San Diego; 3. Greg McCown, Lakeside; 4. Rick Nies, Lakeside; 5. Brian Fitzgibbons, El Cajon; 6. Scott Denton, Fallbrook; 7. Kevin Gantz, Spring Valley; 8. Bill Holland, El Cajon; 9. Darrell Moore, Ramona; 10. Marty Lehrke, San Diego; 11. Perry Humphries, San Diego; 12. David Whisenant, Murrieta; 13. Mike McGlone, Fallbrook; 14. Rodney Shaw, El Cajon; 15. Dave Ensall, Lakeside; 16. Brandon Haag, Santee; Time - 15:10.05.

Fast Time - Scott Denton, Fallbrook; Time - :20.011.
Fast Time - Michael Peace, El Cajon; Time - :18.875.

1st Heat (8 laps) - 1. Sean Bishop, ; 2. Scott Dannen, Dewey, AZ; 3. Michael Peace, El Cajon; 4. Chad Hines, Jamul; 5. Ryan Gay, El Cajon; 6. Dennis Hines, Jamul; 7. Trevor Maynard, El Cajon; 8. John Gravelle, San Diego; Time - 2:29.26.

Main (20 laps) - 1. Michael Peace, El Cajon; 2. Sean Bishop, ; 3. Scott Dannen, Dewey, AZ; 4. Chad Hines, Jamul; 5. John Gravelle, San Diego; 6. Trevor Maynard, El Cajon; 7. Dennis Hines, Jamul; 8. Ryan Gay, El Cajon; Time - 16:29.07.


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