posted May 06, 2001 10:18 AM
OVERMAN OVERHAULS CAJON COMPETITION
EL CAJON, CA. Ron Overman avoided the pitfalls which beset some of his
rivals at Cajon Speedway Saturday night. As a result, the 58-year-old,
two-time track champion brought his always-immaculate Monte Carlo home in
front of the late model sportsman 40-lap feature on the 3/8-mile paved oval.
Overman bested opening night victor Mike Mendenhall by a single car length
in the accident-riddled NASCAR Weekly Racing Series event contested under
clear skies (thank goodness) and a full moon (not so good). Todd McLauchlan
took third ahead of John Manke and Jeff Seifert.
Scott Brown paced all 25-rounds of the season opener for Grand American
modifieds. Eric Evans ended Scott Holmgren's two-race domination of the
street stocks. Sophomore racer Ken Wikoren took home his first pony stock
main event win.
Overman was the fourth leader of the late model feature. He started seventh
in the 18-car field, which was cut in half by the checkered. Dee Cable led
the first three rounds. She was holding her own until she bounced off the
wall in turn two and yielded the top spot to Manke. Manke then lost the top
spot to rookie Stephen Peace on the 15th circuit. Peace appeared to have the
race in his hip pocket. But his lead was brief. Two rounds later he got
tagged when the lapped car of Ed Patton drifted down into his path exiting
turn four. This put Manke back on top. But Overman was hot on his tail and
zipped underneath at the halfway point. Manke dropped back when Mendenhall
and McLauchlan used the same low groove to get past. In the second half of
the race, Mendenhall kept trying to get a run off the corners in a bid for
the lead. But Overman was not to be denied. It marked his tenth career
sportsman win and 18th overall.
Overman, whose crew always feasts at the track, was chomping down on cookies
after his ride. "I was sure they checkered the race five laps early,"
Overman laughed. When asked why he thought that, he quipped, "Because we
"The car felt great. We had a little trouble when we first got here. But we
settled down and got going. We had a little handling problem. The car was
skating up the racetrack. The front end was washing out. So the crew
tightened it up about halfway. We still had good bite off (the corners). We
qualified decent and it all just came together."
"It was fun racing with Mike. He's a class act," Overman continued. "I had a
little better lap. Then he would have a little better lap. He had an
opportunity to bump me a couple of times, but raced me clean. I could do
this just about every week. It's a full moon and we don't even have a
A bit down pit road, Dee Cable, who settled for seventh, was ecstatic with
her run. "It was wonderful," she smiled. "I was doing good until I hit the
wall. When the 5 car (Manke) got underneath me, I went up a little to give
him room and went wham. I hit it twice and just backed out and let them all
go by. I was scared I was going to get knocked back into the field. It was
fun. I got to win a race tonight (the slow heat). That was fun."
Danny Gay had a tough, tough night. His crew thrashed all afternoon fighting
motor problems. He missed qualifying and had to start at the back of the
main event. Then six laps into the feature, Danny collected his dad Jerry
Gay in turn two. Danny went into the corner and said the car just went up
the track. The elder Gay backed hard into the crash wall and was out for the
night. The younger Gay was able to continue. But he was later knocked out of
competition on lap 19 when his Monte Carlo rode up and over Claude Bell's
Brown leapt to the front of the modified contest from the outside front row.
His only challenge came during mid-race when his Uncle, Ron Brown, moved
onto his tail. The elder Brown, who started at the back after missing
qualifying due to major engine woes, was poised to make a bid for the lead
when he pulled off the track on lap 17. Doug Carpenter took second ahead of
defending champion Mike Salm. Mike Jackson was fourth and Stan Perkins took
The street stocks were apparently snake bitten by the moon and the
destruction derby scheduled later in the night. Two big pileups occurred in
turn four before they were able to get one lap in the books. Once underway,
there was only one more slowdown along the way. Eric Evans outran Bill
Sanchez for the victory. Ever-improving Charles Nevin in the former-John
Tipps machine claimed third ahead of Brian Collins and Rob Overman.
Wikoren had his hands full with Ed Hale late in the pony stock 20-lapper.
Wikoren led from start to finish and was three lengths ahead of Hale. It
looked as if 63-year-old would give the 32-year-old a run for his money
after mowing down the 20-length lead Wikoren had. But he never got closer
than three lengths. Neil Rodvold took third ahead of Marty Schmidt and Andy
PIT NOTES: Dee Cable had quite an afternoon. The the team lost a lawn chair
to a swarm of bees which buzzed the pits for about an hour before finally
settling on one of their chairs. One very brave soul for another team
gingerly picked up the lawn chair and carried it out of the pits. . Mike
Mendenhall picked up the $200 Hard Charger Award for the most passing points
in the sportsman. The Cajon Speedway Fire and Rescue Crew donated the
money. . If you have a question about the racing or racers at Cajon
Speedway, drop it off at the souvenir booth on either side of the track, or
email it to us from our website. From time to time they will be answered in
CAJON SPEEDWAY NASCAR WEEKLY RACING SERIES RESULTS
LATE MODEL SPORTSMAN
Fast Time - Mike Mendenhall, Santee; Time - :16.298.
1st Heat (8 laps) - 1. Dee Cable, Santee; 2. Jack Lee, Vista; 3. John Manke,
Ramona; Time - 4:58.44.
2nd Heat (8 laps) - 1. Claude Bell, El Cajon; 2. Stephen Peace, El Cajon; 3.
Todd McLauchlan, Alpine; Time - 13:23.87.
Main (40 laps) - 1. Ron Overman, Lakeside; 2. Mike Mendenhall, Santee; 3.
Todd McLauchlan, Alpine; 4. John Manke, Ramona; 5. Jeff Seifert, Jamul; 6.
Jack Lee, Vista; 7. Dee Cable, Santee; 8. Wayne Morse, Alpine; 9. Ray Burns,
San Diego; 10. David Arzola, San Diego; 11. Stephen Peace, El Cajon; 12.
Claude Bell, El Cajon; 13. Danny Gay, Lakeside; 14. Ed Patton, El Cajon; 15.
Jerry Gay, San Diego; Time - 30:48.95.
GRAND AMERICAN MODIFIED
Fast Time - Mike Salm, Fallbrook; Time - :16.555.
Dash (4 laps) - 1. Mike Jackson, Bonita; 2. Scott Brown, Spring Valley; 3.
Carol Kirby Williams, San Dgo; 4. Mike Salm, Fallbrook; Time - 1:07.48.
1st Heat (8 laps) - 1. Douglas Carpenter, La Mesa; 2. Scott Brown, Spring
Valley; 3. Mike Salm, Fallbrook; Time - 2:17.56.
Main (25 laps) - 1. Scott Brown, Spring Valley; 2. Douglas Carpenter, La
Mesa; 3. Mike Salm, Fallbrook; 4. Mike Jackson, Bonita; 5. Stan Perkins,
Spring Valley; 6. Paul Brunette, Spring Valley; 7. Ron Brown, San Diego; 8.
Dave Williams, Escondido; 9. Carol Kirby Williams, San Dgo; Time - 11:48.17.
Fast Time - Scott Moses, Chula Vista; Time - :17.803.
1st Heat (8 laps) - 1. Bill Sanchez, Santee; 2. Scott Holmberg, San Diego;
3. Neil Rodvold, Lakeside; Time - 6:37.70.
2nd Heat (8 laps) - 1. Rob Freeman, Santee; 2. Dave Arce, Santee; 3. Brian
Collins, Encinitas; Time - 6:40.09.
Main (25 laps) - 1. Eric Evans, Imperial Beach; 2. Bill Sanchez, Santee; 3.
Charles Nevin, El Cajon; 4. Brian Collins, Encinitas; 5. Rob Overman, El
Cajon; 6. Rich Green Jr., El Cajon; 7. Rick Hagen, Alpine; 8. Brian Brown,
San Diego; 9. Scott Moses, Chula Vista; 10. Dave Arce, Santee; 11. Neil
Rodvold, Lakeside; 12. Bob Meese, Poway; 13. Scott Holmberg, San Diego; 14.
Gordon Anderson, Lem Grv; 15. Todd Phelps, El Cajon; 16. Keith Donahou, San
Diego; 17. Rob Freeman, Santee; 18. Dan Roberts, Lakeside; 19. Jeff Bishop,
Temecula; 20. Frank Stielau, El Cajon; 21. Richard Hinze, Lakeside; Time -
Fast Time - Mike Weimann, Temecula; Time - :18.285.
1st Heat (8 laps) - 1. Ken Wikoren, El Cajon; 2. Pete Franke, Lakeside; 3.
Frank Stangler, El Cajon; Time - 5:43.35.
2nd Heat (8 laps) - 1. Neil Rodvold, Lakeside; 2. Kenny Hall, Lakeside; 3.
Victor Clark, Lakeside; Time - 2:31.18.
Main (20 laps) - 1. Ken Wikoren, El Cajon; 2. Ed Hale, El Cajon; 3. Neil
Rodvold, Lakeside; 4. Marty Schmidt, El Cajon; 5. Andy Papp, La Mesa; 6.
Mike Weimann, Temecula; 7. Debi Urioste, Poway; 8. Kenny Hall, Lakeside; 9.
Pete Franke, Lakeside; 10. Frank Stangler, El Cajon; 11. Scott Ohlhauser, El
Cajon; 12. Tim Beeney, Escondido; 13. John Swink, Lakeside; 14. Carole
Schacher, San Diego; 15. Andre McKay, San Diego; 16. Craig Pippin, Vista;
17. Tim White, San Clemente; 18. Lou Tompkins, San Diego; 19. Victor Clark,
Lakeside; 20. George Behlman, Santee; 21. Douglas Wright Jr., Rancho SD; 22.
Robert Parenteau, El Cajon; Time - 9:47.18.
DESTRUCTION DERBY - Chuck Gillock, Escondido
ATTENDANCE - 2640