posted May 13, 2001 10:30 AM
MENDENHALL DECISIVE IN CAJON VICTORY
EL CAJON, CA. (05/12/01). Mike Mendenhall was clearly the class of the late
model sportsman field at Cajon Speedway Saturday night.
The 37-year old led all 40 rounds of the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series main
event on the 3/8 mile paved oval. It marked his second victory in three
outings this year. Todd McLauchlan ran second the entire distance, but he
had dropped to nearly a quarter lap back at the checkered. Jerry Gay edged
out his son Danny in a race-long duel for third. Ron Overman was fifth.
Fast qualifier Pat Garity came from tenth starting position to claim his
second bomber main event in three outings. Richard Hinze moved around Scott
Holmberg with three laps remaining to take street stock honors. Ed Hale
prevailed in the pony stocks. John Isabella won the 20-lap Allison Legacy
Mendenhall got his biggest break in the sportsman feature before the first
lap was ever completed. Outside front row starter Wayne Morse looped it in
the first turn and Mendenhall, who started right behind, nosed into his
side. Morse was unable to make the call for the restart, and that moved
Mendenhall up from the outside of the second row to the outside of the first
row. When the green flag was unfurled, the result was never in doubt.
Mendenhall pushed his Monte Carlo to an early lead. McLauchlan hung with him
for the first half of the contest, but dropped back in the last 20-laps.
Gay the elder had his hands full with Gay the younger for the entire race.
The two started nose-to-tail. Just a week earlier, Danny had gotten into his
dad, sending him spinning into the turn one wall. This time though there was
no contact, just good hard close racing. Lap after lap Danny Gay would make
a run at his dad on the low side. More than once he drew even. But he was
unable to make a pass stick. His best opportunity came when he got a great
run off turn four on lap 35. He pulled even with his dad and the duo ran
even for a full lap before the veteran Jerry Gay relegated his son, who
graduated to the sportsman this year after winning two straight street stock
titles, back to fourth for good.
Danny Gay had one very close call. On the sixth circuit he had to squeeze
between a lapped car and Ron Overman in turn four. He had no margin for
error and managed to pull off the slick move.
"Yes and no," Danny Gay responded when asked if it was frustrating not being
able to pass his Dad. "The car wouldn't work low and dad uses us pretty much
all the racetrack. I was looking for him to try the low side so I could
sneak in on the outside. If that would have happened, I think I would have
been gone. But I was just roasting off the corner on the low side. It looked
like he had more power than I did going down the straightaways because he
would pull away. But I was spinning my tires all the way."
After their debacle a week earlier, the street stocks ran non-stop for the
first 15 circuits of their 25-lapper. Up front Bob Meese and two-time victor
Scott Holmberg were dicing back and forth with Meese eventually grabbing on
to the number one spot. Then last ten laps spoiled the otherwise great race,
but allowed Richard Hinze enough time to close on the leaders after starting
11th. On lap 15, a red was necessary after Gordon Anderson's Chevelle tried
to climb into the cockpit of Rob Overman's Monte Carlo. There were no
injuries, but both cars had to be towed back to the pits. Yellows on laps
17, 20, and 21 interrupted the great battle up front. Then on lap 23 a
second red flag was necessary when the cars of Brian Brown, Ivan Harrison,
Dave Arce, and point leader Rick Hagen stacked up in turn two and then RJ
Stockman slammed into the melee. Here too there was only injuries to the
automobiles. By this point Hinze had already taken over the number one spot
from Holmberg, who had moved back on top on lap 17. At the line Hinze was
six lengths ahead of Holmberg. Rich Green, who was sent to the back of the
pack after being involved in the lap 20 slowdown, took great advantage of
the restarts to move back up to third. Eric Evans ran fourth while Meese
faded to fifth.
The pony stocks had their trouble early. Two restarts and then two lap four
caution periods left Ed Hale challenging for rookie Tim Beeney and Dave
Pardo for the top spot. Hale roared around the outside of both before they
got to turn one after the lap four slowdown. Fast qualifier, Mike Weimann,
another rookie, followed in Hale's tire tracks. But he was unable to seat
Hale from the lead. It marked Hale's 140th Cajon victory. His teammate Marty
Schmidt ended up third ahead of Andy Papp and Douglas Wright Jr.
Five yellow flag periods extended the 20-lap bomber main to nearly
twenty-five minutes too. Eric Seene managed to hold onto the lead from his
outside front row starting position until Garity moved by on the high side
on lap 8. But in the second half of the race, Mark Holland was on the move.
Not even in the top five until lap 15, Holland mowed down Mark Schilling,
Seene, and Bob Wickey in short order to end up second. Wickey grabbed the
point lead with his third place run. Seene and Greg McCown ran fourth and
PIT NOTES: Two sportsman were unable to run all night. David Arzola lost a
tranny hot lapping. Then Michael Peace had gasket problems and an
irresolvable water pump leak that kept his team in the pits. . Ivan Harrison
finally got to race after missing all of the first three races with engine
problems in his Torino. His wife, Ro, said the team had never made peace
with the Thunderbird god when they made the switch to the Taurus body this
year. So they finally paid their respects and it apparently paid off.
Harrison was second quick in qualifying. He was running well in the feature
until he was spun on lap 20 and then got kicked around in the lap 23 melee.
CAJON SPEEDWAY NASCAR WEEKLY RACING SERIES RESULTS
LATE MODEL SPORTSMAN
Fast Time - Mike Mendenhall, Santee; Time - :16.265.
1st Heat (8 laps) - 1. John Manke, Ramona; 2. Wayne Morse, Alpine; 3. Ray
Burns, San Diego; Time - 2:15.94.
2nd Heat (8 laps) - 1. Jerry Gay, San Diego; 2. Mike Mendenhall, Santee; 3.
Danny Gay, Lakeside; Time - 2:13.02.
Main (40 laps) - 1. Mike Mendenhall, Santee; 2. Todd McLauchlan, Alpine; 3.
Jerry Gay, San Diego; 4. Danny Gay, Lakeside; 5. Ron Overman, Lakeside; 6.
John Manke, Ramona; 7. Jack Lee, Vista; 8. Dee Cable, Santee; 9. Ray Burns,
San Diego; 10. Robert Parenteau, El Cajon; 11. Wayne Morse, Alpine; Time -
Fast Time - Rich Green Jr., El Cajon; Time - :17.694.
1st Heat (8 laps) - 1. Bob Meese, Poway; 2. Scott Holmberg, San Diego; 3.
Randy Buell, San Diego; Time - 14:47.23.
2nd Heat (8 laps) - 1. Scott Moses, Chula Vista; 2. Eric Evans, Imperial
Beach; 3. Richard Hinze, Lakeside; Time - 2:27.33.
Main (25 laps) - 1. Richard Hinze, Lakeside; 2. Scott Holmberg, San Diego;
3. Rich Green Jr., El Cajon; 4. Eric Evans, Imperial Beach; 5. Bob Meese,
Poway; 6. Rob Freeman, Santee; 7. Randy Buell, San Diego; 8. Brian Collins,
Oceanside; 9. Neil Rodvold, Lakeside; 10. Rick Hagen, Alpine; 11. Keith
Donahou, San Diego; 12. Scott Moses, Chula Vista; 13. Brian Brown, San
Diego; 14. Ivan Harrison, Santee; 15. Dave Arce, Santee; 16. Todd Phelps, El
Cajon; 17. RJ Stockman, Lakeside; 18. Rob Overman, El Cajon; 19. Gordon
Anderson, Lem Grv; Time - no time.
Fast Time - Mike Weimann, Temecula; Time - :18.351.
1st Heat (8 laps) - 1. Tim Beeney, Escondido; 2. John Swink, Lakeside; 3.
Scott Ohlhauser, El Cajon; Time - 6:47.63.
2nd Heat (8 laps) - 1. George Behlman, Santee; 2. Mike Weimann, Temecula; 3.
Ed Hale, El Cajon; Time - 5:17.98.
Main (20 laps) - 1. Ed Hale, El Cajon; 2. Mike Weimann, Temecula; 3. Marty
Schmidt, El Cajon; 4. Andy Papp, La Mesa; 5. Douglas Wright Jr., Rancho SD;
6. David Pardo, Encinitas; 7. Victor Clark, Lakeside; 8. Kenny Hall,
Lakeside; 9. Lou Tompkins, San Diego; 10. George Behlman, Santee; 11. Frank
Stangler, El Cajon; 12. Debi Urioste, Poway; 13. Tim Beeney, Escondido; 14.
Carole Schacher, San Diego; 15. Craig Pippin, Vista; 16. John Swink,
Lakeside; 17. Tim White, San Clemente; 18. Pete Franke, Lakeside; 19. Scott
Ohlhauser, El Cajon; 20. Andre McKay, San Diego; 21. Ken Wikoren, El Cajon;
22. DC Conrad, Santee; Time - 32:47.40.
Fast Time - Pat Garity, El Cajon; Time - :19.805.
Dash (4 laps) - 1. Pat Garity, El Cajon; 2. Bob Wickey, Spring Valley; 3.
Mark Holland, San Diego; 4. Alex McKay, San Diego; Time - 1:20.05.
1st Heat (8 laps) - 1. Mark Wendell, Santee; 2. Eric Seene, Santee; 3.
Hayden Smith, San Diego; Time - 4:48.17.
2nd Heat (8 laps) - 1. Bill Holland, El Cajon; 2. Greg McCown, El Cajon; 3.
Pat Garity, El Cajon; Time - 5:13.89.
Semi (10 laps) - 1. Thomas Osborne, San Diego; 2. Bob Blew, Santee; 3.
Rodney Shaw, El Cajon; Time - 6:10.99.
Main (20 laps) - 1. Pat Garity, El Cajon; 2. Mark Holland, San Diego; 3. Bob
Wickey, Spring Valley; 4. Eric Seene, Santee; 5. Greg McCown, El Cajon; 6.
Marty Lehrke, San Diego; 7. Chris Boyer, San Diego; 8. Scott Denton,
Fallbrook; 9. Jeff Coskey, Santee; 10. Bill Holland, El Cajon; 11. Alex
McKay, San Diego; 12. Bob Blew, Santee; 13. Allen Basile, San Diego; 14. Jay
McKellep, El Cajon; 15. Joey Schneider, Escondido; 16. Mike McGlone,
Fallbrook; 17. Mark Wendell, Santee; 18. Thomas Osborne, San Diego; 19.
Hayden Smith, San Diego; 20. Rodney Shaw, El Cajon; Time - 23:39.59.
ALLISON LEGACY CAR
Fast Time - Sean Bishop, Spring Valley; Time - :19.060.
Main (20 laps) - 1. John Isabella, El Cajon; 2. Scott Dannen, Dewey, AZ; 3.
Randy Ryden, Escondido; 4. Rob Ferguson, Poway; 5. John McCain, El Cajon; 6.
Sean Bishop, Spring Valley; Time - no time.
ATTENDANCE - 1692