posted June 03, 2001 10:31 AM
JERRY GAY THWARTS SON AT CAJON
EL CAJON, CA. One of a father's greatest joys is watching his son do well.
That may well be true, but even that only goes so far. Such was the case
Saturday night at Cajon Speedway where Jerry Gay had his hands full with his
son Danny before prevailing in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series main event
for late model sportsman.
The elder Gay, who is the reigning track champion, did everything he could
to hold his son, a rookie in the division, at bay while the two battled for
the lead during the opening 15 circuits of the 40-lap event. After a lap 15
red flag, Jerry Gay went unchallenged most of the rest of the way to pick up
his 136th career triumph on the 3/8 mile paved oval.
Danny held off a determined Mike Mendenhall for second though the two
touched in turn two on the final circuit and Gay nearly lost control. Todd
McLauchlan ran fourth. Fast qualifier John Tyczki, who was the points
runner-up to Gay in 2000, made his first start of the season at Cajon and
Rick Hagen rolled to his first victory of the season in the street stocks.
Ed Hale romped to his 141st career triumph in the pony stocks. Bill Holland
was victorious in the bomber stocks. Defending champion Mike Salm took his
first main event trophy of the season in the Grand American modifieds.
The Gays started fourth and sixth in the 16-car field and were one-two after
the second round. For the next fourteen rounds, Danny drew underneath dear
old dad nearly corner after corner. He could run with him for a couple of
rounds, but was unable to make the pass. On lap 15 the race was stopped when
a fire broke out under the hood of John Manke's mount. Four other slowdowns
interrupted the remainder of the contest and six laps were run at a reduced
pace. Danny's car was better on longer runs so the series of short sprints
worked to his dad's advantage. On the final lap, Mendenhall nearly turned
the younger Gay around in turn two. Mendenhall, the current point leader,
backed off and Gay, who was making only his fifth start in a sportsman,
When asked about how his son did, Jerry was quick with a response. "He did
great - behind me," he laughed. "I think his car tightened up (after the
red). Mine got tighter. This car is now pretty close to what last year's car
was. Mike (Hagerman) changed quite a bit of stuff"
The outside row, which included both Gays and Mendenhall, had a huge stroke
of luck when David Arzola and Ray Burns elected to go to the back instead of
starting 4th and 6th. That moved the eventual top three finishers up two
rows at the start, a fact that did not go unnoticed by the winner. "We got
the break by those two guys went to the back," Gay sighed. A couple of weeks
ago Arzola held up Jerry Gay and Mendenhall on the start, causing both to
lose about four positions. "David is new and I talked to him (tonight)," the
winner explained. "I went over and talked to him. I said I had a big favor
to ask. I told him I didn't mind him starting where he's starting. But if
the car doesn't feel good, (think about dropping back). Then Ray came up and
said Jerry, I'm not going to ***** you up either."
Salm led all 25-circuits of the Grand American modified feature. The race
figured to be a dogfight between Salm and fellow front row starter Ron
Brown. But Brown broke loose twice along the way and ended up fourth. Point
leader Scott Brown ended up second ahead of Mark Jackson. Carol Kirby
Williams was fifth.
Hagen's victory came by five car lengths over point leader Rich Green Jr. in
the street stocks. The wreck-strewn 25-lapper was slowed six times by yellow
flags. Third place went to Richard Hinze while Randy Buell and Scott Moses
rounded out the top five. Unfortunately the event was another crashfest,
something the street stocks have become noted for lately. Hagen, who started
16th, kept his nose clean and overhauled pacesetting Keith Donahou just
sevens rounds in. Donahou had a fine run, winning the slow heat and then
pacing the main event before he was freight-trained after Hagen went past. S
till Donahou ended up eighth. Moses was another who rebounded after being
involved in some of the early race shunts. His night started with a motor
change and he missed qualifying. So he was relegated to the back of the pack
for the green flag.
Hale, who just won't slow down despite being 63 years young, started 10th in
the 20-lapper for pony stocks. It took him just seven circuits to run down
polesitter Victor Clark. Clark remained in second until he spun before the
green on a restart just a lap from the checkered. Mike Weimann ended up
second after a hard fought battle for that position. Andy Papp nipped Debi
Urioste for third. Marty Schmidt was fifth. It was Urioste's best Cajon run
Bill Holland made it a big night for the senior citizens. The 64-year-old
ran away with the bomber stock feature. It took him half of the 20-lapper to
move by Mark Wendell and then he set sail. In his rear view mirror, point
leader Bob Wickey was winding his way through the field. Wickey extended his
point lead due to a pair of pileups involving his nearest points rival, Mark
Holland. Wickey was still buried in the pack when the 5th through 9th rounds
were run under caution. And even by lap 16 Wickey was still only up to
fifth. Wickey ended up second ahead of Rodney Shaw, Wendell, and Marty
PIT NOTES: Fred Chavez Sr. sat in for George Behlman.. Fred has now competed
at Cajon in the 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's, and 00's. He also raced in Balboa
Stadium in the 50's. That's quite a long string. At 64, Fred looks and says
he feels very fit. . John Tyczki earned the $200 Hard Charger money donated
by Die Cast Collectibles. The cash goes each week to the sportsman driver
earning the most passing points. . Poor Todd Phelps. The street stock driver
lost a motor in hot lapping. His crew made the switch and then Todd dumped
that one in turn one in the feature. . Ivan Harrison's crew also had a tough
night, but with better results. After slapping the wall early in the street
stock feature, his crew changed a tie rod and only lost two laps. Despite
the fact that the front end was really toed out, Ivan may have been the
fastest car on the track in the closing stages of the main event. Way to go,
guys. . Jerry Gay and his car owner - crew chief Mike Hagerman headed team
are taking advantage of next week's off night to switch to aluminum heads
after starting the season with the iron stock heads. That means that the top
five guys in the points this year will be running the aluminum heads. Son
Danny made the move after opening night. Mike Mendenhall, Ron Overman, and
Todd McLauchlan all started the season with them. The cars run with a weight
penalty but generate most horsepower.
CAJON SPEEDWAY NASCAR WEEKLY RACING SERIES RESULTS
LATE MODEL SPORTSMAN
Fast Time - John Tyczki Jr, Lakeside; Time - :16.337.
1st Heat (8 laps) - 1. John Manke, Ramona; 2. Jack Lee, Vista; 3. Michael
Peace, El Cajon; Time - 2:14.39.
2nd Heat (8 laps) - 1. Ron Overman, Lakeside; 2. Jerry Gay, San Diego; 3.
John Tyczki Jr, Lakeside; Time - 2:12.18.
Main (40 laps) - 1. Jerry Gay, San Diego; 2. Danny Gay, Lakeside; 3. Mike
Mendenhall, Santee; 4. Todd McLauchlan, Alpine; 5. John Tyczki Jr, Lakeside;
6. Ron Overman, Lakeside; 7. Jack Lee, Vista; 8. Rod Hildebrand, Escondido;
9. Ray Burns, San Diego; 10. Michael Peace, El Cajon; 11. Dee Cable, Santee;
12. David Arzola, San Diego; 13. Wayne Morse, Alpine; 14. Don Kerr, El
Cajon; 15. John Manke, Ramona; 16. Bill Parenteau Jr., Santee; Time -
GRAND AMERICAN MODIFIED
Fast Time - Mike Salm, Fallbrook; Time - :16.628.
1st Heat (8 laps) - 1. Ron Brown, San Diego; 2. Mike Salm, Fallbrook; 3.
Mike Jackson, Bonita; Time - 2:12.88.
Main (25 laps) - 1. Mike Salm, Fallbrook; 2. Scott Brown, Spring Valley; 3.
Mike Jackson, Bonita; 4. Ron Brown, San Diego; 5. Carol Kirby Williams, San
Dgo; 6. Paul Brunette, Spring Valley; 7. Dave Williams, Escondido; 8. Doug
Carpenter, La Mesa; 9. Billy Cable, La Mesa; 10. Stan Perkins, Spring
Valley; Time - 19:11.79.
Fast Time - Rich Green Jr., El Cajon; Time - :17.579.
Dash (4 laps) - 1. Ivan Harrison, Santee; 2. Rich Green Jr., El Cajon; 3.
Rob Overman, El Cajon; 4. Rick Hagen, Alpine; Time - 1:11.99.
1st Heat (8 laps) - 1. Keith Donahou, San Diego; 2. Bob Meese, Poway; 3.
Randy Buell, San Diego; Time - 11:25.47.
2nd Heat (8 laps) - 1. Brian Brown, San Diego; 2. Dave Arce, Santee; 3. Neil
Rodvold, Lakeside; Time - 2:24.42.
Main (25 laps) - 1. Rick Hagen, Alpine; 2. Rich Green Jr., El Cajon; 3.
Richard Hinze, Lakeside; 4. Randy Buell, San Diego; 5. Scott Moses, Chula
Vista; 6. Rob Freeman, Santee; 7. Bob Meese, Poway; 8. Keith Donahou, San
Diego; 9. Brian Collins, Oceanside; 10. Dave Arce, Santee; 11. RJ Stockman,
Lakeside; 12. Ivan Harrison, Santee; 13. Frank Stielau, El Cajon; 14. Bill
Sanchez, Santee; 15. Rob Overman, El Cajon; 16. Rich Greeny, El Cajon; 17.
Brian Brown, San Diego; 18. Gordon Anderson, Lem Grv; 19. Charles Nevin, El
Cajon; 20. Jason Pontsler, Poway; Time - 31:47.93.
Fast Time - Mike Weimann, Temecula; Time - :18.499.
1st Heat (8 laps) - 1. Victor Clark, Lakeside; 2. Debi Urioste, Poway; 3.
John Swink, Lakeside; Time - 2:34.10.
2nd Heat (8 laps) - 1. Jessica Rodvold, El Cajon; 2. Marty Schmidt, El
Cajon; 3. Ed Hale, El Cajon; Time - 2:32.89.
Main (20 laps) - 1. Ed Hale, El Cajon; 2. Mike Weimann, Temecula; 3. Andy
Papp, La Mesa; 4. Debi Urioste, Poway; 5. Marty Schmidt, El Cajon; 6.
Jessica Rodvold, El Cajon; 7. John Swink, Lakeside; 8. Pete Franke,
Lakeside; 9. Lou Tompkins, San Diego; 10. Tim Beeney, Escondido; 11. Frank
Stangler, El Cajon; 12. Ken Wikoren, El Cajon; 13. David Pardo, Encinitas;
14. Tim White, San Clemente; 15. Fred Chavez, Santee; 16. Victor Clark,
Lakeside; 17. Jack Shirey, San Diego; 18. Shawn Connelly, Batesburg, SC; 19.
Douglas Wright Jr., Rancho SD; 20. Robert Parenteau, El Cajon; Time -
Fast Time - Mark Holland, San Diego; Time - :19.855.
1st Heat (8 laps) - 1. Mike McGlone, Fallbrook; 2. Mark Wendell, Santee; 3.
Bill Holland, El Cajon; Time - 5:18.92.
2nd Heat (8 laps) - 1. Rodney Shaw, El Cajon; 2. Chris Boyer, San Diego; 3.
Bob Wickey, Spring Valley; Time - 5:49.92.
Main (20 laps) - 1. Bill Holland, El Cajon; 2. Bob Wickey, Spring Valley; 3.
Rodney Shaw, El Cajon; 4. Mark Wendell, Santee; 5. Marty Lehrke, San Diego;
6. Chris Boyer, San Diego; 7. Bob Blew, Santee; 8. Mike McGlone, Fallbrook;
9. Jay McKellep, El Cajon; 10. Mike Johnson, Spring Valley; 11. Eric Seene,
Santee; 12. Scott Denton, Fallbrook; 13. Allen Basile, San Diego; 14. Jeff
Coskey, Santee; 15. Thomas Osborne, San Diego; 16. Greg McCown, El Cajon;
17. Mark Holland, San Diego; 18. Joey Schneider, Escondido; 19. Hayden
Smith, San Diego; Time - 22:08.36.
DESTRUCTION DERBY - Robert Northcote, Campo
ATTENDANCE - 3827