Jimmie Johnson is the celebrated racer from El Cajon, but he never raced here, he came up in national Motocross, which is motorcycles. There is another local guy who is far more deserving of recognition, a kid named Johnny Borneman III. He has raced stock cars locally since he was a little kid, and he is the third generation to do so. Both generations before him won championships at El Cajon Speedway, and I used to watch his father race there before it closed some years back.
Johnny ran at Talledega last weekend in the Nationwide Series race, and Bill Center has the story in today’s San Diego Union-Tribune. It’s quite a heartwarming story. Go read it but, long story short, he finished fifth despite not having enough money to afford a full pit crew. Helluva job.