Cajon Speedway promoter killed

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El Cajon Speedway promoter fatally shot in chest at home


By Pauline Repard
STAFF WRITER

April 15, 2003


El Cajon Speedway promoter Steve Brucker, whose family has owned the track for more than 40 years, was fatally shot yesterday on his doorstep, authorities said.

Sheriff's investigators said they had few leads to the gunman and didn't know a motive for the killing.

Brucker, 51, dialed 911 himself about 2:25 p.m. and told a dispatcher that he'd been shot in the chest when he answered a knock on his door.

Deputies found him inside the house on Medill Avenue just east of the El Cajon city limits near Interstate 8. Paramedics took him to Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego, where he was declared dead about 4 p.m., said sheriff's Lt. Terry Wisniewski of the homicide unit.

Authorities said the shooter was a white man in his 30s, with salt-and-pepper hair, wearing a baseball cap and dark clothes. He was accompanied by a second white man, described only as in his late 20s.

They reportedly left in an older-model black Ford Bronco.

Brucker leaves a wife and two children, Wisniewski said.

Brucker was president of Cajon Plaza, the family owned company that has operated Cajon Speedway next to Gillespie Field airport since 1960. He and his brother, Kevin, ran the business for father Earle Brucker.

The speedway started as a course for motorcycles, then auto races were added and the track was paved and expanded to its current 3/8-mile length. The 32-day racing season draws an average race day crowd of 3,000.

Rumors that the speedway would soon close down have circulated for years. Steve Brucker was quoted in The San Diego Union-Tribune last year as saying that the family would keep running the track "unless someone shows up with a large pickup filled with money."

Brucker said the family holds a lease option on the land good through 2010, but county officials have said they believe the lease expires in 2005.



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Staff writer Jose Jimenez contributed to this report.
Pauline Repard: (619) 542-4592; pauline.repard@uniontrib.com
 

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just a couple dumb asses, hope no local Cajon racer finds him, It will be ugly. I work with a few.
 
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