August 24, 2003 |
Greg Pursley clinched the first championship of the 2003 Irwindale Speedway season Saturday night. His victory in the 75-lap Jani-King Super Late Model series feature earned him the Miller Light Big Ten Challenge title in front of 5,319. Pursley's title was assured on the 35th lap when the regular series leader, Rip Michels, lost control and spun into the wall along turns 3 and 4.
January 13, 2000 |
Irwindale Speedway has announced an ambitious 36-weekend schedule of racing, weighted heavily toward NASCAR Winston Racing Series events, for its second season of competition. All races will be run Saturday nights, except the season finale, the Turkey Night Midget Grand Prix, a 100-lap race over Irwindale's half-mile oval, on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23. The season will open March 2 with an all-NASCAR program of super late models, late models, Grand American modifieds and super stocks. U.S.
June 17, 2001 |
Escondido's Brent Reynolds and Chino's Tim Woods each won their first race of the season as they split the Food 4 Less Super Late Model Twin 50-lap main events Saturday night in front of 5,115 at Irwindale Speedway. In the first race, Reynolds went wire to wire for the victory. The race was stopped on Lap 23 after three cars collided. Super Late Model point leader Charles Utts went to Arcadia Methodist Hospital for observation after complaining about pain in his lower back and chest.
May 14, 2006 |
A collision involving Irwindale Speedway super late model division leader Van Knill and Kevin Thompson helped give Mike Price the victory in the feature race Saturday night. Knill was judged to be at fault for the collision on the first lap of the heat race and was ordered to start 24th in the 26-car field for the scheduled 50-lap feature race on the half-mile track.
August 30, 1999 |
Brian Kelley's second-place finish in Saturday night's 50-lap NASCAR super late model race at Irwindale Speedway helped him cut into Rod Johnson's lead in the series standings. Kelley, of Arleta, came into the race trailing Johnson by 92 points. But Johnson, of Canyon Country, got in a multi-car crash on lap 27. His car wasn't repairable and he finished 19th. That helped Kelley move within 58 points of Johnson with one race remaining. The final race is for twice the points in two weeks.
May 15, 1999 |
Gerrit Cromsigt did a little fender-bending in winning the 40-lap NASCAR Late Model main event in front of 2,247 at Irwindale Speedway. Cromsigt first gave race leader Richard Hooper a tap on the fourth lap. Hooper lost control momentarily but was able to stay on course. Cromsigt moved up to second as Dusty McDonald took over the lead. Then on lap 27, Cromsigt, going for the lead, dove under McDonald coming out of turn three.
March 25, 2001 |
Russ Gamester returned to the site of his last win in the United States Auto Club Coors Light Silver Bullet Series on Saturday night with a near-record victory in the K&N Classic 100-lap main event before 5,264 at Irwindale Speedway. Gamester, who started 20th, overtook leader Aaron Fike out of turn 2 on the backstretch of lap 62. Fike had taken the lead from David Steele on lap 14 after Steele spun out in turn 1.
March 20, 2004 |
Irwindale Speedway will open its sixth season of short-track stock car racing tonight with five divisions of NASCAR Dodge Weekly Racing Series competition. More than 200 vehicles are expected, including 50 in the super late model class. Rip Michels, defending champion and winner of the Sunbelt regional title last year, will have a new Chevrolet Monte Carlo for tonight's twin 50s.
November 19, 2012 |
The 72nd running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix race for U.S. Auto Club midget cars, a Thanksgiving-night tradition in Southern California, is scheduled Thursday at Perris Auto Speedway in Riverside County. The midget cars are powerful, stripped-down, open-wheel race cars and their appearance at the half-mile Perris track marks the first time they'll hold this race race on a dirt track since 1998. The race had been held at the paved Irwindale Speedway in recent years. Many notable drivers from other series have driven in the holiday race during its long history, including A.J. Foyt, Parnelli Jones and NASCAR's Tony Stewart and Kasey Kahne.