April 24, 2003 |
A $500,000, invitation-only race to determine a national short-track stock car racing champion -- the Toyota All-Star Showdown -- will take place Nov. 6-8 at Irwindale Speedway, NASCAR officials announced Wednesday. The top 10 drivers in the four series of NASCAR's Elite Division (Southwest, Midwest, Southeast and Northwest), along with the top 15 drivers from its two Grand National Divisions (Winston West and Busch North) will be invited to race on the half-mile banked asphalt oval.
November 29, 2002 |
Tony Stewart, NASCAR's Winston Cup champion, was shaken up after being involved in a crash during the 100-lap Western States Midget feature on Thursday night at Irwindale Speedway. Stewart, who earlier won the United States Auto Club's 40-lap Western Sprint Car event in the 62nd Turkey Night Grand Prix before 6,500 at Irwindale Speedway, did not require hospitalization. Michael Lewis held off Kasey Kahne to win the midget feature.
September 2, 2001 |
Bakersfield's Craig Raudman needed a little luck in the last 25 laps of the Advantage Ford 150 to earn his third win of the season Saturday night in front of 6,135 at Irwindale Speedway. "I was just trying to keep my tires and start racing hard with Augie [Vidovich Jr.] around Lap 115," Raudman said after his NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series victory. "When he fell off, I got some distance when I could, and just held it off."
July 26, 2003 |
NASCAR's Winston West series, recently elevated to Grand National status, will make its only appearance of the year tonight at Irwindale Speedway with the running of the King Taco 200. Austin Cameron, the winner of last year's race, will be attempting a comeback after missing four races while undergoing chemotherapy treatment for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma cancer in his lung. The El Cajon driver will be in one of owner Bill McAnally's Chevrolets.
October 19, 2003 |
Troy Decuir of Riverside earned his first victory of the season, with help from Dan Digiacomo, in the 99-lap Mechanix Wear Speed Trucks series feature Saturday night before 4,962 fans at Irwindale Speedway. Decuir had been challenging series leader Lee Hatch, who had led the race from the start. On lap 88, Digiacomo bumped into the back of Hatch, who had been holding off Decuir. The loss of momentum was enough for Decuir to take the lead and hold off both Hatch and Digiacomo for the victory.
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.
July 21, 2002 |
Tim Woods III of Chino Hills used a favorable starting position to his advantage as he won the 75-lap Jani-King Super Late Model series feature in front of a near-capacity crowd of 5,386 at Irwindale Speedway. Woods, who has been splitting time between the Super Late Model series and the Winston West Series, qualified ninth but because of the starting inversion, started on the outside pole position.
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.