All-Star Showdown: Pre-event news

NASCAR Champions Wrap Up Festivities; Sights Turn To The Business At Hand IRWINDALE, Calif. (Jan. 22, 2009) The NASCAR Developmental Series champions -- concluded their Southern California celebration. Now, it's time to get back to work and...

NASCAR Champions Wrap Up Festivities; Sights Turn To The Business At Hand

IRWINDALE, Calif. (Jan. 22, 2009) The NASCAR Developmental Series champions -- concluded their Southern California celebration. Now, it's time to get back to work and turn their focus to the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown.

"We've had a few months off, then we got to come here and do all this fun stuff," said NASCAR Camping World Series West champion Eric Holmes. "It's time to move into race mode now. That's my favorite part anyway."

As team haulers were rolling into Toyota Speedway at Irwindale for the prestigious NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown which has come to be known as the 'Daytona 500 of short-track racing,' the titlists were doing a photo shoot to further commemorate their tremendous accomplishments in 2008.

In addition to Holmes, at the shoot was champions Matt Kobyluck (NASCAR Camping World Series East); Scott Steckly (NASCAR Canadian Tire Series); Antonio Perez (NASCAR Mexico Series); Brian Loftin (NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour) and Philip Morris (NASCAR Whelen All-American Series).

At the conclusion of the photo session, Perez headed out into the heavily populated Mexican-American community of Southern California for media interviews and an appearance at the Los Angeles Covenant House which is part of a 21-facility organization throughout North America that helped over 70,000 homeless children in 2008.

Joining Perez at Covenant House was fellow NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown competitors Ricky Carmichael, the former motocross and supercross standout who is now forging a solid career in stock-car racing. Also on hand was 17 year-old Dale Earnhardt Incorporated developmental driver Trevor Bayne.

Making a visit to Los Angeles's Crenshaw High School was 18 year-old Marc Davis, a product of a diversity program at Joe Gibbs Racing. The driver out of Mitchelville, Md. has now completed two full seasons of competition in the NASCAR Camping World Series.

In addition to the visit to Covenant House, Carmichael and Bayne spoke to the students in an automotive class at Etiwanda (Calif.) High School.

The champions week festivities for the six 2008 NASCAR Developmental Series titlists included a visit Wednesday afternoon to Universal Studios Hollywood and an evening trip to the Staples Center to watch the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers defeat the cross-town rival Clippers.

"The entire champions week celebration was really fun. Everywhere we went we got the VIP treatment," said Kobyluck. "It's pretty cool to be treated special for a few days."

Among the other excursions enjoyed by the NASCAR champions was a visit to K-1 Speed Anaheim for a spin on its indoor go-kart track, and they were treated to a unique behind-the-scenes viewing of the Emmy Award-winning "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" show.

All of the scheduled activities for the champions this week lead up to this weekend's NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown. Action will begin at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale with a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Super Late Model race on Friday night and will continue with a Late Model and NASCAR Camping World Series races Saturday night.

All of the weekend's racing action will be carried live on SPEED and SIRIUS NASCAR Radio starting each night at 7 p.m. PT.

-credit: nascar

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Trevor Bayne , Ricky Carmichael , Scott Steckly , Matt Kobyluck , Eric Holmes , Philip Morris , Marc Davis
Teams Dale Earnhardt Incorporated