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Saturday Races at Irwindale Speedway Feature Five Divisions: Lucas Oil Super Lates Headline Show Irwindale, Calif. - - In yet another one of its patented "More Racing For Your Money" shows, Irwindale Speedway will this week present a ...

Saturday Races at Irwindale Speedway Feature Five Divisions: Lucas Oil Super Lates Headline Show

Irwindale, Calif. - - In yet another one of its patented "More Racing For Your Money" shows, Irwindale Speedway will this week present a five division racing card which sees one of the fabulous five classes coming in to the stadium with its 2004 points hunt already begun in earnest.

With one-sixth of the 2004 points scramble already in the books (3 of 18 races) the Lucas Oil Super Late Models are already well on their way to a super season.

Chino Hills' Tim Woods III leads Irwindale's premier Dodge Weekly Racing Series division by a scant six points over Canyon Country's Greg Pursley 142-136). Woods has not won a main event yet this year but his consistently high finishes (two seconds and a third) have served him well in his quest for the 2004 Super Late crown.

On the other hand, Pursely's two wins and an eighth place see him in second place. Good finishes have Russell White in third place, the Corona driver trailing Pursely by only 10 points at 126. Rod Johnson, the only other race winner so far this season is listed in seventh place at 106.

A fast start, a long season ahead, and (hey, don't tell anyone) this is the first of three weeks in a row for the Super Lates ... Tough schedule? You bet! These drivers and their intrepid crews wouldn't have it any other way!

The Vista Paints Super Stocks are only two races out of the box but their leader already has more than 100 points (hey, how does that work with 50 points for first place?) Brian Harrell of Riverside has 104 points that's because passing points are now given when the field for the main event is completely inverted (which it was last Saturday). The total invert gave the fans an action-packed race that ended up with Brian Harrell from Riverside top dog on the leader board with 64 points in the bank for one night's work.

Acton's Chris Houwen has parlayed two good finishes into second place with Norwalk's Curtis White up for an astonishing third place in points after sawing off the entire right front corner of his mount in practice. Curtis Indicated that nearly every team in the pits came over to offer everything from parts and special tools to raw manpower to get his badly-tweeked race car back in the show. He did, and the true spirit of sportsmanship was alive and well in the Irwindale pits.

Andrew Phipps leads the Grand American Modifieds, the Simi Valley second generation driver running clean and smooth with 63 points in the methanol-powered parade. Ojai's own Greg Tucker is number one in the Mini Stocks going into Saturday's race, the little cars with the big hearts returning to the always-interesting third-mile on Saturday. And -- the little cars with the motorcycle motors for hearts will be on the third as well on Saturday. King Taco Legend Cars, those colorful machines with the tightest "spec" rules around will roar once again at Irwindale. J.D. Hendley (whose name always sounds like the author of western novels: "The Legend of E. Forbes-Robinson Glutch" by J.D. Hendley), leads the colorful pack with 50 big ones -- We're a'waitn' to see if'n anyone cuts him off at the pass, Roy.

As always the fan gates open at 4PM for the folks that have just GOT to get one of those great track dogs, and the super-friendly King Taco Autograph Session starts at 6PM right on the racetrack. Fans can (and will!) meet all of the above-listed drivers, get an inside look at their racing "offices", and have a great opportunity to get their souvenir program autographed by the heroes of the night. Racing starts promptly at 7PM.

For a special treat bring your transistor (do they still call them that?) and listen to the new live radio broadcast of the races on KTIE AM590 -- Broadcasting form San Bernardino, the "Racing From Irwindale" show is a great way to be at the track when you can't be there. Featuring Harold Osmer and Kane Crawford the lively and informative show can be heard live anywhere in the world over the internet at www.ktie590.com -- So no one ever needs to miss an Irwindale Speedway Saturday night race again!

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Series NASCAR , Stock car
Drivers Tim Woods