Irwindale is ready for All-Star Showdown

Irwindale, Calif. - - One of the most-anticipated and important events in NASCAR touring racing is only one day away at Irwindale Speedway. Featuring four full days of NASCAR activities, the Showdown will see the seventy top drivers in NASCAR ...

Irwindale, Calif. - - One of the most-anticipated and important events in NASCAR touring racing is only one day away at Irwindale Speedway. Featuring four full days of NASCAR activities, the Showdown will see the seventy top drivers in NASCAR Touring fighting it out for a mythical "national championship" at the races that Darrell Waltrip called "The best short track racing I've ever seen!".

WEDNESDAY NIGHT STREET FAIR:

The NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown will kick off on night Wednesday, November 10. 2004 with a special Street Fair right on the Speedway's north parking lot!. Over 50 vendors and at least 10 race teams will be on hand to get the juices flowing for the show. Food, Autographs, A Kids Zone, A Face-Painting Clown, and the Impact Racing Pit Stop Challenge featuring the three top teams from Busch North and the Grand National North in three rounds of tire-changing mayhem on the midway!. And the best news of is that the Street Fair (set for 5 to 9PM right at the race track) is FREE to all. Free parking too!

THURSDAY PRACTICE:

In honor of Thursday being Veteran's Day, Thursday's practice will be open and FREE of charge to the public. This is the fans' chance to see every one of the seventy above All-Stars as they come to grips with the fast-banked Irwindale race track. All bets are out the window, and, as we noticed last year, the "home field advantage" that the westerners were perceived to have was just that, a perception. Fast was fast and the practice sessions were all about being fast first lap to last. Here's the committed fan's perfect way to check out the field on their first (and some say most important) day on the track! The gates will open at noon and practice will run until approximately 4:30PM. Free admission and free parking.

FRIDAY -- LET THE RACING BEGIN:

All the preening, polishing, and practicing is over. This is raceday! King Taco presents a night of four 50-lap/25-mile races that beg the question of how long a NASCAR fan can hold their breath. These four races, two the Grand National drivers and two for the Auto Zone Elite guys, are statements. No one takes it easy for these races -- Sure, they line you up for the Saturday finals, but they're races to WIN -- and short ones at that! NASCAR true aficionados will brave LA's infamous Friday night traffic to be at Irwindale in person when the green flag flies on this fearsome foursome of quick-hitters! Gates will open at noon and the obligatory on track autograph session will see all seventy all-stars right on the track, pens in hand ready to sign fan's souvenir programs at 6PM. Driver intros and opening ceremonies start at seven and the racing starts at 8PM sharp!

And by the way, Lucas Oil Products is buying the first 1000 kids 6 -12 their tickets on Friday night!

SATURDAY NIGHT: THIS ONE'S FOR ALL THE MARBLES (EARLY START!)

The very special NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown trophy is a giant block of mahogany with two silver trophies on top. If you look closely enough, you'll note that its split right down the middle -- literally cut in half. That's because the All-Star will crown two great champions at one great race. Two races and one champion each. Money, fame, pride, and all the rest are all on the line with everyone looking.

VERY IMPORTANT - PLEASE NOTE:

SATURDAY'S FIRST RACE, THE HUNDRED LAPPER FOR THE ELITE DIVISION WILL START AT 5:05PM.

Prior to that an on-track autograph session will be staged at 3PM followed by opening ceremonies and driver introductions leading up to the Elite race followed by the Grand National main event.

IRON MAN IN CHARGE:

Off-Road Legend Ivan Stewart will act as Grand Marshall for Friday night's racing. The driver who earned his nickname "Iron Man" by leading Toyota's off-road racing efforts for almost 20 years now, is set to take over the helm as the All-Star's hit the pavement for the first time on Friday night --

INDY WINNER AND CART CHAMPION:

The great Danny Sullivan will serve as a Grand Marshall at the All-Star races too. 1985 Indy 500 winner Sullivan will be on hand to keep the proceeding on the fast track. He missed last year's race while in Europe with the Red Bull F1 driver search team. "I heard about how great the show was, I had to be at the Speedway for this one," said Sullivan.

In honor of the weekend's Veteran's Day holiday, a The men and women of the Navy's Ceremonial Home Guard / SW Region color guard will present colors at the races.

Jim Aust Toyota's Vice President of Motor Sports / President / CEO will present the awards to the winners of Friday's King Taco Quad 50's and to the two Champions on Saturday night.

All in all the All-Star is quite a couple of day's worth of NASCAR-style fun at the Speedway.

FOR TICKETS CALL: (626) 358-1100

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Darrell Waltrip , Danny Sullivan