Irwindale Speedway Sept 16 preview

NASCAR LATE MODEL REDUX, A SUPER STOCK SHOOT-OUT, MSRA PRO4 PERFORMANCE, AMERICAN RACE TRUCK TERPSICHORY, & MINI-STOCKAR MADNESS, ALL ON CARD FOR IRWINDALE: SEPTEMBER 16 Irwindale, Calif. - - A five-act show is on the front burner for ...

NASCAR LATE MODEL REDUX, A SUPER STOCK SHOOT-OUT, MSRA PRO4 PERFORMANCE, AMERICAN RACE TRUCK TERPSICHORY, & MINI-STOCKAR MADNESS, ALL ON CARD FOR IRWINDALE: SEPTEMBER 16

Irwindale, Calif. - - A five-act show is on the front burner for Irwindale Speedway on Saturday, September 16 including a encore performance from the exciting NASCAR Late Model division that simply had everyone in the house standing up and screaming for lap after lap last Saturday night. West Coast Champion-elect James "Bam-Bam" Weston from Goleta, leads a stellar cast of characters into the IS arena fresh off another of his popular wins.

The tasty King Taco restaurant chain will sponsor the night's racing action.

James "I'm going to Disneyland" Weston (the national NASCAR awards will be presented in Orlando, Florida and James is already packing for the Sunshine State) will be looking for just one more win to bring his season total to a nice round 11 (out of 17 possible with four second places in that tally).

Others including Tony Green (Oak Hills), Steve Nickolai (Simi Valley) Todd Burns (Riverside), Derek Ward (Palm Springs), David Hessing (Canyon Country), Richard Hooper (Palmdale), and "newcomer" Mike Price (San Pedro) will be looking for an outright race win as well, so three-wide, going on four, is certain to be the order of the evening. The championship's been decided, but pride is still very much (maybe even more so!) on the line in the division, that, and the fact that first place prize money is (always) better than second!

Irwindale's NASCAR Super Stocks are the last division to still have the championship mathematically in play between more than two drivers. Jeff Green from Long Beach brings a 626-point total to the gathering with his coastal neighbor, Mike Price (of San Pedro) the next closest in points at 578. After a slow start Price has caught top gear in the last few races and is a finally challenger to repeat his 1999 championship in the division. Of course, it'll take Green's having some awfully bad luck for the change of fortune that Price desires.

Pit idol TK Karvasek, that chiaroscuroed character from North Hills, has a similar chance to Price's at 554 points, but it will take both Green and Price's having dual bad nights for TK to triumph in this division. And Burbank's bustling Yagel Berkovitz (at 546) also could topple Green but he would … Well, you know.

Bottom line, these guys are fun to watch, any place, any time, and Weston's NASCAR regional championship (against all the drivers in three western states!) is something to be celebrated by all his many fans.

The MSRA Pro4 Modifieds are always a super show. Fast four-cylinder modified stock cars that skim the Irwindale oval in knot-tight formations. And, talking about tight formations, the American Race Trucks are a great example of that type of racing at the Speedway. A full field of the exact-same-spec trucks is expected at Irwindale for the sixteenth, as is a field full of action racing.

Rounding out the night's extraordinary racing experience will be the tiny-but-terrific Mini-Stockars, these diminutive racers always offer full-size racing action on every lap.

Five RED HOT divisions of racing action, an early (4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.) live band, free car club show, NASCAR fan participation Trivia Game and on-track contests, even a chance to win the track's Advantage Ford Mustang GT Convertible Pace Car!

There's always lots to do and see early at Irwindale.  The gates open at 4
p.m.  and the first race goes off at 7 p.m.

Fans should be reminded that the Pits are open to all right after the last race of the evening. It's a great chance to meet the drivers, get an autograph or two, take a photo of your kid sitting in the seat of a real race car, and generally re-live all the night's action with the drivers and their pit crews.

For advance tickets call (626) 358-1100, go to www.tickets.com, or visit the on-site ticket booth located right at the track.

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