Irwindale weekend summary 2004-04-18

PURE STOCKS Apr. 16 - Round two of the new pure stock car division at Irwindale Speedway Friday night went to John Mattie, of Highland, in a 40-lap flag-to-flag drive. He started his 1977 Chevy Nova on the pole as winner of the first heat race...

PURE STOCKS

Apr. 16 - Round two of the new pure stock car division at Irwindale Speedway Friday night went to John Mattie, of Highland, in a 40-lap flag-to-flag drive. He started his 1977 Chevy Nova on the pole as winner of the first heat race and won by 2.582 seconds in an all green flag race that took only 12:47.947-a NTR. It made up somewhat for his DNF because of overheating while he was leading the April 2 main event.

Jimmy Rouse, of San Bernardino, started his 1974 Chevelle outside the front row as winner of the second heat race. He trailed the winner by 35 yards at Bill Wildman's checkered flag. Michelle Rouse, wife of the runner-up, finished third in her 1974 Chevelle, 5.266 seconds in back of the winner. Dave Foster was the only other driver on the lead lap and he trailed the winner by 19.491 seconds.

Blake Usilton, Bob Bartleson, Brian Malone (the April 2 feature winner), and Harry Michaelian finished fifth through ninth respectively and all were down one lap. John Kelley, running a close fourth, dropped out with a mechanical problem on lap 36. A mechanical problem also sidelined newcomer Karen Salvaggio after the 9:00 p.m practice session for all ten cars present.

Jimmy Rouse took over the track point lead by eight points (96-88) over first round winner Malone. Malone's winning car April 2 was not ready so he rented a 1976 Ford LTD Friday from another driver. Mattie jumped from tenth to third in track points. Mattie's six-lap time in heat one was 1:56.314-a NTR. He started fifth and took the point during lap two. Rouse started second and led all six laps in the second heat in an even faster time of 1:54.437. The next pure stock race at IS will be held Saturday, May 1 along with a Figure 8 race, demolition derby and Monster Trucks.

Fast Time: Jimmy Rouse, 18.253.
Heat 1 - John Mattie, Michelle Rouse, Brian Malone, Blake Usilton,-DNS Karen Salvaggio. Time: 1:56.314.
Heat 2 - Jimmy Rouse, John Kelley, Dave Foster, Harry Michaelian, Bob Bartleson. Time: 1:54.437 - NTR.
Main - Mattie, J. Rouse, M. Rouse, Foster, Usilton, Bartleson, Malone, Michaelian, Kelley. DNS - Salvaggio. Time - 12:47.947 - NTR.

RAIN CANCELS RACING AT IRWINDALE APRIL 17

April 17 - The seventh rainout in six years of racing at Irwindale Speedway washed out a five division racing event Saturday. Light rain and thunder hit the area in midday. A forecasted 30% chance of additional rain throughout the day led track management to cancel racing for the weekend.

While rain stopped Saturday and it even became partly sunny about 4:30, dark clouds returned about 6:00PM and it rained again in the area. It was the track's second rainout of Saturday racing in three weeks. Light rain after time trials on April 3 caused Irwindale Speedway management to postpone a four racing division event to Sunday afternoon, April 4, when the races were completed from 1:30 to 4:25.

Make-up rain dates in the form of twin-features will be used for the racing divisions that lost races to the rain Saturday. The Lucas Oil Super Late Models, Vista Paint Super Stocks, Grand American Modifieds, King Taco Legend Cars and Mini Stocks are the five affected divisions. The future twin-feature race dates will be announced soon, giving racing fans more twin-main events than usual at upcoming race dates.

"We were not very pleased to have to call Saturday night's event," said Track GM Bob DeFazio, "we were expecting quite a few fans in town for the Toyota GP in Long Beach to take in a race at Irwindale." A number of national and international journalists were also disappointed in not being able to take in an event at Irwindale while they were in town covering the Long Beach action. -TK

-tim kennedy/is-

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