Irwindale May 10th, 11th preview

Irwindale, Calif. - - After a rain-out of the May 3 races at Irwindale Speedway (for only the fifth time in the track's five-year history), everyone (especially the Dodge Weekly Racing Jani-King Super Late Models) is better than ready to get some...

Irwindale, Calif. - - After a rain-out of the May 3 races at Irwindale Speedway (for only the fifth time in the track's five-year history), everyone (especially the Dodge Weekly Racing Jani-King Super Late Models) is better than ready to get some short track racing back on "LA's Half Mile Super Speedway"!

This week's show features a double dose of the Irwindale's premier weekly racing division, the Jani-King Super Late Models. Twin 50 lap races will each carry full points for their 25 miles of racing with one of them counting toward the Miller Lite Big 10 Challenge as well.

Dan Moore, he of the crunchy chocolate candy bars of the same name handed out at Irwindale's on-track autograph sessions, leads both points chases going into this week's event. The always-affable Burbank driver has quietly piled up points with solid finishes and can be expected for more of the same on Saturday.

Lee Ladd, of Westlake Village, leads the Vista Paint Super Stock contingent into the night's fray. The well-liked veteran seems to have gotten his driving talent and racing luck all working in the same direction this season.

Carson Woods, the 2002 Ultra Wheels Super Trucks champ, is starting off the 2003 season where he ended the last, in first place. This soft-spoken "truck" driver deftly uses the "loud pedal" to make his statements.

Tom Smith, from Grand Prix City (aka Long Beach) is the Pick Your Part Figure 8 points chase principal. Last time these guys raced in a late-event rain storm and, although the action was sloppy-wild, the "bite" was not good enough for some of the rubber-burnin' shots that these guys take through the intersection. They'll be making up for that deal this week.

The spectator gates open at 4PM when practice and qualifying are running on the track and the parking is E-Z and close-in. At 6PM the King Taco On-Track Autograph Session is called to order and every race car in the place is arrayed on the front straightaway for the fans to visit -- Everyone who loves racing, race cars, and racing people should be there -- Just the looks in the young kids' eyes as they get an autograph or are invited to sit in a real race car driver's car are enough. Opening ceremonies are at 7PM with plen-ty of racing thereafter.

You've seen this on TV -- But if you haven't seen these incredible motoring madmen (and women!) up close and in person -- You (and your mom!) have missed something in your life.

You can make up for that deficit on Sunday, May 11 when the World Battle Bike Federation takes over the Irwindale Dragstrip with its wild band of "Boyz" (and Girlz!) doing impossible thing on superfast motorcycles. The $1000 first place money will assure some sure spectacularity on Sunday!

No reservations are required, no waiting in the lounge for your table, no matire'd will need to be tipped, there's no (XX@@!!X%!) parking valet to change your favorite radio stations, check out what's in your glove box, and then to get your last buck for driving your car 60 feet back to you, and no harried wait staff who would rather NOT be working on Mother's Day -- NOPE, NONE OF THE ABOVE.

Get to Irwindale and get mom a great big old spicy Louisiana sausage on a roll from Mr. Martin at his barbque wagon. Loaded with golden fried onions and topped off with your favorite hot sauce (If you're truly brave and have lived a clean life, ask Anita for a quick spritz of the special hot stuff that she keeps under the counter). Mom's gonna love the change of scenery AND cuisine.

This competition gets under way early. Gates open for spectators to watch practice at 8AM and the show begins at 10. Your mom and everyone else in the family will love this unique two-wheel team competition. Adults $20, Kids $10. (check out www.wbbfevent.com or call 714-588-9893.

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Series Other bike , NASCAR , Stock car
Drivers Tom Smith