All-Star Showdown returns to Irwindale

NASCAR TOYOTA ALL-STAR SHOWDOWN RETURNS TO IRWINDALE SPEEDWAY NOV. 10-12 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 23, 2005) -- The stars of NASCAR's regional racing divisions will align once again, at the third annual NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown Nov. 10-12...

NASCAR TOYOTA ALL-STAR SHOWDOWN RETURNS TO IRWINDALE SPEEDWAY NOV. 10-12

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 23, 2005) -- The stars of NASCAR's regional racing divisions will align once again, at the third annual NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown Nov. 10-12 at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway.

The invitational event, which awards nearly $500,000 to competitors and is televised live on SPEED Channel, features the top drivers from the NASCAR Grand National Division and the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division.

The event's format remains the same as its first two editions. The top 10 drivers from each of the four series that comprise the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division -- which includes the Midwest Series, Northwest Series, Southeast Series and Southwest Series -- are invited to compete in a 125-lap event.

The second half of the Toyota All-Star Showdown features the top 15 drivers from each of the two series in the NASCAR Grand National Division -- including the Busch North Series and West Series. The NASCAR Grand National Division teams will race for 150 laps. Drivers in each division must finish in the top 10 (or 15) of their respective series point standings to earn an invitation to the Toyota All-Star Showdown.

The event takes place over a three-day period with practice Nov. 10, practice and qualifying races Nov. 11 and the main events Saturday night, Nov. 12. The results of Friday's qualifying races will determine the starting lineups for Saturday night's main events.

As in previous years, the Toyota All-Star Showdown will also include a "team" competition that pits series vs. series in a battle for bragging rights and extra prize money. During the feature events on Nov. 12, each series will be scored together, to determine which series is performing the best overall during the race. The series with the highest combined score wins the "team" competition and shares additional prize money from NASCAR and Toyota.

Despite being held on the West Coast, the Northeastern-based Busch North Series has won the Grand National Division "team" contest in each of the past two years. In last year's event, Busch North teams took four of the top-five finishing positions in the final rundown. The Midwest Series won the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division "team" competition in 2003 while the Southwest Series was on top in 2004.

Past Toyota All-Star Showdown individual champions in the NASCAR Grand National Division are Austin Cameron, of El Cajon, Calif. (2003), and Mike Johnson, of Salisbury, Mass. (2004). NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division Showdown champions are Ron Breese Jr., of DeKalb, Ill. (2003), and Eric Holmes, of Escalon, Calif. (2004).

Fast Facts

What: NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown

Where: Irwindale Speedway, Irwindale, Calif.

When: Nov. 10-12, 2005

Who: NASCAR Grand National Division and NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division.

Posted awards: $500,000.

Race lengths: Grand National Division 150 laps; Elite Division 125 laps

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Drivers Mike Johnson , Austin Cameron