Analyzing The NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 19, 2008) - The 2009 NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown is set to take place on Jan. 23-24 in Toyota Speedway At Irwindale (Calif.). About the Toyota All-Star ...
Analyzing The NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 19, 2008) - The 2009 NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown is set to take place on Jan. 23-24 in Toyota Speedway At Irwindale (Calif.).
About the Toyota All-Star Showdown:
-Called the "Daytona 500 of short-track racing" by drivers and fans, the Toyota All-Star Showdown has moved to January for its sixth edition after it was held for the first five years in the fall following the conclusion of the racing season.
-The race features protected starting positions for the champions of each NASCAR's touring and weekly series: NASCAR Camping World Series (East and West), NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Sirius XM, NASCAR Mexico Series and the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.
-In addition to series champions, race winners from the 2008 NASCAR Camping World Series (East and West) also have guaranteed starting positions.
-In addition to eligible 2008 race winners and series champions, the starting lineup will be determined through time trials, limited provisionals for NASCAR Camping World Series regulars, and the last-chance "Open" race that provides drivers one final chance to make the final starting grid.
-In addition, the weekend will include a pair of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series races: The 150-lap Super Late Model race and, new this year, a 75-lap Late Model race that will be run under common West Coast rules.
Last Year's Race - Oct. 20, 2007:
-Joey Logano, then a 17-year-old Joe Gibbs Racing Development driver, led the final 87 laps en route to Victory Lane.
-Peyton Sellers finished as the runner-up in the event. Mike Duncan (80), Sean Caisse (74) and Brian Ickler (9) led laps in addition to Logano.
-Caisse won the pole with a time of 18.271 seconds.
Toyota All-Star Showdown History:
-The event has produced a different winner in each of its five previous editions.
-Previous race winners include current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers David Gilliland (2005) and Joey Logano (2007).
-West Series driver Austin Cameron won the inaugural race on Nov. 8, 2003. Andy Santerre, the East Series champion, finished as the race runner-up.
-East Series drivers took four of the top five finishing positions in 2004, led by winner Mike Johnson.
-After a second place finish to Johnson and Gilliland the two previous years, Matt Kobyluck captured the 2006 Toyota All-Star Showdown.
-There have been 87 different drivers that have made starts in the first five years of the Toyota All-Star Showdown ... Of those, 44 have made starts in one or more of NASCAR's three national series.
Selected Driver Highlights:
Jeff Barkshire (No. 46 Centennial Batteries Dodge)
* The 2008 Sunoco Rookie of the Year in the NASCAR Camping World Series West.
* Finished third in the 2008 NCWS West championship standings with a win at Monroe.
* Recorded top fives in both trips to Irwindale in 2008, including a runner-up finish in August.
Trevor Bayne (No. 1 DEI/Strutmasters Chevrolet)
* Finished fourth in the 2008 NASCAR Camping World Series East standings as a rookie.
* Earned his first NCWS victory at Thompson in July.
* Was a runner-up three times in 2008 and earned two Coors Light Pole Awards.
Jason Bowles (No. 6 Sunrise Ford Ford)
* Swept both NASCAR Camping World Series West races at Irwindale in 2008.
* Finished as the NCWS West championship runner-up in 2008, just 48 points behind Eric Holmes.
* Was the 2007 NCWS West Sunoco Rookie of the Year.
Ricky Carmichael (No. 4 Monster Energy Drink Chevrolet)
* Had eight top 10s in NASCAR Camping World Series East debut in 2008.
* Won the Coors Light Pole Award at South Boston.
* A motocross legend with two dozen AMA major titles.
Matt Crafton (No. 45 Speed Wong Racing Toyota)
* A veteran of 197 starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series ... Earned first series win at Lowe's Motor Speedway last May.
* Has one career NASCAR Camping World Series West start, a runner-up finish in the 2000 season finale.
* Was the 2000 champion of the former NASCAR Southwest Tour.
Mike David (No. 2 Bennett Lane Winery Toyota)
* Was the 2007 NASCAR Camping World Series West champion.
* Has finished in the top five in the NCWS West standings four years in a row.
* Has three career top-five finishes at Irwindale in NCWS West action.
Marc Davis (No. 18 Joe Gibbs Driven Toyota)
* Finished fifth in the NASCAR Camping World Series East standings with seven top fives in 13 starts.
* Had runner-up finishes at Dover, Greenville-Pickens and Lime Rock in 2008.
Austin Dillon (No. 3 Chevrolet)
* Was the NASCAR Camping World Series East championship runner-up and Sunoco Rookie of the Year in 2008.
* Got the win in his NCWS East debut at Greenville-Pickens.
* Had 10 top 10s in 13 starts and won the Coors Light Pole Award at the Iowa combination race.
Eric Holmes (No. 20 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota)
* 2008 NASCAR Camping World Series West titlist with four wins and nine top fives in 13 starts.
* Was the runner-up to Jason Bowles in the July Irwindale race and finished second at the track twice in 2006.
Ron Hornaday Jr. (No. 33 MMI/Ron's Read Ends Chevrolet)
* 1996, 1998 and 2007 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion ... Has 39 wins in 225 career starts in the series.
* Has six wins and 10 poles in 46 career NASCAR Camping World Series West starts ... Was the series runner-up in 1994.
* Has 45 career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and 179 NASCAR Nationwide Series starts.
Brian Ickler (No. 15 Ickler Electric Corp. Chevrolet)
* Has three career wins apiece in the NASCAR Camping World Series East and West.
* Recorded wins in the 2008 NCWS East at Iowa, South Boston and Mansfield.
* Had a NCWS West win at Irwindale in 2007.
* Has finished fifth and sixth in the last two Toyota All-Star Showdowns.
Matt Kobyluck (No. 40 Mohegan Sun Resort Chevrolet)
* Won the 2008 NASCAR Camping World Series East title on the strength of four wins and nine top 10s in 13 starts.
* Captured the 2007 Toyota All-Star Showdown ... Has four top fives in five career Showdown starts.
* Has finished in the top five in the NCWS East standings in each of the last four seasons.
Joey Logano (No. 08 Joe Gibbs Driven Toyota)
* The defending Toyota All-Star Showdown champion.
* Captured the 2007 NASCAR Camping World Series East title with five wins in 13 starts as a rookie.
* Had a win, 14 top 10s and three poles in 19 NASCAR Nationwide Series starts in 2008 and made three starts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, where he will run full-time in 2009.
Philip Morris (No. 62 Chevrolet)
* Earned a guaranteed starting spot in the Toyota All-Star Showdown as the 2008 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series champion ... Also won the national title in 2006.
* Home track is Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Va., where he drives in the Late Model division.
* Is the only driver attempting to start in all three Showdown races.
Steve Park (No. 35 Waste Management Chevrolet)
* Recorded eight top 10s in 13 NASCAR Camping World Series East starts in 2008.
* Has two wins in 26 career NCWS East starts.
* Notched six wins in 298 starts across NASCAR's three national series from 1996-2006.
Antonio Perez (No. 12 Chivasi/Telmex/Troy Williams Racing Dodge)
* The 2008 NASCAR Mexico Series champion with five wins and 12 top 10s in 14 starts.
* Made three NASCAR Camping World Series East starts in 2008 and won the Coors Light Pole Award at Watkins Glen.
Greg Pursley (No. 26 Gene Price Racing Chevrolet)
* Won the Super Late Model race in the 2007 Toyota All-Star Showdown.
* Has five top 10s in 16 career NASCAR Camping World Series West starts.
* Was the 2004 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series champion while racing at Irwindale.
Peyton Sellers (No. 83 Jig-A-Loo Chevrolet)
* Finished eighth in the NASCAR Camping World Series East with a win at Stafford, six top 10s and three Coors Light Pole Awards.
* Was the 2006 NASCAR Camping World Series West Sunoco Rookie of the Year with a win and six top fives in 12 starts.
* Was the 2005 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series champion.
Scott Steckly (No. 22 Tow Truck in a Box/Erb & Aw Millwrights Chevrolet)
* Earned the 2008 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series crown.
* 2008 season was highlighted by four wins and nine top fives in 13 starts ... His win total is a new series record.