NASCAR Auto Club Late Models Return to Irwindale Locked in Hot Points Battle Saturday July 28 -- Plus: Super Stocks, GA Modifieds, King Taco Legends & Mechanix Wear Speed Trucks!!! Irwindale, Calif. - - Pound for pound many fans say that they're...
NASCAR Auto Club Late Models Return to Irwindale Locked in Hot Points Battle Saturday July 28 -- Plus: Super Stocks, GA Modifieds, King Taco Legends & Mechanix Wear Speed Trucks!!!
Irwindale, Calif. - - Pound for pound many fans say that they're the most exciting and competitive NASCAR Weekly Racing Series at Irwindale Speedway. The Automobile Club of Southern California Late Models have put on great races every time that they've taken to the Irwindale half-mile this season.
When last seen at Irwindale Speedway, Dave Hessing was giving driving lessons in the Automobile Club of Southern California Late Model division. Winning the trophy dash and both of the twin main events on July 14, the Canyon Country resident was on a tear that saw him vault into second place in season points directly behind the division's leader Deryk "X-Man" Ward of Palm Springs. Even though the second of Hessing's twin wins was a lucky one (his motor went on seven cylinders a few laps before the race was shortened from 40 to 30 laps because of time) he'll take the two trophies, two Auto Club winner's hats, and the 100 points that went along with the dual victories.
But that was two weeks ago, and this is now. Hessing knows that San Pedro's Mike Price was also hot that night, working his way up from the back of the pack to finish second-and-closing in the second race; as was Riverside's Todd Burns who had to start last after having to change a motor earlier in the afternoon. Brian Kelley from Arleta also had a consistent night with third and a sixth place finishes keeping his name in the top five (4th) right below Ward, Hessing, and Price. The aforementioned Mr. Burns rounds out the top five in the 'Club Cars.
In the eleven races that the Auto Club Late Models have run so far this year there have been seven different winners. Canyon Country's David Hessing now leads the list with three wins, Todd Burns (Riverside) has two wins; with Mike Price (San Pedro), Kevin Wood (Saugus), Rick Miller (Palm Desert), Tim Huddleston (Agoura Hills) and "The X-Man" ^Å Deryk Ward (Palm Springs) each holding one main event trophy. That kind of competitive parity is the key to exciting races that are never predictable and always hard-fought in the hot Auto Club-backed division.
"This is exactly why we chose the Late Models as the first division of NASCAR Weekly Racing that we ever put our corporate name on," said Rick Lalor the Manager of Motorsports and Events for the Automobile Club of Southern California. "These drivers always put on a great show, the fans really relate to this division of racing at Irwindale; the drivers are both talented and approachable, and the cars are always beautifully turned out. There's a lot of pride and professionalism in the Late Models at Irwindale."
Tim Huddleston, who, as mentioned, won an Auto Club event earlier in the season, also looked very good last outing, scoring a second in the first race and a third in the second race and boosting his stock as one of the "drivers to watch" in the exciting division. They all be back on Saturday, July 28 to do it all over again as will the Super Stocks, Grand American Modifieds, Mechanix Wear Speed Trucks, and the King Taco Legend Cars. Five full divisions of racing action-entertainment that rock the house every time they set rubber to asphalt.
Tickets are on sale now for this night of super racing A call to (626) 358-1100 will secure tickets for the show as will a click on www.irwindalespeedway.com or a visit to the track's onsite ticket office.
Gates open at 4 pm with practice, qualifying, autographs, live band, and other pre-race attractions on tap and racing starts at 7pm. After the races the NASCAR pits are open to fans of all ages for up-close and personal encounters with the heroes of the event and a personal inspection of their mighty machines.
Fans should be reminded that Saturday, July 28 is the fourth and final Saturday of the track's own annual "Christmas in July" participation in the Los Angeles County Fire Department and ABC7's "Spark of Love" toy drive. Toys collected at the Speedway and at Fire Stations across a five-county area are distributed to less fortunate youngsters during the holiday season through Children's Services of Los Angeles County.
At every race in July, firefighters will be on hand at the main gates of the Speedway to collect new, unwrapped toys from fans and competitors. Each toy will get the donor a $5.00 discount on admission for that night of racing. ABC7 in Los Angeles is the participating media partner and will be publicizing the track's involvement in the program. Last year the track collected over 2,000 toys during the month-long promotion, many of them racing-themed.