Irwindale Speedway 2000-10-28 preview

Irwindale, Calif. - - The Speedway's most popular and most competitive weekly division is back for one last go-around at the fabled ½-mile Irwindale speedbowl. This time its not for the points, but for the money... lots of it. The NASCAR Food...

Irwindale, Calif. - - The Speedway's most popular and most competitive weekly division is back for one last go-around at the fabled ½-mile Irwindale speedbowl. This time its not for the points, but for the money... lots of it. The NASCAR Food 4 Less Super Late Models will be vying for an announced $13,000+ purse, with $3,000 of those rectangular greenies paid to the first driver across the line in the 100-LAP featured main event. And, the night's fastest qualifier will head home with an extra C-note ($100 bucks) in his or her wallet as well.

Saturday night will also see the final "Food 4 Less Fast 4 Shootout" of the 2000 season ...The fastest four F4LSLM drivers in a four-lap frenzy of a trophy dash, only this one gets them a fat $1000 to stuff into that trophy. Fans who have not witnessed one of these are advised to grab some good seats (there's not a bad seat in the house at Irwindale, by the way) and get a good grip on their Irwindale Speedway hats. These "four laps for a grand" deals are always great watching ... Just don't sneeze or blink.

Many new faces (and race cars) are expected to take part in this "open comp."-type event. With almost every other short track in the West shut down for the season, many of their track champs will be heading to the Los Angeles area and Irwindale Speedway to find out what all the excitement has been about.

They'll be looking at a pretty darn good payday but also into the teeth of a skilled pack of IS "vets" who know every nuance of Irwindale and would NOT like to see all that loot being paid to some (cherry-picking interloper) out of town driver. Suffice it to say, the scenario is set for some spectacular NASCAR stock car racing at The Speedway.

The result of all of the above should be a racy night of action and adventure for the fans as well as the drivers. NASCAR Stock Car Racing at it most personal and most intense, a Super Saturday short track show that keeps everyone in the eye of the storm for the whole race.

SPECIAL NOTE: Tommy Fry (Super Late Model # 74) is a board member of the San Fernando-based Jeopardy "Balancing the Odds" Foundation, a non-profit organization supporting the Los Angeles Police Department's Foothill Area Jeopardy Program. At Fry's request Irwindale Speedway made 100 tickets available for a group of at-risk youth to visit the races on October 28 to watch Tommy try to win another Super Late Model race. "Tommy is an outstanding citizen, and we applaud his community involvement, I'm very glad that we were able to participate with him and the Jeopardy Foundation," said Irwindale GM Bob DeFazio.

Also on the docket for this intense night of racing are the mesmerizing Mechanix Wear Speed Trucks on the half-mile and those ever-popular Legends Cars on Irwindale's fast, flat (well, almost ... It's only 4 degrees and FEELS almost flat) inner 1/3-mile loop.

Tickets for the aforementioned great night of racing are only $15.00 for adults and $5.00 for kids and are available at all the usual places including www.tickets.com, (626) 358-1100, or in person at the on-site box office.

Fans are urged to get their tickets early and to come out to the Speedway early to get a good look at the cars and drivers as they prepare and qualify for the important events that night. Gates open at 4:00 p.m. and there's plenty to do (for example: a free live band, free car club show, practice, qualifying, pre-event contests, the Alta Dena Milk Chugs autograph session, people-watching, LugNut Junior's antics, NASCAR Trivia, etc.) right up to showtime at 7:00 p.m.

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