Irwindale Speedway 2004 schedule

Irwindale's 2004 NASCAR racing schedule released; 32 Saturday nights of great racing begin March 20. Irwindale, Calif. (January 20, 2004)- - Irwindale Speedway will begin it sixth year of action-packed oval track racing on Saturday night March...

Irwindale's 2004 NASCAR racing schedule released; 32 Saturday nights of great racing begin March 20.

Irwindale, Calif. (January 20, 2004)- - Irwindale Speedway will begin it sixth year of action-packed oval track racing on Saturday night March 20, 2004 when NASCAR returns to the celebrated San Gabriel Valley half-mile oval.

The 2004 schedule of events at Irwindale Speedway will see more than 125 individual main event races being run in some 14 racing divisions. Track championships will be awarded in each of 10 regular racing divisions.

This year a new "Pure Stock" NASCAR entry division will be offered which is expected to attract many new drivers and their crews to the sport of stock car racing because of its relatively frugal participation costs. For the fans there's the added excitement of this class' proposed "Bump and Run" rule, which requires a driver to bump the car ahead before making a pass.

Top touring series' will also make appearances at Irwindale Speedway in the 2004 season. Beginning very early in the year, on March 27, a special United States Auto Club event will take center stage. "The MOPAR Twin 25's for USAC Midgets" will fill the air with the sound of high-revving racing motors and the smell of methanol fuel. The event annually puts up one of the biggest cash prizes in Midget racing, a whopping $50,000.00 for the driver who can win both 25-lap races. It's been done, but it ain't easy, and all of the top talent in the open-wheel brigade will be at Irwindale with the intent of driving off promoter par excellence Steve Lewis' $50K.

NASCAR'S top western racing divisions will both make 2004 visits. The Grand National Division, West Series; will make two appearances at Irwindale Speedway this year. A mid-season event on July 24 and the season finale on October 23 are scheduled for these "heavyweights". And, the AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest Series "tour" will be in town on May 29 for their annual 150-lapper Five USAC Ford Focus Midget races are scheduled for 2004 at Irwindale. These identically-engined open wheel machines have become one of the fastest-growing racing divisions in the country. An excellent way to get into midget racing at a reasonable price, these fast little cars are seen as one of the best ways to train for the "big time" given the number of drivers who have matriculated from the ranks of the mighty midgets.

Fireworks on the 4th (actually July 3 this year), visits by the Extreme Racing League and Monster Trucks, Demolition Derbies, Trucker's Night, Three-Wheelers, the California Figure 8 Championship, and a number of other special nights and events will spice up the proceedings, as will Lug Nut Junior (with his T-Shirt Shooter). As always, the pre-race King Taco On-Track Autograph session will be a feature of every event at the Speedway. Kids, parents, drivers, crews, and track officials all get to "meet and greet" right on the race track, get autographs and photos of each other, and get the night started on an "up close and personal" basis.

"We're are all very energized about this sixth season of oval track racing at Irwindale Speedway," said Bob DeFazio, the track's VP and Chief Operating Officer. "All of our great sponsors are back with us, and we'll be announcing some new strategic marketing alliances as well very soon. We expect another great season of family-style racing entertainment, with a few new surprises thrown in just for good measure. We're looking forward to greeting all our great fans on March 20, it can't come soon enough for us!"

A complete 2004 oval track schedule is attached and is also available at the track's website: www.irwindalespeedway.com.

IRWINDALE DRAG RACING NEWS: Of course, regular weekly Thursday night "Test & Tune" NHRA Street Legal open sessions will continue, beginning this Thursday, January 8 at 5PM. These "Thunder Thursdays" are open to anyone possessing a valid driver's license, and allow fans to become racers using their own cars on Irwindale's very quick 1/8-mile racetrack.

The schedule for the track's very popular NHRA Summit Racing Series for street legal cars, trucks, and motorcycles will be announced shortly and feature a series of races leading to a track championship and a trip to the runoffs for the winner in each of Irwindale's drag racing divisions.

<pre> MARCH 20 OPENING NIGHT - 2004 SEASON! ADVANTAGE FORD NIGHT Super Late Model Twin 50's, Auto Club Late Model, Vista Paint Super Stocks, Mini Stocks & Ultra Wheel Super Trucks MA 27

MARCH 27 Mopar Twin 25's $50,000 USAC Midget Race & All-Day Festival of Speed

APRIL 3 Super Late Models, Grand American Modifieds, West Coast Pro Trucks, & King Taco Legend Cars

APRIL 10        Auto Club Late Models, Vista Paint Super Stocks, Pick Your Part
                Figure 8's, &  MW Speed Trucks April 17

APRIL 17 Super Late Models, Grand American Modifieds, Vista Paint Super Stocks, King Taco Legend Cars, & Mini Stocks April 24

APRIL 24 Super Late Models, Auto Club Late Models, Mini Stocks, Grand American Modifieds & Ultra Wheel Super Trucks

MAY 1 Special Show TBA & Monster Trucks

MAY 8 Ultra Wheel Super Trucks, Vista Paint Super Stocks, Super Late Models, Auto Club Late Models, Mini Stocks & Pick Your Part Demolition Derby May 15

MAY 15 Super Late Models, King Taco Legend Cars, Mini Stocks & Ultra Wheel Super Trucks and Pick Your Part Figure 8's

MAY 22 ULTRA WHEEL NIGHT, INDIAN GUIDES NIGHT Auto Club Late Models, Ultra Wheel Super Trucks, Vista Paint Super Stocks & USAC Ford Focus Midgets

MAY 29 NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division Southwest Series, Grand American Modifieds, Vista Paint Super Stocks & West Coast Pro Trucks

JUNE 5 Ultra Wheel Super Trucks, Super Late Models, Vista Paint Super Stocks & Pick Your Part Figure 8's,

JUNE 12 Auto Club Late Models, King Taco Legend Cars, Mini Stocks, Ultra Wheel Super Trucks & Pick Your Part Demolition Derby

JUNE 19 Super Late Models, Auto Club Late Models, Vista Paint Super Stocks, Grand American Modifieds & Mini Stocks

JUNE 26 Super Late Models, Ultra Wheel Super Trucks, West Coast Pro Trucks & Ford Focus USAC Midgets

JULY 3 INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION Auto Club Late Models Firecracker Twin 50's, Ultra Wheel Super Trucks, Vista Paint Super Stocks & Pick Your Part Figure 8's, FIREWORKS!!!!

JULY 10 KING TACO NIGHT Super Late Models, Auto Club Late Models, King Taco Legend Cars, Mini Stocks & Mechnix Wear Speed Trucks

JULY 17 FOOTHILL INDEPENDENT BANK NIGHT Super Late Models, Vista Paint Super Stocks, Grand American Modifieds, & Pick Your Part Figure 8's

JULY 24 NASCAR (Napa Auto Parts 150) Grand National Division West Series, Auto Club Late Models, & Ultra Wheel Super Trucks

JULY 31 Super Late Models, Auto Club Late Models, Vista Paint Super Stocks, West Coast Pro Trucks & Ford Focus USAC Midgets

AUGUST 7 Super Late Models, Vista Paint Super Stocks, Ultra Wheel Super Trucks, Mini Stocks, & King Taco Legend Cars & Pick Your Part Demolition Derby

AUGUST 14 Auto Club Late Models Twin 50's, Vista Paint Super Stocks, King Taco Legend Cars, & Pick Your Part Figure 8's's

AUGUST 21 ULTRA WHEEL NIGHT PRESENTED BY DODGE Super Late Models, Auto Club Late Models, Grand American Modifieds, Ford Focus USAC Midgets & Ultra Wheel Super Trucks

AUGUST 28 Super Late Models, King Taco Legend Cars, Mini Stocks, & Ultra Wheel Super Trucks

SEPTEMBER 4 Mechanix Wear Speed Trucks, Monster Trucks, Pick Your Part Figure 8's & West Coast Pro Trucks

SEPTEMBER 11 Ultra Wheel Super Trucks Twin 50's, Vista Paint Super Stocks, West Coast Pro Trucks, & Grand American Modifieds,

SEPTEMBER 18 Super Late Model Twin 50's, Auto Club Late Models, Mini Stocks, King Taco Legend Cars & Demolition Derby

SEPTEMBER 25 Auto Club Late Model 100, King Taco Legend Cars, Mini Stocks, Extreme Racing League & Pick Your Part Figure 8's

OCTOBER 2 Super Late Models 200, West Coast Pro Trucks, Mini Stocks, & Grand American Modifieds

OCTOBER 9 LAIDLAW'S "HARLEYS ON THE HALF-MILE" Super Stocks, West Coast Pro Trucks 75, Mini Stocks, King Taco Legend Cars & Ford Focus USAC Midgets

OCTOBER 16 PICK YOUR PART NIGHT - TRUCKER'S NIGHT Pick your Part Figure 8 Western World Pro Championships, Ultra Wheels Super Trucks & Mechanix Wear Speed Trucks.

OCTOBER 23 Grand National Division West Series 150 (Season Finale), Vista Paint Super Stocks 50, Grand American Modifieds & West Coast Pro Trucks

NOVEMBER 27 The 64th Turkey Night Grand Prix for USAC Midget Cars , USAC Sprints, & Ford Focus Midgets

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