Irwindale speedway weekend preview

Irwindale, Calif. - - Fans may expect to witness some exciting racing at the corner of Live Oak and Speedway Drive on Saturday, August 5. That's the night that the hotter-than-hot NASCAR Food 4 Less Super Late Models will take to the...

Irwindale, Calif. - - Fans may expect to witness some exciting racing at the corner of Live Oak and Speedway Drive on Saturday, August 5. That's the night that the hotter-than-hot NASCAR Food 4 Less Super Late Models will take to the ½-Mile Super Speedway in two (not ONE but TWO) feature main events. The NASCAR Silicon Speedway 50 for the inaugural Mayor's Cup and the Miller Lite 50 will offer a combined 100 all-important points to add to a driver's season total. However, the F4LSLM drivers won't be playing any games, and it won't really be "Miller Time" until well after the race is over and their cars have made it through official post-race tech inspection. Every car in every division at Irwindale Speedway races under two strict sets of rules, one for the competition side (driving conduct) and one for the technical side (car eligibility). Both are rigidly enforced at Irwindale. Everyone who presents a car to race a Irwindale is subject to a stringent technical inspection and everyone who races at Irwindale knows that all the rules are enforced equally. Winning at Irwindale means winning fairly and in a legal car.

At this juncture with 12 races down and 8 to go, Greg Viogt has an 52-point lead over his nearest rival Ben Walker ( 494 to 442 ). Each had his own trouble at the last event, with Walker bunted out on the first lap and Voigt finishing way down the list with a melted piston. This week twin wins (or just good finishes) by Walker and a poor showing by Voigt could have the Goleta guy passed up by the North Hills guy faster than you can say "100 points". Only time and a ring-side seat at Irwindale Speedway on the 5th of August will tell.

The Grand American Modifieds will be back as well on the 5th. Last time out Dean Kuhn beat Rip Michels to the finish line proving that Michels is human after all. Between the two of them, they've won all the NASCAR GAM races at Irwindale, is it time for one of the other guys, say Roger Carufel, Jr., to start taking down names? Stay tuned.

And then there's the Mini-Stocks. The last time out at Irwindale the winner of the first four races came in second to Irwindale's first-ever NASCAR Champion Lee Ladd (Thousand Oaks). Four-time winner Bob Reed (Riverside) has stated (in writing no less) that he'll win all five of the remaining NASCAR Mini-Stock events at Irwindale … And, you're invited to watch along to if he can do it.

Trucks … Everyone loves truck races it seems, and so we'll have another round of American Race Trucks on the scene on Saturday August 5 night. Always entertaining, the "spec class" (all identical, equalized vehicles) ARTs always put on a good show and show that good racing doesn't have to cost a fortune.

Four divisions of racing action, an early (4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.) live band, free car club show, NASCAR Trivia, game and on-track contests, even a chance to win the track's Advantage Ford Mustang GT Convertible Pace Car! There's always lots to do and see early at Irwindale. The gates open at 4 p.m. and the first race goes off at 7 p.m. And, don't forget that the Pits are open to all right after the last race of the evening. It's a great chance to meet the drivers, get an autograph or two, take a photo of your kid sitting in the seat of a real race car, and generally re-live all the night's action all over again among the real heroes of the night, the drivers and their pit crews.

Fans are urged to call (626) 358-1100 to secure tickets for this "Twin 50 Night"!

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Ben Walker , Bob Reed , Rip Michels