SWS: Irwindale Speedway Oct 7 preview

Backgrounder: The Featherlite Southwest Series became a part of the NASCAR Touring Division in 1986. 1999 proved to be not only a memorable season for the series, but a record-breaking one as well. With the attraction of last year's thrilling ...

Backgrounder:

The Featherlite Southwest Series became a part of the NASCAR Touring Division in 1986. 1999 proved to be not only a memorable season for the series, but a record-breaking one as well. With the attraction of last year's thrilling championship race, the seasons to come promise to offer large purses, more fans and guaranteed grass roots racing excitement. The series is one of four NASCAR regional touring series, along with the Slim Jim All Pro Series, Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series and RE/MAX Challenge Series; that features Late Model cars under one blanket of rules that allows them to compete on a regional basis as well as at national events that highlight each of the four series. Races are open to 1996-1999 versions of American-made, steel-bodied production passenger sedans. The Cars:

Featherlite Southwest Series cars are slightly smaller versions of those seen in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. Races are open to 1996-1999 versions of American-made, steel-bodied production passenger sedans. Approved models include the Chevrolet Monte Carlo, Ford Thunderbird and Taurus, Oldsmobile Cutlass and Pontiac Grand Prix. While the NASCAR Winston Cup Series car weighs 3,400 pounds and maintains a wheelbase of 110 inches, the Featherlite Southwest Series car must weigh a minimum of 2,900 pounds and have a wheelbase of between 101 and 105 inches. Both cars are powered by 350 to 358 cubic inch V-8 engines.

Current Sponsors:

Featherlite Trailers, JE Pistons, Anheuser-Busch, NAPA Oil Filters, Gatorade, NGK Spark Plugs, Carrera Shocks, Pro Shocks, Edelbrock , Simpson Helmets, Five Star Stock Car Bodies, 76 Racing Gasoline, Goodyear Tires

Stars from the Featherlite Southwest Series:
Kurt Busch, 1999 champion, current NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver
Ron Hornaday Jr., Current NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division driver
Mike Chase, Current NASCAR Winston West Series driver
Lance Hooper, Current NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver
Rick Carelli, Current NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver
Steve Portenga, Current NASCAR Winston West Series driver

TOP 10 DRIVERS GOING INTO SATURDAY'S RACE AT ALTAMONT:

Matt Crafton, Augie Vidovich, Doug Mccoun, Sean Woodside, Greg Pursley, M K Kanke, Rocky Nash, Frank Maronski, Darrell Lamoure, and Scott Lynch in that order.

All will be on hand at Irwindale Speedway next weekend (October 7) for the seventeenth round of the nineteen race 2000 championship. Points are (very) close, the season is drawing to a close… It should be (real) good!

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Kurt Busch , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Matt Crafton , Lance Hooper , Rick Carelli , Steve Portenga , Scott Lynch , Greg Pursley