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Irwindale, Calif. - - Irwindale Speedway's own Automobile Club of Southern California NASCAR Late Models will headline the April 7 racing agenda at Irwindale Speedway. The last time that these full-bodied bruisers took to the track it was...

Irwindale, Calif. - - Irwindale Speedway's own Automobile Club of Southern California NASCAR Late Models will headline the April 7 racing agenda at Irwindale Speedway. The last time that these full-bodied bruisers took to the track it was on March 24 to wow an open-wheel crowd who had come to see the USAC Silver Crown Cars and had been very pleasantly surprised by the number and competitiveness of the Auto Club Late Models that contested the 50-lap support race. Even, John Capels, the USAC President, was impressed (and said so!) by the color and closeness of competition among the 31 stock cars that took the green flag for that night's main event.

Riverside's own Todd Burns was the victor last trip, and a convincing one at that. Burns blitzed the field with a wire-to-wire win that marked him as an early heavy favorite for this year's championship in the Auto Club-backed Late Models. Last year Burns finished the season in third place behind James Weston and Tony Green both of whom have moved on the Super Late Model ranks for this season.

And ... returning to Irwindale for the first time since last Thanksgiving are the mighty MCI WorldCom Western States Midgets. These are the open-wheelers that everyone loves to watch at IS. The reining USAC Western States Midget champion Wally Pankratz of Orange, California will be back too, this time proudly wearing the winner's number 1 on his newly-painted midget. As he was last year, the wiley old (50+) veteran will be challenged by young guns only a little older than a third of his age ... As usual the air will turn blue with methanol fumes as these crowd-pleasing open-wheelers do their thing around the Irwindale oval.

But wait ... There's more! The NASCAR Super Stocks, led by points topper John Wilkes from nearby Northridge, and the NASCAR Modified 4's will also be on track on Saturday night and (as if that weren't enough) the American Race Trucks will make their 2001 season debut at IS. That, by official count, is a full five-ring circus no matter how you cut it.

Saturday night will be the first race of the season for the Modified 4's (which used to be called "Mini-Stocks") as well as the American Race Trucks, so both divisions are sure to be strongly represented and chomping at the bit for a taste of asphalt.

As always, the spectator gates will open at 4:00 pm to encourage fans to get out early, make their choice of their "best" seats, enjoy the live on-site band, and get a good look at all the racers as they finish up practice and begin their all-important qualifying sessions. NASCAR Trivia time for neat prizes will be played in the grandstands at 6:30 and the Star Spangled Banner will kick off the night's races at seven pm sharp.

Tickets? Easy! Just call (626) 358-1100 to reserve your ducats or show up anytime after noon on Saturday-raceday. There's always plenty of great seats, good food, and exciting NASCAR racing at Irwindale Speedway ... After all it really is: "LA's ½-Mile Super Speedway".

FLASH
April 7 Named "Kid'S Night At The Speedway" In Honor Of The Long Beach Grand Prix Weekend Kids 12 & Under (Accompanied By A Paid Adult) Free!

-Irwindale Speedway

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Series NASCAR , USAC
Drivers Wally Pankratz