FF: Twin 25s slated for Irwindale Speedway March 27

Midget stars Dave Darland, Michael Lewis, Josh Wise, Tracy Hines, Jay Drake, Bobby East, and Dave Steele joined promoter Steve Lewis in a preview of next week's Second Annual Mopar Twin 125s at Irwindale Speedway. This unique event consists of...

Midget stars Dave Darland, Michael Lewis, Josh Wise, Tracy Hines, Jay Drake, Bobby East, and Dave Steele joined promoter Steve Lewis in a preview of next week's Second Annual Mopar Twin 125s at Irwindale Speedway. This unique event consists of two full 25 lap feature races, with the starting order of the second being the invert of the first race's finishing order. If the winner of the first feature can come from the back and win both halves, there is a $50,000 bonus. Counting the regular prize money and bonus awards, a driver could walk away with over $65,000 in his pocket.

The event began in 2001, at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Dave Steele won that event, a feat that he and all the others would like to accomplish. Tracy Hines came close last year at Irwindale, but came up four positions short at the end. Hines, now a rookie in NASCAR Craftsman Trucks, will be back. J.J. Yeley, now a rising NASCAR star, but running selected open wheel races, will enter this event. Yeley made history last year by winning championships in all three USAC divisions in a single year. That feat was accomplished only once before, by Tony Stewart. Stewart is not expected to appear, but owns the car in which Josh Wise will compete.

Promoter Steve Lewis would like to run this event three times next year. "We really like the venue at Irwindale, and we really liked the venue at IRP," said Lewis. "We're trying to find a place down south for a third one, so we can have three of them next year." The Charlotte area is a strong contender for the additional event.

The Twin 25s are part of a full day of racing and speed at Irwindale Speedway on March 27. At least 40 famous Southern Californian vintage racers will be on display at "Eibach Springs Presents the Festival of Speed," to be held from noon to 4 pm. The display will include the Greer Black Prudhomme Top Fuel Dragster, the Gaerte Beast #9 midget that Stan Fox drove to victory in the last race ever at Ascot Park, a Ford GT-40, and Vic Edelbrock's #27 V8-60 "Offy killer." Admission to the Festival of Speed is free.

The race card in the evening includes a Ford Focus Midget event, quarter midget racing on a purpose-built track in the parking lot, and a demonstration of "Drifting" - the latest motorsport craze from Japan. There will be two 15 minute Drifting demonstrations, starting at 5:00.

The Ford Focus activities will include two notable guest drivers. Champ Car stars Michel Jourdain Jr. and Patrick Carpentier will climb into Focus Midgets in a preliminary race, competing against the local regulars.

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Series USAC
Drivers Tony Stewart , Patrick Carpentier , Michael Lewis , Dave Darland , J.J. Yeley , Tracy Hines , Dave Steele , Jay Drake , Bobby East , Josh Wise , Michel Jourdain