Irwindale NASCAR's Tony Stewart to Compete in Turkey Night

THE HOME DEPOT PRESENTING SPONSOR OF 59TH RUNNING OF USAC'S CLASSIC TURKEY NIGHT G.P. IRWINDALE SPEEDWAY - NOVEMBER 25, 1999 NASCAR's "Rookie Sensation" ...

THE HOME DEPOT PRESENTING SPONSOR OF 59TH RUNNING OF USAC'S CLASSIC TURKEY NIGHT G.P. IRWINDALE SPEEDWAY - NOVEMBER 25, 1999 NASCAR's "Rookie Sensation" #20 Tony Stewart Will Compete

Irwindale, Calif. - - The Home Depot has signed-on as the presenting sponsor of racing's longest-running, most prestigious open wheel racing event, the 59th running of the USAC Turkey Night Midget Grand Prix at the brand-new Irwindale Speedway set for Thanksgiving night, Thursday, November 25, 1999.

Founded in 1978 in Atlanta, Georgia, The Home Depot is the world's largest home improvement retailer, with over 800 stores in the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, and Chile. Voted "America's Most-Admired Specialty Retailer" by Fortune Magazine for six straight years, The Home Depot prides itself on offering its customers the lowest prices and the highest levels of service.

The Home Depot is also an Official Sponsor of the U.S., Canadian, and Puerto Rican Olympic Teams, the Official Home Improvement Warehouse of NASCAR, a Senior PGA event sponsor (The Home Depot Invitational in Charlotte, NC) and the sponsor of the Joe Gibbs #20 Winston Cup car with 1999 NASCAR Rookie-Of-The-Year shoo-in Tony Stewart at the wheel. The versatile Stewart is slated to drive Steve Lewis' #9x Beast/Ford USAC Midget in the Turkey Night race.

USAC's Turkey Night Grand Prix is one of the longest-running series in the history of racing and boasts a list of winners that reads like a "Who's Who" of American oval track racing.

Turkey Night winners include names like: Mel Kenyon, Billy Boat, Norman "Bubby" Jones, Ron Shuman, A. J. Foyt, Stan Fox, Chuck Gurney, Edgar Elder, Johnny Parsons, Parnelli Jones, Ronnie Householder, Bill Vukovich, Tony Simon, Gary Bettenhausen, and many more legends of motorsports.

In its 66-year history the hallowed event has been staged at a number of Los Angeles and southern California venues including the great J.C. Agajanian's Ascot Park (27 times), Saugus Speedway, Perris Auto Speedway, Bakersfield Speedway, and Speedway 605 which was located in Irwindale about a mile or so from where Irwindale Speedway now stands. The first Turkey Night Grand Prix was first run at Gilmore Stadium (now the site of the CBS Studios near Farmer's Market at 3rd and Fairfax in Los Angeles) in 1934.

1998's winner Jay Drake, of Val Verde, California will be at Irwindale looking to go for "two in a row" along with the nation's top midget "shoes". Expect to see names like: Leffler, Newman, Coons, Hines, Darland, Gerster, Pankratz, Steele, Treadway, Drinan, Carter, Heydenreich, McCune, DeBueamont, Scully, Hendrix, Stanfill, Boone, Sills, Gurney, Brown, Paden, Pratz, Tripp and Stewart.

The holiday night race is specifically-crafted for families to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving feast in the afternoon, maybe watch a "bowl" game or two, and then head out work off all that rich food with a rousing evening enjoying a spectacular 100-lap USAC Midget feature race (and all the prelims lead up to it) at one of the newest and nicest race tracks in the country.

Tickets for Turkey Night are available by phone by calling (626) 358-1100 or in person at the Irwindale Speedway ticket windows (open 9 - 5 weekdays and noon to 9 p.m. on Saturdays). Gates will open at 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

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Series USAC
Drivers Tony Stewart , Billy Boat , Parnelli Jones , Jay Drake , Johnny Parsons , Bill Vukovich