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Traditional Thanksgiving Night Grand Prix: "Turkey Night" At Irwindale November 22 - 61ST Running Historic Race Irwindale, Calif. - - Few other annual races in the United States, or the world for that matter, have longer histories or more...

Traditional Thanksgiving Night Grand Prix:
"Turkey Night" At Irwindale November 22 - 61ST Running Historic Race

Irwindale, Calif. - - Few other annual races in the United States, or the world for that matter, have longer histories or more storied pasts. November 22, 2001 will mark the sixty-first time that the best Midget drivers in the country have gathered together in southern California to put on a race on Thanksgiving evening. This race has become the single, most important USAC race of them all, winning this single race can define a career and add one's name to a virtual pantheon of the great racing names that have won it before you ... And November 22 at Irwindale Speedway will be the 61st running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix for USAC Midgets presented by K&N Filters.

The names of past winners of this night of nights for USAC Midgets don't just "read like a who's who" of American open wheel motorsports, they ARE American motorsports .

Beginning with Swanson (1934), Russing (1940 & 41), Oakes (1945), Vukovich (1948), Bettenhausen (Tony 1959, Gary 1970), Foyt (1960&61), Keynon (1963 & 75), Parnelli Jones (1964 & 66), Simon (1972), Goudy (1978), Shuman (1979 through 82, 84, & 87), Brent Kaeding (1985) Gurney (1988 & 89), Fox (1990 & 91) Boat (1995, 96,97), Leffler (1999), and ending with Stewart (2000). The Irwindale 2001 winner's name will become yet one more coveted entry on that extraordinary list.

"Turkey Night" is never anything less than 100-laps, 50 miles, of no-holds-barred, pure racing excitement with 900-pound, 400+ horsepower, open-wheel race cars dancing inches apart on a half-mile paved oval that has produced some of the best short track racing and closest finishes that anyone has ever witnessed. Righteous racing with all the stops pulled and with nothing left in reserve from lap one all the way to the checkered flag.

Also on the card are the USAC Western States Sprint Cars with a race that could decide the 2001 championship for this division. Going into to Saturday's (the race before Turkey Night) race at Tucson Tony Hunt held a slim lead over Jeff Gardner (799 to 785) with Ryan Flynn in third at 642.

Tickets For This Event Are Now On Sale At Irwindale Speedway (626) 359-1100

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Series USAC
Drivers Parnelli Jones , Tony Hunt