IRWINDALE, Caliornia — With the ultimate NASCAR Home Track event scheduled for Toyota Speedway at Irwindale for Friday and Saturday January 28th and 29th, 2011, the Toyota Dealers of Southern California are offering special $5.00 off coupons to make it just a little bit easier for fans to enjoy two great nights of NASCAR racing at the track that everyone calls: LA s Half-Mile Superspeedway
The Toyota NASCAR All-Star Showdown has become not only a very popular event with the fans, but a true showcase for so many young drivers, Bob DeFazio, Toyota Speedway s VP/General Manager told us. In only eight short years this race has achieved national status, Toyota s sponsorship of this event started even before they put their name of this facility, and the success of the show is reflected directly in the quality of drivers who have received such great recognition from competing in this one, we can t wait!
Adult general Admission tickets (good for both Friday s qualifying and prelims, and Saturday s main events) are $25 each, with reserved seats (again, for both nights) are priced at $35. We sold out on Saturday last year, said DeFazio. This offer by the participating Toyota dealers gives our great fans a good deal and a bit of a jump start on the race.
The NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown is the premier event of our short-track calendar, said George Silbermann, NASCAR managing director of racing operations. From Austin Cameron s emotional win in the very first event to last year s dramatic debut of Sergio Pena, each successive race has continued to build the prestige of the Showdown. This all-star weekend shines the spotlight on our champions and the sport s rising stars.
The Showdown main event is broken up into three sections two 100-lap segments preceding a 25-lap dash to the finish. Last year, Joe Gibbs Racing driver Joey Logano became just the second driver to win two Showdowns when he held off a furious challenge over the closing laps from the 17-year-old Pena, who was making his series debut for Revolution Racing/Drive for Diversity.
The annual event features secured starting spots for the 2010 champions of NASCAR s developmental series and race winners of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series from the 2010 season. Eighteen-year-old Ryan Truex leads the field of drivers who have already earned spots, having recently wrapped up his second straight NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship.
Other drivers who have secured starting spots include NASCAR K&N Pro Series race winners Ty Dillon, Max Gresham, Paulie Harraka, Erik Holmes, Patrick Long, David Mayhew, Brett Moffitt, Andrew Ranger, Greg Pursley, Auggie Vidovich, and Darrell Wallace Jr., in addition to NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion Keith Rocco and NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 champion DJ Kennington.
The schedule also includes a 75-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Super Late Model race and a 50-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model race. The top five NASCAR state champions in attendance will have secured starting spots in the Late Model race. New this year, the 25-car fields for each of those races will be set by a pair of heat races 25 laps for the Super Late Models and 20 laps for the Late Models.
Year in and year out, our NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown has provided fans with some of the best racing action of the season, said DeFazio. Last year s sell-out crowd witnessed a race they ll be talking about for years. We re honored to be hosting this very important event once again.
The NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown main event contested in NASCAR K&N Pro Series cars is open to any driver approved to drive on a half-mile or longer tracks in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series.
Current national series drivers such as Logano, Ricky Carmichael, Brian Ickler, Trevor Bayne, Matt Crafton, Ron Hornaday Jr. and Justin Lofton have competed in the annual NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown.