IRWINDALE, California — - There's no connection whatsoever, but the Speedway will actually present a wild Demolition Derby as the final event of a NASCAR-packed night of short track racing on Mother s Day eve, when Moms (along with all kinds under the age of 12) are invited as the track's most honored (and complimentary) guests.
That "DD" take-no-prisoners track event will cap off a Super Saturday night that's all set to be highlighted by the 75-lap Round 3 of the Lucas Slick Mist Super Late Models 10-race 2011 championship series.
Rod Johnson Jr. from Canyon Country has a perfect record going into this one. He s two for two and the third-gen racer seems to have really located the sweet spot for both his race car and the track.
Of course, with the Speedway's super-tight points system, even winning 20% of the series (so far) only gives "RJ" a 6-point lead over Conroe, Texas Kevin Thompson with his second and third placings that add up to a nice, solid 94 points.
Close behind them are the rest of the top five who are: Race Liberante (82), Jason Patison (80), and Ryan Partridge (76). Californian s all, they (respectively) hail from: Quartz Hill, Corona, and Rancho Cucamonga.
The Vista Paint Super Stocks are back for second race of their season and with Saugus veteran Gerrit Cromsigt on the board with 50 markers in first, followed by Eric Sunness (Chatsworth), 2010 Champ Rich DeLong III (Santa Clarita), Curtis White (Norwalk), and Steve Smith (San Bernardino) with those familiar 48,46, 44, and 42 points respectively.
The Justice Brothers Mini Stocks are coming to Irwindale on Saturday night to run race two of their 10-lap 2011 championship run and with the 2010 division winner and the fifth place finisher having reversed places Richie Altman, from Wildomar, California who finished fifth last year, is first in points (50) with last year s champ Daryl Scoggins, from Sunland presently in fifth with 42 points. Between them: Ryan Bragdon (49 points, Beaumont) Dennis Croasmun (46 points, Alta Loma), Kevin Bernhardt (44 points, Fontana).
Students of California geography might note a trend in the above hometowns, four of the five being from out East of the Speedway Some sort of Mini-Stock "Alabama Gang" forming out in the Inland Empire? Stay tuned Better yet, fans are urged to get out to Saturday s King Taco On-Track Autograph Session at 5:45 on Saturday and ask these racers for themselves.
In the track s new "spec." division (all bodywork, chassis, engines, tires, etc. are identical), the Langer's Juice S2's are also embarking on the second race of their season with a number of new names and faces at the sharp end of the points schedule. La Verne s Andrew Porter won the first S2 event two weeks ago and thus leads the points with the big five-oh. Andrew Anderson, from Lancaster has 48, Las Vegas resident Jace Meier is third with 46, Dutch Television Reality Star Sebastian Lebrie* is forth at 44 points, and Mike Colato of Winnetka holds on to fifth with (you guessed it) 42.
*Labrie's drive was a one-off for a European TV series that he stars in and features him getting involved in all sorts of action adventures including mountain-climbing, skin-diving, flying military jets, sky-diving, and driving a NASCAR stocker at Toyota Speedway.
The final stock car division to go on track on Saturday night will be the Ken Porter Auctions Open Comp. cars. Open comp(etition) means just that. Any properly (safety) equipped stock car can be entered and the event is contested on the Speedway s inner third-mile track where handling trumps horsepower and where some surprising racecraft always takes place. This is the first race of the season and it is always interesting to see who AND WHAT comes to run with the all the Big Guns .
One of the best parts of the NASCAR races at Toyota Speedway is the Free King Taco Autograph Session right on the track before the races at 5:45PM. All the cars, all the drivers, and all the fans in a great pre-race fan fest that includes autographs, photos, kids in race car driver s seats, candy, hero cards, and up-close-and-personal face-to-face meets with the stars of the night and their machines. This is the one to get the kids (of all ages) out to, this is the event that sets the whole night up for great fun with a real insider s look at NASCAR.
The Speedway's front gate opens at 4PM and at 5:45 all fans are invited right down on the track for the Speedway s special time to meet the drivers, see the cars up close, get a snapshot or two, the autograph of a favorite driver and just generally mix and mingle in the pre-race party that we call the King Taco On-Track Autograph Session. Bring the kids and don t miss this unique part of the special fan experience at the Speedway!
Toyota Speedway and Event Center opened on March 27, 1999 and has become one of the premier NASCAR Home Tracks in the country. Featuring virtually every aspect of stadium-style motorsports competition, the facility is clean, family-friendly and features a unique money-back guarantee that refunds any fan s ticket price if they are not 100% happy with the show. Located on the 605 freeway in Irwindale, California, the track is easy to get to from just about anywhere in southern California.
For more information, tickets, or directions: www.toyotaspeedwayatirwindale.com