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Irwindale Speedway
Source — Doug Stokes
Date Posted — August 22, 2001
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Upland, California, August 21 - - Current Winston West drivers Steve Portenga, Mark Reed and Joe Bean to join veteran Winston West drivers Jeff Davis, Ron Peterson and Kenny Smith in the Mechanix Wear Speed Truck Challenge at Irwindale Speedway for "King Taco Night at the Races" on August 25th. But, check this out . NHRA Top Fuel driver Cory McClenathan, will also be driving a Speed Truck in this King Taco-sponsored event, with no drag chute to help manipulate the high banked left turns at the place that they call: "LA's mile Super Speedway".

Two-time NASCAR Featherlite SWT champ Steve Portenga in the #25 King Taco Ford Ranger, Mark Reed in the #88 Food 4 Less Chevrolet S-10, Joe Bean in the #77 King Taco Dodge Dakota and "Cory Mac" in the #6 Speed Freaks 97.1 and LA Chevrolet S-10 will all do battle not only with the above Winston West regulars and veterans but 30 other hungry Speed Truck drivers vying for the coveted King Taco trophy on August 25th at Irwindale Speedway.

A Winston West car at 3400 pounds and 700 horsepower compared to a 2400 pound Speed Truck with 330 horsepower tells us that the West car has one horsepower to push 5 pounds and the Speed Truck has one horsepower to push 7 pounds, but we must consider the West car has 10 inch wide tires and a Speed Truck rides on 8 inch wide tires. Lap times for the two racing vehicles present yet another angle at Irwindale Speedway. Fast time at the last event for a Winston West car was 19.194 seconds and the top time for a Speed Truck was 19.131 seconds. Which means that this could get very interesting. Now let's compare Cory Mac's 6,000 horsepower 2150 pound Top Fuel dragster to.Naaah!

Points leader Chris Hines in his Toyota Tacoma, second place Troy Decuir in the Ford Ranger, former Winston West driver third place Jeff Davis in the Chevy S-10, and Winston West / Southwest Tour veteran (and always fast) Ron Peterson's Dodge Dakota may have something to say about the interloping Winston West regulars and the NHRA's Cory Mac. And no one should count last week's winner at Cajon, young Danny Stockman out yet.

McClenathan debuted his Cory Mac Motorsports Speed Truck at Cajon Speedway on August eleventh. Qualified twenty-fourth and finished eighteenth. During his interview for the Fox Sports West broadcast race Cory Mac allowed as how, "Joe Gibbs, Bobby Labonte and Tony Stewart are always kidding me about turning left, so I thought I would give it a try with the Speed Truck Challenge. It's much more difficult than I thought, yet it's much more fun that I thought as well. The Speed Truck Challenge is an awesome series for aspiring race drivers to get started and current drivers to sharpen their skills and move up the ladder to the professional ranks."

For an appetizer fans can watch the Cory Mac's Speed Truck driving debut on Fox Sports West on the morning of his Irwindale Speedway debut. Fox Sports West - Saturday, August 25th @ 9:00 am - Sunday, August 26th @ 9:30 am or on Fox Sports Arizona - Saturday, August 25th @ 8:30 am - Sunday, August 26th @ 9:30 am

"King Taco has been involved as a Contingency Sponsor beginning in 1998 with the Speed Truck Challenge and as the owner of two Speed Trucks since 1999," stated Jay Rutherford, President of the Speed Truck Challenge. "King Taco's support to the series broadcasts on Fox Sports West has helped us realize our goals and we'd really like to thanks Luis Martinez for his involvement and for such a great concept of bringing these top Winston West drivers to the Speed Truck Challenge this Saturday at Irwindale " Rutherford concluded.

The Irwindale Speedway spectator gates always open early at 4 pm with practice, qualifying, and pre-race ceremonies all taking place before the 7 pm first race of the night. The Speedway has invited all four of the above special "guest drivers" to be a part of the pre-race autograph session that takes place at 6:30 right on the front row of the grandstands . Fans will be encouraged to grab a program and get some great keepsakes of the night.####

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Article posted by staff on August 22, 2001.