IRWINDALE NASCAR RACING ROCKET FIZZ EGGSTRAVAGANZA!! This Saturday! Benefiting Autism Speaks
Irwindale, Calif. - - With a great opening night 2014 now under its tightly-cinched-up racing belts, race two in Irwindale's 18-event NASCAR season looks to be another terrific crowd-pleaser.
The aptly-named Racing Eggstravaganza night of competition will be presented by the great folks at Rocket Fizz Soda Pop & Candy Shops who now boast some 18 locations in California and 20 more sweet stops across the country.
The special night of racing will benefit a great cause: Autism Speaks. A number of very cool motoring items (including Speedway season ticket packages, LA Racing Experience Race Passes, a "Super Ride" in a hot NASCAR stock car, a chance to wave the green flag for one of the night's races and more) will be raffled off by Autism Speaks volunteers in the track's FAN ZONE prior to and during the night's racing.
"Autism Speaks is excited to be out at Irwindale Speedway on April 19. Joining Irwindale Speedway for America's number one sport is a great opportunity for our families to get out to the races and to get our word out to the racing community. Family is everything."
Executive Director for Autism Speaks Southern California
There'll be seven distinct divisions of competition machines on the track on Saturday night with a total of eight individual races.
The Lucas Oil Late Models will again run "twin" 30-lap races.
On opening night, April 5 Ryan Partridge from Rancho Cucamonga set the pace winning both events and putting 100 (out of a possible 100) points on the top on the results page. Cole Custer from Ladera Ranch with a third and a second trails Partridge by only 6 points in second, with La Verne's Andrew Porter in third place only a few markers back at 88 points. It's still way early in the season, but points are points.
The Super Stock class had run in conjunction with the track's early season K&N Pro West race on March 22, and the division's 2013 Champion, Long Beach's Zack Green picked up right where he finished off last year, getting the win over Gary Read of La Verne. Apple Valley's Gary Frankovich took home a well-deserved third place trophy.
April 19 will be their "opening night" for the INEX Legends Cars at Irwindale. The small-but-mighty machines are all identical under their vintage car fiberglass bodywork.2013 Champion Darren Amidon, from Alpine, will be back along with Aaron Wells (Studio City) and Mark Iungerich (Granda Hills). Ricky Schlick (who finished fifth in points in 2013) will be back in the Legends Cars and he'll be stepping up his game running a Lucas Oil Late Model too!
The "Bandos" (INEX Bandoleros) will be back at Irwindale with a number of expected changes since the drivers are so young. 2013 Champ Ricky Lewis will not be back but Ryan Vargas from La Mirada (who finished second in the 2013 championship) will be here along with (2013 third place finisher) Austin Farr from Lomita (who tells us that he will be changing his racing number to 79 this season). After placing fourth in points last year Pomona's Niko Mongenel moved up to join his uncle racing in the track's ultra-competitive Irwindale Race Trucks division.
There'll be two touring series on hand at Irwindale on Saturday night:the Spears S2 Touring Series and the Pick Your Part
Southwest Tour Trucks:
Coming into Irwindale and after one race(and only three points apart) in the 2014 Pick Your Part Southwest Tour Trucks
series, #4 Ed Cutler from Ventura has the lead (59 points) with Long Beach's #27 Zack Green in second with 57 points, and 2013 Champ #87 Neil Conrad from Covina third with 56 points.
The S2 Tourers have run two races so far this season and Johnnie Butler from Arcadia has the lead in the all-identical spec-series stockers with 335 points. Bakersfield's Chris Morrison and Bass Lake's Nastasia Dodd will come into Irwindale in a tie for second place only 20 points back.
And ... finally, and JUST FOR FUN: The Irwindale audience will once again be entertained and amazed by a wild evening-ending Trailer Race. Leaving the blast for last, the object in this multi-wheeled mayhem is to race around the third-mile course while attempting to remove the other driver's trailer from their race car by nudging it with your trailer all the while defending the other drivers who (themselves) are trying mightily to knock
your trailer off of your race car. This seemingly simple sounding stuff has historically been the basis for some pretty darn fun (and funny) on track highjinks.
Fan gates open at 4PM and racing starts at 7PM. Adult tickets are only $15 with youngsters 6-12 only $5, and the and 5 & under set in free. Discount tickets for the night's races are available at: www.irwindaleeventcenter.com
Pssssst: (There's also a VERY GOOD chance that the Easter Bunny will make a special surprise appearance during the fun and family-friendly 5:45PM On-Track Autograph Session at Irwindale on Saturday night.)