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Irwindale, Calif. - - Racers (and fans!) will soon be heading to Irwindale Speedway from all over the southwest for a double-header of top pro touring series championship events along with a local third-mile favorite. 


Saturday night, April 30 will see the blazing-hot Lucas Oil Modifieds back on the banked Irwindale half-mile as they hit stop number three in their 10-race championship season tour that will see them traveling up and down the coast to win this year's crown.  


Lakeside, California's Matt Hicks has the points lead at 140 in these one-of-a-kind racing machines that run some of the fastest laps seen at Irwindale.  Hicks is followed by Larry Gerchman from Lake Havasu City, Arizona (132 points) and Linny White from nearby Colton with 131.

There are 33 teams on the LOM championship trail this year and, with only 20 points separating first and fifth place in points, all of them are expected to be at Irwindale to compete on Saturday night's (deep breath...) SuperClean Spring Shootout Presented by BILSTEIN Shocks.  For a complete rundown on the series, the points, and the people please race on over to:


With races in Arizona, Nevada, and California interest runs in the series high across all of the southwest when these lean/mean, pared-down racing machines come to town, and particularly when they run wheel to wheel on the "3-wide" blended banking at Irwindale.


The SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour ( is another group that takes "racing around the west coast" quite seriously ... This year their 9-race championship series will see them in Arizona and Nevada and of course in California where they have two races scheduled at Irwindale, this one, and a repeat visit on Saturday, June 18.  After their first race of the points season, veteran racer Derek Thorn has the lead, followed closely by Parker Stephens, and series rookie/Irwindale regular Christian McGhee.


Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse of Colton and San Dimas will continue their support of the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series teams in 2016. With their continued association with the series, Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse will be the presenting sponsor of two marquee SPEARS Southwest Tour Series events in 2016. Those events include the upcoming April 30th race at Irwindale Speedway and the $10,000 to Win 2016 Championship finale at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on November 19th.


WATCH THIS!:  Both of the above races will be taped by MAVTV to be shown on that network at a later date*.  LucasOilRacing.TV will also be on hand to live stream the Lucas Oil Modified race, a first for Irwindale. LucasOilRacing.TV is the first streaming TV network dedicated solely to the world of motorsports - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Programming includes LIVE racing, expanded pre-and post-race action, behind-the-scenes content, unseen interviews, automobile build shows, and an extensive library of motorsports content and racing. *please check your local listings


#5 Parker Steele from Peoria, Arizona leads the Irwindale Legend Cars 2016 championship point standings by virtue of winning the first of the 8-race series events on April 2.  #33 Darren Amidon (Lakeside) is in second place coming into the April 30 event, with Chad Schug (Oak Hills) only 4 points back in third at 46.


FAN NOTE:  Irwindale's stock car points system is simple and works well to reward consistently good driving.  It awards 50 points for first place, 48 for second, 46 for third and so on ... down the line.  Point totals run close all year long and, over the years, many Irwindale season championships have been won by a very small difference in points.


TECHNICAL STUFF: Gates open at 4PM and the family-favorite "On-Track Autograph Session" opens up right out on the track at 5:45PM.  Every driver, every car and throngs of passionate race fans make the up close and personal session a not-to-be-missed part of short track racing excitement.  Bring the kids, bring a camera.


DISCOUNT TICKETS:  Discounted adult tickets are available on the IEC website right up until midnight on the Friday before the race.  Save money, save time in the ticket lines, bring the whole bunch!