Irwindale Speedway Salutes Father's Day With Full Card of NASCAR Home Track Thrills
Special Prize Drawings Just for Dad: Saturday, June 15, 2013
Irwindale, Calif. - - This Saturday night, June 15 is going to be a great one for Dad. First of all the track will salute the good old (or young) guy in pre-race festivities; and then Dad (and everyone else) will be treated to an exciting night of NASCAR Home Track racing thrills ... Hey! we love you Pops!
FLASH: Just at release time a whole raft of great prizes (and surprises) have been added to the night's festivities just for fathers. Prizes ranging from tickets to the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway, to dinners at some of the best local restaurants, NASCAR wearables, and huge car care product buckets from Lucas Oil ... Will all be part of a free (Dad's Only) drawing on Saturday night. (Check the IEC website for a complete list of the swag).
And, in the second week of June, NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing is already on a full boil at the IEC.
Witness the scant 4-point difference between the top three in Irwindale's national championship division. The Lucas Oil Late Models will be led into battle on Saturday night by Rancho Cucamonga's racer, Ryan Partridge, who won the season opener over Highland's terrific Toni McCray. Last race McCray returned the favor by winning with Partridge coming in right behind her in second.
Meanwhile Covina's quick Mike Johnson is right behind that pair with a nice second and a good third. The points for the top trio are: 98, 96, 94. Chris Johnson (Claremont) and William Helgeson (Riverside) fill out the first five with 80 and 76 point respectively. Saturday night's race will close out the first third of the tight 9-race Lucas Oil Late Model 2013 season at Irwindale.
Zack Green from Long Beach leads the Superior Automotive Engineering Super Stocks into the half-way race (number 4 of 7 scheduled) for this division in 2013 ... He's got a great racing record (two wins and a second place) but he's also got a guy from La Verne, California named Gary Reed right behind him only four points down with 144 points to his 148!
There's a log jam for third place in the Supers with Robert Dezarov (Palm Desert) and Greg Crutcher (Covina) all tied up at 124 points each. Eric Sunness (Chatsworth) rounds out the top five in this one with a tidy 116 points.
It is beginning to look like Ryan Brandon and Randy Hornsby have a lock on the Speedway's madcap Mini-Stock division. These drivers who both hail from the far end of the Inland Empire (Beaumont and Yucaipa respectively) finished the first two races in lockstep, first and second for the first and second races in this year's 7-race championship.
Tom Dye from Stanton (76 points) is third coming in to Saturday's Father's Day salute event, and Bill Smith (Huntington Beach) and Dennis Crossman (Rancho Cucamonga) are stuck/tied for third at 74 all-important markers each.
In the Legends Cars, every one of them is an exact duplicate of the other, except for slight body shape differences, paint scheme, and (the only real variable) the driver. Legends are strong example of the sort of close competition at (relatively) low prices that a well-thought-out "spec" racer (every car built to the same, identical specifications) can offer. After 2 of 5 races on this year's Irwindale schedule, Darren Amidon from Alpine leads Chad Schug from Oak Hills by four points. Amidon has a second place and an outright win on his card, and Schug has a third and a second on his.
The guy with the great racing name (Ricky Schlick from Claremont) is only four back of Schug at 90 with Brent Scheidmantle (Alta Loma, 80 points) and Mike Womak (Fallbrook, 78 points) looking to make up some ground on the leaders.
The littlest Irwindale Speedway racers will run their Bandoleros on what must be one of the biggest ovals that they compete on anywhere, Irwindale's tricky, low-banked third-mile.
As the points go Rickey Lewis from Oxnard has perfect 2 and Oh record ... 100 points (thank-you-very-much). Being four points behind seems to be the theme here ... and the "Bandos" are no different with Crestline's Ivan Gudmestad also sporting a "perfect" pair of second place finishes for 98 points.
Ryan Vargas from La Mirada lies fourth in the standings at 88 points, with Chazz Massey from West Covina, and Austin Farr from Lomita following along in fourth and fifth places respectively at 86 and 80 points. The "Bandos" will race on both Friday (14th) and Saturday night so there's a hundred points up for the grabbing over the Father's Day weekend ... Have fun kids!
The Pick Your Part OUTLAW Figure 8 Cars will close out the night and turn out the lights on Saturday night with their own spikey-haired version of a criss-cross game of "Chicken" that's right out of the movies, but that's actually going on right in front of the grandstands!
Rod Proctor (these guys should all have cool wrestler names, like Riverside Rod "The Rocket" Proctor!) leads the point with a win in the first race. Brian Glidewell (Cerritos) is second with 48, with Ron Davis (Norwalk) third at 46, "Barefoot" (honest!) Billy Ziemann in fourth at 44, and Kendall Scheidecker fifth in points at 42.
Gates will open on June 15th at 4pm and fans are all invited right down on the racetrack at 5:45pm to Irwindale's traditional family freindly On-Track Autograph Session where all the cars, crews, track announcers, safety crews, special guest, officials, and drivers mix it up with the fans for half an hour before they get serious about winning races...
And all fans are GUARANTEED to enjoy the show or get their money back. After the first race of the evening, if a fan is not 100% satisified with the show, all they need to do is return to the ticket booth* and get a full refund of their ticket purchase.
*within 15 minutes of the end of the first race.
Discount tickets are available on-line 24/7 at: