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06/15/10
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Dads get in Free Saturday night in Irwindale  Dear old Dad will be the honored guest at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale this Saturday night.  "We're making it easy for families to give Dad what he really wants for his day, loud ties, silver business card holders, and bottles of fancy aftershave are out.  Everyone know that a night of live NASCAR excitement is what he really wants,"  said Bob De Fazio track GM.  "You get Dad here, we'll take care of his ticket and we'll give him a great show!" he promised.

And the price sure is right . FREE.  Yes dad is in free on Saturday at night at the Speedway and there's tons of on track racing action scheduled for directly after the opening ceremonies conclude at 7PM. 

In fact . Here's the line-up including the Pepsi Super Late Model debut of the Maximum Commander of the Metal Mulisha himself, Brian Deegan. 

Deegan, who has been given credit for virtually inventing Freestyle Motocross, and who (officially) came this close to being pronounced (at least) three times while practicing the scary showoff sport, will try to keep all four tires ON the track at the Speedway this Saturday. 

Going from motocross, to freestyle, to driving (and winning regularly) in the rough and tumble Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, Deegan has a driving development deal that will check him out in yet another form of motorsport, and he's on schedule to be just as spectacular in the stock cars.

In the Super Late points chase the boys from 'Vegas are now showing up first and second on the chart as the track sets up for a twin event (two races in one night) that will also mark the half-way, turn-for-home, tenth and eleventh races in the 20-race 2010 season.

Justin Johnson has won the last three races, with his young pal Dusty Davis (422 points) running right behind him.  Both of the Nevada residents will be looking very seriously at the 100 points available for their "bank accounts" on Saturday night.  Two races, two chances to pad the points or poop on a big year so far . One race is enough, two is a big night all the way around. 

The Inland Empire dominates the next three in Super points with Fontana's Randall King right behind Davis (396 - 390 points) Ryan Partridge (Rancho Cucamonga), and Scott Dodd (Mira Loma) running close at 366 and 324 points respectively.

We have a tight, three-truck race in the South West Tour Truck Series with Jeff Williams from Newbury Park with three wins and two second place finishes for 246.  Neil Conrad "only" won the other two races of the five run so far (with two seconds and a third) so he's got 242.  In third with a set of top five finishes and 226 points, Hemet's Michael Zimmerman, would like to get one of those 50 markers in the points SWTT column on www.toyotaspeedwayatirwindale.com.

They're small, but very feisty and they have a great "alumnae association" . the Echo Equipment Legends Cars are back on the track on Saturday.  Every car is technically identical, same (sealed) motor, weighs exactly the same amount , and is running on the same tire.

The big difference here is the "steering wheel holder" (the driver).  And, the points spread from first to third coming into this race shows just how close the divisional Legends championship is: With two wins, two seconds, a fourth and one bad night Alta Loma's Brent Sheidmantle has the lead with 252 points.  Chad Schug from Oak Hills has a win, two second places, a third, and one of those nights that you don't want to be reminded of four points back at 248, with Bakersfield's Rick Clark not far behind at 234 points in third.

The Langers Juice S2s are also a very strictly-controlled "spec" division, like a Legends Car every part of these cars, except for the driver is identical.  Here's some news for you, and what amounts to a VERY good indication that parity is the order of the day with the Juice-Mobiles is that no one in the top five has yet won a race! Consistency has paid off big time for the likes of Dylan Lupton from Wilton, Kendell Lopez from Independence, Roman Lagudi from Las Vegas, Laguna Canyon's David Busby, and Northridge's Gary Waters.  The points countdown for the above quintet is 262, 258, 256, 220, and 186 (close enough for you?).

The touring trucks of the ASA Truck Series will return to Toyota Speedway this Saturday Joey Licata leading the 2010 points chase at 250 but with Rookie Points leader right on (the place where one would be if he had one) "trailer hitch" at 240.  And Mike Herda, Taylor Miinch, and Branden Underwood are all close behind at 194, 190, and 162 respectively.  Again, these machines are as identical as the manufacturers can build them (and the tech inspectors can keep them).  Be sure to say hi to the ASA Truck Series drivers at the Autograph Session . every one of them seem younger than the next, a great group of touring drivers alighting in Irwindale for an all-out event and then its on to the next Speedway a week or two later.

One more, and this nightcap is positively, absolutely, actually NOT a spec class.  The Pick Your Part Outlaw Figure 8 will close out the night at the Speedway with all the action an excitement that always gets the fans on their feet and often causes them to cover their eyes! 

"Barefoot" Billy Ziemann, form Bloomington, comes in at 148 points which was earned in the first three races like this: win, win, second).  Andy Schoening from Corona hasn't won yet but has two third places and nice second for 140 clicks, followed by last time's race winner Steve Stewart from Long Beach with 136 clicks on his clock.

MEET THE DRIVERS:  The Speedway is located in Irwindale right on the 605 freeway between the 210 and the 10 freeways.  Gates open at 4PM and the family-friendly King Taco On-Track Autograph Session starts at 5:45PM.  That gathering, is the ideal place to get to know the drivers and see the machines up close and personal.  And it's not just "autographs" by any means: fans meet the drivers, take photos, collect hero cards, kids climb into real racing cars, and everyone is a winner.

GUARANTEED:  One last thing: Toyota Speedway fans are all covered by a unique, iron-clad, money-back ticket guarantee.  After the first race of the evening, if a fan is not 100% happy with the show, all they need to do is head for the box office and they'll get a full and complete refund of their ticket price.

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