Irwindale Speedway is pleased to announce that on February 1, 2020, the All-Star Showdown will return to Irwindale Speedway. With support from Bob Bruncati of Sunrise Ford, and Ken Clapp from The West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame, the “Sunrise Ford All-Star Showdown presented by West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame” will see Super Late Models and Open Late Models descend upon the Speedway for what track management believes will become a “Bucket List” event for drivers nationwide.
The $25,000-to-win Super Late Model main event will see the nation’s top SLM competitors square off for 200 laps around Irwindale Speedway’s progressively banked ½ mile. The race will be sanctioned and officiated by the SPEARS (SRL) Southwest Tour Series and will operate under the same rulebook as the SRL “Winter Showdown”. “We want to bring the best Super Late Model drivers from around the nation to Irwindale Speedway for this huge event,” stated Irwindale Speedway’s Tim Huddleston. “Irwindale was the longtime host of the ‘NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown’ and Bob Bruncati of Sunrise Ford wanted to bring that type of event back to Irwindale Speedway.”
The 200 lap main event will also serve as the season opener for the west coast’s premier SLM series, the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series. “In 2020, we’re celebrating our ‘20th Race Season’ and this a great way to start the party, with a $25,000 to win championship points event for the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series,” stated the SRL’s Larry Collins. “With the introduction of the “Sunrise Ford All-Star Showdown” on February 1 in sunny southern California, the 6th annual Winter Showdown will now move to later date at its home, Kern County Raceway. We have so much planned for our 20th year, and this is a great way to start it off.”
In addition to the SLM showcase, Open Late Models will make their debut at I.S. for a $10,000-to-win, 100 lap main event on the 1/3 mile. Open Late Models, one of the fastest growing divisions on the west coast, will compete using a hybrid rulebook based off Madera Speedway and All-American Speedway. The rules package, while still under review, will look to give anybody with a Late Model type car the opportunity to compete in this marquee event.
“None of this would be possible without the support of everyone at Irwindale Speedway, Bob Bruncati of Sunrise Ford, Ken Clapp along with The West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame, SRL with Ricky Brooks and their team of officials. Together, we will aim to make the ‘Sunrise Ford All-Star Showdown’ a huge success for short track racing” stated Huddleston.
About Speedway: Irwindale Speedway is located in the heart of Southern California, just outside of Los Angeles. Featuring both a 1/2 and 1/3 mile oval, along with an 1/8 mile dragstrip. Irwindale plays host to a variety of motorsports themed events including NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and NHRA Summit E.T. Series action. Thanks to all the great partners of the speedway: Sunrise Ford, High Point Distributing, LKQ Pick Your Part, Lucas Oil, Powertrip Rentals, O’Reilly’s Auto Parts, Jan’s Towing, Ken Porter Auctions, Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse, Clean Out Plumbing and Wood’s Electric. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.irwindalespeedway.com.
-Irwindale Speedway Press Release
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