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Rip Michels knows one thing: There’s going to be a party after the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown. He just hopes he’s in the middle of it all.
“We want that Showdown really bad,” said Michels. “I’ve led laps there. I feel like I’m always in contention but at the end of the night, it’s always somebody else walking out with the girl and I’m sitting there pretty bummed out.”> More
It was the site of one of Matt Crafton’s most dramatic stock car races. And it was the site of his only race in the NASCAR Camping World Series. The location was Toyota Speedway at Irwindale (Calif.) and the date was Nov. 11, 2000.
Crafton – a second-generation driver from Tulare, Calif., who had just wrapped up that year’s championship in the former NASCAR Southwest Tour – was making his debut in the NASCAR Camping World Series West season finale.> More
The 2009 schedule for the NASCAR Camping World Series West, which features two visits to Iowa Speedway, will be comprised of 13 races, NASCAR announced today.
The schedule – with stops at 11 venues in seven states between March and September – features a balance of short tracks, speedways and road courses.
It includes the addition of a second visit to Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa on Sept. 4. The event will be in conjunction with the inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the ultra-competitive 7/8-mile track.> More
Ron Hornaday Sr., a two-time NASCAR champion on the West Coast, died Sunday at the age of 77.
Hornaday, who won back-to-back championships in NASCAR’s Pacific Coast Stock Car circuit in 1963 and 1964, was the father of three-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday Jr.
"Ron Sr. was a great champion and one of the true pioneers in NASCAR's west coast efforts,” said NASCAR Vice President of Corporate Communications Jim Hunter. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family."> More
For drivers in the NASCAR Camping World Series, the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown is a chance to showcase their talent in the biggest event of the year. For Ron Hornaday Jr., it will be more of a homecoming.
Hornaday – who prior to becoming a three-time champion in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, spent much of his life in and around the NASCAR Camping World Series West – recently announced plans to compete in next month’s all-star event at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale (Calif.).> More
Brian Ickler joined an elite list of drivers this year who have won races in the NASCAR Camping World Series East and in the NASCAR Camping World Series West. He added to that accomplishment with a major victory in a combined event, winning this year’s NASCAR Camping World Series combination race in Iowa.
Now he wants to top it all off by winning the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown.> More
Not everything went as planned for Mike David in the NASCAR Camping World Series West in 2008. Following an outstanding year in which he won the championship in 2007, the 41-year-old Modesto, Calif., driver experienced an up-and-down outcome this year.
David summed it up as a “roller coaster” season: “There were some real good highs and then a couple of DNFs (did not finish), which are the worst lows you can have in racing.”> More
The sixth edition of the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown will feature two days of exciting action among some of the nation’s greatest short-track drivers in NASCAR Camping World Series and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series competition.
The prestigious postseason event, the ‘Daytona 500 of short-track racing,’ is slated for Jan. 23-24, 2009 at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale (Calif.).> More
Jeff Barkshire reached a lot of goals as a race driver in 2008. He captured his first Coors Light Pole Award in NASCAR Camping World Series West competition at the combination event at Iowa Speedway in May. He scored his first career win in the series at Evergreen Speedway in July. And he was honored as with the Sunoco Rookie of the Year during the championship awards banquet in Sacramento, Calif., in November.> More
Despite only running a handful of races between them this season in the NASCAR Camping World Series West, Todd Souza and Jason Fensler were each able to lock up a coveted spot in the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown. The annual postseason event, considered the ‘Daytona 500 of short-track racing,’ is slated for Jan. 23-24, 2009 at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale (Calif.).> More