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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Toyota Speedway at Irwindale (Calif.) is set to play host to the eighth running of the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown, Jan. 28-29.
About the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown:
• This week’s NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown will be the eighth installment of the ‘Daytona 500 of short-track racing.’ The event moved to January in 2009 after it was held for the first five years in the fall following the conclusion of the racing season. All seven of the previous races have been held in Toyota Speedway at Irwindale.
• The race features guaranteed starting positions for the champions of each NASCAR’s touring series: NASCAR K&N Pro Series (East and West), NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, NASCAR Mexico Series and the weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.
• In addition to series champions, race winners from the 2010 NASCAR K&N Pro Series (East and West) also have guaranteed starting positions.
• The remainder of the starting lineup will be determined through time trials, limited provisionals for NASCAR K&N Pro Series regulars, and the last-chance “Open” race that provides drivers one final chance to make the final starting grid.
• In addition to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series 50-lap qualifying race on Friday and the 225-lap main on Saturday, the weekend will include a pair of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series races: Friday’s 75-lap Super Late Model race and Saturday’s 50-lap Late Model contest.
Last Year’s Race:
• Joey Logano joined Matt Kobyluck as the only two-time winners of the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown. Logano led 171 of the 225 laps.
• Sergio Peña earned the pole in his NASCAR K&N Pro Series debut. He was the only other driver to lead laps in the race, with 54.
• Kobyluck finished third for his sixth top-five placing in the seven all-time events.
• Matt DiBenedetto finished fourth and Andrew Myers was the highest-finishing NASCAR K&N Pro Series West representative in fifth.
• Logano drove the No. 25 Home Depot Toyota of Fadden Racing and former NASCAR K&N Pro Series East driver Mike Olsen.
NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown History:
• The event has produced a different winner in five of its first seven editions.
• Previous race winners include current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers David Gilliland (2005) and Joey Logano (2007, 2009).
• NASCAR K&N Pro Series West driver Austin Cameron won the inaugural race on Nov. 8, 2003. Andy Santerre, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion that year, finished as the race runner-up.
• After a second place finish to Mike Johnson and Gilliland the two previous years, Matt Kobyluck captured the 2006 Showdown. He became the first two-time winner in 2009.
• Sixty-eight drivers with a Showdown start have also competed in one of NASCAR's three national series.
Toyota Speedway at Irwindale Data
Non-Points Race (1/29/11)
Track Layout: .5-mile banked oval
• Opened in 1999.
• Has been the site for the first seven NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdowns.
• Holds NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action on Saturday nights during the racing season.
• Has played host to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West 20 times since 1999.
2010 pole winner: Sergio Peña (97.879 mph, 18.390 seconds)
2010 race winner: Joey Logano (54.253 mph, 2:04.25)
NKNPS track qualifying record: Butch Gilliland (100.722 mph, 17.871 seconds, 6/19/99, NKNPS West race)
All-Star Showdown Race Winners
2003 ... Austin Cameron (West)
2004 ... Mike Johnson (East)
2005 ... David Gilliland (West)
2006 ... Matt Kobyluck (East)
2007 ... Joey Logano (East)
2009 ... Matt Kobyluck (East)
2010 ... Joey Logano (East)
All-Star Showdown Pole Winners
2003* ... Joey McCarthy (East), Andy Santerre (East)
2004* ... David Gilliland (West), Andy Santerre (East)
2005* ... Mike Olsen (East), Sean Caisse (East)
2006* ... Brian Ickler (West), Andrew Myers (West)
2007 ... Sean Caisse (East)
2009 ... Chris Johnson (West)
2010 ... Sergio Peña (East)
*Poles awarded to winners of qualifying races
Selected Driver Highlights:
Johnny Borneman (No. 8 Ford)
• Has three wins and 50 top 10s in 95 career NASCAR K&N Pro Series (NKNPS) West races.
• Has eight top 10s in 15 career starts at Irwindale with a best finish of second in 2001.
• Is a five-time participant in the Showdown with a best finish of fourth in 2009.
• Has 20 career NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) starts with a best finish of fifth at Talladega Speedway in 2010.
Jason Bowles (No. 75 Toyota)
• The 2009 NKNPS West champion.
• Has nine wins and 10 poles in 42 career NKNPS West starts.
• Has three wins and three poles in four NKNPS West races at Irwindale.
• Is a three-time Showdown participant, with a best finish of third in 2009.
• Made appearances in five different NASCAR national and touring series in 2010.
Sean Caisse (No. 9 Ford)
• The 2006 and 2007 NKNPS East championship runner-up.
• A four-time Showdown participant, with a best finish of second in 2006, he established the event’s qualifying record in 2007.
• NKNPS East career includes seven wins, 12 poles and 24 top 10s in 40 starts.
• Has made eight NNS starts since 2006.
Jason Fensler (No. 50 Chevrolet)
• Has one win in four career NKNPS West starts. The win came at Altamont in 2008.
• Will drive the car that won the NKNPS West race at Irwindale in July with Auggie Vidovich.
• This will be his first appearance at Irwindale.
Jonathon Gomez (No. 22 Chevrolet)
• Has nine top 10s in 20 career NKNPS West starts.
• Finished sixth in his first NKNPS West start at Irwindale in 2010.
• This will be his third Showdown appearance after finishes of 35th and 31st the two previous years.
Max Gresham (No. 03 Dodge)
• Has two wins – including the East-West Challenge at Iowa in 2010 – in 13 NKNPS East starts.
• Also won from the pole at South Boston in 2010, and earned the pole in the finale at Dover.
• Finished eighth in the 2010 standings with Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR).
• This will be his first appearance at Irwindale.
Paulie Harraka (No. 12 Toyota)
• The 2009 NKNPS West Sunoco Rookie of the Year.
• Has three wins and three poles in 28 career NKNPS West starts.
• Recorded a best finish of third (2009) in two previous NKNPS West starts at Irwindale.
• Finished ninth in his first Showdown start a year ago.
Eric Holmes (No. 20 Toyota)
• The 2006, 2008 and 2010 NKNPS West titlist.
• Has 14 wins, 13 poles and 48 top 10s in 61 career NKNPS West starts.
• Has finished in the top 10 in each of his seven NKNPS West races at Irwindale and has finished as the race runner-up three times.
• Is a four-time NKNPS Showdown participant, with a best finish of sixth last year.
• Gained a win in the former NASCAR Elite Division race during the 2004 Showdown.
DJ Kennington (No. 17 Toyota)
• The 2010 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series (NCATS) champion.
• Has nine wins, eight poles and 41 top 10s in 51 career NCATS starts.
• Has also made 46 career NNS starts with a best finish of 11th at Montreal in 2010.
• Will compete in this race as a Bill McAnally Racing teammate to Paulie Harraka, Eric Holmes, Moses Smith and Germán Quiroga.
Matt Kobyluck (No. 40 Chevrolet)
• The 2008 NKNPS East champion.
• Is the active NKNPS East career leader in wins (16), poles (7), top 10s (95) and starts (178).
• Won the Showdown following the 2006 and 2008 seasons … Is the only driver to start each of the first seven editions of the race, and has finished in the top five in six of those events.
• Made nine NKNPS West starts from 2003-08, highlighted by two third-place finishes at Phoenix.
Luis Martinez Jr. (No. 06 Ford)
• Has eight top 10s in 14 career NKNPS West starts.
• Was seventh in the 2010 standings and earned Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors.
• Has a best finish of ninth in two starts at Irwindale.
David Mayhew (No. 19 Chevrolet)
• Has three wins, six poles and 29 top 10s in 44 career NKNPS West starts.
• Has three top 10s in five NKNPS West starts at Irwindale with a best finish of fifth in 2008.
• Has finished in the top 10 in each of his three Showdown appearances with a best result of seventh in last year’s event.
Brennan Newberry (No. 39 Chevrolet)
• Debuted in the NKNPS West with three races in 2010 and registered two top-10 finishes.
• Came home 16th at Irwindale last July.
• Finished 21st in last year’s Showdown.
Travis Pastrana (No. 99 Toyota)
• Is slated to make his NKNPS debut in this race in the Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota that Ryan Truex drove to the 2009 and 2010 NKNPS East title.
• Has earned 16 X Games gold medals along with multiple supercross, motocross and rally championships in his action sports career … Is the creator of the Nitro Circus.
• Plans to make seven NNS starts in 2011, beginning with Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis.
Sergio Peña (No. 01 Ford)
• Made NKNPS debut in this race a year ago and won the pole, led 54 laps and finished as the runner-up to Joey Logano.
• Is entered in a team car to NKNPS West driver Greg Rayl, but is an NKNPS East competitor for Revolution Racing and Drive for Diversity.
• Finished 12th in points as a NKNPS East rookie in 2010 with three top 10s in 10 starts.
Greg Pursley (No. 26 Ford)
• Earned the 2004 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national title racing at Irwindale.
• Has three wins, five poles and 23 top 10s in 41 career NKNPS West starts.
• Has registered two top-fives in five starts at Irwindale with a best finish of fourth in 2002.
• Finished 21st and 16th in his first two NKNPS Showdown starts.
• Won the 2007 Showdown Super Late Model race.
Dale Quarterley (No. 32 Chevrolet)
• Has six wins, five poles and 65 top 10s in 143 career NKNPS East starts, but has not competed full-time in the series since 2004.
• Competed in the first two Showdowns, with a best finish of 10th in 2004.
• Also drove in four NKNPS West races in 2003-04, with a best finish of third at Irwindale in 2004.
Germán Quiroga (No. 2 Toyota)
• The 2009 and 2010 NASCAR Mexico Series (NMS) champion.
• Has 14 wins, six poles and 62 top 10s in 80 career NMS starts.
• Made five NKNPS East starts in 2007.
• This will be his first race at Irwindale.
Andrew Ranger (No. 35 Chevrolet)
• Debuted in the NKNPS East in 2010 with a win, a pole and four top 10s in seven starts.
• Also made two NKNPS West starts this past year and won at Infineon.
• The 2007 and 2009 NCATS champion, he has 12 wins, nine poles and 37 top 10s in 42 career starts in that series.
• This will be his third Showdown start after finishes of 39th and 15th in his first two trips.
• Has seven career NNS starts, with a best finish of third at Montreal in 2009.
Michael Self (No. 21 Chevrolet)
• Has five top 10s in 14 career NKNPS West starts.
• Finished 11th in his lone start at Irwindale.
• Made first Showdown appearance a year ago and finished 23rd.
Moses Smith (No. 16 Toyota)
• Has 31 top 10s in 53 career NKNPS West starts.
• In six starts at Irwindale he has five top 10s with a best finish of fourth in 2010.
• Has competed in the three previous Showdowns with a best finish of 13th in 2009.
Derek Thorn (No. 44 Chevrolet)
• Recorded two top 10s in six NKNPS East starts in 2008.
• Finished fourth in the last year’s Showdown Super Late Model race.
Auggie Vidovich (No. 11 Chevrolet)
• Has a win and a pole and two top 10s in eight career NKNPS West starts … The win came at Irwindale in 2010.
• This will be his third Showdown start after finishes of 17th and 32nd.
• Has four career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series appearances and made 21 NNS starts in 2006.
• The 2003 champion of the former NASCAR Southwest Tour.
• Earned a win at the 2005 Showdown in the former NASCAR Elite Division race.
Darrell Wallace Jr. (No. 6 Toyota)
• The 2010 NKNPS East Sunoco Rookie of the Year.
• Finished third in points in his first year with a pair of wins and seven top 10s in 10 races for Revolution Racing and Drive for Diversity.
• A development driver for JGR, this will be his first race in Irwindale after competing with Revolution Racing teammates in a run-off at Irwindale for a chance to qualify into the Showdown a year ago, which went to Peña.
Steve Wallace. (No. 66 Toyota)
• Will attempt to make his first NKNPS start in this race.
• Has 29 top 10s in 157 career NNS starts since 2005.
• Is slated to make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut in the 2011 Daytona 500.