Thursday, July 28, 2016

Dave Grayson's Hot Racing Tickets For July 30th

By Dave Grayson


It's going to be a very special Saturday night at the IEC. In addition to a full evening of high quality racing, they will be hosting a very special thank you to the San Gabriel Complex fire's first responders. A recent speedway press release described this very special, and highly appropriate, evening and read as follows:

"After watching a whole team of first responders successfully fight a ferocious fire on some of the hottest days of recent record, we decided to invite all of them out to the Speedway for a "cool" night of fun ... watching some exciting NASCAR racing at Irwindale Speedway."

That's how Irwindale Event Center President/CEO, Jim Cohan announced a special night at the Speedway to honor the many people who worked the recent San Gabriel Complex Fire. "Irwindale Speedway wants to invite all regional Fire Fighters, California Highway Patrol Officers, Los Angeles County Sheriff Deputies, US Forest Service, Cal Fire personnel and all partnering state and local agencies who were involved with the Complex Fire, to join us as our honored guests on Saturday night, July 30th 2016. We were eye-witnesses to how seamlessly all of the agencies worked together to fight the massive San Gabriel complex fire.

"We appreciate the service and are sincerely grateful to all first responders," Cohan went on. "Whether they were answering phones, directing traffic, coordinating air drops and ground units, protecting people's property or right there on the fire lines ... these people are all heroes in our book. Our parent company is named 'Team 211' and we want to celebrate this great team of heroes."

Here's how the night will work: Anyone who worked the fire for any of the above agencies will be welcomed as a guest on Saturday night, July 30. All they'll need to do is show ID to be admitted free of charge. Each first responder will be able to purchase guest tickets at a special $5.00 at the box office window.

All of the invited first responders are asked to come early so that they can be honored right on the front straight of the race track during the singing of the 'Star Spangled Banner' at 6:45PM before racing begins. A "group portrait" of the all the first responders will be taken from the starter's tower and will run on the front page of the Speedway's website.

There's going to be plenty of on track action to support this special IEC evening. Racing under the title of Hot Summer Nights, The Pick Your Part Late Models will highlight Saturday night's program by running twin main events. Also on the racing agenda will be the Seidner's Collision Centers Race Trucks, the INEX Legends and the Seidner's Collision Centers Skid Plate Racing Series. The spectator gates will open at 4pm followed by the on track autograph session at 545pm and racing at 7pm.

Adult admission is $10 if the tickets are purchased in advance between now and Friday. Reserved adults tickets can be purchased via the speedway's website or by visiting the office located at 500 Speedway Drive in Irwindale. On Saturday race day adult tickets, purchased at the front gate, will be $15. Child admission is $5. There's also a $5 parking fee.


Kern County RWP will be presenting their NASCAR Whelen All American Series program this Saturday night featuring on track action from the NASCAR Spec Mods, NASCAR Mini Stocks, the 911 Series, driven by area law enforcement officers, and, for you motorcycle racing fans, the Golden Empire Super Moto Series.

The special guest division will be the Race Car Factory Spec Late Models who will be making the first of three scheduled appearances.Saturday night. The series operates under a stringent rule book that calls for identical car fabrication, power plants and set ups. That means the difference maker in the series is largely based on driver talent which, in turn creates, some very exciting racing.

On Saturday race night the spectator gates will open at 5pm with the racing receiving the green flag at 7pm. General admission tickets for adults are $10. Reserved grandstand tickets, featuring a non smoking area, are $15. Tickets for youth, age 6 to 15, seniors, age 65 plus, and military personnel are value priced at $7.


If you had to describe the racing programs at Madera in two simple words "fully loaded" would be a good choice. Loan Mart Madera will be presenting another one of their fully loaded shows this Saturday night highlighted by the MAV TV televised Loan Mart Open Late Models and the 51 FIFTY Junior Late Models. Also fully loaded and ready to race will be the Super Hobby Stocks, Legends of the Pacific, Mini Cups, the MST Series and the Toyota Sedans.

Saturday race day begins with a 2pm practice session followed by qualifying at 4pm, heat races at 6pm with opening ceremonies and main events set for 630pm. Adult general admission tickets are $15 with tickets for seniors priced at $13. Youth tickets, age 6 to 12, are $7 with kids age 5 and under admitted free.


The OSS returns to action this Saturday night with a full, and diversified, racing line up led by the Open Late Models, running a 50 lap main event and the 1 800 Loan Mart Street Stocks. Also on the race agenda is on track action from the Mini Stocks, the Orange Show Speedway Modifieds, Extreme Exhibit Outlaw Figure 8's, Bandoleros, and the always fun Barber Pole race.

A special practice session, open to all divisions, will be held Saturday morning beginning at 830am. Entry fees are $50 per car. Later in the day, at 1pm, the standard pre race practice will be held followed by qualifying at 315pm, heat races at 6pm, trophy dashes at 7pm and main events at approximately 725pm.

General admission tickets are $10 and $8 for seniors and kids. Active duty military personnel, with valid ID, and kids age 6 and under will be admitted free.


The Lakeport - Ukiah Speedway Challenge Series, presented by Furia Motorsports, returns to Ukiah this Saturday night featuring their old school, but very fun, racing divisions. Providing the on track action will be the Bomber, Jammer, Jalopy and Modified divisions. The spectator gates will open at 330pm. Qualifying will start at 5pm with racing to follow.

General admission tickets are $12. Tickets for seniors, age 60 plus, and students with valid ID cards are $9. Kids tickets, age 5 to 11, and first responders with valid ID are $6. Toddlers and infants will be admitted free. The speedway also offers a budget friendly family package, priced at $30, which admits two adults and three kids.