NASCAR at Irwindale: Back To Front

Irwindale CA, Sep 28 2013 - It’s great to have NASCAR back in Southern California. The Whelen All-American Series is the reason for being – Irwindale Event Center being a reasoned locale. Having started in March, with 2 races left in the season and everything still up for grabs it’s now or never to make it happen.

Rodney the Rodent Peacher NASCAR Iwrwindale Speedway

NASCAR is racing for all folks, all ages and all types. At the on-track autograph session Rodney “the Rodent” Peacher recalled how he bought his way into racing with $400, no motor or transmission or any real idea what he was doing. His signature Rodent mascot has finally made it to vinyl on the hood [the stuffed rat kept blowing off during the race:)].

Toni McCray NASCAR at Irwindale Speedway

Toni McCray NASCAR at Irwindale Speedway

Toni McCray #90 - Lucas Oil Late Models

Ryan Partridge NASCAR at Irwindale Speedway

Ryan Partridge NASCAR at Irwindale Speedway

Ryan Partridge #48 - Lucas Oil Late Models

The Lucas Oil sponsored Late Models division offered drama for the occasion. Season points leader Ryan Partridge had a vested interest in remaining so – against Toni McCray’s hard charging desire to supplant the leader. Each starting back in the pack (Ryan 6th), they both blew past the pack; Ryan down low, Toni a little higher. Turns out a 1-2 finish – watch the video to see whom is which.

Save one pileup into the tires on turn one, the teams and drivers delivered without compromise. Now with 1 night of races to decide, it’s time for a special delivery. Final races start 7 pm Saturday October 5 2013.

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Photos and video by Randy Berg

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