NASCAR at Irwindale: Breast Health Awareness Night

Irwindale, Sep 30 2013 - This Saturday night, October 5, Irwindale Speedway will promote national Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a special night of Whelen All-American Series NASCAR competition benefiting the track's nearby neighbor, leading cancer research and treatment center, City of Hope.

Special Guests: Tommy Lasorda from the LA Dodgers and Dodger broadcaster Jorge Jarrin

"We've pledged to contribute $2.50 for each adult ticket sold on Saturday night and I'm really hoping to be able to write a very big check payable to City of Hope at the end of the evening," said Irwindale Event Center's President/CEO Jim Cohan.

Breast Health Awareness Night at NASCAR Irwindale Speedway

"This is the 100th anniversary of City of Hope and we are very proud to represent them and have this opportunity to celebrate the service they continue to provide to people from near and far. The idea of close teamwork yielding good results in motor racing is well-known, and the great teamwork at City of Hope is what has made them one of the nation's most respected research and treatment centers."
 
Irwindale Speedway is honored to welcome to the track cancer survivors and medical staff from City of Hope. Doctor Joanne Mortimer, Director, Women's Cancer Programs and Co-Director, Breast Cancer Programs who will serve as City of Hope's Grand Marshall for the night and "give the command" for the drivers to start their engines for the first race.
 
Adding to the festivities on Saturday night will be a special guest appearance by Tommy Lasorda of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers have been longtime supporters of City of Hope's causes. Lasorda will be at the Speedway to salute the organization and to greet all of the fans who love both NASCAR Home Track Racing and the LA Dodgers.
 
Popular Dodgers radio broadcast team member and co-host of "Dodger Talk" on AM 570 Fox Sports Los Angeles, Jorge Jarrin will emcee the pre-race ceremonies on Saturday night.

AND ... On the racetrack:
 
The final chapter of the season-long see-saw E-ticket ride that we call the Lucas Oil Late Models will roll out this Saturday night with a scant 36 points separating the two top places on the points sheet.
 
In first place is Rancho Cucamonga's own Ryan Partridge, third generation racer and winner of five of the eight Lucas Oil races run so far in the 2013 championship season. Second in points, and the only driver of the thirty-five who've raced this year in the Late Models this year with a shot at the title, is Toni McCray from Highland. Second generation racer McCray has won two races and finished second (to Partridge) twice. The points are 390 to 354 and a race win pays 50. La Verne's young Andrew Porter (running for Rookie of the Year) and veteran driver Mike Johnson (Covina) come into the night tied in third place at 336 each, with Jeff Williams (Newbury Park) in forth position with 292 points, and William Helgeson (Riverside) a few clicks back at 256. This Lucas Oil sponsored division is one of the most competitive classes that runs at Irwindale and is the track's designated national points division.
 
And the feisty Irwindale Mini-Stocks will also have this one final race to see who gets the gold and glory as the first Irwindale Speedway oval track champion for the 2013 season.
 
There's 50 points up for the grabbing and the race is down to two drivers who live in only about 20 miles apart. Robby Hornsby, from Yuciapa, has gone: second, second, win, second, second, win (for 292 total points) in the first six races and Ryan Bragdon from just over the hill in Beaumont has gone win, win, second, third, third, and ooops for 268 total clicks. Third place Tom Dye from Stanton with 232 markers can't get to first no matter what happens to Hornsby, but he could move up one notch if time and the tides (and the race) go his way. 
 
Running their second to last pair of races over the weekend (Friday afternoon and Saturday evening) are the
INEX Bandoleros, these are the youngest guns (ages 8 to 15), who always blaze the Irwindale third-mile with the sort of bravado usually attributed to much older and far more experienced drivers.
 
Oxnard's Rickey Lewis comes into the weekend leading the points parade by 20 over Ryan Vargas of La Mirada (294 to 274) but both of them are looking at a 100-point swing possibility. And, Austin Farr (Lomita), Ryan Dunkleberger (Simi Valley), and Ryan Borchetta (Valencia) are not all that far behind and round out the top five with 256, 234, and 218 points respectively. After Friday night's (October 4) race there'll only be three races left in the 2013 "Bando" championship.
 
OK ... STOP THE PRESSES! (always wanted to say that) ... The INEX Legends Cars will add a race on Friday night October 4th to their 7-race 2012 series. Like the Bandos, they're running back-to-back races and there'll be 100 points on the table over two day's time here. Darren Amidon (Alpine) with two wins, a second, and a third place, has the points lead at 192, thirty points north of Studio City's Aaron Wells at 162, and forty points ahead of Alta Loma's Brent Scheidmantle with 152. After this weekend's doubleheader the Legends will only have one race left on November 2 to settle the season's score.
 
The Pick Your Part Skid Plate Cars did not have a points championship running at Irwindale this year (although many have asked for one and are plugging for one for the 2014 season). Be that as it may, each and every "Plate" race has been contested as though a world's championship was on the line and first prize was 10 million dollars cash money.
 
Hitting the big time (a feature article on the uber-hipster/car-junkie heavily-visited website Jalopnik), the September 21 race at Irwindale set a new track record for race cars (???) in one class, all on the track at the same time ... 40 (you read that right ... FORTY) of these silly-sensational, sparking, serious-fun machines took to the Irwindale third-mile (replete with a special road course "kink" right in front of the grandstands) and there were at least (murgh, grum, whacit) cars running when the checkered finally (mercifully) flew.
 
Always packing more racing for the fan dollar into every race night, the SRL S-2 Tour Series drivers will be back for their final race at Irwindale for 2013. With just two races left to go in their 14-race season after Saturday, Ryan Cansdale (Laguna Beach) has the points lead with 1690. Trevor Huddleston (Agoura Hills) is second 30 points behind at 1660, and race winner at the last Kern County Raceway Park event, Daryl Scoggins (Sunland) is currently third on the good list at 1590.
 
Except for the color of the paint and the sponsor decals, the S-2's are identical racing cars whose specifications are very tightly-controlled to keep the racing both economical and close. The formula seems to be working well as the races are always close and always very competitive.
 
This first-ever City of Hope night at Irwindale will be a very special one for many people for many reasons ... We hope to see you there!
 
For more information, discount tickets, and directions to all the fun: www.irwindaleeventcenter.com

About City of Hope
City of Hope is a leading research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Designated as a comprehensive cancer center, the highest recognition bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, City of Hope is also a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, with research and treatment protocols that advance care throughout the nation.
 
City of Hope's main hospital is located in Duarte, with clinics in Antelope Valley and South Pasadena. It is ranked as one of "America's Best Hospitals" in cancer by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of bone marrow transplantation and genetics. For more information, visit www.cityofhope.org or follow City of Hope on facebook, twitter, youtube or flickr.
 
City of Hope Breast Cancer Program:
- City of Hope maintains the No. 1 breast cancer program in California, based on the number of patients treated.
- City of Hope Breast Program Patients benefit from the expertise of City of Hope's multidisciplinary team of dedicated surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, radiologists, mammography technologists, nurses, nurse practitioners, genetic counselors, physician's assistants and radiation therapists.
- As part of an internationally recognized cancer research organization, our staff provides caring, individualized service combined with access to state-of-the-art technologies and treatments.
- City of Hope is a national leader in efforts to use genetic screening to empower women to take their health into their own hands.

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