Up Next: NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown
The 2011 NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown, the sport’s premier short-track racing showcase, will return to the Toyota Speedway at Irwindale (Calif.) on Jan. 28-29.
The eighth running of the event, which brings together the top racers from across North America and has grown into the ”Daytona 500 of short-track racing,”will be highlighted by t h e 2 2 5 - l a p NASCAR K&N Pro Series all-star race.
The NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown main event is broken up into three sections – two 100-lap segments preceding a 25-lap dash to the finish. Last year, Joe Gibbs Racing driver Joey Logano became just the second driver to win two Showdowns when he held off a furious challenge over the closing laps from 17-year-old Sergio Pena, who was made his series debut for Revolution Racing/Drive for Diversity in the event.
The race features secured starting spots for the 2010 champions of NASCAR’s touring series and race winners of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series from the 2010 season.
Three time NASCAR K&N Pro Series West winner Eric Holmes and back-to-back K&N Pro
Series East titlist Ryan Truex headline the list of 2010 champions. DJ Kennington (NASCARCanadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1),Bobby Santos (NASCAR Whelen ModifiedTour), Burt Myers (NASCAR Whelen SouthernModified Tour), German Quiroga (NASCARMexico Series) and Keith Rocco (NASCARWhelen All-American Series) also have guaranteed spots in the show.
The K&N Pro Series race winners who earned secured starting positions include: Ty Dillon,Max Gresham, Paulie Harraka, Erik Holmes,Patrick Long, David Mayhew, Brett Moffitt,Andrew Ranger, Greg Pursley, Auggie Vidovich, and Darrell Wallace Jr.
The schedule also includes a 75-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Super Late Model race and a 50-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model contest. The top five NASCACR state champions in attendance will have secured starting spots in the Late Model race. New to this year, the 25-car fields for each of those races will be set by a pair of heat races – 25 laps for the the Super Late Models and 20 laps for the Late Models.
Both nights of racing will air live on SPEED as part of full weekend of racing on SPEED that includes the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series’ Rolex 24 at Daytona.
The NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown main event – contested in NASCAR K&N Pro Series cars – is open to any driver approved to drive on half-mile or longer tracks in the K&N Pro Series.
Current national series drivers such as Logano, Ricky Carmichael, Brian Ickler,Trevor Bayne, Matt Crafton, Ron Hornaday Jr. and Justin Lofton have competed in the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown.
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