The Toyota All-Star Showdown, a NASCAR race that pits the top drivers from the Camping World Series West and East, will have its share of rising stars, legends and has beens. Among the rising stars in the race are Joey Logano, the next driver of the No. 20 Toyota that Tony Stewart raced to two Cup championships for Joe Gibbs Racing. Logano won the Camping World Series portion of the Showdown last year. He will be joined by Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Marc Davis at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale, the site of the All -Star Showndown on Jan. 23-24.
Ron Hornaday Jr., a three-time NASCAR Truck Series champion and local legend in Southern California, is also entered in the Camping World Series portion of the race and he is going to race in the Whelen All-American Series race at Irwindale.
Ricky Carmichael is driving one of three cars for Ken Schrader Racing in the Showdown. Steve Park, a former Cup driver among other things, is also entered in the Showdown.
A handful of Irwindale regulars are also entered in the Showdown. Greg Pursley, who won a Whelen All-American national championship while racing at Irwindale, will race in the Showdown. R.J. Johnson, who completed his rookie season at Irwindale in the track Super Trucks division, is in the Showdown. Johnson is the son of Rod Johnson, who won the Super Late Model championship at Irwindale when the track opened in 1999. Keith Spangler, who has raced at Irwindale in the old NASCAR Elite Division, Southwest Series, will be racing in the Showdown.