Sunday, January 24, 2010

Forget the Daytona 500; LA is the race place for the next four weeks

Starting with the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown, Los Angeles and Orange County will be the center of motor sports until the end of February.
There is that little NASCAR race known as the Daytona 500 in Florida, but aside from that, all eyes on motorsports will be directed at Southern California.
The Toyota All-Star Showdown begins Friday and will include two days of late model and stock car racing. NASCAR late models, super late models and cars from the NASCAR Camping World East and West series will be racing at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Joey Logano and David Gilliland are entered in the Camping World Series races. Both are previous winners in the All-Star Showdown.
Auto racing fans will be torn the weekend of Feb 13-14. The Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series visits Angel Stadium for Round 6 of its season. Meanwhile, the NHRA Powerade Drag Racing Series will be in Pomona for the 50th running of the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway.
If that wasn't enough, the Daytona 500 is set for Feb. 14, Valentines Day.
The  following weekend, NASCAR comes to Fontana for the Auto Club 500 and its accompanying races. It will mark Danica Patrick's first visit to Fontana to race in a stock car. She will be entered in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Feb. 20.
There's a little bit of everything for auto racing fans in the coming weeks. Get it in while you can. It gets pretty slow until April and the Grand Prix of Long Beach after the NASCAR races at Fontana.

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