Late Race Results, June 22nd 2013.
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
June 22, 2013
Irwindale, Calif. - - Steve Rogers kicked off the night's festivities with a popular win in the Mini Stocks, when the veteran driver got a bit emotional in the winner's circle, the crowd approved with a great round of applause. The Riverside driver and the other 12 Mini Stock pilots really put on a great third-mile show that set the tone for a night of great NASCAR Home Track racing competition and fan thrills.
Saving the wackiest for last, the Pick Your Part Skid Plate Cars put on a fifteen (or thereabouts, no one is ever quite clear on that) lap show that really sparkled ... Jim Smith from Orange won wild run that featured a nice, round thirty-car field that was sent "backwards" (turn right and stand on the gas) around the outside of the third mile by race director Mike Atkinson. The Skid Plate Cars play it (mostly) for fun, and the fans agree with that premise. No one sat very much for this one, and everyone in the stands seemed to be having at least as much fun at the drivers!
Wait a minute, did we say "last" ... No, that would be the Pick Your Part Demolition Derby for the night's closing act. An unusually small turn-out (what? full moon? ... big rugby game on TV?) of cars took to the Irwindale center ring on Saturday night. Only five drivers signed up to smash each other to smithereens, but what a smashing they did! There was chaos everywhere, tire smoke, steam, fire and scrunched sheet metal galore! When the smoke cleared and all the debris stopped falling out of the sky, Torrance's Keith Johns emerged from the last vehicle standing to accept the trophy and the accolades of the crowd.