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Racing News: Irwindale Speedway Announces 2019 Schedule

By SEMA Editors

Irwindale Speedway

Irwindale Speedway Announces 2019 Schedule

This year (2019) marks the 20th year anniversary of the popular Irwindale Speedway, L.A. County's only half-mile, paved oval speedway and 1/8-mile drag strip.

NASCAR will return on the second Saturday of each month, from March through October, with the Whelen All American Race Series schedule. Nights of Destruction presented by LKQ Pick Your Part will be joined by a K&N Pro Series, West Race one time in March. The Spears SRL and Modified Tour will make two stops at Irwindale in 2019.

  • January 26 - Night of Destruction presented by LKQ Pick Your Part
  • March 9 - NASCAR Opening Night LM (Twins), IRT, SS, Spec LM, LEG
  • March 23 - SPEARS Modifieds and SRL Tour
  • March 30 - Night of Destruction presented by LKQ Pick Your Part PLUS NAPA Auto Parts 150 K&N Pro Series, West
  • April 13 - LM (Twins), IRT, SS, Spec LM, Jr LM, LEG
  • May 11 - LM (Twins), IRT, SS, Spec LM, Jr LM, LEG
  • May 25 - Night of Destruction presented by LKQ Pick Your Part plus IRT
  • June 8 - LM (Twins), IRT, SS, Spec LM, Jr LM, LEG
  • July 4 - Night of Destruction presented by LKQ Pick Your Part PLUS Late Model Twins
  • July 13 - LM (Twins), IRT, SS, Spec LM, Jr LM, LEG
  • July 20 - SPEARS Modifieds and SRL Tour
  • August 10 - LM (Twins), IRT, SS, Spec LM, Jr LM, LEG, JR LM
  • August 31 - Night of Destruction presented by LKQ Pick Your Part plus LM (Twins)
  • September 14 - LM (Twins), IRT, SS, Spec LM, Jr LM, LEG, JR LM
  • October 12 - IRT (Twins), SS, Spec LM, Jr LM, LEG
  • October 26 - Night of Destruction presented by LKQ Pick Your Part
  • November 9 - King of The Wing
  • December 1 - Night of Destruction presented by LKQ Pick Your Part

On the dragstrip side, there will be more opportunities to run the 1/8-mile. Thursday Night Thunder will continue each week, except Thanksgiving and July 4. The first Saturday of the month will also be reserved for drag racing. The addition of Saturdays once a month on the drag strip will provide a location for car enthusiasts to meet up and talk shop, race their cars, do burnouts in the Burnout Box or just watch the action.

The NHRA Summit ET series will continue, running March through August, on the first Sunday of each month.

  • January 5 - Test N Tune Saturday
  • January 19 - Division 7 Jr Dragsters
  • January 20 - Division 7 Jr Dragsters
  • February 2 - Test N Tune Saturday
  • February 23 - Match Race Madness
  • March 2 - Test N Tune Saturday
  • March 3 - SUMMIT ET Series
  • March 10 - Hot VW Show and Drag Races
  • April 6 - Test N Tune Saturdays
  • April 7 - SUMMIT ET Series May 4 Test and Tune Saturday
  • May 5 - SUMMIT ET Series
  • May 18 - Nitro Revival
  • June 1 - Test and Tune Saturday
  • June 2 - SUMMIT ET Series
  • June 22 - Match Race Madness
  • July 6 - Test and Tune Saturday
  • July 7 - SUMMIT ET Series
  • August 3 - Test and Tune Saturday
  • August 4 - SUMMIT ET Series
  • September 7 - Test and Tune Saturday
  • October 5 - Test and Tune Saturday
  • October 19 - TBD
  • October 27 - Hot VW Show And Drag Races
  • November 2 - Test and Tune Saturday
  • December 7 - Mooneyes XMas Party
  • December 14 - Clean Culture Season Closer

Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame Class of 2018 Honored

Congratulations to the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame Class of 2018: Jim Bramham, Johnny Campbell, Mark McMillin, Robbie Pierce, Ed Robinson and Cameron Steele. The Hall of Fame induction ceremony took place in Las Vegas this past October.

Jim BramhamJohnny CampbellMark McMillin
Jim Bramham
"A Walking Encyclopedia" and "Historian Supreme" of institutional OHV knowledge is how one of many letters of recommendation for Jim Bramham refers to this Class of 2018 inductee.
Johnny Campbell
A record 11 SCORE Baja 1000 titles and an incredible 17 Baja 1000 wins in a row are just two of a long list of impressive statistics that solidify Johnny Campbell's rightful place in the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame.
Mark McMillin
Mark joins his late father Corky as the first father and son to be inducted in the Off-Road Hall of Fame, a fitting tribute to the family behind the off-road dynasty that is the Big Blue M.
Robbie Pierce Ed RobinsonCameron Steele

Robbie Pierce
They say that nice guys finish last, but nothing could be further from the truth when it comes to Robbie Pierce. He has combined his competitive spirit for racing with his experience as a pioneer in vehicle safety to create a win-win for the off-road community.

 

 

 

 

 

Ed Robinson
In 1975, Ed Robinson was part of a dune buggy club in northern California's Sacramento valley that had no off-road events on their calendar. That same year, he stepped forward to promote off-road races, founding Valley Off-Road Racing Association, better known as VORRA.

 

 

 

 

 

Cameron Steele
Long before social media, Cameron Steele was doing social media. He is one of off-road's early crossover pioneers, sharing his love for desert racing, adventure travel, and all things Baja with the world outside of the off-road community.  Johnny Campbell calls him "Baja's biggest ambassador."  Dan and Luke McMillin call him "Mr. Baja."  Baja United Group dubbed him the "Baja Game Changer." Whatever nickname you give him, no one represents the sport of off-road racing better than the Desert Assassin himself, Cameron Steele.