Defending Showdown Champion

Defending Showdown Champion

Can Travis Thirkettle defend his victory in the “Sunrise Ford All-Star Showdown presented by the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame” at Irwindale Speedway? He will get his chance on February 6th, when the Spears Modified Series visits the Southern California facilities inner 1/3-mile oval for the season opener. A win will once again be worth $5,000 for the Canyon Country, CA driver.

Thirkettle was victorious last season, after a furious battle with Jeremy Doss. However, this year’s edition will not be on the big ½-mile, on which Thirkettle is so proficient. Thirkettle finished fourth when the series visited the inner oval in July, but will be striving to pick up those three extra positions. Thirkettle is sponsored by the RACECAR Factory and Ketl Koi Farm.

Thanks to Bob Bruncati and the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame, the 2021 “Modified All-Star 100” will pay $5,000 to the winner of the feature event at Irwindale Speedway. The Spears Pro Late Models presented by Sigma Performance Services, as well as the Spears Srl Southwest Tour Series will join the action, racing for $15,000 and $30,000, respectively. An optional Test Day is slated for Thursday, with the official Practice Day getting underway on Friday.

Saturday, Race Day, will see the Modifieds practice from 10:15 AM to 11:00 AM, with Qualifying for all divisions beginning at 2:30 PM. The Modifieds will go first followed by the Pro Late Models and Super Late Models. Opening Ceremonies are slated for 4:30 PM, with “B”-Main Events set for 5:00 PM. The “Pro Late Model Showdown 150”, “Modified All-Star Showdown 100”, and the “Sunrise Ford All-Star Showdown 200” will follow. The Modifieds and Pro Late Models are scheduled for the inner 1/3-mile oval, while the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series will see action on the ½-mile.

 For those not in attendance, the event can be watched live at www.SpearsRacing.TV and will be shown on MAVTV at a later date.