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Street Legal races safe and sound at Auto Club Speedway

By in Press Enterprise on February 1, 2018

By Louis Brewster

Auto Club Speedway launched its Wednesday night Street Legal drag racing program in what was a roaring success.

A total of 225 cars sped down the quarter-mile on opening night. The speedway had previously hosted Street Legal races on Saturdays, but shared the track with a host of other series. The new program will give local racers two nights of activities as Irwindale Speedway will continue its Thursday night program on its eighth-mile track.

“We’re very excited to kick off this new activity,” track president David Allen told the racers and spectators. “This is a big night. Our staff has put a lot of time and effort to get ready. Hopefully, you’ll have a good night. We appreciative your efforts.”

The racing was made possible by the placement of 45 light standards from DC Solar. The Fontana facility received 100 portable light standards as part of a deal with International Speedway Corp., which owns the track. As a result, the entire quarter-mile was lit, as was another half-mile in the shutoff area

There were racers from throughout Southern California in the first of 30 scheduled nights of racing. Although his regular drag race entry, a 1969 Mustang, was being repaired, Larry Friend was among the first to arrive, traveling from Tustin in a Ford F-150 pickup truck. The 68-year-old said he had been participating in similar programs for 16 years.

“I wanted to show my support for what they’re trying to do,” said Friend, who made four passes in the first 90 minutes of the program. “It’s fun and all good.”

Ricky Rivas of Corona was the first in line to race, arriving two hours ahead of making his first pass. The 30-year-old, who has also run at Irwindale, was seeking to make a pass in the low 12-second range.

“I love it,” he said of the […]    

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