Car Culture Corner: A Cool Night Under The Lights
by Andrew Paul Bettridge
July 23, 2014 • 805 views
It was family night at Irwindale Speedway where kids under 12 got in free with the crowd pleasing dollar hot dogs. Saturday night’s races brought out an even larger crowd, with 3 generations of the Gilliland Family racing under the lights once again. David Gilliland started off his racing in late models and super late models in 1999 when the track first opened its gates. Coming into the main event of the night, the Super Late Models 75-Lap race, the Gillian Family of Butch, David, and Todd were ready to roll out onto this track once again. David, who is the well-known NASCAR Sprint Cup Driver, was knocked out on lap 30 when he and Ryan Partridge got tangled up going into turn 1. Into the last few laps, Todd Gilliland pushed his way into 3rd and held on to take a podium spot at the age of 14.
In the Lucas Oil Late Models, Toni McCray took home another double win night in both late model races. The next night of racing follows up on August 2nd for San Gabriel Valley Night, presented by Beacon Media featuring 2 Lucas Oil Late Model races, SRL S-2, Pick Your Park Super Late Models, Mini Stocks, Skid Plates, and Super Stocks.