The 7th running of the Toyota All-Star Showdown kicks off the 2010 NASCAR season this weekend at Irwindale.
All the champions of the NASCAR regional series are guaranteed starting spots in the main, along with race winners in the East/West series in 2009. Qualifying, provisionals for West/East series regulars and a last-chance Open race to fill the rest of the field. There's also two Whelen All-American Series races for Super Late Models and Late Models.
Here's the entry list for the race: http://localracing.nascar.com/node/4287
East Series champion Ryan Truex, West Series champion Jason Bowles, Canadian Tire Series champion Andrew Ranger and Whelen Southern Modified champion George Brunnhoelzl III will be the regional champions in the race.
Two time West Series champion Eric Holmes, West Series ROTY Paulie Harraka, David Mayhew, Jim Inglebright, Greg Pursley, Brett Moffitt (youngest winner in NASCAR history), Matt DiBenedetto (JGR developmental driver) and Steve Park will be the East/West race winners guaranteed starting spots.
And current Cup drivers David Gilliland (West Series race winner, father Butch former West Series champion) and Joey Logano (2007 East Series champion, 2007 Toyota All-Star Showdown winner) will be running the race as well. Kyle Busch won the East/West combination race but won't be competing.
All those drivers mentioned should be in contention to win. Other notables include Matt Kobyluck, 2008 East Series champion and two time TASS winner, two time East Series runner-up Sean Caisse and former Elite Division champion and Elite Division TASS winner Auggie Vidovich.
Sergio Pena was fastest in the first practice with Jason Bowles leading the final practice.
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