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Truck Races Abound At Irwindale

  • By Shel Segal
IRWINDALE - 5/29/11 - Trucks were the name of the game Saturday night at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale as three of the five races were part of truck series.
In the opener - the ASA Speed Trucks race - Darren Young of Gilbert, Ariz. (a Phoenix suburb) ran away with first place in the 50-lap race with a best time of 20.039 seconds at the half-mile oval in a race that surprisingly had no cautions.
Finishing second was Jeff Catlin, third was Chase Catania and fourth was Race Liberante. Rancho Cucamonga native Ryan Partridge, who is sponsored by Eshelman Racing in Fontana, came in fifth, a full 12.554 seconds off the pace. His best time was 20.039.
Young was happy he made the trip to Southern California for the race.
"It's pretty good," he said. "This is my favorite track. I like coming out here and I enjoy it. I love the half mile and the speed, something with a little more miles per hour."
In the Southwest Tour Trucks race, Jeff Williams in the number 28 had a big lead until a caution on lap 10 caused a restart. But that was nothing for Williams as he got back out in front and came away with a big win in the 35-lap race.
"We've had a lot of success at this track," Williams said. "We've got a big performance advantage, so it's good to drive here."
Williams had a best time of 20.066. He finished 5.701 in front of Neil Conrad and 7.059 ahead of Brady Helm.
In the King Taco Super Trucks race - a 40-lap contest - Todd Cameron of Monrovia finished first ahead of Matt Kimball of Mission Viejo - who had the pole - and Connor Cantrell of Valencia.
"I didn't change a thing," Cameron said when asked if he made any adjustments for the race. "It's unbelievable to be here. What a great race!"
Partridge finished fifth and said it just didn't work out for him Saturday night.
"We're trying a new setup," Partridge said. "It's just (research and development) sometimes. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. It was one of those nights. You just got to take it in stride."
But he's not out of winning a consecutive championship yet, he said.
"We're in the points race right now," he said. "It's not a bad finish. It's fifth place. We just need to do better."
(Shel Segal can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .)

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