NASCAR Recap and Photo Essay: Irwindale Nights
In the words of Reese Bobby, "If you're not first, you're last."
That's how it ended for 18-year-old NASCAR sensation Joey Logano trying to repeat as winner of the Toyota All-Star Showdown at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale over Peyton Sellers. The race demonstrated it was worthy of its nickname as the "Daytona 500 of short-track racing" in a wild result that still has both drivers' websites claiming that they "won" the race. The official winner was Matt Kobyluck in the Mohegan Sun Casino #40. Kobyluck is a veteran super late model driver who won the Toyota All-Star Showdown in 2006.
Last year's second-place finisher, Sellers, looked ready to dethrone defending champion, Logano, by leading the last 5 laps of the 250-lap race. Sellers had worked his way up through the field of 40 cars after a wreck on lap 55 that tore up the right side of his #83 car. On the last turn of the race, Logano attempted an inside pass but lost control. Logano's car skidded into Sellers, leaving the #83 car in the wall just before Logano sailed over the start-finish line in first position. As Sellers told Logano on national television (in decidedly non-FCC-compliant terms) exactly what he thought of Logano's racing, officials announced that Logano was disqualified for "rough racing." This left Matt Kobyluck the lucky winner of the night.