LOS ANGELES, Calif. (July 17, 2014)- Continuing the team’s rich heritage of competing in a number of motorsport disciplines throughout the globe, World Stage Racing (WSR) will field three cars during Irwindale Speedway’s “Family Night” this Saturday, July 19.
Most notably, the team will field entries for the famous Gilliland family, entering three generations starting with 57-year old Butch, 38-year old David, and 14-year old Todd. All three generations of the famed household will be competing against one another for the first time.
Senior member Butch has several decades of experience in stock cars, including competing at the top levels of NASCAR in 1997, before handing the reigns to his son David. David Gilliland is perhaps the most know entity of the family, having competed in the NASCAR Sprint Cup ranks since 2006, earning three pole positions including the 2008 Daytona 500. Currently driving the No. 38 Ford Fusion for Front Row Motorsports in the Sprint Cup Series, David is utilizing a rare weekend off to race with his father and son. At 14-years old, Todd Gilliland is the newest member of the racing family, currently competing in his first full season of stock car racing, where he’s already accrued his first pole position and victory.
NASCAR’s annual “Sprint All-Star Race” is one of the more interesting fan involved events run all year. Acting as a sort of mid-season break similar to the all-star weeks you’ll see in the NBA or MLB, NASCAR’s answer to this is to run a week long series of celebrations in honor of the sport, including the annual pit stop competition, NASCAR Hall of Fame inductions, and all culminating in he annual all-star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The “all-star” race is a very different venue than the traditional NASCAR race. As opposed to 43 cars battling for hundreds of miles in search of victories and championship points, this race is not considered part of the season-long championship, but instead a one-off “fun” race. Considered a throwback to short-track races seen around the country, the event is run as a series of heat races, with the only drivers automatically qualifying for the “feature” event being ones who’ve won races in the previous 12 months, or former all-star winners. For racers who do not automatically qualify, NASCAR also runs a “showdown” race, a qualification round in which the winner advances to the main event.
There is, however, one additional way to qualify for the feature event, the fan vote. In an effort to keep fans involved in the week’s actions, Sprint and NASCAR run a fan poll in which fans can vote for their favorite driver who is not already in the feature event.