The Toyota All-Star Showdown began with Friday night, which included the debut of Travis Pastrana and also showcased a possible coming-out party for two Whelan All-American drivers in the 75-lap feature event.
Pastrana's qualifying run was a decent first effort under the pressure of qualifying for the event. He made it into the event on time and did not have to race in the Open at the end of the night.
The stars of the night were Kyle Busch development driver Alex Haase and local track star Ryan Partridge. They put on a great show late in the race with Partridge on track experience at Irwindale Speedway winning out in the end.
The night gave signs of what to look for in tonight's event. The track was slick and tough to manage coming off turn four early in the night, but as the night progressed, the low groove went away. During the Open, most of the drivers raced the middle to high grooves of the multi-groove track.