This will be an important month for 21-year-old Trevor Huddleston of Agoura Hills as he closes in on a pair of driving championships: one at his home track at Irwindale Speedway and the other a national crown on the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.
On Saturday night at Irwindale, Huddleston will lead the field in the 18th race of the 22-race Late Model Division season. He enters the event with 11 wins and a 68-point lead (824-756) over teammate Dylan Garner of Yorba Linda. Ryan Vargas of La Mirada and Nick Joanides of Woodland Hills are eight points apart in third and fourth. Lawless Alan of Sherman Oaks is in fifth.
Irwindale’s Late Model Division made a strong showing in the national standings, with five drivers in the top 50. Huddleston trails two-time All-American champion Lee Pulliam of North Carolina by one point with four weeks remaining. Huddleston has 30 starts and 20 wins at three Southwest tracks (Irwindale, Kern County and Tucson). In 2016, he finished in sixth place in the national standings, 51 points from first place. Garner is ranked 11th, Vargas is 16th, Alan 29th and Joanides 37th.
“High Point Racing and Racecar Factory this whole year have been giving me great cars,” Huddleston said. “We’re very happy to be in the top spot right now. Lee is a tough competitor and we know it’s going to come down to the end. We’ve just got to keep doing what we’re doing and get more than 18 wins. I think we have about five races at Irwindale and then we have about four races at Kern County within the next four weeks. We’re going to be going anywhere we can to get those points and the full car counts. That’s key.
“Our main focus is going to be California because it’s the closest and easiest for us. If an opportunity presents itself and we have nowhere to race … whatever happens we will definitely make the trek to wherever we have to go to get those points, whether it be Utah, Colorado or anywhere that’s got a NASCAR track that has a good car count.”
Also on the Night of Destruction card at Irwindale is the South West Tour Trucks for the fifth time this season. Ronnie Davis is the leader, 59 points ahead of Mike Kelperis, with Derek Robertson, Steve Reeves and rookie Gary Howard next in line.
Gilliland at work
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