“Hollywood” Dan Holtz, and his Beverly Hills Rejuvenation Center Ford, will be making the short hop from Pacific Palisades to Irwindale Speedway, for the “Sunrise Ford All-Star Showdown 200 presented by the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame”. The $25,000-to-win event will take place on February 1st, and will open the 20th season for the “Spears Srl Southwest Tour Series presented by Lucas Oil“. It will also open Holtz’s 14th season of competition in the Southwest Tour Series, dating back to 2001 in the NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Tour Series.
Holtz is a former two-time Super Late Model Track Champion at Mesa Marin Raceway, and one of only nine drivers to have won in both the NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Tour (NFSWT) and the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series. Holtz turned that trick in the NFSWT at Mesa Marin Raceway in 2003, when he finished fifth in the championship, his only full-time effort. He won in the SRL at Tucson Speedway in 2016.
Although Holtz won on the 3/8th mile at Tucson, he is more experience at the 1/2-mile ovals found on the series. At Mesa Marin he had a victory, four top-five and six top-10 finishes, in 13 starts. He has three top-five, and seven top-10 finishes at Irwindale Speedway, in his 14 starts. He holds three poles between the two facilities, including the NFSWT Pole in 2005 at Irwindale. In his last start at the big ½-mile at Kern County Raceway, he finished fifth, while also capturing the Performance Friction Brakes Zero Drag Fast Time Award”.
Holtz will be back in the new Super Late Model he debuted in 2019, at the one-third mark of the season. After working out the bugs in the new car, he is ready for the 2020 season.
“With the recent rule changes, I decided it was time to get into a new chassis”, Holtz recalled. “Willie Allen, Mike Dunkleberger, and Rip Michels Racing Inc. put together a great combination, with a Hamke Race Cars & Parts Inc Sidewinder chassis and a Brad Peters’ engine.”
Holtz will have Willie Allen helping his efforts at the All-Star Showdown. The 2007 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Rookie-of-the-Year is the owner of W.A.R. Shocks and WAR Racing Development. He has also earned the reputation as a success Crew Chief, and will bring Holtz the racing knowledge and experience to strengthen his program. With Holtz and Allen together, look for a strong run out of the No. 23 at Irwindale.
The resumption of the All-Star Showdown, after a nine-year hiatus, will take place on February 1st. It will pay $25,000 to the winner of the 200-lap Feature Event, thanks to Sunrise Ford’s, Bob Bruncati and Ken Clapp from the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame. Over $78,000 will be paid out to the 36 starters, plus additional cash bonuses for the drivers eligible for the Spears Manufacturing Frequent Flyer Program. If needed, the Last Chance Qualifying race will pay $1,000 to those on the SPEARS Frequent Flyer Program, who do not make the Feature Event.
The SPEARS Southwest Tour Series Super Late Models will be joined by the Spears Modified Series, as well as the Pro Late Models for a huge weekend at the speedway. The Pro Late Models will race for a $10,000 payday, while the Modifieds will be going after a $5,000 winner’s share, thanks to series sponsor FLUIDYNE High Performanceand Irwindale Speedway.
Celebrating its twentieth season in 2020, the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series is a regional stock car series competing on paved ovals in the southwestern portion of the U.S. “The SPEARS Southwest Tour Series…Where the Champions Race”.