Preston Peltier hopes to make a big splash in the Spears Srl Southwest Tour Series in 2020. The 2010 Pro All Stars Series South and PASS National Super Late Model Series Champion will look to start it off with a $25,000 win in the “Sunrise Ford All-Star Showdown 200 presented by the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame” at Irwindale Speedway (CA). The February 1st event will kick off a big 20th season for the series and Peltier would love nothing more than to repeat his victory in the 2019 season opener, at the same facility.

Peltier grew up in Frazier Park California, but did not have the opportunity to race at Irwindale Speedway in his youth. The three-time Summer Showdown winner at Evergreen Speedway (WA) made his first opportunity pay off, with a victory in the “RJ Allen Inc. 100 presented by Traffic Management, Inc.” at the half-mile oval. The win left the Brighton, CO racer with a positive impression of the track and facility.

“Irwindale is a great place to race”, Peltier told the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series. “There is plenty of room, and you can run from the top to the bottom. There is lots of action, three and sometimes four-wide. It can be difficult at times, because there are so many grooves. Your entry and exit angles are all over the place. That makes it hard with other cars, and the path they take through the corner, to determine where you are going, and just making sure your paths don’t cross.”

Peltier is one of the most well-known and successful Super Late Model racers in the country. His five Easter Bunny 150 wins at Hickory Motor Speedway (NC) and a World Crown 300 win at Gresham Motorsports Park (GA) are indicators of such. He also possesses a Colorado Challenge Cup victory at Colorado National Speedway (CO). It is a track the SRL will be visiting on August 15th. It will be the one track at which Peltier will have an experience advantage on the rest of the series regulars, as he competes for the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series Championship in the Ed & Eddie Vecchiarelli owned Super Late Model.

Peltier described, “We decided to run the whole tour this year, with the Generator Source / Fire Alarm Services, Inc. Toyota. We look forward to running the big shows with these guys. The SRL is a top-notch series, and this will be the first time in about ten years that I have run for points.” (Editors Note: Peltier finished as the championship runner-up in the PASS South Series in 2012, his last full-time touring series endeavor)

The 50th Annual Snowball Derby Pole Sitter will be bringing a new toy to the series in 2020. He will be in his second Rowdy Manufacturing Super Late Model, one in which he debuted at this year’s 52nd Annual Snowball Derby at 5 Flags Speedway (FL). In its first race, he finished a solid fifth, while racing against fellow SRL competitors Derek Thorn, Jeremy Dossand Cole Moore. The 2019 Fall Open Comp Super Late Model winner at the LVMS Bullring and Dirt Track will join several other SRL competitors, such as Linny White and Bob Lyon, who have also purchased Rowdy cars. Will it be the key to the championship? Time will only tell.

The resumption of the All-Star Showdown at Irwindale Speedway 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 $75,000 will be paid out to the 36 starters, plus additional cash bonuses for the drivers eligible for the Spears Manufacturing Frequent Flyer Program ($1,400 to start for those eligible). 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.

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”.