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WOODSIDE GETS FIRST LOOK AT STREET RACE.



Byline: Tim Haddock Auto Racing

Even though Sean Woodside of Saugus has spent most of his racing career competing on tracks in and around Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. , this weekend will mark his first visit to the Ford L.A. Street Race.

The fourth annual event on the streets of downtown Los Angeles Downtown Los Angeles is the central business district of Los Angeles, California, located close to the geographic center of the metropolitan area. The sprawling, multi-centered megacity is such that its downtown core is often considered just another district like Hollywood or  at Exposition Park Exposition Park is the name of more than one place:
  • Exposition Park (Dallas) - a neighborhood in south Dallas, Texas
  • Exposition Park (Kansas City) - A former baseball park in Kansas City
 is quickly becoming the most popular race on the NASCAR NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing), organization that sanctions American stock-car races, est. 1948. It held its first race in Daytona Beach, Fla.  Featherlite Southwest Series, but it is an event that has eluded Woodside, who is running his first full season on the Southwest Series.

The defending NASCAR Winston West champion visited the course Tuesday for the first time in part to get a feel for the track and in part to do an interview for Fox Sports. He described the course as a Saugus Speedway version of a road course.

``If you like a lot of bumping and banging, this is the track to go see,'' said Woodside, who won a NASCAR Sportsman points title while at Saugus Speedway before it closed.

After seeing the course, Woodside, driver of the Southwest Tenant Development Pontiac, said he needed some extra practice. So on Wednesday, he went out to Willow Springs Willow Springs may refer to:
  • Willow Springs, California, United States
  • Willow Springs International Motorsports Park, Willow Springs, California, United States
  • Willow Springs, Illinois, United States
  • Willow Springs, Missouri, United States
 International Raceway in Rosamond to practice driving go-karts on the desert road course.

The L.A. Street Race is unique to NASCAR and to Southwest Series drivers in a number of ways. It is the only NASCAR event of any kind run on a temporary road course. And it is one of two events on the Southwest Series that has pit stops. The L.A. Street Race is a 200-lap event. The only other race that has pit stops on the Southwest Series is the Sears Point Sears Point is a prominent landform jutting into the historic reaches of San Pablo Bay in Sonoma County, California, USA. This hill is the southernmost peak of the Sonoma Mountains and forms the southwestern ridge above Tolay Lake.  Raceway race in Sonoma.

``It's a long race for the team and the pits make it a little bit tougher for some of the other teams,'' said Woodside, who is fourth in points on the Southwest Series. ``But I'm used to the longer races. And I'm used to doing pit stops. I just hope I don't mess them up. It should be a lot of fun.''
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Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Jul 14, 2000
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