IRWINDALE, Calif. (October 21, 2014)- Having not been behind the wheel of a Super Late Model in over five years, World Stage Racing’s Brian Wong exercised remarkable patience to take sixth place during Saturday’s round of the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series at Irwindale Speedway in Irwindale, California.
“It was great to get back behind the wheel, and I’m pretty happy with the result,” stated Wong. “I haven’t driven a proper race at Irwindale in a long time, and it’s great to see the facility back in action. This is some of the best racing out there, and I really appreciate the efforts of everyone at World Stage Racing to make this happen.”
Wong most recently made headlines with a second-place finish in the ARCA Racing Series at New Jersey Motorsports Park, the series’ lone visit to a road course. Having not taken to the wheel of a Super Late Model since 2009, the first Chinese-American to score a podium in ARCA competition has focused his career efforts in recent years in both stock cars and endurance sports car racing. In addition to his ARCA success, Wong has also taken podium finishes in such noted sports car races as the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring as well as Petit Le Mans.
With World Stage Racing having recently fielded their team of Super Late Model vehicles for NASCAR star David Gilliland and his family, the revitalized organization saw fit to put Wong back in the seat for Saturday’s event.
IRWINDALE, Calif. (July 20, 2014)- Following a wild race during Saturday’s “Family Night at the Races” at Irwindale Speedway, 14-year old Todd Gilliland exercised a great combination of speed and patience to take third during the event.
With World Stage Racing fielding three entries for the famed Gilliland family, anticipation was high for the event at the revitalized circuit. With Irwindale Speedway falling in to a rough few years of management change, Saturday’s race in many ways marked the return of the facility, which has housed a number of classic events including the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown, a number of USAC events, and the acting U.S. home for the drift racing movement.
One of the most noted names to materialize out of the Southern California track is the Gilliland name. Starting with grandfather Butch, a part-time NASCAR racer who achieved some success in the 1990’s, a family tradition of racing at the 3/8 mile circuit was born. Most noted is Butch’s son, David, who currently campaigns in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. David, a two-time pole winner, including the Daytona 500, has been part of the Sprint Cup scene since 2007 and currently drives for the Talladega winning Front Row Motorsports.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (July 17, 2014)- Continuing the team’s rich heritage of competing in a number of motorsport disciplines throughout the globe, World Stage Racing (WSR) will field three cars during Irwindale Speedway’s “Family Night” this Saturday, July 19.
Most notably, the team will field entries for the famous Gilliland family, entering three generations starting with 57-year old Butch, 38-year old David, and 14-year old Todd. All three generations of the famed household will be competing against one another for the first time.
Senior member Butch has several decades of experience in stock cars, including competing at the top levels of NASCAR in 1997, before handing the reigns to his son David. David Gilliland is perhaps the most know entity of the family, having competed in the NASCAR Sprint Cup ranks since 2006, earning three pole positions including the 2008 Daytona 500. Currently driving the No. 38 Ford Fusion for Front Row Motorsports in the Sprint Cup Series, David is utilizing a rare weekend off to race with his father and son. At 14-years old, Todd Gilliland is the newest member of the racing family, currently competing in his first full season of stock car racing, where he’s already accrued his first pole position and victory.
MILLVILLE, NJ (June 3, 2013)- In only his second race in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, Southern California native Brian Wong took an impressive runner-up finish during Sunday’s Great Railing 150 at New Jersey Motorsports Park, also winning the Scott’s Rookie of the Race award in the process.
“I couldn’t be happier with the result,” stated Wong. “We knew after last year’s race we had what it took to be competitive, and this weekend everything finally came together to prove it. Everyone at Venturini Motorsports did a great job of preparing the car, and equally important they had a great strategy heading in. The entire race was well thought out and well planned, and the result shows. Thanks to everyone not only at Venturini, but World Stage Racing as well who put everything together.”
Following an up-and-down event in 2013, Wong, the first Chinese-American competitor in ARCA history, came into this year’s event ready to improve on last year’s form. Returning to the No. 55 Venturini Motorsports Toyota Camry, the Newport Beach resident was immediately on pace during the opening practice sessions gridding on the outside of row three for the race.