IMPERIAL — For Imperial Valley stock car racing fans, there is no bigger local race than the California Mid-Winter Fair & Fiesta's stock car event.
Because of the turnout and significance of the race, those involved have called it their own Daytona 500.
The Imperial Valley Southwestern Racing Association had its ninth race of the season at the Imperial Valley Expo here Saturday, with Brawley resident Tony Lentz again getting the checkered flag in the factory pro-stock competition.
"It was a pretty good field with a few new guys out there," said Lentz. "The track was really good and our car was running as good as it has."
Lentz said he was surprised by the quality of the track considering the recent rainfall. Lentz figured earlier in the week that the race would be canceled because of the rain but he pressed forward with preparations.