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Toyota speedway in Irwindale shuts down

Discussion in 'NASCAR Discussion' started by ongias25, Feb 13, 2012.

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  1. ongias25

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    No!!! Not another short track!!!! :'(
     
  3. harvickfanjoey

    harvickfanjoey Active Member

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    I did a search a couple of weeks ago to find out when the All-Star Showdown was going to run, told in the article that an agreement couldn't be reached between Toyota and Nascar to run the race. I guess Toyota wanted to much money to get their name out there.
     
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    The same might happen to Auto Club if they don't do something about the racing there. Its like watching cars on a freeway. Add very expensive tickets, expensive food, and traffic, its not enjoyable.

    Sucks to see stuff shutting down. Its still a tough economy.
     
  5. canadienhits

    canadienhits The Dominator, Cup champ.

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    Wow, that actually would have better for So Cal if ACS would have closed and Irwindale would have been brought up as a NASCAR national series west coast short track stop. *shrug*
     
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    Obviously the closest Nascar track to me...
     
  7. Ryan597

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    But would the track be able to hold and handle 90,000 people?
     
  8. canadienhits

    canadienhits The Dominator, Cup champ.

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    Look at what they did to Bristol and Martinsville....
     
  9. K.Chuck

    K.Chuck --Hijinxtattoo--

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    Knew something was up when there was no All Star Showdown, I was never a big fan of the track but sad to see it go.
     
  10. MillsLayne

    MillsLayne 2x Champ, guys.

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    At least I can say I went to a race there. Just sad seeing all the short tracks shutting down because of the economy. Scary thing about auto racing is that when the money dries up, it disappears.
     
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    I think they could have upgraded the capacity of grandstands,but the land around the track that would be used for parking would be a problem......no room for lots that would hold all the cars.
     
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    USSTalladega Making a comeback!

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    What a crappy deal.:( It had some of the best racing hands down. Guess they will just move it to Iowa since they already do a combined race there just make it mid-season and no points and thats it.
     
  13. Frigus5

    Frigus5 Proud Fan of Romain Grosjean

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    What a shame. The Showdown was one of my favorites. I always knew that just because SPEED went off air with the Rolex 24, doesn't mean I can't still watch some great racing.

    This is truly a darn shame.
     
  14. MattSRD28

    MattSRD28 SRD Pick'em Series Commissioner Moderator

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    They survived because they're in the east, and were bought by SMI and ISC.
     
  15. amidst tundra

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    It's a shame, but I can't see all these short tracks ever being replaced. Time seems to be moving away from all but the most popular.
     
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    Never saw a race at Irwindale, but from what I've heard it's some good racing.
    I think I read somewhere that this track was built on or really close to some type of environmental preservation site, so it was somewhat doomed from the start...I could be wrong however.

    Now if only the big time SoCal track can shut its doors....

    Edit: it was built on a landfill...not quite an environmental preservation site
     
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    Same thing is happening to our local dirt track. New owners. No updates. Website is shut down, brought back, shut down, brought back. No rules posted for racing. Don't even know what classes will run.

    Rich family from Cleveland bought it and they had "big" plans for it, but they never have even watched dirt racing before.
     
  18. dalejrgamer

    dalejrgamer $9.99/mo

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    Toyota had a deal with the track in naming rights for 10 years with an out clause after the 5th year. This year marks year #5 and the track wasn't generating a profit (because the management over there are complete idiots).

    Next thing you know, Toyota Speedway (like anyone calls them that) is now Irwindale Speedway and now defunct speedway for now.

    I say for now because the track might come back under different management (do note that the top draw at the track was drifting)
    Irwindale Speedway Updates Along with Statement from Jim Liaw Breaking Drift News

    EDIT: JUST read this:
    "Irwindale, Calif. (February 13, 2012, 1:30PM ) - - The management of Irwindale Speedway today announced that the 2012 racing season has
    been cancelled."

    crap
     
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    I read online earlier today that Orange Show Speedway has closed for this season too. Meanwhile there is a track up in Kern Country that was completed back in 2007/08 and then was struck with bankruptcy in 2008/2009 followed by Foreclosure & a Foreclosure Auction in 2010 without ever seeing a racecar touch it's surface. No idea who owns it now but Google Earth shows it was still there in pristine condition this time last year.
     
  20. MillsLayne

    MillsLayne 2x Champ, guys.

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    We actually did a story on that just the other day and it seems that completion will happen this year and it's possible that we'll have racing by the end of the year. :) I'm really, REALLY hoping this happens.
     
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