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17th of August 2017

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Irwindale Speedway, site of NASCAR K&N Pro Series/Winston West races, will soon be no more

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It appears that Irwindale Speedway in California has staved off extinction for the last time.

After 17 years of operation, the popular half-mile short track facility now called the Irwindale Event Center will cease operations on January 31, 2018. Facility promoters announced on Wednesday that it had been informed by the property owners that the track would have to close due to the construction of an outdoor strip mall.

The track, which also features a quarter-mile inside the infield and an adjacent drag strip, was shut down back in 2011 when its owners declared bankruptcy. It was sold to Irwindale Outlet Partners LLC in 2013 that allowed a new promoter to operate the track until it needed to be bulldozed for construction.

Jim Cohan has operated the facility during that period and was surprised about the timing of the decision.

"First and foremost, everyone should know that we’ll continue to operate Irwindale Event Center right up to our final weeks, as we’ve been doing for the past five years," Cohen said. "providing great family motorsports and related entertainment in the most professional way possible. Our full 2017 schedule of NASCAR, Drag Strip, LA Racing Experience events, and special events will run as published. And, in fact, we’re planning on adding a couple of extra events to the calendar to honor all of the competitors who raced and wrenched here at Irwindale since it opened in 1999.

"In all honesty, we were here and in it for the long haul, in fact we were in the process of putting out our complete schedule for the 2018 season. All that made this news very difficult for me to hear, and very hard on our whole team."

Irwindale has hosted 26 K&N Pro Series/Winston West events since it opened. The track was also previously the host to USAC, Formula Drift and NHRA events.

It seems that tradition is nearing its conclusion. 

By Matt Weaver

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