Irwindale Speedway track PR, Doug Stokes, released a statement (Feb. 13, 2012 at 1:30pm): “The management of Irwindale Speedway today announced that the 2012 racing season has been cancelled.”
Is that all there is? Really after over 12 years of involvement from the racing community, from ASA, NASCAR, USAC, Lucas Oil Modifieds, etc., etc. that is it? What has been repeatedly billed as the finest short track in the country and one of NASCAR’s chosen, the giant of the half-miles goes out with a whimper?
No hint of the real who, what, where, why, when, how?
I called the cell of the powers that be there at Irwindale. I got through alright, but I didn’t get a person, I got a, “To leave a voice message.”
Do I blame anyone involved making a choice to avoid a probable inundation of phone calls? Not really. But racers have built cars for the track, made decisions, promised sponsors. No, Irwindale Speedway doesn’t owe them anything, they had no contracts signed, except maybe it does owe them more information.
If this is it, be it a temporary or permanent closure, I want to thank all that made the Speedway possible and all that kept things going, for as long as they did, from the volunteers to the paid staff.
The racing community had a lot of good times there. If this is it, it will be missed. The loss of this track, in addition to the loss of racing at Orange Show Speedway (San Bernardino, Calif.) in the same season, is a significant hit to racing not only in Southern California but in the West and racing as a whole.