Irwindale

Discussion in 'NHRA' started by Cliff, Aug 12, 2017 at 6:34 AM.

  1. Cliff

    Nitro Member

    Have been reading in some forums that Irwindale will close Jan 2018. Not just the drags but the whole complex. Argh
     
  2. ScojoDak

    Nitro Member

    Sad to hear. Was hoping they'd carry on the "Dale" legacy for much longer than that. Real estate prices get another one.
     
  3. Nunz

    Nitro Member

    Seems like there's been a rash of tracks closing/for sale lately. Not good.
     
  4. glofria

    Nitro Member

    This has been known for several years now. I have heard through the local media that the City of Irwindale is looking to build another track on the east side of the freeway.

    Yes tracks are closing/for sale, but others are opening too. Here is one that opened a couple of months ago; http://sageraceway.com/
     
  5. Cliff

    Nitro Member

    The old San Gabriel drag strip was, I think, located on the other side of the freeway. It wasn't too far from the old Irwindale. Be strange if the city built a new site that was close to the old San Gabe. When Lions closed in 1972, I went to the Last Race. When Irwindale closed in 1977, didn't go to their last race. Just couldn't bring myself to do it. Argh Hate loosing tracks. There is a new 1/8 mile track opening in the Dallas area (IHRA) soon, so at least they get a new one. So expensive to build a track anymore, even an 1/8 mile track costs $$$$$.
     
  6. Nunz

    Nitro Member

    Yeah building a new track is a tremendous investment, and if you want a 1/4 mile facility, you really need some real estate to have a proper shutdown for today's cars.
     
  7. Mike

    Nitro Member

    Keep in mind that Irwindale has been closing for about 5 years. I hope it keeps closing for 20 more
     
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  8. Cliff

    Nitro Member

    Gino posted a link to Sager Raceway. Was looking at the photos, & that is a nice little track. 1/8 mile, and they will run some races like Supercharged Outlaws, etc. It was probably more cost effective to build the track this way, ie: 1/8 mile, a small tower, etc. True sportsmen track and I hope they do well.
     
  9. You!

    Nitro Member

    I'll be running the 1/3 mile this Saturday night. Sad to see this one go down, especially for something as stupid as a mall, that you can't get to easily when coming from the north...
     
  10. Nunz

    Nitro Member

    I don't get it. The big headline these days is how malls are in trouble, and are having trouble attracting customers, in addition to many anchor stores closing. So do they really need a new one in place of the track?
     
  11. Cliff

    Nitro Member

    I think a "mall" is the excuse to shut the track down. I was born & raised in SoCalif, but there are times now that I think if Calif could outlaw motorsports, they would. Not to mention everything except battery powered cars.....
     
  12. ScojoDak

    Nitro Member

    Couldn't agree with you more.
     
  13. glofria

    Nitro Member

  14. Cliff

    Nitro Member

    This is kinda what Barona did with the nitro F/C's, basically run 330' & shut off. Would still be exciting to see. :)
     
  15. Nick Name

    Nitro Member

    What I would like them to do, is mandate 4 bolt mains in the cackel cars and let them race to 330.
     
  16. glofria

    Nitro Member

    HA! Good luck finding 4 bolt main blocks anymore. Most have already been used up.

    I'll give you a little insight, many of the iron blocks and heads the go through VHS for cacklefest cars are only 331 and 354 c.i.

    Due to a family wedding the same weekend as the CHRR, we will not be in attendance. Instead, we will be at Barona for the Nitro Revival at the end of September.

    http://nitrorevival.com/

     
  17. vegasnitro

    Nitro Member

    Most cackle cars are built with no intention of ever being raced. Most of them don't have a drive shaft going to the rear end.
     

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