How Big Is The Irwendale Speedway? [Facts!]

This is a question that’s been on the minds of many Speedweek readers as of late. Ever since NASCAR’s Nextel Cup Series made the trek to Irwendale, a question has popped up in everyone’s head: just how big is the track?

On paper, the 1.54-mile oval looks like a normal stock car racing track. Like any other standard surface street or short track, the infield is tightly packed with all kinds of buildings and bridges. However, the layout of the track is quite different from what you might see at a typical road course or even a half-mile dirt track. There are no sweeping turns or massive amounts of flat land. Instead, there are tight corners, elevation changes, and lots of blind spots. This makes for one hell of a challenging racing surface (which is lucky for us!).

In the grand scheme of things, the oval itself isn’t that big. There are larger ovals in the NASCAR world, like the Texas Stadium (which holds a whopping 5.5 miles) and the Daytona International Speedway (5.75 miles), but Irwendale is a pretty standard size. It’s also one of the older ovals, having first opened its gates in 1959.

The Oval Has Seen Its Days

The days when the Oval was at the forefront of motorsport are long gone. Over the years, sports cars and motorcycles have taken over the track, relegating the classic cars and trucks to the garages. The track itself is now best known for its dirt oval, and the grandstands are frequently sold out for football, soccer, and rugby games.

It’s a credit to the folks at Irwendale that they’ve managed to keep the classic cars and trucks on the track for the most part. While the grandstand areas have seen some upgrades (plenty of shade trees, for example), the infield is still predominantly made up of old-school infrastructure. There aren’t any casinos or hotels lining the track, which would indicate that the business community hasn’t really taken a liking to the oval.

The Track Is Located In A Classy Part Of British Columbia

If you’ve never been to British Columbia, you may not know that it’s one of the most beautiful places in all of Canada. Located on the peninsula between the Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the province’s coastline is studded with picturesque islands and rugged terrains. There’s a reason why movies like National Lampoon’s British Class were shot here.

Irwendale is located in the scenic city of Langley. If you ever get a chance to visit this part of BC, you should do so. Not only will you enjoy an entirely different atmosphere, you’ll also want to come back for more.

No Expensive Resorts Nearby

While the islands of B.C. are definitely beautiful, they aren’t exactly famous for their beaches or coastline. The same can be said for the entire province. One of the things that make this place so special is that there aren’t any glamorous or expensive resorts nearby. It’s not like you need a vacation to escape the crowds (or the cold!) on the Pacific Coast.

When the NASCAR stars roll into town, they usually head straight for the local hotels and restaurants. Many of them even crash at friends’ houses because there aren’t any fancy hotels around to accommodate them. There are plenty of high end rental homes and villas near the track, but the drivers like the feeling of freedom that comes with being in a small community. There are also plenty of cheap motels located on the outskirts of town.

A Bit Of A Tricky Negotiation

One of the things that make negotiating with the racetrack tricky is that it’s not like shopping for a car. When it comes to buying a piece of land, you usually have a starting point (in this case, the oval) and an end point (in the form of a sum of money).

A good negotiator would come up with a fair price for the use of the facility by using a bit of common sense and a lot of research. It’s also important to work with someone you can trust. A bad negotiator would come in with a low offer, probably thinking that the track owner wouldn’t need to negotiate in light of their low offer. These kinds of negotiations are all about psychology, and it can go either way. A good negotiator will come in with a fair offer and hope for the best. They’ll walk away if they don’t get the response they were looking for. A bad negotiator will come in with a lowball offer and think that they’ll just have to haggle over the money. This often leads to a complete meltdown of the relationship because the person you’re negotiating with will think you’re a total jerk for even considering such a low offer in the first place.

How Does The Track Surface Impact The Racing?

One of the first things that come to mind when you think about a standard oval is that it has three distinct regions. You’ve got the fast lane, the bump-and-grind lane, and the corrals. The three zones serve a purpose. The fast lane is there to encourage speed. You can’t really go any faster than the cars that are already there. The bump lane is where the accidents happen. Without any barriers between you and the corner workers, there’s no telling where you’ll end up when you crash. The last zone is where the owners and drivers live. If you don’t own a piece of the track, you couldn’t possibly understand the passion that goes into each and every corner when the horses are out.

Let’s now take a look at each of these regions and how they affect the racing. When the gates open for the first race, the fast lane will already be populated by the drivers and teams that live and breathe NASCAR. The rest of the pack will be left to shuffle into place. During any given race, only the fast lane will be open. The rest of the track will still be used for practice or for pre-race warm-ups.

The Fast Lane

If you’ve ever been to a racing track, then you know that a fast lane is essential for any form of motorsport. It provides a straightaway for the cars and trucks to fly down. If there aren’t any cars or trucks in the fast lane, then it’s just a matter of time before someone decides to park there. These spaces are usually located near the back of the grandstands, and they’re also used for storing race equipment and vehicles. The good news is that there’s plenty of room in these spaces for everyone. The bad news is that this is one place where the fights usually start. The only solution is to stop letting people park there in the first place.

The Bump-and-Grind Lane

This is the place that most people think of when they think about a racetrack. It’s where the accidents happen, and it’s also the place where passing is allowed. If you’ve ever been to a NASCAR race, then you know that a lot of the action takes place in here. It would be best for the track if they could somehow eliminate or minimize the number of accidents that happen here, but it’s a near-impossible task. The best that they can hope for is that fewer people get hurt.

This is also the place where fans of all ages can really get into the action. Kids love to be here. There’s something about the noise, the excitement, and the fact that they’re allowed to get into the action that makes this area a magnet for kids and families. It would be nice if parents could take a step back and let their children roam less cautiously around the track, but that’s not always the case. Sometimes it feels like the closer you get to the action, the more nervous parents get. There’s no need to be nervous. Being here to support your kid’s favorite driver isn’t a crime. Just keep an eye open and make sure that your children don’t get into the wrong hands.

The Corrals

This is where the owners and drivers live. It’s not really a part of the track, but since it has a direct impact on the racing, it’s worth mentioning. The good thing about the corrals is that they provide a place for the drivers to relax and unwind after a tough day on the track. It also provides the opportunity for fans to get a closer look at their drivers and teams. You can find photos of all the drivers and cars on the track’s webpage, which you’ll find below.

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