This year’s Irwindale Speedway was officially opened to the public on Wednesday, May 1st. While you might not have heard of Irwindale, you’ve probably been there. The 3/8th mile oval boasts the Guinness World Record for the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile.” Even if you’re not into racing, you may have popped in for a photo op at the start/finish line. What exactly is Irwindale Speedway, and is it still open for business? Let’s take a look.
The Record-Setting History Of Irwindale
Located in Irwindale, California, the Irwindale Speedway is often hailed as the “Home of NASCAR.” The record-breaking track hosted its first regular season stock car race in 1968 and has held annual contests ever since. The track also boasts a drag racing strip and is the site of the California Mid-State Motocross Championship race each March. Naturally, enthusiasts from around the world seek out Irwindale as the place to attend if they’re in the area. Is it time for you to hit the road to Irwindale?
The Present And Future Of Irwindale Speedway
Now, Irwindale Speedway is open for business as usual, with the exception of the weekly stock car races which close out each week. However, as mentioned above, the Guinness World Record for the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile” still stands. If you’re thinking about visiting, take a look at the calendar and see if any NASCAR races are on the horizon. You may also want to inquire about tickets for the weekly stock car races. Lastly, if you’re in the area, be sure to check out the Irwindale Speedway Museum. It’s a gold mine of NASCAR history and is well worth a visit.
Is Irwindale Speedway open for business? You betcha! It’s time to hit the road to Irwindale and catch some NASCAR.