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NASCAR returns to Irwindale Speedway

Apr 5, 2013, 10:30 PM EDT

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Great news from the short track circuit, as California’s Irwindale Speedway is set to host lower-level NASCAR racing once again starting tomorrow night.

The half-mile oval in suburban Los Angeles had been known as a home for some of NASCAR’s minor-league categories such as the Whelen All-American Series (pictured) and K&N Pro Series West. It had also garnered national attention as host to the now-defunct Toyota All-Star Showdown, which served as an all-star race of sorts for the top drivers throughout all of NASCAR’s various regional series.

But its previous owner was forced to file for bankruptcy in February of 2012. Luckily for race fans in the Southern California region, a new operating group was eventually found for the track.

Saturday’s event marks the first of 14 nights this season that will feature NASCAR “Home Tracks” series at Irwindale, whose general manager is naturally thrilled about Opening Night.

“There’s a renewed attitude, a great sense of adventure — drivers, crews and fans all telling us that they can’t wait for this coming Saturday night,” Bob Klein said in a track statement. “We’re very excited to be back in the stock car racing business. Everyone on our staff is ready to get back to what Irwindale Speedway was built to do, and that’s put on a short track racing show that’s second to none.”

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