Coming on the heels of the drag strip at Irwindale Speedway closing due to financial reasons, a Superior Court judge has ordered the shut down of the Fontana Drag Strip due to sound and environmental reasons.
A Superior Court has suspended operation of the Auto Club Dragway. The suspension results from a successful challenge of a San Bernardino County sound standard by a group of concerned residents. San Bernardino County officials had approved an amendment to the County Sound Standard in 2010 to accommodate louder sound arising from races at the Dragway. The Superior Court found that the underlying Environmental Impact Report which the County relied on to approve the sound standard amendment was not sufficient.
We are currently reviewing the court ruling and evaluating our options moving forward. We hope to have more detailed information about our future operations at the Dragway soon.
As such, the Street Legal Drags set to take place on March 3, 2012, is cancelled, as are all further events slated for the drag strip pending further notice.
It’s a sad day when our communities, anxious to attract families to their fair graces, allow the building of new homes that encroach long time landmarks such as Fontana, and then allows those very families to force these businesses to shut down and cease operations due to sound or hours of operation. Southern California has seen many of its drag strips, small airports and shooting ranges become the lost and forsaken to courts and city councils once a new housing development gets ok’d within ear shot of these types of businesses, which were intentionally built so far away from our communities that no one cared about them. It’s a shame that no one cares about them now as well.
Hopefully, this is only a temporary shutdown and Fontana will be back up and running their 1/4 mile drag racing soon.