Some might say it came without notice and were surprised by the news today that Toyota Speedway at Irwindale closed its doors, turned off its sign and canceled the rest of the 2012 racing season. Still others saw it coming last year when NASCAR announced that it was dropping the speedway from its racing schedule. Even fans noticed the lack of attendance at recent racing events.

On Saturday, teams of workers were spotted dissembling the grandstands and pit area around the oval track. Doors to the business were already locked and a moving van was present near the back entrance to the offices at the speedway. The public became tipped off of the looming closure when the speedway’s website stopped rendering and its outdoor sign failed to light up at dusk, something it has done every night since the speedway opened in 1999.

Without NASCAR, the speedway was all but doomed and had little means in which to support itself. Now, sadly, Irwindale Speedway will fade away into history with the likes of Orange County International Speedway, Riverside Raceway, Ascot Park, Terminal Island, Lyons Drag Strip, and the many other race tracks that fell on bad times and suffered from urban encroachment. Let’s all give Irwindale one last rev of the engine as we turn the page on racing history.

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