Irwindale Returns To NASCAR Fold

Patrick Staropoli took the win on Friday night at Irwindale Speedway.
Irwindale Event Center will be sanctioned by NASCAR when racing resumes at the track April 6.

IRWINDALE, Calif. — The Irwindale Event Center has signed NASCAR as the sanctioning body for the half-mile race track, which will return to weekly racing in 2013.

“We met with Bob Duvall from NASCAR yesterday at our offices in Irwindale,” said Irwindale Event Center President and CEO Jim Cohan. “He really understands our mission to bring great short-track stock car racing back to southern California and he’s very supportive of that goal. Bob made his presentation, answered all of our questions, we signed the sanction agreement, and he got back on a plane and took the papers back to Daytona Beach.”

“NASCAR is pleased to bring our Home Tracks program back to Irwindale Speedway,” said Duvall, NASCAR’s senior director of Business Development. “This facility hasn’t changed physically in any way; it’s the same great race track. What has changed is the management group and spirit of teamwork that Jim Cohan’s people bring to the effort, they’re all top pros, and I’m really looking forward to working with them.”

Irwindale’s season will begin April 6 with a “Grand Re-Opening Night” of racing featuring NASCAR Super Late Models, Late Models, Super Stocks, Mini Stocks and a Demolition Derby.


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