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On Any Given Thursday Night: Checking Out the Drag Racing Scene at Irwindale Dragstrip
We took a walk through Irwindale Dragstrip to check out the local racers before the strip is closed down
Irwindale Dragstrip has been a destination for the racing community to gather every Thursday night for everything from the basic test and tune to bragging rights matches on the eighth-mile strip in the heart of the San Gabriel Valley. Unless it’s rained out, you can count on drag racers from all across the Los Angeles basin to come out to the Thursday Night Thunder sessions and rip up the 660-foot dragstrip that gives off an authentic stoplight to stoplight vibe. While we prefer romping down quarter-mile tracks, we’ve had a bit of a soft spot for Irwindale Dragstrip since it first opened its doors back in 1999.
Unfortunately, Irwindale Dragstrip will be closing its doors by the end of the year in favor of an outlet mall. While many in the racing community have been fighting to keep the track open, the decision is ultimately up to the landlord who could start development as early as 2016. Until then, you can bet you’ll have racers making passes and spectators showing up to cheer them on. Irwindale Dragstrip has always been a huge proponent of keeping racing off the streets and if any given Thursday night at the track is any indication, it’s been a pretty successful program.
We decided it had been far too long since we last tasted the scent of high octane fuel and burned rubber at Irwindale Dragstrip so we hit the highway toward the San Gabriel Valley to check out the sights and sounds at the local strip. Personally, we love the Thursday Night Thunder sessions. From the fast street cars to the wild race cars, Irwindale has a little for every racing enthusiast. Plus, there’s nothing better than cutting out of work early on a Thursday afternoon to dust off the race car and head out to the track. We can assure you, you’ll end up with a little adrenaline rush and a silly grin on your face by the end of the night!
Check out some of our favorite cars on the strip at Irwindale Dragstrip’s Thursday Night Thunder races!