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THURSDAY NIGHT THUNDER PROVIDES A SAFE PLACE FOR CAR MEETS

THURSDAY NIGHT THUNDER OFFERS A SAFE LOCATION FOR CAR MEETS

It's only been three weeks since the inception of the new burnout and donut area simply named the BOX at Irwindale Speedway but it's already making a difference.  The addition of the 160' by 160' barricaded area provides a safe location for those car enthusiasts who like to do donuts and burnouts or what has become known as "swinging."

"The burnout sideshows have become increasingly popular among young drivers, explained new track President, Tim Huddleston. "We had received several requests for this type of area at the track because that's what is popular right now. As long as we can have a place where people can get together to enjoy their cars, then we are serving our purpose.  These crowds are no different than the ones that used to cruise Whittier Blvd and other locations going back to the 50's and 60's, they just need a place to keep it safe."

The new burnout box has already seen close to 200 vehicles and laid down a fresh coat of black rubber on the surface.  Much like the Test and Tune drag racing alternative that Irwindale Dragstrip has been running on Thrusday Nights for over fifteen years, the BOX is meant to provide an altrernative.  "The first few weeks have been great.  Fans are great and the drivers are super talented," VP, Sales and Marketing Kevin Stevens added. "Just like with the drag strip, we are seeing purpose built cars and drivers that really put on a show.  Our only requirement is that they have a license and if they have a roll bar, they need to wear a helmet.  Other than that, it's game on."

The BOX opens at 6pm every Thursday Night as part oft the Thursday Night Thunder program.  Gates open at 4PM and the drag strip opens at 5PM.  It's just $10 for spectator's and $20 to drive your car in either the BOX or to race on the drag strip ($40 to do both).  For more information, visit our social media pages @irwindalespeedway and @irwindaledragstrip.