toyota speedway at irwindale is closed. it joins a long list in southern california that includes major nascar tracks. tracks grow old and die but when there is only one left that doesn't say much about the future of racing especially short tracks. there is a brand new banked 1/2 mile sitting in kern county rotting away. almost finished and the owners went bankrupt before it could open. Fontana auto club speedway is waiting for a court decision that may close its drag strip and bets are the whole track not too far away. oh well a local problem? some night you may get to your favorite track and find a big CLOSED sign. it is the sign of the times and nascar could care less. end of obituary.