Irwindale pitstops, then NASCAR

The now-bankrupt L.A.-area track was proving ground for many in Sprint Cup

Updated: March 21, 2012, 6:37 PM ET
By Tim Haddock | Special to ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Before Kurt Busch won his first Cup championship, he won a NASCAR Southwest Tour race at Irwindale Speedway in 1999.

He isn't the only NASCAR driver who honed his skills racing at the shuttered half-mile oval in the San Gabriel Valley.

Irwindale Speedway had star power. It attracted some of the top drivers in NASCAR, even after they were established in the Sprint Cup or Nationwide Series.

The track management at Irwindale cancelled the 2012 racing season ...

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