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June 10, 1990 | BRIAN MURPHY
Rain forced the cancellation of Saturday night's racing program at Saugus Speedway. The Street, Hobby and Mini Stock races were called off because of a wet track. The rain-out marks the first such cancellation of the 1990 season. Racing will resume next week with the arrival of the NASCAR Winston West tour. A 200-lap race, highlighted by the appearance of 1989 Rookie of the Year Bill Sedgwick of Van Nuys, will top a bill that also includes Sportsman Division racing.
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June 19, 1999 | DARIN ESPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If a race track could talk, Saugus Speedway would have plenty to say about the Irwindale 250 NASCAR Winston West race tonight at Irwindale Speedway. "Irwindale Speedway?" the old track might muse. "Isn't that the place my promoter, Ray Wilkings, built after my owners closed me? Wilkings was general manager here for 11 years, and I go back another 26 years with his family. "You say Ron Hornaday Jr., Bill Sedgwick, Butch Gilliland and Sean Woodside are all entered? I remember them all.
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March 28, 1992 | VINCE KOWALICK
Saugus Speedway will open its 53rd season of racing tonight at 7 with a program including NASCAR Street Stocks, Hobby Stocks, Mini Stocks and the first of eight destruction derbies scheduled for the six-month season on the one-third-mile paved oval. The opening-night program, featuring lower-level racing divisions, marks the beginning of the track's new alignment of divisions. This season's Street Stock division formerly was known as the Hobby Stock division.
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April 2, 1999 | VINCE KOWALICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Short tracks have been in short supply for local race-car drivers since the closure in 1995 of Saugus Speedway. Now, they again have a place to race. The start of stock-car racing season this weekend at new Irwindale Speedway means a restart for several former Saugus regulars, many of whom have struggled to stay on track in recent seasons.
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February 9, 1992 | VINCE KOWALICK
Saugus Speedway will launch its 53rd season of racing March 28, and two NASCAR Southwest Tour events and a 200-lap NASCAR Winston West race will highlight its sixth-month run. Along with competition in traditional Grand American Modified, Sportsman and three other stock-car divisions, the schedule calls for six destruction derbies, five train races and the traditional season-ending Fall Spectacular that typically includes all of the aforementioned events.
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March 31, 1990 | VINCE KOWALICK
The green flag will drop tonight on Saugus Speedway's 51st season of stock-car racing as NASCAR Hobby Stock oval and figure-eight events highlight today's program beginning at 7. Next Saturday, the season's official opening night will feature Saugus' front-line NASCAR Sportsman division as well as Street Stock oval and figure-eight events on the one-third mile oval. Included on tonight's agenda are Jalopies, Mini Stock Racing Assn.
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March 26, 1989
The Miller 125 at Saugus Speedway, the opening event of the 20-race NASCAR All-American Challenge Series Southwest Tour, was postponed Saturday because of inclement weather. The race will be rescheduled for an unspecified date. Other events postponed or canceled by rain Saturday included the opening round of the 16-team St. Paul Easter baseball tournament, which has been moved to Monday. Crespi High will play at St. Bernard at 3 p.m.
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August 21, 1994 | RON STAPP, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Gerrit Cromsigt continues to add track records at Saugus Speedway. Saturday night he added to his track record with his seventh consecutive main-event victory, pulling away to win the 25-lap Pro Stock oval race despite running on seven cylinders for more then half the race. "I felt it missing about the 10th lap and I figured we lost it," the Pine Mountain Club resident said. "But we kept pulling away." Cromsigt had an opportunity to extend his streak to eight in the 15-lap figure 8 feature race.
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June 19, 1994 | RON STAPP, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
One of the founding members of the Western Racing Assn. was critically injured when his vintage midget race car flipped over during a demonstration race at Saugus Speedway Saturday night. 63, of Burbank was airlifted to UCLA Medical Center after being attended to by on-site paramedics for several minutes following the incident which occurred during intermission. "It was just an unfortunate accident or mishap," WRA President Dan Fleisher said after the accident.
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August 2, 1993
Five people were hurt and a stretch of Soledad Canyon Road was closed for two hours early Sunday after a pickup truck drifted off the roadway and slammed into a string of parked cars near Saugus Speedway, authorities said. The pickup driver, Epifanio Diaz, 36, of Torrance, suffered only minor injuries and was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, sheriff's deputies said. "He was traveling at such a high rate of speed that it was just the domino effect when he hit," said Sgt.
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May 5, 1998 | KARIMA A. HAYNES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Daylight is breaking over Saugus Speedway and Tom Pacheco and his 4-year-old son, Alex, pull into the raceway parking lot, a sleek Italian-built kiddie go-kart in tow. The early-morning quiet is soon broken by the roar of engines as other kid drivers and their parents ready their racers. Team Pacheco goes through its pre-race inspections, checking the tire pressure, spark plugs, brakes, accelerator and steering.
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August 2, 1996 | BRYAN RODGERS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When Saugus Speedway abruptly closed just over a year ago, Sean Woodside found himself in a peculiar situation. He no longer had a home to showcase his talents. Woodside was leading the Super Late Model division at Saugus when the speedway closed in July of 1995. Like many other dislocated drivers, he was forced to scramble and find a new racing venue. The answer for Woodside, who lives in Saugus, is 100 miles north at Mesa Marin Raceway in Bakersfield.
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July 20, 1996 | VINCE KOWALICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Engines no longer roar and neither does the crowd. But inquiring minds still wonder whether auto racing ever will return to Saugus Speedway. The answer remains "no." "Even this summer we've been getting a pretty decent amount of calls from people who didn't know the track had closed and wanted to know [about racing]," said Kevin Wachs, general manager of what now is home to the Saugus Swap Meet. "People call and say, 'Are you still open?' We get that more than any other call."
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July 20, 1996 | BRYAN RODGERS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
John Ahern rolled out of Turn 3 at Saugus Speedway and was about to hit the accelerator when, suddenly, a car slammed into the left side of his brightly colored vehicle. The 30-year-old Castaic driver suffered a minor leg injury and could not return to race, but the mishap didn't ruin his day. There was still plenty of go-kart racing remaining for everyone else. "We were battling hard for position and the other guy hit me," an unruffled Ahern said. "It's all part of the game."
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July 19, 1996 | VINCE KOWALICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dave Phipps races with a "For Sale" sign in the window of his stock car. Call it a sign of the times. A year ago, Phipps, among the winningest drivers in the history of Saugus Speedway, was speeding toward a fifth consecutive Grand American Modified division championship and the eighth track title in his 16-year career at the one third-mile paved oval in Santa Clarita.
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August 4, 1995 | BRYAN RODGERS
When Ron Hall, track promoter at Kern County Raceway in Willow Springs, started recruiting displaced Saugus Speedway drivers, he did so with a heavy heart. "I patterned Kern County's track after Saugus," the 55-year old Hall said. "Of course I added a few of my own things, but this track is basically like Saugus and that's because I loved that place." Hall competed at Saugus in the 1960s and was involved in other aspects of racing at the Santa Clarita facility.
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April 4, 1993 | VINCE KOWALICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To the surprise of no one, track records were shattered like glass hitting pavement before a season-opening crowd of 5,466 Saturday night at Saugus Speedway. One-lap qualifying marks in the Sportsman, Grand American Modified and Pro Stock divisions were lowered by drivers who predicted as much after the 54-year-old track was repaved last month for the first time in 24 years.
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July 20, 1995 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Saugus Speedway--the oldest race track operating in the Western United States and a Los Angeles area motor racing mecca for 56 years--closed Wednesday, generating a nostalgic turnout by race drivers who took over the track for a night of their own. The remainder of the Winston Racing Series stock car season has been canceled, and there are no plans to resume racing in the future at the Santa Clarita oval, known as "the Super Track."
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July 21, 1995
The roar of an engine and squeal of tires once again echoed off the the aging, deserted bleachers at Saugus Speedway on Thursday, but only as a reminder of the community's anger and shock after the landmark track's sudden closure the day before. It was a faded yellow Chevrolet muscle car that sneaked past a few employees working at the facility at midday to make two high-speed laps around the one-third-mile track before disappearing.
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July 21, 1995 | MARK SABBATINI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The roar of an engine and the squeal of tires once again filled the aging, deserted bleachers at Saugus Speedway Thursday, but only as a reminder of the community's anger and shock following the landmark track's sudden closure the day before. It was a faded yellow Chevrolet "muscle" car that sneaked past a handful of employees working at the facility at midday to make two high-speed laps around the one-third-mile track before disappearing out of sight.
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