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3 Best Race Tracks in Southern California

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Southern California has a strong car culture and even stronger love for motorsports. Whether you’re just a spectator, or you want to participate or even learn how to race, the three tracks below are sure to give you the thrill you’re looking for.

Irwindale Speedway

Irwindale Speedway
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Irwindale Speedway

Cost of Admission: Variable based on event
Location: 500 Speedway Dr, Irwindale, CA 91706
Types of Events: Stock cars, sprint cars, midgets, supermodifieds, legends, trucks, drifting, drag racing, demolition derby
Rules: No bottles, cans, coolers, outside food or drink, professional cameras, strollers, or weapons

Irwindale Speedway features two paved oval race tracks at 1/2 and 1/3 mile, a drag strip, and over 6,000 seats. It hosts NASCAR and NHRA sanctioned events as well as Formula Drift.

Bakersfield Speedway

Bakersfield Speedway

Bakersfield Speedway

Cost of Admission: $12 to $16 for adults, $375 season pass
Location: 5001 N Chester Ave Ext, Bakersfield, CA 93308
Types of Events:  IMCA Modifieds, Sports Mod, and Stock Cars, Mod Lites, Hobby Stocks, American Stocks, Miti Stocks, Jr. and Sr. Mini Dwarfs
Rules:  No coolers or outside food

Bakersfield Speedway is known as “The West’s Fastest 1/3 Mile High Banked Clay Oval.” It hosts many types of racing from modifieds to pro stock, sprint cars, and more.


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Adams Motorsports Park

Drifting at Adams Motorsports Park

Adams Motorsports Park

Cost of Admission: Go-Kart Arrive & Race sessions are $25 for 10 minutes. Drifting & Motorcycle events range from $5 – $15.
Location: 5292 24th St, Riverside, CA 92509
Types of Events:  Go Karts, Drifting, Racing School, Minibikes & Motorcycles, Time Attack, and Supermoto
Rules:  No open-toed shoes while racing. Safety gear is provided. Must be at least 56″ in height and at least eight years old. Eight – 17-year-olds require adult supervision.

Adams Motorsports Park opened in 1959 and is the longest continuously running kart track in the world. The paved 3/4-mile course is open to cars and motorcycles, too, which may participate in drifting and time attack events. The track is also available for rental for private or corporate functions. The go-karts get up to 60 mph.


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