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Wed Apr 24, 2013, 03:47 PM

11. Need'nt be snarky about the racetrack

Weather, forces of the market, and killjoy neighbors did in Altamont. It always was a local track, never in the same league as Sears Point.

Altamont Speedway has died its thousandth death, and no one bothered to show up for the funeral.

It was too sun-baked by day for auto racers in their fireproofed suits, too wind-blasted by night for fans in their layered hoodies, and too noisy on weekends for a few lawyered-up neighbors.

With no proper sendoff, the half-mile track, perched on the back side of Altamont pass, shut down some time after the 2008 season ended in October. The last oval, asphalt track in the Bay Area is closed for the sixth time in its 43 years, and many think this could be the once and for all of it.

"It's the curse of Altamont," said former track promoter Kenny Shepherd. "I wouldn't call it a surprise. It's more a shame."



Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/R-I-P-Altamont-Raceway-3231903.php#ixzz2RPZh0t7C

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