Is speedway another boulevard of broken dreams in California?

Ontario Speedway died a slow death in the 1970s despite a who's who winner's list. Ryan McGee wonders if Auto Club Speedway is on the same track.

Updated: February 23, 2008, 4:17 PM ET
By Ryan McGee | ESPN The Magazine

June 22, 1997, was one of those rare days in NASCAR history. Even before the green flag fell at the sparkling new California Speedway, everyone in attendance knew that they were watching a milestone moment. As Golden State native Jeff Gordon took the checkers, there were smiles all around. With all due respect to the slew of new speedways that popped up during the time, this was the day, the moment and the track that signified NASCAR's official graduation into a truly national sport.

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