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CALIFORNIA SPEEDWAY

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June 18, 1997

California Speedway inaugural weekend schedule:

THURSDAY

* 8 a.m.: IROC practice.

* 8:45 a.m.: NASCAR Winston Cup and NASCAR Winston West rookie meeting.

* 9 a.m.: NASCAR Winston Cup practice.

* 9:30 a.m.: NASCAR Winston West drawing for qualifying.

* 10 a.m.: NASCAR Winston West practice.

* Noon: IROC practice.

* 1 p.m.: NASCAR Winston Cup practice.

* 3 p.m.: NASCAR Winston West practice.

* 4 p.m.: NASCAR Winston Cup and IROC practice.

FRIDAY

* 7 a.m.: NASCAR Winston Cup registration and inspection.

* 7:30 a.m.: California Speedway ribbon-cutting ceremony.

* 8:30 a.m.: IROC practice.

* 9 a.m.: NASCAR Winston West practice.

* 9:30 a.m.: NASCAR Winston Cup drawing for Busch pole qualifying.

* 10 a.m.: NASCAR Winston Cup practice.

* Noon: Winston West qualifying (all positions, one lap).

* 1 p.m.: NASCAR Winston Cup practice.

* 2 p.m.: IROC practice.

* 3 p.m.: Winston Cup pole qualifying (positions 1-25, one lap), followed by final NASCAR Winston West and IROC practice (half-hour each).

SATURDAY

* 7 a.m.: NASCAR Winston Cup, Winston West and IROC garages open.

* 9 a.m.: NASCAR Winston Cup practice.

* 10 a.m.: NASCAR Winston West driver/crew chief meeting.

* 11 a.m.: NASCAR Winston Cup qualifying (positions 26-38, one lap).

* Noon: Start of Auto Club 200 NASCAR Winston West race (100 laps).

* 3 p.m.: NASCAR Winston Cup final practice.

* 4:15 p.m.: IROC drivers meeting.

* 5 p.m.: Pontiac-True Value IROC race (50 laps).

SUNDAY

* 7 a.m.: NASCAR Winston Cup garage opens.

* 9 a.m.: NASCAR Winston Cup driver/crew chief meeting.

* 10:30 a.m.: NASCAR driver introductions.

* 11 a.m.: California 500, presented by NAPA (250 laps).

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