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Auto Club 400 getting ready to start with rain looming

March 25, 2012|By John Cherwa
  • Denny Hamlin watches his car get worked on Friday during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 in Fontana. Credit: Brian Czobat / Autostock / Associated Press
Denny Hamlin watches his car get worked on Friday during practice for the…

The race at today's Auto Club 400 NASCAR race might not be to the finish line as much as it is to beat the rain.

Drivers were certainly aware of the impending weather system that by mid-afternoon should be soaking the Fontana area.

So, you can probably expect a more robust start of the race as they try to put themselves in the best position when the rains come.

They need to complete 100 of the scheduled 200 laps in order for the race to be official.

But, with the sky turning dark as driver introductions started, the stands appear to be filling despite a multi-car pileup on Interstate 10 at Cherry Avenue, one of the main arteries to the track. The freeway was shut down for about an hour.

Come back to Sports Now for updates throughout the race.

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Auto Club 400 getting ready to start with rain looming

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