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March 21, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
NASCAR's Matt Kenseth knows Auto Club Speedway well, having won three Sprint Cup races at the Fontana track. But he earned the victories driving for Roush Fenway Racing and is still looking for his first win on the two-mile oval since moving to the Joe Gibbs Racing team last year. Kenseth took the step toward a fourth win Friday by winning the pole position for Sunday's Auto Club 400 as NASCAR's new knockout-style qualifying format was used at the Fontana speedway for the first time.
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August 19, 2008 | Jim Peltz, Times Staff Writer
The NASCAR Sprint Cup race held Labor Day weekend at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana will be moved to October starting next year, speedway President Gillian Zucker said Monday. This year's race, the Pepsi 500, is Aug. 31 but that will change to Oct. 11 in 2009, as part of a three-track swap on the Cup schedule, Zucker said. The two-mile Auto Club Speedway oval also stages a Cup race in late February. The shift would mean that the Fontana track would play host to one of the 10 late-season Chase for the Cup races that determine which driver wins stock-car racing's premier championship.
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September 30, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
The Izod IndyCar Series next year will again finish its season with a night race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, the series announced Sunday night. The series unveiled a 2013 schedule with 19 races overall, up from 15 this year, that included the return of IndyCar racing to Pocono (Pa.) Raceway and the streets of Houston. In addition, IndyCar announced a $1-million bonus for any driver who captures its version of a "triple crown" by winning the Indianapolis 500, the race at Pocono and the finale at Auto Club Speedway in the same year.
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September 15, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
Only hours before Ryan Hunter-Reay hoped to win his first Izod IndyCar Series championship, his team Andretti Autosport confirmed Saturday that it signed Hunter-Reay to a two-year contract extension. "He is a tough competitor and has become an important part of our team," which also includes drivers Marco Andretti and James Hinchcliffe, Andretti Autosport owner Michael Andretti said in a statement. Once a journeyman driver seeking a full-time ride, Hunter-Reay, 31, has had a breakout season with Andretti Autosport this year, capturing a series-high four victories.
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September 23, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Helio Castroneves, Scott Dixon and other IndyCar drivers are scheduled Tuesday to hold a daylong test session in Fontana that's free to the public. The drivers are to run practice laps from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Auto Club Speedway, where the Izod IndyCar Series' season finale, the MAVTV 500, is scheduled Oct. 19 under the lights. The race will decide the series championship. Castroneves, a three-time Indianapolis 500 winner and former "Dancing with the Stars" champ in search of his first title, holds a 49-point lead over Dixon with three races left in the season.
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March 24, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
Rain was forecast for Fontana on Sunday, but there was no immediate scheduling change by NASCAR for its Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway. The Auto Club 400 was set to begin at noon PDT but weather forecasts called for various amounts of rain throughout Sunday. "We won't make a decision until [Sunday] morning" on whether to delay the race or otherwise alter its starting time, NASCAR spokeswoman Kristi King said Saturday as the Cup drivers held the first of two scheduled practice sessions.
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October 8, 2010 | By Jim Peltz
The feud between NASCAR drivers Kyle Busch and David Reutimann continued to simmer Friday as they prepared for Sunday's Pepsi Max 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. Reutimann banged his car into Busch's at high speed during last weekend's Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway in retaliation for Busch bumping him earlier in the race. The latter incident so damaged Busch's car that he finished 21st. That was a significant blow to Busch because he's among the 12 drivers trying to win the series championship in NASCAR's 10-race Chase for the Cup title playoff, the fourth of which is Sunday.
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August 11, 2010 | By Jim Peltz
Despite slipping crowds for the two annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, NASCAR had continued to insist that Southern California — the largest population center where it races — remained a critical market. That changed Tuesday, when Southern California officially became a lot less critical to big-league stock car racing. Auto Club Speedway had hosted a February race that followed NASCAR's crown-jewel Daytona 500 and, starting only last year, its other race was moved to October as one of the 10 Chase for the Cup championship playoff events.
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March 25, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
NASCAR drivers are too vanilla. Racing at Auto Club Speedway is too boring. The sport's new car isn't racy enough. Tell that to the 80,000-plus fans who jammed into the Fontana track Sunday. They watched what might go down as the wildest, most entertaining NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race of the season, and there are still 31 races to go. Feuding drivers Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin were in a thrilling side-by-side duel when they crashed into each other on the last lap. Kyle Busch streaked past them for the win as the crowd erupted.
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March 21, 2011 | By Jim Peltz
First in a series Is a sequel in store for Ricky Bobby? NASCAR stock-car racing might well have reached its apex on a July night in 2006, not at a superspeedway but at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. It was the movie premiere of "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby," a comedy producers had greenlighted after hearing a pitch of only six words: "Will Ferrell as a NASCAR driver. " Hollywood loves the hottest trends, and few burned brighter then than NASCAR.
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