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AUTO CLUB 400 :: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race

AUTO CLUB SPEEDWAY

Sunday, March 24, 2013 on FOX

 
Auto Club 400 and Royal Purple 300 Race Coverage on AmericaJR.com

World's Best Athletes to tackle California's Premier Surf, Ski & Speed Spots

When does the student become the master? Maybe on Monday, March 4. That’s when some of the world’s best athletes will attempt to ‘school’ one another, all while showcasing their talents at some of California’s quintessential sporting hot spots. NASCAR’s Jimmie Johnson, snowboarder Todd Richards, ski racer Daron Rahlves, surfer Ian Walsh, stand up paddler Dave Kalama take on Surf City, Mammoth Mtn., Auto Club Speedway; Fans invited to check out the competition at Auto Club Speedway from the new Pit Box Lounge; Follow all the fun on Twitter at #onlyinCA.

PHOTOS: Daytona 500 winner Jimmie Johnson enjoys Sprinkles Cupcakes at The Grove

AmericaJR.com's Kelly Rosales was LIVE at The Grove outdoor shopping center in Los Angeles for a special appearance by Daytona 500 winner Jimmie Johnson. He had the opportunity to enjoy some tasty Sprinkles cupcakes with Extra's Maria Menounos. Hundreds of fans showed up for the special event in the Fairfax district. Auto Club Speedway President Gillian Zucker was also there along with Sprinkles Cupcakes executives. Johnson also had the opportunity to decorate cupcakes and pass them out to his fans.

Trackside Walmart Store available exclusively to Infield Guests during Auto Club 400 weekend

Walmart will open a temporary location providing grocery and camping needs to infield guests during NASCAR’s Auto Club 400 Weekend. There’s no need for race fans to stock up before they arrive. Your “Trackside Walmart Store”, which will be located in the heart of the Auto Club Speedway infield, will offer race fans everything needed for an enjoyable infield race weekend stay, including everyday groceries, snacks, meats, personal hygiene products, bikes and toys, soda, water, energy drinks, beer and wine all in a climate controlled venue.

Ride Metrolink Trains to the Auto Club 400!

Race fans looking for a stress-free, convenient and affordable way to get to Auto Club Speedway’s Auto Club 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race need not look any further! Auto Club Speedway (ACS) has again partnered with Metrolink to provide direct train service to the Auto Club 400 on Sunday, March 24 at Auto Club Speedway. Metrolink train tickets to the Auto Club 400 are only $19 for one (1) round trip train ticket. Metrolink will operate three trains originating from Oxnard, Lancaster and Oceanside with limited stops in between for faster service.

Multiplatinum Album and Grammy Award-Winning Artist Lupillo Rivera to perform at Auto Club 400

Mexican Regional musician Lupillo Rivera will perform live at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 race at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday, March 24 at 8:30-9:30 a.m. Lupillo is expected to perform his first single of 2013 “Yo Te Extrañare” (I Will Miss You) on the Auto Club Speedway FanZone Entertainment Stage. He recorded the single in honor of his late sister, Jenni Rivera, who passed away in December. The Rivera family came from humble beginnings.

New Food Choices: Who's Hungry for Some 'Harv-A-Que'?

Sure, every racetrack has the essential food favorites like burgers, hot dogs, pizza and fries for fans to feast on during race weekend. But only Auto Club Speedway has signature entrees created by NASCAR drivers for fans during Auto Club 400 Weekend, March 22-24. NASCAR drivers Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Juan Pablo Montoya and Danica Patrick, will “START YOUR TASTE BUDS” with special entrees served at the Speedway’s “Driver’s Cuisine Cantina” located in the FanZone (on the east side of Impulse/APEX) throughout the weekend.

L.A. Rock Legends 'Ratt' to Perform Pre-Race Concert at Auto Club 400

Los Angles-based rockers RATT will get race day started in classic rock-and-roll style at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday, March 24 when they perform a pre-race concert beginning at 10am on the FanZone main stage. Hard rockers Stephen Pearcy (vocals), Warren DeMartini (guitar), Bobby Blotzer (drums), Juan Croucier (bass) and Carlos Cavazo (guitar) – will perform hits including "Round and Round," “Wanted Man,” and “Lay it Down” as well as many other fan favorites...

NASCAR Hauler Parade to Roll Through the Inland Empire

Everyone loves a parade – especially a NASCAR Hauler parade. To help get the Auto Club 400 Weekend underway, March 22-24, the spectacle of a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Hauler Parade will make its way to Auto Club Speedway from Citizens Business Bank Arena (4000 E. Ontario Center Parkway, Ontario) through Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga and Fontana, beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 21. Along the parade route, NASCAR drivers Jamie McMurray and Tony Stewart will make an appearance at the NASCAR Hauler Parade Festival at Bass Pro Shops.

Multi-Platinum Quartet 'The Tenors' to sing National Anthem at Auto Club 400

Auto Club Speedway announced today that Verve recording artists 'The Tenors,' will perform the National Anthem prior to the start of the Auto Club 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday, March 24. The race will be broadcast at Noon (PT) on FOX. The multi-platinum-selling vocal group has performed their blend of classical and contemporary pop for audiences around the world. The group’s latest CD “Lead With Your Heart” was released via a U.S. deal with multi-Grammy® Award-winning producer David Foster, Chairman of Verve Music Group reaching #1 on Billboard’s Crossover chart.

Singing Sensation Cody Karey to perform National Anthem at Royal Purple 300

Auto Club Speedway announced today that Verve Music recording artist Cody Karey will perform the National Anthem prior to the start of the Royal Purple 300 NNS race at Auto Club Speedway on Saturday, March 23. The 22-year-old tenor was discovered in 2006 while participating in a Talent Search contest by 16-time Grammy® Award winning producer David Foster, he was then invited to several prestigious events which eventually lead to a recording contract.

Shark' Daymond John named Honorary Starter for Royal Purple 300 at Auto Club Speedway

Daymond John, President, CEO and Founder of FUBU and Shark on ABC’s Emmy® nominated hit reality show Shark Tank, will serve as Honorary Starter for the Royal Purple 300 NNS race at Auto Club Speedway on Saturday, March 23. As Honorary Starter, John will wave the green flag to get the Royal Purple 300 underway. The event will be televised at 2 p.m. PT on ESPN. “I am honored to have the chance to wave the green flag for the Royal Purple 300,” said John.

"G.I. Joe: Retaliation" stars Cotrona, Palicki to serve as Grand Marshals for Auto Club 400

Stars of the upcoming film G.I. Joe: Retaliation, D.J. Cotrona and Adrianne Palicki, will serve as Grand Marshals for the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday, March 24 at 12:00 p.m. PT. As Grand Marshals, Cotrona and Palicki will give the command “Drivers, start your engines” to the 43-car field of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Southern California’s premier motorsports facility. The event will be televised on FOX. In G.I. Joe: Retaliation, set for release in theaters on March 28, Cotrona plays Flint, a beloved character of the G.I. Joe mythology and a solid and strong-willed soldier who has a bit of a rebellious streak.

Kyle Busch wins Royal Purple 300 Nationwide Series race in Fontana, CA

Hours after capturing the pole position for Saturday’s NASCAR NNS Royal Purple 300, Kyle Busch (No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota) continued his and Joe Gibbs Racing’s dominance of the 15th-annual NNS race at Auto Club Speedway. Busch, the pole-sitter, led 92 of the 150 laps to win the Royal Purple 300 race at Auto Club Speedway for the sixth time in the past eight years, pushed his all-time leading NNS race victory total to 54 (over 249 career NNS races), and extend Joe Gibbs Racing’s record NNS win streak at the Fontana track to nine. “It was really cool. They’re (Joe Gibbs Racing) known for having great stuff but you still got to wheel it,” Busch said.

Busch races to Weekend Double at Auto Club 400, drives Joe Gibbs Racing into Auto Club Speedway Winner's Circle for the First Time

In an afternoon filled with breath-taking action and heart-stopping drama on the final lap, Kyle Busch (No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota) recorded his ninth career weekend sweep of the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races and snapped a 31-race NSCS winless streak by taking the checkered flag in Sunday’s 17th-annual Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway. A day after winning his 54th NASCAR NNS Series race in the Royal Purple 300, Busch led most of Sunday’s race -- 125 of the 200 laps – but regained the lead on the final lap after Joey Logano (No. 22 AAA Southern California Ford) and Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota) took each other out to secure his 25th NSCS victory and put Toyota/Joe Gibbs Racing into Victory Lane for the first time -- in 11 NSCS races -- at Auto Club Speedway.

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