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(formerly California Speedway)

Address:
Auto Club Speedway
9300 Cherry Avenue
Fontana, CA 92335

Phone:
(909) 429-5000
Fax (909) 429-5500
Tickets (800) 944-RACE (7223)
TDD: 1-866-ISC-TRAK (For hearing impaired guests)

Track Specs:
Track/Race Length: 2.0 mile D-shaped oval, 250 laps, 500 miles
Superspeedway: 2.0-mile oval 75 feet wide with a 15 foot apron
Banking: turns: 14°; front stretch 11°; backstretch 3°
Front Stretch: 3,100feet
Back Stretch: 2,500feet
Pit Road: 2,200 feet long with 44 individual pit stalls
Garages: Three garages with 100 spaces
Pit Road Speed: 55mph
Pace Car Speed: 60mph
Approx: 1,800 Infield RV spaces
Grandstand seating capacity: 68,000 [was 81,000 and 92,000]
Opened: 1997

Pit Stalls:
Length: 42 feet
Width: 20 feet

Track Websites & Social Media:
Auto Club Speedway Website
ISC Motorsports
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    Track Records & Stats

  • March 2014 Race Winner: #18-Kyle Busch, 132.987mph, started 14th

  • The Final October 2010 Race Winner: #14-Tony Stewart, 131.953, started 22nd
  • Track Race Record: #14-Tony Stewart, 3/25/2012, 160.166mph
  • Slowest Race Record: #38-Elliott Sadler, Sept 2004, 128.324mph
  • Oldest Winner: Rusty Wallace, 44 years, 8 months, 15 days, 4/29/2001
  • Youngest Winner: Kyle Busch, 20 years, 4 months, 2 days, 9/4/2005
  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Matt Kenseth, 2/26/2006, started 31st

  • March 2014 Pole Winner: #20-Matt Kenseth, 187.315, finished 4th

  • The Final October 2010 Pole Winner: #1-Jamie McMurray, 185.285, finished 17th
  • Track Qualifying Record: #5-Kyle Busch, Feb 2005, 188.425mph
  • Oldest Pole Winner: Mike Skinner, 42 years, 10 months, 2 days, 4/30/2000
  • Youngest Pole Winner: Kyle Busch, 19 years, 9 months, 25 days, 2/27/2005

  • Most Races: 25 - Jeff Gordon

  • Most Wins: 5 - Jimmie Johnson

  • Most Poles: 3 - Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin

  • Most Top 5s: 12 - Jimmie Johnson; 10 - Jeff Gordon

  • Most Top 10s: 15 - Matt Kenseth; 14 - Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards

  • Most Laps Led by a Winner: Mark Martin, 5/3/1998, 165 laps

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 1 - Kevin Harvick, 3/27/2011

  • Most Leaders: 16 - 9/7/2007

  • Most Lead Changes: 33 - 2/24/2008

  • Fewest Leaders: 5 - 3/25/2012

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 9 - 3/25/2012

  • Most Cautions: 12 - 2/24/2008

  • Most Caution Laps: 51, 9/5/2004

  • Fewest Cautions: 1 - 3/25/2012

  • Fewest Caution Laps: 5 - 3/25/2012

  • Most Running at the Finish: 42 - 9/3/2006

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 31 - 10/11/2009

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 12 - Chevy; 10 - Ford; 2 - Toyota; 1 - Dodge

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 1

  • Races won from starting pos 2: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 3: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 4: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 5: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 7: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 9: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 14: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 16: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 17: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 19: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 22: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 24: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 25: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 31: 1
  • Races won from the top 5: 9 of 25
  • Races won from the top 10: 13 of 25


Track News and Announcements

  • Fans can ride Metrolink to Auto Club Speedway for free on race weekend: Race fans can take Metrolink for free to the Auto Club Speedway's Auto Club 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on March 22, 2015. The free train ride will be offered to a limited number of race fans with the support of Clean Transportation Funding from the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC). After the limited number of free tickets are depleted, race fans will once again be able to purchase the discounted $19 round trip train tickets. Riders, however, must sign up in advance at www.autoclubspeedway.com/metrolink. Like last year, Metrolink will operate three trains originating from Oxnard, Lancaster and Oceanside with limited stops in between for faster service. Metrolink's Speedway trains stop at a specially constructed station just off the back straight-away at the race track. From there, passengers will board a free tram that takes them to the entrance gates. Trains depart Auto Club Speedway one hour after the end of the race, or checkered flag.(ACS)(1-13-2015)

  • Dave Allen named president of Auto Club Speedway: International Speedway Corporation announced it has named Dave Allen President of Auto Club Speedway effective immediately. Allen accepts the role from his most recent position as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for ACS. Allen replaces Gillian Zucker who was recently named President of Business Operations for the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers. Allen, 41, a 17-year veteran in the sports marketing industry, will report to ISC President, John R. Saunders and will be responsible for all operations of Auto Club Speedway and Auto Club Dragway. Allen joined Penske Motorsports at previously-named California Speedway in April of 1999 after spending one year at Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca. From 2002-2006, Allen served as Senior Director of Sales and Marketing. He was named Vice President of Sales and Marketing in 2006 with oversight of all sponsorship, hospitality, suite and consumer sales. In 2008 Allen, along with former track president Gillian Zucker, completed the Speedway's groundbreaking naming rights partnership with Auto Club of Southern California. Allen, his wife and three children reside in Upland, CA.(ACS)(12-15-2014)

  • Atlanta removing 17,000 seats, Charlotte 41,000 UPDATE: Atlanta Motor Speedway's parent company, Speedway Motorsports, Inc., announced Tuesday that they will remove 17,000 seats from the track's grandstands. The company anticipates using those areas for premium hospitality, advertising and other facility purposes. Their sister track, Charlotte Motor Speedway, is losing 41,000 seats.(wgxa.tv), see image of the CMS construction at Slugger Labbe's Twitter.(12-10-2014)
    UPDATE: Alterations announced this week are in line with a trend of tracks removing seats. Charlotte, after removing 41,000 seats this winter, will be down to permanent seating of 89,000 in 2015, a startlingly low capacity considering its location in NASCAR's epicenter. But it's par for the course. Atlanta is removing 17,000 seats to get down to 75,000; Dover is removing 17,500 seats to get down to 95,500; and Daytona is removing its backstretch grandstands of 46,500 next spring to go to 101,500 seats. Other tracks on the circuit have made similar changes.
    At its peak in 2007, International Speedway Corp.'s 12 major tracks had 1.1 million grandstand seats (not including suites). After the Daytona renovation, ISC will be down 30 percent to approximately 761,000 seats.
    In 2013 alone, the following ISC tracks cut seats: Talladega (from 108,000 to 78,000), Richmond (91,000 to 71,000), Chicagoland (69,000 to 55,500), Michigan (84,000 to 71,000), California (81,000 to 68,000), Darlington (60,000 to 58,000) and Homestead (56,000 to 46,000). Any additional cuts likely will be revealed when its annual report comes out in January.
    With the current Charlotte and Atlanta reductions, Speedway Motorsports has cut 101,000 seats (12 percent) across seven of its tracks since 2009, although it added 38,000 at Kentucky when it moved a Cup race to that track. SMI, which includes suites in its capacity estimates, cut capacity in 2013 at Atlanta (from 98,000 to 92,000), Bristol (158,000 to 153,000) and New Hampshire (96,000 to 95,000).
    Dover listed 135,000 seats in 2009, so its reduction in recent years is 29 percent. At one point, it reduced 20,000 seats by replacing the current seats with wider ones for more fan comfort, a move done by many racetracks. Indianapolis and Pocono, privately owned, do not have to report their capacities, but Indianapolis also has removed seats.(see full article at th

  • Black Friday deals at Auto Club Speedway: Purchase a ticket to Auto Club Speedway's Auto Club 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race between Black Friday (Nov. 28) and Cyber Monday (Dec. 1) and Auto Club Speedway will put a little jingle back in your pocket by waiving ALL SERVICE FEES on ANY tickets purchased during that period. Auto Club Speedway is offering several ticket packages to fit everyone's price range including, just in time for the holidays, the Auto Club Speedway Holiday Package. The special, limited-time package includes two tickets to the Auto Club 400 on March 22, two pit passes and a scanner rental with a set of headphones all for $99 (a $225 value). Purchase now and we'll waive the SERVICE FEES. The special offer expires Dec. 31, 2015. Visit www.autoclubspeedway.com/holiday.(ACS)(11-27-2014)

  • Gillian Zucker leaves Auto Club Speedway and heads to the Los Angeles Clippers: The Los Angeles Clippers today announced Gillian Zucker as the club's new President of Business Operations. A sports industry veteran who was named one of the top five most powerful women in motorsports by MSN and FOX, Zucker comes to the Clippers after spending nine years as the President of Auto Club Speedway, the largest race track on the West Coast. "I am extremely happy to add a leader like Gillian to our team," Clippers Owner Steve Ballmer said. "Her clear and creative business vision, innovative approach to marketing and experience working in the Los Angeles sports market make her the perfect fit to lead the Clippers during this transcendent time."
    "What an exciting time to be part of the L.A. Clippers," said Zucker. "There's something special happening in this organization that has captured the attention of Los Angeles, the NBA and the nation. Steve Ballmer's energy and enthusiasm is contagious and inspiring. We are just getting started." Zucker was named President of Auto Club Speedway in June 2005 and led all aspects of the Speedway's business - including operations, ticketing, finance, communications and marketing. In addition, she served on the International Speedway Corporation executive management team and oversaw Chicagoland and Kansas Speedways. She was successful in repackaging NASCAR to appeal to a Southern California audience and developed the Auto Club Speedway into an industry leader in diversity of audience. Zucker's innovations included a wide-ranging capital improvement plan, improved traffic and parking management, and completion of the only current naming rights track agreement in the sport in 2008.
    Prior to her time at Auto Club Speedway, Zucker served as Daytona International Speedway's Vice President of Business and Development. She joined International Speedway Corporation (ISC), the owner of Auto Club Speedway, in 1998 as Director of Business Development for Kansas Speedway and was shortly promoted to Vice President of Operational Development. Before joining ISC, Zucker worked in Minor League Baseball, serving as Assistant General Manager of the Durham (NC) Bulls. A graduate of Hamilton College, Zucker serves on the board of the California Chamber. She was appointed by the Governor to the California Travel and Tourism Commission, and also serves at the request of Mayor Eric Garcetti, as a Los Angeles Convention Center Commissioner. Other board roles include the Los Angeles Sports Council, the Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Commission Advisory Board, Young Presidents Organization and the Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Foundation.(ACS)(11-7-2014)

  • Auto Club Speedway tickets on sale Monday: On Monday, Oct. 13, race fans can take advantage of early bird pricing for NASCAR's 2015 return to Southern California by purchasing tickets to the Auto Club 400 weekend, March 20-22, at Auto Club Speedway. For as low as $35, you can lock in the best prices and chose the best seats available. And if at some point, Auto Club Speedway offers a different ticket deal that you prefer, you can always switch. Race fans will never be penalized for committing early. To purchase tickets or for more information call 800-944-RACE, visit www.autoclubspeedway.com or stop by the Auto Club Speedway ticket office at 9300 Cherry Ave. in Fontana. Ticket office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm. In addition to race weekend tickets, Auto Club Speedway also offers several ticket packages to fit everyone's price range.(ACS)(10-10-2014)

  • Sunday's race a sellout: Auto Club Speedway President Gillian Zucker announced that grandstand tickets for Sunday's Auto Club 400 have been sold out. Those wishing to purchase standing room only tickets can still join the Auto Club 400 festivities by calling 1-800-944-RACE (7223). "Southern California fans have proven the Auto Club Speedway is the place to be March 23rd," said Zucker. "Let's go racing!"(Auto Club Speedway)(3-22-2014)

  • Auto Club Speedway adds SAFER barrier: When #11-Denny Hamlin returns to Auto Club Speedway this week, he'll find more of the SAFER barrier in the area where he crashed last year. The Southern California facility has added an additional 1,000 feet of the Steel and Foam Energy Reduction barrier inside Turn 4, according to a track spokesman. The change was made in September, six months after Hamlin sustained a broken back vertebra after crashing into an unprotected area of the wall in the track's Sprint Cup Series event last March. In the wake of the accident, NASCAR officials said experts would reevaluate that section of the wall and recommend changes if necessary. SAFER barriers are typically first installed along the parts of track walls where impacts are most likely to occur, but it's not uncommon for the barriers to be added or altered in reaction to accidents. A Jeff Gordon hit at Las Vegas, an Elliott Sadler incident at Pocono and a Jeff Fuller accident at Kentucky each resulted in changes being made to walls or barriers at those facilities.(NASCAR.com)(3-19-2014)

  • Matt Rogers to sing National Anthem prior to Auto Club Nationwide race: Auto Club Speedway officials announced that Arcadia's Matt Rogers, TV personality, singer/songwriter and currently the host of GSN's culinary reality series "Beat The Chefs" will perform the National Anthem prior to Saturday's TREATMYCLOT.COM 300 NNS race at Auto Club Speedway, March 22. Rogers is best known for hosting "Coming Home," a poignant reality docu-series on Lifetime, which followed the surprise reunions of military members and their loved ones, as they returned home from active duty. Rogers put his songwriting experience into play, by writing and performing the theme song for "Coming Home" titled "I'm Coming Home" which has since resonated and served as a voice for the experience of military families around the country.(Auto Club Speedway)(3-18-2014)

  • Auto Club Speedway Kids Club releases storybook app: Auto Club Speedway, already the leader in youth initiatives in the motorsports industry, will add yet another feather to its cap with the launch of Lefty & The Radtastic Road Rally interactive storybook app, available for iPad, the racing world's first storybook app specifically targeting young readers. The storybook app is available free-to-play through the Apple App Store. With the app, produced by Bento Box Interactive and designed by Emmy-winning artist Bob Boyle (The Fairly Odd Parents and Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!), readers will get a front row seat to the action as Lefty Turner and his pit crew get ready for race day, which comes alive with animation, music and sound effects. Who will win the race and survive treacherous obstacles including the dreaded Motorcar Monkey Pirates? Will it be the studious Lefty or his hasty rival Righty McRightson? Features of the app include reading highlighted words along with the narrator, beautifully illustrated and animated pages, touch and swipe interactive pages and a high quality musical score. Lefty & The Radtastic Road Rally is free-to-play for iPad devices available through the Apple App Store.(Auto Club Speedway)(3-17-2014)

  • Auto Club Speedway names official craft beer: Hangar 24 Craft Brewery, founded on a true passion for good beer, the absolute love of flying and the pure enjoyment of being around great friends, will serve as "The Official Craft Beer" of Auto Club Speedway for 2014. Located in nearby Redlands, Hangar 24 products as well as other craft beers, will be served on race day in the FanZone and throughout the facility during Auto Club 400 Race Weekend, March 21-23. Hangar 24 will also be available in the VONS Infield Store. Hangar 24 Craft Brewery was founded in 2008 across from the Redlands, California airport. Widely known for their flagship beer, Orange Wheat, the brewery takes its name from the hangar in which Founder and Master Brewer Ben Cook and his fellow pilots would meet up with family and friends for a day of flying.(Auto Club Speedway)(3-13-2014)

  • California Speedway to change name UPDATE: In a landmark development within the motorsports industry, California Speedway will announce a deal with the Automobile Club of Southern California for the naming rights to the 11-year-old track. The agreement is for 10 years, but no financial terms have been released. According to industry sources, the deal is estimated to be worth between $50 to $75 million. "This will redefine track licensing," said Speedway president Gillian Zucker, who will preside over today's press conference along with Tom McKernan, president and CEO of the Auto Club. "It's a powerful platform, very unique. This will be more than a signage and media deal." Under the terms of the agreement, the official name of the track that first opened in 1997 will be the Auto Club Speedway of Southern California. The Auto Club already had a presence at the Fontana facility. Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is the Auto Club 500 and the Speedway's drag strip was christened the Auto Club Dragway in 2007.(Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)(2-21-2008)
    UPDATE: International Speedway Corporation and the Automobile Club of Southern California-the nation's largest member of the AAA federation-today unveiled details of a new partnership. At a trackside press conference, Speedway President Gillian Zucker and Auto Club CEO Tom McKernan announced the re-naming of the state's premier motorsports facility as the Auto Club Speedway of Southern California. The new partnership will place a premium on enhancing the fan experience at the Auto Club Speedway, with special initiatives aimed at Auto Club members, and a series of capital improvements that will make the racetrack more comfortable, accessible and enjoyable. Detailed plans are still being developed, but as soon as this year, fans can expect to see new escalators, increased shade, new misting zones, and new interactive fan-friendly elements incorporating new technologies. The Auto Club and its affiliated insurance company will use the Speedway facilities to expand development of automotive technology and driver safety initiatives. Activities will include testing at the Speedway to evaluate new automobile equipment and performance characteristics, and the opening of new Auto Club Teen and Mature Driver Schools at the track. The Auto Club Dragway, located on the north side of the Speedway facility, will continue as a site for the National Hot Rod Association street legal drag racing program, offering Southern Californians a safe alternative to illegal street racing.(California Speedway)(2-23-2008)


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