California Speedway notes of interest

Events: NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series AUTO CLUB 500 Sunday, May 2nd, 250 Laps (500 Miles), NASCAR Busch Series 300 Saturday, May 1st, 150 Laps (300 Miles) NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series KING TACO 200 Saturday, May 1st, 100 Laps (200 ...

Events: NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series AUTO CLUB 500
Sunday, May 2nd, 250 Laps (500 Miles),

NASCAR Busch Series 300
Saturday, May 1st, 150 Laps (300 Miles)

NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series KING TACO 200
Saturday, May 1st, 100 Laps (200 Miles)

CHEVY TRUCKS Pole Day
Friday, April 30th - NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and NASCAR Busch Series Qualifying

Location:Fontana, California
Track: Two-mile D-Shaped Oval; 75-feet wide with a 15-foot apron
Front Stretch: 3,100 feet
Back Stretch: 2,500 feet
Banking:14 degree of banking in the turns; 11 degree of banking in the tri-oval; three degree of banking down the back stretch
Pit Road:2,200 feet long with 44 individual pit areas

Grandstands:92,000
Infield RVs:Approximately 1,800 Infield RV spaces;
    All RV spaces are reserved ONLY and are sold out!

Tickets:
Sunday, May 2nd - $105 and $65
Saturday, May 1st - $50 and $40
Friday, April 30th - $10

California Speedway Notes

International Broadcast - The Auto Club 500 will be broadcast to over 115 countries and in 23 different languages. Both the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and NASCAR Busch Series races will be broadcast live to air in some of the countries, while others air it at a later time or use NASCAR's highlight program of the event only. The Auto Club 500 will be covered in all 115 countries in one form or another. In fact, NASCAR has over 30 international broadcast partners and will broadcast over 4,000 hours of worldwide programming in 2004.

Together Again - The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and Busch Series will be running together for the sixth time at California Speedway. The NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series has competed every year since the inaugural race weekend in 1997 with NEXTEL Cup. The West Series has one more race than the other two NASCAR series, competing twice here in 1998, teaming up with the Busch Series and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in July of that year, in addition to an early May date with NEXTEL Cup.

AUTO CLUB 500 Past Winners and Pole Sitters: Last year, Las Vegas native Kurt Busch joined five of NASCAR's biggest stars that have visited Gatorade Victory Lane at California Speedway for the Auto Club 500. He followed Jimmie Johnson, Southern California native (El Cajon), then a rookie who in just his 13th NEXTEL Cup Series race, scored his first NEXTEL Cup win when the series visited the Fontana, Calif. facility in 2002. Rusty Wallace captured his 54th career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series victory in 2001, the last time he has visited victory lane in NEXTEL Cup racing. Jeff Gordon has won twice here, the inaugural race in 1997 and again in 1999. Mark Martin won the 1998 NEXTEL Cup event, while Jeremy Mayfield won the 2000 race.

West Series TV: The King Taco 200 will air on a delayed basis Saturday, May 15, 2004, at 9:00 a.m. (PDT) on Speed Channel. The race will also be broadcast live on HDNet. HDNet is the first national television network broadcasting all of its programming in 1080i HD, the highest-quality format of high-definition television (HDTV).

Chevy Trucks Pole Day: The weekend festivities start on Friday, April 30th, with the Chevy Trucks Pole Day. Both the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and Busch Series competitors will attempt to qualify for their respective races. The Top 38 qualifiers plus provisionals will make up the 43-car field in both races. Busch Series qualifying will air live on Speed at 1:00 p.m. (PDT), and NEXTEL Cup qualifying will be live on Speed at 3:00 p.m. (PDT).

More Television: The Fox pre-race show from the "Hollywood Hotel" will begin Sunday at 11:30 a.m. (PDT) on FOX. NASCAR NEXTEL Cup final practice on Saturday will air on a same-day taped delay basis at Noon (PDT) on FX.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Jeremy Mayfield , Rusty Wallace , Kurt Busch , Jimmie Johnson , Mark Martin