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NASCAR Fan’s Guide to the Auto Club Speedway and the Auto Club 400 This Weekend in Fontana, CA
NASCAR heads to Fontana, California this weekend to race in the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday, March 25. If you plan on attending this exciting event on the Sprint Cup Series schedule, here is your guide to help make the most of your experience.
Tickets purchased in advance range from $35 to $110, with weekend pit passes available for purchase at $55. Fans can also purchase a special garage tour package for $165, including great seats to all three days of NASCAR racing and an exclusive garage tour on race weekend. The package is only available for advance purchase.
One of the great things about this speedway is that all parking is free, of course you should still be sure to allow extra time to arrive in anticipation of heavy traffic. You'll receive a parking permit at the time of ticket purchase, and every vehicle entering the property on NASCAR Sundays must have this color-coded parking pass that corresponds with a designated access gate. Parking will open one hour before the admission gates open.
The track offers both infield camping as well as some off site camping areas. The infield is designated RV weekend camping, while offsite camping is available for just $100 for the weekend, opening the Thursday morning prior to the event. The entrance is located on Napa Street, off of Etiwanda, just West of Gate 5.
For those who prefer motel accommodations, there are several economically priced hotels located near the Ontario airport about 10 miles from the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. The Best Western and Econo Lodge offers rooms starting at about $69 per night.
NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying will take place starting at 4:10 p.m. on Friday, March 23, followed by a celebrity racing challenge at 6 p.m. On Saturday, the Nationwide Series race, the Royal Purple 300 will wave the green flag at 2:30 p.m.
The big event is on Sunday, March 25. At 8:10 and 9:35 a.m. fans can watch the Metal Mulisha Extreme Stunt Show. A performance by La Santa Cecillia will take place on the FanZone state at 8:30 a.m., with the All-American Rejects taking the stage at 10:15 a.m. Finally, the Sprint Cup Series race, the Auto Club 400, will begin at noon PDT.
K.C. Dermody grew up watching auto racing at the old Baylands Raceway in Fremont, California, and has been a fan ever since.
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