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Excited about thrilling NASCAR racing returning to Auto Club Speedway over Labor Day weekend, but having a tough time waiting another month?  Fans can whet their appetites for motorsports action this weekend as the rumbling of stock car engines and the scream of Ferrari engines will fill the Auto Club Speedway landscape on Saturday, August 11th, for a unique gathering of racing machines.

 

The NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series and the Ferrari Challenge will share the Speedway's 2.8-mile road course.  For the NASCAR racers, the West Series 125 will be the first time they have ventured off the Speedway's two-mile D-shaped oval and onto the competition road course, which was reconfigured in 2001 and opened in 2002.  This road course test will be the third road course event for the West Series participants on the 2007 schedule.  The Speedway's event will be the penultimate round on the 13-race schedule for the Grand National West Series Championship.

 

The West Series has a long history at Auto Club Speedway, and Saturday will be the series' 12th visit to the Speedway.  The series has made a stop in Southern California every year since 1997 and in 1998 two West races were held at the track.  The first-ever event held at Auto Club Speedway was a West Race on June 21, 1997 and won by veteran Ken Schrader.

 

Former drivers who have raced in the West Series that NASCAR fans will be familiar with include:

 

Kevin Harvick

- the 1998 West Series champ

Ron Hornaday Jr. - two-time Craftsman Truck Series champ

Brendan Gaughan - two-time West Series champ (2000-01)

David Gilliland - Riverside native who was the 2004 West Series Rookie       of the Year and is now a full-time driver on the NEXTEL Cup Circuit

 

Rookie Jason Bowles, from nearby Ontario, CA, is slated to be on hand for the West Series 125.  Bowles leads all first-year drivers with 84 points in the latest Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings and earned his first career victory on July 14.  His 1,526 overall points rank him fifth among all drivers in the Grand National Division, West Series Championship Standings.

 

The sleek Ferraris have circuited the road course on a few different occasions since the road course opened. 

 

The Ferrari Challenge portion of the weekend will begin on Friday with on-track action starting at 9:00 a.m. and concluding at 5 p.m.  Saturday's schedule kicks off with Ferraris on track from 8:00 a.m. to 9:20 a.m., followed by the first round of West Series practice.  The Ferraris will have three other sessions during the day, including a one-hour sprint session from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  West Series "Happy Hour" is from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and qualifying is slated for 4:00 p.m.  The West Series feature will roll off at 6:30 p.m. On Sunday, it's Ferraris all day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

Tickets for the combination weekend are: 

 

Friday              $10

Saturday           $20

Sunday             $20

Sat/Sun            $35

3 Day               $45

 

For ticket information, call 1-800-944-RACE.

 

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