2011 Auto Club 400 Winner Kevin Harvick Enshrined into Track’s Walk of Fame

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, Calif.  (March 24, 2012) – The right foot may have sunk a little lower than the left, but that was to be expected from last year’s Auto Club 400 winner Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet), who firmly planted both feet into the cement Saturday at the Walk of Fame ceremony commemorating his dramatic 2011 victory at the Auto Club Speedway.

“To win here is so cool for me just for the fact that I grew up just a few hours from here,” said the 36-year-old veteran from Bakersfield, Calif. “You always have a lot of fans and friends that come for the race so that’s pretty neat.”

Fontana and the ACS Walk of Fame is a long way from winning a track championship at his hometown track at Mesa Marin Raceway as a 16-year-old. “Back in those days you didn’t have a care in the world or worry about anything,” Harvick said. “It’s so cool do be able to do what you love for a living.”
 
Harvick was presented with a plaque by ACS President Gillian Zucker and then stepped in the concrete and signed his name and number as a large crowd of his fans cheered him on.

Located at Gate 12, on the east end of the DiscoverIE FanZone, the ACS Walk of Fame ceremony has become a fan-favorite event.

Harvick joins other past ACS winners Jimmie Johnson (’02, ’07, ’08, ’10 & ’11), Tony Stewart (2011), Jeff Gordon (’97, ’99 & 04), Mark Martin (’98), Jeremy Mayfield (’00), Rusty Wallace (’01), Kurt Busch (’03), Elliott Sadler (’04), Kyle Busch (’05), Greg Biffle (’05), Matt Kenseth (’06, ’07 & ‘08), Kasey Kahne (’06) and Carl Edwards (’09, ‘10) as NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers to be enshrined at the speedway’s Walk of Fame.

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About Auto Club Speedway:  Auto Club 400 tickets start at $30 and AAA members receive Show Your Card & Save discounts, including a special section with half-priced tickets for kids 12 and under.  In addition to 5-wide racing, free parking, unbelievable menu items and a full weekend of entertainment, live music and fun await fans in the Speedway’s DiscoverIE FanZone.  And don’t forget children 12 and under can sign up for the FREE Auto Club Speedway Lefty’s Kids Club membership to receive FREE admission on Friday and Saturday.  For more information or to purchase tickets, call 1-800-944-RACE (7223) or visit www.autoclubspeedway.com.  For more information on event lodging, visit the Hilton Garden Inn, Fontana, the official hotel partner of Auto Club Speedway.

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