Here is NASCAR News and Bits: For the Pepsi Max 400 from Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA
** The Pepsi Max 400 will be televised on Sunday October 10 at 2:00p.m. on ESPN, with the drop of the green flag scheduled for 3:00p.m. The race will also be aired on MRN radio and Sirius NASCAR Radio Channel 128. This weeks race schedule prior to Sunday: Friday- Practice 12:00-1:30 p.m. with Qualifying at 3:40 p.m., Saturday- Practice 10:30-11:15a .m. and 11:50-12:50 p.m.. (all times local)
** Three drivers are looking at setting some milestones at Auto Club Speedway. Jeff Gordon driver of the No.24 Dupont Chevrolet, Bobby Labonte driver of the No.09 Phoenix Construction/Graceway Chevrolet, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. driver of the No.88 Amp Energy/National Guard Chevrolet are in pursuit of notable top-10 finishes. Gordon No. 275, Labonte No. 200, and Earnhardt Jr. No. 150. Sunday will also mark Earnhardt’s 36th birthday.
** Two-time Grammy winner Kenny Logins will perform a pre-race concert at Auto ClubSpeedway on Sunday, then sing the National Anthem. Fans attending the Pepsi MAX 400 also can enjoy Viva La Fiesta, part of Hispanic Heritage Month.The group will perform at the track’s DiscoverIE FanZone. Quintanilla also will be an honoraryrace official.
** A NASCAR hauler parade is scheduled tostart at 6 p.m. PT from Citizens Bank Arena andvisit Fontana, Ontario and Rancho Cucamonga before ending at the Auto Club Speedway garages.** Local schools will be in session Friday when hundreds of local middle school students will spend a day at the speedway to learn about the applications of math and science in racing. Speakers will include Gillian Zucker, president of Auto Club Speedway, Dr. Gary Thomas, San Bernido County Superintendent of schools and Diandra Leslie-Pelecky, Ph.D., author of the “Physics of NASCAR: How to make Steel + Gas + Rubber= Speed.”
** Auto Club Speedway’s Stater Bros.Racefest will take place from 5–9 p.m. PT Thursday in the track’s FanZone with an even dozen NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers slated to attend. The event also includes a freestyle motocross stuntshow with Rockstar Metal Mulisha, live music, rides and games.
** More than 40 couples will marry or renew vows prior to the Pepsi MAX 400. Gillian Zucker will officiate with Michael Waltrip serving as groomsman and Miss Sprint Cup as maid of honor.