Pepsi 500 and Camping World RV Service 300 This Weekend in California


As we move closer to the Chase, each event (only 2 left) becomes do or die for some drivers and teams. This week we Under the Lights at Auto Club Speedway are at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA. Here are some details about the event:

  • Event: Pepsi 500
  • Date / Time: Sunday, Aug. 31 at 8 p.m. EDT
  • Track: Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.
  • Configuration: 2-mile D-shaped oval (250 laps = 500 miles)
  • Banking in Corners: 14 degrees
  • Banking on Frontstretch: 11 degrees
  • Banking on Backstretch: 3 degrees
  • Frontstretch: 3,100 feet
  • Backstretch: 2,500 feet
  • Grandstand Seating Capacity: 92,100

Tickets are still available for this event and can be purchased from the track website. I checked the availability and there are good seats still available for a reasonable amount.

Hendrick Motorsports teammates Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Jimmie Johnson are expected to qualify for the "Chase" when they leave California, as both drivers only need to finish 40th or better. Earnhardt, Jr. is third in points, and Johnson is fourth.

Broadcast Schedule:

Date Time Series Event Channel
8/29/08 3pm Sprint Practice Speed
8/29/08 5pm Nationwide Practice Speed
8/29/08 6:30pm Sprint Qualifying Speed
8/29/08 8:30pm Nationwide Final Practice Speed
8/30/08 5:30pm Nationwide Qualifying Speed
8/30/08 7pm Sprint Practice Speed
8/30/08 8pm Sprint Final Practice Speed
8/30/08 9:45pm Nationwide Race ESPN2
8/31/08 7pm Sprint Race ESPN

Be sure to check back for qualifying times and race results.

Keith Bloemendaal