Auto Club Speedway’s Two-mile D-shaped Oval
Provides Plenty of Excitement for NASCAR Rookies
If you know NASCAR Race Mom (NRM), you know that I am a NASCAR Fanatic. Therefore it is hard for me to believe that there are actually Americans out there who do not know about the sport. Saturday, NASCAR Race Mom was privileged for the opportunity to introduce two friends to the joys of NASCAR.
First off, NRM has to tip her hat to the track itself. Auto Club Speedway made obtaining a VIP RV parking spot effortless. Just fill out a form and send it in. You are rewarded with a spot that is easy to maneuver into and offered plenty of room for tailgating luxury. (Thanks Dylan and Jack).
This is where I will be spending my Saturday!!! #NASCAR #Xfinity https://t.co/1FwwuKd42b #nascar #xfinity #serviceking300 pic.twitter.com/fJnoWUirbx— z. Smith (@zwriter) March 25, 2017
Additionally, the security personal were all well-trained and extremely polite. A young lady a few row away from us locked her keys in her car. Track AAA personal were there to successfully assist her almost immediately.
After a quick moment for refreshment and relaxation, our group of four headed to the Xfinity garages. As Paul and I conducted our private tour, we explained to Eric and Michelle that not everyone is able to enter the garages.
I was surprised how interested Eric and Michelle were with the ‘behind the scenes’ look despite the fact that the cars were already lined up on the starting grid. We arrive a tad too late to hear revving engines, see hoods raised, and/or watch NASCAR drivers and teams strategize for their upcoming event. (Note to self: Next time come a bit earlier)
Paul enlightened about all the impressive equipment and about the procedures the teams have to complete before the race. We also got an ‘up and close’ look at the NASCAR templates. I was even fortunate to run into driver Joey Gase and snap a fan photo with him.
Our seats were right before the start finish line under the shade roof. Eric and Michelle were overwhelmed by the noise of the cars, especially on the restarts. Luckily a set of two dollar earplugs soothed that discomfort.
We noticed that Auto Club replace seats with tables; giving the fans an appreciated free seating upgrade. We relished the spaciousness and the tables were very convenient for your drinks and snacks. (Not sure if declining attendance was the motivation for this renovation)
From the drop of the green flag, Paul and I were busy explaining what was happening on the track and during pit stops. We groaned together as the #22 of Joey Logano fell off the jack, and again relegated him to the back of the pack.
There were so many of NASCAR nuances to explain including why the front runners were so much
faster than the field, speeding penalties, pitting off sequence, stage points, making your car ‘wide’ . . . Before we knew it the race was stopped by caution with a mere ten laps to go. The perfect ending to a perfect NASCAR day.
The back and forth racing between race winner Kyle Larson, Joey Logano and Kyle Busch presented plenty of battling excitement. There were also a few crashes and spins to spice up the one hundred and fifty (150) laps.
Our only disappointment was Larsen’s lack of a victory burnout. NASCAR Race Mom was at the 2014 Fontana Xfinity race when Larsen recorded his first win; the burnout, while holding his steering wheel out the window, was phenomenal. I am sorry that Eric and Michelle missed that victory celebration. Nevertheless, the Auto Club Speedway and the Service King 300 was thoroughly entertaining.
NASCAR Race Mom is of the belief that our Saturday adventure was a huge success as evidenced by a Monday morning communication. “Kyle won again in the big series.” our friends reported enthusiastically. Yup needs a bit more work, but we gave birth to two new NASCAR Fans.
#AutoClub400 Pole win✅#ServiceKing300 win✅#AutoClub400 Stage 1 win✅#AutoClub400 win✅@NASCAR point leader✅— Team Chevy (@TeamChevy) March 26, 2017
Congrats to @KyleLarsonRacin! pic.twitter.com/uMyk9zFqHM
Photos by NASCAR Race Mom
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