10 facts you might not know about Auto Club Speedway
Located some 51 miles east of Los Angeles, Auto Club Speedway is unique in all of NASCAR, and a track that in recent years has produced some fantastic finishes.
Here are 10 things you might not know about the 2-mile ACS oval.:
10. THE CAPTAIN — Auto Club Speedway was developed by Roger Penske and opened in 1997. The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race here was won by Jeff Gordon, who won again here in 1999 and 2004.
9. KID STUFF — In 2005, Kyle Busch won at ACS, becoming the youngest Sprint Cup race winner in history at 20 years, 4 months and 2 days. Joey Logano eclipsed that record in 2009.
8. BY THE NUMBERS — There have been 26 NASCAR Sprint Cup races run at ACS. The only driver to compete in all of them is Jeff Gordon and he won’t be in Sunday’s Auto Club 400. Gordon has run the most laps here, 6,101.
7. SUPERMAN STATS — Jimmie Johnson, a native of El Cajon, Calif., holds the ACS track records for victories (5), top fives (12), top 10s (15), laps led (955), average start (9.476) and average finish (6.762).
6. FIRST TIME IS A CHARM — Johnson (2002) and Kyle Busch (2005) both won their first career Sprint Cup races here.
5. LOCAL BOYS — Eight of the 39 drivers entered in Sunday’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway are California natives: AJ Allmendinger, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Larson, Casey Mears, Cole Whitt, Matt DiBenedetto and Josh Wise all hail from the Golden State.
4. I’LL BE BACK — The final scene of the second "Terminator" film was shot here in 1991. Star Arnold Schwarzenegger would later visit the track as governor of California. Other films that had scenes shot here include "Charlie’s Angels" in 2000, "Herbie: Fully Loaded" in 2004 and "The Bucket List" in 2007.
3. STEELY START — Auto Club Speedway is located on a tract of land in Fontana, Calif., that was formerly home to a 1,000-employee Kaiser Steel Mill. The mill opened in 1942 and closed in 1983, with most of the machinery dismantled and shipped to China for reassembly.
2. ONE HOT MESS — After the Kaiser plant closed, the Environmental Protection Agency would designate the property a Superfund site.
1. LUDICROUS SPEED — The fastest official lap ever run here occurred in 2000, when Gil de Ferran wheeled one of Roger Penske’s IndyCars to a speed of 241.426 miles per hour.