Fontana fast facts: Everything you need to know about ACS

BY Tom Jensen • March 19, 2015

Fast Facts: Fontana

- Auto Club Speedway is located on a tract of land in Fontana, California, that was formerly home to a 10,000-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.

- After the plant closed, the Environmental Protection Agency would designate the property a Superfund site.

- 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.

- The track was developed by Roger Penske and opened in 1997. The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was won by Jeff Gordon, who won again here in 1999 and 2004.

- 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.

- There have been 25 NASCAR Sprint Cup races run at ACS. The only driver to compete in all of them is Jeff Gordon, who has also run the most laps here, 5,892. This will be Gordon's final race at ACS.

- Jimmie Johnson, a native of El Cajon, California, holds the track records for victories (5), top fives (12), laps led (955), average start (9.25) and average finish (6.65).

- Johnson (2002) and Kyle Busch (2005) both won their first career Sprint Cup races here.

- Busch won his second consecutive race here last year, outdueling rookie Kyle Larson, who had won the NASCAR XFINITY Series race a day earlier.

- Ten of the 45 drivers entered in Sunday's Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway are California natives: AJ Allmendinger, Matt DiBenedetto, David Gilliland, Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Larson, Casey Mears, Cole Whitt and Josh Wise all hail from the Golden State.

- Kyle Busch set the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying record last year with a lap of 188.245 miles per hour.

- 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 mph.


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