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The 2023 NASCAR season brought an end to the historic superspeedway at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.

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Auto Club Speedway gave motorsports fans around San Bernardino County, Los Angeles County, and surrounding counties a track to call home since it opened as California Speedway in 1997. Since 2010, the speedway hosted early season races, bringing an exciting start to each season since then.

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The track became known for its aging, worn pavement that required drivers to battle for grip through each sector and provided each season with a great large track event.

“I’m going to miss the track in general,” said Martin Truex Jr., driver of the No. 19 Reser’s Fine Foods Toyota. “It’s just very unique. It’s very fun. It’s a big challenge to do all the things it takes here to be successful. The tire wear aspect of it is challenging and fun, so I’m gonna miss everything about this track.”

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A historic blizzard canceled practice and qualifying for both the Cup Series and the Xfinity Series, but when the clouds opened up, the track was live again.

Pickup trucks towed large blowers and ran laps around the speedway in an attempt to dry the course. A NASCAR directive lit the green light on the Production Alliance Group 300 and sent pit crews scrambling to get the cars onto the pit lane before 2 p.m.

Martin Truex Jr Shocked NASCAR World with… as Auto Club Speedway roars to life for the last time

Come 2:10 p.m., the drivers’ call to start their engines boomed out of the loudspeakers as 38 V8 engines roared to life in sync.

The Xfinity Series was underway as the cars assembled for a flying start while new clouds started to drift over the sun. Rain prevented the cars from more than a few laps before the race day came to a close.

This postponed the Production Alliance Group 300 to Sunday, packing two races into one day. Perfect conditions Sunday meant the cars took to the pits with no restrictions to mark the start of the Pala Casino 400.

Ross Chastain led the Pala Casino 400 for a total of 91 laps and drove the No. 1 Kubota Chevrolet to victory in stages one and two.

Kyle Busch took the lead from Chastain on lap 165 and regained it on lap 180. Busch finished the race with a 2.998-second lead over runner-up Chase Elliott. This marked his 61st career victory and his first win with the new team Richard Petty Racing.

“The guys did a great job,” said Busch, driver of the No. 8 Lucas Oil Chevrolet. “We did a lot of sim stuff, a lot of testing in general, just trying to get up to speed. I’ve worked with a lot of great people who’ve given me a lot of great opportunities in my career. It’s awesome to be able to reward them.”

Once the pits were cleared of Cup Series crews, Xfinity cars rolled out to meet the quickly approaching race start of 5 p.m. Cole Custer steered the No. 00 Steward-Hass Racing Ford to the initial lead in the final race at the historic track.

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Custer won both stages one and two, leading for 46 laps until a flat tire sent him into the wall and gave Austin Dillon in the No. 10 Chevrolet no choice but to rear-end him on the 91st lap. From there, John Hunter Nemechek never looked back on his cruise to victory after he seized the lead.

Nemechek, in his No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Supra, closed the curtain on Auto Club Speedway with his performance.

“Man, this whole 20 team gave me one heck of a race car,” said Nemechek. “I’ve worked with a lot of the guys on the team the last couple of years, and the pit crew — they got it done when it counted tonight.”

As of Feb. 24, NASCAR sold 433 acres of the 522-acre site. The future is uncertain as NASCAR has not released any finalized plans for the remainder of Auto Club Speedway. NASCAR previously released plans to convert the remaining land to a half-mile track. However, there are no approved plans.

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The loss of Auto Club Speedway leaves a gap to be filled in the race schedule and a hole in Los Angeles car culture.

“One thing that California doesn’t get enough credit for is what a car culture it has,” said Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Gearwrench Ford and a Bakersfield native, before what would be his last race at Auto Club before his retirement.

“When I say that, racing falls into that car culture, even today, the racetracks that are still functioning and the racers are still involved. … We were fortunate to have a good crop of guys, and still have a good crop of guys, from the West Coast, and that comes from having places to race and the quality of racers that you race against.”

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Zeekr 001 Electrifies with a Power Boost: Zhou Guanyu and Kimi Räikkönen Lead the Charge

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Experience the silent power of the Zeekr 001 electric vehicle, with upgraded performance, visual enhancements, and support from racing icons. Embrace the future of sustainable driving.

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Imagine a world where the roar of an engine is replaced by the silent surge of electricity, propelling vehicles forward with the press of a pedal. This vision is becoming a reality with the introduction of the updated Zeekr 001 electric vehicle (EV), which has recently been certified for sale in China. With its blend of power, innovation, and the endorsement of racing legends, the Zeekr 001 is setting a new benchmark in the EV market.

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The Power Within: A Leap in Performance
The latest iteration of the Zeekr 001 brings to the table a new 95 kWh LFP battery pack and an enhanced entry-level powertrain that boasts 415 hp, a significant leap from the previous 272 hp. The all-wheel-drive (AWD) variant now commands an impressive 778 hp, marking a 234 hp increase. This power upgrade is not just about numbers; it represents a leap towards efficiency, sustainability, and the sheer joy of driving an electric powerhouse. The Zeekr 001’s ability to balance performance with environmental responsibility highlights the evolving landscape of the automotive industry

While the performance upgrades are substantial, the Zeekr 001 also sports minor visual enhancements that signify its evolution. New front and rear bumpers and fresh color options give the vehicle a contemporary edge, appealing to a broader audience. Yet, it’s the optional LiDAR that points to the future, hinting at advanced driving assistance systems and a commitment to safety. These updates, coupled with the anticipated improvements in charging capabilities and multimedia systems, underscore Zeekr’s dedication to innovation and customer satisfaction.

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Champions Behind the Wheel
The announcement of Zhou Guanyu as the ambassador and Chief Driving Officer, alongside Kimi Räikkönen’s continued role as Chief Performance Advisor, adds a layer of credibility and excitement to the Zeekr 001. Guanyu, celebrated as the first Chinese Formula 1 driver, brings a unique perspective and expertise to the brand, bridging the gap between racing technology and everyday driving. Räikkönen, with his storied career and championship pedigree, ensures that performance remains at the heart of Zeekr’s philosophy. Their involvement speaks volumes about the brand’s aspirations and commitment to excellence.

Since its launch in October 2021, the Zeekr 001 has found its way into the driveways of 152,064 customers, a testament to its appeal and the growing appetite for electric vehicles. With the refreshed model set to introduce on February 27, anticipation is building for what could be a pivotal moment in Zeekr’s journey and the broader EV landscape. The Zeekr 001, with its blend of power, innovation, and star power, is not just a vehicle; it’s a harbinger of an electrified future, promising a driving experience that’s as exhilarating as it is sustainable.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Ended Up on the Wrong Side of the Law, charged with making trouble with two policemen

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NASCAR icon Dale Earnhardt Jr. and 2023 Cup Series champion Ryan Blaney were recently on “The Kelly Clarkson Show” and talked about the Netflix special NASCAR: Full Speed among other things. During their conversation, Dale Jr. opened up about his traffic violations and revealed the interesting encounters that he had with 4 different police officers.

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He took a trip down memory lane to remember how he got his first speeding ticket and quipped that he had received not one, but four tickets between the ages of 16 and 18. He told Clarkson, “I had a few issues in the first two years of having my license, from 16 to 18. I got four tickets, and the funny thing about it is, is that it was four different officers who told me they all gave my dad his first ticket, so I don’t know how that is possible.”

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Dale Jr.’s father Dale Earnhardt was one of the biggest names in stock car racing since its advent in the 20th century. While it is natural for anyone to be known as having interacted with the legend, Dale Jr. can’t quite put a finger on how four different officers could have given him his first ticket. However, he did have a more important lesson to take away from the tickets he got

“I learned my lesson,” he affirmed. “I haven’t had any problems since then.” Dale Jr. is one of the executive producers of Full Speed. The docuseries has been very well received by drivers and fans since its premiere last month.

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The instantaneous impact that Full Speed has been having on NASCAR
During the last race weekend, several drivers voiced their support for the Netflix docuseries and said that it was helping the sport generate new fans. One of the series main characters, Denny Hamlin said, “I thought it was a very good introduction for new fans. Because they also were kind of teaching you some 101 stuff, like, here’s how this works.”

Xfinity Series racer and Live Fast Motorsports co-owner B.J. McLeod compared it to the Hollywood hit Days of Thunder and mentioned that it had the best potential since the movie to attract new fans. He said, “It’s something that people should see, and I think that it was an unbelievable opportunity for NASCAR to have that on Netflix.”

The docuseries chronicled the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series playoff run and featured others including Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlin, William Byron, Ross Chastain, and Dale Jr., himself.

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With 480 pts. and 19th rank in the 2023 Cup Series standings, Chase Elliott’s struggle to enter playoffs remains the same. However, in a jaw-dropping revelation from Hendrick Motorsports, a hilarious game of memory between Chase Elliott and Alan Gustafson has unveiled a side of the No. 9 Chevy that fans could never have imagined.

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Picture this: Daytona’s sunny day and the racing enthusiasm are palpable. Amid the COVID-tinged atmosphere, in the fateful year of 2020, Chase Elliott finds himself facing a curious predicament. The stakes are high as he and Alan Gustafson gear up for a race day challenge. The challenge seems simple: “What must Chase have on race day?”

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What must Chase have on race day, HMS crew chief indulges in a funny banter

During the HMS fun game, Driver and Crew Chief Challange between the Hendrick Motorsports crew chief and the NO. 9. Chevy, a question was raised: ‘What must Chase have on race day?’

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To this, Alan throws the first stone with his answer: “His Helmet.” A confident yet spontaneous answer to the ambiguous question, given the no-brainer importance of a helmet for a high-speed sport like NASCAR.

The 2020 NASCAR Cup Series champion, chimes in with exasperation and amusement, and said: “HANS. Where was it? Was it HANS? Should we tell that story?”, added amusingly. HANS device undoubtedly is a crucial device that keeps a driver’s head stable in high-speed crashes.

Chase Elliott’s Crew Chief Publicly Exposes Golden Boy’s Fatal Error

The Duo gave a flashback to Daytona, where Chase Elliott stood on the grid, with the weight of the race day excitement hanging in the air. Alan chips in, a mischievous grin hinting at the punchline, and revealed: “You didn’t have your bus and he’s on the grid to start the race like Daytona. He went straight to the car and I was like, hey, you got your helmet?” And then, the punchline that cracks open the story: “He just turned white.”

In a sequence that could rival any comedy script, the #9 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 driver’s race day hit him like a ton of bricks just as the national anthem wraps up. “I think the anthem was done,” Chase quips as the weight of the missing helmet sinks in. The ensuing exchange between Chase and Alan is priceless, as Alan further queries, “Where is that? Is it Ryan’s bus?” Well, I might have to ask Chase.

But this is not HMS’s No. 9’s first release of a fun trip down memory lane involving their drivers. There’s more.

In a lighthearted game with the Hendrick Motorsports team, NASCAR stars Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson joined forces to poke fun at their teammate William Byron for his notorious habit of forgetting where he parked his car.

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The host initiated the game by asking, “[Who is] most likely to forget where they parked their car?” Elliott held up Byron’s name card, and the young driver admitted, “Probably me.” As the room erupted in laughter, Alex Bowman and Kyle Larson chimed in, further solidifying the playful accusation. Byron even recounted a past memory of receiving an award for getting lost in a parking lot in high school, garnering more chuckles from his teammates.

Building strong relationships within a team, as seen with the Hendrick Motorsports team, is vital for success and consistency. This extends to the Motorsports industry, where collaboration and effective communication are paramount. Just as the NASCAR-winningest team thrives on a blend of humor and teamwork, professionals in the industrial kitchen trade must foster a workplace culture that supports innovation, productivity, and collaboration.

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