Tuesday, Mar 19 2013 09:00 AM

President of Auto Club Speedway pitches track

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BY CHRISTINE L. PETERSON Californian web editor

The president of Auto Club Speedway in Fontana touted the fun, food and affordability of a day at NASCAR races Tuesday morning during a call-in appearance on "First Look with Scott Cox."

Simulcast host Scott Cox noted this a big weekend in racing, and that we have a lot of NASCAR fans in Kern County.

"If you're a hardcore NASCAR fan, it's got everything you need," Cox said of the Auto Club Speedway, adding, "and the food is crazy good."

Cox and speedway President Gillian Zucker bantered on the simulcast that airs on NewsTalk KERN 1180 and streams live on from 7 to 10 a.m.

The speedway is slated to host several races this weekend, including the Sprint Cup race Sunday featuring Bakersfield drivers Kevin Harvick and Casey Mears.

Zucker said the speedway, in many ways, is designed for the first-time fan, including the availability of an app you can download to your phone to help you navigate the speedway, free parking for fans and a variety of food.

Cox joked that you can even munch on a chicken cesar salad there.

Zucker noted that in addition to burgers, fries, sausage and the usual racetrack food, there are a lot of healthy alternatives.

There's so much food, Cox said, that about a "third of the way through" a race, someone will tap you on the shoulder and let you know that, indeed, there's a race to watch.

Zucker said the speedway offers a kid's zone and you can bring your own food, too. Or, for those who are "really crazy" about the munchies, for $35 for adults or $20 for kids, you can eat anything you want from 11 concession booths around the grounds for the day. Details and restrictions on purchases are described online at


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