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July 22, 2014

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Auto Club Speedway sketch pad

I took my sketch pad to Fontana on Sunday and came up with a few observations that I have put to paper.

One of the most unusual booths on display in the concession area was for information regarding California's lemon law. Too bad the booth wasn’t located in the garage area.

The most unusual fan outfit consisted of a sombrero the size of Texas decorated with a hand-drawn No. 48 and the Lowe’s logo. This fan also wore an equally large poncho with the same hand-drawn display.

Sometime during the race, the topic of restrictor plates came up in the broadcast booth. Darrell Waltrip pointed out that using the plates at a track like Fontana would leave the cars with no throttle response and render them powerless to accelerate off of the corners. If you think the racing at this track is boring now, just image what restrictor plates would do to the competition.

There were four cautions due to light rain. If Mother Nature hadn’t shown restraint, we would have been looking at another ugly Fontana racing experience.

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2010 Chevy Camaro SS

A 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS was on display at the track. I’m in favor of the bailout for GM just so this car can be produced. When is NASCAR going to dump the four-door sedans and base the racecars on the pony cars?

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