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NASCAR Chase race at Fontana loses 100 miles

January 13, 2010 | 10:40 am

2009 Auto Club Oct NSCS race Jimmie Johnson finish line NASCAR has made a major change to the Sprint Cup Series Chase race at Auto Club Speedway.

The October competition at the Fontana race track will be 400 miles instead of 500 miles, the distance the race has been since 2003.

Auto Club Speedway has hosted two races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series since 2003. Both races have been 500 miles. Last year was the first time the second race at Fontana has been part of the Chase for the Sprint Cup, the 10-race playoff to determine the Cup champion.

Go to Haddock in the Paddock for more on the changes for the October race at Auto Club Speedway.

-- Tim Haddock

Photo: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the No. 48 Lowe's/Jimmie Johnson Foundation Chevrolet, crosses the finish line to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pepsi 500 at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday. This year's Sprint Cup Series Chase race at Fontana will be 400 miles instead of 500 miles. Credit: Stephen Dunn / Getty Images for NASCAR
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