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NASCAR race at Auto Club Speedway goes on despite weather

March 27, 2011 | 11:53 am

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A steady rain Sunday morning was looking more like an irritant than a serious threat to Sunday's scheduled 400-mile NASCAR race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. A steady drizzle kept things interesting until it stopped about two hours before the race.

The track then sent out its series of hot air blower trucks onto the track in an attempt to dry the track. The cars weren't brought to the starting grid until about 15 minutes before the scheduled noon start. So it's not likely the race will start at its scheduled time but it's pretty clear it will reach its conclusion without a weather interruption.

Juan Pablo Montoya and Denny Hamlin were set at the front of the field. Joey Logano, who qualified third, was forced to the back of the field when he had to switch out an engine. He rides for Joe Gibbs Racing.

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Photo: The car of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson is covered to protect it from the rain as it goes through inspection before the start of the Auto Club 400 on Sunday morning at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. Credit: Kelvin Kuo / US Presswire

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