Labor Day Races To End Under Lights

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FONTANA, Calif. - Overwhelming fan reaction to night racing at California Speedway has resulted in later start times for the speedway's NASCAR Labor Day weekend events. It was announced today that California Speedway's three September NASCAR events -- West Series 200, Busch Series 300 and NEXTEL Cup Series SONY HD 500 -- will have night racing finishes.

Following the 2004 events, fans and competitors alike embraced the excitement of night racing. The new race times are a direct result of fans desire to see more night racing at California Speedway.

"We're thrilled to be able to deliver on our fans' desire for later start times at California Speedway's NEXTEL Cup and Busch Series races," said Gillian Zucker, California Speedway president. "Guests will have the opportunity to experience daytime, dusk and racing under the lights all in one visit at California's largest sporting event and teams will face the challenge of changing track temperatures as the sun sets, adding to the excitement of the competition."

Growing interest in the sport of NASCAR and increased television ratings nationwide over the first half of the 2005 season has resulted in additional demand for events to be televised in primetime.

"NASCAR is always looking to make our fans' experience even better and night racing at California Speedway does just that," said Dick Glover, NASCAR VP Broadcasting and Media who runs NASCAR's Los Angeles office. "As a SoCal resident, I can personally attest to the fun and excitement of night racing here."

Friday's West Series 200 will race completely under the lights with a start time of 8:00 p.m. PT

Saturday's action will feature Nextel Cup qualifying beginning at 2:20 p.m. PT followed by the Busch Series 300. This race has a start time of 5:35 p.m. (PT) (last year's event started at 3:00 p.m.).

Sunday's NEXTEL Cup SONY HD 500 will begin at 5:10 p.m. (PT).

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