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Title: California to move Labor Day race?
Post by: drpep (brian) on February 20, 2008, 02:48:52 AM
 I was prowling around the dark recesses of Jayski and found a tidbit dated 9/07 that mentioned California Speedway wants to move the Labor Day race to October after 2008. I can't find it now. I do remember that cooler weather was one of the reasons for wanting to move the date.

Title: Re: California to move Labor Day race?
Post by: BrettBaldeck on February 20, 2008, 03:49:42 AM
I hate California either way, even more now. First the race is nat as exciting. Then they take the labor day race from Darlington, and now California doesn't want the labor day race anymore!? Why does it matter. Whenever the race is run it still will be the single file spread out race we always see at California.

Title: Re: California to move Labor Day race?
Post by: Desmond on February 20, 2008, 06:08:29 PM
Here's the complete story, from Jayski:
California looking for Oct date in 2009: NASCAR officials will release the 2008 Nextel Cup schedule in the near future, and it promises to offer little change. But in 2009, things might be different. California Speedway president Gillian Zucker said there seems to be "some energy around exploring alternate dates" for the Labor Day weekend race at her two-mile oval in Fontana and "we will keep on doing all we can to encourage that." The weather for this year's Sharp AQUOS 500 earlier this month was oppressive with temperatures hovering around 110 degrees. She has said she would like to hold the track's second race in October, which would put it in the Chase for the Championship, and bringing NASCAR's playoff spectacle to its biggest market would make a lot of sense, wouldn't it? Even though the track hasn't sold out for a NASCAR race in quite some time, the speedway again will play host to two Cup races next season, the first being in February and the second on the same steamy weekend in September. Just in case NASCAR officials keep their schedule the way it is, Zucker said she is adding more shady areas on the outside of the track, misters and air-conditioned places for fans to hang out before the race.(Orange County Register)(9-20-2007)