Pepsi MAX 400 - Fontana, Sunday

Walking thru the garages, pits, some pre-race activities (see Race Car Driver introduction Blog also), the start and aftermath. Photos © Paul T. Glessner

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  • Kurt Busch's ride being readied by an able Penske team.

  • A flurry of activity to get the Sprint Cup cars to the grid in the morn for a noon start.

  • Penske Engine Man, Carroll Luft, at the wheel prewarming the engine and checking fluid levels.

  • Race officials watch as teams 'fix' discrepancies in pre-race tech check.

  • The front half of the grid in line.

  • Baker 're-ups' with the U.S. Navy after 22 yrs. as Lt. Rock inducts him. God Bless America!

  • Fans flow onto the track to view pre-race activities.

  • Gillian Zucker, President of Auto Club Speedway, Alex Bernhardt, VP Retail, Pepsi, Mark Rooks, Director, Pepsi Sports Marketing, A.B. Quintanilla, Actress, Sharon Stone, Anthem Singer, Kenny Loggins, Grand Marshall, Meg Whitman and Ms. Sprint Cup, Monica Palumbo.

  • Turn 1 ready for - a race.

  • The Captain - of three NASCAR Sprint Cup cars.

  • The pack being readied.

  • Sharon Stone waving the GREEN flag.

  • The Leader - Jimmie Johnson pits.

  • Marty Reid and Dale Jarrett narrate.

  • Tony and track president, Gillian Zucker.

  • It was a definite team effort.

  • Tony and HIS trophy.

  • Tony 'emerges' as the victor.

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