This Week: Pop Secret 500

Posted: Wednesday, September 01, 2004

(Race No. 25 of 36)

Where: California Speedway in Fontana, Calif.

SERIES: Nextel Cup

When: 7 p.m., Sunday

Track dimensions: 2-mile oval with 14-degree banking in the corners

Broadcast: Television NBC at 7 p.m.; Radio Motor Racing Network at 7 p.m.

Track records: Qualifying 187.432 mph by Ryan Newman on April 26, 2002; Race 155.012 mph by Jeff Gordon on June 22, 1997

2003 winner: New event

Companion events and schedule: Friday Pop Secret 400 pole qualifying, 6 p.m. (TNT); Saturday 300 (NASCAR Busch Series) at 3 p.m. (NBC)

Other races: Friday ARCA 200 (ARCA Re/Max Series) at Toledo Speedway (8:30 p.m., Speed); Saturday Hooters ProCup 250 (USAR Hooters ProCup Series) at USA International Speedway (7:30 p.m.); Sunday Mac Tools U.S. Nationals (NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series) at Indianapolis Raceway Park (5 p.m., ESPN2).

Coble's Choice

Jimmie Johnson

"Back home in SoCal, Johnson follows up last week's third-place finish with a win. He'd blown engines in the three races before Bristol."

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