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Beat the California heat? Don't race there Labor Day weekend

Who doesn't want to while away a holiday weekend in the sweltering conditions of Southern California? Apparently tens of thousands. NASCAR needs to move the Labor Day weekend race, writes Terry Blount.

Updated: September 4, 2007, 6:15 PM ET
By Terry Blount | ESPN.com

FONTANA, Calif. -- Labor Day weekend and California Speedway is not a match made in heaven. Actually, it's a match made in, well, you know.

NASCAR will announce its 2008 Sprint Cup schedule later this month. Unfortunately, the early September race at the Inland Empire track probably won't change.

Drivers, crews and fans experienced a miserable three days of unbearable heat north of 100 degrees, not that unusual for this time of year in the valley of Southern California.

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