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Auto Club 400 is part of a rich history

Southern California has long been home to great racing

Updated: March 21, 2011, 3:30 PM ET
By Tim Haddock | Special to ESPNLosAngeles

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick grew up in Bakersfield, Calif., before the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana was built, when Riverside International Raceway was the track in Southern California where the best stock car drivers in the world raced.

Harvick remembers sneaking in to the last race at Riverside in 1988. His dad was working on the crew of one of the drivers, and Harvick remembers roaming in the infield that day.

"I was pretty young," said Harvick, driver of ...

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