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Auto Club Speedway a better barometer of success than Daytona

Going to Victory Lane at intermediate tracks like Auto Club Speedway sends a clear message: You're a legitimate threat to win it all in 2008, writes Terry Blount.

Updated: February 23, 2008, 6:29 PM ET
By Terry Blount | ESPN.com

FONTANA, Calif. -- The newly named Auto Club Speedway deserves a break. Rain is predicted again for Sunday.

And is it too much to ask for a race weekend where the temperature falls somewhere between 60 and 110 degrees?

It was cold, cloudy and wet in the Inland Empire when the track activities started Friday, a giant contrast to the race here on Labor Day weekend last year when it was a scorching 115 degrees.

In either case, it's not exactly what NASCAR ...

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