NASCAR’s Big Weekend at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana on February 26-27 will provide plenty of family fun in addition to the main attraction, the WISE Power 400 race.
One of the highlights will be a pre-race performance by students from the Carole Lynne Dance Studio (CLDS) in the O’Reilly Auto Parts fan zone on Sunday, February 27 at 11:30 a.m.
CLDS, based in Rialto, will celebrate 59 years of dancing in the Inland Empire.
Amy Crumb, a Fontana native and a member of the first class of Fontana AB Miller High School, took over leadership of the group when her godmother, Carole Lynne, owner of the studio for 57 years, was forced to retire due to the Covid19 pandemic.
The studio, which closed in 2020, was finally able to reopen in April 2021 but is still recovering from the pandemic, Crumb said.
Some of the students informed CLDS that they could not return due to financial issues. A GoFundMe page, Giving the Gift of Dance, has been created to help students and their families receive scholarships to pay for classes and other necessities.
Last October, CLDS was approached by NASCAR to perform on the circuit, which made the students very excited. CLDS even received a special visit from a NASCAR race car on February 11th.
During the next performance, students will pay tribute to the sport of racing and one of NASCAR’s most famous drivers, Dale Earnhardt.
—– IN ADDITION to the dance studio presentation, other fun events over the weekend in the O’Reilly Auto Parts fan zone will include:
• Lucha Libre Wrestling — Saturday, February 26 at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon; Sunday, February 27 at 8:40 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.
• Outlaw Mariachi Concert — February 26 at 10 a.m.
• Dreaming of You concert — Sunday, February 27 at 8:30 a.m.
• Metal Mulisha Stunt Show — performances take place throughout the weekend.
• Concert by rock band Collective Soul — February 27 at 10:30 a.m.
—– SEVERAL NASCAR drivers will participate in Q&A sessions with fans on Sunday:
9:40 a.m. — Daniel Suarez (Viva La Fiesta Stage)
9:45 a.m. – Kyle Larson (O’Reilly Auto Parts Fan Zone Main Stage)
10:00 am – Austin Dillon (Coca-Cola Top Golf Swing Suite in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Fan Zone)
10:00 a.m. – Joey Logano (Car Club Display Stage)
Additionally, five drivers will make appearances on the traditional Sunrise Service on Sunday from 7:15 a.m. to 8 a.m. Michael McDowell, Aric Almirola, Corey LaJoie, Chase Briscoe and Ty Dillon will join Christian artist Katy Nichole for the service. Hosted by Harvest Christian Fellowship, the service is open to all WISE Power 400 ticket holders and will take place on the Main Stage in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Fan Zone.
—– ALSO, fans will notice a new attraction in the O’Reilly Auto Parts fan zone – the Allied Esports eNASCAR gaming truck. The 80-foot, 35-ton mobile gaming arena, which includes a main stage, roller cab, rooftop terrace and full production capabilities, will host play with iRacing, Rocket League and Mario Kart 8 simulators Deluxe. Participating fans will have the chance to play for prizes and giveaways throughout the weekend.
Also, new for kids this weekend is the Adventure Force-powered NASCAR Kids Zone, featuring some of the newest and funniest NASCAR toys. Fans can:
– Race like a real NASCAR driver in the New Champion Racer Ride-On
– Race, destroy and rebuild their favorite cars on the NASCAR Crash Racers track
— Get behind the wheel of the NASCAR Shake ‘N Steer wheel.
Tickets for the race weekend are on sale at www.autoclubspeedway.com.
Carole Lynne Dance Studio will perform at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday, February 27. On February 11, the studio received a special visit from a NASCAR car, pictured here.