Behind the scenes of the 49th Auto Club NHRA Finals

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The 49th annual NHRA Finals starts tomorrow and runs through Sunday. It’s going to be loud, wild and tons of fun as thousands of drag racing fans come out to join the action and see who the world champions will be.

nitromove2 300x193 Behind the scenes of the 49th Auto Club NHRA Finals We stopped by the Auto Club Raceway today to see how preparations were going. It’s bustling down there! Crews are moving cars around, prepping them for the big weekend, Cornucopia Foods is busily setting up food stand favorites like Pink’s Hot Dogs, SoCal Burgers and the Saddle Up Saloon, and sponsors have set up their enormous trailers and booths including brands like Geicko, Toyota, Mello Yello and others.

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Golf carts, motorcycles and trucks go to and fro across the expansive grounds while the drag strip itself is being prepped for the big weekend. As if that weren’t enough, 2,500 students are also here for a Career Fair, learning about racing, the army and other exciting careers.

Needless to say, it. is. busy.

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The Sheraton Fairplex Hotel crew is bustling around, making catering preparations for several car crews as well as race attendees.

10 pit crews have requested our farm-fresh gourmet meals for their fare and Chef Teig and his team are happy to comply.

According to Teig, a wide variety of meals are being requested, with everything from down-to-earth Angus burgers to the more delicate filet mignon.

Meanwhile on the other side of campus in the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, the Prolong Twilight Cruise is getting ready to kick-off at 4 p.m. this evening.

The Twilight Cruise invites car enthusiasts to come together for a relaxing evening of food, drink and cars galore. Guests bring their muscle cars, hot rods and classics down as they mix and mingle with fellow car lovers. It’s the perfect “pre-game” to the drag racing finals.

More information on the NHRA finals can be found at
To learn more about the Prolong Twilight Cruise, click here.


A Traveling Wine Tasting Event

three wine glasses resized A Traveling Wine Tasting EventThis is one of the most fun wine tasting events at McKinley’s Grille at Sheraton Fairplex hotel. It’s a progressive party that starts on the McKinley’s Grille patio and moves to the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum and the famous but little seen Fairplex Wine Cellar, which is mission central for the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits and Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competitions.

The tastings for this event are award winners from this year’s competition (3,400 entries from around the globe). It’s a great way to try out some of these wines without making a commitment to a whole bottle.

It’s an affordable $25 per person and it includes many tastings and some great food go-withs from the McKinley’s Grille executive chef, David Teig. Unless you’re a really big eater, there’s plenty of food (and wine!) for a light summer supper.

McKinley’s Grille
Sheraton Fairplex Hotel
Corner of McKinley & White Ave.
5:30 – 8 p.m.
$25 per person, inclusive
Call for reservations by Tuesday, July 28 (909) 868-5930