NASCAR & Auto Racing

Heat makes Sunday tickets a harder sale

The heat wave that has brought triple-digit temperatures to parts of Southern California for the past few days has thrown an apparent monkey wrench into California Speedway’s hopes to boost its attendance for the Labor Day Weekend race.

The high at the track Friday was 104, climbing to 105 on Saturday and nobody is expecting much in walk-up ticket sales Sunday with the forecast for the 5 p.m. (8 p.m. Eastern) start of the race calling for sunny skies and the temperature “dropping” to 99 degrees.

“I give the people who have been coming out here and sitting in this heat a lot of credit,” said Kurt Busch.

“I like the heat – I grew up in Las Vegas – but I’m not sure I could sit out there in these temperatures.”

Since 2004, when NASCAR added a second Cup race at the track 60 miles east of Los Angeles, the track has been unable to sell all of its 92,000 grandstand seats for any of the NASCAR events.