NASCAR Drives into Fontana, But Rain Could Apply The Brakes

While revving up for the weekend, fans and local merchants were watching the forecast

By Craig Fiegener and Bill French
|  Friday, Mar 23, 2012  |  Updated 6:42 PM PDT
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Superfan Nancy Ponce has a beef with her beloved NASCAR: They need to come up with better clothes for women. Ponce is hoping rain gear won't be in the wardrobe this weekend in Fontana. But until the forecasted rain pours down, the cars and economic impact are going full throttle

Craig Fiegener and James Wulff

Superfan Nancy Ponce has a beef with her beloved NASCAR: They need to come up with better clothes for women. Ponce is hoping rain gear won't be in the wardrobe this weekend in Fontana. But until the forecasted rain pours down, the cars and economic impact are going full throttle

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The high octane sound of race cars signaled the start of another NASCAR weekend in Fontana Friday.

But fans and organizers were keeping an eye on the forecast, which calls for rain and thunder Sunday.

Fridays before races are great for serious fans with the time to make it out to the track. The practice runs provide an opportunity to be up close to the action, and maybe even grab a few autographs.

"They sit so far down in their seats that it's hard to see anything except their face masks," said Marlene Perry.

Then there's Kathy Ponce. She roots for Tony Stewart and admits to spending thousands of dollars on NASCAR gear. She figures she's been to about 30 races.

She also has an autograph book with a growing list of signatures. She's ready to buy more stuff, but she has one request.

"NASCAR needs to come up with better clothes for women," Ponce said.

True, this isn't just a boy's sport. And on Friday, fans were hoping the weather would hold off enough to give them a full weekend of their favorite sport.

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