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Night Ranger to Perform Pre-Race Concert, National Anthem at Auto Club Speedway

~ Night Ranger Replaces The All-American Rejects ~

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, Calif. (March 21, 2012) – Auto Club Speedway announced today that rock sensation Night Ranger, celebrating their 30th anniversary, will perform on the DiscoverIE FanZone Entertainment Stage (10am) as well as the National Anthem prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 race on Sunday, March 25.  Tickets to the Auto Club 400, which include the Night Ranger live pre-race performance, start as low as $30.

Supporting their latest album ‘Somewhere In California’ released around the world in 2011 and fresh off a world tour with Journey and Foreigner with over 95 shows on 5 continents in 2011, Night Ranger, who have sold 17 million albums worldwide, truly epitomizes the sound of the 80’s while at the same time transcending it.  The band brings their guitar-crunching, melodic brand of Hard Rock into the 21st century with unparalleled talent, energy and creativity.

Night Ranger’s legendary hits “Sister Christian,” “(You Can Still) Rock in America,” and “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me” are songs that have each significantly impacted popular culture and expanded their ever-growing fanbase since the band’s inception. Night Ranger’s contributions are featured in multiple entertainment realms, including the Broadway musical “Rock of Ages” and hit videogame series “Rock Band” and “Guitar Hero.” The band has also been recognized in such significant films and television shows as Boogie Nights and American Dad.

The remaining founding members of the band have impressive resumes. Jack Blades was also in the supergroup Damn Yankees with Ted Nugent and Tommy Shaw, with whom he also released the now classic Hallucination album and the more recent Influence. His songwriting credits include Aerosmith, Cher, Alice Cooper and Ozzy, to name just a few. Brad Gillis appeared on Ozzy’s Speak of the Devil live album, while drummer Kelly Keagy has had a successful solo career of his own. Other members include Joel Hoekstra on guitar and vocals and Eric Levy on keyboards.

Somewhere In California is the culmination of the band’s work as a whole to date and celebrates the band’s 30th anniversary with incredible melodic cuts and hard rocking numbers. Night Ranger’s latest album and live shows have everything the fans could ask for!

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About Auto Club Speedway:  Auto Club 400 tickets start at $30 and AAA members receive Show Your Card & Save discounts, including a special section with half-priced tickets for kids 12 and under.  In addition to 5-wide racing, free parking, unbelievable menu items and a full weekend of entertainment, live music and fun await fans in the Speedway’s DiscoverIE FanZone.  And don’t forget children 12 and under can sign up for the FREE Auto Club Speedway Lefty’s Kids Club membership to receive FREE admission on Friday and Saturday.  For more information or to purchase tickets, call 1-800-944-RACE (7223) or visit  For more information on event lodging, visit the Hilton Garden Inn, Fontana, the official hotel partner of Auto Club Speedway.

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