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Pia Toscano, Billy Ray Cyrus and Elvis (kind of) have Auto Club Speedway president excited

Mar 21, 2014, 3:26 PM EDT

Singer/actress Pia Toscano will sing the National Anthem before Sunday's Auto Club 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. (Photo courtesy Auto Club Speedway) Singer/actress Pia Toscano will sing the National Anthem before Sunday's Auto Club 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. (Photo courtesy Auto Club Speedway)

Auto Club Speedway track president Gillian Zucker’s personality makes her typically one excited individual — but she’s gone to almost a hyper-speed level of excitement this weekend.

Sure, she’s hosting about 75,000-plus fans at Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Auto Club 400 at the ultra-wide, two-mile Southern California track.

But Zucker has a ton more activities that will encompass the entire race weekend.

Look at Sunday’s lineup alone: potential line dancing to Billy Ray Cyrus (thankfully, without daughter Miley) during a pre-race concert, Pia Toscana singing the National Anthem, the Muppets’ Great Gonzo as grand marshal (and he’ll make his entry being shot out of a cannon) and Olympic medalist skier Bode Miller and volleyball pro wife Morgan will serve as honorary race starters.

And then there’s the – literally – the piece de resistance: Elvis imitators selling chicken pieces in a brand new and aptly-named track restaurant, “Love Me, Tender” (as in the top thing on the menu, chicken tenders).

Oh yeah, and there’ll be a NASCAR Sprint Cup race to boot, on what its track president calls “almost unquestionably the best surface in NASCAR.”

Zucker has so much going that she’ll wax effusively and tell anyone who’ll ask.

One of those was KERN radio morning host Scott Cox, who spent nearly 15 minutes on-air with Zucker Thursday on the Bakersfield, Calif. station’s “First Look” program.

(FYI, Bakersfield is also the home town of NASCAR stars Kevin Harvick and Casey Mears).

Check out the video version of Zucker’s interview with Cox below, and you might want to take notes because we don’t think there’s anything she missed – and there’s lots to remember – about this weekend’s fun-filled weekend.

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