- Race: 5:30pm/et, Saturday, March 26, 2011 in Fontana, CA
- Length: 150 Laps, 300 miles
- TV: ESPN - 5:00pm/et
- Radio: MRN, Sirius XM Satellite Radio
- Purse: $1,242,513
- Announcers: Alan Bestwick, Rusty Wallace, Andy Petree
- Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Mike Massaro, Dr. Jerry Punch and Shannon Spake
Busch wins at California: #18-Kyle Busch won the Royal Purple 300 at Auto Club Speedway for his 3rd win of the season and the 46th of his career. He took only 2 tires on his final pitstop of the day, under green, to hold on to the lead. #60-Carl Edwards finished second followed by #33-Kevin Harvick, #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #2-Elliott Sadler, #16-Trevor Bayne, #20-Joey Logano, #32-Mark Martin, #88-Aric Almirola, and #22-Brad Keselowski. There were 5 cautions for 19 laps and 21 lead changes among 8 leaders. The announced attendance was 36,000.
Complete results are posted on the California race results page.(3-26-2011)
California Race Fast Facts:
Kyle Busch(i) won the 13th Annual Royal Purple 300, his 46th victory in 207 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
This is his third victory and fourth top-10 finish in 2011. He has now won 91 times in NASCAR national series competition.
This is his fifth victory and 10th top-10 finish in 13 races at Auto Club Speedway. He has won three consecutive races and five of his last six starts.
Carl Edwards(i) (second) posted his 11th top-10 finish in 13 races at Auto Club Speedway. It is his fourth top-10 finish in 2011.
Kevin Harvick(i) (third) posted his 14th top-10 finish in 17 races at Auto Club Speedway.
Ryan Truex (17th) was the highest finishing rookie.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. leads the point standings by 6 points over Jason Leffler.
Joe Gibbs Racing has now won seven consecutive races at Auto Club Speedway - five by Busch, one each by Tony Stewart and Joey Logano. This is the most consecutive wins by an owner at a currently scheduled track.
Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at California and their finish
Caution 1: none, no one on track a lap or more down
Caution 2: #28-Cope, 31st
Caution 3: #41-Cobb, 38th
Caution 4: #99-Truex, 17th
Caution 5: #62-Annett, 18th
Driver standings following California:
1) #6-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 181
2) #38-Jason Leffler 175 -6
3) #31-Justin Allgaier 156 -25
4) #88-Aric Almirola 155 -26
5) #30-Reed Sorenson 151 -30
6) #16-Trevor Bayne 150 -31
7) #2-Elliott Sadler 149 -32
8) #09-Kenny Wallace 140 -41
9) #11-Brian Scott 138 -43
10) #19-Mike Bliss 125 -56
Complete standings are posted on the driver standings page.(3-26-2011)
Owner Standings following California are posted. The top 30 in owners points that have attempted all races this year are now locked in at Texas. Teams that had been locked into the first 5 races but no longer are: #70-ML Motorsports, #23-R3 Motorsports #27-Baker Curb. Teams that had not been locked in but now are: #20-Joe Gibbs Racing, #33-Kevin Harvick, Inc, #51-Clements Racing.(3-26-2011)
Edwards on pole at California: #60-Carl Edwards won the Coors Light Pole for the Royal Purple 300 at Auto Club Speedway with a speed of 174.838mph. #33-Kevin Harvick will start second. The rest of the top 10: #88-Aric Almirola, #20-Joey Logano, #22-Brad Keselowski, #7-Josh Wise, #18-Kyle Busch, #32-Mark Martin, #16-Trevor Bayne, and #31-Justin Allgaier. Did Not Qualify: none.
The starting lineup is posted on the California starting lineup page.(3-26-2011)
Edwards fastest in happy hour: #60-Carl Edwards was quickest during the only practice at Auto Club Speedway with a speed of 173.661mph. He was followed by: #88-Aric Almirola, #99-Ryan Truex, #18-Kyle Busch, #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #32-Mark Martin, #20-Joey Logano, #33-Kevin Harvick, #38-Jason Leffler, and #16-Trevor Bayne. Complete results are posted on the California practice results page.(3-25-2011)
Entry List:There are 42 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Royal Purple 300 at Auto Club Speedway. Some notes:
The #14, #19, and #44 for TriStar Motorsports are not listed but are expected to be at the race;
Alex Kennedy will be in the #03 for R3 Motorsports;
Josh Wise make his first appearance in the #7 for JR Motorsports. The #39 is TBA;
Mark Martin returns to the Turner Motorsports #32;
Jennifer Jo Cobb will be in the Rick Ware #41;
Tony Raines will drive the #52 for Jimmy Means;
The #68 team is Carl Long;
Dennis Setzer will be in the #70 for ML Motorsports;
Mike Harmon will be in his #74 Chevy;
Carl Long moves to the #75 for Rick Ware;
Kevin Conway is in the #87 for NEMCO and Joe Nemchek will be in the #97.
UPDATE: The TriStar cars have been added. There are 45 cars on the entry list.(3-21-2011)
UPDATE 2: Kelly Bires and the #25 Team Rensi team have withdrawn.(3-23-2011)
See the complete list on the California entry list page.
Nationwide Series Live from California: ESPN continues its coverage of the NASCAR Nationwide Series with a live telecast of the 300-mile race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., on Saturday, March 26. The telecast is presented by CiCi's Pizza and begins with NASCAR Countdown at 5 p.m. ET. The race's green flag is at 5:46 p.m.
Allen Bestwick will call the action with analysis by Rusty Wallace and Andy Petree. Tim Brewer will report from the ESPN Craftsman Tech Garage, while pit reporters will be Dave Burns, Mike Massaro, Dr. Jerry Punch and Shannon Spake. NASCAR Countdown from the ESPN pit studio will be hosted by Nicole Briscoe with analysis by Wallace and Brad Daugherty. The studio team will interact with the booth during the telecast of the race.(ESPN)(3-21-2011)
Nationwide Series Track Schedule
Times listed are local to the track (Pacific Time).
Thursday, March 24th
5:00 PM NNS HAULERS ENTER
Friday, March 25th
7:00 AM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
7:30 AM NNS GARAGE OPENS
12:40 PM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
1:40 PM 4:00 PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
4:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
7:30 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES
Saturday, March 26th
7:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPEN
10:10 AM (1:10 PM/ET) NNS QUALIFYING – (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
12:30 PM NNS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (DRIVERS MEETING ROOM )
2:00 PM NNS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
2:30 PM (5:30 PM/ET) NNS RACE (150 LAPS, 300 MILES)
3:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
NASCAR News & Notes
Points Leader Leffler Finally On Top
The Long Beach, Calif. native and series standings leader, Jason Leffler, goes home for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Royal Purple 300 at Auto Club Speedway on Saturday, Mar. 26.
“I always look forward to the chance to get back to the West Coast,” Leffler said. “To win at this track would be a huge deal for me. Of course, you want to win every race, but you especially want that win in front of the home crowd with your family and friends cheering you on.”
Leffler assumed the standings lead by two points over Ricky Stenhouse Jr. after posting his third top 10 of the season last weekend at Bristol. This is the first time in his 11-year series career that he has led the driver standings.
Click here to listen to Leffler talk about taking the points lead.
Leffler joined Turner Motorsports at the beginning of this season when team owner Steve Turner acquired select assets from Braun Racing during the offseason. Now all three series-only Turner Motorsports members are in the top five in the standings – Justin Allgaier (third) and Reed Sorenson (fourth).
Leffler’s career-high final standings finish was third in 2007. Leffler has made 14 starts at Auto Club Speedway, posting two top 10s and a pole. He has an average finish of 22.6 at Auto Club Speedway and ranks 22nd in the series with a Driver Rating of 74.1.
Martin And Busch Race To Be The First To 50 … Wins That Is
The playful trash talk has started, with wins volleying between the two NASCAR Nationwide Series behemoths.
Mark Martin is the leader; Kyle Busch the follower. But for how much longer?
Martin and Busch have set themselves apart from the rest, and it will be interesting to see who can get to 50 series wins first.
Martin leads the series in all-time wins with 49, increasing his lead with a victory at Las Vegas two races ago. But Busch caught up quickly, and is just four wins back after posting his 45th series victory this last weekend at Bristol. With 232 series starts, Martin’s winning percentage is 21.1%. Busch has made 206 – a 21.8% win clip. Listen to Kyle Busch talk about catching Mark Martin.
Martin has made two series starts at Auto Club Speedway posting a win and a third-place finish. Busch has made 12 starts at Auto Club Speedway posting four wins, seven top fives, nine top 10s and two poles. They are the only drivers to have won across all three NASCAR national series at ACS.
Martin and Busch are also ranked 1-2 in the pre-race Driver Rating, with 146.3 and 122.4 respectively. They both also scored perfect Driver Ratings of 150.0 at ASC – Martin in 2005 and Busch in 2008-09.
Auto Club Speedway The Final Opportunity For 2010 Top 30
This weekend’s race will be the last event where 2010 owner points are used to set the top 30 automatic qualifiers in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
Only three points separate 27th to 31st position in the owner standings, with the 28th-30th positions all tied at 70 points. The 30th-position is held by Pat MacDonald and the No. 81 car with Blake Koch.
There are six teams within eight points of the cutoff position. Owner/driver Morgan Shepherd is two points back from 30th in 31st with his No. 89 car, and the No. 01 car, owned by Lori Davis with Mike Wallace behind the wheel, is nine points back in 32nd. Nine points out of the top 30 is the No. 23 car owned by Robert Richardson Sr. with son/driver Robert Richardson Jr. Of the three just outside the top 30, Mike Wallace has had the most success at Auto Club Speedway, posting a career best finish (12th) at the 2-mile track last season.
Riverside, Calif. native, Josh Wise, will be taking over the reins from Danica Patrick this weekend in the No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet. Patrick will return to the NASCAR Nationwide Series June 4 at Chicagoland Speedway. Wise has made two starts at Auto Club Speedway, posting a best finish of 22nd in 2008. … Kenny Wallace’s countdown to 500 starts continues. Only seven starts shy of joining Jason Keller as the only two series drivers with 500 starts. Wallace is currently seventh in the points and has 15 career series starts at Auto Club Speedway with a best finish of eighth in 2005. … Alex Kennedy, a 19-year-old Aztec, N.M. native, will make his first race since last fall at Phoenix. His first six starts came last year with a best finish of 15th in his series debut at Road America. Kennedy is a product of the NASCAR ladder system, working his way up the ranks of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East & West.
Goodyear Tire Notes
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
Number of Tires:
Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,350, Right-side -- 1,350;
Nationwide: Left-side -- 525, Right-side -- 525
Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying, 11 sets for race;
Nationwide: 6 sets for weekend
Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4382; Right-side -- D-4408
Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.2 in.; Right-side -- 88.4 in.
Technical Inspection Inflation:
Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi;
Right Front -- 48 psi; Right Rear -- 45 psi
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 22 psi; Left Rear -- 20 psi;
Right Front -- 45 psi; Right Rear -- 42 psi
Estimated Pit Window: Every 42-44 laps, based on fuel mileage (Sprint Cup).
Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same tire codes at California this weekend . . . teams in the Sprint Cup Series ran this left-side tire code at California last season, but with a slightly different right-side code . . . compared to what was run at this track last season, this right-side features just a minor construction change . . . Sprint Cup teams will also run this same combination of left- and right-side tires at Kansas in June . . .
for Nationwide teams, these are two different tire codes than they ran at California in 2010 . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at California . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.
Additional Auto Club Nationwide Race Info: