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THE RACE: ROYAL PURPLE 300

TRACK: Auto Club Speedway

NASCAR Nationwide Series Race #5 of 33 for the 2013 season

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Race: Saturday, March 23, 2013 in Fontana, CA

Title Sponsor: Royal Purple

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 5:18pm/et


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Event Schedule

Times are local to the Track (Pacific Time)

Thursday, March 21st

5:00 PM NNS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, March 22nd

6:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION 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
6:00 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES

Saturday, March 23rd

7:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPEN
10:35 AM (1:35 PM/ET) NNS QUALIFYING  (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
12:15 PM NNS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (DRIVERS MEETING ROOM )
1:30 PM NNS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
2:00 PM (5:00 PM/ET) NNS RACE (150 LAPS, 300 MILES)
2:30 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES

NNS = Nationwide Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Times are local to the Track


RACE INFORMATION

  • Official Auto Club race results and standings (pdf)

  • Busch wins at Auto Club: #54-Kyle Busch won the Royal Purple 300 at Auto Club Speedway. It is his 54th career win and 3rd of 2013. Joe Gibbsl Racing has now won 9 races in a row at Auto Club Speedway. #12-Sam Hornish, Jr. finished second followed by #7-Regan Smith, #77-Parker Kligerman, #3-Austin Dillon, #32-Kyle Larson, #11-Elliott Sadler, #2-Brian Scott, #6-Trevor Bayne, and #98-Kevin Swindell. There were 4 cautions for 17 laps and 17 lead changes among 7 leaders. Complete results are on the Auto Club race results page (pdf).(3-23-2013)

  • Auto Club Race Fast Facts:
    Kyle Busch(i) won the 15th Annual Royal Purple 300, his 54th victory in 249 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his third victory and fourth top-10 finish in 2013.
    This is his sixth victory and 12th top-10 finish in 15 races at Auto Club Speedway. Three of those wins - including today's - came from the Coors Light Pole.
    Sam Hornish Jr. (second) posted his first top-10 finish in three races at Auto Club Speedway. It is his fifth top-10 finish in 2013.
    Regan Smith (third) posted his second top-10 finish in six races at Auto Club Speedway.
    Kyle Larson (sixth) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Sam Hornish Jr. leads the point standings by 28 points over Regan Smith.
    Today's victory is the record-extending ninth for Joe Gibbs Racing at Auto Club Speedway
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(3-23-2013)

  • Driver standings following Auto Club:
    1) #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., 201
    2) #7-Regan Smith, 182, -28
    3) #2-Brian Scott, 179, -31
    4) #31-Justin Allgaier, 178, -32
    5) #3-Austin Dillon, 172, -38
    6) #6-Trevor Bayne, 163, -67
    7) #32-Kyle Larson, 156, -54
    8) #2-Elliott Sadler, 154, -56
    9) #77-Parker Kligerman, 154, -56
    10) #99-Alex Bowman, 152, -58
    See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(3-23-2013)

  • Owner Standings following Auto Club are posted (pdf).(3-23-2013)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Auto Club: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #01-Wallace, 23rd
    Caution 2: #7-Smith, 3rd
    Caution 3: #43-Sorenson, 17th
    Caution 4: #19-Bliss, 18th
    (3-23-2013)


QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION
info, news, speeds and links

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Kyle Busch on pole at Auto Club: #54-Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole for the Royal Purple 300 at Auto Club Speedway with a speed of 178.607mph. #11-Elliott Sadler will start second. The rest of the top 10: #20-Brian Vickers, #22-Brad Keselowski, #30-Nelson Piquet, #99-Alex Bowman, #12-Sam Hornish, #77-Parker Kligerman, #32-Kyle Larson, and #19- Mike Bliss. Did Not Qualify: #70-Tony Raines and #46-Chase Miller. The starting lineup is posted on the Auto Club starting lineup page (pdf).(3-23-2013)

  • Auto Club Qualifying Notes:
    Kyle Busch(i) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 15th Annual Royal Purple 300 with a lap of 40.312 seconds, 178.607 mph.
    This is his 28th pole in 249 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his second pole and third top-10 start in 2013.
    This is his third pole in 15 races at Auto Club Speedway.
    Elliott Sadler (second) posted his third top-10 start of 2013 and his sixth in nine races at Auto Club Speedway.
    Brian Vickers (third) posted his fifth top-10 start at Auto Club Speedway. It is his third in five races this season.
    Nelson Piquet Jr. (fifth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(3-23-2013)

  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Dillon fastest in first practice: #3-Austin Dillon was fastest during opening practice at Auto Club Speedway with a speed of 176.783mph. #32-Kyle Larson was second, followed by: #11-Elliott Sadler, #31-Justin Allgaier, #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #54-Kyle Busch, #7-Regan Smith, #30-Nelson Piquet, Jr., #33-Dakota Armstrong, and #98-Kevin Swindell. All 42 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Auto Club practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(3-22-2013)

  • Entry List:There are 42 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Royal Purple 300 at Auto Club Speedway. A few notes:
    Daryl Harr is driving an #07 Chevy with a listed owner of Kertus Davis;
    Juan Carlos Blum returns to the #15;
    The #23 Chevy is TBA;
    Dakota Armstrong will make his debut in the #33 RCR Chevy;
    Paulie Harraka will be in the #79 for GoGreen Racing;
    Kevin Swindell and the #98 team will attempt their second race of the season.(3-18-2013)
    UPDATE: Scott Riggs has been added in the #47 Chevy for The Motorsports Group.(3-20-2013)
    UPDATE 2: Daryl Harr and the #07 team have withdrawn and Harr has replaced Danny Efland in the #4 for JD Motorsports.(3-21-2013)
    UPDATE 3: Carl Long will drive the #23 for Rick Ware Racing/R3 Motorsports. Tony Raines is in the #70.(3-22-2013)
    See the complete list on the Auto Club entry list page.

  • Nationwide Series in California on ESPN: The NASCAR Nationwide Series races at the 2-mile Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., this weekend for a 300-mile race and ESPN will have a live telecast on Saturday, March 23. NASCAR Countdown begins at 4:30 p.m. ET with the green flag at 5:17 p.m. The race telecast is presented by Kawasaki. All NASCAR programming on ESPN and ESPN2 is also available on computers, smartphones, tablets and Xbox via WatchESPN, accessible to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider. (ESPN)(3-18-2013)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

  • Set limits: Sprint Cup: 6 sets for practice/qualifying, and 11 sets for the race; Nationwide: 7 sets for the event

  • Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,175, Right-side -- 1,175;
    Nationwide: Left-side  475, Right-side -- 475

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4522; Right-side -- D-4408

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.5 in. (2,224 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.4 in. (2,245 mm)

  • 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

  • Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same tire codes at Fontana this weekend . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that these teams ran at this track last season . . . this right-side tire code (D-4408) has been run at Fontana since 2011, while this left-side tire code (D-4522) was introduced at this track in 2012 . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Fontana . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


NASCAR News & Notes

    Rookie Larson Starting To Turn Heads
    When NASCAR Drive for Diversity graduate Kyle Larson, of Elk Grove, Calif., returns to his home state for Saturday’s Royal Purple 300 at Auto Club Speedway, he will have a lot of people paying attention to his on-track performance.
    After racing down and challenging Kyle Busch in the closing laps of last Saturday’s Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips 300 at Bristol, Larson impressed many throughout the NASCAR Nationwide Series garage. His side-by-side racing showed how much the 20-year-old had learned in the past month.
    In the opening race of last month’s inaugural UNOH Battle at the Beach, Larson turned race leader C.E. Falk into the infield on the final turn of the last lap to seize the victory. Although he did what was necessary to win, the move drew the ire of some fans and those inside the garage.
    In last Saturday’s race, Larson was again aggressive on the track, but instead of punting the leader into the infield wall, and possibly out of the race, he chose good, clean racing. It’s a sign that he’s already learned that knocking people from the lead or race is not always the best way to get to the front.  
    Through the first four races of the 2013 season, Larson has proven that he’s more than capable of winning his fair share of those last-lap duels without unnecessary contact. He finished the first two races in 13th place. At Las Vegas, he had to head to the garage prematurely after an accident left him 18 laps shy of the checkered flag.
    With the series off to California, Larson sits ninth in the NASCAR Nationwide standings, 49 points behind leader Sam Hornish Jr. In the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings, Larson is second behind Alex Bowman, who is eighth in the standings (-47) after two top-10 finishes.
    “I’ve done a lot of traveling over the past couple years, so it will be nice to come back to California and Auto Club Speedway,” Larson said. “It’s always nice to come home and race in your home state.”

    Hornish Continues His Hot Streak
    Sam Hornish Jr. has to be pleased with his performance so far this season, especially with Auto Club next on the docket.
    Hornish has a certain familiarity with the Southern California track that should help him this weekend. Although he has never won a NASCAR national series event at Auto Club, he’s won there twice in the IndyCar Series. His best NASCAR Nationwide finish at the two-mile track came in last year’s Royal Purple 300, when he finished 13th.  
    In four races this season, he has four top-10 finishes, including a victory two weeks ago in Las Vegas. His lowest finish was a seventh at Phoenix. The other three have all been fourth or better. For comparison, in 2012  Hornish’s best year in NASCAR  he didn’t earn his third top-five finish until the 14th race. 
    Hornish’s consistency on the track has given him a 22-point advantage over his closest competition, Justin Allgaier. Allgaier finished eighth in Bristol. Coming into last Saturday’s race, Hornish led a trio of drivers (Allgaier, Elliott Sadler and Brian Scott) deadlocked 19 points back.  
    Engine problems at Bristol relegated Sadler to a 36th-place finish and dropped him to 10th in the standings (-51). A 10th-place finish at Bristol left Scott third in the standings (-25).

    Joe Gibbs Racing Has Unparalleled Success In Fontana
    Success at Auto Club Speedway for Joe Gibbs Racing’s drivers seems to come naturally, and after eight consecutive NNS wins at the track, victory probably is expected. Dating back to Feb. 25, 2008, when Tony Stewart beat Kyle Busch to the finish line, drivers turning steering wheels of JGR Toyotas have found unmitigated success on the Southern California track.
    In the seven years since, Busch has won five times and Joey Logano has two victories. All five of Busch’s victories have come in the No. 18 Toyota, while Stewart’s sole victory came in the No. 20. Logano, no longer a JGR driver, has a victory in both cars.
    No one is currently slated to drive the No. 18 in Saturday’s Royal Purple 300, but Brian Vickers will pilot the No. 20 Toyota. Elliott Sadler will drive the No. 11 Camry with Busch helming the No. 54 car.
    The last non-JGR driver to win a NASCAR Nationwide event at Auto Club Speedway was Jeff Burton (2007) in the No. 29 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet.

    NASCAR Nationwide Series Etc.
    With a top-10 finish at Bristol, Brian Scott has the longest streak of top-10 finishes  six  of any driver in the top three national series, dating to last season’s Phoenix fall race. & In 14 starts at Auto Club, perennial favorite Kyle Busch has five wins and 11 top 10s. He’s on a roll in 2013 with two wins in only four starts. & Milestone Watch: Regan Smith will attempt to post the 100th NASCAR Nationwide top-five finish for the No. 7 car this weekend. Nineteen different drivers have posted at least one top-five finish in the car.

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