Race: Saturday, March 22, 2014 in Fontana, CA
Title Sponsor: TreatMyClot.com
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 5:18pm/et
Television Race Coverage: ESPN - 4:30pm/et
Announcers: Allen Bestwick, Rusty Wallace, Andy Petree
Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, and Vince Welch
Studio: Nicole Briscoe, Ricky Craven, Brad Daugherty
Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90
Times are local to the Track
Thursday, March 20th
11:00 AM NNS HAULERS ENTER
12:30 PM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
1:00 PM NNS GARAGE OPENS & INSPECTION BEGINS
5:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
6:00 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES
Friday, March 21st
11:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPEN
12:40 PM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
1:40 PM-2:30 PM NNS PRACTICE
3:00 PM-4:25 PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
5:00 PM NNS & NSCS REGISTRATION CLOSES
7:00 PM NNS & NSCS GARAGE CLOSES
Saturday, March 22nd
7:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPEN
10:40 AM (1:40 PM/ET) NNS QUALIFYING
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
Larson wins at Auto Club: #42-Kyle Larson won the TreatMyClot.com 300 at Auto Club Speedway, fir his 1st Nationwide Series win. #5-Kevin Harvick finished second followed by #54-Kyle Busch, #22-Joey Logano, #11-Elliott Sadler, #9-Chase Elliott, #20-Matt Kenseth, #3-Ty Dillon, #6-Trevor Bayne, and #7-Regan Smith.
There were 4 cautions for 15 laps and 18 lead changes among 6 leaders. Complete results are on the Auto Club race results page (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Auto Club Race & Points Report (pdf).(3-22-2014)
Auto Club Race Fast Facts:
Kyle Larson(i) won the 16th Annual TreatMyClot.com 300, his first victory in 38 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
This is his first victory and fifth top-10 finish in 2014.
This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in two races at Auto Club Speedway.
His victory ends the streak of nine consecutive NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Auto Club Speedway by Joe Gibbs Racing drivers.
Kevin Harvick(i) (second) posted his 15th top-10 finish in 18 races at Auto Club Speedway. It is his third top-10 finish in 2014.
Kyle Busch(i) (third) posted his 13th top-10 finish in 16 races at Auto Club Speedway.
Chase Elliott (sixth) was the highest finishing rookie.
Regan Smith leads the point standings by 0 points over Trevor Bayne.
(NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(3-22-2014)
Driver standings following Auto Club:
1) #7-Regan Smith 185
2) #6-Trevor Bayne 185
3) #3-Ty Dillon# 179, -6
4) #9-Chase Elliott# 177, 8
5) #11-Elliott Sadler 174, 11
6) #62-Brendan Gaughan 160, -25
7) #2-Brian Scott 160, -25
8) #31-Dylan Kwasniewski# 149, -36
9) #99-James Buescher 145, -40
10) #19-Mike Bliss 125 -60, -60
See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(3-22-2014)
Owner Standings following Auto Club are posted (pdf).(3-22-2014)
Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Auto Club: (and their finish)
Caution 1: none, no one on track a lap or more down.
Caution 2: #7-Smith, 10th
Caution 3: #60-CBuescher, 14th
Caution 4: #99-JBuescher, 16th
Sadler on pole at Auto Club: #11-Elliott Sadler won the Coors Light Pole for the TreatMyClot.com 300 at Auto Club Speedway with a speed of 176.991 mph. #20-Matt Kenseth will start second. The rest of the top 10: #3-Ty Dillon, #22-Joey Logano, #9-Chase Elliott, #5-Kevin Harvick, #31-Dylan Kwasniewski, #42-Kyle Larson, #2-Brian Scott, and #62-Brendan Gaughan. Did Not Qualify: none. The starting lineup is posted on the Auto Club starting lineup page (pdf).(3-22-2014)
Auto Club Qualifying Notes:
Elliott Sadler won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 16th Annual TreatMyClot.com 300 with a lap of 40.680 seconds, 176.991 mph.
This is his 16th pole in 235 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
This is his first pole and third top-10 start in 2014.
This is his first pole in ten races at Auto Club Speedway.
Joe Gibbs Racing drivers have won the last nine NASCAR Nationwide Series races at Auto Club Speedway, with five of the race winners starting from the pole.
Matt Kenseth(i) (second) posted his fifth top-10 start of 2014 and his eighth in 14 races at Auto Club Speedway.
Ty Dillon (third) posted his first top-10 start at Auto Club Speedway. It is his fourth in five races this season.
Ty Dillon (third) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
(NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(3-22-2014)
Dillon fastest in happy hour: #3-Ty Dillon was quickest during happy hour for the TreatMyClot.com 300 with a speed of 176.462 mph. He was followed by: #9-Chase Elliott, #99-James Buescher, #31-Dylan Kwasniewski, #2-Brian Scott, #54-Kyle Busch, #6-Trevor Bayne, #22-Joey Logano, #5-Kevin Harvick, and #60-Chris Buescher. 38 drivers participated in the session. See complete results on the Auto Club practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(3-21-2014)
Busch fastest in first practice: #54-Kyle Busch was fastest during opening practice at Auto Club Speedway with a speed of 174.157mph. #5-Kevin Harvick was second, followed by: #22-Joey Logano, #20-Matt Kenseth, #6-Trevor Bayne, #9-Chase Elliott, #31-Dylan Kwasniewski, #2-Brian Scott, #98-David Ragan, and #7-Regan Smith. 35 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Auto Club practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(3-21-2014)
Entry List:There are 41 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Treatmyclot.com 300 at Auto Club Speedway. A few notes:
Jason White in the #00;
Derek White in the #13;
Joey Logano in the #22;
Jeff Green in the #91;
David Ragan in the #98;
The #00 has withdrawn, Kevin Lepage is now in the #74, and Carl Long is now entered in the #79.
NASCAR Nationwide Series in California Live on ESPN: The NASCAR Nationwide Series moves to the 2-mile Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., for the Treatmyclot.com 300 on Saturday, March 22, and ESPN will have a live telecast. NASCAR Countdown airs at 4:30 p.m. ET while the green flag will fly at 5:17 p.m. All NASCAR programming on ESPN networks is available on computers, smartphones, tablets, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Apple TV and Roku via WatchESPN, accessible to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliate provider. The race telecast will air delayed on ESPN Deportes at 4 a.m. on Sunday, March 23, and live in Canada on TSN2 at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.(ESPN)(3-17-2014)
NASCAR Nationwide Series -- Race No. 5 - TreatMyClot.com 300 Auto Club Speedway (2.0-mile oval) - Fontana, Calif. Fast Facts for March 21-23, 2014
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
Set limits: Nationwide: 7 sets for the event
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 have run at this track since 2012 . . . this right-side tire code (D-4408) has been run at Fontana since 2011, while this left-side tire code (D-4522) was introduced the following year . . . 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.
Rarefied Air: Joe Gibbs Racing Goes For Unprecedented Record
In Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series TreatMyClot.com 300 at Auto Club Speedway, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth and Elliott Sadler have the opportunity to reach double digits - that is, win Joe Gibbs Racing's 10th consecutive race at ACS.
In February 2008, Tony Stewart, in his final season with Joe Gibbs Racing, gave team owner Joe Gibbs his first victory at the two-mile track in Fontana, Calif.
What happened next was unprecedented and unlike anything else anyone had seen before in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. JGR's drivers reeled off win after win at the track located about an hour east of Los Angeles. In March 2013, Busch took home the last trophy at Auto Club for JGR's ninth straight win.
Between Stewart's 2008 and Busch's victory last season, Joey Logano captured two checkered flags at the track while Busch claimed the other six. Stewart and Logano have since moved on to other organizations and have been replaced by NASCAR Nationwide title contender Sadler, who is currently fifth in the series standings, and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular Kenseth.
Since all three JGR drivers in Saturday's race have at least one national series victory at Auto Club, it is very possible that the streak is extended. Although Sadler has never won a NNS event at the track - his best outcome is a pair of fifth-place finishes - he was victorious in the Sept. 2004 Sprint Cup race.
Kenseth has compiled four victories at the track in the NNS, most recently in February 2004. He has also visited the track's Victory Lane three times in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. All seven of his wins came with Roush Fenway Racing - the team he left to come to JGR prior to the 2013 season.
With 10 total victories among the three national series, Busch reigns supreme in Fontana, especially in Nationwide where he's racked up six wins. He has two wins apiece in the NASCAR Camping World Truck and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Busch and Kenseth are 1-2 atop the NNS wins list at Auto Club.
Buckle Up, The Title Hunt Is About To Hit Overdrive
This season's NASCAR Nationwide Series championship battle is already heating up.
Need proof? Heading into Auto Club Speedway for the TreatMyClot.com 300, the fifth race of 2014, one point separates Regan Smith and second-place Trevor Bayne. This time last year, Sam Hornish Jr. held a 22-point advantage over second-place Justin Allgaier.
Of course, things change throughout the season and Austin Dillon, who was sixth at this point last year, ultimately was crowned the series champion in November. By season's end, Hornish was second with Allgaier fifth.
Last year, 34 points separated the top six heading into Auto Club. This season, the top-eight drivers are separated by a margin of 34 with Smith, Bayne, Ty Dillon, Chase Elliott, Elliott Sadler, Brendan Gaughan, Brian Scott and James Buescher making up the top eight.
What does all this mean? This year's championship conversation will likely include more drivers, and the points race will likely be tighter.
In 14 national series starts at Auto Club, Smith's best finish came in the Nationwide event last year where he finished third. The finish was only his second top 10 at the track, the first (a ninth-place finish) coming in the previous year's Nationwide race. In six series starts, Smith's average finish is 20.5.
Bayne has made six Nationwide starts in Fontana and has six top-20 finishes. His best finish was sixth in 2011. In March 2013, Bayne posted his second top-10 finish at the track, placing ninth.
Want Close Competition? Check Out The Rookie Class
Four races into the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series season, Ty Dillon and Chase Elliott are proving why they're the early frontrunners for the series' Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors.
With the series headed to California for Saturday's TreatMyClot.com 300, Dillon and Elliott are tied atop the rookie standings with 51 points apiece. Dylan Kwasniewski is third, 14 points back.
Both drivers have had stellar starts to their rookie campaigns with neither finishing outside the top 15 in the season's first four races. Dillon, who is currently third in the championship standings, finished a season-best sixth last week in Bristol. His lowest finish in the first four races was 11th in Las Vegas. One spot behind Dillon in the championship standings is Elliott, who has compiled three top 10s and a 15th-place finish in four races.
Dillon and Elliott have never competed in a NASCAR national series event at Auto Club.
NASCAR Nationwide Series Etc.
Five drivers return to their home state for Saturday's TreatMyClot.com 300 in Fontana, Calif.: Matt DiBenedetto (Grass Valley), Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield), Kyle Larson (Elk Grove), Ryan Reed (Bakersfield) and Josh Wise (Riverside).
Congratulations 2015 Champ Kyle Busch
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)