NASCAR XFINITY Series Auto Club Race Information Page 300

Auto Club Speedway

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race #5 of 33 for the 2016 season


Race: Saturday, March 19, 2016 in Fontana, CA

Title Sponsor:

Race Time: 4:00pm/et

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): Approximately 4:16pm/et





Times are local to the Track

Thursday, March 17

Friday, March 18

Saturday, March 19
1:00 PM (4:00 PM/ET) NXS RACE (150 LAPS, 300 MILES) FOX Sports 1 / MRN / SiriusXM NASCAR



  • Official Auto Club race results and standings (pdf)

  • Austin Dillon wins XFINITY race at Auto Club: #2-Austin Dillon won the 300 at Auto Club Speedway. It is his 7th XFINITY Series win and 1st of the year. #18-Kyle Busch finished second, followed by #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., #19-Daniel Suarez, #1-Elliott Sadler, #88-Kevin Harvick, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #42-Kyle Larson, #33-Brandon Jones, and #7-Justin Allgaier.
    Kyle Busch led 133 of the 150 laps and was leading on the final lap, but cut a tire down going into turn 1. He was briefly passed by Suarez, who then ran out of gas on the backstretch. Busch retook the lead but Dillon passed him coming off turn 4 to take the win. It was the only lap Dillon led all day.
    There were just 4 cautions for 16 laps and 12 lead changes among 8 leaders.
    The average speed was 143.008mph.
    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).(3-19-2016)

  • Auto Club XFINITY Race Fast Facts:
    Austin Dillon(i) won the 18th Annual 300 by Janssen, his seventh victory in 102 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his first victory and fourth top-10 finish in 2016.
    This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in four races at Auto Club Speedway.
    Kyle Busch(i) (second) posted his 14th top-10 finish in 17 races at Auto Club Speedway. It is his fourth top-10 finish in 2016.
    Darrell Wallace Jr. (third) posted his first top-10 finish in two races at Auto Club Speedway.
    Brandon Jones (ninth) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Daniel Suarez leads the point standings by 10 points over Elliott Sadler.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(3-19-2016)

  • XFINITY Driver standings following Auto Club:
    1) #19-Daniel Suarez, 182
    2) #1-Elliott Sadler, 172, -10
    3) #7-Justin Allgaier, 163, -19
    4) #33-Brandon Jones, 161, -21
    5) #3-Ty Dillon, 159, -23
    6) #62-Brendan Gaughan, 154, -28
    7) #20-Erik Jones, 152, -30
    8) #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., 134, -48
    9) #16-Ryan Reed, 133, -49
    10) #48-Brennan Poole, 130, -52
    11) #11-Blake Koch, 122, -60
    12) #43-Jeb Burton, 121, -61
    See complete owner and driver standings on the driver standings(pdf) and owner standings page (pdf).(3-19-2016)

  • 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: #52-Gase, 28th
    Caution 3: #70-Cope, 34th
    Caution 4: #98-Almirola, 11th


  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Daniel Suarez on XFINITY pole at Auto Club: #19-Daniel Suarez won the Coors Light pole for the 300 at Auto Club Speedway with a speed of 179.955mph. #20-Erik Jones will start second. The rest of the top 12: #18-Kyle Busch, #42-Kyle Larson, #1-Elliott Sadler, #2-Austin Dillon, #43-Jeb Burton, #11-Blake Koch, #48-Brennan Poole, #16-Ryan Reed, #22-Ryan Blaney, and #3-Ty Dillon.
    Did Not Qualify: #13-Carl Long & #89-Morgan Shepherd.
    The starting lineup is posted on the Auto Club starting lineup page (pdf).(3-19-2016)

  • Auto Club Qualifying Notes:
    Daniel Suarez won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 18th Annual 300 by Janssen with a lap of 40.010 seconds, 179.955 mph.
    This is his fourth pole in 40 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his first pole and fifth top-10 start in 2016.
    This is his first pole in two races at Auto Club Speedway.
    Erik Jones (second) posted his fifth top-10 start of 2016 and his second in two races at Auto Club Speedway.
    Kyle Busch(i) (third) posted his 12th top-10 start at Auto Club Speedway. It is his fourth in four races this season.
    Erik Jones (second) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(3-19-2016)

  • Qualifying Results (pdf)
  • Qualifying Rules
  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Austin Dillon fastest in XFINITY happy hour: #2-Austin Dillon was quickest during happy hour for the 300 with a speed of 176.622mph. He was followed by: #18-Kyle Busch, #22-Ryan Blaney, #3-Ty Dillon, #42-Kyle Larson, #19-Daniel Suarez, #20-Erik Jones, #43-Jeb Burton, #28-Dakoda Armstrong, and #16-Ryan Reed. 40 drivers participated in the session.
    See complete results on the Auto Club practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(3-18-2016)

  • Kyle Busch fastest in first XFINITY practice: #18-Kyle Busch was fastest during opening practice at Auto Club Speedway with a speed of 177.327mph. #20_Erik Jones was second, followed by: #42-Kyle Larson, #1-Elliott Sadler, #2-Austin Dillon, #22-Ryan Blaney, #19-Daniel Suarez, #16-Ryan Reed, #3-Ty Dillon, and #7-Justin Allgaier. 38 drivers practiced during the session.
    #7-Allgaier got into the wall during practice and will have to go to a backup car.
    See complete results on the Auto Club practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(3-18-2016)

  • XFINITY Entry List: There are 43 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's 300 at Auto Club Speedway. A few notes:
    Carl Long will be in the #13;
    Cody Ware will drive the RWR #15;
    Spencer Gallagher and the #21 team make their second attempt;
    Ryan Blaney will be in the #22 for Penske;
    Corey LaJoie returns to the #24;
    Eric McClure will drive the #25;
    Derek White is in the #40;
    Dylan Lupton remains in the #93.(3-14-2015)
    UPDATE: Todd Peck has moved from the #99 team to the #15 team and the #99 team has withdrawn.
    Cody Ware moves from the #15 to the #25.
    Matt DiBenedetto will drive the #10 for TriStar.
    Josh Wise will be in the #40.
    There are 42 cars entered.(3-18-2016)
    See the complete list on the Auto Club entry list page.


  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

  • Set limits:
    Xfinity: 8 sets for the event

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4650; Right-side -- D-4408

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.56 in. (2,224 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.43 in. (2,246 mm)

  • Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 21 psi; Left Rear -- 19 psi;
    Right Front -- 45 psi; Right Rear -- 42 psi

  • Notes: While teams in the NASCAR Xfinity and Sprint Cup Series will run the same left-side tire code at Fontana this week, they will run their own right-side codes . . . in Xfinity, teams previously ran this left-side tire code (D-4650) at Indianapolis last year . . . compared to what was run at Fontana in 2015, it features a slight construction change . . . this right-side tire code (D-4408) has been run at Fontana since 2011 . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run 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.

  • Goodyear Blimp: Goodyear's "Spirit of Innovation," based out of Carson, Calif., will be in the air over Auto Club Speedway this weekend . . . the ship will be a part of Fox's television coverage of the Xfinity race on Saturday and Sprint Cup race on Sunday.


    Suárez Extends Standings Lead On Way To California

    Following the second installment of the #NASCARGoesWest part of the XFINITY Series schedule, Daniel Suárez now finds himself with an eight-point lead over second-place Elliott Sadler.

    Suárez is honing his skills and has been quite impressive in the first four races of the season, posting two top fives and four top 10s, including a third-place finish this past weekend at Phoenix. Not only is Suárez racking up strong finishes, he is producing hefty loop data statistics. He hasn’t posted a driver rating less than 100 points this season and his average running position is 5.3. Suárez is also one of only five drivers this season to complete 100 percent of the laps scheduled thus far.

    The 24-year-old Joe Gibbs Racing driver heads to California this weekend for the 300 at Auto Club Speedway (4 p.m. ET on FS1). The young driver made his series track debut at Auto Club Speedway last season, starting 13th and finishing ninth.   

    Much of Suarez’s success can be attributed to his relationship with crew chief Scott Graves. Graves came to Joe Gibbs Racing this season following a 2015 campaign in which he led driver Chris Buescher and Roush Fenway Racing to a series title. Graves and Buescher finished fifth in this event last season.

    Top Five In Points Are Well Represented By JRM and RCR

    Joe Gibb Racing currently holds the top spot in the NASCAR XFINITY Series standings with driver Daniel Suarez, but the rest of the top five is made up of drivers from JR Motorsports and Richard Childress Racing.

    In second is JR Motorsports driver Elliott Sadler (-8). Sadler held the points lead for the first two races of the season, but dropped to second following Las Vegas. Sadler’s consistency has been his advantage. In four starts this season, he has posted one top five and four top 10s. His average finish in 2016 is 7.3. Sadler has made 11 starts at Auto Club, posting three top fives and seven top 10s. 

    Third is occupied by Richard Childress Racing’s Ty Dillon (-9). Dillon’s season started slow with a 13th-place finish at Daytona, but has since picked up, finishing the subsequent three races with a top five and two top 10s. Dillon has two starts at Auto Club, posting one top 10 and an average finish of 11.0.
    Fourth currently belongs to veteran Justin Allgaier (-12), who joined JR Motorsports this season. In four starts this year, Allgaier has posted one top five and three top 10s. Allgaier has made seven series starts at Auto Club posting two top 10s and an average finish of 14.6.

    Rounding out the top five in points is Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate / Richard Childress Racing driver Brandon Jones (-15). Jones kicked the season off with a top-10 finish at Daytona and has run consistently ever since. His average finish this season is a 9.8. This weekend will be Jones’ series track debut.

    Erik Jones A Serious Contender This Season

    Erik Jones is looking to become the fourth driver to win a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and a NASCAR XFINITY Series title, joining Greg Biffle, Johnny Benson and Austin Dillon. Despite Jones’ hiccup to open the season at Daytona, he has been the best championship contender since then, posting three top fives and sitting sixth in the series standings, just 18 points behind his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Daniel Suárez.

    In the last three races (Atlanta, Las Vegas and Phoenix), Jones hasn’t started worse than second and hasn’t finished worse than third. His average finish in the last three races is 2.7. In the process, Jones has jumped from 22nd to sixth in championship points.

    Jones heads to California this weekend to continue his streak of top-three finishes he has going this season. In his series debut at Auto Club Speedway last year, he won the pole and finished third.

    Owner Points Battle Is Tight At The Top

    Just 10 points separate the top four car owners in the NASCAR XFINITY Series owner standings following the fourth race of the season. Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 18 is on top of standings followed by JR Motorsports’ No. 88 (-7), Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 19 (-9) and Richard Childress Racing’s No. 2 (-9).

    Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 18 team, led by crew chief Chris Gayle, has been unstoppable since being in an accident at Daytona, winning the following three races with driver Kyle Busch. Seven drivers in series history have won three or more consecutive races. Only two drivers have done it more than once - Sam Ard (four wins: 9/17/1983 - 10/8/1983); (three wins: 5/5/1984 - 5/19/1984) and Kyle Busch (three wins: (4/5/2008 - 4/20/2008); (three wins: 3/16/2013 - 4/12/2013). This weekend Kyle Busch has the opportunity to become the second driver in series history to win four consecutive races, joining Ard. In 16 starts at Auto Club Speedway, Busch has posted a series-leading six wins. His average finish at ACS is 6.6.   

    Busch will have his work cut out for him this weekend. Defending winner Kevin Harvick is also entered and will be driving the No. 88 Chevrolet for JR Motorsports. Harvick has made 19 starts at Auto Club, posting one win, 12 top fives and 16 top 10s.

    NASCAR XFINITY Series Etc.:

    NASCAR XFINITY Series in California:  Though all three NASCAR national series have combined to race on 17 different tracks in the state of California, the NASCAR XFINITY Series has only competed at one - Auto Club Speedway. Auto Club has hosted 26 series events dating back to the inaugural NASCAR XFINITY Series race held on 10/19/1997 and won by Todd Bodine.

    California Drivers In The NASCAR XFINITY Series: Of the 431 California natives that have competed in at least one NASCAR national series event, only 68 have competed in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, led by Kevin Harvick with 329 series career starts. Of the 68 Californians who have competed in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, only 15 have won a race and just seven have won multiple races. Kevin Harvick leads all Californians with 46 NASCAR XFINITY Series wins.

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