NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: Auto Club 400

TRACK: Auto Club Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #5 of 36 for the 2015 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Sunday, March 22, 2015 in Fontana, CA

Title Sponsor: Auto Club

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:46pm/et

TELEVISION COVERAGE

RADIO COVERAGE

ONLINE STREAMING

EVENT SCHEDULE
Sprint Cup Series

Event Schedule times are local to the track

Thursday, March 19
7:00 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, March 20
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN & INSPECTION BEGINS
11:00 AM NSCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
12:00 - 1:15 PM NSCS PRACTICE
4:50 PM NSCS QUALIFYING

Saturday, March 21
7:00 AM - 3:30 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
8:30 - 9:25 AM NSCS PRACTICE
11:30 AM - 12:25 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE

Sunday, March 22
7:30 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
10:30 AM NSCS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING
12:00 PM NSCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
12:30 PM NSCS RACE

Auto Club Sunday Pre-Race Schedule (Eastern Time):
3:20 p.m.: Team Fastrax Skydiving team (landing to the Turn 1 side of the stage and in field).
3:30 p.m.: Intro to presentation of colors, California Army National Guard Color Guard.
3:30 p.m.: Invocation by Bill Mauldin, MRO.
3:30 p.m.: Intro to national anthem.
3:31 p.m.: National anthem by 'American Idol' contestants and Scott Borchetta.
3:32 p.m.: Fly-by from Turn 4 to Turn 1.
3:37 p.m.: Command to start engines by 'American Idol' contestants and Scott Borchetta.
3:46 p.m.: Green flag for Auto Club 400 (200 laps, 400 miles).
(NASCAR.com)

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
All event schedule times above are listed in LOCAL track time

PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(these times in eastern time)

  • Practices:
    Friday, March 20, 3:00 - 4:15 pm/et, TV-FS1
    Saturday, March 21, 11:30 am - 12:25 pm/et, TV-FS2

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, March 21, 2:30 - 3:25 pm/et, TV-FS1

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-36, Friday, March 20 at 7:50 pm/et, TV-FS1, re-air scheduled for Saturday, March 21 at 4:30am/et and 9:00am/et on FS1.

PURSE/RACE AWARDS

2015: $5,950,387
2014: $5,956,154
2013: $5,899,231
2012: $5,847,881
2011: $5,716,005
2010: $6,021,218
2009: $6,192,388
2008: $6,144,605
2007: $6,065,926
2006: $5,929,304
2005: $5,804,876
2004: $5,836,554

TRACK NEWS & LINKS

  • Track Specifications:
    Track/Race Length: 2.0 mile D-shaped oval, 200 laps, 400 miles
    Superspeedway: 2.0-mile oval 75 feet wide with a 15 foot apron
    Banking: turns: 14°; front stretch 11°; backstretch 3°
    Front Stretch: 3,100feet
    Back Stretch: 2,500feet
    Pit Road: 2,200 feet long with 44 individual pit stalls
    Pit Road Speed: 55mph
    Pace Car Speed: 60mph
    Approx: 1,800 Infield RV spaces
    Grandstand seating capacity: 84,000
    Opened: 1997

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Scott Borchetta and American Idol FinalistsA
    Command to start engines: Scott Borchetta and American Idol Finalists
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Dwight Yoakam
    Honorary Pace Car Driver: Eric Stonestreet
    Color Guard: California Army National Guard Color GuardA
    Invocation: Bill Mauldin, MRO
    National Anthem: American Idol Finalists
    Flyover: T-16 Warbirds

  • Track Websites & Social Media:
    Auto Club Speedway Website
    ISC Motorsports
    Twitter
    Facebook
    YouTube
    Google+
    MySpace
    Track Stats - Racing-reference.info

  • March 2014: see the Auto Club Race Info page

  • March 2014 Race Winner: #18-Kyle Busch, 132.987mph, started 14th

  • The Final October 2010 Race Winner: #14-Tony Stewart, 131.953, started 22nd
  • Track Race Record: #14-Tony Stewart, 3/25/2012, 160.166mph
  • Slowest Race Record: #38-Elliott Sadler, Sept 2004, 128.324mph
  • Oldest Winner: Rusty Wallace, 44 years, 8 months, 15 days, 4/29/2001
  • Youngest Winner: Kyle Busch, 20 years, 4 months, 2 days, 9/4/2005
  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Matt Kenseth, 2/26/2006, started 31st

  • March 2014 Pole Winner: #20-Matt Kenseth, 187.315, finished 4th

  • The Final October 2010 Pole Winner: #1-Jamie McMurray, 185.285, finished 17th
  • Track Qualifying Record: #5-Kyle Busch, Feb 2005, 188.425mph
  • Oldest Pole Winner: Mike Skinner, 42 years, 10 months, 2 days, 4/30/2000
  • Youngest Pole Winner: Kyle Busch, 19 years, 9 months, 25 days, 2/27/2005

  • Top 10 Driver Ratings at Auto Club Speedway
    #48-Jimmie Johnson............................120.1
    #18-Kyle Busch............................110.0
    #20-Matt Kenseth............................106.2
    #14-Tony Stewart............................100.7
    #99-Carl Edwards............................97.8
    #24-Jeff Gordon............................97.3
    #4-Kevin Harvick............................94.7
    #16-Greg Biffle............................93.7
    #15-Clint Bowyer............................92.1
    #5-Kasey Kahne............................91.5
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2014 races (16 total) among active drivers at Auto Club Speedway. Formula combining the following categories: Win, Finish, Top-15 Finish, Average Running Position while on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.
    See an explanation how the Driver Rating is calculated at NASCAR.com.(NASCAR)

  • Auto Club Speedway Notes & Facts - Thursday - history:
    " Groundbreaking for California Speedway, as Auto Club Speedway was originally known, took place in November 1995.
    " The first race at Auto Club Speedway was a NASCAR K&N Pro Series, West race won by Ken Schrader on June 21, 1997.
    " The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was held on June 22, 1997 and won by Jeff Gordon.
    " September 2004 was the first night race at Auto Club Speedway and that also was the first year both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR Nationwide Series ran two races in a season there.
    " The track name was changed to Auto Club Speedway (ACS) in February 2008.
    (NASCAR)(3-19-2015)

  • Auto Club Speedway Notes & Facts - Friday - poles:
    " 16 drivers have poles at Auto Club Speedway, led by Denny Hamlin and Kurt Busch with three each.
    " Denny Hamlin (2011, 2012), Kurt Busch (2006 sweep) and Jamie McMurray (2010 sweep) are the three drivers to win consecutive poles at Auto Club Speedway.
    " California-native Jimmie Johnson became the first and only driver to win from the pole at Auto Club Speedway in 2008.
    " Only two ACS races have been won from the front row both by six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, fall of 2008 (pole); and the fall of 2007 (second-place).
    " Nine of the 25 (36%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Auto Club Speedway have been won from a top-five starting position.
    " 13 of the 25 (52%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Auto Club Speedway have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    " Seven of the 24 (28%) races have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
    " The deepest in the field that a race winner has started was 31st, by Matt Kenseth in the spring of 2006.
    " The most proficient starting position at ACS is pretty random. Three starting positions (third, ninth and 24th) have produced three winners each.
    " Three active drivers have posted their first NSCS Coors Light pole at Auto Club Speedway: Carl Edwards (9/4/2005) and Joe Nemechek (6/22/1997). Kyle Busch won his first pole (2/27/05) and first series win (9/4/05) at ACS in 2005.
    (NASCAR)(3-20-2015)

  • Auto Club Speedway Notes & Facts - Saturday - drivers:
    " 137 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club; 108 in more than one.
    " Jeff Gordon leads the series in starts at Auto Club Speedway with 25.
    " Joe Nemechek won the inaugural Coors Light pole (1997) with a speed of 183.015 mph (39.341 secs.).
    " Jimmie Johnson leads the series in runner-up finishes at Auto Club Speedway with five; followed by his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon with four.
    " Jimmie Johnson leads the series in top-five finishes at Auto Club Speedway with 12; followed by Jeff Gordon (10), Matt Kenseth (nine), Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch (eight each).
    " Matt Kenseth leads the series in top-10 finishes with 15; followed by Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards (14 each) and Tony Stewart (13).
    " Jimmie Johnson leads the series in average finish at ACS with a 6.650.
    " Jimmie Johnson (6.6), Carl Edwards (8.5) and Matt Kenseth (9.8) are the only three active drivers with an average finish in the top 10 at Auto Club Speedway.
    " Greg Biffle (4/28/02) and J.J. Yeley (9/5/04) made their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career starts at Auto Club Speedway.
    " Jimmie Johnson posted his first series career win at Auto Club Speedway on April 28, 2002.
    " Jimmie Johnson (fall of 2009 - spring of 2010) and Kyle Busch (2013, 2014) are the only drivers to win consecutive races at Auto Club Speedway.
    " 12 of the 14 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers who have won at Auto Club Speedway participated in at least two or more races before visiting Victory Lane. Jeff Gordon (1997 - inaugural event) and Jimmie Johnson (2002) are the only drivers to win at ACS in their first appearance.
    " Tony Stewart competed at Auto Club Speedway 18 times before winning in the fall of 2010; the longest span of any the 14 winners. Only Stewart (18) and Kevin Harvick (17) have made 10 or more attempts before their first win at Auto Club Speedway.
    " Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads all active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Auto Club Speedway without visiting Victory Lane at 22.
    " Three reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions have gone on to win at Auto Club Speedway the following season: Tony Stewart (2012), Jeff Gordon (1999) and Jimmie Johnson - the only one to do it multiple times (2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010).
    " Two drivers have won at Auto Club Speedway and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship in the same season: Jeff Gordon (1997) and Jimmie Johnson (2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010).
    " Two female drivers have competed at Auto Club Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Shawna Robinson and Danica Patrick. **Note: Robinson first attempted to qualify for the race at ACS on 4/29/2001 but failed to make the event.
    (NASCAR)(3-21-2015)

  • Auto Club Speedway Notes & Facts - Sunday - race:
    " There have been 25 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Auto Club Speedway, the track hosted one NSCS race a season from 1997-2003, then two races per season from 2004-2010. In 2011 Auto Club Speedway returned to a single race season.
    " 14 different drivers have won at ACS, led by Jimmie Johnson (five). Three other drivers have multiple wins at Auto Club Speedway: Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth each have three wins, Tony Stewart has two.
    " Hendrick Motorsports leads the series in wins at Auto Club Speedway with nine, followed by Roush Fenway Racing with seven and Stewart Haas Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing each have two.
    " There have been three green-white-checkered finishes at Auto Club Speedway: 2005 (250/254), 2006 (250/251) and 2014 (200/206).
    " Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Auto Club Speedway was the (3/27/2011) race won by Kevin Harvick with a MOV of 0.144 second over Jimmie Johnson.
    (NASCAR)(3-22-2015)

  • For news, stats, records and more about this race track, see: Jayski.com's Auto Club Speedway Track News/Rumors/Links page

RACE RUNDOWN....News & Links

  • Keselowski wins at Auto Club: #2-Brad Keselowski won the Auto Club 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway for his 1st win of the season, 1st win at Auto Club Speedway and his 17th career win. He took the lead from #41-Busch on the final lap of a second green-white-checker attempt.
    #4-Harvick passed Busch coming to the checkered flag to finish second. Harvick has five straight top 2 finish to start the season, the first time that has happened in NASCAR. He also has finished first or second in the last eight consecutive races. Richard Petty holds the record with 11 consecutive top 2 finishes.
    Busch held on for 3rd, the rest of the top 10: #27-Menard, #31-Newman, #88-Earnhardt, Jr., #22-Logano, #78-Truex, Jr., #48-Johnson, and #24-Gordon.
    All 43 cars were running at the end of the race, the first time that has happened since the Brickyard 400 in 2013.
    Harvick continues to hold the Chase points lead, now 28 points over #22-Logano.
    There were 19 lead changes among 9 drivers. There were 7 cautions for 31 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 140.662mph.
    See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Penalty Report (pdf) and Lap Summary Report (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(3-22-2015)

  • Race Fast Facts - Auto Club Speedway:
    Brad Keselowski won the 19th Annual Auto Club 400, his 17th victory in 202 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first victory and fourth top-10 finish in 2015.
    This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in seven races at Auto Club Speedway.
    Keselowski led only one lap of the race (Lap 209).
    Kevin Harvick (second) posted his 10th top-10 finish in 22 races at Auto Club Speedway. It is his fifth top-10 finish in 2015.
    Kevin Harvick has now finished first or second in eight consecutive races. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series record is 11, by Richard Petty in 1975.
    Kurt Busch (third) posted his 12th top-10 finish in 22 races at Auto Club Speedway.
    Brett Moffitt (22nd) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Kevin Harvick leads the point standings by 28 points over Joey Logano.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(3-22-2015)

  • 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase Standings:
    [after Auto Club, race 5 of 36]
    (by wins, then by points)
    1) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 228
    2) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 197, -28
    3) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 163, -62
    4) #48-Jimmie Johnson [1 win], 159, -66
    5) #78-Truex Jr., 192, -33
    6) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 164, -61
    7) #31-Ryan Newman, 162, -63
    8) #5-Kasey Kahne, 159, -66
    9) #27-Paul Menard, 152, -73
    10) #43-Aric Almirola, 138, -87
    11) #47-AJ Allmendinger, 137, -88
    12) #13-Casey Mears, 132, -93
    13) #20-Matt Kenseth, 127, -98
    14) #11-Denny Hamlin, 125, -100
    15) #18-David Ragan, 124, -101
    16) #1-Jamie McMurray, 120, -105
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc)
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).(3-22-2015)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Auto Club: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #23-Yeley, 37th
    Caution 2: #3-Dillon, 16th
    Caution 3: #13-Mears, 23rd
    Caution 4: #13-Mears (2), 23rd
    Caution 5: #3-Dillon (2), 16th
    Caution 6: #20-Kenseth, 31st
    Caution 7: #6-Bayne, 29th
    (3-22-2015)

  • Race Coverage of the Auto Club 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, March 22, 2015.
    Television (TV): FOX at 3:30 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 3:00pm/et; green flag approx. 3:46pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    Monday, March 23 at 10:00am/et on FS1;
    Monday, March 23 at 2:00pm/et on FS2

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Auto Club 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway have been made.
    Pole sitter #41-Busch chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #4-Harvick took pit stall 12a, with an opening in front of it.
    #20-Kenseth, who starts 3rd took the 43rd and final pit stall
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(3-21-2015)

  • Highlights of NASCAR's changes on pit road in 2015:
    " Number of officials on pit road during race reduced from 43 to 10.
    " 45 HD cameras will be mounted on the grandstand side of each track and directed toward pit road to monitor pit stops and officials call or clear penalties.
    " Every camera looks at two pit stalls and the cameras record 100 percent of the race.
    " Video feeds from cameras are fed to a production truck in the TV compound where eight NASCAR officials monitor stops for violations.
    " Pit road speeding penalties will still be called from race control based on scoring loops.
    " Pit stalls are laser measured
    " Missing Lug Nuts are no longer a penalty.
    " Fueling can start once car is stopped.
    " Fueling can continue until car leaves pit stall.

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
    Official Race & Points Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Owners Points
    Lap Summary Report
    Penalty Report
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 2 Speeds
    Pitstalls
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Qualifying Order
    Latest Entry List
    Preliminary Entry List

  • NASCAR Green-White-Checkered Race Procedure: NASCAR allows a maximum of three restart attempts prior to the White Flag under NASCAR's Green-White-Checkered flag finish. If the leader has taken the White Flag and the caution flag is displayed, the field is frozen and the race will not be restarted. Previously, there was only one restart attempt. The procedure applies to all three national series. See rule and notes on the Green-White-Checker rule page.

  • See Jayski.com's - 2015 Sprint Cup Race Results Page for pole winner, race winner with speed and starting/finishing position, links to race results, drivers & owners points, pit stall selections, qualifying results/starting lineup and practice speeds as well as link to race track and race information page for each race

QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES

  • Final practice for the Auto Club 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway is over after 55 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest two and some notes:
    #41-Busch 184.971
    #27-Menard 183.885
    #4-Harvick 183.220
    #13-Mears 183.146
    #48-Johnson 182.992
    Most laps run: #41-Busch & #48-Johnson, 45
    slowest:#26-Burton 175.966 & #32-Bliss 175.161.
    notes: #55-Moffitt made light contact with the outside wall. Very little damage.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, best 10 Consecutive Lap Average on the Auto Club practice 3 speeds page (pdf).(3-21-2015)

  • First Saturday practice for the Auto Club 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway is over, after 55 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest two and some notes:
    #41-Busch 187.115
    #48-Johnson 184.247
    #18-Ragan 184.237
    #31-Newman 183.969
    #33-Scott 183.960
    Most laps run: #1-McMurray 46, #48-Johnson 39
    slowest: #26-Burton 175.708 & #62-Gaughan 174.419
    notes: #43-Almirola and #88-Earnhardt have made light contact with the wall. Just some sheetmetal damage for both.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, best 10 Consecutive Lap Average on the Auto Club practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(3-21-2015)

  • Kurt Busch wins Auto Club pole: #41-Kurt Busch won the Coors Light pole for the Auto Club 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway with speed of 185.142mph for his 1st pole of 2015, 4th at Auto Club and 17th of his career.
    #4-Harvick is on the outside pole followed by #20-Kenseth, #18-Ragan, #42-Larson, #11-Hamlin, #24-Gordon, #2-Keselowski, #31-Newman, #15-Bowyer, #27-Menard, and #78-Truex, Jr..
    Missing the race were: #29-Sorenson, #44-Kvapil.
    See the starting lineup, round-by-round qualifying results and more on Jayski.com's Auto Club Qualifying Page.(3-20-2015)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Auto Club:
    Kurt Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 19th Annual Auto Club 400 with a lap of 38.889 seconds, 185.142 mph.
    This is his 17th pole in 509 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first pole and second top-10 start in 2015.
    This is his fourth pole in 22 races at Auto Club Speedway, a track record.
    Kevin Harvick (second) posted his third top-10 start of 2015 and his seventh in 22 races at Auto Club Speedway.
    Matt Kenseth (third) posted his sixth top-10 start at Auto Club Speedway. It is his third in five races this season.
    Jeb Burton (34th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(3-20-2015)

  • Second Round of Qualifying for the Auto Club 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway is over after 10 scheduled minutes.
    #41-Busch 185.038
    #11-Hamlin 184.615
    #24-Gordon 184.535
    #18-Ragan 184.478
    #4-Harvick 184.237
    the rest of the top 12: 2 20 31 15 42 78 27;
    out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 22 48 19 9 88 47 5 14 3 10 43 46
    (3-20-2015)

  • First Round of Qualifying for the Auto Club 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway is over, after 15 scheduled minutes.
    #20-Kenseth 185.610
    #4-Harvick 185.066
    #41-Busch 184.715
    #18-Ragan 184.511
    #42-Larson 184.459
    the rest of the top 24: 11 48 2 88 27 31 22 24 5 3 19 9 47 15 78 10 14 43 46;
    out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 33 1 17 7 16 55 51 35 34 26 98 6 13 62 32 44 40 29 23 83 38
    Drivers who will miss the race: #44-Kvapil & #29-Sorenson.
    (3-20-2015)

  • Friday practice for the Auto Club 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway is over after 76 minutes, the top five, slowest two and some notes:
    #41-Busch 186.741
    #11-Hamlin 185.385
    #78-Truex, Jr. 185.180
    #2-Keselowski 185.019
    #48-Johnson 185.000
    Most laps run: #24-Gordon 22, #88-Earnhardt, Jr. 17
    slowest: #83-DiBenedetto 175.174 & #62-Gaughan 174.571.
    notes: #16-Biffle scraped the wall early in the session, suffering some sheet metal damage. #19-Edwards hit the wall coming off Turn 4 just minutes before practice ended. He will go to a backup car.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, best 10 Consecutive Lap Average on the Auto Club practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(3-20-2015)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Auto Club 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway is scheduled for Friday, March 20, 2015 at 7:50pm/et.
    Television (TV): FS1, 7:30pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: Saturday, March 21 at 4:30am/et and 9:00am/et on FS1.

  • Qualifying Order for the Auto Club 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway is posted. 45 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #3-Dillon.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #42-Larson.
    Qualifying order is set by a random draw, held about an hour before the first practice.
    See the full qualifying order on Jayski.com's Auto Club Qualifying Page.(3-20-2015)

  • NASCAR adjusts track schedules for next three races:
    NASCAR officials have tweaked the opening day schedules for upcoming Spring Cup Series races at Las Vegas, Phoenix and Auto Club Speedway after delays in pre-qualifying inspection a week ago resulted in 13 teams failing to make it onto the track in time for qualifying. Friday's opening practice for Sprint Cup teams, originally scheduled to last 1 hour, 25 minutes, has been shortened by 10 minutes at all three tracks. Qualifying for the three events will now take place five minutes later than previously scheduled. Those changes provide an additional 15 minutes of time for teams to prepare their cars for inspection and for officials to complete the inspection process. The revised schedules, which also note that qualifying inspection now begins five minutes after the completion of Friday's practice, are for the three West Coast races. No adjustments have been made for races beyond the Auto Club event. Teams have 50 minutes after practice to present their cars for inspection, at which time all work on the entries must cease.(NASCAR.com)(3-5-2015)

  • Entry List for the Auto Club 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway is posted, 45 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #29-Sorenson, #32-Bliss, #33-Scott, #34-Chris Buescher, #44-Kvapil, #55-Moffitt, #66-Wallace, #83-DiBenedetto.
    Drivers who need to be in the top-36 in speed and have no provisional available to them (lowest in owners points): #44-Kvapil (46th in owners pts), #29-Sorenson (49th)
    Drivers who would miss the race if qualifying is canceled (least race attempts): #29-Sorenson (3 attempts, 49th owners pts), #44-Kvapil (3, 46th)
    The #66 team has withdrawn.
    See the full entry list at my Jayski.com's Auto Club Entry List

  • For the new group qualifying rules and format, see my Qualifying Rules page

  • How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph

  • 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase Standings:
    [after Phoenix, race 4 of 36]
    (by wins, then by points)
    1) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 182
    2) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 160, -22
    3) #48-Jimmie Johnson [1 win], 124, -58
    4) #78-Truex Jr., 155, -27
    5) #5-Kasey Kahne, 132, -50
    6) #47-AJ Allmendinger, 127, -55
    7) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 126, -56
    8) #31-Ryan Newman, 123, -59
    9) #2-Brad Keselowski, 116, -66
    10) #20-Matt Kenseth, 113, -69
    11) #27-Paul Menard, 112, -70
    12) #13-Casey Mears, 111, -71
    13) #11-Denny Hamlin, 108, -74
    14) #43-Aric Almirola, 105, -77
    15) #15-Clint Bowyer, 101, -81
    16) #16-Greg Biffle, 101, -81
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc)
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).(3-15-2015)

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CHASSIS SELECTIONS

  • Chassis selections for this weeks race: see the list of many teams [that report or post them] and what chassis were selected by the team to run in Auto Club 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway.
    If a driver/team is not listed, the team doe NOT report chassis information on pre-race PR, website or social media:
    THESE are the ONLY teams now reporting Chassis info
    #3-Austin Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 481 in the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway. Dillon raced this Chevrolet to a 39th-place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March, after spending time in the garage making repairs. This is the same Chevrolet SS that Dillon raced in 2014 to a 25th-place finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway, a 13th-place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway in October, a 16th-place finish at Chicagoland Speedway in September, a 22nd-place finish at Michigan International Speedway in August and a 10th-place finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July.
    #4-Kevin Harvick: Chassis No. 4-846: Kevin Harvick will pilot the No. 4 Jimmy John's/Budweiser Chevrolet SS built on Chassis No. 4-846 in the Auto Club 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. Built in 2014, Chassis No. 4-846 made its debut at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway in March, when it started 27th and led 28 laps before being collected in a late-race accident and finishing 39th. It made its second appearance at Dover (Del.) International Speedway in June, when it started eighth, led 24 laps and finished 17th. At Pocono (Pa.) Raceway in August, No. 4-846 started sixth, led five laps and finished second. In its most recent appearance, Harvick started fourth, led 17 laps and finished fifth at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway in September.
    #5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Keith Rodden has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-923 for Sunday's race at Fontana. It is a brand new chassis.
    #10-Danica Patrick: Chassis No. 761: Danica Patrick will pilot Chassis No. 761 in the Auto Club 400. Previously raced by Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) teammates Kurt Busch and Ryan Newman, Chassis No. 761 has two prior starts. In June 2013, the car made its debut with Newman at the wheel at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. He started fifth and finished 36th in that event after getting caught up in an accident. Last May, Busch raced Chassis No. 761 in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. He started the race from the tail of the field and was running inside the top-10 before the car's engine expired at lap 271.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-754: This car debuted in March 2013 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where it qualified ninth and finished a solid 11th. Prior to Las Vegas, it had never turned a wheel on a racetrack, but it did spend considerable time in the wind tunnel. Its second start came in April 2013 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, where it qualified 13th and struggled with its handling before finishing 21st. Its last start of 2013 came in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, where it started 13th and finished 14th in the non-points event. Chassis No. 14-754 sat idle until 2014, where under the direction of crew chief Chad Johnston, it was completely rebuilt. It came out of the box strong in its fourth career start in April at Texas, winning the pole and leading three times for 74 laps before finishing 10th. Chassis No. 14-754 made a second All-Star Race appearance at Charlotte in 2014. It had a quiet night, starting 15th and finishing 12th. The car hasn't turned a wheel since, but with new Chevy SS sheet metal honed in the wind tunnel, it returns to action this weekend at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.
    #15-Clint Bowyer: Chassis No. 800 serves as the primary chassis for Bowyer at Fontana. This chassis raced in 2014 at Kentucky in July (23rd), Dover in June (4th) and Bristol in August (17th). Chassis No. 816 serves as the back-up chassis. This chassis raced in 2014 at Atlanta and Charlotte in the Fall where parts failures relegated him to 38th-place and 43rd-place finishes.
    #24-Jeff Gordon: Crew chief Alan Gustafson has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 24-921 for Sunday's race, scheduled for 200 laps. The chassis is brand new and has never been raced.
    #27-Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 487 for this weekend's 400-mile event in Fontana., Calif. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS has already seen NASCAR Sprint Cup Series action in 2015 at Atlanta Motor Speedway where Menard started and finished in the 13th spot.
    #31-Ryan Newman will drive chassis No. 504 in Sunday's Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway. This No. 31 Chevrolet SS is a brand new car and will take to the track for the first time on Friday when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams practice and qualify at the two-mile, D-shaped oval.
    #32-Mike Bliss Crew Chief Clinton Cram will be bringing chassis 784 to serve as the primary car. This chassis previously ran in Atlanta three weeks ago. Chassis 742 will serve as the backup car.
    #33-Brian Scott is scheduled to pilot chassis No. 441 in Sunday's Auto Club 400. This No. 33 Chevrolet SS is a brand new car taking to the track for the first time on Friday when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams practice and qualify at the two-mile speedway.
    #41-Kurt Busch Chassis No. 837: Kurt Busch will pilot Chassis No. 837 in Sunday's Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. Formerly a No. 10 chassis for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) teammate Danica Patrick, Chassis No. 837 debuted in May 2014 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, where Patrick had one of the best outings of her career as she started ninth and finished seventh. Its next event was in June at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, where she started 10th and finished 21st. Chassis No. 837 was then tested Aug. 25 and 26 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois before being used at the same racetrack in September, where Patrick started 18th and finished 19th. Chassis No. 837 will see its first laps of 2015 competition this weekend.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: For this weekend's event, crew chief Chad Knaus has selected chassis No. 48-891, which finished ninth in Homestead last November. The backup car is No. 48-824, which Johnson raced at Pocono last June.
    #55-Brian Vickers: Primary: 808- In 2014, Vickers finished 26th at Darlington, 42nd and 19th at the Michigan races, 15th at Dover in September and 23rd at Homestead. Backup: 813-Clint Bowyer drove chassis to 17th at Charlotte in May, 10th and sixth at Michigan races and ninth at Dover in September.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Crew chief Greg Ives will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-924 for this weekend's 400-mile event. It is a brand new chassis that has not been raced.
    (from numerous team PR's/sites)

TIRE NOTES & FACTS

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 12 sets for the race;
    Xfinity: 8 sets for the event

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4636; 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 -- 22 psi; Left Rear -- 20 psi;
    Right Front -- 45 psi; Right Rear -- 42 psi

  • Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series will run the same tire set-up at Fontana this week . . . while this is the first time these teams have run this left-side tire code (D-4636), they have run this right-side code (D-4408) at this track since 2011 . . . compared to what was run at Fontana last year, this left-side tire features a slight construction change, and a compound change to enhance grip . . . Goodyear held a tire test at Fontana last October 28-29 . . . teams and drivers participating in that test were the No. 6 Roush Fenway Ford with Trevor Bayne, No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet with Kyle Larson, No. 55 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota with Brian Vickers and No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet with Martin Truex Jr. . . . 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.

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