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THE RACE: Pepsi 500

TRACK: Auto Club Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #30 of 36 for the 2009 season
Chase for the Sptint Cup race #4 of 10
(Updated: often, leading up to the race)

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  • Race: Sunday, October 11, 2009 in Fontana, CA

  • Title Sponsor: Pepsi

  • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:31pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR Countdown: ABC - 2:30pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: ABC, 3:15pm/et

  • TV Announcers: Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree, Dr. Jerry Punch
    Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Shannon Spake, Vince Welch
    Studio: Allen Bestwick, Tim Brewer, Brad Daugherty, Rusty Wallace

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 12:30pm/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Monday, October 12 at 3:00am/et on ESPN2
    Monday, October 12 at 12:00pm/et on ESPN Classic
    Wednesday, October 14 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

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  • Practices:
    Friday, October 9, 2:30 - 4:00 pm/et, TV-SPEED
    Saturday, October 10, 1:30 - 2:15 pm/et, TV-none scheduled

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, October 10, 2:45 - 3:45pm/et, TV-ESPN2 at 3:00pm/et


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RACE RUNDOWN
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  • Johnson wins at Auto Club Speedway: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the Pepsi 500 at Auto Club Speedway for his 5th win of the season and 45th of his career. #24-Gordon finished 2nd (for the second race in a row) followed by #42-Montoya (his fourth top 5 in a row), #5-Martin, #14-Stewart (who overcame a speeding penalty and came back from a lap down), #99-Edwards, #6-Ragan, #2-Busch, #33-Bowyer, and #29-Harvick. Other chase driver finishes: #39-Newman 15th, #16-Biffle 20th (was involved in a wreck late in the race and spun through the infield), #83-Vickers (was also involved in the final wreck) 29th, #9-Kahne (also in the final couple accidents) 34th, and #11-Hamlin (in an accident on a restart on lap 189 when he cut down in front of Montoya while leading and hit the front retaining wall) 37th. There were 8 cautions for 29 caution laps, a 21 minute red flag during the last caution, and there were 30 lead changes among 9 drivers.
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: ESPN2: Monday, October 12 at 3:00am/et, ESPN Classic: Monday, October 12 at 12:00pm/et, SPEED, Wednesday, October 14 at 12:00pm/et.
    For race results, awards and more, see my Auto Club Race Results Page.(10-11-2009)

  • Auto Club Notes and Facts:
    * Jimmie Johnson won the Pepsi 500 at Auto Club Speedway. It marked the third straight victory by Johnson in the fall race at California. He scored his fourth Cup win in 14 races at California, the most by any driver.
    * A Chase driver won the 21st straight Chase race.
    * Johnson scored his 45th career victory in his 285th start. He took over sole possession of 14th on NASCAR's all-time wins list.
    * Johnson took the points lead by 12 over Mark Martin. Johnson scored his fifth victory in 2009, tying Martin for the most by a driver in 2009. It marked his second victory in the four Chase races. He also won at Dover.
    * Johnson has won a race in eight consecutive seasons (2002 to 2009).
    * Johnson scored his sixth straight top-10 finish at California.
    * Hendrick Motorsports earned its eighth victory at California, the most by any team.
    * Johnson scored the 11th win for Hendrick Motorsports this season.
    * Johnson led 10 times for a race-high 126 laps, including the final seven. Johnson has led in 41 of the 54 Chase races. He has led in 25 of the 30 races this season, the only driver to do so.
    * Johnson's worst finish in the past 30 Chase races is 15th (Texas and Homestead in 2008).
    * Chevrolet has scored 16 wins in 2009, leading all manufacturers. Toyota has nine, while Dodge has three and Ford has two.
    * Jeff Gordon (second) scored his fourth straight top-15 finish at California and second runner-up finish in the Chase. He finished second at Kansas. Gordon has finished second in eight of the 30 races in 2009.
    * Juan Pablo Montoya (third) posted his best finish and first top-10 in six races at California. Montoya is the only driver to score top-5 finishes in all four Chase races. He remained third, 58 points behind new points leader Johnson.
    * Martin (fourth) scored his seventh straight top-10 finish, extending a streak that began at Bristol.
    * Tony Stewart (fifth) scored his third top-10 finish in the past four races at California. He has been running at the finish in the past 53 races, the longest current streak.
    * Carl Edwards (sixth) scored his fifth straight top-10 finish at California.
    * Matt Kenseth (13th) ended an eight-race streak of top-10 finishes at California.
    * Kyle Busch (24th) ended an eight-race streak of top-10 finishes at California.
    * Jeff Burton (30th) has finished 16th or worse in the past 16 races since Michigan in June.
    * Joey Logano (14th) was the highest-finishing rookie of the year contender.
    * Denny Hamlin (37th) was the lowest-finishing Chase driver at California.
    * Elliott Sadler (32nd) ended a 52-race streak of running at the finish (accident).
    * The top 10 consisted of seven Chevrolets, two Fords and one Dodge.
    (Racing Resources/ESPN)(10-12-2009)

  • UNOFFICIAL Sprint Cup CHASE Standings
    [after Auuto Club, Chase race 4 of 10; Season race 30 of 36]:

    pos, car#, driver, points, behind, [wins], race finish
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [5 wins], 5728, finished 1st
    2) #5-Mark Martin [5 wins], 5716, -12, 4th
    3) #42-Juan Montoya 5670, -58, 3rd
    4) #14-Tony Stewart [4 wins], 5644 -84, 5th
    5) #24-Jeff Gordon [1 win], 5623 -105, 2nd
    6) #2-Kurt Busch [1 win], 5607, -121, 8th
    7) #16-Greg Biffle 5540, -188, 20th
    8) #99-Carl Edwards 5536, -192, 6th
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin [2 wins], 5509, -219, 37th
    10) #39-Ryan Newman 5505, -223, 15th
    11) #9-Kasey Kahne [2 wins], 5422, -306, 34th
    12) #83-Brian Vickers [1 win], 5377, -351,2 9th
    For drivers and owners points standings, see the Drivers Points Standings page.(10-11-2009)

  • UNOFFICIAL Sprint Cup CLASSIC - the OLD way - Driver Points Standings
    [after Auto Club, race 30 of 36]:
    pos, car#, driver, points, behind
    1 #14-Tony Stewart,4420
    2 #24-Jeff Gordon 4240, -180
    3 #48-Jimmie Johnson 4232, -188
    4 #11-Denny Hamlin 3980, -440
    5 #5-Mark Martin 3967, -453
    6 #42-Juan Montoya 3921, -499
    7 #2-Kurt Busch 3919, -501
    8 #99-Carl Edwards 3816, -604
    9 #16-Greg Biffle 3789, -631
    10 #39-Ryan Newman 3777, -643
    11 #9-Kasey Kahne 3682, -738
    12 #18-Kyle Busch 3613, -807
    13 #17-Matt Kenseth 3599, -821
    14 #83-Brian Vickers 3570, -850
    15 #33-Clint Bowyer 3549, -871
    16 #00-David Reutimann 3526, -894
    (10-11-2009)

  • Race Fast Facts - Auto Club Speedway:
    Jimmie Johnson won the Pepsi 500, his 45th victory in 285 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his fifth victory and 19th top-10 finish in 2009.
    This is his fourth victory and 10th top-10 finish in 14 races at Auto Club Speedway. He is the first driver to win four NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Auto Club Speedway and the first to win the Pepsi 500 in three consecutive seasons.
    Johnson has led each of his past six starts at Auto Club Speedway for a total of 619 laps.
    Jeff Gordon (second) posted his 10th top-10 finish in 19 races at Auto Club Speedway. It is his 21st top-10 finish in 2009.
    Juan Pablo Montoya (third) posted his first top-10 finish in six races at Auto Club Speedway.
    Joey Logano (14th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Jimmie Johnson leads the point standings by 12 points over Mark Martin.(NASCAR Statistics)(10-11-2009)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Lowe's Motor Speedway:
    No changes, but the spread between 35th and 36th now up to 122 points (was 111)
    34) #7-Gordon/Robby Gordon: 2368, +219
    35) #34-Andretti/Earnhardt Ganassi: 2271, 122 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
    36) #82-Speed/Red Bull: 2149, 122 points out of 35th
    (no other teams are within 500 owners points of 35th)
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owners points standings, see my Owners Points Standings.(10-11-2009)

  • Penalty/Infraction Report - Auto Club Speedway:
    Car#, Lap, Reason, Penalty
    #18, Pre-Race, engine change, to the rear
    #26, 60, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #39, 81, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #17, 118, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, tail end
    #14, 163, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, pass thru
    #83, 186, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #83, 191, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #34, 191, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #11, 219, Safety violation - below minimum speed, pit
    #16, 240, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #1, 244, Pulling up to pit, 1 lap
    #47, 244, Pulling up to pit, 1 lap
    #31, 244, Pulling up to pit, 1 lap
    #47, 244, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #31, 244, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #19, 244, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #9, 244, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #7, 244, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #83, 244, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    (NASCAR Statistics)(10-11-2009)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Auto Club Speedway: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #none, #26-McMurray caused the caution
    Caution 2: #43-Sorenson, 31st
    Caution 3: #82-Speed, 21st
    Caution 4: #17-Kenseth, 13th
    Caution 5: #44-Allmendinger, 33rd
    Caution 6: #44-Allmendinger (2), 33rd
    Caution 7: #20-Joey Logano, 14th
    Caution 8: #12-Stremme, 16th
    (10-11-2009)

  • Start and Parks? Which teams parked their cars early in the race at Auto Club Speedway (or seemed to)?
    43rd: #09-Bliss, 11 laps completed
    42nd: #71-Gilliland, 13
    41st: #66-Blaney, 22
    40th: #36-McDowell, 25
    39th: #87-Nemechek, 29
    (usually only count a team with a history of start and park, not an engine blow or wreck and only if 25% or less of race completed)(10-11-2009)

  • Pit Stall Selections - Auto Club: The selections of pit stalls for the Pepsi 500 at Auto Club Speedway have been made. Pole sitter #11-Hamlin chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #16-Biffle took pit stall 12A, the first with an opening in front of it [after the 1st stall of course].
    #48-Johnson, who starts 3rd took the 22nd pit stall.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #24-Gordon, who starts 10th.
    To see where all the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Auto Club Pit Stall Selection chart.(10-10-2009)

  • Race Coverage of the Pepsi 500 at Auto Club Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, October 11, 2009.
    Television (TV): ABC at 3:15 pm/et; pre-race show at 2:30 pm/et; green flag approx 3:31pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 128
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    ESPN2: Monday, October 12 at 3:00am/et
    ESPN Classic: Monday, October 12 at 12:00pm/et
    SPEED, Wednesday, October 14 at 12:00pm/et

  • Jayski's - 2009 Sprint Cup Race Results Page

  • NASCAR’s Robin Pemberton explains new restart rules: NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton gave an explanation Friday of the new double-file restart rules. Here are excerpts of the conversation with the media and his answers to some questions ask.
    SD: What is the procedure for double-file restarts?
    Pemberton: “When the caution comes out, the field will be frozen as it is today. The free-pass car will be identified as it is today and it will be the same format. As the cars are gathered behind the pace car, the pit road is opened for leaders, the second time by it will be open for the lap-down cars, and that is how it is today. And when we come to the one [lap]-to-go [until the green drops], the cars that have elected not to pit that are lap-down cars that will be in front of the lead-lap cars that have pitted, will be waved around to join the field at the tail end. The lineup will be on the double-file restart, lead-lap cars to the front, lap-down cars, … then it will be the free-pass car, then it will be the cars that have been waved around and then it will be the penalty cars.
    SD: If a guy on the lead lap opts not to pit, he’s the leader?
    Pemberton: Correct. Still P1 [the leader].
    SD: Is there an option for the lead car to select which lane?
    Pemberton: When we give the 1-to-go, the leader throughout the entire race will get lane choice, high or low. He has to make that choice when we come to the 1-to-go at the stripe. One other thing we have added is the free pass will take place from start to finish throughout the entire race.
    SD: If a car on the lead lap pits a second time with the lap-down cars, does he restart with the lap-down cars?
    Pemberton: He will start in his respective track position how he came off of pit road. If you have a lead-lap car who makes multiple pit stops to work on his car, he is not in that lead-lap group that pitted that first-time by. He’ll be scored where he comes off pit road [with lapped cars]
    SD: The lap-down cars that don’t pit and the get the wave around the leader, do they get to come all the way around to rear of the field?
    Pemberton: That’s correct but they will not be able to hit pit road for tires and fuel. Pit road won’t be closed but they will forfeit their wave-around status if they hit pit road for tires and fuel.
    SD: At tracks like Martinsville and Bristol and you’re waiting for the 1-to-go, are you anticipating that the wave around could be hard to be completed?
    Pemberton: There could be issues. Every track has its different set of challenges. We’ll have to address those when we get to them. The whole field will be double file so they won’t be as strung out.
    SD: If multiple lead-lap cars stay out, do the lap-down cars that don’t pit still get waved around?
    Pemberton: The only way you can be waved around is if you are between the leader and the pace car. As pit stops take place, you need to be in front of the lead-lap cars. You get waved around regardless if you’re one or two or three laps down [or more].
    SD: Are you going to use double-file restarts throughout the race for every race?
    Pemberton: Yes.
    SD: It was said that Trucks and Nationwide will use it later this year? Any timetable?
    Pemberton: It’s just later. We need to work through some of these details here. We’ve got three races in three different states [this weekend]. We want to make sure we concentrate on this [in Cup] and get everything as right as we can.(SceneDaily)(6-7-2009)

  • NASCAR Announces “Double-File Restarts – Shootout Style”: NASCAR announced a change to its race format with the addition of “Double-File Restarts – Shootout Style” throughout each race. Beginning with this weekend at Pocono Raceway, the first- and second-place drivers will line up side-by-side as the green flag flies for each restart. “We’ve heard the fans loud and clear: ‘double-file restarts – shootout style’ are coming to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series,” said NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France. “This addition to the race format is good for competition and good for the fans.”
    NASCAR recently used the “double-file” format for its non-points NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, which produced an unpredictable finish. The format will be adapted for the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in the near future. Under the previous format, cars on the lead lap would restart in a single-file line while cars that had been lapped would start in a line next to them. Under the new format, the race leader will have the option to restart on the inside or outside lane. The second-place driver would then restart next to the leader. Regardless of where the leader starts, drivers in odd number positions (3rd, 5th, 7th places, etc.) will restart on the inside lane, while drivers in even number positions (4th, 6th, 8th places, etc.) will restart on the outside. All restarts will use the same format regardless of the number of laps remaining in the race.
    The first-place driver will continue to control the timing of restarts in a designated zone on the track. Likewise, cars are to stay in line until they reach the start/finish line. The first eligible car a lap or more down will continue to earn one lap back following a caution, which is known as the “free pass.” However, a new element beginning this week will be that the “free pass” will remain in effect the entire race [before it was all race until 10 or less laps to go, then none was awarded]. Lapped cars choosing to remain on the track will be “waved around” the caution car and will restart the race in respective track position, thus picking up a lap to the leader provided the leader also pits. This will also remove lapped cars from behind the pace car, allowing the leaders to take the green without interference [so the leader will not restart in the middle of the pack].(NASCAR)(6-4-2009) Comment here


NEWS, PRACTICE and QUALIFYING
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  • Auto Club Pit Stall Selections

  • Happy Hour practice: for the Pepsi 500 at Auto Club Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #5-Martin 180.293
    #07-Mears 179.897
    #11-Hamlin 179.252
    #29-Harvick 179.131
    #39-Newman 178.434
    slowest: #36-McDowell 173.144 & #13-Papis 172.869
    See fastest speeds, average speeds, laps run on my Auto Club Practice Speeds Page.(10-10-2009)

  • First Saturday practice: for the Pepsi 500 at Auto Club Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #48-Johnson 180.655
    #11-Hamlin 180.442
    #42-Montoya 180.162
    #2-Busch 179.969
    #5-Martin 179.807
    slowest: #7-Gordon 174.444 & #09-Bliss 173.603
    notes: There is no TV coverage of this session. Due to Nationwide Series qualifying being delayed by fog this morning, the session only ran about 20 minutes.
    See fastest speeds, average speeds, laps run on my Auto Club Practice Speeds Page.(10-10-2009)

  • Saturday practices: With the delayed start to Nationwide Series qualifying, due to fog, the first Sprint Cup practice is now scheduled for 1:50-2:35 and final practice is 2:55-3:55 ET.(10-10-2009)

  • Hamlin on pole at Auto Club: #11-Denny Hamlin won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Pepsi 500 at Auto Club Speedway with a lap of 183.870mph for his 1st pole of the season and 7th career pole. #00-Reutimann was 2nd fastest followed by #16-Biffle, #48-Johnson, #42-Montoya, #1-Truex, Jr., #20-Logano, #29-Harvick, #33-Bowyer, and #5-Martin.
    The non Top-35 drivers who made the race: #87-Nemechek, #13-Papis, #82-Speed, #09-Bliss, #78-Smith, #71-Gilliland, #66-Blaney and #36-McDowell.
    The two drivers who failed to qualify: #37-Raines and #64-Wallace.
    See starting lineup, qualifying results, pole progression on my Auto Club Starting Grid/Qualifying Results-Order page.(10-9-2009)

  • Reutimann's time disallowed: UPDATE: #00-David Reutimann, who was second fastest in qualifying, had his time disallowed after the rear shock was determined to have a gas level too high. He will now start the race in 42nd. No other penalties are expected.(10-9-2009)
    UPDATE: Michael Waltrip twittered Friday night that there were 25psi more than the maximum allowed in the shock. Michael Waltrip Racing checked their gauge against NASCAR's and found that MWRs was off.(10-10-2009)

  • Where the 2009 Chase Drivers start at Auto Club Speedway:
    1) #5-Mark Martin, starts 10th
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 4th
    3) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 5th
    4) #14-Tony Stewart, 21st
    5) #2-Kurt Busch, 25th
    6) #11-Denny Hamlin, 1st
    7) #24-Jeff Gordon, 11th
    8) #16-Greg Biffle, 3rd
    9) #39-Ryan Newman, 37th
    10) #99-Carl Edwards, 12th
    11) #9-Kasey Kahne, 26th
    12) #83-Brian Vickers, 33rd(10-9-2009)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Auto Club Speedway:
    Denny Hamlin won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Pepsi 500 with a lap of 39.158 seconds, 183.870 mph.
    This is his seventh pole in 145 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. Hamlin's last pole came at Richmond International Raceway on May 3, 2008.
    This is his first pole and 14th top-10 start in 2009.
    This is his first pole in eight races at Auto Club Speedway.
    David Reutimann (second) posted his 12th top-10 start of 2009 and his second in six races at Auto Club Speedway.
    Greg Biffle (third) posted his seventh top-10 start at Auto Club Speedway. It is his 12th in 30 races this season.
    Joey Logano (seventh) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(10-9-2009)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Pepsi 500 at Auto Club Speedway is scheduled for Friday, October 9, 2009 at 6:40pm/et.
    Television (TV): SPEED - 6:30pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 128
    Qualifying Re-Air: none scheduled

  • Qualifying Order for the Pepsi 500 at Auto Club Speedway is posted. 45 cars/drivers are listed. Go-or-go homers will qualify at the end of the session, once the top-35 drivers are done.
    The first of the top-35 drivers scheduled to go out is #9-Kahne.
    The final top-35 driver scheduled to go out is #17-Kenseth.
    The first go-or-go homer scheduled to qualify [36th] is #78-Smith with the final driver scheduled to qualify being #36-McDowell.
    See the full qualifying order on the Auto Club Qualifying Page.(10-9-2009)

  • Friday's Practice for the Pepsi 500 at Auto Club Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #42-Montoya 183.556
    #48-Johnson 182.482
    #5-Martin 182.389
    #6-Ragan 182.002
    #12-Stremme 181.997
    slowest: #36-McDowell 176.961 & #64-Wallace 176.250.
    #18-Kyle Busch blew an engine late in the session.
    See fastest speeds, average speeds, laps run on my Auto Club Practice Speeds Page.(10-9-2009)

  • Auto Club practice rank for the 2009 Chase Drivers:
    1) #5-Mark Martin, was 3rd fastest
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 2nd
    3) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 1st
    4) #14-Tony Stewart, 18th
    5) #2-Kurt Busch, 6th
    6) #11-Denny Hamlin, 27th
    7) #24-Jeff Gordon, 22nd
    8) #16-Greg Biffle, 23rd
    9) #39-Ryan Newman, 8th
    10) #99-Carl Edwards, 10th
    11) #9-Kasey Kahne, 39th
    12) #83-Brian Vickers, 17th(10-9-2009)

  • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice on Friday at Auto Club Speedway:
    if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 20th
    #82-Scott Speed, 24th
    #66-Dave Blaney, 31st
    #71-Bobby Labonte, 32nd
    #78 Regan Smith, 34th
    #13-Max Papis, 36th
    #09-Mike Bliss, 42nd
    #37-Tony Raines, 37th
    these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
    #36-Michael McDowell, 44th
    #64-Mike Wallace, 45th out of 45
    See fastest speeds, average speeds, laps run on my Auto Club Practice Speeds Page.(10-9-2009)

  • The Entry List for the Pepsi 500 at Auto Club Speedway is posted, 45 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    Not in top 35 of 2009 owners points:
    #09-Mike Bliss (2009 Race Winner as owner)(38 in owners pts/29 attempts)
    #13-Max Papis (44/15)
    #36-Michael McDowell (42/29)
    #37-Tony Raines (45/21)
    #64-Mike Wallace (49/16)
    #66-Dave Blaney (41/29)
    #71-David Gilliland (37/29)
    #78-Regan Smith (40/15)
    #82-Scott Speed (36/29)
    #87-Joe Nemechek (39/29)
    In the event qualifying is rained out or cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 09,71,82,87,66,36,37,64
    missing the race would be [2]: #'s 78,13
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Auto Club Entry List.(10-5-2009)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Auto Club Speedway:
    No changes, but the spread between 35th and 36th now down to 111 points
    34) #7-Gordon/Robby Gordon: 2319, +270
    35) #34-Andretti/Earnhardt Ganassi: 2160, 111 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
    36) #82-Speed/Red Bull: 2049, 111 points out of 35th
    (no other teams are within 400 owners points of 35th)
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owners points standings, see my Owners Points Standings.(10-4-2009)

  • What happens if qualifying gets rained out?
    After the 5th race of the season, the current season OWNERS points are used:
    #1) - First 35 by current Owner Points [position 1-35][top 35 teams do NOT need to attempt ALL the races]
    #2) - Last Years Sprint Cup Champ or the Event Champion if not already in the field
    #3) - Car Owners whose team has won in the previous and current season not already in the field
    #4) - Drivers who have won in the previous and current season not already in the field
    #5) - ALL Past Sprint Cup Champions not in by 1 thru 4 [is NOT charged against the 6 past champ provisionals]
    #6) - Qualifying Attempts [not starts] with Owners points as the tie breaker, if still tied then by best finish
    #7) - Qualifying Order Position
    (all above apply as long as the team was entered by the entry deadline - usually 7-13 days before the race)

  • Qualifying Rules/Notes/News page

  • Go or Go Home Drivers to Qualify Together: NASCAR announced in January that starting with the Cup race at California, teams outside the top 35 in owners points will be allowed to qualify together at the end of the qualifying session. The Nationwide and Truck Series used this procedure at Daytona. Sprint Cup didn't use the new procedure at Daytona due to the unique/somewhat complicated qualifying session/races there. The thought is that nobody would have an advantage in track conditions.

  • 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

  • How to break a tie during qualifying? (same speed/time) When drivers are tied for a starting spot during qualifying, it is broken by owners points standings(not drivers).

  • Determining Race Line-Ups - Top 35 Guarantee: At the start of the 2005 season, NASCAR instituted a new procedure for establishing the starting race field in the Sprint Cup Series [NSCS]. NASCAR revamped the system by simplifying the procedure with teams no longer accruing provisionals throughout the season to gain entry into the starting fields. While starting positions one through 42 in the NSCS still will be determined by qualifying speed, the new system will assure the highest-ranked 35 positions of the NSCS OWNER [not Driver] championship points that have entered the event prior to the entry deadline [usually 13 days before the day of the race] one of those starting positions in the field, providing they have made an attempt to qualify [which usually means the team at least practiced and made an effort to qualify].
    The remaining seven positions [36-42] will be assigned to those drivers with the fastest qualifying speeds whose car owners are not among the top 35. The final starting position [43rd] – the champion’s provisional – can be utilized by a car owner whose driver is a current or past Sprint Cup champion who participated as a driver during the current of previous season and was entered in the event for that owner in that car prior to the entry deadline.
    If there is more than one series champion vying for the position, it will be given to the most recent series champion. If the final provisional starting position – 43rd in the Sprint Cup – is not filled by a current or past series champion, it will be assigned to the next eligible car owner according to qualifying results.
    Through the first five races of the season for the Sprint Cup, the top 35 in the NSCS of the previous owner championship points entered in the event prior to the entry deadline will be assured one of the 42 starting positions in the field, provided they have made an attempt to qualify. From the sixth race on, the current owner championship points will be used to determine the top 35 each race week. In the event that conditions prevent qualifying from being run, starting positions will be assigned according to the respective series’ current Rule Book.(NASCAR PR)
    Simple: so the field is set by speed to where the 7th fastest non-top 35 driver is on speed. The any drivers in the top 35 of OWNERS [not drivers points] are placed to the 42nd spot. The 43rd spot is used for the most recent past Sprint Cup champion NOT already in the field from being in the top-35 in owners points or one of the seven no top-35. If their is not past champ for the 43rd spot, it goes to the next fastest [8th fastest driver]

  • Past Champions Limited To 6 Provisional Berths in Sprint Cup: See my 2009 Past Champions Provisional Page for more


RACE RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

  • Chase Stats going into Auto Club Speedway: Last week, we opined it was "go time" for #14-Tony Stewart if it he wanted to get into serious contention. Smoke must have been paying attention as he marched to victory at Kansas and catapulted 39 points and one position closer to first place #5-Mark Martin. He now lurks just 67 points out of the lead. #24-Jeff Gordon gained ground with a second at Kansas and California is another opportunity for the four-time champ to gain points. At 103 points out, J.G. needs to keep chopping. In four of the first five Chases, the eventual champion was leading after three races. The exception was 2006, when #31-Jeff Burton led by 69 points after 3 races, only to be overtaken by #48-Jimmie Johnson's historic rally to win his first title. That would make Mark Martin the favorite to go on and win Chase VI. See year-by-year comparison, race-by-race, notes and more on my Chase Stats after Kansas page and the Chase rules, how the Chase would had worked out back to 1975 and history on my 2009 Chase Rules and Notes page.(10-10-2009)

  • Auto Club Rookie Notes: #82-Scott Speed was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the October 4 Price Chopper 400 at Kansas Speedway. Speed scored a 27th-place finish and took top rookie honors for the seventh time this season and for the second consecutive race. #20-Joey Logano leads Scott Speed by 23 points (218-195) in the Raybestos Rookie standings entering the October 11 Pepsi 500 at Auto Club Speedway. All three members of the 2009 Raybestos Rookie class have scored at least one top-10 finish. A Raybestos Rookie has finished in the top-five in three of the five previous fall races at Auto Club Speedway. Brian Vickers (2004) is the only Raybestos Rookie to win a pole in five previous fall races at Auto Club Speedway. Kyle Busch became the first Raybestos Rookie to win at Auto Club Speedway when he captured the 2005 Pepsi 500. Busch scored his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory by .554 seconds over Greg Biffle. He is the only Raybestos Rookie to win in 17 races at the 2.0-mile speedway.(Camp & Assoc./Raybestos), for rookie history, standings, rules and more, see my 2009 Rookies page.(10-9-2009)

  • Three Race Tracks Tony Stewart has never won a Sprint Cup race at: There are three current race tracks the Cup Series runs on that Tony Stewart has not won at [a Cup race]:
    Auto Club Speedway 0 for 16 with a best finish of 4th in 1999 & 2001
    Las Vegas 0 for 11 with a best finish of 2nd in 2000
    Darlington 0 for 17 with a best finish of 3rd in 2009
    Stewart has won at 19 of 23 tracks he has raced on, didn't win at Rockingham which is no longer active for Cup racing.(5-9-2009)

  • August 2008 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 138.857, started 1st

  • February 2009 Race Winner: #17-Matt Kenseth, 135.839, started 24th

  • Track Race Record: #24-Jeff Gordon, June 1997, 155.012mph

  • 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

  • August 2008 Pole Sitter: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 180.397, finished 1st

  • February 2009 Pole Sitter: #83-Brian Vickers, 183.439, finished 10th

  • 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

  • Most Wins: 3 - Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth

  • Most Poles: 3 - Kurt Busch

  • Most Top 5s: 8 - Jeff Gordon

  • Most Top 10s: 8 - Jeff Gordon

  • Most Laps Led by a Leader: Mark Martin, 5/3/1998, 165 laps

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 26 - Jeremy Mayfield, 4/30/2000

  • Most Lead Changes: 33 - 2/24/2008

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 18 - 5/3/1998

  • Most Leaders: 16 - 9/7/2007

  • Fewest Leaders: 8 - done twice, most recently 4/28/2002

  • Most Cautions: 12 - 2/24/2008

  • Most Caution Laps: 51, 9/5/2004

  • Fewest Cautions: 4 - 6/22/1997

  • Fewest Caution Laps: 22- two times, most recent 4/30/2000

  • Most Running at the Finish: 42 - 9/3/2006

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 32 - twice 6/22/1997 and 2/27/2005

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 10 - Ford

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Matt Kenseth, 2/26/2006, started 31st

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 1 [of 18] 5.6%
  • Races won from starting pos 2: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 3: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 4: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 5: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 9: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 16: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 17: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 19: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 24: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 25: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 31: 1
  • Races won from the top 5: 7 of 18
  • Races won from the top 10: 9 of 18

  • At Auto Club Speedway:

    • Groundbreaking for California Speedway, as Auto Club Speedway was originally known, took place in November 1995.

    • The first race there was a NASCAR Camping World 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 and that was also the first year there were two races a year for both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR Nationwide Series.

    • The track name was changed to Auto Club Speedway in February 2008.

    • There have been 18 NASCAR Sprint Cup races since the track opened in 1997.

    • Four drivers have competed in all 18 races: Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte and Joe Nemechek.

    • Joe Nemechek won the pole for the inaugural race in 1997.

    • There have been 12 different pole winners, led by Kurt Busch (three). Brian Vickers and Jeff Gordon each have two poles.

    • 12 different drivers have posted victories. Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth each have won three races.

    • Rick Hendrick has won seven races, more than any other car owner.

    • Nine of the 18 races were won from starting positions outside the top 10; only one has been won from the pole (Jimmie Johnson in 2008).

    • Matt Kenseth won the 2006 spring race from the 31st starting position, the deepest in the field that a race winner has started.

    • Four active drivers have averaged a top-10 finish: Kyle Busch (9.2), Carl Edwards (6.7), Jimmie Johnson (6.2) and Matt Kenseth (9.0).

    • Kyle Busch won his first NASCAR Sprint Cup pole (2/05) and first race (9/05) at Auto Club Speedway.

    • There have been 125 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in California

    • 406 NASCAR drivers have their home state recorded as California.


PAST RACE/POLE WINNERS

  • Pole Winners
    2/2009: Brian Vickers, #83-Toyota, 183.439, finished 10th
    8/2008: Jimmie Johnson, #48-Chevy, 180.397, finished 1st
    2/2008: none, rained out
    9/2007: Kurt Busch, #2 Dodge, 182.399, finished 9th
    2/2007: Jeff Gordon, #24 Chevy, 185.735, finished 2nd
    2/2006: Kurt Busch, #2 Dodge, 187.086, finished 16th
    9/2005: Carl Edwards, #99 Ford, 185.060, finished 4th
    2/2005: Kyle Busch, #5 Chevy, 188.425, finished 23rd
    9/2004: Brian Vickers, #25 Chevy, 187.417, finished 13th
    5/2004: Kasey Kahne, #9 Dodge, 186.940, finished 13th
    2003: Steve Park, #1 Chevy, 186.838, finished 40th
    2002: Ryan Newman, #12 Ford, 187.432, finished 14th
    2001: Bobby Labonte, #18 Pontiac, 182.635, finished 22nd
    2000: Mike Skinner, #31 Chevy, 186.061, finished 7th
    1999: none, rained out
    1998: Jeff Gordon, #24 Chevy, 181.772, finished 4th
    1997: Joe Nemechek, #42 Chevy, 183.015, finished 18th
    (1997 Greg Sacks, #40 Chevy was the fastest but in 2nd round 183.753mph)

  • Race Winners
    2/2009: Matt Kenseth (3), #17-Ford, 135.839, started 24th
    8/2008: Jimmie Johnson (3), #48-Chevy, 138.857, started 1st
    2/2008: Carl Edwards, #99 Ford, 132.704, started 9th
    9/2007: Jimmie Johnson(2), #48-Chevy, 131.502, started 2nd
    2/2007: Matt Kenseth(2), #17 Ford, 138.451, started 25th
    9/2006: Kasey Kahne, #9 Dodge, 144.462, started 9th
    2/2006: Matt Kenseth, #17 Ford, 147.852, started 31st
    9/2005: Kyle Busch, #5 Chevy, 136.356, started 25th
    2/2005: Greg Biffle, #16 Ford, 139.697mph, started 5th
    9/2004: Elliott Sadler, #38 Ford, 128.324mph, started 17th
    5/2004: Jeff Gordon(3), #24 Chevy, 137.268mph, started 16th
    2003: Kurt Busch, #97-Ford, 140.111mph, started 16th
    2002: Jimmie Johnson, #48 Chevy, 150.088mph, started 4th
    2001: Rusty Wallace, #2 Ford, 143.118mph, started 19th
    2000: Jeremy Mayfield, #12 Ford, 149.378mph, started 24th
    1999: Jeff Gordon(2), #24 Chevy, 150.276mph, started 5th
    1998: Mark Martin, #6 Ford, 140.220mph, started 3rd
    1997: Jeff Gordon, #24 Chevy, 155.012mph, started 3rd


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #1-Martin Truex Jr. Guitar Hero 5 #1 Team Schemes Page
    #5-Mark Martin Kelloggs/Carquest #5 Team Schemes Page
    #7-Robby Gordon Jim Beam #7 Team Schemes Page
    #11-Dennhy Hamlin FedEx Ground #11 Team Schemes Page
    #14-Tony Stewart Office Depot/Old Spice #14 Team Schemes Page
    #17-Matt Kenseth R&L Carriers #17 Team Schemes Page
    #19-Elliott Sadler Stanley Tools #19 Team Schemes Page
    #24-Jeff Gordon Pepsi/DuPont #24 Team Schemes Page
    #33-Clint Bowyer Prilosec OTC/Walmart #33 Team Schemes Page
    #36-Micheal McDowell Wave Energy Drink #36 Team Schemes Page
    #43-Reed Sorenson Rosie's Organic Chicken #36 Team Schemes Page
    #44-A.J. Allmendinger Dassault Systems #44 Team Schemes Page
    #47-Marcos Ambrose Little Debbie #47 Team Schemes Page
    #48-Jimmie Johnson Lowe's / Jimmie Johnson Foundation #48 Team Schemes Page
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. AMP Energy Drink/MtnDew #88 Team Schemes Page
    #96-Bobby Labonte DLP #96 Team Schemes Page
    #98-Paul Menard Energizer / Menards #98 Team Schemes Page


  • Kenseth going for first sweep; R+L on the #17: Leaving Fontana, California this season back in the spring most people had named #17-Matt Kenseth and Drew Blickensderfer as the hottest driver/crew chief duo in the garage after having started the season off 2-0. But the dream of being on top was short lived, especially when the team failed to make the Chase at Richmond International Raceway. But all is not lost, Kenseth and Blickensderfer have a chance to sweep Auto Club Speedway's two races this season. Kenseth tied Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson for a series high most wins at Auto Club Speedway with three after his win there earlier this season. If Kenseth is able to win this weekend it will be his first sweep at a track in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition.(NASCAR PR)
    AND:The #17 Ford will carry the green and gold colors of R+L carriers this weekend at California. It will be the final of four races this season with R+L Carriers as the primary on the #17 Ford.(Roush Fenway PR), see an image of the scheme on my #17 Team Schemes page.(10-8-2009)

  • Energizer on the #98: The #98-Paul Menard / Yates Racing team will unload the Energizer / Menards Ford for this weekend's Pepsi 500 at Auto Club Speedway.(Yates Racing PR)(10-8-2009)

  • Prilosec on the #33: This week at Auto Club Speedway #33-Clint Bowyer will pilot the Prilosec OTC - Walmart Chevy. It is chassis #267 from Richard Childress Racing's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This Chevy debuted in February at Auto Club Speedway where Bowyer finished 19th.(RCR PR)(10-8-2009)

  • Sorenson to run chicken scheme at Auto Club: Reed Sorenson drives the #43 Rosie’s Organic Chicken [link seems down] Dodge for Richard Petty Motorsports this weekend at Auto Club Speedway. Rosie was the first chicken in the United States to carry a certified organic label. Rosie is free range and humanely raised with no antibiotics on a 100% organic vegetarian diet with no animal by-products or GMOs as independently verified by Oregon Tilt, a third party certifier. Rosie is sold in a styro-foam free package that produces 73% less landfill and a reduced carbon footprint.(RPM Facebook), see an image of the scheme on my #43 Team Schemes page.(10-7-2009)

  • New sponsor for Allmendinger at ACS: A.J. Allmendinger Sorenson drives the #44 Dassault Systemes Dodge for Richard Petty Motorsports this weekend at Auto Club Speedway. Dassault Systemes (pronounced: duh-so-Systemes) is the second largest software company in Europe specializing in software that allows companies to create in 3-D. The Petty team along with nearly all Formula One teams use the Paris-based company’s software to design cars and components in virtual reality.(RPM Facebook), see an image of the scheme on my #44 Team Schemes page.(10-7-2009)

  • Jimmie Johnson Foundation on the #48: At Auto Club Speedway, Jimmie Johnson will drive a special #48 Jimmie Johnson Foundation/Lowe's Impala. His helmet will feature the 12 charities selected for his Helmet of Hope initiative. The helmet will be auctioned off at the 3rd Annual Jimmie Johnson Foundation Dinner and Auction with the proceeds going to the San Diego Jimmie Johnson Foundation Championship Grants in partnership with Lowe's Toolbox for Education.(GMR Marketings PR), see an image of the scheme on my #48 Team Schemes page.(10-7-2009)

  • Guitar Hero 5 Returns to the #1: Guitar Hero, returns to the track at Auto Club Speedway as primary sponsor of Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates' #1 Chevy driven by Martin Truex Jr. The paint scheme first debuted at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sept. 6, 2009, coinciding with the launch of the popular video game on Tuesday, Sept. 1. The video game returns as primary sponsor of Earnhardt Ganassi Racing for the seventh time this season after sponsoring Aric Almirola and the #8 Team for four races.(EGR PR), see an image of the scheme on my #1 Team Schemes page.(10-7-2009)

  • Wave Energy sponsoring TBR: Wave Energy Drink announced that it will sponsor Tommy Baldwin Racing's #36 Toyota and driver Patrick Capentier [now Michael McDowell] in six Sprint Cup Series races this season. Wave Energy Drink branding will appear on the #36 for the following six races [in a row]: Atlanta, Richmond, New Hampshire, Dover, Kansas and Auto Club Speedway. “The partnership between Wave Energy Drink and Tommy Baldwin Racing will provide the brand with immediate access to a significant number of the core target audience vital to the brand’s success,” said Jason Wolter, V.P. of Marketing for Wave Energy. “The partnership will help us turbo-charge Wave Energy’s upcoming consumer launch. We are also excited about our involvement with a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team that has a loyal following like TBR. For more information about Wave Energy Drink visit www.tastethewave.com.(TBR/Everest Marketing Group)(8-31-2009)
    IMAGEs: see images of the scheme on my #36 Team Schemes page (9-1-2009)

  • Primary Sponsorship for Prilosec OTC on Two RCR Cars in 2009: Prilosec OTC, the No. 1 doctor and pharmacist recommended over-the-counter acid reducer, will be the primary sponsor of two of Richard Childress Racing teams for three races during the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Prilosec OTC will be the primary sponsor of the #31 Prilosec OTC-Walmart Chevy driven by Jeff Burton at:
    Richmond International Raceway in May and
    Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July.
    Primary sponsorship will then be featured on the #33 Prilosec OTC-Walmart Chevy driven by Clint Bowyer at:
    Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., in October.
    Prilosec OTC has been an associate sponsor of RCR’s #31 team since 2006. “Over the last four seasons, we’ve engaged millions of race fans, educating them on how Prilosec OTC can treat their frequent heartburn and get them back to enjoying NASCAR to the fullest,” said Robert Cleveland, Prilosec OTC Brand Manager. “Our partnerships with RCR and NASCAR play an important role in showcasing Prilosec OTC’s product benefits and its ability to treat frequent heartburn all day and all night with one pill a day.” Throughout the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, Prilosec OTC has been featured on the rear quarter panel of the #31 Caterpillar Chevy as well as the uniforms and firesuits of Burton and the entire #31 team. In addition to the RCR team partnership, Prilosec OTC will sponsor the “Prilosec OTC BBQ Shootout Series” throughout the 2009 Sprint Cup Series race season. The mobile tour will travel to six NASCAR cities during the spring and summer months showcasing the country’s best BBQ Pit Masters [Texas a few weeks ago, Richmond in May, Charlotte in May, Indy in July, Bristol in August and Atlanta in Sept.](RCR PR), see an image of the #31 car on my #31 Team Schemes page.(4-30-2009)

  • R&L Carriers to sponsor Kenseth for four races: R&L Carriers is an associate sponsor for #17-Matt Kenseth. For a total of four races this season:
    May 24-Charlotte
    July 4-Daytona
    Sept. 6-Atlanta and
    Oct. 11-California
    Kenseth’s Ford will prominently display the green and yellow colors of R&L as well as the company’s logo, according to Donald R. DeLuca, vice president and general counsel for R&L. For the remainder of the Sprint Cup season, R&L Carriers brand will be located on either the rear quarter panel or on the TV panel. This is the final year of a three-year contract R&L has with Kenseth.(Wilmington News Journal), see images of the #17 Team Schemes page for the image of the scheme.(2-17-2009)

  • Gordon teams up with Pepsi again: Hendrick Motorsports and Pepsi are teaming up to give #24-Jeff Gordon fans something really refreshing next fall. #24-Jeff Gordon will partner with long-time sponsor, Pepsi, to run a special paint scheme at California Speedway on October 11, 2009. A break from his standard paint scheme, this royal blue car with extraordinary blue flames on both sides of the car is also available in brushed metal. The car is one of two Pepsi paint schemes Gordon will run in 2009. See the scheme on my #24 Team Schemes page.(12-12-2008)

  • More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specifications:
    Track/Race Length: 2.0 mile D-shaped oval, 250 laps, 500 miles
    Superspeedway: 2.0-mile oval 75 feet wide with a 15 foot apron
    Banking: turns: 14°; frontstretch 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: 92,000 Opened: 1997

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: TV Star Kelsey Grammer
    Command to start engines: Kelsey Grammer
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: The Hills Star, Audrina Patridge
    Invocation: Tim Griffin, MRO
    National Anthem: Jesse McCartney
    Military Flyover: F-18's,VFA 146, Blue Diamonds Lemoore Naval Air Station

  • For the season race officials by track, see my Race Officials page

  • Track Homepage: autoclubspeedway.com

  • ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Auto Club Speedway

  • September 2008: see my Auto Club Race Info page

  • February 2009: see the Auto Club Race Info page


  • Christian Slater driving pace car at California: Christian Slater will be behind the wheel of the Official NASCAR 2010 Chevy Camaro Pace Car as he leads the field of 43 stock cars before the start of the Inaugural Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race - the Pepsi 500 at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday, October 11. With an impressive career that spans the worlds of film, television and stage, Slater has established himself as one of the most talented actors of his generation. Currently Slater stars in the ABC drama series "the forgotten," from executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Warner Bros. Television. "the forgotten" airs Tuesday's (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on ABC.(Auto Club Speedway PR)(10-7-2009)

  • Jesse McCartney singing National Anthem at California: Multi-platinum recording and actor Jesse McCartney will perform the national anthem prior to the Inaugural Chase for the Sprint Cup playoff race-the Pepsi 500 on Sunday, Oct. 11. With his release of "Departure" in May 2008, McCartney struck hard, establishing himself at the forefront of a new pop/R&B hybrid. His single, "Leavin'" became the #1 most played Top 40 in 2008 and spent 5 weeks at #1 on the CHR Top 40 Chart and went gold and platinum with over 2 million digital downloads on iTunes.(Auto Club Speedway PR)(10-7-2009)

  • Kelsey Grammer named Grand Marshal at Auto Club:Auto Club Speedway announced that Kelsey Grammer will serve as Grand Marshal for Southern California’s Inaugural Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoff race -- the Pepsi 500 on Sunday, October 11 at Auto Club Speedway. Grammer, who stars in the new ABC comedy Hank will give the most famous command in racing "Gentlemen, start your engines" to all 43 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers who are vying for the coveted checkered flag. John C. Reilly, star of the upcoming film Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant named Grand Marshal of the Nationwide Series race at Auto Club Speedway, the Copart 300. Fans can take advantage many Pepsi 500 weekend ticket offers starting as low as $35 and including ticket packages to celebrate Hendrick Motorsports 25th Anniversary with Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.; a ticket deal to see the stars of NASCAR and the stars of TNA Wrestling’s Bound for Glory 2009; the chance to get up close and personal to Jimmie Johnson and so much more. In addition to top notch live entertainment and a variety of Pepsi 500 ticket packages, fans experiencing Auto Club Speedway can also take advantage of free parking, bring in their own food, or partake in the unbelievable menu items on site as well as other cost-savings opportunities while enjoying a full day of entertainment and fun at a fantastic family value. To purchase tickets call 800-944-RACE (7223), or visit www.autoclubspeedway.com.(ACS)(10-6-2009)

  • The Hills Star to wave green flag for Pepsi 500 at ACS: Audrina Patridge who stars on the hit MTV series The Hills has been named Honorary Starter for the much-anticipated Inaugural Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race – the Pepsi 500 at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday, October 11 at 12pm/et [scheduled green flag 3:31pm/et]. As Honorary Starter for the Pepsi 500, Patridge will wave the Green Flag from the top of the flag stand on the Speedway’s start/finish line, to get the Pepsi 500 underway. Fans can take advantage of many Pepsi 500 weekend ticket offers starting as low as $35 and including ticket packages to celebrate Hendrick Motorsports 25th Anniversary with Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.; a ticket deal to see the stars of NASCAR and the stars of TNA Wrestling’s Bound for Glory 2009; the chance to get up close and personal to Jimmie Johnson and so much more. In addition to top notch live entertainment and a variety of Pepsi 500 ticket packages, fans experiencing Auto Club Speedway can also take advantage of free parking, bring in their own food, or partake in the unbelievable menu items on site as well as other cost-savings opportunities while enjoying a full day of entertainment and fun at a fantastic family value. To purchase tickets call 800-944-RACE (7223), or visit autoclubspeedway.com.(ACS)(10-5-2009)

  • Auto Club Speedway revamp on hold?: Auto Club Speedway proposed a multimillion-dollar revamp of the Fontana track to foster closer racing and boost crowds at its two annual NASCAR Sprint Cup races, but the track's owner has taken no action on the plan. The plan called for raising the banking of the track's four turns to 23 degrees from the current 14 degrees and narrowing its width in certain sections, all to bring the cars closer together and promote more passing, according to motor racing sources familiar with the proposal who agreed to speak on the condition that they not be identified. Making the changes probably would cost $23 million to $30 million and could be completed between the track's two NASCAR race dates, and would involve digging up the entire turns to make their banking steeper, they said. The 565-acre Auto Club Speedway, formerly called California Speedway, is 50 miles east of Los Angeles and holds its next NASCAR Sprint Cup race Oct. 11. Its other race is in February. After this year's February race, Auto Club Speedway President Gillian Zucker proposed the reconstruction plan to the track's owner, International Speedway Corp., the sources said. But International Speedway's board of directors has taken no action on the idea, including at a meeting last month, largely because the project is too costly at a time when the company, which owns or operates 13 tracks, is struggling with the weak economy and slumping attendance, the sources said. Zucker declined to confirm or deny the proposal. But she said in a statement that "it's no secret that making Auto Club Speedway the most competitive NASCAR track on the circuit is something I have been advocating since I arrived here four years ago." International Speedway spokesman Lenny Santiago also declined to comment on the plan but said "potential projects are discussed internally on a regular basis for all of our facilities."(Los Angeles Times)(10-1-2009)

  • Fans can be a part of Foreigner music video at California: Race fans attending the Pepsi 500 at Auto Club Speedway on Oct. 11th will be part of history on more than one level. Not only will those attending witness the "first" ever Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Southern California, but they will also have the opportunity to be part of the "first" live performance video shoot of rock-and-roll legend Foreigner's "Can't Slow Down" at Southern California's premier motorsports facility on Sunday, Oct. 11. Fans wishing to take part in the taping should gather at the main stage in the Opportunity, California FanZone at 10:15 a.m. One of the world's most popular and enduring rock bands, Foreigner will use Auto Club Speedway as the backdrop for its NASCAR-inspired title track to their new three-disc collection, including a CD album of all new music, a CD album of brand new remixes of the band's original hit recordings, and a DVD of the band in concert and beyond. The release will be available from Rhino Entertainment Sept. 29, exclusively at Walmart.(Auto Club Speedway PR)(9-28-2009)

  • Auto Club Speedway letting fans choose 2010 race start time: For the first time ever, race fans will have the opportunity to choose what time the green flag for a NASCAR race will wave. Auto Club Speedway is giving that option to race fans across the country to choose either a noon or a 4:30 p.m. (both times PT) start time for the Auto Club 500, the West Coast Premiere of NASCAR on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010. It's up to the fans to have their say. Tell us: early start time or late start time. And feel free to give us your reasons. Just like a true election, the choice with the most votes wins. Fans must vote now before the poll closes! To vote, visit www.autoclubspeedway.com/time. For information on all events at Auto Club Speedway, or for ticket information, call 800-944-RACE (7223) or visit www.autoclubspeedway.com.(ACS PR)(9-24-2009)

  • Johnson to be inducted into Auto Club Speedway Walk of Fame: Native Southern Californian Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's/Jimmie Johnson Foundation Chevy, will take his place alongside past Auto Club Speedway NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race winners when he is inducted into the ACS Walk of Fame on Saturday, October 10 at 9:30 a.m. during the inaugural Southern California Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoff weekend at Auto Club Speedway. Located at Gate 12, on the east end of the Opportunity, California FanZone, the ACS Walk of Fame ceremony has become a must attend, fan favorite. Race fans join Johnson as his footprint, signature and a bronze plaque are preserved in concrete during the enshrinement ceremony.(Auto Club Speedway PR)(8-20-2009)

  • Auto Club Speedway and TNA Wrestling Join Forces: Auto Club Speedway and TNA Wrestling are joining forces to offer NASCAR and wrestling fans a special ticket price for its October events. For $55.00 Fans can get a ticket to the Pepsi 500 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Ca on October 11, AND a ticket to TNA Wrestling's Bound for Glory Pay Per View live event on October 18 at the Bren Center on the Campus of UC Irvine. The fans that take advantage of this promotion will be joined at Auto Club Speedway by SPEED analyst Hermie Sadler at the track. For more information, call 1-800-944-RACE (7223) or visit www.autoclubspeedway.com.(8-6-2009)

  • New start time for Auto Club Speedway race in Oct: Auto Club Speedway officials today announced a new start time for Southern California’s inaugural “Chase Race”. The green flag for NASCAR’s much anticipated “playoff” event – the Pepsi 500 – is set to wave at 12:00pm [3:00pm/et] on Oct. 11. Speedway officials also reiterated that some of the ticket packages offered for the inaugural Chase Race are available for a limited time only and urged fans to contact the ticket office to reserve their seat to one of the most anticipated motorsports events in Southern California. A few of the many exciting ticket packages, at price points for all fans, include:
    Hendrick Motorsports celebration: Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon are scheduled to make appearances on stage at the Hendrick Motorsports 25th Anniversary Party Zone presented by Pepsi. Cost for the limited Sunday package is $125 and includes a Pre-Race Pit Pass.
    $35 Ticket Tuesdays: Each Tuesday ACS will give ticket buyers a little something extra for purchasing a $35 Pepsi Rock N’ Rows ticket. Receive free ice cream in June, Krispy Kreme donuts in July and California-grown zucchini in August.
    Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Birthday [October 10th]: Celebrate Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s 35th birthday with an $88 Dale Jr. Birthday Package.
    Jimmie Johnson package: Q&A with Jimmie Johnson, grandstand ticket, Pre-Race Pit Pass and limited edition commemorative crystal gift, all for $148, with a portion of the ticket package price donated to the Jimmie Johnson Foundation.
    Fans experiencing Auto Club Speedway can also take advantage of free parking, bring in their own food, or partake in the unbelievable menu items on site as well as other cost-savings opportunities while enjoying a full day of entertainment and fun at a fantastic family value. To purchase tickets call 800-944-RACE (7223), or visit autoclubspeedway.com.(ACS)(7-29-2009)

  • The Chase Comes to Auto Club Speedway: Southern California race fans have two great reasons to celebrate come October – Southern California’s inaugural “Chase Race” – the Pepsi 500 at Auto Club Speedway and Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s 35th birthday. As if getting the fourth race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup isn’t enough, fans can also celebrate one of NASCAR’s biggest stars’ birthday in style. To help celebrate Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s birthday, Auto Club Speedway is offering an $88 Dale Jr. Birthday Weekend Package, October 10-11th. Fans can also purchase Pepsi Rock n’ Rows $35 tickets and be part of the celebration. Both are expected to sell out quickly. The $88 Dale Jr. Birthday Weekend Package (a $150 value) comes complete with a Saturday general admission ticket for the NASCAR Nationwide Series race – the Camping World RV Service 300 presented by Coleman; a Sunday reserved seat for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race – the Pepsi 500 and a weekend pit pass that gets race fans up close and personal to all the on-track action. In addition to the $88 Dale Jr. Birthday Weekend Package, Auto Club Speedway offers free parking, allows fans to bring in their own food and other cost-savings opportunities for fans to experience a full weekend of entertainment and fun for the entire family. To purchase the $88 Dale Jr. Birthday Weekend Package or the Pepsi Rock n’ Rows tickets, call 800-944-RACE (7223) or visit the new www.autoclubspeedway.com for more information.(Auto Club Speedway)(6-30-2009)

  • HBO Show "Entourage" visits Auto Club Speedway: The HBO hit comedy series Entourage recently made a two-day stop at Southern California’s premier motorsports facility – Auto Club Speedway. Auto Club Speedway got a taste of international flair on track as cast members Kevin Connolly (Eric), Adrian Grenier (Vince), Kevin Dillon (Drama), Jerry Ferrara (Turtle), shot an episode which included the new Ferrari California – the latest edition to the new generation of Ferraris. The episode is scheduled to air in July.(Auto Club Speedway)(5-15-2009)

  • New emergency texting available to race patrons: International Speedway Corporation (ISC) has partnered with InStadiumSolutions to implement a text-message based communication system at all of its 12 motorsports facilities. The service was introduced last weekend during the NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup races at Darlington Raceway. The system allows fans to communicate with the racetrack's command post if assistance is needed inside the facility. The technology was tested at Homestead-Miami Speedway last November during the final weekend of the NASCAR season. Instructions will be posted throughout each racetrack and will be broadcast through audio and video public announcements. Besides Darlington and Homestead-Miami, ISC owns and/or operates Daytona, Talladega, Michigan, Richmond, Auto Club Speedway, Kansas, Phoenix, Chicago, Martinsville and Watkins Glen. The Fan Text Messaging Service is also being used by several professional and college teams, as well as at events such as the Super Bowl, BCS National Championship and World Baseball Classic.(Associated Press)(5-14-2009)

  • Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Auto Club Speedway


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

    Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side - 1,525, Right-side - 1,525;
    Nationwide: Left-side - 575; Right-side - 575

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4132; Right-side -- D-4150

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.3 in.; Right-side -- 88.6 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 -- 43 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 42-45 laps, based on fuel mileage (Sprint Cup).

    Notes: Teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will be running the same combination of left- and right-side tires at California this weekend . . . this is the same tire combination that teams in these two series ran at California earlier this season and at Kansas last weekend . . . 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.


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