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Times are local
to the Track
Friday, February 19
8:30 am Parking Lots Open to Public
11:00 - 11:50 am NNS Practice
12:00 - 1:30 pm NSCS Practice
1:40 - 3:00 pm NNS Final Practice
3:40 pm NSCS Qualifying
Saturday, February 20
7:00 am - Parking Lots Open to Public
9:35 am - NNS Qualifying
11:30 am - 12:15 pm NSCS Practice
12:45 - 1:50 pm NSCS Final Practice
2:30 pm Stater Bros. 300 NNS Race
Sunday, February 21
5:00 am Parking Lots Open to Public
11:30 am NSCS Driver Introductions
12:00 pm Auto Club 500 NSCS Race (green flag sched ~3:19pm/et)
Times above are listed in Pacific Time, which is three hours behind Eastern Time
NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
NNS = Nationwide Series
NCWTS = Camping World Truck Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
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ABC 7 KTTV
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NBC 4 KNBC
CBS 2 & 9 KCAL
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ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide
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Laid Back Racing (lots of info)
Race / Cup Odds
Auto Club 500
Auto Club Preview by Micah Roberts
2010 Sprint Cup
World Sports Exchange:
Auto Club 500
2010 Sprint Cup Championship
(this is not to promote gambling but to offer readers odds and ideas on what the 'experts' think about the upcoming race and the Cup series season)
Satellite/Backhaul Listing's Links:
Stutzman Computer Service
Race: Sunday, February 21, 2010 in Fontana, CA
Title Sponsor: Auto Club
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:19pm/et
Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team
NASCAR Pre-race: FOX - 2:00pm/et
Television Race Coverage: FOX, 3:00pm/et
In the Booth: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds
Pit Reporters: Dick Berggren, Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum, Krista Voda
Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond
SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 12:00pm/et with John Roberts, Kyle Petty, Kenny Wallace
Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
Wednesday, February 24 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED
TV Listings, Links and Info:
Jayski's TV Listings Page
NASCAR on TV
Race Fan TV
Radio Coverage/Shows/ Team
This Week - Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite Radio
Booth Announcers: Barney Hall, Joe Moore
Pit Reporters: Winston Kelley, Steve Post, Woody Cain, Alex Hayden, Danielle Frye, Jason Toy, Preston Root
Turn Announcers: Dave Moody, Mike Bagley, Jeff Striegle, Kyle Rickey, Kurt Becker, Dan Hubbard, Buddy Long
Practice Dates/Times/Television coverage
(times in eastern time)
Friday, February 19, 3:00 - 4:30 pm/et, TV-SPEED
Saturday, February 20, 2:30 - 3:15 pm, TV-SPEED
Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, February 20, 3:45 - 4:50 pm/et, TV-SPEED
Qualifying Information/Times/Television coverage
news and links
Johnson wins the Auto Club 500: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the Auto Club 500 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA. It is Johnson's first win of 2010, 48th of his career and Johnson has now won at least one race a year for 9 straight years, since his rookie year. #29-Harvick finished 2nd, followed by #31-Burton, #5-Martin, #20-Logano, #2-Busch, #33-Burton, #14-Stewart and #16-Biffle. Johnson led the most laps, 101 of 250. Pole sitter #1-McMurray finished 17th. #88-Earnhardt Jr. finished 32nd after breaking an axle midway in the race. There were 6 caution periods for 30 laps. There were 26 lead changes among 13 drivers leading laps.
See race results, awards, laps led and more on Jayski's Auto Club 500 Race Results/Awards page.(2-21-2010)
How did Johnson get the lead at Auto Club? In the post-race interview session after winning the Auto Club 500 at Auto Club Speedway, #48-Jimmie Johnson was asked to run through his ascent to the lead – an ascent that wound up winning him the race. "So we were in our pit box, doing the pit stop," Johnson explained. "The caution came out. We completed our pit stop, then left pit road. Where we were positioned on pit road, we had to beat the leader (Burton) to the scoring line at the end of the pit lane. We got there just about the same time and beat him by a car length or half a car length or something. I think the 18 (Kyle Busch) was in the pits, and the leader of the race passed him a few seconds before the 18 was able to get that line. That's why we were able to be on the lead lap still. Then everybody pitted and we were the leader." Replays showed that Johnson, who called the lead a "gift", beat #31-Jeff Burton to the scoring line [who was leading the race on the track when the yellow came out] by just a couple of feet. Burton was asked if there was anything he could have done to get to the line first. Perhaps, he said. "I knew people were on pit road," Burton said. "There's a fine line between slowing down and not slowing down. I don't know where that line is. I came around as quick as I thought I could without NASCAR getting upset at me. You know, I don't know. If I'd have come around probably 2/10ths of a second quicker, we would have had him a lap down. Nonetheless, I did what I thought was right. You know, I didn't just stop. I carried speed around. They ask you to slow down. You can't run down there wide open or they'll get you for that. You know, I don't know. I don't know what the right thing to do there is. I'll go back and spend some time with them and ask them their opinion. If I could carry more speed the next time, I certainly will."(Racin' Today)(2-22-2010)
Sprint Cup Series Facts and Notes:
* Jimmie Johnson won the Auto Club 500 Sunday at Auto Club Speedway. It was his 48th series victory in his 293rd career start, tying Herb Thomas for 12th on NASCAR's all-time wins list. It was his fifth Cup victory at California in 15 starts, the most wins by any driver. He has posted victories in four of the past six California races.
* Johnson led eight times for a race-high 101 laps, including the final 24. He has led the most laps in four of the past five races at California.
* Johnson's first career Cup win came in his 13th start at Auto Club Speedway on April 28, 2002.
* Kevin Harvick (second) led only one lap in the five previous races at California. He led 27 laps in Sunday's race.
* Harvick took the points lead for the first time in 109 races, since he led after his 2007 Daytona victory.
* Jeff Burton (third) posted his first top-10 finish in his last five races at California.
* Both Harvick (second) and Burton (third) were penalized on Lap 94 for speeding on pit road.
* Mark Martin (fourth) scored his ninth top-10 finish in 18 races at California.
* Joey Logano (fifth) posted his best finish at Auto Club Speedway.
* Four drivers have scored top-10 finishes in the first two races of 2010: Greg Biffle (third and 10th), Clint Bowyer (fourth and eighth), Kevin Harvick (seventh and second) and Matt Kenseth (eighth and seventh).
* Three Richard Childress Racing cars are ranked among the top five in points after two races: Harvick (first), Bowyer (second) and Burton (fifth).
* Pole winner Jamie McMurray finished 17th.
* It was the 189th victory for Hendrick Motorsports. It was the ninth victory at Auto Club Speedway for Hendrick Motorsports, most by any owner.
* Chevrolet scored its ninth Cup victory at Auto Club Speedway. Ford has 10 California victories, Dodge has one and Toyota has never won there.
* Kevin Conway (31st) was the only rookie contender in the Auto Club 500.(ESPN)(2-22-2010)
Race Fast Facts - Auto Club Speedway:
#48-Jimmie Johnson won the Auto Club 500, his 48th victory in 293 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. He matches Herb Thomas for 12th on all-time win list.
This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in 2010.
This is his fifth victory and 11th top-10 finish in 15 races at Auto Club Speedway. Johnson has led seven consecutive races at Auto Club Speedway.
#29-Kevin Harvick (second) posted his sixth top-10 finish in 16 races at Auto Club Speedway. It is his second top-10 finish in 2010.
#31-Jeff Burton (third) posted his seventh top-10 finish in 20 races at Auto Club Speedway.
#37-Kevin Conway (31st) was the highest finishing rookie.
Kevin Harvick leads the point standings by 19 points over Clint Bowyer.(NASCAR Statistics)(2-21-2010)
2010 Sprint Cup Driver Points Standings
[after Auto Club, race 2 of 36]:
rank, car#, driver, points, behind
1) #29-Kevin Harvick 331
2) #33-Clint Bowyer 312, -19
3) #16-Greg Biffle 304, -27
4) #1-Jamie McMurray 302, -29
5) #31-Jeff Burton 300, -31
6) #5-Mark Martin 297, -34
7) #17-Matt Kenseth 288, -43
8) #00-David Reutimann 273, -58
9) #20-Joey Logano 263, -68
10) #99-Carl Edwards 262, -69
11) #2-Kurt Busch 254, -77
12) #48-Jimmie Johnson 253, -78
13) #18-Kyle Busch 252, -79
14) #83-Brian Vickers 250, -81
See standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(2-21-2010)
Infraction Sheet - Auto Club:
Car#, Lap, Reason, Penalty
#11, Pre-Race to the rear, Tail End, Engine
#09, 1, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
#36, 59, Outside half of the pit box tire violation/Team member not in contact with the outside tires, Tail End
#9, 93, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
#29, 94, Excessive speed ENTERING pits, Tail End
#42, 94, Excessive speed ENTERING pits, Tail End
#31, 94, Excessive speed ENTERING pits, Tail End
#11, 94, Lug nut(s) not installed, Must Come In
#1, 94, Outside half of the pit box tire violation/Team member not in contact with the outside tires, Tail End
#88, 134, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, Pass Thru
#9, 142, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
#37, 149, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
#77, 180, Excessive speed ENTERING pits, Pass Thru
#12, 224, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
#34, 225, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
#11, 230, Disobeying a NASCAR request, 1 Lap, Wave Around Car Pitted
Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Auto Club: (and their finish)
and cars reported as wave arounds, a lap down, do not pit, stay on track, in front of leader, get waved around
Caution 1 - Lucky Dog: #43-Allmendinger, finished 25th
Caution 1 - Reported Wave Around cars: #26-Said, #13-Papis, #34-Kvapil
Caution 2 - Lucky Dog: #47-Ambrose, 35th
Caution 2 - Reported Wave Around cars: #13-Papis, #34-Kvapil
Caution 3 - Lucky Dog: #6-Ragan, 23rd
Caution 3 - Reported Wave Around cars: #88-Earnhardt Jr., #38-Gilliland
Caution 4 - Lucky Dog: #71-Labonte, 27th
Caution 4 - Reported Wave Around cars: none mentioned
Caution 5 - Lucky Dog: #12-Keselowski, 21st
Caution 5 - Reported Wave Around cars: #77-Hornish, #98-Menard, #6-Ragan, #36-Bliss
Caution 6 - Lucky Dog: #33-Bowyer, 8th
Caution 5 - Reported Wave Around cars: #18-Busch, #77-Hornish, #11-Hamlin, #19-Sadler, #71-Labonte, #36-Bliss, #24-Gordon
NOTE: wave around cars are not always reported and not scored on results pages
Start and Parks? Which teams parked their cars early in the race at Auto Club Speedway (or seemed to)?
43rd: #09-Almirola, 35 laps completed
42nd: #55-McDowell, 41 laps
41st: #66-Blaney, 44 laps
40th: #87-Nemechek, 49 laps run
38th: #26-Said, 67 laps, came in and out of garage a couple times, not sure
(only count a team with a history of starting and parking, with no sponsor for the races, not a wreck or engine blow and only if 25% or less of race completed)(2-21-2010)
ESPN's Racecast - Live Coverage and Chat
Pit Stall Selections - Auto Club: The selections of pit stalls for the Auto Club 500 at Auto Club Speedway have been made. Pole sitter #1-McMurray chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
Outside pole sitter #42-Montoya took pit stall 12A [there is no #13 stall], the first with an opening in front of it [after the 1st stall of course].
#33-Bowyer, who starts 3rd took the 12th pit stall, the first stall with an opening behind it.
The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #00-Reutimann, who starts 11th.
To see where all the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Auto Club 500 Pit Stall Selection chart.(2-20-2010)
Race Coverage of the Auto Club 500 at Auto Club Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, February 21, 2010.
Television (TV): FOX at 3:00 pm/et; pre-race show at 2:00 pm/et; green flag approx 3:16pm/et
Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 128
Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
SPEED, Wednesday, February 24 at 12:00pm/et
Jayski's - 2010 Sprint Cup Race Results Page and from last season: Jayski's - 2009 Sprint Cup Race Results Page
(pole and race winner with speed and starting/finishing position, links to race results, drivers & owners points, pit stall selections, qualifying results/starting lineup, practice speeds and chase stats as well as link to race track and race information page for each race)
NASCAR Revises Green-White-Checkered Race Procedure: NASCAR announced a revision to one of its race procedures, allowing 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 new procedure will be implemented beginning with today's running of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' Gatorade Duel at Daytona and will apply to all three national series. NASCAR officials met with drivers and teams Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway to discuss the change and get their input. The announcement was made during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' drivers and crew chiefs meeting Thursday morning. "We want to do all we can to finish our races under green flag conditions – the fans want to see that and so do the competitors," said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition. "We felt that putting a cap at three attempts to finish the race under green is the way to go. It gives the fans what they want and it also gives the teams a better opportunity to prepare for their end of race strategy." The change amends procedure 9-14C of the 2010 NASCAR rulebook.(NASCAR)(2-11-2010)
NASCAR tweaks wave-around rule: NASCAR has tweaked its rule on wave-around cars under caution. The new rule now dictates that cars under penalty at the time of the caution are ineligible for the wave around. The change began last week with the Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway after a situation came up in the Nationwide Series race that was new to the double-file restart system instituted in June. In the Nationwide race, Roush Fenway Racing's Carl Edwards was penalized for speeding under green, and then the caution came out. He stayed out and didn't pit and then was among those cars on the end of the lead lap. He then got the "wave around" the caution car (along with the rest of the cars that had stayed out and were on the end of the lead lap) to get to the rear of the line of lead-lap cars. Edwards then went to the end of the line to serve his penalty. That move would not be allowed anymore. The driver would not get the wave around and would start a lap down at the rear of the field on the restart, the penalty for a driver who had a speeding penalty under green but never served it before the caution came out. The new rule in general is any driver under penalty is no longer eligible for the wave around.(SceneDaily)(10-11-2009)
NASCAR’s Robin Pemberton explains restart rules: NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton gave an explanation last June  of the 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].
NEWS, PRACTICE and QUALIFYING
news, notes and links
Auto Club Speedway Pit Stall Selections
Saturday's Happy Hour practice for the Auto Club 500 at Auto Club Speedway is over, after 60 minutes of practice, some results and notes:
slowest: #37-Conway 174.279 & #38-Gilliland 175.366
no speed listed: #26-Said.
most laps: #00-Reutimann 50; #6-Ragan 48
#87-Nemechek only ran 3 laps
See fast speeds, average speeds, laps run on the Auto Club Practice Speeds Page.(2-20-2010)
Saturday's first practice for the Auto Club 500 at Auto Club Speedway is over. some results and notes:
slowest: #26-Said 171.559 and #37-Conway 174.554
most laps run: #12-Keselowski, 33
See fast speeds, average speeds, laps run on the Auto Club Practice Speeds Page.(2-20-2010)
McMurray wins pole at Auto Club: #1-Jamie McMurray won the Coors Light Pole for the Auto Club 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway with a speed of 183.744 mph for his 1st pole of 2010 and 4th of his career.
Teammate #42-Montoya will start 2nd followed by #33-Bowyer, #9-Kahne, #66-Blaney, #29-Harvick, #48-Johnson, #77-Hornish, #18-Busch, and #5-Martin.
The go-or-go homers who made the race (8): #66-Blaney, #82-Speed, #36-Bliss, #09-Almirola, #55-McDowell, #87-Nemechek, #71-Labonte, and #13-Papis
The go-or-go homers who failed to qualify for the race (3): #90-Mears, #35-Sauter, and #46-Cook
See the starting lineup, qualifying speeds and notes on my Auto Club 500 Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results page.(2-19-2010)
Qualifying Fast Facts - Auto Club 500:
Jamie McMurray won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Auto Club 500 with a lap of 39.185 seconds, 183.744 mph.
This is his fourth pole in 260 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
This is his first pole and first top-10 start in 2010.
This is his first pole in 14 races at Auto Club Speedway.
Juan Pablo Montoya (second) posted his second top-10 start of 2010 and his third in seven races at Auto Club Speedway. This marks the first time that Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates has claimed both front row starting positions.
Clint Bowyer (third) posted his fifth top-10 start at Auto Club Speedway. It is his second in two races this season.
Kevin Conway (38th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
Fastest Qualifier by Manufacturer::
Chevy: #1-McMurray, 183.744, starts 1st
Ford: #9-Kahne, 182.913, starts 4th
Toyota: #66-Blaney, 182.908, starts 5th
Dodge: #77-Hornish, 182.811, starts 8th
Coverage of Qualifying for the Auto Club 500 at Auto Club Speedway is scheduled for Friday, February 19, 2010 at 6:40pm/et.
Television (TV): SPEED 6:30pm/et
Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 128
Jayski.com: Jayski's Semi-Live Qualifying Page
Qualifying Re-Air: 11:00pm/et on SPEED
Qualifying Order for the Auto Club 500 at Auto Club Speedway is posted. 46 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 #33-Bowyer.
The final top-35 driver scheduled to go out is #7-Gordon.
The first go-or-go homer scheduled to qualify [36th] is #82-Speed with the final driver scheduled to qualify being #46-Cook.
See the full qualifying order on the Auto Club Qualifying Page.(2-19-2010)
Friday practice: for the Auto Club 500 at Auto Club Speedway is over, the fastest:
slowest: #46-Cook 175.657 & #26-Said 168.654
notes: #2-Busch scraped the wall early in the session but only suffered slight sheet metal damage.
See fast speeds, average speeds, laps run on the Auto Club Practice Speeds Page.(2-19-2010)
Where did the non top-35 drivers run in Friday practice at Auto Club Speedway:
if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
#36-Mike Bliss, 18th
#82-Scott Speed, 20th
#66-Dave Blaney, 24th
#13-Max Papis, 28th
#09-Aric Almirola, 30th
#87-Joe Nemechek, 34th
#71-Bobby Labonte [PC], 35th
#90-Casey Mears, 40th
these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
#35-Johnny Sauter, 41st
#55-Michael McDowell, 43rd
#46-Terry Cook, 45th
See speeds, average speeds, laps run on my Auto Club Practice Speeds Notes page.(2-19-2010)
The Entry List for the Auto Club 500 at Auto Club Speedway is posted, 46 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
Not in top 35 of owners points for the first five races in 2010:
#09-Aric Almirola (2009 race winner as owner)(49/1)
#13-Max Papis (40/1)
#35-Johnny Sauter (none/0)
#36-Mike Bliss (42/1)
#46-Terry Cook (47/1)
#55-Michael McDowell (33/1)
#66-Dave Blaney (50/1)
#71-Bobby Labonte [past champ 2000](21/1)
#82-Scott Speed (18/1)
#87-Joe Nemechek (43/1)
#90-Casey Mears (44/1)
In the event qualifying is rained out or cancelled:
the eight who would make it : #'s 09,71,82,55,13,36,87,90
missing the race would be : #'s 46,66,35
See the full entry list at my Jayski's Auto Club Entry List and the 2010 Owners Points Standings for the first FIVE races page.(2-15-2010)
Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Auto Club Speedway and first five races of 2010:
Teams that are guaranteed a starting spot for the first five races, but are currently out of the 2010 top 35 of owners points are:
36) #12-Keselowski/Penske: 3 points out of 35th
37) #77-Hornish Jr./Penske: -6
38) #34-Kvapil/Front Row: -9
39) #78-Smith/Furniture Row: -12
41) #47-Ambrose/JTG Daugherty: -18
Five teams are currently outside the 2009 Top 35 owners points and a guaranteed starting spot, but are in the top 35 for 2010 owners points after 1 race, which moves would allow them to be assured a starting spot if qualifying at Auto Club Speedway is canceled [rain out, etc] but two of those teams are not scheduled to run at ACS:
#82-Speed/Red Bull: 18th in 2010 Owners Points
#51-Waltrip/MWR: 19th, but has no plans to run at ACS
#71-Labonte/TRG: 21st, but would get in via being a past champ
#21-Elliott/Wood Bros: 28th, no plans to run ACS, past champ
#09-Almirola/Phoenix Racing is 49th but would make the race via being a past winning team in 2009
The other teams likely to attempt ACS this coming weekend that would make the race if qualifying is canceled would be:
#13-Papis (40th in 2010 owners points); #36-Bliss (42nd); #87-Nemechek (43rd) and #90-Mears (44th).
Missing the race would be #46-Cook (47th) and #66-Blaney (49th)
For the owners points standings, see my 2010 Owners Points Standings and 2010 Owners Points Rack for the first five races.(2-14-2010)
What happens if qualifying gets canceled/rained out?
If it is the first five races of the season, the previous season OWNERS points are used:
#1) - Previous season Owner Points [position 1-35][top 35 teams do NOT need to attempt ALL the races]
#2) - Race winners from the previous and current season not already in the field
#3) - ALL Past Cup Champions not in by 1 or 2
#4) - Current season Owner Points [Top 35][not in by rules 1-3]
#5) - Current season race attempts ties broken by current owners points standings [not in by rules 1-4]
Qualifying Rules/Notes/News page
Go or Go Home Drivers to Qualify Together: Teams outside the top 35 in owners points will qualify together at the end of the qualifying session. 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 points).
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 2010 Past Champions Provisional Page for more
RACE RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS
Three Race Tracks Tony Stewart has never won a Sprint Cup race at:
Auto Club Speedway 0 for 17 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.(10-11-2009)
October 2009 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 143.908, started 3rd
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
Worst Starting Spot to Win: Matt Kenseth, 2/26/2006, started 31st
October 2009 Pole Sitter: #11-Denny Hamlin, 183.870, finished 37th
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 Leaders: 16 - 9/7/2007
Most Lead Changes: 33 - 2/24/2008
Fewest Leaders: 8 - done twice, most recently 4/28/2002
Fewest Lead Changes: 18 - 5/3/1998
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: 31 - 10/11/2009
Most Wins by Manufacturer: 10 - Ford; 8 - Chevy; 1 - Dodge
- Races won from starting pos 1: 1
- Races won from starting pos 2: 1
- Races won from starting pos 3: 3
- 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: 8 of 19
- Races won from the top 10: 10 of 19
At Auto Club Speedway:
· 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 in February 2008.
· There have been 19 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Auto Club Speedway since the track opened in 1997.
· Four drivers have competed in all 19 races: Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte and Joe Nemechek.
· Joe Nemechek won the pole for the inaugural race in 1997.
· There have been 13 different pole winners, led by Kurt Busch (three). Brian Vickers and Jeff Gordon each have two poles.
· Twelve different drivers have posted victories. Jimmie Johnson leads all drivers with four wins. Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth each have won three races.
· Hendrick Motorsports has won eight races, more than any other team.
· Nine of the 19 races were won from starting positions outside the top 10; only one has been won from the pole (Jimmie Johnson in 2008). The most prolific starting position is third, with three victories.
· Matt Kenseth won the 2006 spring race from the 31st starting position, the deepest in the field that a race winner has started.
· Three active drivers have averaged a top-10 finish: Carl Edwards (6.6), Jimmie Johnson (5.8) and Matt Kenseth (9.3).
· Kyle Busch won his first NASCAR Sprint Cup pole (2/05) and first race (9/05) at Auto Club Speedway.
· Jimmie Johnson won his first NASCAR Sprint Cup race at ASC on April 28, 2002.
· 410 NASCAR drivers have their home state recorded as California.
Top Statistical Performers: Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Auto Club Speedway going into the Auto Club 500 at Auto Club Speedway on Feb. 21.
Greg Biffle (#16 3M Ford)
· One win, four top fives, four top 10s
· Average finish of 17.3
· Average Running Position of 11.0, seventh-best
· Driver Rating of 99.8, sixth-best
· 207 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
· Average Green Flag Speed of 171.326 mph, fourth-fastest
· 1,818 Laps in the Top 15 (72.6%), seventh-most
· 388 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), 11th-most
Jeff Burton (#31 Caterpillar Chevy)
· Five top fives, six top 10s
· Average finish of 17.4
· Average Running Position of 15.1, 13th-best
· Driver Rating of 83.5, 13th-best
· 55 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-most
· 776 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most
· 1,465 Laps in the Top 15 (58.5%), 12th-most
· 454 Quality Passes, sixth-most
Kurt Busch (#2 Miller Lite Dodge)
· One win, four top fives, seven top 10s; three poles
· Average finish of 12.6
· Average Running Position of 13.4, ninth-best
· Driver Rating of 94.1, 10th-best
· 86 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-most
· 710 Green Flag Passes, 12th-most
· Average Green Flag Speed of 170.951 mph, 11th-fastest
· 1,808 Laps in the Top 15 (72.2%), eighth-most
· 448 Quality Passes, seventh-most
Kyle Busch (#18 M&M's Toyota)
· One win, four top fives, eight top 10s; one pole
· Average finish of 10.5
· Average Running Position of 10.7, fourth-best
· Driver Rating of 102.9, fourth-best
· 124 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most
· 712 Green Flag Passes, 10th-most
· Average Green Flag Speed of 171.214 mph, sixth-fastest
· 1,909 Laps in the Top 15 (76.2%), fifth-most
· 470 Quality Passes, fourth-most
Carl Edwards (#99 Aflac Ford)
· One win, six top fives, 10 top 10s; one pole
· Average finish of 6.6
· Average Running Position of 10.8, fifth-best
· Driver Rating of 104.3, third-best
· 140 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
· Average Green Flag Speed of 171.448 mph, second-fastest
· 1,983 Laps in the Top 15 (79.2%), fourth-most
· 456 Quality Passes, fifth-most
Jeff Gordon (#24 DuPont Chevy)
· Three wins, 10 top fives, 10 top 10s; two poles
· Average finish of 10.5
· Average Running Position of 9.3, third-best
· Driver Rating of 100.3, fifth-best
· 161 Fastest Laps Run, third-most
· 744 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most
· Average Green Flag Speed of 171.306 mph, fifth-fastest
· 1,984 Laps in the Top 15 (79.2%), third-most
· Series-high 512 Quality Passes
Denny Hamlin (#11 FedEx Toyota)
· One top five, three top 10s; one pole
· Average finish of 16.9
· Average Running Position of 14.5, 12th-best
· Driver Rating of 90.7, 11th-best
· Average Green Flag Speed of 170.980 mph, 10th-fastest
· 1,324 Laps in the Top 15 (66.2%), 13th-most
Kevin Harvick (#29 Shell/Pennzoil Chevy)
· One top five, five top 10s
· Average finish of 18.7
· Average Running Position of 13.4, 10th-best
· Driver Rating of 89.0, 12th-best
· Average Green Flag Speed of 170.780 mph, 13th-fastest
· 1,763 Laps in the Top 15 (70.4%), ninth-most
· 403 Quality Passes, 10th-most
Jimmie Johnson (#48 Lowe's Chevy)
· Four wins, nine top fives, 10 top 10s; one pole
· Average finish of 5.8
· Series-best Average Running Position of 5.5
· Series-best Driver Rating of 122.3
· Series-high 382 Fastest Laps Run
· Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 172.025 mph
· Series-high 2,380 Laps in the Top 15 (95.0%)
· 479 Quality Passes, third-most
Kasey Kahne (#9 Budweiser Ford)
· One win, three top fives, seven top 10s; one pole
· Average finish of 14.8
· Average Running Position of 13.8, 11th-best
· Driver Rating of 94.8, ninth-best
· 96 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most
· 733 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most
· Average Green Flag Speed of 171.026 mph, ninth-fastest
· 1,633 Laps in the Top 15 (65.2%), 10th-most
· 437 Quality Passes, eighth-most
Matt Kenseth (#17 Crown Royal Ford)
· Three wins, seven top fives, 11 top 10s
· Average finish of 9.3
· Average Running Position of 9.0, second-best
· Driver Rating of 109.7, second-best
· 117 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most
· Average Green Flag Speed of 171.410 mph, third-fastest
· 2,056 Laps in the Top 15 (82.1%), second-most
· 413 Quality Passes, ninth-most
Mark Martin (#5 GoDaddy.com Chevy)
· One win, five top fives, eight top 10s
· Average finish of 14.3
· Average Running Position of 10.9, sixth-best
· Driver Rating of 97.4, eighth-best
· 91 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most
· Average Green Flag Speed of 171.212 mph, seventh-fastest
· 1,490 Laps in the Top 15 (74.3%), 11th-most
Tony Stewart (#14 Office Depot/Old Spice Chevy)
· Four top fives, nine top 10s
· Average finish of 15.2
· Average Running Position of 11.3, eighth-best
· Driver Rating of 97.6, seventh-best
· 134 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
· 721 Green Flag Passes, ninth-most
· Average Green Flag Speed of 171.154 mph, eighth-fastest
· 1,857 Laps in the Top 15 (74.1%), sixth-most
· 489 Quality Passes, second-most
PAST RACE/POLE WINNERS
2/21/2010: Jimmie Johnson(5), #48-Chevy, 141.911, started 7th
10/11/2009: Jimmie Johnson (4), #48-Chevy, 143.908, started 3rd
2/22/2009: 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
2/21/2010: Jamie McMurray, #1 Chevy, 183.744, finished 17th
10/9/2009: Denny Hamlin, #11-Toyota, 183.870, finished 37th
2/20/2009: 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)
PAINT SCHEME NEWS
Sacred Power to sponsor Said at ACS: Latitude 43 is excited to have Sacred Power on the hood for this weekends Auto Club 500. Sacred Power is the largest Native American Owned Solar Energy company in the United States. Boris Said driver of the #26 Sacred Power Ford Fusion has solar panels on his house and is excited about the opportunity to promote this green company. David Melton President / CEO of Sacred Power stated, "We are hoping to put a promotion in place in the very near future to give away a solar array to one lucky NASCAR fan. We hope to have that finalized soon." Sacred Power's V.P. / COO Odes Armijo-Caster added, "We cant wait to be in California this week. Rich Kuty of Kuty's Motorsports & Marketing has some unique marketing opportunities for Sacred Power in the coming weeks. Stay tuned folks." Latitude 43 would like to thank Window World for their support last week and add that there are still sponsorship opportunities available.(PR), see an image of the scheme on my #26 Team Schemes page.(2-18-2010)
AAA Insurance colors for Keselowski at Auto Club IMAGE: Brad Keselowski's #12 Penske Racing Dodge will run different colors at Auto Club Speedway this week, running the AAA Insurance sponsorship instead of the black Penske Racing [Verizon] colors. The #12 Dodge will use chassis PRS-713, a brand new chassis.(Penske Racing)(2-16-2010)
IMAGE: see an image of the #12 AAA Insurance scheme on my #12 Team Schemes page.(2-17-2010)
Special Aflac colors for Edwards in Calif IMAGE: The #99 Ford of Carl Edwards will carry a special "You Don't Know Quack" paint scheme at California. The plan is to educate people about the value of Aflac's products in really innovative and creative ways. The #99 crew will unload RK-669 for the weekend. Edwards finished seventh with it at Homestead and sixth at California in October. Edwards is used to having the Aflac duck around, but soon the stork will be arriving as well. He and wife Kate are expecting their first child this month.(RFR)(2-16-2010)
IMAGE: see an image of the #99 AFLAC you don't know quack Ford on my #99 Team Schemes page.(2-17-2010)
Ambrose welcomes Armour All colors: Switching gears from roses at Daytona Beach to cleaning and protectant products at Fontana, Marcos Ambrose will carry Armor All on his #47 Toyota Camry this weekend at Auto Club Speedway for the Auto Club 500. “Last week I was handing out roses for Kroger and this weekend we have Armor All on the car,” Ambrose said. “Armor All takes great pride in keeping a car looking good inside and out and so do we at JTG Daugherty Racing. The last time I had Armor All as a primary sponsor on one of my race cars was for the NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. We dominated and came so close to a victory. We want to do them proud on Sunday. We’re hoping to rebound from what happened to us last weekend.” The last time out at Auto Club Speedway, the Australian driver finished 23rd in October.(JTG Daugherty Racing)(2-17-2010)
AAA colors for Hornish at Auto Club: Sam Hornish Jr., driver of the Penske Racing #77 Auto Club Dodge Charger in the NASCAR Cup Series, will once again run the Auto Club of Southern California paint scheme this weekend at Auto Club Speedway. The Automobile Club of Southern California and its affiliated clubs (AAA) will serve as primary sponsor of the #77 car for three events in 2010 and as co-primary for an additional two races. Sam Hornish Jr. thoughts on this weekend's race at Auto Club Speedway: "I'm really looking forward to the Auto Club 500 for many reasons. First, to run the Auto Club paint scheme and to represent such an important organization is a great experience. I really couldn't ask for a better spot to be in this weekend. As for the race, I'm excited to get back on track in Fontana. I feel that we can make significant advances there this year and that the pieces have fallen into place for a strong run on Sunday."(Penske Racing), see an image of the scheme on my #77 Team Schemes page.(2-16-2010)
Special scheme for Dale Jr. at Auto Club: #88-Dale Eanrhardt Jr. is scheduled to run an AMP Energy Juice scheme on his Hendrick Motorsports Chevy at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA on February 21, 2010. See an image of the scheme on my #88 Team Schemes page.(1-16-2010)
Kahne to run Olympic scheme at Daytona: Budweiser announced that it will celebrate U.S. Olympians with a special paint scheme at next season's Daytona 500. Driver Kasey Kahne will pilot the #9 Budweiser Team USA Ford in the 52nd running of "The Great American Race" at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 14, 2010, and the Auto Club 500 in Fontana, Calif. on Feb. 21, 2010, both which coincide with the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games (Feb. 12-28). Budweiser Team USA Olympic Paint Scheme die cast cars will be available for purchase beginning October 23 and can be ordered through BudShop.com, Nascar.com and at the tracks. Proceeds from the die cast car sales will be donated to the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) to assist athletes' training and travel costs for the Olympic Winter Games. Budweiser has been associated with the Olympic Games since the Los Angeles 1984 Games. Budweiser first sponsored a team on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series circuit in 1983. Budweiser also is the title sponsor of the annual Budweiser Shootout at Daytona, the exclusive beer and malt beverage advertiser of the Daytona 500, and the "Official Beer Sponsor" of Daytona International Speedway, the Daytona 500 and the Coke Zero 400.(Team USA), see images of the car on my 2010 #9 Team Schemes page.(10-17-2009)
More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery
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
Grand Marshal: Actor Andy Garcia
Command to start engines: Andy Garcia
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: WWF's Steve Austin
Invocation: Jeff Hamilton, Motor Racing Outreach
National Anthem: Katharine McPhee, 2006 American Idol runner-up
Military Flyover: six F/A-18 Hornets, U.S. Navy Blue Angels, National Museum of Naval Aviation at NAS Pensacola, FL
For the season race officials by track, see my Race Officials page
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February 2009: see my Auto Club 500 Race Info page
October 2009: see my Pepsi 500 Race Info page
Blue Angels to perform flyover at Auto Club Speedway: The world-renowned “Blue Angels” – the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron – will provide race fans with an aerial spectacle immediately following the National Anthem at the West Coast Premiere of NASCAR – the Auto Club 500 – on Feb. 21 at Auto Club Speedway. It is the first time the exclusive flying squadron will perform a flyover at the Speedway. Reaching speeds of 400 mph, the Blue Angels flyover will feature six blue and gold Boeing F/A-18 Hornets; the Delta formation will then fly back to Naval Air Facility El Centro, Calif., where they are currently based for winter training.(ACS PR)(2-19-2010)
Andy Garcia named Grand Marshal for Auto Club 500: Actor, producer, director and composer/musician Andy Garcia will serve as Grand Marshal for NASCAR's 2010 West Coast Premiere - the Auto Club 500 - on Sunday, Feb. 21. As Grand Marshal, Garcia will give the command, "Gentlemen, Start Your Engines," to the 43-car field of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The Emmy, Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominated Garcia (Ocean's Eleven, Twelve and Thirteen), stars in the upcoming comedy film City Island, with Julianna Margulies ("The Good Wife"), Steven Strait (10,000 BC), Dominik García-Lorido (The Lost City), Ezra Miller ("Californication"), Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine) and Emily Mortimer (Shutter Island).(ACS PR)(2-19-2010)
WWF's Steve Austin to wave green flag for Auto Club 500: Auto Club Speedway announced that former WWF wrestling superstar Steve Austin will serve as Honorary Starter for the Auto Club 500 on Sunday, Feb. 21. Austin, starring in the upcoming 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment film “Damage”, which will be released on DVD on March 23, will get NASCAR’s West Coast Premiere underway at 12noon/pt on Sunday. "Having been a NASCAR fan for years, it is a real honor to be chosen to waive the Green Flag at Sunday's race. I can think of no better place to introduce my upcoming FOX film DAMAGE than at the Auto Club Speedway in front of tens of thousands of screaming race fans!" For more information or to purchase tickets to the West Coast Premiere of NASCAR at Auto Club Speedway call 1-800-944-RACE (7223) or visit www.autoclubspeedway.com.(ACS)(2-18-2010)
Auto Club Speedway Day in Los Angeles: Fans are invited to join #1-Jamie McMurray, the Daytona 500 Champion and Auto Club Speedway as Los Angeles city officials proclaim “Auto Club Speedway Day in L.A.” from the steps of L.A. City Hall on Thursday. Auto Club Speedway Day in L.A. will start (approx. 11:00 am/pt) at Los Angeles City Hall (200 N. Spring St. Los Angeles, CA) where McMurray will be available for a fan Q & A before he and Gillian Zucker, President of Auto Club Speedway receive a proclamation from L.A. City officials declaring Thursday, Feb. 18 “Auto Club Speedway Day L.A.” throughout the city of Los Angeles.
Following the proclamation ceremony, McMurray will board a double-decker tour bus with an exclusive group of Auto Club Speedway season ticket holders on his tour of Los Angeles. First stop (approx. 12:20 pm/pt), the newest entertainment campus, L.A. Live (800 W. Olympic Blvd. Los Angeles, CA). Here, McMurray will have a sit-down conversation on ESPN radio with two-time Los Angeles Lakers NBA Champion Mychal Thompson and his radio partner Andrew Siciliano. McMurray will then travel to East Los Angeles to visit L.A.’s #1 favorite authentic Mexican food chain, King Taco. At King Taco, (4504 E. 3rd St. Los Angeles, CA) he will enjoy a lunch and chat with fans and media (approx. 1:00 pm/pt).
Other stops and surprises are in the works and the tour will conclude with a return to L.A. City Hall. Fans are invited to show up at any of the stops to show support for McMurray as he gets ready for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race – the Auto Club 500 at Auto Club Speedway. To see McMurray race at Auto Club Speedway, fans can take advantage of many Auto Club 500 weekend ticket packages starting as low as $35 and fan hospitality packages to have breakfast with Dale Jr. or brunch with the “King” Richard Petty and so much more! For more information or to purchase tickets call 800-944-RACE (7223), or visit www.autoclubspeedway.com.(ACS)(2-17-2010
Katharine McPhee to perform National Anthem at ACS: Singer, songwriter and actress Katharine McPhee will perform the National Anthem at the Auto Club 500 NSCS race at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday, Feb. 21. Native Southern Californian, Katharine McPhee gained notoriety as the American Idol Fifth Season runner-up in 2006. Soon after, she released her first self-entitled solo album, debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 in early 2007. Earlier this year, McPhee released her sophomore album Unbroken on Verve Forecast Records available in stores now. As an actress, McPhee can be seen in Adam Sandler's hit feature film, "House Bunny" and will be a guest on NBC's new TV comedy "Community," airing March 4th. For more information or to purchase tickets call 800-944-RACE (7223), or visit www.autoclubspeedway.com.(ACS)(2-17-2010)
Styx to perform at Auto Club pre-race concert: On Sunday, Feb. 21, legendary rock band STYX will play a pre-race concert performance on the Opportunity, California FanZone main stage that same morning at Auto Club Speedway before the Auto Club 500. The band is scheduled to take stage at 10:15 am, but fans are encouraged to gather early to see one of the world’s most popular rock bands. Tommy Shaw, James “JY” Young, Lawrence Gowan, Todd Sucherman, Ricky Phillips and Chuck Panozzo (on occasion), have performed more live since ’99 than all of the previous years of its career combined. With big hit singles like Too Much Time on My Hands, Blue Collar Man, Come Sail Away and Renegade and classic albums like The Grand Illusion, Pieces of Eight and Cornerstone, one of music’s most enduring acts promises a masterful performance of classic rock hits. www.styxworld.com To see STYX and be part of the Auto Club 500 Weekend festivities, call 1-800-944-RACE (7223) or visit www.autoclubspeedway.com. Tickets start as low as $35.(ACS)(2-15-2010)
Near 70 degree temps at Auto Club Speedway: NASCAR fans from all 50 states are set to enjoy weekend festivities at Auto Club Speedway as near-70 temperatures are forecast to welcome fans ready to kick off two days of NASCAR premier racing, Feb. 19-21. Leading up to Friday’s activities, temperatures are forecast to reach into the mid-70s. Friday’s schedule has qualifying for Sunday’s Auto Club 500 set to begin at 3:30 local time as California native and four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson looks to take his second straight race at Auto Club Speedway after taking October’s Chase race at ACS.
Perfect weather is again on tap for Saturday which see’s NASCAR’s newest star Danica Patrick making her West Coast NASCAR stock car debut as she attempts to qualify for Saturday’s NNS event. Qualifying begins at 9:30 while the 150-lap main event is set for 2:30 local time. Kids 12 and under are free all day Saturday with a paid adult.
On Sunday, the culmination of weekend activities is the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the Auto Club 500, set to go green at Noon as inviting temperatures are forecast to continue throughout the day. “It’s great to see fans from all 50 states coming to Southern California to enjoy NASCAR racing at its best,” said Speedway President Gillian Zucker. “Auto Club Speedway and the greatest fans in sports continue to provide enormous economic impact to the region.”(ACS)(2-15-2010)
Reserve a Seat on Cable Car for Daytona 500 San Francisco Victory Tour: Thirty-five lucky fans have a chance to celebrate with the 2010 Daytona 500 champion on the 2nd annual San Francisco Victory Tour on Wednesday, Feb. 17. The winner of NASCAR’s Great American Race will be in San Francisco just three days after the big race and will be taken on a Victory Tour on-board a motorized cable car, beginning at North Vista Point at the Golden Gate Bridge at 12noon (PT). The Victory Tour will traverse the historic bridge, followed by stops at Fisherman’s Wharf and Ghirardelli Square, two of San Francisco’s most well-known areas. Race fans will follow the winner on the Victory Tour on a fan-only cable car, which will take the same route as the cable car that boasts the Daytona 500 winner. The tour will wind up at Willie Mays Plaza, home of the San Francisco Giants, for a fan rally and press conference at 12:45 p.m. Fans on the cable car will also receive preferred seating for the press conference.
For just $299, this once-in-a-lifetime package includes:
* One seat on the San Francisco Victory Tour Fan Cable Car
* One weekend pass for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend, June 18-20
* One Pre-Race Pit and Track Pass (includes access to pits, pre-race festivities & driver intros on Sunday of race weekend)
* One Turn 9 Tailgater Parking Pass for all three days of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Weekend
Only 35 of these special ticket packages will be sold, so act fast to reserve yours by calling 800-870-RACE today! Upgrade options are also available for fans who have already purchased race tickets.(ACS)(2-14-2010)
Montoya Ticket package at Auto Club Speedway: Auto Club Speedway has teamed up with #42-Juan Pablo Montoya for a special ticket package that will surely give Southern California race fans something to smile about. Fans that purchase the JPM Formula Smiles Foundation Ticket Package for only $142 will smile knowing that $42 from each ticket package will be donated to Montoya’s Formula Smiles Foundation benefitting the disadvantaged children of Montoya’s native country of Colombia. In addition to the $42 donation to the Formula Smiles Foundation, the JPM Formula Smiles Foundation Ticket Package includes:
· Lower Grandstand Reserved Seat (rows 11 to 23) to the Auto Club 500 on Sunday, Feb. 21
· Exclusive Q&A Session with Juan Pablo Montoya prior the Auto Club 500 on Sunday, Feb. 21
· Pre-Race Pit Pass providing up close access to pre-race activities
· Commemorative gift and Parking Pass
The JPM Formula Smiles Foundation Ticket Package expires on Monday, Feb. 15, or while supplies last. For more information on the JPM Formula Smiles Foundation Ticket Package, visit autoclubspeedway.com/JuanPablo. As always, 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. Formula Smiles Foundation is a nonprofit organization incorporated in the United States, under status 501 c3, by Colombian racecar driver Juan Pablo Montoya and his wife Connie Freydell, which aims to improve, through sports, the quality of life of Colombian children in vulnerable situations.(Auto Club Speedway)(2-1-2010)
Train Service suspended for Auto Club race weekend: Due to current economic strains on thousands of race fans, Auto Club Speedway will not utilize METROLINK charter train service during the West Coast Premiere of NASCAR in February. However, tens of thousands of free parking spaces with easy access entrances await the throngs of race fans who will attend the Stater Bros. 300 NNS event on Saturday, Feb. 20 and the Auto Club 500 NSCS event on Sunday, Feb. 21 at Auto Club Speedway. “With the current economic downturn, there is very little demand for a service, no matter how convenient, that charges between $20 and $35 per person to ride the train,” said Speedway President Gillian Zucker. “We have plenty of on-site parking that is free and hope our fans will take full advantage.” For those now driving, in addition to free parking and easy access entrances, Auto Club Speedway has partnered with the Inland Empire’s MRN affiliate – KFROG – to make the trip a little easier. Fans making their way to Southern California’s Premier motorsports facility, can tune to 95.1 FM en route to the track for real time traffic updates and tips for easy entrance into the facility. For more information on the races at Auto Club Speedway, Feb. 19-21, call 1-800-944-RACE (7223) or visit www.autoclubspeedway.com.(ACS)(1-25-2010)
“Hope for Haiti” drive-through fundraising event is underway at Auto Club Speedway: The “Hope for Haiti” drive-through fundraising event is underway at Auto Club Speedway. Southern Californian’s can join NBC4, Telemundo, the American Red Cross and Operation USA at Auto Club Speedway today until 6:30 pm/pt to help the Haitian relief efforts of the American Red Cross and Operation USA. Donations can be made in the form of cash or checks. Checks should be made payable to the American Red Cross/Haiti Relief or Operation USA/Haiti Relief. Donations can also be made online at redcross.org and opusa.org. Representatives from the two charitable organizations, the TV stations and Auto Club Speedway will be on hand to help collect the donations. Joining the effort are radio stations KFRG 95.1 FM and Exitos 93.9 FM and Major League Soccer’s Chivas USA.(ACS)(1-15-2010)
Fall race at Auto Club Speedway shortened UPDATE: NASCAR and International Speedway Corp., which owns the 2-mile speedway, today will announce the Oct. 10 event, fourth in the Chase, will be renamed and shortened from 500 miles. The race, sponsored by Pepsi since 2008, will be known as the Pepsi Max 400 on the 2010 Sprint Cup schedule. "As fans well know, conversations with NASCAR in regard to making Auto Club Speedway the most competitive track possible for NASCAR racing have been ongoing," said Gillian Zucker, Speedway president, in a prepared statement. "The results of some changes made by NASCAR - such as double-file restarts and tire changes - were seen at our inaugural Chase race, arguably one of the best races ever at the Speedway. This additional change to 400 miles is further evidence of NASCAR's commitment to racing excitement and to Southern California race fans." The previous 19 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Fontana had all been 500 miles (250 laps). However, 400-mile races were a staple at now-defunct Riverside International Raceway until 1980. At that point, until its closure in 1988, the race distances were measured in kilometers. With 50 laps lopped off, it will change the strategy of the competitors and will eliminate at least one fuel stop. As the double-file restarts demonstrated in 2009, race leaders are all bunched up after caution periods. There was no word about ticket prices and how they'll reflect the shorter distances.(Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)(1-13-2010)
UPDATE: Auto Club Speedway and NASCAR officials today announced that the Speedway’s October Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race – the Pepsi 500 – will now be 400 miles, rather than 500. Track officials also announced that the race, sponsored by Pepsi since 2008, will be re-branded the Pepsi Max 400. 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.(Auto Club Speedway)(1-14-2010)
California considering shorter race: Auto Club Speedway Gillian Zucker said the track is considering shortening one of the two annual races from 500 miles to 400 miles and did little to hide the fact she’d like to swap race dates with Phoenix. The first California race is run in February, right after the Daytona 500 while Phoenix runs in April. “Everybody knows that we’ve had some challenges with weather during (February),” she said.(Associated Press)(10-12-2009)
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)
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
Tire changes at Auto Club UPDATE: Goodyear pulled 10 right side tires as a precautionary measure after discovering unusual wear following qualifying on Friday. Although the same tire code (4386) was used successfully at Las Vegas and Charlotte Motor Speedway in the past, tire specialists found thin thread in "small, localized areas" according to Stu Grant, general manager of global racing tires. "We decided to pull those tire (sequences) from the system," Grant added. "We'll give them a tire that doesn't have the same shearogrophy image." Goodyear elected to review the data from previous right side builds and sent the tires in question back to its headquarters in Akron, Ohio, to examine the shearography image which uses non-destructive lasers to measure and detect defects to the tire. Goodyear will re-evaluate the tires following practice on Saturday to determine whether any further action needs to be taken.(FoxSports)(2-20-2010)
UPDATE: Goodyear officials took 23 unused tires from the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series garages that showed signs of thin tread at Auto Club Speedway. After Sprint Cup practice Friday, Goodyear officials saw three tires with a small patch of localized, rapid tread wear. They then asked Goodyear technicians in Akron, Ohio, to re-examine the X-rays of the 2,000 right-side tires that were brought to the track with a more thorough look at the area where those other tires had shown the thin tread, Goodyear global racing tire manager Stu Grant said Saturday. The X-rays are originally done so technicians can look for foreign particles or other abnormalities in the tires after they come off the production line. Following the examinations Friday, the engineers saw possible signs of a similar problem in 19 tires sold to teams in the Cup garage and four sold to teams in the Nationwide garage this weekend. Goodyear asked that those tires be return and replaced them. "I don't have any explanation other than we have a localized area of light tread in some of the right-side tires," Grant said. "There's something going on with the manufacturing. It's got that light [tread] area that is a little off-center of the center of the tire. So just to be sure [we took them back]. … There's nothing wrong with it except it's a little thinner than it should be." The right-side tires are new for Auto Club Speedway, host of Sunday's Auto Club 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, but have been used at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway. There were no issues during Sprint Cup practice Saturday.(SceneDaily)(2-21-2010)
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
Number of Tires: Left-side – 1,500; Right-side – 1,500
Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4382; Right-side -- D-4386
Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.2 in.; Right-side -- 88.3 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 -- 42 psi
Estimated Pit Window: Every 42-44 laps, based on fuel mileage (Sprint Cup).
Notes: Goodyear has brought two brand new tire codes for NASCAR Sprint Cup teams to run at California this weekend . . . this tire set-up came out of a tire test Goodyear held at the track this past December . . . teams/drivers participating in that test were the #9 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford with Kasey Kahne, #12 Penske Racing Dodge with Brad Keselowski, #20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota with Joey Logano and #31 Richard Childress Racing Chevy with Jeff Burton . . . Goodyear decided to test California to evaluate its tires in an effort to give cars more grip around the two-mile oval . . . Goodyear engineers ultimately decided to incorporate some of the compound technology developed during the Indianapolis program last year, coming back with a different right-side compound . . . that change was merged with some of the speedway construction elements that Goodyear has rolled into many of it tires over the past year . . . while Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series teams will run the same right-side tire code (D-4386) this weekend, they will be running distinct left-side codes . . . 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.
Some Chassis notes from team for Auto Club Speedway:
#5-Mark Martin: Hendrick Motorsports Chassis #5-523 for Sunday's race. Martin drove this chassis five times last season, including to Victory Lane at Michigan International Speedway in June.
#6-David Ragan: Primary Chassis: RK-617 Ran Charlotte in 2009 as the #26 – finished 33rd; Backup: RK-676, ran Homestead in 2009 as the #26 – finished 18th, The Beach Center (SLIC - 9024) in the South California District was selected as the Maximum Center for the February 21 Auto Club 500 at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. The center is recognized for their achievements on the district's Balanced Scorecard in 2009. Of the total 19 elements measured, 10 were 100 percent effective.
#11-Denny Hamlin: The #11 FedEx team will unload Chassis JGR 256 this weekend in California. This car last raced in Charlotte during the 2009 Chase when engine troubles relegated Hamlin to a 42nd-place finish. Chassis 246 sat on the pole at Auto Club last fall and will serve as the backup this weekend. The #11 FedEx Freight Toyota will carry the letters WHT on the B-posts for Sunday's Auto Club 500 in recognition of the FedEx Freight service center in Whittier. The center is being recognized for best accident and injury performance within the greater San Bernardino region.
#12-Brad Keselowski: The #12 AAA Insurance Dodge Charger team will use chassis PRS-713 during Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 500 at Auto Club Speedway. PRS-713 is a brand new chassis to the #12 Dodge team.
#14-Tony Stewart: Chassis #14-564 debuted at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth last November, where it delivered a strong performance by qualifying fourth and finishing sixth. The 2009 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway marked the car's second career start. There, it qualified fifth and led twice for 43 laps before two separate on-track incidents with Juan Pablo Montoya relegated it to a 22nd-place finish. Its most recent action came Jan. 19-20 when it was used for a Goodyear tire test at Texas.
#17-Matt Kenseth: RFR's #17 Ford team will bring primary car RK-657 along with the backup RK-612
#18-Kyle Busch: Chassis #265 is a brand new race car that has never turned a wheel on the racetrack. It has, however, been tested in the wind tunnel.
#29-Kevin Harvick: Harvick will pilot chassis #288 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This Shell-Pennzoil Chevy first raced at Auto Club Speedway last season, posting its first top-10 finish. Harvick piloted this #29 Chevy in three other races last fall finishing 18th at Charlotte Motor Speedway, fifth at Texas Motor Speedway and third in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
#31-Jeff Burton: will pilot chassis #291 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This is a brand new Caterpillar Chevy Impala that will be put through its first paces this weekend.
#33-Clint Bowyer: Clint Bowyer will pilot Chassis #257 from Richard Childress Racing's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Bowyer piloted this #33 Chevy twice last season, finishing sixth at Charlotte Motor Speedway in October and seventh at Texas Motor Speedway in November. In July 2008, this former #07 racer made its debut at Indianapolis Motor Speedway where Bowyer finished 19th.
#39-Ryan Newman: Chassis #39-531 last saw action at Charlotte Motor Speedway in October. Newman qualified sixth and had a strong racecar. However, pit-road issues kept Newman mired in traffic and led to an 11th-place finish. Prior to its run in the NASCAR Banking 500 in October, Newman piloted the car during a thrilling run in last May's Sprint All-Star race at Charlotte. Newman was battling for the lead with less than 10 laps to go, he got tangled up with two other cars, which sent Newman into the wall and ended the team's day. The team repaired the damaged bodywork, and Newman returned to the track at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., in July, where he finished sixth. In the offseason, crew chief Tony Gibson & Company reworked chassis #39-531. The original body was cut off the
car. The car was lightened and the bodywork was rebuilt.
Johnson will pilot chassis #553 in Sunday's event. He has three starts in that car, collecting two wins (Indy, Calif. 2009) and a fifth-place finish (Homestead 2009). Johnson last drove backup chassis #534 to a 13th-place result at Pocono Raceway last August.
#71-Bobby Labonte is schedule dto run chassis number 286 and will be making its on-track debut with TRG Motorsports.(2-20-2010)
Tire testing at Auto Club done: Security at Auto Club Speedway was very tight Tuesday and Wednesday as Goodyear conducted two days of tire testing at the Fontana, CA track. Unlike other tire tests in recent year, the track was off-limits to all (especially the media) from 9:00am until the 4:30pm conclusion. At other tests, drivers often have time for noon interviews, but not this week. One team from each of the four manufacturers participated in the tests. #9-Kasey Kahne was in a RPM Ford for the first time while #12-Brad Keselowski made his first runs in a Penske Racing Dodge. Joe Gibbs Racing's #20-Joey Logano represented Toyota while Richard Childress Racing driver #31-Jeff Burton was in a Chevy. It was difficult to distinguish one model from another as all were in primer gray.
Tire testing can be a tedious exercise, but Burton certainly didn't have that attitude. He ran 500 miles on Tuesday and was prepared to run an equal number the following day, a few laps at a time. "We're hoping to help Goodyear get a better tire for Fontana," Burton said. "That's goal No. 1. Hopefully that's something we can learn. We really don't learn much about the race track because Goodyear doesn't want us to change the cars as they are studying the tires. I like testing, it's a real opportunity to learn, a real opportunity to try a lot of stuff. And for the driver, it's an opportunity to also try lots of different things." Since NASCAR implemented its testing ban following the 2008 season, tire tests are the only ones conducted at tracks on the Sprint Cup schedule.(Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)(12-17-2009)
See the Sprint Cup Series Team / Driver Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.