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Statistical Advance: Analyzing the Auto Club 400

Top 10 Driver Rating at Auto Club
Jimmie Johnson…………………… 114.0
Kyle Busch…………………………. 111.5
Kevin Harvick……………………….. 96.1
Erik Jones……………………………. 93.6
Denny Hamlin……………………….. 93.4
Chase Elliott…………………………. 92.4
Ryan Blaney…………………………. 90.9
Joey Logano…………………………. 90.4
Kyle Larson………………………….. 89.9
Kurt Busch…………………………… 88.6
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2019 races (21 total) among active drivers at Auto Club Speedway

At Auto Club Speedway:

History

  • Groundbreaking for California Speedway, as Auto Club Speedway was originally known, took place in November of 1995 in Fontana, California.
  • 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 Cup Series race was held on June 22, 1997 and won by Jeff Gordon driving the Hendrick Motorsports No. 24 Chevrolet.
  • September 2004 was the first night race at Auto Club Speedway and that also was the first year both the NASCAR Cup and NASCAR Xfinity Series ran two races in a season there.
  • The track name was changed to Auto Club Speedway (ACS) in February of 2008.
  • There have been 30 NASCAR Cup Series races at Auto Club Speedway, the track hosted one race a season from 1997-2003, then two races per season from 2004-2010. In 2011, Auto Club Speedway returned to a single-race season.

Starts

  • In total 159 different drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway; 130 have competed in more than one race at Auto Club Speedway.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch lead the NASCAR Cup Series in starts at Auto Club Speedway with 26 each.
  • A total of six drivers have made their first series career start at Auto Club Speedway – Chris Buescher (2015), Kevin Conway (2010), J.J. Yeley (2004), Shane Hmiel (2004), Greg Biffle (2002) and Mike Dillon (1998).
  • Patrick Carpentier (three starts) leads the series in average starting position at Auto Club Speedway with a 5.0.
  • Richard Childress Racing’s Austin Dillon leads all active drivers in the series in average starting position at Auto Club Speedway with a 9.833.

Top 10 in Average Starting Position at Auto Club Speedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank All-Time Drivers Avg Start Starts Rank Active Drivers Avg Start Starts
1 Patrick Carpentier 5.000 3 1 Austin Dillon 9.833 6
2 Austin Dillon 9.833 6 2 Kyle Busch 10.190 21
3 Kyle Busch 10.190 21 3 Denny Hamlin 11.167 18
4 Denny Hamlin 11.167 18 4 Kyle Larson 11.167 6
5 Kyle Larson 11.167 6 5 Jimmie Johnson 11.960 25
6 Jimmie Johnson 11.960 25 6 Erik Jones 12.000 3
7 Erik Jones 12.000 3 7 Joey Logano 12.385 13
8 Joey Logano 12.385 13 8 Brad Keselowski 12.636 11
9 Mark Martin 12.500 22 9 Ryan Blaney 12.750 4
10 Brad Keselowski 12.636 11 10 Ryan Newman 12.800 25

 

Auto Club Speedway Busch Pole Winners
Pole Winners (19) Poles
Kurt Busch 4
Denny Hamlin 3
Brian Vickers 2
Jamie McMurray 2
Jeff Gordon 2
Austin Dillon 2
Bobby Labonte 1
Carl Edwards 1
Jimmie Johnson 1
Joe Nemechek 1
Juan Pablo Montoya 1
Kasey Kahne 1
Kyle Busch 1
Kyle Larson 1
Martin Truex Jr 1
Matt Kenseth 1
Mike Skinner 1
Ryan Newman 1
Steve Park 1

Poles

  • A total of 19 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won the Busch Pole Award at Auto Club Speedway; seven are active this weekend.
  • Kurt Busch leads the NASCAR Cup Series in Busch Pole Awards at Auto Club Speedway with four (2015, 2007 and 2006 sweep).
  • Joe Nemechek won the inaugural NASCAR Cup Series Busch Pole Award at Auto Club Speedway in 1997 with a speed of 183.015 mph (39.341 secs).
  • Five NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won multiple poles at Auto Club Speedway – Kurt Busch (four), Denny Hamlin (three), Brian Vickers (two), Jamie McMurray (two) and Jeff Gordon (two).
  • Denny Hamlin (2012, 2013), Jamie McMurray (2010 sweep) and Kurt Busch (2006 sweep) are the only three drivers to win consecutive poles at Auto Club Speedway.
  • Youngest Auto Club Speedway Busch Pole Award winner: Kyle Busch (Feb. 27, 2005 – 19 years, 9 months, 25 days).
  • Oldest Auto Club Speedway Busch Pole Award winner: Mike Skinner (April 30, 2000 – 42 years, 10 months, 2 days).
  • Three drivers have posted their first NASCAR Cup Series career Busch Pole Award at Auto Club Speedway: Carl Edwards(9/4/2005), Kyle Busch (2/27/2005) and Joe Nemechek (6/22/1997).
  • Five different manufacturers have won the Busch Pole Award in the NASCAR Cup Series at Auto Club Speedway; led by Chevrolet with 15 poles and followed by Toyota (six), Dodge (four), Ford (two) and Pontiac (one).

Wins

  • A total of 17 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won at Auto Club Speedway; seven are active this weekend.
  • Seven-time champ Jimmie Johnson leads the NASCAR Cup Series in wins at Auto Club Speedway with six victories (2016, Spring 2010, Fall 2009, Fall 2008, Fall 2007 and 2002).
  • The inaugural NASCAR Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway was held on June 22, 1997 and won by Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet; 155.012 mph).
  • Five drivers have posted multiple NASCAR Cup Series wins at Auto Club Speedway: Jimmie Johnson (six), Kyle Busch (four), Jeff Gordon, and Matt Kenseth each have three wins, Tony Stewart has two.
  • Jimmie Johnson (2009-2010) and Kyle Busch (2013-2014) are the only two drivers to win consecutive NASCAR Cup Series races at Auto Club Speedway.
Auto Club Speedway Race Winners
Race Winners (17) Wins
Jimmie Johnson 6
Kyle Busch 4
Jeff Gordon 3
Matt Kenseth 3
Tony Stewart 2
Brad Keselowski 1
Carl Edwards 1
Elliott Sadler 1
Greg Biffle 1
Jeremy Mayfield 1
Kasey Kahne 1
Kevin Harvick 1
Kurt Busch 1
Kyle Larson 1
Mark Martin 1
Martin Truex Jr 1
Rusty Wallace 1
  • Youngest Cup Series Auto Club Speedway winner: Kyle Busch (Sept. 4, 2005 – 20 years, 4 months, 2 days).
  • Oldest Cup Series Auto Club Speedway winner: Rusty Wallace (April 29, 2001 – 44 years, 8 months, 15 days).
  • Jimmie Johnson (2002) and Kyle Busch (2005) are the only two drivers to post their first series career win at Auto Club Speedway.
  • 15 of the 17 NASCAR Cup Series drivers who have won at Auto Club Speedway participated in at least two or more races at the track before visiting Victory Lane – Jeff Gordon (1997 – inaugural event) and Jimmie Johnson (2002) are the only drivers to win at ACS in their first appearance.
  • Tony Stewart competed at Auto Club Speedway 18 times before winning in the fall of 2010; the longest span of any the 17 winners. Only Stewart (18), Kevin Harvick (17) and Martin Truex Jr. (17) have made 10 or more attempts before their first win at Auto Club Speedway.
  • Clint Bowyer leads all active drivers with the most NASCAR Cup Series starts at Auto Club Speedway without visiting Victory Lane at 19.
  • Four reigning NASCAR Cup Series champions have gone on to win at Auto Club Speedway the following season: Tony Stewart (2012), Jeff Gordon (1999), Jimmie Johnson – the only driver to do it multiple times (2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010) and Martin Truex Jr. (2018).
  • Three drivers have won at Auto Club Speedway and the NASCAR Cup Series championship in the same season: Jeff Gordon (1997), Jimmie Johnson (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2016) and Kyle Busch (2019).
  • Only three car numbers have produced three or more Auto Club Speedway NASCAR Cup Series wins:

Car Number – Drivers – (Years)

o   No. 48  – Jimmie Johnson (2002, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2016)

o   No. 17 – Matt Kenseth (2006, 2007 and 2009)

o   No. 24 – Jeff Gordon (1997, 1999 and 2004)

  • Three drivers have won from the pole in the NASCAR Cup Series at Auto Club Speedway  Jimmie Johnson (2008), Kyle Larson (2017) and Martin Truex Jr. (2018).
  • Four of the 30 (13.3%) NASCAR Cup Series races at Auto Club Speedway have been won from the front row: Jimmie Johnson, Fall 2008 (pole); and Fall 2007 (second-place); Kyle Larson, 2017 (pole); Martin Truex Jr. 2018 (pole).

NCS Wins by Starting Positions at Auto Club Speedway

Starting Position Wins Winning % Starting Position Wins Winning %
1 3 10.00% 14 1 3.33%
2 1 3.33% 16 2 6.67%
3 3 10.00% 17 1 3.33%
4 3 10.00% 19 2 6.67%
5 2 6.67% 22 1 3.33%
7 1 3.33% 24 3 10.00%
8 1 3.33% 25 2 6.67%
9 3 10.00% 31 1 3.33%
Stats Winning % Wins
Winning from the Pole: 10.00% 3
Winning from the Front Row: 13.33% 4
Winning from a Top-Five Starting Position: 40.00% 12
Winning from a Top-10 Starting Position: 56.67% 17
Winning After Starting Outside the Top 10: 43.33% 13
Winning After Starting Outside the Top 20: 23.33% 7

 

NASCAR Cup Series
Owner Wins at Auto Club
Organizations Wins
1 Hendrick Motorsports 10
2 Roush Fenway Racing 7
3 Joe Gibbs Racing 3
4 Stewart-Haas Racing 2
5 Team Penske 3
6 Chip Ganassi Racing 1
7 Furniture Row Racing 1
8 Richard Childress Racing 1
9 Richard Petty Motorsports 1
10 Robert Yates Racing 1
  • The most recent driver to win after starting outside the top 20 was Kevin Harvick (24th) in 2011.
  • The deepest in the field that a race winner has started is 31st, by Matt Kenseth in the spring of 2006.
  • The most proficient starting position at Auto Club Speedway is pretty random; five starting positions (first, third, fourth, ninth and 24th) have all produced three winners each.
  • A total of 10 different organizations have won at Auto Club Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series, led by Hendrick Motorsports with 10 victories – Jeff Gordon (1997, 1999, 2004), Kyle Busch (2005) and Jimmie Johnson (2002, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2016).
  • Four different manufacturers have won in the NASCAR Cup Series at Auto Club Speedway; led by Chevrolet with 14 wins, followed by Ford (11), Toyota (four) and Dodge (one).

Additional Finishing Position

Runner-Up Finishes

  • A total of 17 different drivers have finished runner-up at Auto Club Speedway; eight are active this weekend.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads the NASCAR Cup Series in runner-up finishes at Auto Club Speedway with five second-place finishes.

Top Five in Runner-Up Finishes at Auto Club Speedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank All-Time Drivers Runner-Ups Rank Active Drivers Runner-Ups
1 Jimmie Johnson 5 1 Jimmie Johnson 5
2 Jeff Gordon 4 2 Kevin Harvick 3
3 Kevin Harvick 3 3 Kyle Larson 2
4 Bobby Labonte 2 4 Brad Keselowski 1
Dale Earnhardt Jr 2 Clint Bowyer 1
Greg Biffle 2 Joey Logano 1
Kyle Larson 2 Kurt Busch 1
Kyle Busch 1

Top-Five Finishes

  • A total of 37 different drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series have finished in the top-five at Auto Club Speedway.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads the series in top-five finishes at Auto Club Speedway with 13.

Top Five in Top-Five Finishes at Auto Club Speedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank All-Time Drivers Top Fives Rank Active Drivers Top Fives
1 Jimmie Johnson 13 1 Jimmie Johnson 13
2 Jeff Gordon 10 2 Kyle Busch 10
Kyle Busch 10 3 Kevin Harvick 7
4 Matt Kenseth 9 Kurt Busch 7
5 Carl Edwards 8 5 Joey Logano 6

Top-10 Finishes

  • A total of 66 different drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series have finished in the top-10 at Auto Club Speedway.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads the series in top-10 finishes at Auto Club Speedway with 17.

Top Five in Top-10 Finishes at Auto Club Speedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank All-Time Drivers Top 10s Rank Active Drivers Top 10s
1 Jimmie Johnson 17 1 Jimmie Johnson 17
2 Carl Edwards 15 2 Kyle Busch 15
Kyle Busch 15 3 Kurt Busch 13
Matt Kenseth 15 4 Kevin Harvick 12
5 Kurt Busch 13 5 Clint Bowyer 8
Tony Stewart 13

Average Finishing Positions

  • Jimmie Johnson leads the NASCAR Cup Series in average finishing position at Auto Club Speedway with a 7.600.

Top 10 in Average Finishing Position at Auto Club Speedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank All-Time Drivers Avg. Finish Starts Rank Active Drivers Avg. Finish Starts
1 Jimmie Johnson 7.600 25 1 Jimmie Johnson 7.600 25
2 Carl Edwards 8.684 19 2 Kyle Busch 9.952 21
3 Kyle Busch 9.952 21 3 Chase Elliott 10.750 4
4 Chase Elliott 10.750 4 4 Kurt Busch 12.577 26
5 Jeff Gordon 11.769 26 5 Erik Jones 12.667 3
6 Matt Kenseth 12.080 25 6 Joey Logano 13.077 13
7 Kurt Busch 12.577 26 7 Austin Dillon 13.667 6
8 Erik Jones 12.667 3 8 Kyle Larson 13.667 6
9 Joey Logano 13.077 13 9 Ryan Blaney 14.250 4
10 Dale Earnhardt 13.500 4 10 Daniel Suarez 14.333 3

Lap Leader Stats

  • A total of 81 different drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series have led at least one lap at Auto Club Speedway.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads the series in laps led at Auto Club Speedway with 980.

Top 10 Lap Leaders at Auto Club Speedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank All-Time Drivers Led Completed % Led Rank Active Drivers Led Completed % Led
1 Jimmie Johnson 980 5,706 17.2% 1 Jimmie Johnson 980 5,706 17.2%
2 Kyle Busch 807 4,699 17.2% 2 Kyle Busch 807 4,699 17.2%
3 Jeff Gordon 648 6,101 10.6% 3 Kurt Busch 298 5,950 5.0%
4 Matt Kenseth 571 5,786 9.9% 4 Kevin Harvick 237 5,874 4.0%
5 Tony Stewart 332 5,486 6.1% 5 Martin Truex Jr 233 3,777 6.2%
6 Mark Martin 324 5,069 6.4% 6 Denny Hamlin 147 3,785 3.9%
7 Kurt Busch 298 5,950 5.0% 7 Kyle Larson 110 1063 10.3%
8 Greg Biffle 297 4,783 6.2% 8 Brad Keselowski 81 2,198 3.7%
9 Kasey Kahne 269 4,740 5.7% 9 Joey Logano 57 2,688 2.1%
10 Kevin Harvick 237 5,874 4.0% 10 Clint Bowyer 47 4,113 1.1%
  • The most laps led in a single NASCAR Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway was 228 of the schedule 250 laps (91.2%) by Jimmie Johnson in 2008 – Johnson won the race.
  • The most laps led in a single NASCAR Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway by a driver that didn’t win was 168 laps led by Greg Biffle who finished 42nd in 2006.
  • Two of the NASCAR Cup Series winners at Auto Club Speedway won by leading just the final lap – Kevin Harvick in 2011 (started 24th) and Brad Keselowski in 2015 (started eighth).

Track / Specific Event

  • Since the advent of electronic scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Cup Series at Auto Club Speedway was the March 27, 2011 race won by Kevin Harvick with a margin of victory of 0.144 second over Jimmie Johnson.

Top 10 Closest Margins of Victory at Auto Club Speedway

Margin of Victory Race Winner Runner-Up Date
0.144 Kevin Harvick Jimmie Johnson March 27, 2011
0.214 Kyle Busch Kyle Larson March 23, 2014
0.231 Greg Biffle Jimmie Johnson February 27, 2005
0.263 Elliott Sadler Kasey Kahne September 5, 2004
0.270 Rusty Wallace Jeff Gordon April 29, 2001
0.300 Jeremy Mayfield Bobby Labonte April 30, 2000
0.338 Matt Kenseth Jimmie Johnson February 26, 2006
0.466 Tony Stewart Clint Bowyer October 10, 2010
0.554 Kyle Busch Greg Biffle September 4, 2005
0.620 Jimmie Johnson Kurt Busch April 28, 2002
  • There have been six finishes at Auto Club Speedway resulting in NASCAR Overtime:
Date Scheduled Laps Actual Laps NASCAR Overtime Laps Winner Runner-Up
3/26/2017 200 202 2 Kyle Larson Brad Keselowski
3/20/2016 200 205 5 Jimmie Johnson Kevin Harvick
3/22/2015 200 209 9 Brad Keselowski Kevin Harvick
3/23/2014 200 206 6 Kyle Busch Kyle Larson
2/26/2006 250 251 1 Matt Kenseth Jimmie Johnson
9/4/2005 250 254 4 Kyle Busch Greg Biffle
  • The 30 NASCAR Cup Series races at Auto Club Speedway have produced an average of 6.9 cautions per race and an average of 31.6 laps of caution per race.
  • Seven of the last 10 series races have had a caution come out within the last 15 laps of regulation:
Seasons Last Caution During Regulation Came Out On Lap Remaining Laps of Race Finish Comments
2019 165 35
2018 130 70
2017 198 2 Went to Overtime
2016 200 0 Went to Overtime
2015 200 0 Went to Overtime
2014 199 1 Went to Overtime
2013 200 0 Ended under caution
2012 125 75 Rain shortened
2011 187 13
2010 195 5
  • Only once has a NASCAR Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway been shortened to due to weather.
Date Scheduled Laps Actual Laps Fewer Laps Winner Runner-Up
March 25, 2012 200 129 -71 Tony Stewart Kyle Busch
  • The NASCAR Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway has only been postponed to another date due to weather once – the 2008 February race – Scheduled date: 2/24/08; Actual Date: 2/25/08.
  • NASCAR Cup Series Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather at Auto Club Speedway twice – 1999 and 2008 (Spring) races.

Female Competitors

  • Two female drivers have competed at Auto Club Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series: Shawna Robinson and Danica Patrick.
  • **Note: Robinson first attempted to qualify for a race at Auto Club Speedway on April 29, 2001 but failed to make the event.

NASCAR in California

  • There has been a total of 204 NASCAR national series races among 17 different tracks in the state of California
  • The first NASCAR Cup Series race held in California was at Carrell Speedway on April 8, 1951; the event was won by Marshall Teague.

California in NASCAR

  • A total of 443 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as California.
  • A total of 41 drivers with their home state recorded as California have won at least one race in NASCAR’s three national series.
  • 26 of the 41 Californian drivers have won in the NASCAR Cup Series; led by Jeff Gordon with 93 wins.

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