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2020 NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club Race Page

Sunday, March 1, 2020 - Auto Club Speedway
3:30pm/et
Laps: 200 - Stages: Stages: 60/120/200
TV: FOX -  Radio: MRN, Sirius XM NASCAR

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Weekend on-track schedule

For the complete at-track schedule click here.

Times are Eastern Standard.

Friday, February 28
4:05 PM-4:55 PM NCS 1ST PRACTICE
TV: FS1
5:35 PM-6:25 PM NCS 2ND PRACTICE
TV:FS1

Saturday, February 29
2:35 PM NCS QUALIFYING IMPOUND (SINGLE VEHICLE / ONE LAP ALL POSITIONS)
TV: FS1

Sunday, March 1
3:30 PM NCS RACE (STAGES 60/120/200 LAPS = 400 MILES )
TV: FOX


Race Rundown

Paint Schemes

Alex Bowman scores dominating NASCAR Cup victory at Fontana: Alex Bowman had a new nose for the finish line Sunday at Auto Club Speedway. Driving the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet-a sleeker version of the Camaro with a new front fascia-Bowman ran away with the final stage of the Auto Club 400 at the two-mile track in the Inland Empire. In picking up his second career victory and his first at Fontana, Bowman led five times for 110 of the 200 laps in the third NASCAR Cup event of the season. He grabbed the top spot on Lap 133, gave it up briefly during a cycle of green-flag pit  stops midway through the final run and regained it for the final time on Lap 167 when Brad Keselowski gave up the lead to come to pit road.[Read More]

#88-Alex Bowman won the Auto Club 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway. The win is his 1st win of 2020, 1st win at Auto Club and 2nd career win. He dominated much of the weekend, running fastest in both practices and qualifying 3rd.  He led 110 of the 200 laps.
#18-Busch finished 2nd followed by #1-Busch, #9-Elliott, #2-Keselowski, #11-Hamlin, #48-Johnson, #10-Almirola, #4-Harvick, and #20-Jones.
Pole winner #14-Bowyer led the first 10 laps of the race, but had a flat tire just after the start of stage 2 which brought out a caution. He finished 23rd.
Stage 1 was won by #88-Bowman. Stage 2 was won by #12-Blaney.
There were 16 lead changes among 8 drivers and 3 cautions for 13 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 152.753mph.
See race details at: Race Results, Drivers Points Standings, Owners Points Standings, Cumulative Report, Penalty Report.

Race Fast Facts – Auto Club
Alex Bowman won the 24th Annual Auto Club 400, his second victory in 156 NASCAR Cup Series races.
This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in 2020.
This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in five races at Auto Club Speedway.
Kyle Busch (second) posted his 16th top-10 finish in 22 races at Auto Club Speedway. It is his first top-10 finish in 2020.
Kurt Busch (third) posted his 14th top-10 finish in 27 races at Auto Club Speedway.
Tyler Reddick (11th) was the highest finishing rookie.
Ryan Blaney leads the point standings by 11 points over Joey Logano.
(NASCAR)(3-1-2020)

Cup Series Playoff Standings after Auto Club:
1) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 111
2) #88-Alex Bowman [1 win], 110
3) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 94
4) #12-Ryan Blaney, 112 pts
5) #4-Kevin Harvick, 110, -12
6) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 106, -16
7) #9-Chase Elliott, 105, -17
8) #21-Matt DiBenedetto, 87, -35
9) #42-Kyle Larson, 86, -36
10) #10-Aric Almirola, 84, -38
11) #17-Chris Buescher, 82, -40
12) #2-Brad Keselowski, 82, -40
13) #19-Martin Truex, Jr., 79, -43
14) #3-Austin Dillon, 76, -46
15) #47-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 73, -49
16) #14-Clint Bowyer, 70, -52
See the Drivers Points Standings and Owners Points Standings.

Cars to the rear: #37-Preece (engine change & illegal body modification), #47-Stenhouse, Jr (illegal body modification)

Clint Bowyer edges local favorite Jimmie Johnson for Fontana pole: It’s far too early to be thinking about Christmas, but Clint Bowyer was the Grinch whole stole the thunder from local favorite Jimmie Johnson during Saturday’s time trials at Auto Club Speedway. With a stronger run off Turn 4 on his qualifying lap, Bowyer edged Johnson by .007 seconds to earn the pole position for Sunday’s Auto Club 400. The last driver to turn a lap, Johnson had the edge at the exit from Turn 4, but in a comparison with FOX Sports’ “ghost car” (representing Bowyer), the seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion ran wider off the final corner and lost the top starting spot by roughly two feet.[Read More]

Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Auto Club 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway have been made.
Pole winner #14-Boywer chose pit stall 1.
Outside pole sitter #48-Johnson took the 2nd stall.
The final stall was taken by #22-Logano. He starts 7th.
See all pit choices on the Auto Club Speedway Pit Stall chart.(2-29-2020)

#14-Clint Bowyer won the Busch pole for the Auto Club 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway with speed of 179.614mph for his 1st pole of the year, 1st at Auto Club and 4th of his career.
#48-Johnson will start second followed by #88-Bowman, #1-Busch, #4-Harvick, #10-Almirola, #22-Logano, #34-McDowell, #42-Larson, and #47-Stenhouse, Jr.
#19-Truex, Jr. failed pre-qualifying inspection three times. He was not allowed to qualify and will start the race at the tail of the field.
38 teams were entered so everyone made the race.
See the complete qualifying results and the Auto Club 400 Starting Lineup.(2-29-2020)

Auto Club Speedway – Qualifying Fast Facts:
Clint Bowyer won the Pole Award for the 24th Annual Auto Club 400 with a lap of 40.086 seconds, 179.614 mph.
This is his fourth pole in 508 NASCAR Cup Series races. This is his first pole and second top-10 start in 2020.
This is his first pole in 20 races at Auto Club Speedway.
Jimmie Johnson (second) posted his second top-10 start of 2020 and his 14th in 26 races at Auto Club Speedway.
Alex Bowman (third) posted his first top-10 start at Auto Club Speedway. It is his second in three races this season.
Cole Custer (18th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
(NASCAR Statistics)(2-29-2019)

Second practice for the Auto Club 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
#88-Bowman 176.626
#12-Blaney 176.186
#43-Wallace 176.177
#1-Busch 175.816
#95-Bell 175.695
Slowest: #00-Houff 166.455
Most laps run: #1-Busch, 47 laps.
Best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 30 drivers): #88-Bowman, 175.317
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Final Practice speeds (pdf).(2-28-2020)

First practice for the Auto Club 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
#88-Bowman 177.607
#42-Larson 177.703
#8-Reddick 177.607
#1-Busch 177.375
#21-DiBenedetto 176.609
Slowest: #66-Hill 159.215
Most laps run: #9-Elliott, 33 laps.
Best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 7 drivers): #88-Bowman, 175.278mph.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the First Practice speeds (pdf) (2-28-2020)

Entry List for the Auto Club 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway is posted, 38 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
Some of the drivers entered include: #6-Chastain, #51-Smithley, #52-Yeley, #53-Gase, #66-Hill, #77-Sorenson.
Since 38 cars are entered, no one will miss the race.
See the full entry list on the Entry List (pdf)

Goodyear Fast Facts — Fontana

Past Auto Club Races

Race Officials

Grand Marshal: David Boreanaz
Command: David Boreanaz
Honorary Starter: Chandra, Genevieve and Lydia Johnson
Honorary Pace Car Driver: Ricky Johnson
Color Guard: California Army National Guard Color Guard
Invocation: Jodi King
National Anthem: Malea Emma
Flyover: unknown

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