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Production Alliance Group 300

Auto Club Speedway
NASCAR XFINITY Series Race #5 of 33

Saturday, March 169, 2019
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 5:18pm/et
Laps/Stages: 150 laps total. Stages end on laps: 35/70/150


TELEVISION / RADIO / STREAMING

Television Coverage: Time 5:00pm/et, FS1 and FOX Sports GO streaming (available with participating TV provider login)
Radio Coverage (over the air and streaming): Motor Racing Network (MRN) / SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR (available with subscription)


WEEKEND SCHEDULE

On track schedule

Practices:
Friday, March 15, 2:05-2:55pm/et, TV-TBA;
Friday, March 15, 4:35-5:25pm/et, TV-TBA.
Qualifying:
Saturday, March 16 at 1:10pm/et, TV-TBA.

Complete Event Schedule (times local to the track)

Thursday, March 14
4:00 PM-7:00 PM NXS HAULERS ENTER (EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)

Friday, March 15
8:00 AM-4:30 PM NXS GARAGE OPEN
10:00 AM NXS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
11:05 AM-11:55 AM NXS 1ST PRACTICE
1:35 PM-2:25 PM NXS FINAL PRACTICE

Saturday, March 16
6:30 AM NXS GARAGE OPENS
10:10 AM (1:10 PM/ET) NXS QUALIFYING (SINGLE VEHICLE / TWO ROUNDS)
12:15 PM NXS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
1:30 PM NXS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
2:00 PM (5:00 PM/PM) NXS RACE (STAGES 35/70/150 LAPS = 300 MILES )

NXS = NASCAR XFINITY Series
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE


Links to race, practice, qualifying results (in pdf): (will be added as available)
Race Results
Drivers Points
Owners Points
Cumlative Race Report
Penalty Report
Pitstalls
Starting Lineup
Qualifying Results
Qualifying Order
Practice 2 Speeds
Practice 1 Speeds
Crew Rosters
Latest / Final Entry List
Preliminary Entry List


RACE RUNDOWN….News & Links

Cole Custer wins at Fontana, hits pause on Kyle Busch’s run to 200: Thanks to Cole Custer, Kyle Busch will have to wait at least one more day. With a determined run to the finish in Saturday’s Production Alliance Group 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Auto Club Speedway, Custer kept Busch at bay after a restart with 20 laps left and thwarted Busch’s march toward 200 victories across NASCAR’s top three national series.[More](3-16-2019)

#00-Cole Custer won the Production Alliance Group 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Auto Club Speedway. The win is his 1st win of 2019, 1st XFINITY win at Auto Club and 3rd career win.
#18-Kyle Busch finished 2nd followed by #20-Christopher Bell, polesitter #2-Tyler Reddick, #98-Chase Briscoe, #22-Austin Cindric, #19-Brandon Jones, #8-Ryan Preece, #7-Justin Allgaier, and #11-Justin Haley.
#18-Busch won stages 1 & 2 but had a late race penalty and could not get back to the lead.
There were 13 lead changes among 6 drivers and 5 cautions for 28 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 130.703mph.
See race details at:
Race Results (pdf)
Drivers Points Standings
Owners Points Standings
Cumulative Report
Penalty Report

Race Fast Facts – Auto Club Speedway
Cole Custer won the 21st Annual Production Alliance Group 300, his third victory in 76 Xfinity Series races.
This is his first victory and fourth top-10 finish in 2019.
This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in three races at Auto Club Speedway.
Kyle Busch (second) posted his 16th top-10 finish in 19 races at Auto Club Speedway. It is his third top-10 finish in 2019.
Christopher Bell (third) posted his first top-10 finish in two races at Auto Club Speedway.
Chase Briscoe (fifth) was the highest finishing rookie.
Tyler Reddick leads the point standings by 7 points over Cole Custer.
(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(3-16-2019)

2019 NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoff Standings after Auto Club:
#00-Cole Custer [1 win]
#20-Christopher Bell [1 win]
#1-Michael Annett [1 win]
#2-Tyler Reddick, 220
#19-Brandon Jones, 183, -37
#22-Austin Cindric, 179, -41
#7-Justin Allgaier, 171, -49
#9-Noah Gragson, 161, -59
#39-Ryan Sieg, 153, -67
#23-John Hunter Nemechek, 149, -71
#98-Chase Briscoe, 145, -75
#11-Justin Haley, 143, -77
See the Drivers Points Standings and Owners Points Standings

QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES

#2-Tyler Reddick won the Busch pole for the Production Alliance Group 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Auto Club Speedway with speed of 179.861mph for his 2nd pole of 2019, 1st at Auto Club and 4th of his career.
#18-Kyle Busch will start 2nd followed by #00-Cole Custer, #18-Christopher Bell, #9-Noah Gragson, #98-Chase Briscoe, #8-Ryan Preece, #7-Justin Allgaier, #19-Brandon Jones and #23-John Hunter Nemechek.
Driver(s) who will miss the race: none as 37 were entered for 38 spots.
See round-by-round qualifying results on the Qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the Starting Lineup page (pdf).(3-16-2019)

Auto Club Speedway – Qualifying Fast Facts:
Tyler Reddick won the Pole Award for the 21st Annual Production Alliance Group 300 with a lap of 40.031 seconds, 179.861 mph.
This is his fourth pole in 56 NASCAR Xfinity Series races.
This is his second pole and third top-10 start in 2019.
This is his first pole in two races at Auto Club Speedway.
Kyle Busch (second) posted his third top-10 start of 2019 and his 13th in 19 races at Auto Club Speedway.
Cole Custer (third) posted his third top-10 start at Auto Club Speedway. It is his fourth in five races this season.
Noah Gragson (fifth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
(NASCAR Statistics)(3-16-2019)

Happy Hour (final) practice for the Production Alliance Group 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Auto Club Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#7-Allgaier 178.059
#2-Reddick 177.139
#20-Bell 176.956
#18-Busch 176.670
#9-Gragson 176.432
Slowest: #74-Harmon 157.178 & #13-Jackson 154.394
Most laps run: #9-Gragson, 39 laps
Best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 9 drivers): #00-Custer 174.165mph.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf).(3-15-2019)

First practice for the Production Alliance Group 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Auto Club Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#00-=Custer 177.039
#20-Bell 176.882
#18-Busch 176.350
#2-Reddick 175.970
#7-Allgaier 175.833
Slowest: #52-Starr 165.001 & #89-Shepherd 160.321
Most laps run: #98-Briscoe, 31 laps.
Best 10 consecutive lap avg (of XX drivers):
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Second Practice speeds page (pdf).(3-15-2019)

Entry List for the Production Alliance Group 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Auto Club Speedway is posted, 37 teams/drivers [for 38 spots] are listed.
Since only 37 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
See the full entry list on the Entry List (pdf)


TIRE NOTES & FACTS

Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

Set limits: Cup:
3 sets for practice, 1 set for qualifying and 11 sets for race;
Xfinity: 8 sets for the event

Tire Codes:
Left-side — D-4834;
Right-side — D-4838

Tire Circumference:
Left-side — 2,227 mm (87.68 in.);
Right-side — 2,251 mm (88.62 in.)

Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front — 19 psi; Left Rear — 19 psi;
Right Front — 45 psi; Right Rear — 42 psi

Storyline – Racing at Fontana puts emphasis on “air” and “wear”: The worn surface at Auto Club Speedway puts a premium on grip and stability needed for corner entry.  Teams are particularly hard on their left-side tires as they challenge the air pressure recommendation to try to maximize grip, and that will be more so this season as the NASCAR rules package puts more downforce on the Cup cars this season.  High wear also makes tire management come into play at Auto Club, which is also a multi-zone tread tire track.  Goodyear held a tire test at this track in January in preparation for this race.

“Fontana presents multiple challenges for teams as far as tires are concerned,” said Greg Stucker, Goodyear’s director of racing.  “First, with NASCAR’s new rules package and more downforce on the Cup cars, observing our minimum recommended air pressures becomes even more important.  Teams are always looking to add grip at Fontana, and one way they do that is by dropping the air pressures, particularly in the left side tires.  While we have made some updates to our constructions over the past several seasons, low air can still cause problems.  Going low on air causes the sidewall of the tire to over-deflect early in a run and weaken its structure, creating a potential problem later.  Secondly at Fontana, you have a track surface that wears tires heavily.  The fall-off is around three seconds a lap over the course of a fuel run, so tire management will come into play all day.  Tire wear generally does two things for the fans — enhance the quality of the racing by creating more passing, and bring the pit crews more into play and emphasize the team aspect of our sport as teams take four tires every chance they get.”

Notes – Goodyear updates constructions on both sides for Fontana: Teams in both the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series will run the same tire set-up at Auto Club Speedway this week . . . while teams in both of these series ran this left-side tire code at Darlington last year, this is the first time they have run this right-side tire code . . . compared to what was run at Auto Club last year, both this left-side and right-side tire feature construction updates to bring these tires in line with what is run at other speedways . . . this right-side is a multi-zone tread tire, featuring two distinct tread compounds on the same tire — one for heat and wear resistance on the inboard two inches of the tread (Endurance Zone) and one for grip on the outboard 10 inches (Traction Zone) . . . this tire set-up came out of a Goodyear test at Auto Club on January 9-10 . . . drivers participating in that test were Joey Logano, Daniel Suarez and Martin Truex Jr. . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run liners in all four tire positions at Auto Club . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.