All the Information You Need for This Weekend’s Auto Club 400

The NASCAR west coast tour wraps up this weekend when the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series as well as the NASCAR XFINITY Series teams visits the 2-mile Auto Club Speedway. After races the last two weeks in Las Vegas and Phoenix, this will conclude the west coast swing of the schedule. The next trip out west will be at the end of June at Sonoma. 

Weekend Schedule:

Friday March 24:

1-2:55 pm Cup Practice FS1

3-3:55 pm NXS Practice FS1

5-5:55 pm NXS Final Practice FS1

7:05 pm Cup Quals FS1

Saturday March 25:

11:30-12:25 pm Cup Practice FS1

12:30pm NXS Quals FS1

2:30-3:20 pm Cup Final Practice FS1

4pm NXS Race FS1

Sunday March 26:

3:30 pm Cup Race FOX

Auto Club 400 Entry-List

1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Matt McCall 17 Chevrolet McDonald’s

2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Paul Wolfe 17 Ford Wurth

3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Slugger Labbe 17 Chevrolet American Ethanol

4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Rodney Childers 17 Ford Busch Beer

5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Keith Rodden 17 Chevrolet Farmers Insurance

6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Matt Puccia 17 Ford AdvoCare

10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Billy Scott 17 Ford Aspen Dental

11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Michael Wheeler 18 Toyota Sport Clips

13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Bootie Barker III 17 Chevrolet Twisted Tea

14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Mike Bugarewicz 17 Ford Rush Truck Centers

15 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Mark Hillman 18 Toyota TBD

17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Roush Fenway Racing Brian Pattie 17 Ford Fastenal 50th Anniversary

18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Adam Stevens 18 Toyota Interstate Batteries

19 Daniel Suarez Joe Gibbs Racing Dave Rogers 18 Toyota Subway

20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Jason Ratcliff 18 Toyota Peak

21 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Jeremy Bullins 17 Ford Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center

22 Joey Logano Team Penske Todd Gordon 17 Ford AAA Southern California

23 Gray Gaulding BK Racing Patrick Donahue 18 Toyota SunFrog.com

24 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Alan Gustafson 17 Chevrolet NAPA

27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Matt Borland 17 Chevrolet Jack Links/Menards

31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Luke Lambert 17 Chevrolet Caterpillar

32 Matt DiBenedetto GO FAS Racing Gene Nead 17 Ford Can-Am/Kappa

33 Jeffrey Earnhardt Circle Sport / TMG Patrick Tryson 17 Chevrolet Little Joes Autos / Curtis Key Plumbing

34 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Donnie Wingo 17 Ford Love’s Travel Stops

37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Trent Owens 17 Chevrolet Bush’s Beans

38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Derrick Finley 17 Ford Camping World/Good Sam

41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Tony Gibson 17 Ford Haas Automation/Monster Energy

42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chad Johnston 17 Chevrolet Target

43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Drew Blickensderfer 17 Ford Smithfield

47 AJ Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Ernie Cope 17 Chevrolet Kroger ClickList

48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chad Knaus 17 Chevrolet Lowe’s

51 Timmy Hill(i) Rick Ware Racing Joe Lax 17 Chevrolet TBD

55 Derrike Cope Premium Motorsports Wayne Carroll 17 Chevrolet TBD

72 Cole Whitt TriStar Motorsports Frank Kerr 17 Chevrolet TBD

77 Erik Jones Furniture Row Racing Chris Gayle 18 Toyota Toyota Service Centers

78 Martin Truex Jr Furniture Row Racing Cole Pearn 18 Toyota Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER BOATS

83 Corey LaJoie BK Racing Ryan Dubois 18 Toyota Bubba Burger

88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Hendrick Motorsports Greg Ives 17 Chevrolet Axalta

95 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Todd Parrott 17 Chevrolet LFR Woodie

 

Auto Club Speedway Data

Season Race #: 5 of 36 (03-26-17)

Track Size: 2-miles

Banking/Turns 1 & 2: 14 degrees

Banking/Turns 3 & 4: 14 degrees

Banking/Frontstretch: 11 degrees

Banking/Backstretch: 3 degrees

Frontstretch Length:  3,100 feet

Backstretch Length:  2,500 feet

Race Length: 200 laps / 400 miles

Stage 1 & 2 Length: 50 laps (each)

Final Stage Length: 100 laps

 

Top 10 Driver Rating at Auto Club

Jimmie Johnson…………………… 119.7

Kyle Busch…………………………. 109.0

Chase Elliott……………………….. 105.1

Matt Kenseth………………………. 105.0

Kevin Harvick……………………….. 99.4

Denny Hamlin……………………….. 92.3

Kurt Busch…………………………… 90.0

Kasey Kahne………………………… 88.6

Clint Bowyer…………………………. 88.3

Joey Logano…………………………. 84.0

Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2016 races (18 total) among active drivers at Auto Club Speedway

 

FONTANA, CA – MARCH 20: Chase Elliott, driver of the #24 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, races Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s / Superman Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 20, 2016 in Fontana, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Qualifying/Race Data

2016 pole winner:

Austin Dillon, Chevrolet

188.482 mph, 38.200 secs. 03-18-16

 

2016 race winner:

Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet

137.213 mph, (2:59:17), 03-20-16

 

Track qualifying record:

Denny Hamlin, Toyota

188.511 mph, 38.194 secs. 03-18-16

 

Track race record:

Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 155.012 mph (3:13:32); 6-22-97

 

At Auto Club Speedway:

History

  • 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 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 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 Monster Energy 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.

Starts

  • There have been 27 Monster Energy 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.
  • 144 drivers have competed in at least one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway; 118 in more than one.
  • Jeff Gordon leads the series in starts at Auto Club Speedway with 26.
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr and Matt Kenseth lead all active drivers in starts at Auto Club Speedway with 24 each.
  • Chris Buescher (2015), Kevin Conway (2010), J.J. Yeley (2004), Shane Hmiel (2004), Greg Biffle (2002) and Mike Dillon (1998) all made their first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career start at Auto Club Speedway.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads the series in average starting position at Auto Club Speedway with a 9.909

 

Poles

  • Joe Nemechek won the inaugural MENCS Coors Light pole (1997) at Auto Club Speedway with a speed of 183.015 mph (39.341 secs.).
  • 17 drivers have won the Coors Light pole at Auto Club Speedway, led by Kurt Busch with four (2015, 2007 and 2006 sweep).
  • Denny Hamlin (2012, 2013), Kurt Busch (2006 sweep) and Jamie McMurray (2010 sweep) are the only three drivers to win consecutive poles at Auto Club Speedway.
  • Youngest ACS pole winner: Kyle Busch (2/27/2005 – 19 years, 9 months, 25 days).
  • Oldest ACS pole winner: Mike Skinner (4/30/2000 – 42 years, 10 months, 2 days).
  • Three drivers have posted their first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coors Light pole at Auto Club Speedway: Carl Edwards (9/4/2005), Kyle Busch (2/27/2005) and Joe Nemechek (6/22/1997).
  • Kyle Busch won his first pole (2/27/05) and first series win (9/4/05) at ACS in 2005.

 

Wins

  • 15 different Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won at Auto Club Speedway, led by Jimmie Johnson with six victories (2016, 2010 spring, 2009 fall, 2008 fall, 2007 fall and 2002).
  • Five drivers have posted multiple Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins at Auto Club Speedway: Jimmie Johnson (six), Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch 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 MENCS races at Auto Club Speedway.
  • Hendrick Motorsports leads the series in wins at Auto Club Speedway with 10, followed by Roush Fenway Racing with seven and Stewart Haas Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing and Team Penske each have two.
  • California-native Jimmie Johnson became the first and only driver to win from the pole at Auto Club Speedway in 2008 (0.04%).
  • Only two of the 27 (7.4%) ACS races have been won from the front row, both by seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, fall of 2008 (pole); and the fall of 2007 (second-place).
  • Nine of the 27 (33.3%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Auto Club Speedway have been won from a top-five starting position.
  • 14 of the 27 (51.8%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup races at Auto Club Speedway have been won from a top-10 starting position.
  • Seven of the 27 (25.9%) races have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
  • 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 ACS is pretty random. Three starting positions (third, ninth and 24th) have produced three winners each.

 

Wins

  • Youngest ACS winner: Kyle Busch (09/04/2005 – 20 years, 4 months, 2 days).
  • Oldest ACS winner: Rusty Wallace (04/29/2001 – 44 years, 8 months, 15 days).
  • Jimmie Johnson (2002) and Kyle Busch (2005) posted their first series career win at Auto Club Speedway.   
  • 13 of the 15 Monster Energy 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.

o   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 15 winners. Only Stewart (18) and Kevin Harvick (17) have made 10 or more attempts before their first win at Auto Club Speedway.
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads all active drivers with the most Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Auto Club Speedway without visiting Victory Lane at 24.
  • Three reigning Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champions have gone on to win at Auto Club Speedway the following season: Tony Stewart (2012), Jeff Gordon (1999) and Jimmie Johnson – the only driver to do it multiple times (2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010).
  • Two drivers have won at Auto Club Speedway and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship in the same season: Jeff Gordon (1997) and Jimmie Johnson (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2016).
  • Only three car numbers have produced three or more Auto Club Speedway MENCS 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)

 

Additional Finishing Position

  • Jimmie Johnson leads the series in runner-up finishes at Auto Club Speedway with five; followed by Jeff Gordon with four and Kevin Harvick with three. Johnson has finished second or better in 11 of his 22 ACS starts (50%).
  • Jimmie Johnson leads the series in top-five finishes at Auto Club Speedway with 13; followed by Jeff Gordon (10), Matt Kenseth (nine), Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch (eight each).
  • Jimmie Johnson leads the series in top-10 finishes with 16; followed by Matt Kenseth (15), Carl Edwards (15) and Tony Stewart (13).

 

Additional Finishing Position

  • Jimmie Johnson leads the series in average finishing position at ACS with a 6.500.
  • Jimmie Johnson (6.5) is the only active driver with more than one start with an average finish inside the top 10 at Auto Club Speedway.  

 

Track / Specific Event

  • There have been five finishes at Auto Club Speedway resulting in NASCAR Overtime: 2005 (250/254), 2006 (250/251), 2014 (200/206), 2015 (200/209), and 2016 (200/205).
  • Since the advent of electronic scoring (1993) the closest margin of victory in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Auto Club Speedway was the March 27, 2011 race won by Kevin Harvick with a MOV of 0.144 second over Jimmie Johnson.
  • The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race at ACS 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.
  • Coors Light Pole Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather at ACS twice – 1999 and 2008 (spring) races.

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