After two weeks out west, the NASCAR three week west coast tour comes to an end this weekend at Fontana. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams as well as the NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers will wrap up the early season west coast tour this weekend at the Auto Club Speedway before heading back to the eastern time zone for the next few weeks after.
What makes this part of the schedule so perfect is instead of going out west then back east to only go back west and then east again, it keeps those three west coast tracks together. It allows teams to logistically cut costs by just staying out west and not hauling cars back-and-forth three separate times.
It all started at Las Vegas two weeks ago in which Joey Logano won the XFINITY Series race and Martin Truex Jr. the Cup event. Then last weekend in Phoenix, Justin Allgaier won the DC Solar 200 XFINITY Series event and Ryan Newman the Camping World 500 Cup race.
Now, both series’ head to Fontana, a third different type of track on this west coast swing.
Vegas, is a 1.5-mile track while Phoenix is a 1.022-mile oval that races like a short track. Fontana, is a wide 2-mile, D-shaped oval with a ton of speed and room to race. Three separate venues, three different types of races.
That’s what makes this west coast trip so special is that teams can really get a lot of data for the rest of the season.
After this weekend though, the next 10 races are all in the eastern or central time zones, as the next trip out west is to Sonoma on June 25. Outside of Texas and Kansas, everything else is out east.