Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 2018 Auto Club Race Info
NASCAR's West Coast swing wraps up on Sunday, March 18 with a stop at Auto Club Speedway. Green flag: 3:46pm/et
Martin Truex Jr. wins second straight pole of the season at Fontana
With the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying field thinned significantly by inspection issues, Martin Truex Jr. won his second straight pole of the season in Friday's knockout qualifying session at Auto Club Speedway.
Inspection issues sideline 13 for Cup qualifying
Thirteen drivers, including Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer and Chase Elliott, failed to pass technical inspection prior to qualifying Friday at Auto Club Speedway. The drivers will all start in the back of the field Sunday.
Auto Club Race Information.
Happy Hour (final) practice for the Auto Club 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes: #18-Busch 185.668
best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 28 drivers): #4-Harvick 180.161
slowest: #55-Sorenson 169.296
notes: #9-Elliott, #10-Almirola, #11-Hamlin, #14-Bowyer, #24-Byron, #47-Almmendinger, #48-Johnson, #72-Whitt, #88-Bowman were penalized 15-minutes at the end of the session for failing inspection twice on Friday.
Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Auto Club 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway have been made.
Pole winner #78-Truex chose pit stall 1, the first stall available [as do most pole sitters].
Outside pole winner #18-Busch, took pit stall 2.
#43-Larson, who starts 3rd, took the12th stall, with an opening in front of it.
The final pit stall was taken by #41-Busch, who starts 7th.
Truex won the Busch pole for the Auto Club 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway with speed of 186.567mph for his second pole of 2018, first at Auto Club and 17th of his career. Truex has won one times from the 16 previous poles.
#18-Busch will start 2nd followed by #42-Larson, #20-Jones, #3-ADillon, #22-Logano, #41-Busch, #12-Blaney, #31-Newman, #4-Harvick.
#4-Harvick was fastest in the second round with a speed of 187.720mph, will start 10th.
#4-Harvick was also quickest in the first round with a speed of 188.744mph.
Driver(s) who will miss the race: none as 37 were entered for 40 spots.
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Saturday Auto Club Speedway Notebook
Aric Almirola's Friday woes continue at Auto Club Speedway; NASCAR moves to strip advantages from non-qualifiers; Short Strokes.
Fans can get Bristol qualifying tickets with Food City purchases
Between now and April 13, fans can get a Bush's Beans Pole Day ticket for every two cans of Bush's Beans products purchased at any Food City location.
NASCAR will ramp up penalties for teams that fail prequalifying tech and don't make a qualifying lap today in the Xfinity Series, a change that likely will come to the NASCAR Cup Series next week at Martinsville. Those who don't make a qualifying lap because they don't get through inspection will not only start at the rear of the field, they must serve a pass-through penalty -- driving down pit road at pit-road speed -- on the first green-flag lap after the green flag waves.
Because 13 drivers did not take qualifying laps as their cars did not pass prequalifying tech, NASCAR is waiving the rule this weekend that NASCAR Cup cars must start the race on the tires used in qualifying. Those teams that qualified will be allowed to purchase a new set of tires. Those who qualified would have been at a disadvantage because tire falloff is dramatic at Auto Club Speedway, so a car on a set of new tires would be much faster for a few laps than those starting on tires with three laps on them.
Kulwicki Driver Development Program announces 2018 drivers
The seven drivers will be helping keep the memory and legacy of 1992 NASCAR Cup Champion Alan Kulwicki alive, while also competing for the rich ($54,439) and prestigious annual Kulwicki Cup Championship.
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A Thousand Horses headlines pre-race concert at Bristol
A Thousand Horses, whose sound is unique mix of muscular country, drawling rock, high gospel harmony, low-country blue and old school soul, will perform Sunday, April 15 on the backstretch prior to the 1:20 p.m. revamped driver introductions.
Talladega offering Kids VIP Experience
The Kids VIP Experience Presented by Children's of Alabama is a unique program that provides behind-the-scenes access for NASCAR's youngest fans at NASCAR's biggest track.
Martinsville unveils new main gate
With 24 entry points under the covered gate, fans will find that security checks will move more quickly and lines will be shorter on race day.
Friday Auto Club Speedway Notebook
There's no quit in Jimmie Johnson; Comics are serious business to Ryan Blaney; Auto Club Speedway bites Daniel Suárez.
Darrell Wallace Jr. has embraced the challenge of his rookie season
Since a spectacular and celebrated runner-up finish in his season-opening Daytona 500 he's found a balance between optimism and confidence that comes with such a fantastic start and the harsher reality of a steep, not unexpected rookie learning curve.
NASCAR Related Racing Birthdays
18 Mark Donohue, Ryan Truex, Alex Garcia, Jack Smith, Derrick Gilchrist
Monster Energy series sponsorship update
Reports say there is increasing optimism over a renewal.
Phoenix final TV ratings
Fox earned a 2.8 final rating for Sunday's race at ISM Raceway.
What to Watch for: Auto Club Speedway
Harvick and his win streak roll into California; Larson Looks to Keep Up 2-Mile Win Streak; Could Johnson be California Dreamin'? Who's Hot and Who's Not - California
Lil Jon headlining infield party at Auto Club Speedway
This year's infield entertainment is presented by Monster Energy and will take place at the Oasis, located in the Monster Energy Hospitality Area in the campground by Turn 4.
Auto Club Speedway XFINITY race will be the "Roseanne 300"
Michael Fishman Will Serve as Honorary Grand Marshal.
Darlington looking for the next "Lady in Black"
The position is an integral part of the track's continued efforts to focus on the fans and represent the track in the communities that have supported it since its inception in 1950.
NASCAR Television Listings
Television listings for the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series, XFINITY Series, and Camping World Truck Series
Driver appearances and autograph sessions
Auto Club Speedway Weekend Preview
#NASCARGoesWest: Auto Club Speedway; Championship Case.
NASCAR to expand in-car camera live streams on Twitter in 2018
Fans on Twitter will experience an in-car camera live stream from the iconic Daytona International Speedway for the first time during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on July 7.
Kurt Busch Darlington Throwback unveil
This season marks 15 years since Busch and Ricky Craven battled door-to-door to the start/finish line at Darlington Raceway. When Busch heads back to Darlington in 2018, it will be with a car that honors that piece of NASCAR history.
Twisted Tea on board with Dillon this weekend
Twisted Tea joined Germain Racing and Ty Dillon at the start of 2017 and are continuing their partnership into this season with primary sponsorship for three races.
Harvick, Jones, Byron and Menard to join pre-race Q&A prior to Talladega's GEICO 500
Exclusive access to pit road, red carpet & driver intro's also part of the Pre-Race Pit Pass Upgrade
Southern California Chevy Dealers returns with Whitt at Auto Club Speedway
Cole Whitt will assume the driver's seat of the No. 72 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 this weekend at Auto Club Speedway for the final stop of the NASCAR Goes West tour.
Lowe's will not return to Hendrick in 2019
Lowe's has been the #48 team's only sponsor since 2001.
Phoenix post-race penalties announced
Chase Elliott's team received an L1 penalty for a rear suspension violation and lost 25 points. Five Cup teams and two XFINITY teams were penalized for lug nut violations. Two crew members were suspended for violation of the substance abuse policy.
NASCAR National Series News & Notes - Auto Club Speedway
A look at many news, notes and story lines across all three NASCAR national series this week.
BUBBA burger colors return to Rick Ware Racing at Auto Club Speedway
Timmy Hill returns to the driver duties of the No. 51 BUBBA burger Toyota.
NASCAR, Busch Beer announce return of Busch Pole Award
As part of the partnership, Anheuser-Busch joins the NASCAR Fuel for Business Council.
Clive Standen to drive pace car at Bristol
Staden plays Bryan Mills, the covert operative with a particular set of skills on NBC's hit show, "Taken."
Goodyear won't use option tire at All-Star Race
The "option" tire was introduced last year for the exhibition race. The softer tires provided cars more grip and speed.
ISM Raceway fall tickets on sale
The Can-Am 500 race weekend, on Nov. 9, 10, 11, will mark the grand opening of the new ISM Raceway, after the completion of the $178 million ISM Raceway Project.
Sad News - Charles Strang
Strang oversaw NASCAR appeals as the national commissioner for the sanctioning body for more than a decade.
Statistical Advance: Analyzing Auto Club 400
A look at some of the top statistical performers and top-10 driver ratings at Auto Club Speedway.
Bret Michaels to perform pre-race concert at Texas
Michaels' appearance at Texas Motor Speedway is part of his "Party Starts Now" solo tour and is free to all that have purchased a ticket to the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500.
Auto Club Speedway Goodyear Tire Notes
Teams in both the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series will run the same tire set-up at Auto Club this week . . . this is the same multi-zone tread right-side tire these teams ran at this track last year, but with a brand new left-side tire.
MetroPCS partners with Texas Motor Speedway as official wireless provider
MetroPCS will be the first wireless network provider to have a featured presence throughout Texas Motor Speedway since Sprint left the sport as the title sponsor of the Cup Series.
StarCom Racing considering second car at Texas
The driver of the possible entry is yet to be determined.
NASCAR News Archive
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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wraps up the West Coast swing at Auto Club Speedway Sunday, March 18. Scheduled green flag at 3:46pm/et. Get all the information, times, TV info, weather, odds and updates here.
Sunday, March 18. Stages end at laps: 60/120/200; green flag scheduled for 3:46pm/et; TV=Fox
37 cars entered.
Harvick and Bowyer were fastest.
Round by round qualifying results.
#78-Martin Truex, Jr. won the pole at Auto Club Speedway, #18-Kyle Busch will start second.
#4-Harvick was fastest at 186.075mph followed by #41-Busch, #9-Elliott, #43-Larson and #12-Blaney.
#18-Busch was fastest; #78-Truex was second.
Sunday, March 11, 2018; Stages end on laps: 75/150/312; green flag scheduled for 3:44pm/et, TV=Fox
37 teams entered.
#42-Larsonwas fastest at 138.281mph followed by #1-McMurray.
Round-by-round results of qualifying.
Martin Truex, Jr. won the pole at 136.945mph, #42-Larson will start second.
#4-Harvick and #9-Elliott were fastest.
Harvick was fastest; McMurray second.
Kevin Harvick won at ISM Raceway. Kyle Busch finished second
Kevin Harvick leads Kyle Busch by 12 points.
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