Race Preview: Auto Club 400

23 Mar

The Sprint Cup Series heads to the west coast this weekend for the Auto Club 400 in Fontana, California (not to be confused with Anchorman stud Brian Fantana). This week, the “400” in the name corresponds to the number of miles in the race, but I’m sure that will change next weekend, so don’t get used to it.

Last year, the race distance was shortened from 500 to 400 miles, which shortened the race time by about an hour (great news for viewers with short attention spans). For the first time in Auto Club Speedway history last year, there was a pass on the final lap, as Kevin Harvick passed Jimmie Johnson for the win. It was the only lap Harvick led on the day.

Apparently, this track features 5-wide racing, which is completely unfathomable to a NASCAR noob like me. I’m pretty excited to see what that’s like.

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The Auto Club 400 is race #5 (out of 36) on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule. Race coverage on Sunday starts at 2:30 PM on FOX.

Below the logo, find everything you need to prepare for this weekend’s race.

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – Auto Club 400

  • Location: Fontana, California
  • Track name: Auto Club Speedway
  • Track shape: D-shaped oval
  • Lap length: 2.0 miles
  • Race distance: 400 miles / 200 laps
  • Banking: 14 degrees

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As always, I’ll be tweeting my comments and questions about NASCAR during the race from my Twitter account: @NASCARneophyte. If you can answer my questions, please do.

Enjoy the race everyone.

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