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2016 Auto Club 400

The 2016 Auto Club 400 was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race held on March 20, 2016, at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. Contested over 200 laps, it was fifth race of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Jimmie Johnson won the race. Kevin Harvick finished second. Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. rounded out the top-five.

2016 Auto Club 400
Race details[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10]
Race 5 of 36 in the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
2016 Auto Club 400 logo.jpg
Date March 20, 2016 (2016-03-20)
Location Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California
Course Permanent racing facility
2 mi (3.22 km)
Distance 205 laps, 410 mi (656 km)
Scheduled Distance 200 laps, 400 mi (640 km)
Weather Mostly sunny skies with a temperature of 73 °F (23 °C); wind out of the west/southwest at 6 mph (9.7 km/h)
Average speed 137.213 mph (220.823 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Richard Childress Racing
Time 38.200
Most laps led
Driver Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing
Laps 142
Winner
No. 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports
Television in the United States
Network Fox
Announcers Mike Joy, Jeff Gordon and Darrell Waltrip
Nielsen Ratings 3.5/9 (Overnight)[11]
4.0/10 (Final)[12]
6.8 million viewers[12]
Radio in the United States
Radio MRN
Booth Announcers Joe Moore, Jeff Striegle and Rusty Wallace
Turn Announcers Dan Hubbard (1 & 2) and Kurt Becker (3 & 4)

Austin Dillon won the pole, but led zero laps on his way to finishing 24th. Harvick led a race high of 142 laps on his way to a runner-up finish. There were 26 lead changes among eight different drivers, as well as six caution flag periods for 33 laps.

This was the 77th career victory for Johnson, second of the season, sixth at Auto Club Speedway and 10th at the track for Hendrick Motorsports. The win moved Johnson up to second in the points standings. Chevrolet increased their lead to nine-points over Toyota in the manufacturer standings.

The Auto Club 400 was carried by Fox Sports on the broadcast Fox network for the American television audience. The radio broadcast for the race was carried by the Motor Racing Network and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.

ReportEdit

BackgroundEdit

 
Auto Club Speedway, the track where the race was held.

Auto Club Speedway (formerly California Speedway) is a 2 miles (3.2 km), low-banked, D-shaped oval superspeedway in Fontana, California which has hosted NASCAR racing annually since 1997. It is also used for open wheel racing events. The racetrack is located near the former locations of Ontario Motor Speedway and Riverside International Raceway. The track is owned and operated by International Speedway Corporation and is the only track owned by ISC to have naming rights sold. The speedway is served by the nearby Interstate 10 and Interstate 15 freeways as well as a Metrolink station located behind the backstretch.

Entry listEdit

The entry list for the Auto Club 400 was released on Monday, March 14 at 3:25 p.m. Eastern time. Thirty-nine cars were entered for the race. Two driver changes from the previous race included Brian Vickers returning to the seat of the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet[13] and Jeffrey Earnhardt returning to the No. 32 Go FAS Racing Ford.

No. Driver Team Manufacturer
1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford
3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford
7 Regan Smith Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet
10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet
14 Brian Vickers Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
15 Clint Bowyer HScott Motorsports Chevrolet
16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford
17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Paramount Pictures Ford
18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
21 Ryan Blaney (R) Wood Brothers Racing Ford
22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
23 David Ragan BK Racing Toyota
24 Chase Elliott (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
30 Josh Wise The Motorsports Group Chevrolet
31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
32 Jeffrey Earnhardt (R) Go FAS Racing Ford
34 Chris Buescher (R) Front Row Motorsports Ford
38 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford
41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
44 Brian Scott (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
46 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet
47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
78 Martin Truex, Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota
83 Matt DiBenedetto BK Racing Toyota
88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
95 Michael McDowell Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet
98 Cole Whitt Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
Official entry list

PracticeEdit

First practiceEdit

Austin Dillon was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 38.194 and a speed of 188.511 mph (303.379 km/h).[14]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 38.194 188.511
2 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 38.210 188.432
3 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 38.236 188.304
Official first practice results

QualifyingEdit

Austin Dillon won the pole for the race with a time of 38.200 and a speed of 188.482 mph (303.332 km/h).[15] Being his second career pole and first since the 2014 Daytona 500, he said he was glad he "got a pole somewhere else. To do it at a driver’s race track like this at Fontana it means a lot to me. Just proud of this American Ethanol team we’ve had fast cars all year long. I knew going into that third session if I didn’t make mistakes I would have a shot. I just stayed with it off of (Turn) 4. I kept my locker locked as much as I could with the gas just keeping as much fuel to the car as I could. It worked out for us.”[16] Adding to his impressive start to the season, he also said that this was "the start of what we need to be doing as a group. I feel like we have everything all the other companies have. We still have a lot of work to do, but it feels good to have a small moral victory here.”[17] After qualifying second, Kevin Harvick complemented the great "effort by Rodney and the team getting the car ready. This track is a challenge with its bumps and rough surface and the lower downforce makes them harder to drive but we’ve got a good car and looking forward to Sunday. Our goal was to run the same lap time all three rounds. That is going to put you in a spot to have a chance. All in all, it’s been a good start to the weekend and really looking forward to the race on Sunday.”[18] After qualifying third, Denny Hamlin said he's "had fast cars all year long, and I knew going into that third session, if I didn’t make mistakes I would have a shot. I just stayed with it off of 4. I kept my locker locked as much as I could with the gas just keeping as much fuel to the car as I could. It worked out for us.”[19]

Qualifying resultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer R1 R2 R3
1 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 38.413 38.209 38.200
2 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 38.238 38.226 38.231
3 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 38.241 38.194 38.372
4 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 38.388 38.369 38.446
5 19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 38.505 38.360 38.457
6 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 38.413 38.362 38.459
7 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 38.334 38.291 38.520
8 24 Chase Elliott (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 38.215 38.195 38.545
9 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Chevrolet 38.267 38.350 38.594
10 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 38.392 38.327 38.638
11 47 A. J. Allmendinger[N 1] JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 38.392 38.365 38.775
12 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 38.301 38.371 0.000
13 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 38.451 38.401
14 21 Ryan Blaney (R) Wood Brothers Racing Ford 38.561 38.404
15 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 38.200 38.455
16 34 Chris Buescher (R) Front Row Motorsports Ford 38.575 38.471
17 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 38.314 38.497
18 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 38.417 38.600
19 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 38.414 38.648
20 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 38.388 38.654
21 44 Brian Scott (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 38.616 38.673
22 16 Greg Biffle[N 2] Roush Fenway Racing Ford 38.585 38.694
23 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 38.456 38.757
24 14 Brian Vickers Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 38.486 38.797
25 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 38.627
26 41 Kurt Busch[N 2] Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 38.690
27 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 38.693
28 7 Regan Smith Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 38.773
29 15 Clint Bowyer HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 38.785
30 95 Michael McDowell Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 38.817
31 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 38.898
32 42 Kyle Larson[N 2] Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 38.921
33 83 Matt DiBenedetto BK Racing Toyota 39.001
34 38 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford 39.091
35 23 David Ragan BK Racing Toyota 39.333
36 98 Cole Whitt Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 39.485
37 30 Josh Wise The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 39.571
38 46 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 39.865
39 32 Jeffrey Earnhardt (R) Go FAS Racing Ford 39.908

Practice (post-qualifying)Edit

Second practiceEdit

Carl Edwards was the fastest in the second practice session with a time of 38.317 and a speed of 187.906 mph (302.405 km/h).[20] Kurt Busch went to a backup car after slamming the wall in turn 3.[21] Because this took place after qualifying, he'll start the race from the rear of the field.[21]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 38.317 187.906
2 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 38.373 187.632
3 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 38.577 186.640
Official second practice results

Final practiceEdit

Matt Kenseth was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of 38.831 and a speed of 185.419 mph (298.403 km/h).[22] Greg Biffle and Kyle Larson made contact with each other exiting turn 4.[23] Larson went to a backup car and will start from the rear of the field.[23]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 38.831 185.419
2 19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 38.846 185.347
3 21 Ryan Blaney (R) Wood Brothers Racing Ford 38.885 185.161
Official final practice results

RaceEdit

First halfEdit

StartEdit

Under clear California skies, Austin Dillon led the field to the green flag at 3:49 p.m. He was passed going into turn 1 for the lead by Kevin Harvick. After five laps, Dillon fell back to third. Carl Edwards made a charge at Harvick, but he failed to make the pass. By lap 17, Harvick's gap grew to two seconds over Edwards. Kyle Busch was running fifth when he made an unscheduled stop for a flat right-rear tire on lap 20. He rejoined the race in 37th one-lap down. The first caution of the race flew on lap 27 for a single-car wreck in turn 2. Riding the high line, Chris Buescher suffered a right-rear tire blowout and made contact with the wall. Edwards exited pit road with the race lead. Greg Biffle, Kurt Busch and Kasey Kahne were tagged for their crews being over the wall too soon and restarted the race from the tail-end of the field.

The race restarted on lap 32. Harvick got a run on Edwards going down the backstretch to retake the lead on lap 35. Coming to the lead, Edwards took back the lead on lap 36. Going into turn 1, Harvick drove underneath Edwards to retake the lead on lap 38. The second caution of the race flew on lap 47 for a single-car wreck on the backstretch. Exiting turn 2, Kyle Larson cut down his left-rear tire, hit the outside wall, turned down the track and slammed the inside wall head-on.[24] He said that he "was going down the back stretch and I think it was my left-rear tire got cut. It must have ripped the brake line because I went to push the pedal and it went straight to the floor board. I couldn’t slow down. It was definitely a hard hit there, probably one of the harder ones of my career. Even before that we were pretty sub-average there, we were pretty bad. Disappointed in our run today, but glad I’m alright. It was really good for about 20 laps on each run. The take-off speed was awesome and I don’t know I just couldn’t get the thing to last for a whole run. We just kind of struggled there at the end of each run, that kind of hurt us, but short-run speed that was a lot of fun. I thought we were as competitive as anybody on short-run speed. We just needed something there for the last 10 to 15 laps. We will work on it. The pit crew was awesome. They bounced back with great stops all day.”[24] He would go on to finish 39th.[25] Brad Keselowski was tagged for an uncontrolled tire and restarted the race from the tail-end of the field.

Second quarterEdit

The race restarted on lap 54. Harvick made an unscheduled stop from the lead on lap 71 for a vibration. Martin Truex Jr. assumed the lead while Harvick rejoined the race in 33rd. A. J. Allmendinger also pitted from 10th for a vibration. Jimmie Johnson took the lead from Truex on lap 78. He hit pit road on lap 84 and handed the lead to teammate Chase Elliott. He pitted the next lap and handed the lead to Matt Kenseth. He pitted the next lap and the lead cycled to Harvick. Denny Hamlin and Paul Menard were tagged for speeding and were forced to serve pass-through penalty's. Matt DiBenedetto was tagged for removing equipment from his pit box and was forced to serve a pass-through penalty.

Second halfEdit

HalfwayEdit

Harvick pitted from the lead on lap 106 and handed the lead to Johnson. The third caution of the race flew on lap 108 for a single-car wreck in turn 2. Round the turn, Trevor Bayne got too close to the wall and rode it. Harvick opted not to pit under the caution and assumed the lead from Johnson. Clint Bowyer was tagged for his crew being over the wall too soon and restarted the race from the tail-end of the field.

The race restarted on lap 115. Harvick on older tires was no match for Johnson on new tires as the latter took the lead with 85 laps to go. The fourth caution of the race flew with 79 laps to go for a single-car wreck in turn 1. Going into the turn, Danica Patrick got hooked into the wall by Kahne and slammed the wall head-on.[26] She walked towards the racing surface to show her displeasure towards Kahne.[26] She said afterwards that she "saw him chase me down the track, and the next thing I know I was getting spun up the track. We had a restart and I was low on him, and if you go high it’ll drag you both back so I was going low. I was passing him. He was behind me on the right rear end. I don’t know what kind of day he was having – I heard he was a lap down – and I feel bad if he felt he was put in a position and got desperate there. He must’ve been having a very rough time. I was looking forward to a good finish but unfortunately it wasn’t meant to be."[26] She, Kahne, and his crew chief, Keith Rodden, were called to the NASCAR hauler after the race. Johnson and Truex swapped the lead on pit road. The latter excited pit road with the lead. Biffle and Edwards were tagged for speeding and restarted the race from the tail-end of the field.

The race restarted with 70 laps to go. Harvick got a run on the outside line exiting turn 4 to retake the lead with 63 laps to go. Kenseth made an unscheduled stop with 52 laps to go for a flat tire. To add insult to injury, he was tagged for speeding and was forced to serve a pass-through penalty. Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Johnson pitted with 46 laps to go. Debris in turn 3 brought out the fifth caution of the race with 45 laps to go. Johnson opted to stay out when Harvick pitted and assumed the lead. Truex was tagged for speeding and restarted the race from the tail-end of the field.

Fourth quarterEdit

The race restarted with 40 laps to go. Edwards outdrove Johnson to the line to retake the lead with 39 laps to go. Johnson drove under him in turn 1 to retake the lead with 38 laps to go. Joey Logano drove under Johnson in turn 2 to take the lead with 36 laps to go. Harvick outdrove Logano to the line to retake the lead with 34 laps to go. Driving down the backstretch, Harvick nudged Logano's rear to retain the lead with 33 laps to go. With 14 laps to go, Logano took the air off Truex's car going into turn 1 and sent him into the wall.[27] This would lead to Truex cutting a tire down, making an unscheduled stop and finishing 32nd.[27] Logano said after the race that he had "no excuse besides it was just racing. I tried to go underneath him and fake that and then go back to the top, and I think he was going to go to the top as well. We never touched, but I was right on him, and when you're going that fast and you take the air off the spoilers, the cars get uncontrollable. So I hate that I hurt his day, for sure."[27] The sixth caution of the race flew with two laps to go for a single-car wreck in turn 4. Kyle Busch made contact with the wall and had a tire coming apart. Hamlin exited pit road with the race lead. Kenseth was tagged for an uncontrolled tire and restarted the race from the tail-end of the field.

OvertimeEdit

The race restarted with two laps to go. Johnson drove by Hamlin and Harvick to score the victory.[28]

Post-raceEdit

Driver commentsEdit

Speaking on the final restart, Johnson said he "got a great run off of Turn 2 and I thought ‘man I’ve got a shot at this thing’. Which I didn’t expect to have, Harvick has been so fast. I cleared him and kind of got away. We saved our best for last for sure. We had our best at the last there and really strong on the short run which wasn’t necessarily our strong suit earlier in the day. Chad (Knaus, crew chief) made some great adjustments there to get me tuned up for that dash at the end.”[29]

Harvick said after the race that the final restart "was the worst it has taken off on restarts, but we weren’t very good on restarts for four or five laps unless we were all by ourselves. The No. 48 was able to hang with us and we just weren’t able to drive it in like I needed to.”[30]

PenaltiesEdit

On the Thursday after the race, Patrick was fined $20,000 for walking up towards the racing surface to show her displeasure to Kahne.[31] In addition, six teams were issued warnings for failing tech inspection multiple times.[32]

Race resultsEdit

Pos Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 19 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 205 44
2 2 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 205 41
3 3 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 205 39
4 9 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 205 38
5 18 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 205 36
6 8 24 Chase Elliott (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 205 36
7 5 19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 205 35
8 11 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 205 33
9 15 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 205 32
10 10 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 205 31
11 27 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 205 30
12 21 44 Brian Scott (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 205 29
13 24 14 Brian Vickers Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 205 28
14 4 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 205 27
15 13 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 205 26
16 34 38 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford 205 25
17 23 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 205 24
18 29 15 Clint Bowyer HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 205 23
19 20 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 205 23
20 7 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 205 21
21 25 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 205 20
22 35 23 David Ragan BK Racing Toyota 205 19
23 28 7 Regan Smith Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 205 18
24 1 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 205 17
25 6 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 205 16
26 36 98 Cole Whitt Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 205 15
27 33 83 Matt DiBenedetto BK Racing Toyota 205 14
28 12 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 205 13
29 38 46 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 205 12
30 26 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 205 11
31 30 95 Michael McDowell Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 205 10
32 17 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 204 10
33 16 34 Chris Buescher (R) Front Row Motorsports Ford 204 8
34 39 32 Jeffrey Earnhardt (R) Go FAS Racing Ford 200 7
35 14 21 Ryan Blaney (R) Wood Brothers Racing Ford 195 6
36 37 30 Josh Wise The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 195 5
37 22 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 146 4
38 31 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 120 3
39 32 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 46 2
Official race results

Race summaryEdit

  • Lead changes: 29
  • Cautions/Laps: 6 for 13
  • Red flags: 0
  • Time of race: 2 hours, 59 minutes and 17 seconds
  • Average speed: 137.213 miles per hour (220.823 km/h)

MediaEdit

TelevisionEdit

The race was sixteenth race Fox Sports covered at the Auto Club Speedway. Mike Joy, three-time Auto Club winner Jeff Gordon and Darrell Waltrip had call in the booth for the race. Jamie Little, Chris Neville and Matt Yocum handled the pit road duties for the television side.

Fox
Booth announcers Pit reporters
Lap-by-lap: Mike Joy
Color-commentator: Jeff Gordon
Color commentator: Darrell Waltrip
Jamie Little
Chris Neville
Matt Yocum

RadioEdit

MRN had the radio call for the race which was also simulcasted on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio. Joe Moore, Jeff Striegle and 2001 race winner Rusty Wallace called the race from the booth when the field was racing down the front stretch. Dan Hubbard called race from a billboard outside turn 2 when the field was racing through turns 1 and 2. Kurt Becker called the race from a billboard outside turn 3 when the field was racing through turns 3 and 4. Alex Hayden, Winston Kelley and Steve Post worked pit road for MRN.

MRN
Booth announcers Turn announcers Pit reporters
Lead announcer: Joe Moore
Announcer: Jeff Striegle
Announcer: Rusty Wallace
Turns 1 & 2: Dan Hubbard
Turns 3 & 4: Kurt Becker
Alex Hayden
Winston Kelley
Steve Post

Standings after the raceEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ A. J. Allmendinger started from the rear of the field after changing rear-end gears.
  2. ^ a b c Greg Biffle, Kurt Busch and Kyle Larson dropped to the rear of the field after switching to backup cars post-qualifying.

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