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The 2019 Auto Club 400 was a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race that was held on March 17, 2019, at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. Contested over 200 laps on the two-mile (3.2 km) D-shaped oval, it was the fifth race of the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. The race was won by Kyle Busch, his 200th win across all three of NASCAR's national divisions.

2019 Auto Club 400
Race details[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9]
Race 5 of 36 in the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Date March 17, 2019 (2019-03-17)
Location Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California
Course Permanent racing facility
2 mi (3.22 km)
Distance 200 laps, 400 mi (640 km)
Average speed 143.113 miles per hour (230.318 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Richard Childress Racing
Time 39.982
Most laps led
Driver Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing
Laps 134
Winner
No. 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing
Television in the United States
Network Fox
Announcers Mike Joy, Jeff Gordon and Darrell Waltrip
Nielsen Ratings 4.178 million[10]
Radio in the United States
Radio MRN
Booth Announcers Alex Hayden, Jeff Striegle, and Rusty Wallace
Turn Announcers Dan Hubbard (1 & 2) and Kurt Becker (3 & 4)

Contents

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

No. Driver Team Manufacturer
00 Landon Cassill StarCom Racing Chevrolet
1 Kurt Busch Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford
3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
6 Ryan Newman Roush Fenway Racing Ford
8 Daniel Hemric (R) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford
13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet
14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
15 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford
18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
19 Martin Truex Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford
22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
24 William Byron Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
27 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
32 Corey LaJoie Go Fas Racing Ford
34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford
36 Matt Tifft (R) Front Row Motorsports Ford
37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford
41 Daniel Suárez Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
43 Darrell Wallace Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet
47 Ryan Preece (R) JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
51 Cody Ware (R) Petty Ware Racing Chevrolet
52 B. J. McLeod (i) Rick Ware Racing Ford
66 Joey Gase (i) MBM Motorsports Toyota
77 Garrett Smithley (i) Spire Motorsports Chevrolet
88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
95 Matt DiBenedetto Leavine Family Racing Toyota
Official entry list

First practiceEdit

Jimmie Johnson was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 40.137 seconds and a speed of 179.386 mph (288.694 km/h).[11]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 40.137 179.386
2 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 40.145 179.350
3 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 40.229 178.975
Official first practice results

QualifyingEdit

Austin Dillon scored the pole for the race with a time of 39.982 and a speed of 180.081 mph (289.812 km/h) after no drivers completed a lap in the final round of qualifying.[12]

Qualifying resultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer R1 R2 R3
1 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 40.011 39.982 0.000
2 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 40.416 40.137 0.000
3 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 40.122 40.205 0.000
4 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 40.482 40.247 0.000
5 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 40.108 40.248 0.000
6 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 40.415 40.312 0.000
7 6 Ryan Newman Roush Fenway Racing Ford 40.273 40.334 0.000
8 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 40.110 40.356 0.000
9 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 40.389 40.368 0.000
10 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 40.117 40.378 0.000
11 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 40.173 40.380 0.000
12 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 40.516 40.405 0.000
13 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 40.395 40.448
14 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 40.170 40.491
15 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 40.408 40.505
16 13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 40.518 40.523
17 8 Daniel Hemric (R) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 40.275 40.545
18 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 40.491 40.590
19 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 40.436 40.613
20 41 Daniel Suárez Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 40.321 40.620
21 1 Kurt Busch Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 40.436 40.644
22 24 William Byron Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 40.213 40.733
23 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 40.502 41.141
24 95 Matt DiBenedetto Leavine Family Racing Toyota 40.254 41.497
25 21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford 40.534
26 47 Ryan Preece (R) JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 40.572
27 19 Martin Truex Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 40.580
28 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 40.666
29 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 40.874
30 32 Corey LaJoie Go Fas Racing Ford 40.941
31 15 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 41.158
32 36 Matt Tifft (R) Front Row Motorsports Ford 41.184
33 00 Landon Cassill StarCom Racing Chevrolet 41.400
34 51 Cody Ware (R) Petty Ware Racing Chevrolet 41.745
35 27 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 42.442
36 52 B. J. McLeod (i) Rick Ware Racing Ford 42.755
37 77 Garrett Smithley (i) Spire Motorsports Chevrolet 42.806
38 66 Joey Gase (i) MBM Motorsports Toyota 43.519
Official qualifying results

Practice (post-qualifying)Edit

Second practiceEdit

Kevin Harvick was the fastest in the second practice session with a time of 40.940 seconds and a speed of 175.867 mph (283.031 km/h).[13]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 40.940 175.867
2 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 40.962 175.773
3 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 40.992 175.644
Official second practice results

Final practiceEdit

Brad Keselowski was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of 40.759 seconds and a speed of 176.648 mph (284.287 km/h).[14]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 40.759 176.648
2 8 Daniel Hemric (R) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 40.782 176.548
3 41 Daniel Suárez Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 40.841 176.293
Official final practice results

RaceEdit

Stage ResultsEdit

Stage One Laps: 60

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 10
2 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 9
3 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 8
4 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 7
5 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 6
6 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 5
7 41 Daniel Suárez Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 4
8 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 3
9 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 2
10 8 Daniel Hemric (R) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 1
Official stage one results

Stage Two Laps: 60

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 10
2 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 9
3 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 8
4 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 7
5 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 6
6 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 5
7 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 4
8 1 Kurt Busch Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 3
9 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 2
10 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 1
Official stage two results

Final Stage ResultsEdit

Stage Three Laps: 80

Pos Grid No Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 4 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 200 60
2 5 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 200 51
3 13 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 200 43
4 2 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 200 45
5 10 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 200 42
6 21 1 Kurt Busch Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 200 34
7 6 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 200 40
8 27 19 Martin Truex Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 200 29
9 3 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 200 40
10 1 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 200 27
11 8 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 27
12 15 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 200 25
13 20 41 Daniel Suárez Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 200 28
14 12 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 200 23
15 22 24 William Byron Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 22
16 14 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 200 21
17 11 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 23
18 24 95 Matt DiBenedetto Leavine Family Racing Toyota 200 19
19 18 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 200 27
20 25 21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford 200 17
21 23 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 16
22 7 6 Ryan Newman Roush Fenway Racing Ford 199 15
23 26 47 Ryan Preece (R) JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 199 14
24 29 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 198 13
25 19 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 198 12
26 32 36 Matt Tifft (R) Front Row Motorsports Ford 197 11
27 16 13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 197 10
28 31 15 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 195 0
29 33 00 Landon Cassill StarCom Racing Chevrolet 195 8
30 28 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 194 7
31 30 32 Corey LaJoie Go Fas Racing Ford 193 6
32 34 51 Cody Ware (R) Petty Ware Racing Chevrolet 192 5
33 17 8 Daniel Hemric (R) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 192 5
34 35 27 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 192 3
35 38 66 Joey Gase (i) MBM Motorsports Toyota 188 0
36 37 77 Garrett Smithley (i) Spire Motorsports Chevrolet 188 0
37 36 52 B. J. McLeod (i) Rick Ware Racing Ford 172 0
38 9 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 130 1
Official race results

Race statisticsEdit

  • Lead changes: 18 among 9 different drivers
  • Cautions/Laps: 4 for 22
  • Red flags: 0
  • Time of race: 2 hours, 47 minutes and 42 seconds
  • Average speed: 143.113 miles per hour (230.318 km/h)

MediaEdit

TelevisionEdit

The race was the 19th race Fox Sports covered at the Auto Club Speedway. Mike Joy, three-time Auto Club winner Jeff Gordon and Darrell Waltrip called the race in the booth for Fox. Jamie Little, Vince Welch 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
Vince Welch
Matt Yocum

RadioEdit

MRN had the radio call for the race which was also simulcasted on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio. Alex Hayden, Jeff Striegle and 2001 race winner Rusty Wallace called the race from the booth when the field raced their way down the front stretch. Kyle Rickey called the race from a billboard outside turn 2 when the field raced their way through turns 1 and 2 & Dan Hubbard called the race from a billboard outside turn 3 when the field raced their way through turns 3 and 4. Winston Kelley, Steve Post and Dillon Welch had the pit road duties for MRN.

MRN
Booth announcers Turn announcers Pit reporters
Lead announcer: Alex Hayden
Announcer: Jeff Striegle
Announcer: Rusty Wallace
Turns 1 & 2: Kyle Rickey
Turns 3 & 4: Dan Hubbard
Winston Kelley
Steve Post
Dillon Welch

Standings after the raceEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2019 schedule". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. May 5, 2018. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  2. ^ "Auto Club Speedway". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. January 3, 2013. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  3. ^ "Entry List". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. March 11, 2019. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  4. ^ "First Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. March 15, 2019. Retrieved March 15, 2019.
  5. ^ "Qualifying Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. March 15, 2019. Retrieved March 15, 2019.
  6. ^ "Second Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. March 16, 2019. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  7. ^ "Final Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. March 16, 2019. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  8. ^ "Auto Club 400 Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. March 17, 2019. Retrieved March 17, 2019.
  9. ^ "Points standings" (PDF). Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. March 17, 2019. Retrieved March 17, 2019.
  10. ^ "Auto Club 400 ratings". ShowBuzzDaily. Mitch Metcalf. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  11. ^ Utter, Jim (March 15, 2019). "Jimmie Johnson tops Friday's NASCAR Cup practice". Motorsport.com. Fontana, California: Motorsport Network. Retrieved March 15, 2019.
  12. ^ Beacham, Greg (March 15, 2019). "Dillon wins pole at Fontana after nobody finishes final lap". Associated Press. Fontana, California: AP Sports. Associated Press. Retrieved March 15, 2019.
  13. ^ Utter, Jim (March 16, 2019). "Kevin Harvick fastest in Saturday's first Cup practice at Fontana". Motorsport.com. Fontana, California: Motorsport Network. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  14. ^ Utter, Jim (March 16, 2019). "Brad Keselowski leads wave of Fords in final Cup practice". Motorsport.com. Fontana, California: Motorsport Network. Retrieved March 16, 2019.


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