THE RACE: Auto Club 400
TRACK: Auto Club Speedway
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #5 of 36
Date: Sunday, March 26, 2017 in Fontana, CA
Title Sponsor: Auto Club
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:50pm/et
NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: at 1:30pm/et on FoxSports1
NASCAR Sunday Pre-Race Show: at 3:00pm/et on FOX
Television Race Coverage: FOX, 3:30pm/et
In the Booth: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Jeff Gordon
Pit Reporters: Jamie Little, Chris Neville, Vince Welch, Matt Yocum
In-Race Analyst: Larry McReynolds
Race / Hollywood Hotel Host: Chris Myers
Analysts / Hollywood Hotel: Jeff Gordon, Darrell and Michael Waltrip
Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
Sunday, March 26 at 10:30pm/et on FS1;
Monday, March 27 at 6:30am/et on FS1;
Monday, March 27 at 9:30am/et on FS2
TV Listings, Links and Info:
Jayski's TV Listings Page
Fox Sports TV Listings
FoxSports1 (FS1) TV Schedule
NBC Sports - TV Times
TSN NASCAR Cup TV Schedule - Canada
TSN Auto Racing TV Schedule - Canada
Armed Forces Network - Search NASCAR
Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90
FOX Sports GO
NBC Sports - stream.nbcsports.com
Radio: MRN Live Streaming
SiriusXM Internet Radio (available via internet connected device, with subscription)
Event Schedule times are local to the track
Thursday, March 23
7:00 PM MENCS HAULERS ENTER
Friday, March 24
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
9:30 AM MENCS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
10:30 - 11:55 AM MENCS 1ST PRACTICE
4:05 PM MENCS QUALIFYING
Saturday, March 25
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
8:30 - 9:25 AM MENCS 2ND PRACTICE
11:30 AM - 12:20 PM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE
Sunday, March 26
7:00 AM MENCS GARAGE OPENS
10:30 AM MENCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
11:50 AM MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
12:30 PM MENCS RACE
MENCS = Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
All event schedule times above are listed in LOCAL track time
PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
(these times in eastern time)
Friday, March 24, 1:30 - 2:55 pm/et, TV-FS1
Saturday, March 25. 11:30 am - 12:20pm/et, TV-FS1
Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, March 25, 2:30 - 3:20 pm/et, TV-FS1
Qualifying: qualifying for positions 1-40, Friday, March 24 at 7:05 pm/et, TV-FS1;
re-air scheduled: Saturday, March 25 at 10:30am/et on FS1
TRACK NEWS & LINKS
Track/Race Length: 2.0 mile D-shaped oval, 200 laps, 400 miles
Superspeedway: 2.0-mile oval 75 feet wide with a 15 foot apron
Banking: turns: 14°; front stretch 11°; backstretch 3°
Front Stretch: 3,100feet
Back Stretch: 2,500feet
Pit Road: 2,200 feet long with 44 individual pit stalls
Pit Road Speed: 55mph
Pace Car Speed: 60mph
Approx: 1,800 Infield RV spaces
Grandstand seating capacity: 68,000 [was 81,000 & 92,000]
Grand Marshal: TBA
Command to start engines: Scott Eastwood
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Latin singer Pepe Aguilar
Honorary Pace Car Driver: Actress Kaitlin Olson
Color Guard: California Army National Guard Color Guard
Invocation: Jeff Hamilton, Official Chaplain of Auto Club Speedway
National Anthem: Skylar Stecker
Flyover: 2 F-18's from VFA-14 Lemoore CA
March 2016: see the Auto Club Race Info page
March 2016 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 137.213mph, started 19th
The Final October 2010 Race Winner: #14-Tony Stewart, 131.953, started 22nd
Track Race Record: #14-Tony Stewart, 3/25/2012, 160.166mph
Slowest Race Record: #38-Elliott Sadler, Sept 2004, 128.324mph
Oldest Winner: #2-Rusty Wallace, 44 years, 8 months, 15 days, 4/29/2001
Youngest Winner: #5-Kyle Busch, 20 years, 4 months, 2 days, 9/4/2005
Worst Starting Spot to Win: #17-Matt Kenseth, 2/26/2006, started 31st
March 2016 Pole Winner: #3-Austin Dillon, 188.482, finished 24th
The Final October 2010 Pole Winner: #1-Jamie McMurray, 185.285, finished 17th
Track Qualifying Record: Denny Hamlin, March 2016, 188.511mph
Oldest Pole Winner: Mike Skinner, 42 years, 10 months, 2 days, 4/30/2000
Youngest Pole Winner: Kyle Busch, 19 years, 9 months, 25 days, 2/27/2005
a look at many new, notes and story lines for the Auto Club 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway, see the stats on the NASCAR National Series News & Notes -- Auto Club Speedway
check out some of the top statistical performers and top-10 driver ratings at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA going into the Auto Club 400 on March 26, 2017,
see the stats on the Statistical Advance - Analyzing the Auto Club 400 page
RACE RUNDOWN....News & Links
Larson wins at Auto Club: #42-Kyle Larson won the Auto Club 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway for his 1st win of the season, 1st win at Auto Club, and 2nd career win. Larson started from the pole and dominated much of the race, leading 109 of the 202 laps.
#2-Keselowski finished second followed by #14-Bowyer, #78-Truex, Jr., #22-Logano, #1-McMurray, #19-Saurez, #18-Busch, #21-Blaney, and #24-Elliott.
#42-Larson led at the end of the first stage, with Truex, Jr second. Truex, Jr. lead at the end of stage 2, with Larson 2nd.
There were 17 lead changes among 8 drivers and 7 cautions for 29 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 136.359mph.
Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Sunday, March 26 at 10:30pm/et on FS1; Monday, March 27 at 6:30am/et on FS1; Monday, March 27 at 9:30am/et on FS2
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results page (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf).
Cumulative Report (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(3-26-2017)
Race Recap: After string of seconds, Kyle Larson captures victory in Fontana: What a difference one position makes. After three straight second-place finishes in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, polesitter Kyle Larson finally found Victory Lane, pulling away after an overtime restart to win Sunday's Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway. Larson took the checkered flag at the end of the second extra lap as team owner Chip Ganassi celebrated from his perch atop the pit box.[More](3-26-2017)
MENCS at California
- Kyle Larson: 2nd career NASCAR Cup Series win (125th driver with multiple MENCS wins)
- Larson: 4th straight top-2 finish; 4th streak of 4 straight top-2 finishes in NASCAR Playoff Era (since 2004)
- Larson: finished in top 2 in 5 of last 6 races
- Larson: 5th different winner in 5 MENCS races this season
- Larson: joins Jimmie Johnson (2008) as only drivers to win NASCAR race from the pole at this track (28 races)
- Larson: first driver to win Cup Series race at California after leading first lap
- Keselowski: finished 2nd (4th straight top-5 finish); 1 top 5 in final 7 races of last season
- Clint Bowyer: finished 3rd; first top 5 since Bristol in August 2015 (snapped 52-race streak without top 5)
- Martin Truex Jr.: finished 4th; first top-5 finish in 17 career California races
- Daniel Suarez: finished 7th; 2nd straight 7th-place finish after finishing 20th or worse in first 3 career MENCS races
- Dale Earnhardt Jr.: finished 16th in 600th career Cup Series start
- Jimmie Johnson: finished 21st; first time he's ever gone first 5 races of season without top-5 finish
Most Consecutive Top-2 Finishes - NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Era (Since 2004)
2014-15 Kevin Harvick 8
2006 Jimmie Johnson 5
2017 Kyle Larson 4
2007 Jimmie Johnson 4
-- ESPN Stats --
Race Fast Facts - Auto Club:
Kyle Larson won the 21st Annual Auto Club 400, his second victory in 116 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races.
This is his first victory and fourth top-10 finish in 2017.
This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in four races at Auto Club Speedway.
Brad Keselowski (second) posted his third top-10 finish in nine races at Auto Club Speedway. It is his fourth top-10 finish in 2017.
Clint Bowyer (third) posted his eighth top-10 finish in 17 races at Auto Club Speedway.
Daniel Suarez (seventh) was the highest finishing rookie.
Kyle Larson leads the point standings by 29 points over Chase Elliott.
This is the fourth Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series weekend sweep at Auto Club Speedway: Kyle Larson (2017), Kyle Busch (2013), Matt Kenseth (2007) and Kasey Kahne (2006).
(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(3-26-2017)
Top-Ten Stage 2 Results (lap 120) of the Auto Club 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway (lap 120/200):
#78-Truex, Jr., 10pts
#1-McMurray , 5pts
Top-Ten Stage 1 Results (lap 60) of the Camping World 500(k) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway (lap 60/200):
#78-Truex, Jr, 9pts
#11- Hamlin, 1pts
2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Driver Chase Standings:
[after Auto Club, race 5 of 36]
1) #42-Kyle Larson [1 win], 243
2) #24-Chase Elliott, 214, -29
3) #78-Martin Truex Jr [1 win], 205, -38
4) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 179, -64
5) #22-Joey Logano, 174, -69
6) #1-Jamie McMurray, 162, -81
7) #21-Ryan Blaney, 157, -86
8) #14-Clint Bowyer, 143, -100
9) #4-Kevin Harvick, 137, -106
10) #18-Kyle Busch, 136, -107
11) #31-Ryan Newman [1 win], 123, -120
12) #11-Denny Hamlin, 123, -120
13) #5-Kasey Kahne, 122, -121
14) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win], 118, -125
15) #77-Erik Jones, 116, -127
16) #6-Trevor Bayne, 100, -84
See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).
Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Auto Club: (and their finish)
Caution 1: none, no one a lap or more down.
Caution 2: #2-Keselowski, 2nd
Caution 3: #13-Dillon, 18th
Caution 4: #24-Elliott, 10th
Caution 5: #19-Suarez, 7th
Caution 6: #4-Harvick, 13th
Caution 7: #48-Johnson, 21st
See the starting lineup for the Auto Club 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway on the Auto Club 400 Starting Lineup Page (pdf).
To the back: #27-Menard (tire change) #88-Earnhardt, Jr. (tire change), #38-Ragan (backup), #33-Earnhardt (transmission)
Race Coverage of the Auto Club 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, March 12, 2016.
Television (TV): FOX at 3:30 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 1:30pm/et on FS1 and 3:00pm/et on FOX; green flag approx. 3:50pm/et
Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
Sunday, March 26 at 10:30pm/et on FS1;
Monday, March 27 at 6:30am/et on FS1;
Monday, March 27 at 9:30am/et on FS2
Auto Club Speedway Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Pre-Race Schedule for Sunday, March 26: (eastern time)
-3:00pm: Driver Introductions
-3:28pm: God Bless America by: Harper Still
-3:30pm: Presentation of Colors: California Army National Guard Color Guard
-3:30pm: Invocation by: Jeff Hamilton, Official Chaplain of Auto Club Speedway
-3:31pm: National Anthem by: Skylar Stecker
-3:32pm: Fly-by: 2 F-18's from VFA-14 Lemoore CA
-3:37pm: "Drivers, Start Your Engines:" Scott Eastwood
-3:47pm: Start of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 (200 laps, 400 miles), FOX / MRN
Wave Around: how the wave around rule works: All vehicles between the leader and the caution vehicle at the start/finish line when the "one to go" signal is given by the starter are considered "Wave Around" eligible. "Wave Around" vehicles will not be permitted to enter pit road at any time during this yellow flag/caution period. "Wave Around" vehicles must receive the green flag on the race track before being permitted to enter pit road without a penalty. Vehicles under a penalty and the "Free Pass" vehicle will not be eligible to receive a "Wave Around".
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.
With the field downsized to 40 cars and only 39 cars entered, five pit stalls (33,41,42,43,44) have been eliminated, are not in play and don't count towards driving through more than three pit boxes.
Pole sitter #42-Larson chose pit stall 1, the first stall available [as do most pole sitters].
Outside pole sitter #11-Hamlin, Jr. took pit stall 2, right behind #42-Larson.
#2-Keslowski, who starts 3rd, took stall 12A, the next with an opening in front of it
The final pit stall (stall 40) was taken by #78-Truex Jr., who starts 4th.
To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart the Pit Stall Selection chart.(3-25-2017)
Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
Official Race & Points Report
Cumlative Race Report
Happy Hour Practice Speeds
Practice 2 Speeds
Practice 1 Speeds
Latest / Final Entry List
Preliminary Entry List
NASCAR Overtime Race Procedure: NASCAR allows a maximum of three restart attempts prior to the White Flag under NASCAR's Overtime finish rule. If the leader has taken the White Flag and the caution flag is displayed, the field is frozen and the race will not be restarted. Previously, there was only one restart attempt. The procedure applies to all three national series. See rule and notes on the NASCAR Overtime rules/news/stats page.
See Jayski.com's - 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race results page for race track and race information links, pole winner, race and stage winners, links to race results, drivers/owners points, pit stall selections, qualifying results/starting lineup and practice speeds.
QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES
Happy Hour (final) practice for the Auto Club 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway is over, after 85 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#78-Truex, Jr. 187.378
slowest: #33-Earnhardt 175.910 & #51-Hill 173.269
best 10 consecutive lap ave: #24-Elliott 182.180
notes: #24-Elliott and #42-Larson make contact with the outside wall in separate incidents. The teams are repairing the cars. #18-Busch spun off turn 2 but did not hit anything.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf) (3-25-2017)
First Saturday practice for the Auto Club 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway is over, after 55 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
best 10 consecutive lap ave: #77-Jones 183.048
slowest: #55-Cope 171.846 & #51-Hill 172.356
notes: just as practice ended, #38-Ragan had a tire go down and spun and hit the wall, and will go to a backup car. With about 10 minutes left in practice, #4-Harvick bounced off the wall, took the car to the garage and the team is working on the car in hopes of not going to a backup car.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Saturday 1st Practice speeds page (pdf) (3-25-2017)
Larson wins Auto Club pole: #42-Kyle Larson won the Coors Light pole for the Auto Club 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway with speed of 187.047mph for his 1st pole of 2017, 1st at Auto Club and 2nd of his career.
#11-Hamln will start 2nd followed by #2-Keselowski, #78-Truex, Jr., #31-Newman, #20-Kenseth, #4-Harvick, #1-McMurray, #18-Busch, #19-Suarez, #3-Dillon, and #5-Kahne.
#48-Johnson did not make a qualifying attempt after the team went to a backup car following an incident in practice. He will start the race in 37th.
#11-Hamlin was fastest in the second round with a speed of 186.921mph, will start 2nd
#4-Harvick was fastest in the first round with a speed of 188.260mph, will start 7th
Driver(s) who will miss the race: none as 39 were entered for 40 spots
See round-by-round qualifying results on the Auto Club qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the Auto Club Starting Lineup page (pdf).(3-24-2017)
Trying to shed bridesmaid role, points leader Kyle Larson wins pole at Fontana: The driver who has finished second in the last three Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races will start first on Sunday. Moving up the track for his final run, series points leader Kyle Larson navigated rough, bumpy Auto Club (Fontana, California) Speedway in 38.493 seconds (187.047 mph) on Friday to win the pole for Sunday's Auto Club 400 (3:30 p.m. ET on FOX), the fifth race of the season. The 24-year-old Larson edged Denny Hamlin by .014 seconds, as Hamlin covered the two-mile distance at 186.979 mph. The Coors Light Pole Award was Larson's first at Auto Club, first of the season and second of his career.[More](3-24-2017)
Auto Club Speedway - Qualifying Fast Facts:
Kyle Larson won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 21st Annual Auto Club 400 with a lap of 38.493 seconds, 187.047 mph.
This is his second pole in 116 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races.
This is his first pole and fourth top-10 start in 2017.
This is his first pole in four races at Auto Club Speedway.
Denny Hamlin (second) posted his third top-10 start of 2017 and his 10th in 16 races at Auto Club Speedway.
Brad Keselowski (third) posted his fourth top-10 start at Auto Club Speedway. It is his fifth in five races this season.
Daniel Suarez (10th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
Second Round of Qualifying for the Auto Club 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway is over, after 10 scheduled minutes.
the rest of the top 12: 42 19 78 2 3 5 31
out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 24 77 41 17 14 88 21 37 13 10 27 47
First Round of Qualifying for the Auto Club 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway is over, after 20 scheduled minutes.
the rest of the top 24: 20 31 78 5 1 88 14 41 19 10 24 17 13 3 37 21 27 47 77;
out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 95 34 38 15 83 43 55 51 33 23 48 6 22 72 32.
Drivers who will miss the race: none, 39 entered
Coverage of Qualifying for the Auto Club 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway is scheduled for Friday, March 24, 2017 at 7:05pm/et.
Television (TV): FS1, 7:00pm/et
Radio: Live online at Performance Racing Network (PRN)
Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: Saturday, March 25 at 10:30am/et on FS1
Qualifying Order for the Auto Club 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway is posted.
The first driver to be lined up on pit road will be #33-Earnhardt.
The final driver lined up on pit road will be #11-Hamlin.
The order is set by a random draw, how cars park on pit road before they qualify, held about an hour before the first practice.
After the first round, the cars lined up by speed.
For the qualifying order, see the Qualifying Order page (pdf).(3-24-2017)
Group qualifying under the three-round qualifying format:
• Round 1 -- All entries will have 20 minutes to post a qualifying time, after which the 24 registering the fastest laps will advance to the second round. Those failing to advance will be sorted based on first-round times in descending order (from fastest to slowest).
• Round 2 -- The 24 fastest from the first round will have 10 minutes to post a second-round qualifying time, with the 12 fastest advancing to a third round. Those not advancing will earn starting positions 13 through 24 based on time, again in descending order.
• Round 3 -- The final round will be five minutes in length. The fastest times from this session will determine the first (Coors Light Pole Award) through 12th starting positions.
There will be a seven-minute break between each round; teams may make adjustments to their entries only during the individual breaks. They will not be allowed to jack the vehicle or raise the hood, and once the car or truck enters the garage, it will no longer be permitted to return to the track for additional qualifying attempts.
Friday practice for the Auto Club 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway is over, after 85 minutes, the top-five and notes:
slowest: #33-Earnhardt 171.895 & #51-Hill 170.446
most laps run: #1-McMurray, #22-Logano, and #14-Bowyer (18 laps)
Just 2 drivers ran 10 consecutive laps during this practice: #42-Larson and #1-McMurray
There was a short red flag during practice when an owl landed on the track and had to be moved away.
#48-Johnson spun in turn 4 with just over 20 minutes remaining in practice. The car slide down the track and ran the nose into the grass. The team will go to a backup car.
See fastest speeds, laps run on the Auto Club Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf)(3-24-2017)
Entry List for the Auto Club 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway is posted, 39 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
36 teams with Charters are guaranteed to make the field. The rest need to make the field via qualifying / qualifying races / rules book (owners attempts/points).
Some of the drivers entered include: #15-Sorenson, #23-Gaulding, #33-JEarnhardt, #51-Hill*, #55-Cope*, #83-LaJoie*
Drivers who currently to not drive for a team with a Charter and need to race into the field: #51-Hill*, #55-Cope*, #83-LaJoie*.
Drivers who would miss the race if qualifying is canceled (least race attempts): none
Since only 39 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
See the full entry list on the Entry List (pdf)
For qualifying rules and formats, see the Qualifying Rules page
How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph
TIRE NOTES & FACTS
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
Set limits: Cup:
4 sets for practice, 1 set for qualifying/start of race and 10 sets for race;
Xfinity: 8 sets for the event
Left-side -- D-4650; Right-side -- D-4658
Left-side -- 87.56 in. (2,224 mm);
Right-side -- 88.39 in. (2,245 mm)
Minimum Recommended Inflation (Cup):
Left Front -- 19 psi; Left Rear -- 19 psi;
Right Front -- 45 psi; Right Rear -- 42 psi
Minimum Recommended Inflation (Xfinity):
Left Front -- 21 psi; Left Rear -- 19 psi;
Right Front -- 45 psi; Right Rear -- 42 psi
Storyline - Tire management will be key at Auto Club Speedway: The worn surface at Auto Club Speedway puts a premium on grip, which is exacerbated further by the downforce reduction on the 2017 Cup aerodynamic package. The Goodyear tire combination we bring to Auto Club is unique to this track. It is designed to maximize grip while providing the stability and toughness needed for 200+ mph corner entry speeds. Particularly challenging are the demands placed on the left-side tires as teams challenge the 19 psi recommendation to try to maximize grip. This operating condition led to the development of a robust left-side tire design, with a compliant sidewall that has become the standard for intermediate speedways. With three seconds of fall-off over the course of a run and a two-set reduction in race sets from 2016, tire strategy will be a key element on Sunday.
Notes: Teams in both the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series will run the same tire set-up at Auto Club Speedway this week . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that Cup teams ran at this track last year . . . Xfinity teams ran this left-side tire at Auto Club in 2016, but this is their first time running this multi-zone tread right-side tire . . . in addition to Auto Club, Cup teams ran this left-side tire at Indianapolis and Darlington last season, while Xfinity teams ran it at Pocono and Indianapolis . . . this is the only track at which these teams run this right-side tire . . . this right-side, being a multi-zone tread tire, features two distinct tread compounds on the same tire -- one for endurance and heat resistance on the inboard two inches of the tread and one for traction on the outboard 10 inches . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run liners in all four tire positions at Auto Club . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.
RACE & CHAMPIONSHIP ODDS
Race and Championship odds
Auto Club Race Preview by Micah Roberts
NASCAR Top-Five Finish Prediction
Race and the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship