Sunny California is where you can find the stars of NASCAR along with the starts of Hollywood this afternoon as the fifth race of the season for the Sprint Cup Series is set to take place. The multi-groove Auto Club Speedway offers some great racing since there are numerous lanes for the drivers to race on. Passing will be frequently seen throughout the race as each driver goes after the win. Last year’s Auto Club 400 was rain-shortened but, the weather forecast is clear for a great race this afternoon at the Auto Club Speedway.
Race Info Needed for Fans
Race Start Time- 3:16 PM EST/12:16 PM PT
Race Distance- 200 Laps, 400 Miles
Race Day Weather- Sunny skies with a high of 76 F and a 0% chance of precipitation.
TV Race Broadcast- FOX
Radio Race Broadcast- MRN
Last Year’s Race Winner- Tony Stewart
Race Day Headlines
-Harvick, Johnson, Gordon, Mears and Gilliland are among the drivers who call the Auto Club Speedway their home-track and they all will be looking for victory.
-Kyle Busch attempts for the weekend sweep after winning Saturday’s Nationwide Race.
-Kasey Kahne will be going after back-to-back wins following his Bristol victory last Sunday.
-Brad Keselowski looks to continue his hot start and hold onto the points lead.
-The Toyota drivers will look to make history by winning Toyota’s first Cup race at the Auto Club Speedway.
-Stewart-Hass Racing needs a season turn-around and they will look to start that turn around this weekend.
-Tony Stewart will be looking to win at the Auto Club Speedway for the second straight year.
Drivers to watch out for- Brad Keselowski, Kasey Kahne, Tony Stewart, Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth, Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards.
Practice/Qualifying Notes: Denny Hamlin will be on the pole. Brad Keselowski and Greg Biffle will be starting at the back of the pack after having engine issues during practice.
Tyson- Tony Stewart
Alanis- Mark Martin
Garrett- Joey Logano
Fan Race Picker (@TerryB_63) – Denny Hamlin
Jason- Matt Kenseth
Caleb- Kyle Busch
Momentum is a key thing to have going into an off-week and every driver will be looking to have that momentum at the conclusion of the Auto Club 400 today. Lots of great racing will be on display today as every driver will do all it takes to get that win. Only one driver will get that victory today and it will be an all-out battle to the finish. It’s a perfect race day today in California and the drop of the green-flag to start the fifth race of the season is only hours away.
By Jason Schultz