Prior to 2005, the race
was held in late April or early May. When the NASCAR
Realignment of that year was made, the race was moved to
February. Squeezing right in between the Daytona 500 and
the Shelby 427 on the NASCAR schedule, this race has
seen some of the biggest names in NASCAR cruise to the
finish line. Matt Kenseth took it in 2006 and 2007, Greg
Biffle in 2005, and Jeff Gordon in 2004.
This race is for all of the 500 miles and consists of
about 250 laps. Besides having to contend with other
drivers trying their best to take the lead, each and
every driver must literally have nerves of steel to
compete efficiently in this race. The Auto Club Speedway
has a length of about 2 miles and with a D shaped oval
and sharp turns at 14 degrees, one can see why many a
driver would have some problems navigating the turns at
the bottom half.
This race first began in 1997 and ever
since then, there have been a few fatalities on this
track as a result of which certain modifications have
taken place here. The end result is a track that is so
easy to drive fast in but one that certainly starts
telling on the driver after a matter of a few laps. This
track also has an infield road course which has been
used for the other races as well. The track has a front
stretch of about 3100 feet and a back stretch of about
2500 feet, wrapping the front end at 11 degrees and the
back end at 3 degrees.
2019 Auto Club 500 Winner
Martin Truex Jr.
2017 Auto Club 500 Winner
2016 Auto Club 500 Winner
2015 Auto Club 500 Winner
Bradley "Brad" Aaron Keselowski
2014 Auto Club 500 Winner
Kyle Busch gets his second straight victory at Fontana. Busch, who like Stewart took right-side tires only on the final pit stop on Lap 200, ran third, followed by polesitter Matt Kenseth and Stewart.
2013 Auto Club 500 Winner
Kyle Busch won 2013 Auto Club 500. Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano knocked each other off the race track on the final lap of Auto Club Speedway, allowing Kyle Busch to steal the NASCAR victory.
2012 Auto Club 500 Winner
Tony Stewart wins 2012 Auto Club 400. Rain shortened the race at Auto Club Speedway by 71 laps, extending the defending Sprint Cup champion's unusually strong start. Kyle Busch finished second, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. added to his good start to the season in third.
2011 Auto Club 500 Winner
Kevin Harvick took the lead from Jimmie Johnson in the final corner to win the Auto Club 400. It is his first win of the 2011 NASCAR season. Johnson had passed a dominant Kyle Busch with three laps to go, but their battle allowed Harvick to move into position to snag the victory. Busch was third at the finish, followed by Matt Kenseth and Ryan Newman. Pole sitter Juan Pablo Montoya came home 10th.
2010 Auto Club 500 Winner
Johnson was able to complete his pitstop and rejoin the lead lap, just as the leaders entered the pits. That cycled Johnson to the front, where he remained for the final 20 laps for his first win of the 2010 NASCAR season.
2009 Auto Club 500 Winner
When your hot you are
HOT. Matt Kenseth was able to back up his Daytona 500
victory with another 2009 win. Kenseth picked up today's
2009 Auto Club 500 at Auto Club Speedway in California.
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