The NASCAR Xfinity Series rolls into Southern California for the TreatMyClot.com 300 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. Kyle Busch is looking to win his fourth race in a row, becoming the first winner of four races in a row in 33 years. A total of 42 cars have entered into the race, with only 40 positions available. Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick, Austin Dillon, Kyle Larson, and Aric Almirola will perform double-duty this weekend by racing in the NASCAR Xfinity and Sprint Cup Series.
Auto Club Speedway is a two-mile D-shaped oval located in Fontana, California. The track is 75 feet wide with a 15 feet banking. All the turns are banked at 14 degrees. The frontstretch is banked at 11 degrees, and is 3100 feet in length. The backstretch is banked at three degrees, and is 2500 feet in length. The TreatMyClots.com 300 is 150 laps.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series has competed at Auto Club Speedway for 26 races. Erik Jones, driver of the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, is the youngest NASCAR Xfinity Pole Sitter at Auto Club Speedway. Tony Stewart holds the qualifying record at Auto Club Speedway at 185.941 mph set in February 2005. Kevin Harvick is the defending race winner.
Last years race at Auto Club Speedway say 13 lead changes among eight drivers, three cautions for 12 laps, 17 drivers finish on the lead lap, and a margin of victory of 3.317 seconds.
Drivers are excited about returning to Auto Club Speedway.
Ryan Reed, driver of the No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford, alongside two crew members, are excited to be racing in front of a hometown crowd this weekend. “It’s cool that I share a history of attending races at Auto Club with members of my team,” said Reed, in a press release. “Memories of watching my dad race here growing up are really special to me and it really means a lot to him that I’m following in his footsteps. I know it would mean a lot to all of us if we could get a win here and I would love nothing more than to do that this weekend.”
In a press release, Elliott Sadler has set his expectations high. “It’s the last week of the West Coast swing and we have high expectations for this weekend. We have a nice top-10 streak going and our cars have a lot of speed. We’re going to keep working hard to get our OneMain Chevrolet into Victory Lane.”
Jeb Burton is hoping to repeat the success he had at Atlanta Motor Speedway at Auto Club. "I'm excited to race at Auto Club Speedway this weekend. We ran really well a few weeks ago in Atlanta. Hopefully, we can repeat that at another intermediate track this weekend. For the amount of time we have been together as a team, I am very proud of what we have done so far. We missed it a little last week, but I'm confident Drew (Blickensderfer) and the guys will get me a fast Ford Mustang this weekend. Drew has some good success here, so hopefully, we can add to that this weekend."
NASCAR Xfinity Series Points leader, Daniel Suarez, is excited about the challenges in Fontana. "I'm excited to race at Auto Club Speedway this weekend. We ran really well a few weeks ago in Atlanta. Hopefully, we can repeat that at another intermediate track this weekend. For the amount of time we have been together as a team, I am very proud of what we have done so far. We missed it a little last week, but I'm confident Drew (Blickensderfer) and the guys will get me a fast Ford Mustang this weekend. Drew has some good success here, so hopefully, we can add to that this weekend."
Going into the TreatMyClot.com 300, Daniel Suarez has an eight point lead over Elliott Sadler in the Driver Standings.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series will hit Auto Club Speedway for their first on-track activities at 3 pm Eastern on Fox Sports 1.
Friday, March 18
3 p.m., NASCAR Xfinity Series practice, FS1
5:30 p.m., NASCAR Xfinity Series final practice, FS1
Saturday March 19
5:30 a.m., NASCAR Xfinity practice (re-air), FS1
Noon, NASCAR Xfinity Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FS1
3:30 p.m., NASCAR RaceDay: Xfinity, FS1
4 p.m., NASCAR Xfinity Series 300, FS1