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NAPA Auto Parts 500

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The Auto Club 400 is a 400 miles (643.737 km) long NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race held at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. Prior to 2005, the race was held in late April or early May, and until 2010, the race was run at a length of 500 miles. When the NASCAR Realignment of 2005 was made, the race was moved to February.[1] The February date stayed until the 2011 season when the date changed to March. After being pleased with the results of the reduction of the track's former fall race date, the Pepsi Max 400, from 500 to 400 miles Auto Club Speedway decided to do the same thing to its spring race.[2]

Past winners

Year Date Driver Team Manufacturer Race Distance Race Time Average Speed
(mph)
Report
Laps Miles (km)
1997 June 22 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 250 500 (804.672) 3:13:32 155.012 Report
1998 May 3 Mark Martin Roush Racing Ford 250 500 (804.672) 3:33:57 140.22 Report
1999 May 2 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 250 500 (804.672) 3:19:38 150.276 Report
2000 April 30 Jeremy Mayfield Penske Racing Ford 250 500 (804.672) 3:20:50 149.378 Report
2001 April 29 Rusty Wallace Penske Racing Ford 250 500 (804.672) 3:29:37 143.118 Report
2002 April 28 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 250 500 (804.672) 3:19:53 150.088 Report
2003 April 27 Kurt Busch Roush Racing Ford 250 500 (804.672) 3:34:07 140.111 Report
2004 May 2 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 250 500 (804.672) 3:38:33 137.268 Report
2005 February 27 Greg Biffle Roush Racing Ford 250 500 (804.672) 3:34:45 139.697 Report
2006 February 26 Matt Kenseth Roush Racing Ford 251* 502 (807.89) 3:23:43 147.852 Report
2007 February 25 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford 250 500 (804.672) 3:36:41 138.451 Report
2008 Feb 24/25* Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 250 500 (804.672) 3:46:04 132.704 Report
2009 February 22 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford 250 500 (804.672) 3:40:51 135.839 Report
2010 February 21 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 250 500 (804.672) 3:31:24 141.911 Report
2011* March 27 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 200 400 (643.737) 2:39:06 150.849 Report
2012 March 25 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 129* 258 (415.21) 1:36:39 160.166 Report
2013 March 24 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 200 400 (643.737) 2:57:19 135.351 Report
  • 2006: Race extended due to a Green-white-checker finish.
  • 2008: Race started on Sunday but was finished on Monday due to rain.
  • 2011: Race distance changed from 500 to 400 miles. Kevin Harvick passes Jimmie Johnson on the last lap to win, the first last lap pass in ACS history.
  • 2012: Race shortened due to rain.

Multiple winners (drivers)

# Wins Driver Years Won
3 Jeff Gordon 1997, 1999, 2004
Matt Kenseth 2006, 2007, 2009
2 Jimmie Johnson 2002, 2010

Multiple winners (teams)

# Wins Team Years Won
7 Roush Fenway Racing 1998, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
5 Hendrick Motorsports 1997, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2010
2 Penske Racing 2000, 2001

Manufacturer wins

# Wins Manufacturer Years Won
9 Ford 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
7 Chevrolet 1997, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2010, 2011, 2012
1 Toyota 2013

History

  • 1997: After nearly a decade, NASCAR came back to Southern California on June 22 with the inaugural California 500. The race featured 21 lead changes among a dozen different drivers. Jeff Gordon passed Mark Martin with 11 laps remaining and sped to victory. Terry Labonte took second, giving Hendrick Motorsports another 1-2 finish.
  • 2008: The race started on Sunday, completing only 87 laps with 7 yellow flags and 2 red flags. NASCAR postponed the remainder of the event to Monday due to a lengthy red flag for rain. The rain delay on Sunday also delayed the Stater Brothers 300 (Now Royal Purple 300) to Monday. Carl Edwards would go on to win the event, while he finished 5th in the Nationwide Series race.
  • 2013: Kyle Busch won after Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin crashed fighting hard for the lead on the last lap. Busch also took the weekend sweep by winning the Nationwide race the day before. It is the first Fontana victory in the Sprint Cup Series both for Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota. From 2011-201,3 Busch finished in a reverse order: 3rd (2011), 2nd (2012) and 1st (2013). The last lap crash between Logano and Hamlin sent Hamlin into the inside wall (without a SAFER Barrier) head-on. As a result he suffered a compression fracture of his L1 vertebra in his back, which forced him to miss four races.

Television broadcasters

Year Network Lap-by-lap Color commentator(s)
2013 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip
Larry McReynolds
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
2005
2004
2003
2002
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References

External links

  • Ratings For NASCAR From Fontana Since 1999


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