2018 Fontana - Auto Club 400 - Pre Race Thread

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  1. dpkimmel2001

    dpkimmel2001 Team Owner

    THE RACE: Auto Club 400
    TRACK: Auto Club Speedway
    Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #5 of 36

    Date: Sunday, March 18, 2018 in Fontana, CA
    Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:46 pm/et

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    TELEVISION COVERAGE


    NASCAR RaceDay: 2:00pm/et on FS1
    NASCAR Sunday Pre-Race Show: 3:00pm/et on Fox
    Television Race Coverage: Fox, 3:30pm/et

    Practices:
    Friday, March 16, 2:35pm-3:25pm/et, TV-FS1;
    Saturday, March 17, 12:35pm - 1:25pm/et, TV-FS1;
    Saturday, March 17, 3:30pm - 4:20pm/et, TV-FS1

    Qualifying for positions 1-40, Friday, March 16 at 7:15 pm/et, TV-FS1;
    re-air scheduled: TBA
     
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  2. dpkimmel2001

    dpkimmel2001 Team Owner

    3rd in a row out west. A 4th in a row for Happy?
     
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  3. Johali

    Johali Team Owner Contributor

    I would love it but a second behind Chase Elliott would be better. :D
     
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  4. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    the odds against are getting crazy for Harvick doing four in a row. 2 mile track too.
     
  5. DUN24

    DUN24 Skeptical of the Spectacle

    Weather might be a challenge
     
  6. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    Elliott gave Hendrick their first top 5 of the year at Phoenix, who'd a thunk it would be that slim for that bunch. Penske's aren't nothing to write home about either. Nothing but desperation moves out of the 2 car that didn't work. Elliott isn't laying down, I bet he gets another top 5 at Cali. I thought Larson had a handle on the new Chev, that was an eye opener. I'm thinking the same bunch will shoot it out for the win, maybe Larson too.
     
  7. BobbyFord

    BobbyFord Resident Gearhead Contributor

    Currently at 50% chance of rain for Friday and Saturday
     
  8. DaBiff1618

    DaBiff1618 Team Owner

    Harvick and Ky Busch 1-2 in some order again, with a side order of Elliott and Larson. I feel like that's gonna happen most of the races this season lol
     
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  9. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Short tracks and road courses rule.

    Almirola and Suarez are going to start turning in top five finishes regularly before this season's out.
     
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  10. dpkimmel2001

    dpkimmel2001 Team Owner

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    StandOnIt Farm Truck

  12. AdoubleU24

    AdoubleU24 Team Owner

    This makes me miss the old chassis history page that Jayski used to publish every week even more.

    P. S. - Fix that window before the 600 Rodney
     
  13. BobbyFord

    BobbyFord Resident Gearhead Contributor

    Forecast is changing, looks like less of a possibility of rain Saturday...for now.
     
  14. MIracingfan

    MIracingfan Tire changer

    Pat Tryson is crew chiefing two cars? This I want to see
     
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  15. Snappy D

    Snappy D 2017 Pick Em Champion

    Reed Sorensen is back, he drove the Target car way back when
     
  16. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    2 mile track, going to interesting to see how the new changes Nascar has made works out on a big track, so far so good.
     
  17. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Short tracks and road courses rule.

    Considering the cars and drivers involved, only getting half of a chief's time isn't likely to hurt the performance anyway.
     
  18. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Short tracks and road courses rule.

    ...drove the Target car way back (behind the wall) when (he wadded it up).
     
  19. On this day 35 years ago, Richard Petty beats out Bill Elliott at the Rock
     
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  20. Snappy D

    Snappy D 2017 Pick Em Champion

    I don’t think my memory betrays me when I say he wasn’t very good at Ganassi. He drove for them before Juan Montoya I believe
     
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  21. Pat

    Pat Team Owner

    A Georgia boy but unfortunately he hasn't been as good as we would have liked him to be. :(
     
  22. DUN24

    DUN24 Skeptical of the Spectacle

    Weather seems to be less and less of a concern but there is a system on Tues/Wednesday that’s worth keeping an eye on.
     
  23. dpkimmel2001

    dpkimmel2001 Team Owner

    Note: All times are ET

    Friday, March 16
    2:35-3:25 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series first practice, FS1 (Follow live)
    3:35-4:25 p.m.: NASCAR Xfinity Series first practice, FS1 (Follow live)
    5:35-6:25 p.m.: NASCAR Xfinity Series final practice, FS1 (Follow live)
    7:15 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying, FS1 (Follow live)

    Saturday, March 17
    12:35-1:25p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series second practice, FS1 (Follow live)
    1:35 p.m.: NASCAR Xfinity Series qualifying, FS1 (Follow live)
    3:30-4:20 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series final practice, FS1 (Follow live)
    5 p.m.: NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Auto Club (150 laps, 300 miles), FS1 (Follow live)

    Press Pass (Watch live)
    7:15 p.m.: Post-Xfinity Series race

    Sunday, March 18
    3:30 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 (200 laps, 400 miles), FOX (Follow live)

    Press Pass (Watch live)
    6:30 p.m.: Post-Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race
     
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  24. 4tires17gals

    4tires17gals Team Owner

    the bottom will be preferred groove due to physics.
     
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  25. clarkfn2284

    clarkfn2284 Here to make you miserable.

    Got our tickets yesterday. We will in Turn 1 at the pit road exit. Fun race track to go to. Heading down Saturday afternoon and turning around Sunday night for the 6 hour drive home.
     
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  26. BobbyFord

    BobbyFord Resident Gearhead Contributor

    Fontana is a multi-groove track.
     
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  27. dpkimmel2001

    dpkimmel2001 Team Owner

  28. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    The Harv won Cali in 11, has had two seconds in the past three years. jus sayin
     
  29. DUN24

    DUN24 Skeptical of the Spectacle

    This might be my favorite post of yours. NASCARcasm can learn a thing or two from you.
     
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  30. Mispeedway15

    Mispeedway15 Team Owner

    Larson has to be the favorite
     
  31. kkfan91

    kkfan91 Taking a 10-200

    I just want whatever he has
     
  32. kkfan91

    kkfan91 Taking a 10-200

    For 2 different race teams too
     
  33. Larsonfan1995

    Larsonfan1995 Team Owner

    After this week's 18th place performance, and with the 42 crew having awful stops every time, I think Harvick has to be the favorite.
     
  34. BobbyFord

    BobbyFord Resident Gearhead Contributor

    Seems to be improving. Forecast now is only for possible morning showers on Saturday.

    https://weather.com/weather/tenday/l/USCA0384:1:US
     
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  35. Clutch

    Clutch Team Owner

    Hope to see you there!
     
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  36. BobbyFord

    BobbyFord Resident Gearhead Contributor

    Down to 20% chance on Saturday :)
    I hope the trend continues.
     
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  37. Thegeneral23

    Thegeneral23 Team Owner

    not going to this race but will be in martinsville next weeken.. got tickets in old dominion for 45 bucks a piece lol.. and people call in and complain all day about ticket prices for races hahaha, i felt like it was a joke or something.
     
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  38. ChexOrWrex

    ChexOrWrex Ya gotta wanna

    The beginning of a legacy

     
  39. JJ_14

    JJ_14 Tire changer

    Isn't this Harvicks home track? We could very well witness something historical on Sunday. Only 8 drivers in the history of the series have amassed four straight wins (Jimmie Johnson was the last one to do it 11 years ago). Out of those eight, five won the championship.
     
  40. dpkimmel2001

    dpkimmel2001 Team Owner

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