2019 Auto Club Speedway --Auto Club 400 -- Pre-Race Thread

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  1. Johali

    Johali Team Owner Contributor

    THE RACE: Auto Club 400 Monster Energy Cup Series Race

    TRACK
    : Auto Club Speedway


    Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #5 of 36

    Date: Sunday, March 17th, 2019, Fontana California

    Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:45 pm/et

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    All Times E/T


    Cup and Xfinity are racing this weekend

    Friday, March 15
    1:00 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series First Practice, No TV
    2:05 p.m., NASCAR Xfinity Series First Practice, No TV
    4:30 p.m., NASCAR Xfinity Series final practice, FS1/FOX Sports App
    5:30 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Busch Pole Qualifying, FS1/FOX Sports App


    Saturday, March 16
    Noon, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice, FS1/FOX Sports App
    1 p.m., NASCAR Xfinity Series qualifying, FS1/FOX Sports App
    3:30 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series final practice, FS1/FOX Sports App
    4:30 p.m., NASCAR RaceDay, FS1/FOX Sports App
    5 p.m., NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Auto Club Speedway, FS1/FOX Sports App


    Sunday, March 17
    2 p.m., NASCAR Race Day, FS1/FOX Sports App
    3:30 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway, FOX/FOX Sports App
     
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2019
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  2. BobbyFord

    BobbyFord Resident Gearhead Contributor

    Forecast is now 75 and 78 for Saturday and Sunday respectively.
    I’m through with the rain.
     
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  3. Johali

    Johali Team Owner Contributor

    :D
     
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  4. DUN24

    DUN24 Skeptical of the Spectacle

    Very curious how they race next week. They are gonna be flying by our seats out of four, I know that.
     
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  5. BobbyFord

    BobbyFord Resident Gearhead Contributor

    Me too. 75’ wide racing surface allows a few different options. The racing the past few years here has been awesome. I hope that continues.
     
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  6. kkfan91

    kkfan91 Taking a 10-200

    If anywhere drafts with the new package it's going to be here
     
  7. AuzGrams

    AuzGrams Team Owner

    I've been a huge fan of Auto Club Speedway since I was there for the 2013 showdown, but the fact that the track is way out in Fontucky / an Inland Empire trashhole doesn't help the facility. Wish it was in Orange County or San Diego County.
     
  8. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Short tracks and road courses rule.

    If I recall, the property was available relatively cheap.
     
  9. Turtle84

    Turtle84 Team Owner

    That's prime real estate brah. If it was in SD, it'd be out in El Cajon somewhere, same demographic tendencies ;). It's in a good centered position for people coming from multiple directions imo, neutral meetup spot. Well taken care of facility, and I hope they never repave it, it's my favorite track on the schedule.

    It's been a packed house there both times I've gone. The first time, I took my Dad, 14 rows up, we forgot our earplugs :eek:, bought some by lap 30. That was my 1st race, and my biggest take away from it, was just how loud the cars were, sounded like a jet engine. We were positioned right where they were ripping off of pit road going into turn 1. LOUD. That was 2015, the year Ragan was driving the 18 car filling in for KB.
     
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  10. 18 years ago today this happened
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  11. AuzGrams

    AuzGrams Team Owner

    I would have preferred a dumphole in El Cajon or elsewhere than Fontana. It's a good track, just meh location in the LA market.

    Definitely a lot easier getting in and out of than Las Vegas, absolutely.
     
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  12. Revman

    Revman Deal with it.

    Oh. Hell. Yes. Hell yes!!!!!
     
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  13. Joker

    Joker #1 Harvick Fan

    Man, I only have vague memories of that...
     
  14. Revman

    Revman Deal with it.

    I don't have a problem with Fontana at all. Honestly, a nice little place. Baldy is beautiful. Can't wait.
     
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  15. Revman

    Revman Deal with it.

    I remember when Fontana was single file file mileage runs. Locals talked about plates to spice things up. The racing got much better, and that died away. The potential effect of the rule changes just might give us a peek into what plates might have looked here. It is going to be very, very interesting IMO. Can't wait to see how it all plays out. I have a feeling it is going to be very, very good.
     
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  16. DIDIT

    DIDIT Old School Fan

    That is one of my greatest memories of a NASCAR race that we attended. Gordon was much faster and it seemed almost impossible that Harvick could hold him off, but he did. For that race my son and I moved down next to the fence for the last 30 laps and I remember all of us standing and cheering Harvick on. I think even the harcore Gordon fans wanted Harvick to win this one. Amazing experience, just wished the circumstances that caused it had not happened.
     
  17. BobbyFord

    BobbyFord Resident Gearhead Contributor

    @Clutch has a brand new 55” 4K Sony in the spare bedroom for the weekend (nights.) :)
     
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  18. Clutch

    Clutch Team Owner

    Woohoo! Put six pack in the fridge and I may never leave! :D
    :XXROFL:
     
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  19. BobbyFord

    BobbyFord Resident Gearhead Contributor

    There will be Coors Light in the ice chest when you get here ;)
     
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  20. Clutch

    Clutch Team Owner

    No mention of a cameo appearance by the Clutchmeister? :idunno: :D:D:D
     
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  21. Clutch

    Clutch Team Owner

    Chilly bin. ;)
     
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  22. BobbyFord

    BobbyFord Resident Gearhead Contributor

    My bad. :(
     
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  23. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Short tracks and road courses rule.

    Hey, if he doesn't like what you call it, he doesn't have to get anything out of it. ;)
     
  24. Clutch

    Clutch Team Owner

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  25. BobbyFord

    BobbyFord Resident Gearhead Contributor

    It IS the chilly bin.
     
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  26. Johali

    Johali Team Owner Contributor

    My bad. :unsure:
     
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  27. TexasRaceLady

    TexasRaceLady Plank Owner Contributor

    That is a tremendous oversight by the track management. Shame on them. :D :D :D
     
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  28. Clutch

    Clutch Team Owner

    I know right! If their plan is to sell tickets...then advertise. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
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  29. 19 years ago today Dale Earnhardt beat Bobby Labonte in a photo finish at Atlanta
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  30. Johali

    Johali Team Owner Contributor

    Cup Entry List

    It's a little crooked again but I got it. :confused:


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  31. jaqua19

    jaqua19 Team Owner

    Feeling a Penske win here

    Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
     
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  32. ChexOrWrex

    ChexOrWrex Ya gotta wanna

    iRacing got inside info on the aero package, mapped it into their game and here is a good idea of what it may look like on Sunday.
     
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  33. Mispeedway15

    Mispeedway15 Team Owner

    I was gonna post something about that as well Chex. California and Michigan may put on some of the best races of the season if this was any indication. Was absolutely wild to watch on tracks this wide, 4 wide with the draft is nuts. Looked like the trucks at Eldora
     
  34. 36 years ago today, Richard Petty wins at the Rock
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  35. DIDIT

    DIDIT Old School Fan

    Well at the risk of everyone say "oh sure" we were there for this one too Two great finished in a row.
     
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  36. DIDIT

    DIDIT Old School Fan

    And believe it or not, we were NOT at this one.:D
     
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  37. DUN24

    DUN24 Skeptical of the Spectacle

    Caught some of that. Dega-lite. ****.
     
  38. ChexOrWrex

    ChexOrWrex Ya gotta wanna

    Pretty much.
     
  39. Snappy D

    Snappy D 2017 Pick Em Champion 2018 Bold Predictor

    since they are in Fontana this week, did anyone on here ever attend a race at Ontario Speedway? I dont know much about the place except it was a failed replica of Indianapolis Motor speedway.
     
  40. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Short tracks and road courses rule.

    I saw so many Labonte wins at Atlanta that I can't tell you if I was there for this one or not. Is this the one that was held on a Monday because it rained Sunday? If so, then I was indeed there for this one.
     
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