NASCAR Drivers have Room to Race at Auto Club Speedway Sunday

NASCAR Cup Series cars racing at Auto Club Speedway 2-27-22
NASCAR Cup Series cars racing at Auto Club Speedway 2-27-22 (Photo credit: YouTube)

The NASCAR Cup Series is heading to Auto Club Speedway where there will be plenty of room to race in the Pala Casino 400 this Sunday.

That also means there is plenty of room to wreck. Last year’s race at Auto Club Speedway in California saw many cars have tire issues and 12 caution periods as well. The drivers and teams will be hoping that those issues do not repeat in this year’s race.

Here’s the data that the drivers will be dealing with this week.

Auto Club Speedway Track Data
Track Size: 2-miles
Banking/Turns 1 & 2: 14 degrees
Banking/Turns 3 & 4: 14 degrees
Banking/Frontstretch: 11 degrees
Banking/Backstretch: 3 degrees
Frontstretch Length: 3,100 feet
Backstretch Length: 2,500 feet

Pala Casino 400 Data
Season Race #: 2 of 36 (02-26-23)
Race Length: 200 laps / 400 miles
Stage 1 & 2 Length: 65 laps (each)
Final Stage Length: 70 laps

Here are the active drivers that have won at Auto Club Speedway in their Cup Careers.

Jimmie Johnson6 Wins2002, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2016
Kyle Busch4 Wins2005, 2013, 2014, 2019
Alex Bowman1 Win2020
Martin Truex Jr.1 Win2018
Kyle Larson1 Win2017
Brad Keselowski1 Win2015
Kevin Harvick1 Win2011
Kurt Busch1 Win2003

We will have to watch and see if it is another single car team that wins, like last week with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in the Daytona 500.

Perhaps one of the major teams find a way to Victory Lane this week.

Maybe Kyle Busch will make a statement in his first year with his new team by winning.

Seven-time NASCAR Champion Jimmie Johnson is racing in limited events this season. Could he claim another win at his home track to make it seven wins to match his championships?

All the questions will be answered in the Pala Casino 400 this Sunday, February 26th at 2:30 p.m. CT (3:30 p.m. ET) from Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.

By: Buck Stevens

Buck Stevens