NASCAR Sprint Cup Auto Club 400 preview

Kevin Harvick continues to lead the Sprint Cup Series standings and holds a 22-point lead over Joey Logano.
Kevin Harvick continues to lead the Sprint Cup Series standings and holds a 22-point lead over Joey Logano. Getty Images

This week’s race

Auto Club 400

What: 200 laps (400 miles)

Where: Auto Club Speedway, a 2-mile slightly banked oval in Fontana, Calif.

When: 3:30 p.m. Sunday

TV: Fox

Radio: Motor Racing Network

Last year’s winner: Kyle Busch

Also this week: 300, Xfinity Series, Auto Club Speedway, 4 p.m. Saturday, Fox Sports 1.

Worth mentioning: Kevin Harvick, from nearby Bakersfield, Calif., has won the past two weeks and has one win at Auto Club Speedway (2011). But he finished 36th in last year’s race at Fontana.

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not


Kevin Harvick: Seven straight races of finishing first and second. Not much you can do to beat that.

Martin Truex Jr.: Has top-10 finishes in the season’s first four races. He had five top 10s all of last season.

Jamie McMurray: Probably would like a second chance at that late restart against Harvick.

Kurt Busch: First race back after a NASCAR suspension and he finishes fifth.

Joey Logano: Dominating win in Xfinity Series and solid top-10 finish in Cup last week.

Ty Dillon: Your Xfinity Series points leader.


Tony Stewart: Busch has more points (39) from one race than Stewart has from four this season (32).

Dale Earnhardt Jr.: His run of top-five finishes to start the season came to a crashing halt.

Chase Elliott: It would appear all is not forgiven between Ty Dillon and Chase Elliott.

Jim Utter

Points Leaders

Sprint Cup

1. Kevin Harvick182

2. Joey Logano160

3. Martin Truex Jr.155

4. Kasey Kahne132

5. AJ Allmendinger127

6. Dale Earnhardt Jr.126

7. Jimmie Johnson124

8. Ryan Newman123

9. Brad Keselowski116

10. Matt Kenseth113

11. Paul Menard112

12. Casey Mears111

13. Denny Hamlin108

14. Aric Almirola105

15. Clint Bowyer101

16. Greg Biffle101

17. Kyle Larson98

18. David Ragan98

19. Jamie McMurray97

20. David Gilliland92

21. Carl Edwards88

22. Austin Dillon88

23. Danica Patrick86

24. Sam Hornish Jr.79

25. Jeff Gordon77

26. Trevor Bayne71

27. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.70

28. Justin Allgaier70

29. Cole Whitt60

30. Brett Moffitt56

31. Michael Annett54

32. Michael McDowell44

33. Kurt Busch39

34. Alex Bowman36

35. Brian Vickers32

36. Tony Stewart32


1. Ty Dillon157

2. Chris Buescher143

3. Ryan Reed135

4. Chase Elliot132

5. Darrell Wallace Jr.132

6. Brendan Gaughan122

7. Regan Smith121

8. Elliott Sadler114


1. Tyler Reddick 87

2. Matt Crafton 85

3. Erik Jones 80

4. Johnny Sauter 72

5. James Buescher 63

6. Bryan Silas 60

7. Ben Kennedy 58

8. Ray Black Jr. 58

9. Joe Nemechek 58