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NASCAR Auto Club 400 preview in 3 minutes

Austin Dillon, right, gets a hug from his grandfather Richard Childress after taking the pole position Friday for the NASCAR auto race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.
Austin Dillon, right, gets a hug from his grandfather Richard Childress after taking the pole position Friday for the NASCAR auto race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. The Victor Valley Daily Press via AP

Everything you need to know about Sunday’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway, in three minutes:

Three things to watch

1. NASCAR’s new aero package should be showcased on Auto Club’s fast, bumpy and abrasive surface.

2. Brad Keselowski won at Auto Club last year – leading exactly one lap (the final one, obviously).

3. The season’s first four races have been decided by an average of 0.232 seconds – the closest margin of victory over the first four races since the inception of electronic timing and scoring in 1993.

Observations

▪  The rookie of the year race is close. Ryan Blaney leads Chase Elliott by four points, with each driver having two top-10 finishes.

▪  Matt Kenseth’s lap of 185.419 was the fastest during Saturday’s happy hour – the final practice before Sunday’s race – just ahead of Carl Edwards (185.347).

▪  Greg Biffle and Kyle Larson wrecked in Saturday’s final practice. Biffle hit Larson in the rear when Biffle couldn’t slow down in time after Larson got loose and scraped the wall.

Best bets

Three picks for your fantasy team:

Austin Dillon: Driver of the No. 3 Chevy is looking for his first career victory, and has a good starting spot (the pole) to go after it.

Kevin Harvick: Full of confidence after winning a close race at Phoenix.

Kyle Busch: Will break through any time now, with four top-five finishes but no victories this season. He’s won twice at Fontana (2013 and ’14), but missed last season’s race with injuries he sustained at Daytona.

He said it

“This is the race we’ve all been looking forward to the most, because you have some high speeds and lots of racing lanes and the cars are going to slide all over the place.” – Harvick.

Getting there

 

Race facts

Auto Club 400

Where: Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, Calif.

Track type: 2-mile oval.

Race distance: 400 miles, or 200 laps.

Green flag: 3:47 p.m.

Weather: Mostly sunny; high of 80; zero percent chance of rain.

TV: Fox.

Radio: Motor Racing Network.

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