NASCAR Auto Club Sunday, March 11, 2018

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES AUTO CLUB STATS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Most Auto Club races: 26 Jeff Gordon
  • Most Auto Club wins: 6 Jimmie Johnson
  • Most Auto Club 2nd-place finishes: 5 Jimmie Johnson
  • Most Auto Club top 3 finishes: 13 Jimmie Johnson
  • Most Auto Club top 5 finishes: 13 Jimmie Johnson
  • Most Auto Club top 10 finishes: 16 Jimmie Johnson
  • Most Auto Club laps led: 980 Jimmie Johnson
  • HISTORY: 3/18/73 Rockingham – David Pearson led 491 of 492 laps winning race
  • HISTORY: 3/18/84 Atlanta – Benny Parsons 21st & final career win
  • 2017 Auto Club: Kyle Larson finally won after finishing 2nd in previous 3 races in 2017 (Atlanta, Las Vegas & Phoenix)
  • 16 Different winners in 28 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club Speedway races (*9 Champions)
  • 5 Won Auto Club more than once
  • Final lead change with 6 or fewer laps to go last 5 Auto Club races – 3 Settled by last lap pass
  • 11 of last 12 Auto Club races won by drivers that won championships
  • 4 of last 7 Auto Club races settled by last lap pass including 3 of last 5 races
  • Winner led only final lap twice – Kevin Harvick (2011) & Brad Keselowski (2015)
  • Leader with 10 to go failed to win 3 of last 4 Auto Club races
  • 4 Winners from California (11 Wins) – Jimmie Johnson (6), Jeff Gordon (3), Kevin Harvick (1) & Kyle Larson (1)
  • Kyle Larson Stage 1 winner last Auto Club race – Winner
  • Martin Truex Jr. Stage 2 winner last Auto Club race – Finished 4th
  • 5 Drivers from Kentucky competed in first Auto Club Speedway race (1997) – Most of all states
  • 2 Won first career race at Auto Club – Jimmie Johnson 2002 & Kyle Busch 9/05 (Hendrick Motorsports)
  • Jimmie Johnson (2002) & Kyle Busch (9/05) only Rookie of the Year candidates to win Auto Club race
  • Only 2 of 28 Auto Club races won from the pole – Jimmie Johnson 8/08 & Kyle Larson 2017
  • 5 Different pole winners in last 5 Auto Club races
  • 4 Different teams won last 4 Auto Club poles – Gibbs, Stewart-Haas, Childress & Ganassi
  • No Ford pole last 17 Auto Club races
  • Worst starting position of Auto Club winner: 31st – Matt Kenseth 2/06
  • Toyota won Auto Club twice – 2013 & ‘14 Kyle Busch
  • Denny Hamlin passed for final lead change last Auto Club race – Finished 14th
  • Jimmie Johnson: 1 Win last 8 Auto Club races (2016) – 4 Wins previous 6 races
  • All 3 Auto Club wins were first win of season for Kyle Busch
  • First win of season for 4 of last 5 Auto Club Speedway winners
  • 6 Auto Club Overtime finishes – Leader at scheduled distance won 3
  • Last 4 Auto Club races finished in Overtime
  • Leader at scheduled distance failed to win last 3 Auto Club races
  • Only win of season for 2 of last 4 Auto Club winners – Kyle Busch (2014) & Brad Keselowski (2015)
  • Leader of most laps won only 2 of last 8 Auto Club races – Kyle Busch 2013 & Kyle Larson 2017
  • Jimmie Johnson went on to win 5 championships after winning at Auto Club Speedway in same season (2007-’10 & ’16)
  • Jimmie Johnson led most laps 5 of last 13 Auto Club races
  • Jimmie Johnson (10/09 & 2/10) & Kyle Busch (2013 & ’14) only drivers to win consecutive Auto Club races
  • Tony Stewart won first Auto Club race in 19th try (10/10) – Most of all drivers
  • Jeff Gordon (1997) & Jimmie Johnson (2002) are only drivers to win at Auto Club in first try
  • Tony Stewart won only shortened Auto Club race (2012) – 129 of 200 Laps
  • 1 2-Day Auto Club Speedway MENCS race – Started 2/24/08 (88 Laps) & Finished 2/25/08 (162 Laps)
  • Auto Club Speedway hosted races in 8 different months
  • Most leaders: 16 (9/07)
  • Most lead changes: 35 (2014)
  • Most cautions: 12 (2/08)
  • Most caution laps: 51 (9/04)
  • Fastest race: 160.166 mph (2012)
  • Closest margin of victory: .144 (2011) – Kevin Harvick over Jimmie Johnson
  • Margin of victory under half-second 8 Auto Club races

NASCAR XFINITY SERIES AUTO CLUB STATS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Most Auto Club races: 20 Kevin Harvick
  • Most Auto Club wins: 6 Kyle Busch
  • Most Auto Club 2nd-place finishes: 4 Kevin Harvick (2015 Winner)
  • Most Auto Club top 3 finishes: 12 Kyle Busch
  • Most Auto Club top 5 finishes: 12 Kyle Busch & Kevin Harvick
  • Most Auto Club top 10 finishes: 17 Kevin Harvick
  • Most Auto Club laps led: 800 Kyle Busch
  • 16 Different winners in 28 NASCAR Xfinity Series Auto Club Speedway races
  • 5 Won multiple Auto Club races
  • 2 Winners from California – Kyle Larson (2014 & ‘17) & Kevin Harvick (2015)
  • Last 22 Auto Club Xfinity Series winners competed in Auto Club MENCS race on same weekend
  • 4 Drivers swept Auto Club NXS & MENCS races on same weekend –
  • Kasey Kahne (9/06), Matt Kenseth (2/07), Kyle Busch (2013) & Kyle Larson (2017)
  • William Byron best finisher eligible for championship points last Auto Club race – Finished 5th
  • Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota drivers won 9 of last 13 races (9 Straight) – 9 Is record for consecutive wins at one track
  • Joe Gibbs Racing failed to win last 4 Auto Club races – Won previous 9 Auto Club races
  • First Auto Club Speedway NXS victory for 3 of last 4 winners – Kyle Larson won for 2nd time in 2017
  • Kyle Larson won 2 of last 4 Auto Club races
  • 5 Different teams won last 5 Auto Club races
  • Kevin Harvick (2015) won first Auto Club race in 19th try – Most of all drivers
  • Todd Bodine (1997), Mark Martin (2/05) & Scott Riggs (2002) are only drivers to win Auto Club race in first try
  • Worst starting position of Auto Club winner: 28th – Todd Bodine 1997
  • 2 Won first career race at Auto Club Speedway – Hank Parker Jr. (2001) & Kyle Larson (2014)
  • Scott Riggs (2002) & Carl Edwards (9/05) only Rookie of the Year candidates to win Auto Club race
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. (1998) & Kyle Busch (2/09) only drivers to win Auto Club race & championship in same season
  • Leader of most laps won only 3 of last 10 Auto Club races
  • Kyle Busch led most laps 5 Auto Club races – 3 Wins in those races
  • Leader at 10 to go mark failed to win 9 of 28 Auto Club races (32%)
  • Pole won 5 of 28 Auto Club races – All 5 wins in last 12 races
  • Joe Gibbs Racing won 5 of last 6 poles with 5 different drivers
  • 8 of last 13 Auto Club winners started on front row – Last 19 winners started 8th or better
  • Joey Logano leader at scheduled distance both Auto Club Overtime finishes – 1 Win (10/09)
  • Most leaders: 12 (2001)
  • Most lead changes: 23 (2/06)
  • Most cautions: 10 (10/09)
  • Most caution laps: 43 (2/05)
  • Fastest race: 155.957 mph (2001)