NASCAR continues their West Coast Swing by heading to Southern California at Auto Club Speedway. This will be the final weekend where the starting lineups would be decided by 2019 owner points if rain interferes with qualifying. In this preview you will find the entry lists for both the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series as well as some notes for what to watch for this weekend.
The Xfinity Series kicks off the weekend with Saturday’s Production Alliance Group 300. No driver entered in the race has won at Auto Club Speedway before. Previous winners include; Todd Bodine, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth, Hank Parker Jr., Scott Riggs, Greg Biffle, Mark Martin, Carl Edwards, Kasey Kahne, Jeff Burton, Tony Stewart, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Kyle Larson, Kevin Harvick, Austin Dillon, and most recently Cole Custer.
No Cup Series drivers are entered in the race, but there are two Truck Series drivers. Brett Moffitt continues to drive the #02 for new team Our Motorsports while Austin Hill is in the #61 for his Truck Series team Hattori Racing Enterprises.
Chase Briscoe won last week at Las Vegas and he is now the sole driver for Stewart-Haas Racing, which won at Auto Club in 2019 with Custer.
Myatt Snider ran the first 2 races with Richard Childress Racing, starting 1st both times. This week he’ll be in the #93 for RSS Racing as Anthony Alfredo makes his Xfinity Series debut in the #21.
The Production Alliance Group 300 will be on Saturday, February 29 at 4:00p ET on FS1.
|0||BJ McLeod||JD Motorsports||Chevrolet||KSDT CPA|
|1||Michael Annett||JR Motrsports||Chevrolet||AHA/Pilot Flying J|
|02||Brett Moffitt (i)||Our Motorsports||Chevrolet||Robert B Our|
|4||Jesse Little #||JD Motorsports||Chevrolet||Series Seating|
|5||Matt Mills||BJ McLeod Motorsports||Chevrolet||JF Electric|
|6||David Starr||JD Motorsports||Chevrolet||Bob Menery's Ripper Magoo's|
|7||Justin Allgaier||JR Motorsports||Chevrolet||BRANDT|
|07||Ray Black II||SS Green Light Racing||Chevrolet||CDA Tech|
|8||Daniel Hemric||JR Motorsports||Chevrolet||Poppy Bank|
|08||Joe Graf Jr. #||SS Green Light Racing||Chevrolet||CORE Development Group|
|9||Noah Gragson||JR Motorsports||Chevrolet||Nationwide Children's|
|10||Ross Chastain||Kaulig Racing||Chevrolet||Nutrien Ag Solutions|
|11||Justin Haley||Kaulig Racing||Chevrolet||Leaf Filter Gutter Protection|
|13||Chad Finchum||MBM Motorsports||Toyota||MANSCAPED|
|15||Robby Lyons II||JD Motorsports||Chevrolet||Sunwest Construction|
|18||Riley Herbst #||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||Monster|
|19||Brandon Jones||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||Toyota Service Centers|
|20||Harrison Burton #||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||Dex Imaging|
|21||Anthony Alfredo||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||Anderson's Pure Maple Syrup|
|22||Austin Cindric||Team Penske||Ford||Odyssey Battery|
|39||Ryan Sieg||RSS Racing||Chevrolet||CMR Roofing|
|44||Tommy Joe Martins||Martins Motorsports||Chevrolet||AAN Adjusters|
|47||Bayley Currey||Mike Harmon Racing||Chevrolet||The Journey Home Project|
|51||Jeremy Clements||Jeremy Clements Racing||Chevrolet||Repairables.com|
|52||JJ Yeley||Means Motorsports||Chevroelt||Circle Track Warehouse|
|61||Austin Hill (i)||Hattori Racing Enterprises||Toyota||AISIN Group|
|66||Stephen Leicht||MBM Motorsports||Toyota||MBM Motorsports|
|68||Brandon Brown||Brandonbilt Motorsports||Chevrolet||Vero|
|74||Kyle Weatherman||Mike Harmon Racing||Chevrolet||Findlay Cadillac|
|78||Vinnie Miller||BJ McLeod Motorsports||Chevrolet||Koolbox|
|89||Landon Cassill||Shepherd Racing Ventures||Chevrolet||Visone RV|
|90||Alex Labbe||DGM Racing||Chevrolet||Larue Snowblowers|
|92||Josh Williams||DGM Racing||Chevrolet||Silverton Hotel & Casino|
|93||Myatt Snider||RSS Racing||Chevrolet||Superior Essex|
|98||Chase Briscoe||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||Production Alliance Group|
|99||Josh Bilicki||BJ McLeod Motorsports||Toyota|
For the last time in his career, Jimmie Johnson will race at his home track Auto Club Speedway. Johnson has won at the track a record 6 times, including his first of 83 career wins. That win came during his rookie season in 2002, but has not won at the speedway since 2016. In fact, Johnson hasn’t won at all since 2017.
Ross Chastain is still entered to run the #6 in a substitution role for Ryan Newman, who continues to recover from a head injury sustained in a crash at Daytona. Newman was seen at the Roush Fenway Racing shop during the week, suggesting his recovery is going well, though a timetable for his return is still unknown.
As NASCAR is in the Los Angeles area, Ryan Blaney and William Byron will both be sporting Kobe Bryant-style paint schemes honoring the nine victims of the helicopter crash in January, including Bryant and his daughter Gianna. Bryant was an investor in the sports drink company BodyArmor which is sponsoring Blaney this weekend. Byron drives the #24 which was one of two numbers made famous throughout Bryant’s NBA career. The other number, 8, is driven by Tyler Reddick and will cary a special sticker for Bryant. Daniel Suarez is also joining in on the tributes by wearing special gloves.
Past winners in the field: Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson, and Martin Truex Jr.
The defending winner of the Auto Club 400 is Kyle Busch.
The Auto Club 400 will be on Sunday, March 1 at 3:30p ET on FOX.
|00||Quin Houff #||StarCom Racing||Chevrolet||Victory Weekend|
|1||Kurt Busch||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||Monster Energy|
|2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford||Discount Tire/Americas Tire|
|3||Austin Dillon||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||Dow Coatings|
|4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||Mobil 1|
|6||Ross Chastain (i)||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||Castrol|
|8||Tyler Reddick #||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||I am Second|
|9||Chase Elliott||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||NAPA Auto Parts|
|10||Aric Almirola||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||Smithfield|
|11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||FedEx Office|
|12||Ryan Blaney||Team Penske||Ford||BodyArmor|
|13||Ty Dillon||Germain Racing||Chevrolet||GEICO|
|14||Clint Bowyer||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||Rush/Haas CNC|
|15||Brennan Poole #||Premium Motorsports||Chevrolet||CHOC Kids|
|17||Chris Buescher||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||Fastenal|
|18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||Interstate Batteries|
|19||Martin Truex Jr.||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||Bass Pro Shops|
|20||Erik Jones||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||Reser's Fine Foods|
|21||Matt DiBenedetto||Wood Brothers Racing||Ford||Menards/Quaker State|
|22||Joey Logano||Team Penske||Ford||AAA Southern California|
|24||William Byron||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||Axalta 24 Tribute|
|32||Corey LaJoie||GO FAS Racing||Ford||Pala Casino|
|34||Michael McDowell||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||Love's Travel Stops|
|37||Ryan Preece||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet||Cottonelle|
|38||John Hunter Nemechek #||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||Fire Alarm Services|
|41||Cole Custer #||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||Production Alliance Group/Haas|
|42||Kyle Larson||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||McDonald's|
|43||Bubba Wallace||Richard Petty Motorsports||Chevrolet||Victory Junction|
|47||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet||Kroger|
|48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||Ally|
|51||Garrett Smithley||Petty Ware Racing||Chevrolet|
|52||JJ Yeley (i)||Rick Ware Racing||Ford||JACOB Companies|
|53||Joey Gase (i)||Rick Ware Racing||Ford||One Legacy|
|*66||Timmy Hill (i)||MBM Motorsports||Toyota||MANSCAPED/LASVEGAS.NET|
|77||Reed Sorenson||Spire Motorsports||Chevrolet||Spire Motorsports|
|88||Alex Bowman||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||Cincinnati|
|95||Christopher Bell #||Leavine Family Racing||Toyota||Rheem|
|*96||Daniel Suarez||Gaunt Brothers Racing||Toyota||Toyota Certified Used Vehicles|