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Elliot Sadler will start in the lead position in the TreatMyClot.com 300
Austin Dillon, Kyle Busch top Fontana XFINITY practices
Practice 2 recap " Results Austin Dillon rolled right to the top of the NASCAR XFINITY Series leaderboard in Friday's second session in his No. 2 Chevrolet after putting the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Sprint Cup car atop that series' first practice at Auto Club Speedway . Dillon's top speed in the final session was 176.622 mph, compared with Kyle Busch 's fastest lap of 177.327 mph to pace the opening session. Busch put his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota pretty close to the top of the speed chart again, ranking second at 176.013 mph in the final practice session for the TreatMyClot.com 300 by Janssen (Saturday, 4 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.) Ryan Blaney was third-fastest at 175.863 mph in his No. 22 Team Penske Ford, Ty Dillon 's No. 3 Chevrolet was fourth (175.623 mph) and Kyle Larson ran fifth (175.588 mph) in the No. 42 Chevrolet. Brandon Jones made contact with the wall in his RCR machine about halfway through the afternon XFINITY practice session at Fontana, causing some damage on the right side of the No. 33 car. Practice 1 recap " Results Kyle Busch continued his 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series domination by topping the opening practice at Auto Club Speedway ahead of Saturday's TreatMyClot.com 300 by Janssen (Saturday, 4 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Busch paced the opening 85-minute session with a fast lap of 177.327 mph, which was just over 2.3 mph faster than the second-place lap of teammate Erik Jones (174.982 mph). Kyle Larson (174.910 mph), Elliott Sadler (174.795 mph) and Austin Dillon (174.681 mph) rounded out the top five. Busch, Larson and Dillon will be pulling double duty this weekend, running in Saturday's XFINITY race and Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). For Busch, the top spot on the speed chart picks up right where he left off last weekend at Phoenix. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver has won the last three XFINITY Series races of the season and six of the last 10 held at Auto Club. Points leader Daniel Suarez placed seventh in the session, while defending race winner Kevin Harvick was 11th. Justin Allgaier , fresh off a fourth-place effort at Phoenix International Raceway , made contact with the wall a little over 20 minutes into practice. That damage led the JR Motorsports driver to go to a backup car.
Kyle Busch fined $10,000 after XFINITY race
RELATED: Danica fined $20,000 for actions in Sunday's race Defending Sprint Cup Series champion Kyle Busch has been fined $10,000 by NASCAR for failing to fulfill post-race media obligations following Saturday's TreatMyClot.com 300 XFINITY Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. Busch, the series' leader with 79 career victories, saw a three-race win streak come to an end at ACS when his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota suffered a flat left-front tire on the final lap of the race. He had led five times for 133 laps of the 150-lap event when he took the white flag. After climbing from his car on pit road, Busch returned to his team's hauler in the XFINITY Series garage, speaking with no media on pit road and failing to make an appearance in the media center. According to the NASCAR rulebook, the second- and third-place drivers must report to the media center for post-race interviews upon the conclusion of the race, unless otherwise instructed by NASCAR. NASCAR officials said afterward that no such release from that obligation had been granted to Busch. In addition to the monetary fine, Busch has been placed on probation through April 27, 2016, a period that covers the next four championship points events. With teams conserving fuel in an attempt to make it to the checkered flag on the heels of a long green-flag run, Busch led teammate Daniel Suarez by more than a second as the final lap began. The left-front tire let go before he made it to Turn 1, damaging the front fender and hood and sending debris across the track. Suarez briefly overtook Busch, only to run out of gas as he entered the backstretch. Eventual winner Austin Dillon ( Richard Childress Racing ) caught and passed Busch for the lead as the two raced out of Turn 4 coming to the checkered flag. While Busch has been fined for his actions, Kevin Harvick , who finished second following an overtime ending to the Auto Club 400 Sprint Cup Series event on Sunday was not. Harvick ( Stewart-Haas Racing ) spoke with the media as he made his way away from pit road, but was informed that his presence in the media center was not required. Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer, told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio earlier this week that he was "disappointed" in Busch's comments and actions. "I applaud Kyle's passion because at the end of the day, the guy wants to win and he's not happy when he doesn't, so you always want to see that," O'Donnell said. "Little disappointed ... in terms of the post-race comments and certainly the media obligations." NASCAR also announced that Sprint Cup driver Danica Patrick had been fined $20,000 for walking toward the racing surface after she was involved in a crash with fellow driver Kasey Kahne at ACS. Patrick approached the track to express her displeasure to Kahne following the incident. Competitors are instructed to remain inside their vehicles until safety/emergency personnel arrive and to avoid walking on an active racing surface. Patrick has also been placed on probation for the next four events. In addition to the fines for Busch and Patrick, NASCAR also issued warnings to six Sprint Cup Series teams for inspection issues at Auto Club. Warnings, with season totals in parenthesis, were given to the following teams for failing the Laser Inspection Station twice during pre-qualifying inspection: Richard Childress Racing No. 3 with driver Austin Dillon (1); Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 with driver Matt Kenseth (1); Wood Brothers Racing No. 21 with driver Ryan Blaney (1); and Richard Childress Racing No. 27 with driver Paul Menard (1). The Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19 with driver Carl Edwards (2) failed the LIS twice during pre-race inspection. The No. 20 team also received a warning, its second, for failing template inspection twice during pre-qualifying. The Circle Sport Leavine Family Racing No. 95 with driver Michael McDowell was given a warning for a truck trailing arm that did not meet specifications. The issue was discovered during initial inspection on Friday. Vehicles failing either pre-qualifying or pre-race inspection twice receive a written warning. A third failure results in the loss of 15 minutes of practice as well. Any team receiving four warnings forfeits its opportunity for pit stall selection, either at that event if pit selection hasn't taken place or at the next event if pit stall selection has been completed. Once a team has forfeited its pit selection, its total is reset to zero.
Dillon celebrates after Hollywood ending at Fontana
Austin Dillon celebrates in Victory Lane after snatching a history-making victory from Kyle Busch in the Treatmyclot.com 300 at Auto Club Speedway.
Full schedule for Auto Club
RELATED: NASCAR Fantasy Live The NASCAR Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series will head to Auto Club Speedway while the Camping World Truck Series has it off. Check out the full weekend schedule below. Note: All times are ET SUNDAY, MARCH 20: PRE-RACE SCHEDULE —1:30:00 p.m.: NSCS Driver/Crew Chief Meeting (NXS Garage) —3:00:00 p.m.: NSCS Drivers Introductions —3:30:15 p.m.: God Bless America by: American Idol —3:31:15 p.m.: Intro Presentation of Colors and Invocation by: California Army National Guard Color Guard —3:31:35 p.m.: Invocation by: Jeff Hamilton, Official Chaplain of Auto Club Speedway —3:32:15 p.m.: National Anthem by: Jon Foreman of SwitchFoot —3:33:45 p.m.: Fly-by TOT: 2 F-16’s from the 16th Weapons Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada (Backstretch to Frontstretch) —3:38:45 p.m.: "Command to Start Engines" by: Eric Dane, Currently Starring as U.S. Navy Capt. Tom Chandler on TNT’s hit "THE LAST SHIP" —3:47:00 p.m.: Start of the Auto Club 400 (200 laps, 400 miles) ON TRACK -- 3:30 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 (200 laps, 400 miles), FOX ( Results ) PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch live ) -- 7 p.m. (approx.): Post-NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race DAILY ROUNDUP -- Johnson wins in overtime at Fontana -- Danica upset after contact with Kahne -- Larson goes on a wild ride at Fontana -- See the best photos from Sunday's race FRIDAY, MARCH 18: ON TRACK -- 1:30-2:55 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, FS1 ( Results ) -- 3-4:25 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series practice, FS1 ( Results ) -- 5:30-6:25 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice, FS1 ( Results ) -- 7:45 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FS1 ( Results ) PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch live ) -- 12:30 p.m.: Kevin Harvick -- 1:05 p.m.: Brandon Jones -- 1:15 p.m.: Daniel Suarez -- 3:30 p.m.: Carl Edwards -- 4:30 p.m.: Kyle Larson -- 4:45 p.m.: Austin Dillon -- 9 p.m. (approx.): Post-NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying and Brad Keselowski GARAGECAM ( Watch live ) --1 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series --2:30 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series DAILY ROUNDUP See the at-track photos from Friday's action Dillon leads opening Cup practice at Fontana Busch, A. Dillon top NXS practices at Fontana A. Dillon wins Coors Light Pole Award SATURDAY, MARCH 19: ON TRACK -- 11-11:55 a.m.:: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, FS2 ( Results ) -- 12:15 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FS1 ( Results ) -- 2:30-3:25 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice, FS1 ( Results ) -- 4 p.m.: TreatMyClot.com 300 by Janssen (150 laps, 300 miles), FS1 ( Results ) PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch live ) -- 6:30 p.m. (approx.): Post-NASCAR XFINITY Series Race DAILY ROUNDUP Thrilling final laps lead to A. Dillon's Auto Club victory Biffle, Larson involved in practice wreck Practice wreck sends SHR's Busch to backup car France: New manufacturer in NASCAR a possibility Edwards, Kenseth pace practices at Fontana
NASCAR defends call to let Fontana finish 'play out'
RELATED: Full race results " Series standings FONTANA, Calif. -- Kyle Busch thought NASCAR should have thrown the caution flag. Austin Dillon called it a "great decision." And NASCAR officials said they saw no reason to throw the yellow on the final lap of Saturday's NASCAR XFINITY Series TreatMyClot.com 300 by Janssen at Auto Club Speedway . Busch, winner of three consecutive races in the XFINITY Series entering Saturday, had led 133 of 150 laps when he took the white flag, nursing his fuel and a one-plus second lead over Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Daniel Suarez . But the left-front tire on his No. 18 Toyota let go as Busch took the white flag and headed off into Turn 1, damaging the fender and hood and scattering debris on the track. Busch continued to race on, trying to hold his lead. Suarez eventually ran out of fuel and Dillon ( Richard Childress Racing ) overtook both to capture the victory. "Debris all over the race track and they don't throw a yellow," Busch said on his radio. "I'm just so pleased with you NASCAR. Thanks. Y'all are awesome." RELATED: Busch frustrated by losing on last lap Because Busch had taken the white flag at the start/finish line, if NASCAR had thrown the caution flag, the field would have been frozen at that point. According to the rulebook, under such circumstances each vehicle is required to complete the lap without assistance while maintaining a reasonable speed based on track conditions. Vehicles aren't permitted to pass and must maintain their position; reasonable speed and track conditions are a NASCAR judgment determination. NASCAR officials said they saw no reason to throw the caution at that point, and that Busch was continuing to race; they saw nothing that posed a safety risk to others. It was their decision, an official said, to "let it play out." Danny Stockman Jr., No. 3 team's crew chief, said he and his race engineer had discussed the situation as it unfolded, "but we came to the white (flag) right there. "I guess we wouldn't have won the race, right?" Stockman said. "He (Busch) would have won it if they had thrown the white right then." Dillon said it was "plenty good out there; I didn't see any debris. I didn't see any out there." RELATED: Dillon discusses frantic finish Busch, incredibly, finished second. It was the third time he had entered an XFINITY Series race riding a three-race win streak only to see the streak broken. Darrell Wallace Jr . ( Roush Fenway Racing ), Suarez and Elliott Sadler (JR Motorsports) completed the top five. RELATED: Wallace Jr. fails post-race inspection " Suarez sees victory slip by
XFINITY rookie Brandon Jones to tackle Auto Club
FONTANA, Calif. -- The sprawling and lightning fast Auto Club Speedway can be a little daunting for rookie drivers. Just ask NASCAR XFINITY Series rookie Brandon Jones . "The first time I pulled up here a couple hours ago -- man, this place is really big," Jones said on Friday at the speedway. "It looked a little intimidating when you pulled up at first." But while Jones is contending for Sunoco Rookie of the Year, his performance on-track isn't reminiscent of a beginner. In his four starts this season, Jones, 19, has finished 11th or better in every race in his No. 33 Richard Childress Chevrolet, making his XFINITY debut on all four tracks. For Jones, the new tracks have been opportunities to be a student of the sport, studying as much as he can as a young driver. "The biggest thing is just trying to learn these places I haven't been to yet," Jones said. "We kind of kicked off with a pretty tough schedule going from Daytona to pretty bumpy Atlanta. ... So some of these places that I haven't seen so far, it's been kind of tough to learn right off the trailer. "(But) every time we've unloaded so far, we've been top 10 on the speed charts, so I've been really happy about where we've been firing up at these places." He'll hit the books again this weekend, as he makes his debut at Auto Club Speedway in Saturday's TreatMyClot.com 300 (4 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM Radio). There's uncertainty that comes with the tricky seams and speed characteristic of the California track -- but there's also confidence that comes from having strong teammates. "I know a couple of our RCR teammates -- Brendan Gaughan being one of them -- (have) finished pretty high up," Jones said. "I've been talking to him a little bit at the race track, going back and watching a couple videos to see how they run over the seams. Like you said, that's a pretty big deal, so learn how to take that to your advantage during the race, making your car better over those is going to be a big key. "I'm just going to try to go out there this first practice session and learn the place as best I can, get behind some people that have been here a lot and try and follow them and see if I can pick up a couple things. But I think we'll be just fine -- I think we'll be pretty fast right off the hauler and we'll start going to work on our Nexteer Chevy."
Wallace Jr. fails post-race inspection at Auto Club
RELATED: Full race results " Race recap " Standings post-race FONTANA, Calif. -- A strong top-three finish for Darrell Wallace Jr . in Saturday's TreatMyClot.com 300 by Janssen at Auto Club Speedway was slightly marred, as NASCAR announced the No. 6 Ford failed post-race inspection. According to NASCAR officials, Wallace's Roush Fenway Racing entry failed to meet the minimum ride height requirement. Potential penalties for the team would be addressed early next week at the NASCAR Research & Development Center in Concord, North Carolina. (UPDATE: No penalties were issued to the No. 6 team) The third-place finish for Wallace tied the 22-year-old driver’s career-best finish in the XFINITY Series and was his top result thus far in the 2016 season. MORE: At-track photos
Similarities undeniable in friends, competitors Childress, Hendrick
CONCORD, N.C. -- Richard Childress and Rick Hendrick have more in common than being long-time car owners in NASCAR. Both men have seen their teams win multiple championships. Both have fielded entries for some of NASCAR’s most talented drivers. And both are going into NASCAR’s Hall of Fame as members of the Class of 2017. Their friendship has been built on respect for each other’s accomplishments as well as years of fierce competition. Sometimes, what has taken place on the track has tested the limits of that friendship. But it remains unchanged. "We’ve had some situations where we’ve had to go up to each other and say, 'You know, we’re not driving the cars,' " Hendrick said Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway , site of the Coca-Cola 600 . Specifically, in 1988 when Dale Earnhardt, driving for Childress, and Geoff Bodine, driving for Hendrick, were embroiled in a feud that became so intense it resulted in all four being summoned to NASCAR headquarters in Daytona Beach, Florida, to meet with CEO Bill France. It was a rivalry that had been building for quite some time. It all came to a head here at CMS. "That was back when Dale and Geoff were wrecking each other, right here (at Charlotte), and it was costing us a lot of money," Hendrick said. It was the Coca-Cola 600 race weekend, and during the Saturday race, the Winn-Dixie 300 , contact from Earnhardt sent Bodine spinning and into the wall. Afterward, Bodine made a trip to Earnhardt’s garage stall, drawing an imaginary "X" over the car. "That was his engine builder next to the car. I was just wishing him good luck for today," Bodine said during a pre-race television interview. In Sunday’s 600, contact between the pair sent Bodine’s No. 5 Chevrolet to the garage. This time, NASCAR officials penalized Earnhardt, holding the driver of the black No. 3 Chevrolet on pit road for five laps. The following week, both drivers and the two car owners were summoned to Daytona. The incident was recreated for the movie "Days of Thunder." "They made a movie about it," Hendrick recalled. "We got summoned to Daytona; Bill France brought us in a room … Dale, Geoff Bodine, Richard and myself. "I’m not going to use all the words he used but he said, 'There aren’t two monkeys that are going to mess up our show. … We can sit here and watch videos all day.' … but Richard and I had already agreed that we couldn’t control it; we tried to, but it was costing us a lot of money. "Mr. France said, 'We’re going to go have dinner.' Dale said, 'I’ve got some plans.' Mr. France said, 'There’s the phone, change your plans.' "Richard and I rode together; Dale and Bodine rode together and we never did have any more trouble." Childress, who won six premier series titles with Earnhardt at the helm of his cars, said such incidents weren’t exactly "great," but said it was a fun time in the series. "That wasn’t fun that night," Hendrick said. "That wasn’t any fun at all," replied Childress. "He (France) was serious. He definitely said 'I don’t care if one of you has to run on one side of the track and the other run on the other side, you better not do it again.' He was pretty serious. "But you look back on that … to be part of it and build the friendship we did … it was quite a trip." In addition to Childress and Hendrick, drivers Mark Martin and Benny Parsons, along with former car owner Raymond Parks, will be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in January 2017.
Johnson on Truex Jr.: 'He wasn't going to be denied'
RELATED: Results " Updated standings " Post-Charlotte Chase Grid CONCORD, N.C. -- On a night where Martin Truex Jr . dominated the Coca-Cola 600 and shattered several NASCAR records in one of the Sprint Cup Series' most storied races, the rest of the field was left to tip its cap to a driver that has come oh-so-close to winning already in 2016. MORE: Truex rewrites history Truex led 392 of 400 laps (the most ever at Charlotte Motor Speedway ) and his 588 miles led (of 600) was the most led in NASCAR history. The performance was so stellar that Jimmie Johnson , who finished third, stopped mid-interview on pit road to congratulate and give Truex a high-five. "He was too damn fast not to," Johnson joked afterward. Race runner-up Kevin Harvick spent the latter part of the race trying to get to Truex but couldn't reel him in. "I saw him for about 50 miles or 75 miles," Harvick said. "The rest of the night I never saw him." Johnson led the second-most laps in the field at five and, at times, seemed to be close to making a move to get the lead. But the six-time Sprint Cup Series champion couldn't quite get there. "I thought I had him clear twice and somehow he just drove by on the straightaway," Johnson said. "His car was just really strong and there were many times where I thought I'd get close and then he'd pick the pace up a couple tenths. I think he had plenty of speed on the side and could really control the race." Johnson knows a little something about being dominant. In 2004, he led 334 laps en route to winning the Coca-Cola 600 . He has also led 300 laps two other times, both coming at Martinsville in 2008 and 2013. The fact that Truex and his No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota have been so close to Victory Lane this season -- he led 141 laps at Texas and 172 laps at Kansas before late-race trouble found the 78 team in both instances -- was not lost on Johnson. RELATED: Truex: When he's led 100 laps or more "They've had a few runs where they've just been the class of the field and things have just kept them from Victory Lane," Johnson said. "Tonight, he wasn't going to be denied. There was no way around that." Joey Logano started the race alongside Truex on the front row and spent some time chasing Truex from the front, as well. The Sprint All-Star Race winner summed up his pursuit succinctly. "We didn't have anything for the 78," Logano said. "Martin Truex was on fire tonight and really all weekend. They had it figured out." Like Johnson, Logano said he could stay close for a little bit, but was no match for the 78 on the long runs. "There were times that we were racing him up front for the lead on restarts," Logano said. "We'd run with him for a while and then eventually on the long run he just took off. We had nothing for him, but at times I thought we were definitely a second-place car -- but unfortunately it's a distant second." The win was a popular one in the garage with Johnson saying how well-liked Truex is by his fellow competitors. That sentiment was echoed by fifth-place finisher Brad Keselowski . "You see a guy like Martin win and you can't help but feel good about it," Keselowski said. "He's a good person and he deserves all the success he gets." MORE: Relive the day in photos