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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
NNS Pit stall assignments for Fontana
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Toyota pipeline flows freely with youth, talent
RELATED: First look at new Toyota race car The expeditious elevation of Daniel Suarez into the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series last week reinforced the importance of a feeder system for teams hoping to groom young, talented drivers for future endeavors at the top level. "Look around. What would we have done?" Joe Gibbs, founder and owner of Joe Gibbs Racing , said Jan. 10 following two whirlwind announcements at the organization's headquarters in Huntersville, North Carolina. Suarez, the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series champion and the first Mexican-born driver to win a national series title in NASCAR, was scheduled to return to the XFINITY Series this year to defend his title. But the surprising departure of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Carl Edwards created an unexpected opening within the JGR camp and the organization's No. 19 entry. RELATED: Edwards steps away, Suarez to replace " Full timeline Fortunately for JGR, the 24-year-old Suarez was waiting in the wings. Instead of competing full-time in the XFINITY Series, Suarez will now take over the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series entry vacated by Edwards for 2017. He will also compete in a select number of NXS races. "I think the hard work, working on developing young guys is a big part of this," Gibbs said of organization's XFINITY Series effort. "Thank goodness (Suarez) was there and we had done that." Suarez is one of several drivers in a Toyota pipeline that has become filled with young talent. The automaker, which made its NASCAR debut in 2004 in the Camping World Truck Series, continually seeks to identify gifted drivers from a variety of racing's lower levels, then assist them and their teams as they move through the ranks. Erik Jones will compete full-time in 2017 for Furniture Row Racing as a teammate to Martin Truex Jr . in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series after racing for JGR's XFINITY Series program a year ago. RELATED: FRR adds Jones to its growing team Christopher Bell will once again drive for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the Camping World Truck Series after finishing third in points last year. Although he was sidelined for part of the '16 season following surgery for a brain tumor, Matt Tifft , 20, made 10 XFINITY Series starts for JGR last year as well as 10 NCWTS starts for Red Horse Racing. Ben Rhodes (19) and Cameron Hayley (20) competed last season for ThorSport Racing in the Camping World Truck Series. "Our farm system is going to continue to be something that we invest in," David Wilson, President & General Manager, Toyota Racing Development, USA, told NASCAR.com. "It's validation and it just furthers our resolve that in spite of the inherent risk … the return on that investment is still going to be good and it's going to validate our commitment." Wilson was scheduled to attend this past weekend's Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals. The prestigious event, which concluded Saturday night, was won by Bell. MORE: Bell triumphs at Chili Bowl "I want to show them how important it is for them to be representing our brand," Wilson said. With more than two dozen of the 300 -plus participants at the Chili Bowl affiliated with Toyota, Wilson said there is "no doubt" that someone from the group "is going to be in an announcement like this that happened (at JGR) five years from now." Having an abundance of talent is a good problem, but it is still a problem, in part because of the limited number of seats/rides available in the various series, according to Ed Laukes, Vice President of Integrated Marketing Operations for Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), USA. "We are always concerned about being overloaded with the young guys as they're coming through the ranks," he said, "because we don't want to have that talent get developed around TRD (Toyota Racing Development) and our guys, and then they end up with another company, with another manufacturer, with another race team." Toyota officials are eager to help identify and work with drivers and teams as they grow, according to Laukes. But ultimately, it's up to owners to continue to invest in their own programs or, as Furniture Row Racing did last year, make the switch to Toyota to further enhance their efforts. Furniture Row made the switch from Chevrolet to Toyota for 2016. The Denver, Colorado-based organization has since added the second team, opening up an opportunity for Jones to move up to the premier series. "That's always going to be the secret sauce in the whole thing," Laukes said. "Because we can't do it as a manufacturer. We're not a team owner, we never have been and we have no plan of being a team owner. … "But it always is a concern. We do a lot of stuff in Late Model, a lot of stuff in Midgets. We’ve been around a lot of those series for a long time." JGR develops and draws talent from more than just the organization's XFINITY Series program. Kyle Busch Motorsports plays a key role in the process as well. Gibbs said Busch, the 2015 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion and driver of the team's No. 18 Toyota, "has been very good at analyzing and discovering young talent. "He still races in Late Models and all that kind of stuff," Gibbs said. "I talk to him a lot and say, 'Hey, who do you see?' Or ask him an opinion. I've asked him for his opinion on Daniel, on Erik. And he’s normally pretty much spot-on. He's really good, I think, at evaluating drivers." While Busch has been criticized by some for competing in, and often dominating, races in other series, running those events has allowed him to evaluate his KBM equipment as well as the younger drivers. "For us, when we put somebody in his trucks, we pretty much know they're going to be in the best stuff," Gibbs said. "Now, it's up to them. And if they can't get it done with Kyle, then odds are there's something wrong. … "Hopefully that's the way it is with our XFINITY program. We know (we have) the best crew chiefs, best motor, best car. If they can't get to the front with that, then odds are … that's what you're evaluating. We're all looking for that special driver." &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;