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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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XFINITY contenders to apply Round of 12 lessons at Kansas
RELATED: Chase Grid KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The first round of the first Chase for NASCAR's XFINITY Series trimmed the field of championship hopefuls from 12 to eight. The three-race subset also served as a learning tool for those who advanced to the second round, which begins Saturday with the Kansas Lottery 300 (3 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) here at Kansas Speedway . "I learned that in the first race of the first round the intensity level was very high," Daniel Suarez ( Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19 Toyota) said Friday. "It was definitely more high than what I was expecting." Elliott Sadler (JR Motorsports No. 1 Chevrolet) won the Chase opener held at Kentucky Speedway . Suarez was a close second, won the following week at Dover and finished third last weekend at Charlotte, unofficially taking the mantle of Chase favorite with four races remaining. "I thought everyone was going to go out there to try to be consistent and to try to make it for the next round and that wasn't the case," Suarez said. "Everyone was going for the win and everything got a little crazy in the first race in Kentucky. "But, honestly I'm very proud of everyone …. We had three races with three top-three finishes which I think is something really good for the first round. We have to do exactly the same thing for the second round and after that try to put ourselves in a good position for Homestead and pull everything we have for that last race and the most important race of the year." Sprint Cup Series regular Joey Logano won the Charlotte event, the only race not won by an XFINITY Series regular in the Round of 12. Suarez, 24, said he expects the level of intensity seen in that opening race to return here this weekend as drivers and teams try to knock out an early win and qualify for the Round of 8. "For some reason everyone – I thought everyone was going to be more relaxed in the first race but for some reason everyone was very, like I said, the intensity level was very high," he said. "And, then for the second race it was lower and everyone was more relaxed because everyone was a little bit too crazy in the first one. I wouldn't be surprised if it was the same in this second round. "I don't think that I was myself, I don't think I got super crazy in Kentucky and we ended up with a pretty good result. Actually I felt like we should've won that race, we just came up one lap short. "I felt like everything that we learned the whole year we are trying to put that in the most important part of the year in the Chase in the first round and second round in order to get to the last race at Homestead and so far it's been working out. So, hopefully we can keep it up and move forward." Justin Allgaier (JRM), Erik Jones (JGR), Brendan Gaughan ( Richard Childress Racing ), Ryan Reed ( Roush Fenway Racing ), Darrell Wallace Jr . (RFR) and Blake Koch (Kaulig Racing) complete the Round of 8 for the XFINITY Series Chase. Suarez, Sadler and Jones are the only drivers in the postseason with victories this season. Gaughan, who has 15 top 10s, including a season-best runner-up at Road America , said the first round taught his team that "organizationally, to make sure we are prepared. "Make sure … we have everything kind of set and ready. "Another thing Shane (Wilson, crew chief) and I learned was (we) still are clowns that do it our way. It works for us. We don't scream and yell. … He doesn't get down on me when I hit a wall twice at Kentucky. And I don't bark at him when I think he makes the wrong call on pit road or we unload and it doesn't handle quite the way I want. "We're going to do it the way we think it needs to be done, stay patient and stay on each other’s team. A lot of pressure comes on these guys … and a lot of people succumb to that pressure." NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers have won the last three XFINITY Series races at Kansas.