Welcome NASCAR races fans to my NASCAR blog. This week NASCAR heads for southern California and the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Ca. for the Auto Club 400 and the Royal Purple 300. As the song goes, “It never rains in Southern California…it pours, man it pours.” And that’s just what it did last night. It poured. The track was dried off in the morning, but officials spent many hours fixing the “weepers” on the track. Water gets into the seams and can’t find a way out. They had to cut the track before they could finish drying the track before practice, with Denny Hamlin watching. That put the whole schedule about three hours behind what was scheduled.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series took to the track for practice and Kyle Busch crashed into the wall and into the grass before he made any time on the track. The front end was smashed and he had to get into the backup car. Practice was shortened and he was only able to make a single lap.00 David Reutimann was the fastest in practice and will qualify last of those in the top thirty-five in owner points.
NASCAR Nationwide Series had their practice next for the Royal Purple 300 race on Saturday. Reed Sorenson will drive the 30 car while Mark Martin drives his 32 car this week. The last time Mark drove that car, he won the race. He was fastest in practice.
Coors Light Pole Qualifying was next. There are 43 drivers for the 43 spots, so all entered will race on Sunday. What I don’t understand is why the need for the top 35 to qualify before those not in the top 35 when all will make the race. Couldn’t all forty-three drivers come out at the same time in order of slowest to fastest? Maybe someone should look into that. Slowest is slowest and fastest is fastest when all of them will be racing.
18 Kyle Busch was excused from his sixth starting spot because he was in a backup car. (What’s with that?) 78 Regan Smith put down a great lap and sat on the provisional pole for a long time. 20 Joey Logano was able to knock him off, though. But 42 Juan Pablo Montoya was faster. 11 Denny Hamlin, second fastest in practice, ended just that – second fastest. 46 J. J. Yeley was not able to start the car and moved it aside while they looked under the hood. But because he presented the car for qualifying, he will start the race last if they can get it going by Sunday.
42 Juan Pablo Montoya sits on the pole for the Auto Club 400 with a speed of 184.65 mph and 38.99 seconds. He was the only driver to break into 38 seconds. This was his sixth career pole. 11 Denny Hamlin will start with him on the front row.
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