NASCAR Racing At Auto Club Speedway

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Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. Qualifying for the Royal Purple 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Auto Club Speedway took place on Saturday. 43 drivers are entered, so all 43 will race. (Why there were two sessions – one for the top 30 in owner points and another for those not in the top 30 – I fail to understand.)

70 Dennis Setzer and 97 Joe Nemechek did not post a time. 11 Brian Scott sat on the provisional pole for awhile until 31 Justin Allgaier knocked him off. 7 Josh Wise took over the top spot when he came out. 22 Brad Keselowski then took over, followed by 88 Aric Almirola. 60 Carl Edwards was fastest in practice and came out last to capture the pole with a speed of 174.838 mph and 41.18 seconds. This was his 23rd career pole and second this Season.

33 Kevin Harvick and 20 Joey Logano were the final drivers on the track, being the fastest of those not in the top 30. 33 will start from the second position, while 20 starts fifth. Six Sprint Cup drivers entered the race. All six will start from the top ten positions. 88, 7, 16 and 31 are the Nationwide drivers starting in the top ten. (I think it would be a great Nationwide race if all the Sprint Cup drivers had to start Nationwide races from the rear. We could watch them race through the field.)

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will have two practice sessions on Saturday for the Auto Club 400 on Sunday. The Royal Purple 300 will follow the practice sessions. I’ll let you know what happened.

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. I love NASCAR.

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