Auto Club 400
|Venue||Auto Club Speedway|
|Sponsor||Automobile Club of Southern California|
|Distance||400 miles (643.737 km)|
|Previous names||California 500 Presented by NAPA (1997–1999)
NAPA Auto Parts 500 (2000–2002)
Auto Club 500 (2003–2010)
The Auto Club 400 is a 400 miles (643.737 km) long NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race held at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. Prior to 2005, the race was held in late April or early May, and until 2010, the race was run at a length of 500 miles. When the NASCAR Realignment of 2005 was made, the race was moved to February. The February date stayed until the 2011 season when the date changed to March. After being pleased with the results of the reduction of the track's former fall race date, the Pepsi Max 400, from 500 to 400 miles Auto Club Speedway decided to do the same thing to its spring race.
|Year||Date||Driver||Team||Manufacturer||Race Distance||Race Time||Average Speed
|1997||June 22||Jeff Gordon||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||250||500 (804.672)||3:13:32||155.012||Report|
|1998||May 3||Mark Martin||Roush Racing||Ford||250||500 (804.672)||3:33:57||140.22||Report|
|1999||May 2||Jeff Gordon||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||250||500 (804.672)||3:19:38||150.276||Report|
|2000||April 30||Jeremy Mayfield||Penske Racing||Ford||250||500 (804.672)||3:20:50||149.378||Report|
|2001||April 29||Rusty Wallace||Penske Racing||Ford||250||500 (804.672)||3:29:37||143.118||Report|
|2002||April 28||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||250||500 (804.672)||3:19:53||150.088||Report|
|2003||April 27||Kurt Busch||Roush Racing||Ford||250||500 (804.672)||3:34:07||140.111||Report|
|2004||May 2||Jeff Gordon||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||250||500 (804.672)||3:38:33||137.268||Report|
|2005||February 27||Greg Biffle||Roush Racing||Ford||250||500 (804.672)||3:34:45||139.697||Report|
|2006||February 26||Matt Kenseth||Roush Racing||Ford||251*||502 (807.89)||3:23:43||147.852||Report|
|2007||February 25||Matt Kenseth||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||250||500 (804.672)||3:36:41||138.451||Report|
|2008||Feb 24/25*||Carl Edwards||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||250||500 (804.672)||3:46:04||132.704||Report|
|2009||February 22||Matt Kenseth||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||250||500 (804.672)||3:40:51||135.839||Report|
|2010||February 21||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||250||500 (804.672)||3:31:24||141.911||Report|
|2011*||March 27||Kevin Harvick||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||200||400 (643.737)||2:39:06||150.849||Report|
|2012||March 25||Tony Stewart||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||129*||258 (415.21)||1:36:39||160.166||Report|
|2013||March 24||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||200||400 (643.737)||2:57:19||135.351||Report|
- 2006: Race extended due to a Green-white-checker finish.
- 2008: Race started on Sunday but was finished on Monday due to rain.
- 2011: Race distance changed from 500 to 400 miles. Kevin Harvick passes Jimmie Johnson on the last lap to win, the first last lap pass in ACS history.
- 2012: Race shortened due to rain.
Multiple winners (drivers)
|# Wins||Driver||Years Won|
|3||Jeff Gordon||1997, 1999, 2004|
|Matt Kenseth||2006, 2007, 2009|
|2||Jimmie Johnson||2002, 2010|
Multiple winners (teams)
|# Wins||Team||Years Won|
|7||Roush Fenway Racing||1998, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009|
|5||Hendrick Motorsports||1997, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2010|
|2||Penske Racing||2000, 2001|
|# Wins||Manufacturer||Years Won|
|9||Ford||1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009|
|7||Chevrolet||1997, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2010, 2011, 2012|
- 1997: After nearly a decade, NASCAR came back to Southern California on June 22 with the inaugural California 500. The race featured 21 lead changes among a dozen different drivers. Jeff Gordon passed Mark Martin with 11 laps remaining and sped to victory. Terry Labonte took second, giving Hendrick Motorsports another 1-2 finish.
- 2008: The race started on Sunday, completing only 87 laps with 7 yellow flags and 2 red flags. NASCAR postponed the remainder of the event to Monday due to a lengthy red flag for rain. The rain delay on Sunday also delayed the Stater Brothers 300 (Now Royal Purple 300) to Monday. Carl Edwards would go on to win the event, while he finished 5th in the Nationwide Series race.
- 2013: Kyle Busch won after Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin crashed fighting hard for the lead on the last lap. Busch also took the weekend sweep by winning the Nationwide race the day before. It is the first Fontana victory in the Sprint Cup Series both for Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota. From 2011-201,3 Busch finished in a reverse order: 3rd (2011), 2nd (2012) and 1st (2013). The last lap crash between Logano and Hamlin sent Hamlin into the inside wall (without a SAFER Barrier) head-on. As a result he suffered a compression fracture of his L1 vertebra in his back, which forced him to miss four races.
|2013||Fox||Mike Joy||Darrell Waltrip
- NASCAR announces schedule realignment for 2005 Cup season
- Pockrass, Bob (11 Janurayr 2011). "Auto Club Speedway race changed from 500 miles to 400 miles". Scene Daily. Retrieved 11 January 2011.
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