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 Seriesstock 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 and the week following the Daytona 500. 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.
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 2011-2013, 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.