Sun, March 18 (not confirmed), 2018
Auto Club Speedway
Distance: 400 miles (643.737 km)
First race: 1997
The Auto Club 500 is a 500 miles (804.7 km) long NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race held at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. The second race of the Sprint Cup season and is one of two races held at the Auto Club Speedway, the other being the Pepsi 500.
Prior to 2005, the race was held in late April or early May. When the NASCAR Realignment of that year was made, the race was moved to February. Squeezing right in between the Daytona 500 and the Shelby 427 on the NASCAR schedule, this race has seen some of the biggest names in NASCAR cruise to the finish line. Matt Kenseth took it in 2006 and 2007, Greg Biffle in 2005, and Jeff Gordon in 2004.
This race is for all of the 500 miles and consists of about 250 laps. Besides having to contend with other drivers trying their best to take the lead, each and every driver must literally have nerves of steel to compete efficiently in this race.
The Auto Club Speedway has a length of about 2 miles and with a D shaped oval and sharp turns at 14 degrees, one can see why many a driver would have some problems navigating the turns at the bottom half.
This race first began in 1997 and ever since then, there have been a few fatalities on this track as a result of which certain modifications have taken place here. The end result is a track that is so easy to drive fast in but one that certainly starts telling on the driver after a matter of a few laps.
This track also has an infield road course which has been used for the other races as well. The track has a front stretch of about 3100 feet and a back stretch of about 2500 feet, wrapping the front end at 11 degrees and the back end at 3 degrees.
2017 Auto Club 400 Winner: Kyle Larson
2016 Auto Club 400 Winner: Jimmie Johnson
2015 Auto Club 400 Winner: Brad Keselowski
2014 Auto Club 400 Winner
Kyle Busch wins 2014 Auto Club 400 in a green-white-checkered-flag finish that took the fifth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event of the year six laps past its scheduled distance.
2013 Auto Club 400 Winner
Kyle Busch wins 2013 Auto Club 400 in wild finish. Logano and Hamlin raced side by side for the lead on the last two laps. They made contact on the white-flag lap as Busch slipped by on the outside to take the lead and then win this race.
2012 Auto Club 400 Winner
Tony Stewart wins Rain-Shortened 2012 Auto Club 400. Stewart led twice for 42 laps. Kyle Busch got second place, and Dale Earnhardt Jr got third.
2011 Auto Club 400 Winner
Kevin Harvick won the 2011 Auto Club 400 to notch his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory of the nascar season. It might have taken him until the final turn to make it happen, but Harvick was able to pass Jimmie Johnson at the very end to take home.