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2014 California (Fontana): NASCAR Sprint Cup Starting Line-up & Race Preview
Posted by: ASkyler on Mar 23, 2014 - 06:45 AM
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2014 California (Fontana): NASCAR Sprint Cup Starting Line-up & Race Preview


By Mike Sulka

The NASCAR Sprint Cup series has arrived at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California for round five of the 2014 season.

Auto Club (California) Speedway was built on the grounds of Kaiser Steel mill and opened in 1997. In all, the NASCAR Sprint Cup series has raced at the 2.0-mile D-shaped oval 22 times. The banking in the turns is less than half that of Daytona with 14 degrees in the turns. The front stretch is 11 degrees of banking with a mere three degree slant on the back stretch. To win at California, a driver will have to use the brake and the throttle.

Over the last five visits to the track, four drivers have dominated: 6-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Tony Stewart. Overall, Johnson, Busch, and Harvick have one win and three top-five's apiece while Tony Stewart has two top-five's and both were wins.

So who will claim victory today ?

This is one of the toughest picks we've had in a while, but we are going to go with Jimmie Johnson to take his first win of the year, although he hasn't won here since 2010.

However, keep your eye on Stewart who is feast or famine at California.

As for other contenders, the aforementioned Kevin Harvick is a solid choice, and Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth have had their share of solid finishes at California.

So enjoy today's NASCAR Sprint Cup race!

 

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Starting Line Up by Row
Auto Club Speedway
18th Annual Auto Club 400
Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Fri, March 21, 2014 @ 09:00 PM Eastern
Track Race Record: Tony Stewart 03/25/12 01:36:39 160.166
Row Pos Car Driver Team Time Speed
1 1 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General Toyota 38.438 187.315
2 2 Brad Keselowski Wurth Ford 38.481 187.105
2 3 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Spring is Calling Chevrolet 38.516 186.935
4 4 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John's Chevrolet 38.523 186.901
3 5 15 Clint Bowyer PEAK Toyota 38.614 186.461
6 24 Jeff Gordon Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet 38.630 186.384
4 7 22 Joey Logano AAA Southern California Ford 38.653 186.273
8 9 Marcos Ambrose DeWalt Ford 38.707 186.013
5 9 99 Carl Edwards Subway Ford 38.735 185.878
10 14 Tony Stewart Rush Truck Centers/Mobil 1 Chevrolet 38.753 185.792
6 11 42 Kyle Larson # Target Chevrolet 38.757 185.773
12 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Chevrolet 38.767 185.725
7 13 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Express Toyota 38.851 185.323
14 18 Kyle Busch Interstate Batteries Toyota 38.853 185.314
8 15 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard Chevrolet 38.858 185.290
16 31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar Chevrolet 38.875 185.209
9 17 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation Chevrolet 38.884 185.166
18 47 AJ Allmendinger Charter Chevrolet 38.979 184.715
10 19 55 Brian Vickers TreatMyClot.com/Aaron's Toyota 39.020 184.521
20 3 Austin Dillon # Cheerios Chevrolet 39.139 183.960
11 21 43 Aric Almirola Farmland Ford 39.140 183.955
22 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford EcoBoost Ford 39.160 183.861
12 23 7 Michael Annett # Pilot/Flying J Chevrolet 39.239 183.491
24 16 Greg Biffle 3M Aerospace Ford 38.899 185.095
13 25 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald's Chevrolet 39.019 184.525
26 5 Kasey Kahne Time Warner Cable Chevrolet 39.062 184.322
14 27 10 Danica Patrick GoDaddy/Get Found Chevrolet 39.067 184.299
28 51 Justin Allgaier # Brandt Professional Agriculture Chevrolet 39.134 183.983
15 29 38 David Gilliland Love's Travel Stops Ford 39.147 183.922
30 27 Matt Crafton(i) Duracell/Menards Chevrolet 39.207 183.641
16 31 13 Casey Mears GEICO Chevrolet 39.220 183.580
32 30 Parker Kligerman # Swan Energy Toyota 39.362 182.918
17 33 35 David Reutimann MDS Transport Ford 39.513 182.219
34 26 Cole Whitt # Swan Energy Toyota 39.664 181.525
18 35 32 Travis Kvapil SK Hand Tools Ford 39.668 181.507
36 36 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 39.699 181.365
19 37 33 Brian Scott(i) Whitetail Chevrolet Owner Points
38 98 Josh Wise Trench Shoring Company Chevrolet Owner Points
20 39 83 Ryan Truex # Borla Exhaust Toyota Owner Points
40 23 Alex Bowman # Dr.Pepper Toyota Owner Points
21 41 34 David Ragan Taco Bell Ford Owner Points
42 66 Joe Nemechek(i) Land Castle Title Toyota Owner Points
22 43 40 Landon Cassill(i) CRC Brakleen/FiberLock Chevrolet Owner Points
Did Not Qualify: None.
Manufacturer Starting Lineup DNQs Manufacturer Starting Lineup DNQs
Chevrolet 22 0 Toyota 10 0






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