Racingone Rewind: California

    A look back at Carl Edwards' eighth career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win in Monday's rain-delayed Auto Club 500 at the Auto Club Speedway, including news, notes and observations from the RacingOne staff.

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    Inside Line
    Carl Edwards passed Jimmie Johnson with 13 laps to go to win the rain-delayed Auto Club 500 at Auto Club Speedway.

    Key to Victory Lane
    Johnson took the lead coming off pit road during a late caution but Edwards was able to run him down and score the fourth straight Auto Club 500 victory for Roush Fenway Racing.

    Zero to Hero
    Brian Vickers was able to wheel his Toyota to an 11th-place finish from a 39th-starting position to post his third-straight finish of 11th or higher at the Auto Club Speedway.

    Hero to Zero
    Any of the four drivers that crashed during Sunday's laps run - Dale Earnhardt Jr., Casey Mears, Denny Hamlin and Sam Hornish Jr. - could fit this bill as they all started within the top 15. Most possibly those who suffered the worst were the two Hendrick teammates of Mears and Earnhardt Jr. as they watched teammates Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon finish second and third.

    Rookie of the Race
    Not a good weekend for the freshman class with Regan Smith's 31st-place finish the best of the bunch in Fontana.

    Brian Vickers started 39th and drove the Red Bull Toyota home 11th. Kurt Busch started near the rear of the field for the second straight week and came from 36th to end up 13th. And Mark Martin's 700th career Sprint Cup start ended in a 16th-place finish.

    Auto Club 500 Loop Data Leaders
  • Average Running Position: Jimmie Johnson - 2.4
  • Fastest Early In a Run: Jimmie Johnson - 177.095 mph
  • Fastest Late In a Run: Carl Edwards - 171.679 mph
  • Fastest Laps Run: Carl Edwards - 72
  • Fastest on Restarts: Jeff Gordon - 176.568 mph
  • Most Passes During Green Flag Conditions: Robby Gordon - 52

    Pit Stops
  • Edwards captured his eighth career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win in his 123rd start. Detailed Active Driver Wins
  • Edwards won the 103rd race for car owner Jack Roush. Detailed Active Car Owner Wins
  • Edwards became the second driver to win at California from the ninth starting-position. He also became the 61st driver overall to win a race from that starting place. Starting Position Facts
  • The Auto Club 500 saw 33 lead changes, with Edwards leading a total of 64 laps. Johnson led the most laps for a total of 76 laps. Lap Summary
  • This was the 584th overall win for the Ford. All-Time Manufacturer Wins
  • Jimmie Johnson (second) posted his seventh top-five finish in 11 races at California.
  • Jeff Gordon (third) narrowly posted his eighth top-five finish at the Auto Club Speedway in 16 starts after suffering an engine failure on the white flag lap.
  • On the strength of his fourth-place finish, Kyle Busch now leads the point standings by six points over Ryan Newman.
  • Matt Kenseth leads all drivers with nine top-10 finishes at Auto Club Speedway, including his fifth-place finish Monday.
  • Martin Truex Jr. posted his second straight sixth-place finish at Fontana, a career best for the young DEI driver at the track.
  • Tony Stewart's seventh-place finish was his best finish at the track in this race since the series began racing twice a year at California in 2004.
  • Kevin Harvick's eighth-place finish was his best at Fontana since a sixth-place finish in the race in 2005.
  • Kasey Kahne's ninth-place finish was his sixth top 10 at ACS.
  • Ryan Newman posted his 100th career top-10 result in Cup competition with his 10th-place finish at California.
  • The Auto Club 500 saw 11 cautions for a total of 43 laps.
  • The Auto Club 500 lasted three hours, 46 minutes and four seconds, not counting the rain delay.

    Lug Nuts
  • Not much to laugh at about this weird weekend - except Brad Garrett's plea to find a missing two-year-old in Kyle Busch's left ear. Wow.
  • You think Dario Franchitti isn't wishing the open wheel war ended last year at this time?
  • Rick Hendrick was reunited with Cole Trickle this weekend as Tom Cruise was a guest of the team.
  • Remember the cool weather because it will no doubt be 100 degrees plus when the series returns to Fontana on Labor Day weekend.
  • For those on the east coast raise your hand if you watched infomercials on FOX waiting for the race to start at 2 a.m.
  • Speaking of FOX enough with the name the Gopher contest. We know there was time to be killed, but even the drivers didn't care.
  • Lets hope we don't hear the word "Weepers" again!

    Garage Talk
  • "We went to Bristol (for the first COT race) and we were 2,000 miles behind what they did in testing on non-sanctioned NASCAR tracks. That was my fault."- Jack Roush
  • "We could have had a 55-hour red flag and we were still going to go out there and race as hard as we can.”- Carl Edwards
  • "It was cool to race with the 24 (Gordon) and 48 (Johnson) like that -- we aren't teammates anymore, but still we respect each other. That was fun." - Fourth-place finisher Kyle Busch
  • "We need a little work right now, in all honesty. They had some problems earlier in the week (with the engines) and so they tamed them down for this week to make sure they would live and they did. I would rather make it live than take a chance on it being fast and not making it to the end here. " - Tony Stewart

    RacingOne Rating
    On a scale of one to ten umbrellas, we'll give this weekend's rain-plagued Auto Club 500 a five. You can't fight Mother Nature and unfortunately NASCAR's plans to do so weren't the best, so it all added up to a tough weekend for everyone. Let's hope that next weekend's trip to the desert can bring some dry racing conditions as the Sprint Cup Series heads to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for Sunday's UAW-Dodge 400.

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