Racingone Rewind: Auto Club

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A look back at Matt Kenseth's 18th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win in Sunday's Auto Club 500 at Auto Club Speedway including news, notes and observations by the RacingOne staff.

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Inside Line
Matt Kenseth became the first driver since Jeff Gordon in 1997 to win the first two races of a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season when he followed up his Daytona 500 win with a victory in Sunday night's Auto Club 500. Photos

Keys to Victory Lane
Kenseth beat Gordon off pit road on a late stop and was able to stay ahead in the closing laps to score his third career ACS victory. Complete Results

Zero to Hero
Brian Vickers won the pole but was forced to start last after an engine change, however, he rallied back to finish 10th.

Rookie of the Race
Joey Logano rebounded from his Daytona 500 accident to finish 26th Sunday night.

Notables
Denny Hamlin started 23rd and came home sixth. Carl Edwards took the green flag 25th and notched a seventh-place finish. And Michael Waltrip came from the 42nd starting spot to post a 15th-place finish.

Chase for the Cup
Kenseth has the early point lead by 81 over Gordon with Kurt Busch third, 91 behind.

Auto Club 500 Loop Data Leaders
• Average Running Position: Jeff Gordon - 2.3
• Fastest Early In a Run: Jeff Gordon - 175.098 mph
• Fastest Late In a Run: Greg Biffle - 170.615 mph
• Fastest Laps Run: Greg Biffle - 46
• Fastest on Restarts: Jimmie Johnson - 175.550 mph
• Most Passes During Green Flag Conditions: David Stremme - 96
• Laps In Top 15: Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson - 250
• Quality Passes: Denny Hamlin - 44
• Speed in Traffic: Jeff Gordon - 171.888 mph

Pit Stops
• Kenseth captured his 18th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win in his 330rd career start. Detailed Active Driver Wins
• Kenseth won the 115th race for car owner Jack Roush. Detailed Active Car Owner Wins
• Kenseth became the second driver to win at Auto Club Speedway from the 24th position. He was the 12th driver overall to win a race from that position. Starting Position Facts
• Kenseth won the 10th race for Ford at Auto Club Speedway. All-Time Manufacturer Wins
• Jeff Gordon (second) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 18 races at Auto Club Speedway.
• Kyle Busch (third) posted his eight top-10 finish in 10 race at Auto Club Speedway. With his two victories Saturday, and third-place finish Sunday, Busch posted the best overall finish for a triple-race weekend.
• Greg Biffle (fourth) posted his fourth top-five finish in 13 starts at Auto Club.
• Kurt Busch (fifth) posted his first top five at Auto Club since joining Penske Racing.
• Denny Hamlin (sixth) posted his third top-10 finish in seven starts at Auto Club.
• Carl Edwards (seventh) has finished in the top 10 in all but one of his 10 starts at Auto Club Speedway.
• Tony Stewart (eighth) posted his eighth top-10 finish in 16 starts at Auto Club Speedway.
• Jimmie Johnson (ninth) has now posted five consecutive top-10 finishes at Auto Club Speedway.
• Brian Vickers (10th) has finished 12th or better in all five of his starts at Auto Club Speedway with Red Bull Racing.
• The 250-lap race saw 19 lead changes among 11 drivers and an average speed of 135.839 mph.
• Five caution flags were thrown for 43 laps.
• The Auto Club 500 lasted 3 hours, 40 minutes, 51 seconds.

Lug Nuts
• Once again FOX saddled fans with a late start time that probably put the race in more danger of rain problems than a regular green flag beginning.
• No sign of letting up on Digger Mania either.
• Roush Fenway Racing literally owns Auto Club Speedway.
• Kenseth and Gordon are making early statements that last year is way over.
• Rough day for Chevy with three blown engines in Dale Earnhardt Jr., Mark Martin and Kevin Harvick.
• Tony Stewart most likely heard noises from inside his Hendrick motor.
• Kyle Busch just may pull off a three-peat weekend yet this year.
• Decent crowd on hand for Fontana standards.
• Not much of a "House" call on the command by Hugh Laurie.

Garage Talk
• "It's called getting beat and not liking it." - Jeff Gordon
• "Drew has brought magic to the team." - Jack Roush
• "They should fire me." - Greg Biffle
• "But the doom and gloom about the fact that California can't support NASCAR is dead wrong." - Auto Club Speedway president Gillian Zucker
• "I'm not really that good here.” - Tony Stewart on his eighth-place finish

RacingOne Rating
On a scale of one to 10 Hollywood Stars, we'll give Sunday's Auto Club 500 a seven. The racing is getting better at ACS with a combo platter of the new Cup car and the weathered track. If Gordon could have gotten a little closer at the end we would have had a pretty good finish. But all in all a decent race number two. Now it's off to Sin City and a slew of gambling puns coming from the TV guys next Sunday in the Shelby 427 at Auto Club Speedway.

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