Detailed driver notes and statistics to help set your fantasy racing lineup for Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway.
Who’s HOT at Auto Club
- Kyle Busch has finished in the top 10 in six of his last seven starts, including two wins (2013, 2014).
- Brad Keselowski (2015 winner) and Joey Logano each have finished in the top 10 in the last four races.
- Kyle Larson has posted a 1.5 average finish in his last two starts, including a win in 2017 after leading 110 laps.
- Martin Truex Jr. is the defending race winner and has combined to lead 224 laps in the last four races.
- Kevin Harvick, the 2011 race winner, combined to lead 176 laps in 2015 and 2016 and finished in the runner-up spot in those races.
- Jimmie Johnson leads all drivers in wins (6) and laps led (980).
Keep an Eye On at Auto Club
- Aric Almirola and Kurt Busch have both finished in the top 10 in the last three races this season along with Kyle Busch, Harvick and Truex Jr.
- Erik Jones has posted a 9.5 average finish in his two starts at Auto Club.
- Denny Hamlin (7.7), Clint Bowyer (10.7) and Chase Elliott (10.7) each rank in the top 10 in average finish in the last three races at Auto Club.
- Daniel Suarez participated in the Goodyear tire test along with Logano and Truex Jr. at ACS. Suarez also posted his only top 10 of the season at Atlanta, a track with an old surface, with the 550 horsepower rules package without aero ducts.
- Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s only top 10 so far this season came at Las Vegas with the full 550 horsepower rules package.
- Alex Bowman and Chris Buescher have posted average finishes of 13.0 and 13.5 in the two races with the two variations of the 550 horsepower packages (one with aero ducts) this season.
- Ryan Blaney and Austin Dillon posted average finishes of 7.0 and 9.3, respectively, in the three races at 2-mile speedways last season.
Notes: Auto Club 400 will feature the 2019 rules package with the aero ducts and tapered spacer that will make the engines generate around 550 horsepower…This is the same package that debuted at Las Vegas Motor Speedway two races ago…This weekend will see a new tire combination at ACS that came from a test in January that Joey Logano, Daniel Suarez and Martin Truex Jr. participated in…Kyle Busch, who is looking to score his 200th national series win, is also entered in the Xfinity Series race…Last season, Truex Jr. became the third driver to win at ACS from the pole.
*Best Average Finish at Auto Club
|Last # of Races||Driver||Average Finish|
|Two Races||Kyle Larson||1.5|
|Four Races||Brad Keselowski||4.0|
|Six Races||Kyle Busch*||7.6|
|Eight Races||Kyle Busch*||7.1|
|Ten Races||Jimmie Johnson||9.2|
*Missed the 2015 race due to an injury.
Laps Led Leaders at Auto Club
|Last # of Races||Driver||Laps Led|
|Two Races||Martin Truex Jr.||198|
|Four Races||Martin Truex Jr.||224|
|Six Races||Martin Truex Jr.||224|
|Eight Races||Kyle Busch*||430|
|Ten Races||Kyle Busch*||445|
*Missed the 2015 race due to an injury.
Click Here to view all laps led leaders at Auto Club Speedway over the past 10 races.
Auto Club Speedway Loop Data Stat Leaders (2005-2018, 20 Races)
|Average Running Pos.||Laps in Top 15|
|1. Erik Jones – 6.9||1. Jimmie Johnson – 3,988|
|2. Jimmie Johnson – 7.1||2. Kyle Busch – 3,582|
|3. Kyle Busch – 8.4||3. Kevin Harvick – 3,101|
|4. Chase Elliott – 9.3||4. Kurt Busch – 2,797|
|5. Denny Hamlin – 12.9||5. Denny Hamlin – 2,614|
|Fastest Laps Run||Driver Rating|
|1. Jimmie Johnson – 533||1. Jimmie Johnson – 115.6|
|2. Kyle Busch – 298||2. Kyle Busch – 109.6|
|3. Kevin Harvick – 238||3. Erik Jones – 101.0|
|4. Martin Truex Jr. – 172||4. Kevin Harvick – 95.5|
|5. Kurt Busch – 149||5. Chase Elliott – 95.2|
Click Here to view the Top 10 in Driver Ratings since 2016.
Top 10 Stage 1 & 2 Points Earned at Auto Club
|Martin Truex Jr.||39|
2018 Auto Club Stage Finishes
|Stage 1||Stage 2|
|1. Martin Truex Jr.||1. Martin Truex Jr.|
|2. Kyle Busch||2. Brad Keselowski|
|3. Joey Logano||3. Kyle Busch|
|4. Brad Keselowski||4. Denny Hamlin|
|5. Jimmie Johnson||5. Erik Jones|
|6. Kyle Larson||6. Joey Logano|
|7. Kurt Busch||7. Jimmie Johnson|
|8. Erik Jones||8. Kyle Larson|
|9. Clint Bowyer||9. Clint Bowyer|
|10. Denny Hamlin||10. William Byron|
Top Five in Stage Points Earned in 2019 (4 Races)
|Driver||Stage Points||Stage Wins|
MRN.com Staff Picks
Jeff Wackerlin: Kyle Larson
Pete Pistone: Kevin Harvick
Tyler Burnett: Kyle Busch
Kenneth Lee: Martin Truex Jr.
Driver Notes – Ordered by Average Finish (Top 15) in the Last Five Races at Auto Club
Brad Keselowski joins his teammate Joey Logano as the only drivers that have finished in the top 10 in the last four races at Auto Club. He won in 2015 and finished in the runner-up spot in 2017. Keselowski finished second in the first race of the season with the 550 horsepower rules package with aero ducts at Las Vegas.
Kyle Busch is a three-time winner at Auto Club with two of his wins (2013, 2014) coming in his last five starts. Busch, who missed the 2015 race due to an injury, led 62 laps en route to a third-place finish last year for his second consecutive top 10 at the 2-mile track. He is also tied for second in most stage points earned (27) in the last two races at ACS. After completing the sweep last weekend at ISM Raceway, Busch is once again entered in the Xfinity race as he chases NASCAR win No. 200. In the first race with the full 550 horsepower rules package at Las Vegas, Busch came back to finish third following a speeding penalty.
Erik Jones has posted a 9.5 average finish in his two starts at Auto Club Speedway. He finished seventh last season and has recorded stage points in each stage. Jones finished 13th in the first race of the season with the full 550 horsepower rules package with aero ducts at Las Vegas two weeks ago.
Chase Elliott finished 16th last season at Auto Club for his first finish outside the top 10 in three overall starts. Last season’s race mark the first time he did not record any stage points at ACS. Elliott’s only top 10 this season came at Las Vegas with the same rules package that will be used this weekend.
Joey Logano is the only driver that has finished in the top five in each of the last three races at Auto Club. Plus, Logano joins his teammate Brad Keselowski as the only drivers that have finished in the top 10 in the last four races at the 2-mile track. Logano, who participated in the Goodyear tire test in January, led 86 laps and won the first race of the season with the 550 horsepower rules packagae with aero ducts at Las Vegas.
Denny Hamlin is coming off his second top 10 in the last three races at Auto Club. Hamlin is one of only five drivers that have recorded points in each of the stages (four total) at the 2-mile track. Hamlin scored stage points in both stages and finished 10th in the first race of the season with the 550 horsepower rules package with aero ducts at Las Vegas.
Jimmie Johnson leads all drivers with six wins at Auto Club with the last coming in 2016. Last season, Johnson scored points in both stages and finished ninth in the race. Johnson finished 19th in the first race of the season with the 550 horsepower rules package with aero ducts at Las Vegas.
Martin Truex Jr. won this event last year from the pole after winning both stages and leading 125 laps. It marked his second consecutive top five at the 2-mile track. Truex, who participated in the Goodyear tire test in January, finished eighth in the first race of the season with the 550 horsepower rules package with aero ducts at Las Vegas. Truex is one of five drivers that have finished in the top 10 in the last three races this season.
Kyle Larson has one win (2017) and two runner-up finishes in five starts at Auto Club. He is tied with Kyle Busch for second in stage points (27) earned at ACS. Larson finished 12th in the first race with the full 550 horsepower rules package at Las Vegas and led 142 laps at Atlanta with the package without aero ducts.
Austin Dillon scored his first top 10 in five Auto Club starts last season, 10th. Dillon, who has yet to lead a lap at ACS, practiced and qualified well in the first race with the full 550 horsepower rules package at Las Vegas, but finished 20th in the race after he was unable to come back from a pit road penalty.
Kurt Busch recorded his last of 12 top 10s at Auto Club in 2015 when he started from the pole. Busch, who will make his first track start with Chip Ganassi Racing, has finished seventh or better in the last three races this season. The team used some strategy to come from 28th to finish fifth at Las Vegas in the first race with the full 550 horsepower rules package.
Paul Menard recorded his last of three top 10s at Auto Club in 2015 when he drove for Richard Childress Racing. Menard finished 15th at Las Vegas with the full 550 horsepower rules package and 14th at Atlanta without the aero ducts on the car.
William Byron finished 15th in his first Cup start at Auto Club in 2015. Byron’s best finish of the season came at Las Vegas with the full 550 horsepower rules package, 16th. He also finished 17th at Atlanta withe the rules package without the aero ducts. Last year, Byron recorded a stage point at ACS in the second stage.
Ryan Newman recorded his last of nine top 10s in 24 starts at Auto Club in 2015 when he drove for Richard Childress Racing. Newman, who will make his first track start with Roush Fenway, has finished in the top 15 in three of his four starts this season.
Daniel Suarez has posted a 15.0 average finish in two Cup starts at Auto Club. Suarez did participate in the Goodyear tire test in January at the 2-mile track. His best finish of the season with Stewart-Haas Racing (10th) came at Atlanta, a track that has an old surface like ACS.