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By the Numbers: Auto Club 400

March 19, 2013, Staff report,

Take a look back at the race and track history with some noteworthy numbers

0.114    seconds was the margin of victory when Kevin Harvick beat Jimmie Johnson to the checkered flag in the spring 2011 race, the closest since the advent of electronic scoring.

2    miles is the length of the track.

9    is the number of wins that belong to Hendrick Motorsports, the most of all teams (Roush Fenway Racing is second with seven).

12    is the number of top-five finishes by Jimmie Johnson, more than any driver (Jeff Gordon is second with 10, Matt Kenseth is third with eight).

14    The degrees of banking in all four turns.

15    drivers have poles at Auto Club Speedway, led by Kurt Busch with three.

19    is the age of the youngest pole winner (Kyle Busch at 19 years, 9 months and 25 days in the spring of 2005).

20    is the age of the youngest race winner (Kyle Busch at 20 years, 4 months and 2 days in fall of 2005).

23    Sprint Cup races have been held at Auto Club Speedway. Jeff Burton and Bobby Labonte have started in all of them without visiting Victory Lane, the most among all active drivers.

31    is the deepest someone has started in the field before winning the race (Matt Kenseth, spring 2006).

34    drivers from California have won at least one race in NASCAR’s three national series. Twenty-four of those have been in the Sprint Cup series (Jeff Gordon leads with 87 while Kevin Harvick leads the Nationwide series with 39 and Ron Hornaday Jr. leads the Truck series with 51).


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42    is the age of the oldest pole winner (Mike Skinner at 42 years, 10 months and 2 days in the spring of 2000).

44    is the age of the oldest race winner (Rusty Wallace at 44 years, 8 months and 15 days in spring of 2001).

48    is the car number that Jimmie Johnson drove when he went to Victory Lane for the first time in his Sprint Cup series career on April 28, 2002. The 48 car has been to Victory Lane five times, more than any other car.

122.4    is the driver rating for Jimmie Johnson at Auto Club Speedway, the highest of all drivers.

125    drivers have completed in at least one Sprint Cup race at Auto Club Speedway.

133    Sprint Cup races have been run in the state of California (Riverside International Raceway, Sonoma Raceway, Auto Club Speedway, Ontario Motor Speedway, California State Fairgrounds, Carrell Speedway, Ascot Stadium, Bay Meadows Race Track, Marchabnks Speedway, Oakland Stadium, Redwood Speedway, Willow Spring Speedway, Capitol Speedway, Merced Fairgrounds and Santa Clara Fairgrounds).

183.015    is the speed in miles per hour of the first pole at Auto Club Speedway, won by Joe Nemechek in 1997 (39.341 seconds).

188.245    is the speed in miles per hour of the track qualifying record, set by Kyle Busch in 2005 (38.248 seconds).

200    is the number of laps in the Auto Club 400 (400 miles).

424    drivers in NASCAR’s national series history have called California home.

715    number of quality passes by Jeff Gordon (series high).

1995    The year groundbreaking for California Speedway began (it was changed to Auto Club Speedway in 2008).

2004    was the year the first night race was held and the first year both Sprint Cup and Nationwide ran two races at the speedway.

2,500    is the length of the backstretch in feet.

3,100    is the length of the frontstretch in feet.



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