Auto Club 400: A Recap in GIFs
By Steve Luvender | Monday, March 18, 2019
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We recap the action at Auto Club Speedway exclusively in GIFs.
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Run -- don't walk -- to relive the action of Sunday's Auto Club 400.
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In sunny Southern California, drivers started the race with a five-wide salute to fans on the pace laps -- a preview of some of the racing to come with the new aerodynamic rules package.
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Austin Dillon, feeling under the weather with a stomach bug, led the field to green with Cole Custer on standby ready to relieve the No. 3 in case of any No. ... never mind, you get it.
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Kyle Busch, chasing his 200th national series win, made aggressive moves early, passing multiple cars at a time to take the lead.
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Leader Kyle Busch had a close call when Ty Dillon's car experienced a tire issue just in front of Busch's car.
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Austin Dillon copied younger brother Ty and pitted with a flat tire just laps later.
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During a one-lap dash to end Stage 1, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. went for a spin, handing the stage victory to Kyle Busch.
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Shortly into Stage 2, the trend of Richard Childress Racing right-rear tire issues continued when Daniel Hemric's tire shredded apart his car.
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Clint Bowyer, who had a difficult afternoon due to mechanical issues with his car, had a close call with Corey LaJoie.
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Going another lap down? "Hard pass," said Ryan Newman.
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Maybe it was the determination to reach 200 wins, but Kyle Busch continued to have the fastest car of the afternoon, winning Stage 2.
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Kyle Busch was so fast, in fact, he was penalized for speeding on pit road during the Stage 2 break, sending the No. 18 to the back of the pack.
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No big deal for KB18.
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Bubba Wallace's left-front tire shredded during the final stage, ripping apart the fender of his No. 43 -- unfortunate for the fans whose names were printed on that portion of the car.
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A caution during pit stops put Kyle Busch right back into contention.
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While Team Penske teammates Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano battled for the top spot, Kyle Busch crept closer.
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Busch left the Penske duo in the dust and set sail for his 200th checkered flag.
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In the end, Kyle Busch held on to score his 53rd Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory -- and, of course, his 200th among the three national touring series.
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Wave that flag, Kyle. Just don't step on it.
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The green car won a milestone race on St. Patrick's day after a bit of luck, and that calls for some celebration. Here's to you, Rowdy.