NASCAR results from Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California
Today, they’ll drop the green flag on the Auto Club 400. Fontana, California hosts the NASCAR Cup Series on the 2-mile oval of Auto Club Speedway.
View full 2020 Auto Club race results below.
Martin Truex Jr will be starting at the rear after not being allowed to qualify. Denny Hamlin will join him at the rear of the field.
Clint Bowyer and Jimmie Johnson set the front row for the 200 lap event. It’s Johnson’s final race at his home track and his family is set to wave the flag.
Stage 1 – Report
Laps: 60 (1-60)
Green flag, Clint Bowyer leads into turn one. Johnson files into 2nd. Matt DiBenedetto has found speed on the outside lane, from 10th to 4th in a single lap.
Lap 5, Alex Bowman to 2nd. He’s been the car to beat all weekend. Bowman is forced to check out behind Clint Bowyer and he falls back to 4th off turn two.
Lap 9, as Bowman and Kurt Busch battle for 2nd, Johnson drives by them both and retakes 2nd.
Lap 10, Johnson has a run off turn two. He runs even with Bowyer into turn three but can’t clear him off turn four. As they run side by side, Alex Bowman has momentum, Bowman to the bottom and the lead.
Lap 27, Martin Truex Jr and Erik Jones head for the pit lane to begin the pit cycle. Lap 29, Blaney pits from 2nd. The leader is in on lap 30.
Lap 35, Bowman cycles back to the lead. Blaney trails by 2 seconds.
Lap 36, Kyle Larson has caught the wall. Hamlin was all over his bumper with a tandem draft into turn one and it turned him hard into the outside wall as they ran up on the corner. No caution.
Alex Bowman wins stage 1 at Auto Club Speedway!
California Race Results – Stage 1: 1. Alex Bowman; 2. Ryan Blaney; 3. Jimmie Johnson; 4. Aric Almirola; 5. Kurt Busch; 6. Brad Keselowski; 7. Joey Logano; 8. Matt DiBenedetto; 9. Chase Elliott; 10. Kyle Busch;
Stage 1 – Report
Laps: 60 (61-120)
The field heads for the pit lane. Bowman is in first and off 3rd Johnson is off 1st with four tires.
Green flag on stage two, Jimmie Johnson gets the jump into turn one. They run five wide behind him.
Lap 69, Blaney has a run with a push from Alex Bowman. Blaney takes the lead on the bottom into turn one.
Lap 71, Johnson and Bowman have a run on Blaney. They run three wide for the lead. Johnson to the lead. Blaneyside drafts him, pulls him back and Blaney cycles back to the lead.
Lap 89, Erik Jones gets the pit cycle started. Lap 91, Ryan Blaney pits from the race lead. Blaney cycles back to the lead.
The caution is out on lap 93! Clint Bowyer has a flat left front tire.
Green, Blaney throws a block on Alex Bowman to hold the lead into turn one.
Ryan Blaney takes the win in stage two!
California Race Results – Stage 2: 1. Ryan Blaney; 2. Alex Bowman; 3. Jimmie Johnson; 4. Brad Keselowski; 5. Martin Truex Jr; 6. Chase Elliott; 7. Kyle Busch; 8. Denny Hamlin; 9. Erik Jones; 10. Kevin Harvick;
Stage 3 – Report
Laps: 80 (121-200)
The field heads for the pit lane. Blaney leads them to the pit entry and he’s 3rd to pit exit. Johnson wins the race out of the pits.
Green flag on stage three, Bowman pulls to the inside of Johnson with a push from Ryan Blaney. Bowman to the lead.
Johnson fights back in turn three and gets to the right right of Bowman. As they slow each other down, Truex Jr has a run and he squeezes between the outside wall and Johnson to take the lead.
Blaney to the lead as he gets a run on Truex. Another run from Truex, to the bottom in turn one and clear. Martin Truex Jr started at the tail after not being allowed to qualify and he just took the lead.
69 to go, Hamlin moves inside of Truex. As they slow each other down, Bowman is coming. Bowman dives to the inside of Truex into turn one and clear.
41 to go, Jimmie Johnson and Chase Elliott head for the pit lane to begin the pit cycle.
40 to go, Truex heads for the pits. It’s a slow stop for him as the crew can’t get the lugs off on the left rear. Lots of time lost for Truex.
39 to go, Alex Bowman pits from the race lead.
34 to go, Bowman cycles back to the race lead. Ryan Blaney trails by over 3 seconds.
10 to go, Bowman leads Blaney by 5 seconds.
4 to go, Blaney has a flat tire and he heads to the pit lane from 2nd! Who else is going to have issues?
Alex Bowman wins at Auto Club Speedway!
View full NASCAR Cup Series results from Auto Club Speedway below.
Auto Club Speedway
NASCAR Cup Series
March 1, 2020
Pos | Driver
1. Alex Bowman
2. Kyle Busch
3. Kurt Busch
4. Chase Elliott
5. Brad Keselowski
6. Jimmie Johnson
7. Aric Almirola
8. Denny Hamlin
9. Kevin Harvick
10. Erik Jones
11. Tyler Reddick
12. Joey Logano
13. Matt DiBenedetto
14. Martin Truex Jr
15. William Byron
16. Chris Buescher
17. Ross Chastain
18. Cole Custer
19. Ryan Blaney
20. Ricky Stenhouse Jr
21. Kyle Larson
22. Michael McDowell
23. Clint Bowyer
24. Austin Dillon
25. John Hunter Nemechek
26. Ty Dillon
27. Bubba Wallace
28. Daniel Suarez
29. Corey LaJoie
30. Ryan Preece
31. JJ Yeley
32. Brennan Poole
33. Joey Gase
34. Garrett Smithley
35. Quin Houff
36. Reed Sorenson
37. Timmy Hill
38. Christopher Bell