NSCS: Edwards Climbs to Top of Cup Practice Charts; Leads Saturday Morning Session in Fontana

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FONTANA, Calif. — Report by Race Chaser Online Managing Editor Jacob Seelman — Jeff Gross/Getty Images for NASCAR photo — Carl Edwards took his No. 19 Subway Toyota to the top of the speed charts on Saturday at Auto Club Speedway, leading the morning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice and continuing Joe Gibbs Racing’s run of dominance on NASCAR’s Western Swing. …

NSCS: Hamlin Sets Track Record, But Austin Dillon Snares Coors Light Pole in Fontana Qualifying

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FONTANA, Calif. — Story by Race Chaser Online New England Correspondent Kyle Souza — Jonathan Moore/Getty Images for NASCAR photo — Austin Dillon had a perfect Friday at Auto Club Speedway. After leading NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice earlier in the day, Dillon stormed to the top of Coors Light Pole Qualifying at the two-mile California oval, scoring his second career …

NXS: Fast in Fontana; Austin Dillon Tops XFINITY Happy Hour at Auto Club Speedway

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FONTANA, Calif. — Story by Race Chaser Online Correspondent Ethan Butler — Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images photo — 76 degree weather and a perfect cloudless sky provided the backdrop at Auto Club Speedway for NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice on Friday evening, and much like Sprint Cup Series practice earlier in the day, Austin Dillon cemented himself on top of …

NXS: Surprise, Surprise; Rowdy Sets Quick Time in Opening XFINITY Practice at Auto Club

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FONTANA, Calif. — Story by Race Chaser Online Mid-Atlantic Correspondent Marshall Gabell — Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images for NASCAR photo — Much like the last three weeks in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, Joe Gibbs Racing superstar Kyle Busch paced the opening practice for the second-tier series at Auto Club Speedway on Friday afternoon. After winning the last three XFINITY races — …

NXS: Challenge Accepted; Brandon Jones Hustles Learning Curve to Early XFINITY Series Success

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FONTANA, Calif. — Story by Race Chaser Online Mid-Atlantic Correspondent Marshall Gabell — Matt Hazlett/Getty Images for NASCAR photo — For drivers that have not seen a certain racetrack before, the first impression — and especially the race — can be a little overwhelming, often causing mishaps to occur. Richard Childress Racing rookie Brandon Jones, on the other hand, has …

NSCS: Austin Dillon Tops Opening Sprint Cup Series Practice at Auto Club Speedway

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FONTANA, Calif. — Story by Race Chaser Online New England Correspondent Kyle Souza — Robert Laberge/Getty Images North America photo — Richard Childress Racing driver Austin Dillon was fastest in the opening NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice at Auto Club Speedway on Friday. Dillon toured the two-mile Fontana oval with a lap of 38.194 seconds (188.511 mph) behind the wheel of …

NXS: Reed Comes Home to California Looking for Golden State Glory & Second XFINITY Win

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FONTANA, Calif. — Story by Race Chaser Online Correspondent Kyle Souza — Todd Warshaw/Getty Images North America photo — For Bakersfield, Calif. native Ryan Reed, this weekend’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race will be a homecoming. Reed will compete behind the wheel of his No. 16 Lilly Diabetes/American Diabetes Association Ford Mustang for Roush Fenway Racing at Auto Club Speedway in the running …

NXS: Harvick Returns to XFINITY Series & JR Motorsports as Defending Auto Club Winner

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FONTANA, Calif. — Story by Race Chaser Online Correspondent Kyle Souza — Doug Pensinger/Getty Images for NASCAR photo — It’s a home game for Kevin Harvick this weekend. Harvick will return to his home state, California, to compete in Sunday’s Auto Club 400 for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. However, he will also take his second stab at the NASCAR XFINITY …

NXS: Ballast Point Brewing Company Joins Biagi-DenBeste for Fontana XFINITY Race

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MOORESVILLE, N.C. – official team release — Biagi-DenBeste Racing will unveil a new sponsor and paint scheme this weekend at Auto Club Speedway. Ballast Point Brewing Company will be the primary sponsor of the No. 98 Ford Mustang for Saturday’s XFINITY Series race. A first-time partnership for the race team and the brewery, both are looking forward to great on-track …

Rear-View Mirror: The 2002 NAPA Auto Parts 500 at California Speedway; Johnson Grabs First Cup Win

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FONTANA, Calif. — Column by Race Chaser Online Correspondent Ethan Butler — NASCAR photo — When the NASCAR Winston Cup series pulled in to California Speedway (now Auto Club Speedway) for the 10th race of the 2002 season, everyone had their eyes on the veterans: Jeff Gordon, Dale Jarrett, Rusty Wallace and the like. No one expected a rookie to …

NSCS: Brian Vickers Back In Tony Stewart’s Car at Auto Club Speedway; Janssen Partners With SHR

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KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — official team release — SHR photo — Stewart-Haas Racing on Monday named Brian Vickers interim driver of its No. 14 Chevrolet SS for the Auto Club 400 on March 20 at Auto Club Speedway. In honor of Blood Clot Awareness Month (March), Janssen is partnering with Vickers and the track for the third consecutive year to help raise awareness …

INDYCAR: Verizon IndyCar Series Will Not Return to Auto Club Speedway in 2016

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INDIANAPOLIS — official series release — Chris Owens/IndyCar photo — INDYCAR announced today that Auto Club Speedway, the 2-mile oval in Fontana, Calif., will not return to the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule in 2016. INDYCAR explored several options to retain the event as part of its 2016 calendar, including plans to race later in the season to comply with the track’s …