Auto Club Speedway Quick Facts

March 25, 2011
by Alan

Track Data
Track Size: 2 miles
Race Length: 200 laps/400 miles
Banking Corners: 14 degrees
Banking Frontstretch: 11 degrees
Banking Backstretch: 3 degrees

1995: Ground Breaking for California Speedway
1997: First race was the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West on June 21st [winner: Ken Schrader]
1997: First Nascar Sprint Cup was held on June 22nd [winner: Jeff Gordon]
2004: First Night Race and was the first year both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR Nationwide Series ran two races in a season there
2008: Name was changed to Auto Club Speedway

Interesting Facts
21 races have been held there
4 Drives have competed in all races: Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte and Joe Nemechek
Joe Nemechek held the first pole postition
14 Different pole postition winners: Kurt Busch (3), Brian Vickers, Jamie McMurray and Jeff Gordon each have two poles
13 Different drivers started from the pole. Top Winners Jimmie Johnson (5), Jeff Gordon (3) and Matt Kenseth (3)
10 of 21 Races have been won positions outside of the top ten
2008 Jimmie Johnson won from the pole position, the only win from the postition
2006 Matt Kenseth won from the starting position of 31
3rd is the best starting position with three wins
2 active drives average a top ten finish here: Jimmie Johnson (5.3) and Carl Edwards (9.2)
02/2005 Kyle Bush won his first Sprint Cup Pole and on 9/2005 his first race at ACS
02/2002 Jimmie Johnson won his first Spring Cup Race here

Track Records
Track qualifying record: Kyle Busch (188.425 mph, 38.248 seconds, 2-25-05)
Track race record: Jeff Gordon (155.012 mph, 6-22-97)

Driver’s Thoughts on ACS(embedded audio files)
Denny Hamlin
Jimmie Johnson
Kevin Harvick
David Gilliland


1 Comment

  • Lee says:

    Which will be easier this week, counting the number of empty seats, or counthing the fans that show up for the race? Sorry to be cynical about this race, but hopefully Cali will have a bigger crowd now that they only get one opportunity to see the big boys run.