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Welcome to the inaugural season of the Start ‘N’ Park Blog Pick ‘Em Challenge. This will take place all year long and will feature our esteemed panel of experts who will pick a winner in the series running that weekend. For this weekend at Fontana it will be just Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series in action. Points will be given based on how close to firs the pick finishes and how many people participate, with a bonus point for the win. This week will have five participates, so a max point collection of 6 is possible for picking the winner. Below are the picks:
Brandon: Kyle Busch
Brittany: Elliott Sadler
Jason: Brian Vickers
Matt: Brian Vickers
Michael: Kyle Busch
Sprint Cup Series
Brandon: Brad Keselowski
Brittany: Kyle Busch
Jason: Jimmie Johnson
Matt: Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
Michael: Jimmie Johnson
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Kyle Busch will lead a field of 40 cars to the green flag in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Auto Club Speedway. The race will consist of 200 laps around the 1.5 mile Fontana, California track.
The race will air on ESPN with coverage beginning at 5:00 pm EST, 2:00 pm PST. The green flag is set to be waved at 5:18 pm EST, 2:18 pm PST.
SPRINT CUP: Denny Hamlin wins pole for Auto...
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Kyle Busch earned his 54th career NASCAR Nationwide Series win today, in 249 starts, by bringing the No. 54 Monster Energy program to victory lane at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. It was the team’s third win across five weeks this race season. Taking home the trophy Busch captured his sixth victory and ninth top-five finish in 15 NASCAR Nationwide...
In an afternoon filled with breath-taking action and heart-stopping drama on the final lap, Kyle Busch (No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota) recorded his ninth career weekend sweep of the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races and snapped a 31-race NSCS winless streak by taking the checkered flag in Sunday’s 17th-annual Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway.
A day after winning...
Kyle Busch earned Joe Gibbs Racing's ninth consecutive Nationwide Series victory at Fontana on Saturday, comfortably beating Sam Hornish Jr. for his third win in five races this season.
Joe Gibbs Racing's Toyotas haven't lost a Nationwide race on their unofficial home track since 2007. Busch pushed ahead late in a back-and-forth duel with Nationwide points leader Hornish...
Camry driver Kyle Busch earned his third NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) victory of the 2013 season on Saturday at California’s Auto Club Speedway.
Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) drivers have won a record nine consecutive NNS races at California dating back to Feb. 2008. The Camry drivers that have registered wins during the streak include Busch (six wins), Joey Logano (two) and Tony...
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The rollercoaster ride Brian Vickers has been on over the past few seasons in NASCAR is quite incredible. Vickers has experienced remarkable lows over the past few years including getting ousted out of his Red Bull Racing ride after the team closed their operations as well as getting sidelined due to a medical problem in 2010. Highs for Vickers include having...
It was Mission Accomplished for Mission 18 on Sunday afternoon at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., as Kyle Busch dominated and won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400. But the victory wasn’t nearly as easy as it appeared.
Busch, driver of the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), led seven times for a race-high 125 laps to bring home his first...
Dale Earnhardt Jr took over the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point lead after the conclusion of the Auto Club 400 in Fontana, CA. Earnhardt finished second in Sunday’s race behind Kyle Busch.
The race was highlighted by two end of the race incidents. Joey Logano wrecked Denny Hamlin allowing Busch to drive around both. Hamlin was sent to an area hospital for further evaluation.
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The most exciting, incredible, and stunning last lap ever to occur at the Auto Club Speedway took place Sunday afternoon. A mass of storylines came out from the final lap after rivals wrecked each other, the third place driver coming into the final lap took the win and Smoke threw a punch on pit road. Fontana is never known for “exciting” races but, Sunday’s...
Eight times in a row Joe Gibbs Racing came to Auto Club Speedway of Southern California and captured the victory.
That streak started back in 2008 when Tony Stewart won a postponed Monday afternoon race, the same year JGR partnered with Toyota after a long history with General Motors.
Saturday morning, the JGR team’s chances of victory looked strong, with their three cars driven...
Kyle Busch won the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA. He finished ahead of Dale Earnhardt Jr and Kurt Busch.
The race appeared to be a battle of Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano on the last lap but the two wrecked in turn three. Busch who had lost the lead rallied past both on the outside claiming his first win of the year. The condition of Hamlin is not yet known...
Thrilling finish, tempers flaring and punches being thrown after the race.
Typically, that’s not what you would expect from a race at the usually mild-mannered Auto Club Speedway.
But, that’s exactly what happened in the final laps of Sunday’s Auto Club 400.
After grabbing the lead on the final restart, Joey Logano was driving away and looked to have his first victory of the...
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FONTANA, CA - Kyle Busch finished ahead of NASCAR Nationwide Series points leader Sam Hornish Jr. to claim his sixth win at Auto Club Speedway and secure the ninth straight victory for JGR at ACS. The win extended the record for consecutive victories for a Nationwide car owner at a single speedway.
The win was also Busch's 54th in the NNS.
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By: Toby Christie - Follow on Twitter @Tobalical
What an incredible turn of events that unfolded in the closing laps at Auto Club Speedway — a track not normally known for exciting races, or finishes. That all changed after the 2013 Auto Club 400, as the fans will be talking about this race for a long time to come.
The latest chapter...
Through the four races of 2013, Clint Bowyer is fourth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) point standings, trailing leader Brad Keselowski by 38 points
Denny Hamlin (sixth) and Kyle Busch (10th) also rank in the top-10
Toyota drivers have led 41 percent (531 of 1,283) of race laps this season, more than any other manufacturer
Last year, Toyota drivers swept the top-three starting...