By The Numbers: Auto Club Preview

Kyle Busch is now one win away from 200 victories across all of NASCAR’s top touring series. After his near full weekend sweep at Vegas and successfully sweeping both races at Phoenix, he claims the points lead with a worst finish of sixth for 2019. Both the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series head to the last west coast race of the West Coast Swing at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.

Here are this week’s By The Numbers.

2 – The past two winners at Auto Club Speedway have won from the pole position. Will the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series make it three in a row?

20 – In the last 20 NASCAR Xfinity Series races at the 2-mile oval dating back to 2004, the winner started in the top 10. Only five times has the winner started outside the top 10 with Todd Bodine making up the most ground in the inaugural race in 1997.

0 – Across all three touring series, there has never been a caution-free race at Auto Club Speedway. The NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series is off this weekend, as they haven’t raced here since 2009.

188.482 – Jimmie Johnson holds the record for the fastest qualifying speed at 188.482 mph set in 2016, but this track has been fast all along. The 187 mph barrier has been broken eight times since the speedway debuted in 1997.

3 – The IROC series raced here three times. Mark Martin won the ‘97 and ‘98 races, and Kevin Harvick took the checkered flag in 2002 when the series returned. Pontiac went undefeated in the three events.

3 – Back to back threes, but Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson are the only three drivers to complete all 1,111 laps this year so far.

4 – Oh, and Kyle Busch is the only driver to finish in the top 10 in all four races this year.

4 – Kurt Busch holds the record for most poles at Auto Club Speedway with four. Denny Hamlin is a close second with three poles. Brian Vickers, Jamie McMurray, and Jeff Gordon, who are no longer racing in the MENCS, each have two.

21.2 – Over the last five races, Jimmie Johnson has the worst average starting position of 21.2 among drivers who have gone to victory lane.

24 – Ryan Newman leads all active drivers with most career starts at the speedway with no trips to victory lane with 24 starts.

-63 – Austin Dillon has the lowest pass differential score of all full-time drivers at -63. He also has yet to finish on the lead lap this year, even though younger brother Ty has finished on the lead lap twice. The pass differential score is a calculation of positions gained subtracted by positions lost, so being in the negative isn’t desired.

148 – Ryan Blaney is second on the season list of laps led with a total of 148 laps out front. However, the No. 12 team only has one top 20 finish as a result.

3/23 – The NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series will return to racing action on March 23rd at Martinsville Speedway.

1 – Kyle Busch is just one win away from breaking 200 across NASCAR’s national touring series.

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