NASCAR XFINITY Series Auto Club 300 Notes and Entry List

xfinitylogo2014 Series Champ Chase Elliott Continues To Climb The Standings

After kicking the season off with a 28th-place finish at Daytona and burying himself in the points (20th), Chase Elliott has been on a mission climbing back up the standings. In the subsequent three races Elliott has jumped 16 spots to now fourth in the standings, 25 points back from Ty Dillon.

Elliott turned red hot last season from the second to the eighth race on the schedule when he strung together seven consecutive top-10 finishes including his two wins at Texas and Darlington. This season he is looking to do the same and his last three consecutive top 10s have him on track to do just that.

Expect Elliott’s consistency to continue this weekend at Auto Club Speedway; in his series debut at the 2-mile track he posted a solid sixth-place finish.

Elliott’s season-to-date Loop Data supports his recent comeback. He leads the series championship contenders in Green Flag Speed, and has fourth-best Driver Rating (98.9) among championship contenders.

TRACK NEWS

  • Track Specifications:
    Track/Race Length: 2.0 mile D-shaped oval, 200 laps, 400 miles
    Superspeedway: 2.0-mile oval 75 feet wide with a 15 foot apron
    Banking: turns: 14°; front stretch 11°; backstretch 3°
    Front Stretch: 3,100feet
    Back Stretch: 2,500feet
    Pit Road: 2,200 feet long with 44 individual pit stalls
    Pit Road Speed: 55mph
    Pace Car Speed: 60mph
    Approx: 1,800 Infield RV spaces
    Grandstand seating capacity: 84,000
    Opened: 1997

TELEVISION COVERAGE

  • Television Race Coverage: FoxSports 1 – 4:00pm/et
  • Announcers: Adam Alexander, Michael Waltrip
    Pit Reporters: Vince Welch, Jamie Little, Chris Neville, Matt Yocum
    NASCAR RACEDAY: Larry McReynolds, Kenny Wallace.

EVENT SCHEDULE
Times are local to the Track (Pacific Time)

Friday, March 20th
8:30 AM NXS HAULERS ENTER
10:00 AM-5:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
10:30 AM-7:30 PM NXS GARAGE OPEN & INSPECTION BEGINS
12:30 PM NXS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
1:30 PM-2:25 PM NXS PRACTICE (FoxSports 1)
3:00 PM-4:25 PM NXS FINAL PRACTICE (FoxSports 1)

Saturday, March 21st
5:30 AM 1:30 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
5:30 AM NXS GARAGE OPENS
9:45 AM (12:45 PM/ET) NXS QUALIFYING (FoxSports 1)
11:15 AM NXS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (DRIVERS MEETING ROOM)
12:30 PM NXS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
1:00 PM (4:00 PM/ET) NXS RACE (150 LAPS, 300 MILES) (FoxSports 1)
NXS = XFINITY Series

GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
  • Set limits:
    Xfinity: 8 sets for the event
  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side — D-4636; Right-side — D-4408
  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side — 87.56 in. (2,224 mm);
    Right-side — 88.43 in. (2,246 mm)
  • Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front — 22 psi; Left Rear — 20 psi;
    Right Front — 45 psi; Right Rear — 42 psi
  • Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series will run the same tire set-up at Fontana this week . . . while this is the first time these teams have run this left-side tire code (D-4636), they have run this right-side code (D-4408) at this track since 2011 . . . compared to what was run at Fontana last year, this left-side tire features a slight construction change, and a compound change to enhance grip . . . Goodyear held a tire test at Fontana last October 28-29 . . . teams and drivers participating in that test were the No. 6 Roush Fenway Ford with Trevor Bayne, No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet with Kyle Larson, No. 55 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota with Brian Vickers and No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet with Martin Truex Jr. . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Fontana . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

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NASCAR XFINITY Series Entry List
Drive4Clots.com 300
Auto Club Speedway – 3/21/2015
Entry Car # Driver Make Sponsor
1 0 Harrison Rhodes Chevrolet teamjdmotorsports.com
2 01 Landon Cassill Chevrolet teamjdmotorsports.com
3 1 Elliot Sadler Ford OneMain Financial
4 2 Brian Scott Chevrolet Vons / Reser’s
5 3 Ty Dillon Chevrolet WESCO
6 4 Ross Chastain # Chevrolet teamjdmotorsports.com
7 6 Darrell Wallace Jr # Ford Roush Performance Products
8 7 Regan Smith Chevrolet SUAVE MEN
9 8 Blake Koch Toyota AQUAhydrate
10 9 Chase Elliott Chevrolet NAPA Auto Parts
11 10 Jeff Green Toyota TriStar Motorsports
12 13 Derek White Dodge Braille Battery Grafoid
13 14 Cale Conley # Toyota IAVA
14 15 Stanton Barrett Chevrolet RWR
15 16 Ryan Reed Ford Lilly – American Diabetes Association
16 18 Daniel Suarez # Toyota ARRIS
17 19 Mike Bliss Toyota TBD
18 20 Erik Jones(i) Toyota Game Stop
19 22 Brad Keselowski (i) Ford Discount Tire
20 24 Eric McClure Toyota Hefty Reynolds Wrap
21 25 John Wes Townley (i) Chevrolet Zaxby’s
22 28 J.J. Yeley Toyota Texas 28 Spirits Stage
23 33 Austin Dillon(i) Chevrolet Ruud
24 39 Ryan Sieg Chevrolet Uncle Bob’s Self Storage
25 40 Carl Long Dodge Braille Battery / Grafoid
26 42 Kyle Larson(i) Chevrolet ENEOS
27 43 Dakoda Armstrong Ford WinField
28 44 David Starr Toyota Zachry
29 51 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet RepairableVehicles.com
30 52 Joey Gase Chevrolet TBA
31 54 Denny Hamlin (i) Toyota Monster Energy
32 55 Jeffrey Earnhardt Chevrolet Viva Auto Group
33 60 Chris Buescher Ford Fastenal
34 62 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet South Point
35 70 Derrike Cope Chevrolet Wade Tractor / Adrenalin Power Sports
36 74 Mike Harmon Dodge TBA
37 88 Kevin Harvick (i) Chevrolet TaxSlayer.com
38 90 Mario Gosselin Chevrolet TBA
39 97 Peyton Sellers Chevrolet Obaika Racing
40 98 Sam Hornish, Jr. (i) Ford Biagi Bros

# Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate
(i) equals ineligible for driver championship points

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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