Brad Keselowski rallies to win Auto Club 400 at Fontana

CAvKDkkVAAAjbkTAfter a second attempt at a green-white-checkered (flag) dash to the finish in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) Auto Club 400, it was Brad Keselowski denying Kevin Harvick – by 0.710 seconds -from winning his third consecutive NSCS race, as Keselowski wins at Auto Club Speedway (ACS) on the final lap.

This was Keselowski’s first series win of the 2015 season, his 17th series career win and his first series win at Auto Club Speedway.

Following Keselowski and Harvick to the drop the checkered flag was pole-sitter Kurt Busch (who led the most laps – 65 out ot 209) finishing third, Paul Menard fourth and Ryan Newman taking fifth.

Rounding out the top-10 finishing positions were Dale Earnhardt Jr. claiming sixth, Joey Logano seventh, Martin Truex Jr. eighth and Hendrick Motorsports teammates, Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon bringing home ninth and 10th respectively.

With his second place finish, Harvick leaves Fontana with a 28-point lead over Joey Logano.

RACE NOTES:
Average Speed: 140.662 MPH
Time of Race: 2 Hrs, 58 Mins, 18 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 0.710 Seconds
Lead Changes: 19 among 9 drivers
Cautions: 7 for 31 laps

Next Up: The series returns to the east coast with the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday, March 29th, with an approximate starting time of 1:20 p.m. (ET). and television coverage provided by FOX Sports 1.

Auto Club 400 Race Results
Pos. Car # Driver Laps Status Laps Led Points Bonus Points
1 2 Brad Keselowski 209 Running 1 47 4
2 4 Kevin Harvick 209 Running 34 43 1
3 41 Kurt Busch 209 Running 65 43 2
4 27 Paul Menard 209 Running 0 40 0
5 31 Ryan Newman 209 Running 0 39 0
6 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 209 Running 0 38 0
7 22 Joey Logano 209 Running 0 37 0
8 78 Martin Truex Jr. 209 Running 5 37 1
9 48 Jimmie Johnson 209 Running 0 35 0
10 24 Jeff Gordon 209 Running 3 35 1
11 43 Aric Almirola 209 Running 0 33 0
12 51 Justin Allgaier 209 Running 0 32 0
13 19 Carl Edwards 209 Running 1 32 1
14 14 Tony Stewart 209 Running 0 30 0
15 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 209 Running 0 29 0
16 3 Austin Dillon 209 Running 0 28 0
17 5 Kasey Kahne 209 Running 0 27 0
18 18 David Ragan 209 Running 0 26 0
19 10 Danica Patrick 209 Running 0 25 0
20 34 Chris Buescher (i) 209 Running 0 24 0
21 1 Jamie McMurray 209 Running 0 23 0
22 55 Brett Moffitt # 209 Running 0 22 0
23 13 Casey Mears 209 Running 0 21 0
24 35 Cole Whitt 209 Running 0 20 0
25 40 Landon Cassill (i) 209 Running 0 0 0
26 42 Kyle Larson 209 Running 0 18 0
27 33 Brian Scott (i) 209 Running 0 0 0
28 11 Denny Hamlin 209 Running 56 17 1
29 6 Trevor Bayne 209 Running 0 15 0
30 15 Clint Bowyer 209 Running 0 14 0
31 20 Matt Kenseth 209 Running 43 14 1
32 16 Greg Biffle 209 Running 0 12 0
33 7 Alex Bowman 208 Running 1 12 1
34 47 AJ Allmendinger 208 Running 0 10 0
35 38 David Gilliland 208 Running 0 9 0
36 98 Josh Wise 207 Running 0 8 0
37 23 J.J. Yeley (i) 206 Running 0 0 0
38 46 Michael Annett 206 Running 0 6 0
39 26 Jeb Burton # 205 Running 0 5 0
40 32 Mike Bliss(i) 205 Running 0 0 0
41 62 Brendan Gaughan (i) 205 Running 0 0 0
42 83 Matt Dibenedetto 203 Running 0 2 0
43 9 Sam Hornish Jr. 155 Running 0 1 0

# – Rookie
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series

2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Unofficial Point Standings After Daytona
After Race 5 of the 2015 season at Auto Club Speedway
Pos. Car # Driver Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5s Top 10s DNF
1 4 Kevin Harvick 225 Leader 5 2 5 5 0
2 22 Joey Logano 197 -28 5 1 2 5 0
3 78 Martin Truex Jr. 192 -33 5 0 1 5 0
4 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 164 -61 5 0 3 4 1
5 2 Brad Keselowski 163 -62 5 1 1 4 1
6 31 Ryan Newman 162 -63 5 0 3 4 0
7 48 Jimmie Johnson 159 -66 5 1 2 3 0
8 5 Kasey Kahne 159 -66 5 0 1 2 0
9 27 Paul Menard 152 -73 5 0 1 1 0
10 43 Aric Almirola 138 -87 5 0 0 0 0
11 47 AJ Allmendinger 137 -88 5 0 0 2 0
12 13 Casey Mears 132 -93 5 0 0 1 0
13 20 Matt Kenseth 127 -98 5 0 1 2 0
14 11 Denny Hamlin 125 -100 5 0 2 2 0
15 18 David Ragan 124 -101 5 0 0 0 0
16 1 Jamie McMurray 120 -105 5 0 1 1 1
17 19 Carl Edwards 120 -105 5 0 0 0 0
18 42 Kyle Larson 116 -109 5 0 0 2 1
19 3 Austin Dillon 116 -109 5 0 0 0 0
20 15 Clint Bowyer 115 -110 5 0 0 1 0
21 16 Greg Biffle 113 -112 5 0 0 1 0
22 24 Jeff Gordon 112 -113 5 0 0 2 1
23 10 Danica Patrick 111 -114 5 0 0 0 0
24 51 Justin Allgaier 102 -123 5 0 0 0 1
25 38 David Gilliland 101 -124 5 0 0 0 0
26 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 99 -126 5 0 0 0 1
27 6 Trevor Bayne 86 -139 5 0 0 0 0
28 41 Kurt Busch 82 -143 2 0 2 2 0
29 9 Sam Hornish Jr. 80 -145 5 0 0 0 0
30 35 Cole Whitt 80 -145 5 0 0 0 1
31 55 Brett Moffitt # 78 -147 4 0 0 1 0
32 14 Tony Stewart 62 -163 5 0 0 0 2
33 46 Michael Annett 60 -165 5 0 0 0 0
34 7 Alex Bowman 49 -176 4 0 0 0 1
35 95 Michael McDowell 44 -181 3 0 0 0 0
36 98 Josh Wise 38 -187 4 0 0 0 0
37 55 Brian Vickers 32 -193 2 0 0 0 0
38 26 Jeb Burton # 28 -197 4 0 0 0 0
39 32 Bobby Labonte 20 -205 1 0 0 0 0
40 55 Michael Waltrip 18 -207 1 0 0 0 0
41 44 Reed Sorenson 12 -213 1 0 0 0 0
42 83 Matt Fibenedetto 11 -214 2 0 0 0 0
43 66 Mike Wallace 8 -217 1 0 0 0 0
44 33 Alex Kennedy # 6 -219 1 0 0 0 0
45 30 Ron Hornaday Jr. 2 -223 1 0 0 0 1

# – Rookie

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2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Owner Standing 
After Race 5 of the 2015 season at Auto Club SpeedwayRaceway
Pos. Owner Car # Points Behind Attempts Starts
1 Tony Stewart 225 182 Leader 3 5
2 Walter Czarnecki 197 160 -22 3 5
3 Barney Visser 192 155 -27 3 5
4 Gene Haas 165 132 -50 3 5
5 Rick Hendrick 164 127 -55 3 5
6 Roger Penske 163 126 -56 3 5
7 Richard Childress 162 124 -58 3 5
8 Jeff Gordon 159 123 -59 3 5
9 Linda Hendrick 159 122 -60 3 5
10 Richard Childress 152 116 -66 3 5
11 Richard Petty 138 113 -69 3 5
12 Tad Geschickter 137 112 -70 3 5
13 Bob Germain 132 111 -71 3 5
14 Joe Gibbs 127 108 -74 3 5
15 JD Gibbs 125 105 -77 3 5
16 Joe Gibbs 123 101 -81 3 5
17 Felix Sabates 120 101 -81 3 5
18 J D Gibbs 120 98 -84 3 5
19 Chip Ganassi 116 97 -85 3 5
20 Richard Childress 116 97 -85 3 5
21 Rob Kauffman 115 92 -90 3 5
22 Jack Roush 113 88 -94 3 5
23 Rick Hendrick 112 88 -94 3 5
24 Tony Stewart 111 87 -95 3 5
25 Michael Waltrip 109 86 -96 3 5
26 Harry Scott 102 79 -103 3 5
27 Brad Jenkins 101 77 -105 3 5
28 John Henry 99 71 -111 3 5
29 John Henry 86 70 -112 3 5
30 Joe Falk 85 70 -112 3 5
32 Richard Petty 82 68 -114 3 5
32 Jerry Freeze 80 60 -122 3 5
33 Bob Jenkins 80 58 -124 3 5
34 Margaret Haas 62 45 -137 3 5
35 Michael Hillman 52 44 -138 3 5
36 Tommy Baldwin 49 39 -143 3 5
37 Archie St Hilaire 49 37 -145 2 5
38 Harry Scott 45 36 -146 3 5
39 Bob Leavine 44 34 -148 3 3
40 Ron Devine 43 33 -149 3 5
41 Mike Curb 38 323 141 3 5
42 Ron Devine 36 30 -152 3 5
43 Jay Robinson 32 30 -152 3 5
44 Glen Wood 30 29 -153 3 2
45 Anthony Marlowe 28 23 -159 2 5
46 John Cohen 12 12 -170 3 4
47 Jay Robinson 8 8 -174 3 4
48 Curtis Key 2 2 -180 2 2
49 Robby Benton 0 0 -182 3 4

 

2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Manufacturer Standings
After Race 5 of the 2015 season at Auto Club SpeedwayRaceway
Pos. Manufacturer Points Behind Wins
1 Chevrolet 228 Leader 3
2 Ford 212 -16 2
3 Toyota 183 -45 0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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