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Auto Club 500 - California Speedway

Biffle Hangs on to Win in California
Greg Biffle guaranteed that he would take the lead at lap number five and would win the race at California, he was wrong on one account… he took the lead on lap number four. Biffle would, indeed, win the 10th NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race at California Speedway, the Auto Club 500, scoring his fourth career victory in his 80th start. Biffle and teammate Kurt Busch chose not to pit during a late caution period on lap 218 and Biffle was able to hold off the cars that chose to make stops, including a hard-charging Jimmie Johnson, who finished second to Biffle by .231 seconds. Joe Nemechek led the most laps in the event, pacing the field three times for 64 laps but was sidelined on lap 178 with engine failure. Biffle would lead the race twice for a total of 46 laps and would become the eighth different winner at California Speedway. The Roush Racing contingent was strong at California, all five Roush cars led the race, leading a combined total of 151 of the 250 laps raced and Biffle’s win marked the 75th victory for Roush Racing. Johnson’s second-place finish marked his third top-10 finish in five races at California Speedway. Busch ended up in third place and joins Johnson as the only two drivers to begin the 2005 season with two top-five finishes. Jamie McMurray and Carl Edwards finished fourth and fifth respectively.

Auto Club 500 Notes
· Race Results
· Ford Post-Race Quotes
· Chevrolet Post-Race Quotes
· Dodge Post-Race Quotes
· Rookie Post-Race Quotes
· Point Standings
· Starting Lineup
· Starting Lineup Graphic
· Chevrolet Qualifying Quotes
· Dodge Qualifying Quotes
· Ford Qualifying Quotes
· Rookie Qualifying Quotes
· Rookie Saturday Quotes
· Final Practice
· Practice 1
· Chevrolet Friday Quotes
· Dodge Friday Quotes
· Qualifying Order
· Weekend Schedule
· Race Notes
· Entry List
· Raybestos Rookie Notes
· Eric McClure Notes
· Mike Bliss Notes
· Ken Schrader Notes
· Kyle Petty Notes
· Jeff Green Notes
· Dale Earnhardt Jr. Notes
· Jimmie Johnson Notes
· Tony Stewart Notes
· Ryan Newman Notes
· Elliott Sadler Notes
· Mark Martin Notes
· Rusty Wallace Notes
· Sterling Marlin Notes
· Dale Jarrett Notes
· Bobby Labonte Notes
· Kevin Harvick Notes
· Dave Blaney Notes
· Jeff Burton Notes
· Kasey Kahne Notes
· Jeremy Mayfield Notes
· Joe Nemechek Notes
· Brian Vickers Notes
· Michael Waltrip Notes
· Scott Riggs Notes
· Jamie McMurray Notes
· Casey Mears Notes
· Ricky Rudd Notes
· Scott Wimmer Notes
· John Andretti Notes
· Terry Labonte Notes
· Bill Elliott Notes
· Kyle Busch Notes

Kyle Busch Wins First Cup Pole
Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Bud Pole for the Auto Club 500, lapping California Speedway in 38.248 seconds, at an average aped of 188.245 mph. He broke Ryan Newman’s track-qualifying record of 38.414 seconds, 187.432 mph, set April 26, 2002. Busch, at 19-years-old, became the youngest Bud Pole winner in Nextel Cup Series history. He replaced Donald Thomas, who was 20 years old, when he won the pole at Lakewood Speedway in Georgia on Nov. 16, 1952. Thomas went on to win that race and remains the youngest race winner in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series history. This is Busch’s first career Bud Pole in only eight career Cup races. Only six drivers have posted their series-first Bud Pole in fewer races: Mark Martin (three), Ryan Newman (three), Kasey Kahne (three), Johnny Benson (four), Jimmie Johnson (four) and Loy Allen (six). Brian Vickers posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 38.351 seconds, at an average speed of 187.740 mph, and will join Busch on the front row for the Auto Club 500. Vickers has started from a top-10 starting position in all three of his races at California. He won the Bud Pole here last September and started sixth in his first race here in May 2004. Jeremy Mayfield Will roll off from the third position, while Joe Nemechek and Greg Biffle round out the top-five starting spots.

 

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