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Auto Club 500 - California Speedway

Biffle Dominates, Kenseth Wins in Cali
Greg Biffle might have dominated the Auto Club 500 at California Speedway but it was teammate Matt Kenseth who celebrated in victory lane. Biffle was so dominant in the event that he set a record for laps led in a Fontana event, leading a total of 168 laps. Leads in the ten-second range were not rare for Biffle but his day ended early when he had to park his car with only 21 laps to go for an engine failure. Matt Kenseth gladly took the baton from his teammate and carried it all the way to the win. Kenseth won from a starting position of 31st, the deepest a race winner has started at California Speedway. The race went into overtime when the caution came out for oil on the track with only three laps to go, setting up a green-white-checkered finish. When the green flag dropped, Kenseth got a great restart and ran to a 0.338-second win. Kenseth’s 11th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory comes in his 222nd career start. This is his 100th career top-10 finish and his fifth top-10 finish in nine races at California. Kenseth’s last victory came at Bristol in August 2005, 14 races ago. The win gave Jack Roush a sweep of the weekend’s three races as Mark Martin won the Craftsman Truck Series race on Friday, Biffle won the Busch race on Saturday and Kenseth won today. This was Roush’s 90th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory. Daytona 500 winner Jimmie Johnson came home in the second position, holding on to the points lead after finishes of first and second in the season’s first two races. Carl Edwards finished third, scoring his best finish in Fontana. Edwards now has finished (in order) sixth, fifth, fourth and third at California since September 2004. Kasey Kahne was fourth at the end of the day while Jeff Burton rounded out the top-five finishing positions.

Auto Club 500 Notes
· Race Results
· Ford Post-Race Quotes
· Chevrolet Post-Race Quotes
· Dodge Post-Race Quotes
· Rookie Post-Race Quotes
· Point Standings
· Owner Point Standings
· Final Practice
· Practice 2
· Chevrolet Practice Quotes
· Rookie Practice Quotes
· Chevrolet Saturday Quotes
· Dodge Saturday Quotes
· Ford Saturday Quotes
· Starting Lineup
· Qualifying Results
· Dodge Qualifying Quotes
· Ford Qualifying Quotes
· Chevrolet Qualifying Quotes
· Rookie Qualifying Quotes
· Practice 1
· Chevrolet Friday Quotes
· Ford Friday Quotes
· Rookie Friday Quotes
· Qualifying Order
· Entry List
· Weekend Schedule
· Race Notes
· MRN Notes
· Raybestos Rookie Notes
· Mike Garvey Notes
· Jimmie Johnson Notes
· Casey Mears Notes
· Ryan Newman Notes
· Elliott Sadler Notes
· Clint Bowyer Notes
· Tony Stewart Notes
· Dale Earnhardt Jr. Notes
· Brian Vickers Notes
· Clint Bowyer Notes
· Dale Jarrett Notes
· Mark Martin Notes
· Kasey Kahne Notes
· Kevin Harvick Notes
· Matt Kenseth Notes
· Michael Waltrip Notes
· Kyle Busch Notes
· Jamie McMurray Notes
· Jeff Gordon Notes
· David Stremme Notes
· Reed Sorenson Notes
· Denny Hamlin Notes
· Greg Biffle Notes
· Jeff Burton Notes
· Joe Nemechek Notes
· Sterling Marlin Notes
· Jeremy Mayfield Notes
· Kurt Busch Notes
· Jeff Green Notes
· Carl Edwards Notes
· Scott Riggs Notes
· Scott Wimmer Notes

Kurt Busch on Point in Fontana
Kurt Busch won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the Auto Club 500, lapping California Speedway in 38.485 seconds at an average speed of 187.086 mph. His brother Kyle Busch holds the track-qualifying record of 38.248 seconds, at an average of 188.245 mph, set Feb. 26, 2005. This is Busch’s fourth pole position in 186 NEXTEL Cup Series races and his first pole in eight tries at the California Speedway. Busch became the 10th different pole winner in the 12 races at the California Speedway, joining Joe Nemechek (1997), Jeff Gordon (1998), Mike Skinner (2000), Bobby Labonte (2001), Ryan Newman (2002), Steve Park (2003), Kasey Kahne (May 2004), Brian Vickers (September 2004), Kyle Busch (February 2005) and Carl Edwards (September 2005). Jeff Burton (1999) started from the pole when qualifying was canceled. Busch’s former teammate Greg Biffle posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 38.671 seconds, at an average of 186.186 mph, and will join Busch on the front row for the Auto Club 500. Point leader Jimmie Johnson qualified third, posting his fourth top-10 start in seven races at California. Joe Gibbs Racing teammates J.J. Yeley and rookie Denny Hamlin qualified fourth and fifth respectively. For Yeley, it his third top-10 start in three races at California, while Hamlin is making his first NEXTEL Cup start at the Fontana track.


 

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