Auto Club Speedway

The 2020 season was expected to be the last race on the two-mile variation of Automobile Club Speedway.

Work was currently set to start on wrecking that course and changing it with a high-banked, brief track, comparable to Bristol Motor Speedway. COVID-19 had various strategies, so now this February will mark the last laps around a track that is incredibly comparable to Michigan International Speedway.

When we state the 2 tracks are comparable, we suggest it. California Speedway – as this was at first called – was actually constructed from the plan of Michigan as Roger Penske owned both courses. The warm bright environment of California is considerably various than Michigan, however even as the track aged, the 2 courses stayed alike. Chauffeurs who ran well on one, typically did so on the other.

The broad corners and sweeping frontstretch of the 2-mile tracks added to a few of the very best races on the calendar. As NASCAR had a hard time with aero-push through a number of the current seasons, this is a track where racers can pass the competitors by taking a various line. As such, it rewards systematic motorists with excellent long run setups.

The 2-mile courses are prone to streaks for individual motorists and teams. Both Team Penske and RFK Racing, formerly Roush-Fenway Racing, have placed all or most of their motorists in the leading 10 on numerous events in the not-so-distant past. Brad Keselowski will get in the 2022 season with 4 successive top-fives and 6 straight top-10s. Joey Logano saw a four-race streak of top-10s end in 2020, the last time NASCAR raced on this track, while Ryan Blaney had a three-race, top-10 streak end.

The numbers just improve when Michigan is included. Kyle Busch has a 13-race, top-10 streak going. Kevin Harvick ended an eight-race streak on this course type in 2015 while Denny Hamlin has 10 straight outcomes of 12th or much better. Kyle Larson when scored 6 successive top-threes on these 2 tracks.

There are numerous others with noteworthy strings, making this one of the more foreseeable types on the schedule.

However as NASCAR straightens their schedule to develop more roadway course racing in 2021 and 2022, with an eye to partially increasing brief track in 2023, the 2-mile tracks are falling under disfavor.

NASCAR stays dedicated to southern California. The Busch Clash will be held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum this spring and when the series go back to Fontana in 2023, it will be to this exact same acreage. Sadly, the 2-miler and its predictability will no longer belong to the landscape.

2022 Race
February 27, Automobile Club 400

Active Winners
4: Kyle Busch
1: Kurt Busch, Martin Truex, Jr., Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson, Alex Bowman, and Kevin Harvick

Profession Top-fives
11: Kyle Busch
8: Kurt Busch
7: Kevin Harvick
6: Joey Logano
5: Ryan Newman and Brad Keselowski
3: Kyle Larson
2: Martin Truex, Jr. and Denny Hamlin
1: Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Alex Bowman, Ryan Blaney, and Chase Elliott

Present Streaks
Brad Keselowski: 6 top-10s, 4 top-5s, 6 lead lap surfaces
Kyle Busch: 4 top-10s; 9 lead lap surfaces
Denny Hamlin: 3 top-10s, 6 lead lap surfaces
Aric Almirola: 2 top-10s; 2 lead lap surfaces
Kurt Busch: 2 top-10s, 2 lead lap surfaces
Kevin Harvick: 2 top-10, 2 lead lap surfaces
Joey Logano: 6 lead lap surfaces
Erik Jones: 4 lead lap surfaces (whole profession)
Martin Truex, Jr.: 4 lead lap surfaces
Alex Bowman: 2 lead lap surfaces
William Byron: 2 lead lap surfaces
Chase Elliott: 2 lead lap surfaces
Matt DiBenedetto: 2 lead lap surfaces

2020 Race
March 1, Automobile Club 400: 1. Alex Bowman, 2. Kyle Busch, 3. Kurt Busch, 4. Chase Elliott, 5. Brad Keselowski

Two-mile tracks: Automobile Club Speedway and Michigan International Speedway

Daytona International Speedway

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.