MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
Auto Club 400
Auto Club Speedway – Fontana, Calif.
Sunday, March 18, 2018
Race Winner: Martin Truex Jr.
Team: No. 4 – Bass Pro Shops/5-Hour Energy Toyota
Owner: Furniture Row Racing
Crew Chief: Cole Pearn
IN THE WORDS OF THE WINNER – “We were just fighting hard and never gave up on it. I knew we really had a good racecar after the first adjustment of the race. The thing just came alive. From there it was just about managing my tires and being smart. We had a little trouble getting beat out of the pits and that was tough. At one run we fell back to fifth and then we needed to work our way back up. I really just needed to care of my front tires and once we got some clean air this thing was unbelievable. I just have to thank Cole (Pearn, crew chief) and Barney (Visser, team owner) and everybody back in Denver.”
-- Martin Truex Jr.
Martin Truex Jr. won the 22nd annual Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. Sunday afternoon. For Truex, it was his 16th win in 446 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) starts and his first this year.
It was his first victory since he won the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the 2017 finale on November 19 as he captured the MENCS championship.
It was a dominating weekend for Truex, who also won the pole and captured both Stage 1 and 2 as well. He also led 125 of the 200 laps today.
It was his first win in 18 career MENCS starts at Auto Club Speedway.
Truex’s finish today marked his fourth straight in the top-5.
Kyle Larson finished second while Kyle Busch claimed third spot today.
With wins to their credit this year, Austin Dillon, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. have clinched spots in the 2018 MENCS playoffs, which culminates with the Ford EcoBoost 400 championship race on Sunday, November 18 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
In 13 career starts at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Martin Truex Jr. has finished in the top-10 eight times and the top-5 on four occasions. This includes a win in the 2017 Ford EcoBoost 400 when he claimed the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship.
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES
Joey Logano won the 20th annual Roseanne 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) race Saturday at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. It is his 29th victory in 172 career NXS races.
Justin Allgaier was second while Elliott Sadler claimed third. It was Allagier’s second straight second-place showing
With a win to his credit this season, rookie Tyler Reddick has clinched a spot in the NXS playoffs, which concludes with the Ford EcoBoost 300 championship race on Saturday, November 17 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES
The Truck Series was off this weekend. They will return to action on Saturday, March 24 with the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at Martinsville Speedway.
With wins this year, Johnny Sauter and Brett Moffitt have secured spots in the NCWTS playoffs, which concludes with the Ford EcoBoost 200 championship race on Friday, November 16 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
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