This Week's Race

Posted: February 18, 2010

Auto Club 500

Auto Club Speedway

Fontana, Calif.

When: Sunday, 3 p.m.

TV/Radio: Fox/WNPV (1440-AM)

Race course: 2-mile oval

Race distance: 250 laps/500 miles

Last year's race winner: Matt Kenseth

Last year's pole winner: Brian Vickers, 183.439 mph

Track qualifying record: Kyle Busch, 188.425 mph (February 2005)

Track facts: Veteran Todd Parrott is the new crew chief for Matt Kenseth, who opened last year with victories at Daytona and California, then failed to win the rest of the year and missed the Chase for the first time. He has won three of the last four California races in February. Parrott replaces Drew Blickensderfer, who is moving to Roush Fenway's research and development department . . . Jimmie Johnson has swept the last three fall races at California. His four career W's are the most at the track . . . Danica Patrick is competing in Saturday's Nationwide race at California (Stater Bros. 300, 5:30 p.m., ESPN2). Tip to other drivers: Stay close to Danica on the track and you'll get a lot of TV exposure.

SPRINT CUP POINTS LEADERS

(After 1 race)

1. Jamie McMurray. . . 190

2. Dale Earnhardt Jr.. . . 175

3. Greg Biffle. . . 170

4. Clint Bowyer. . . 165

5. Kevin Harvick. . . 156

6. David Reutimann. . . 155

6. Martin Truex Jr.. . . 155

8. Matt Kenseth. . . 142

9. Juan Pablo Montoya. . . 139

10. Carl Edwards. . . 138

11. Mark Martin. . . 132

12. Jeff Burton. . . 130

13. Kyle Busch. . . 126

14. Paul Menard. . . 124

15. David Ragan. . . 120

Up next: Shelby American, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Feb. 28, 3 p.m.; last year's winner: Kyle Busch; TV: Fox.

- Bill Fleischman

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