The Rest of the Race

Okay, so Martin Truex Jr., in racing parlance, “stunk up the place” in Fontana on Sunday. That means he dominated everything from qualifying to all three stages, including the last one, winning the Auto Club 400 race. That’s okay. The guy is a great racer and a better man. Any good thing that comes to him is deserved. But. The rest of the race–things happening while Martin Truex Jr. ran away with things–that’s what you true NASCAR fans want, right? Brian Kennedy reports.

The Truth About NASCAR (Sunday morning)

What happened at Fontana in the Auto Club 400 Sunday is simple: Martin Truex Jr. won the pole. He won the first stage. He won the second stage. And much later, he won the race. That’s pretty much what you’re gonna get from most media, because that’s what the press notes say. Here at LACar, we try to do a little something extra. Like give you the story behind the obvious, fill you in on details that can only be seen firsthand, and generally make you go away saying, “Yeah, next year I gotta see that for myself.” Brian Kennedy reports.

Logano Steals from the Poor

Gee, Monster Energy Cup drivers, could you please leave your lesser brethren to have their races? Saturday afternoon at the Auto Club Speedway marked the weekend’s first race. The Xfinity Series had 40 racers enter, three more than Monster Energy will on Sunday. Several of the big series drivers invaded this race, as they often do. These included Joey Logano, Austin Dillon, and Ross Chastain (who actually has no chance Sunday and, given his limited budget, should really be relegated, but good on him for running the whole weekend). Brian Kennedy reports.

Engineering Frenzy During Practice

There’s so much TV can’t show you. Or won’t. Like the bustle and hurry of the sessions in which cars are allowed to practice for a race. Saturday morning, it was an all-out thrash as NASCAR  teams, about one-third of whom did not get to post a qualifying time Friday, got ready for Sunday’s Auto Club 400. Practice is a thrash, a semi-coordinated chaos as teams try to get their cars better, then test the results on track. Brian Kennedy reports.

Engineering and Gossip at the Auto Club 400

NASCAR is part engineering marvel and part soap opera. Nowhere will this be more on display than in Fontana this weekend, if Friday’s qualifying day is any proof. What happened? See, got you interested already. Engineering and gossip, an odd but compelling combination that makes up NASCAR. See it for yourself at Fontana this weekend. Brian Kennedy reports.

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