Auto Club 400 Prerace Notes

By Brian Berg Jr.
Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Denny Hamlin won the Coors Light Pole award for today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the Auto Club Speedway. Denny will lead the field to green to start the Auto Club 400.

Ford Racing drivers Greg Biffle and Brad Keselowski had engine failures in practice Friday.  They replaced their engines and were able to continue practice and qualify.  The engines for both drivers are from Roush Fenway Racing.  Greg said, “We feel like the issues could be common between the 2 car and my car.

Greg Biffle qualified in the second position and Brad Keselowski third but they will have to go to the rear of the field at the start of the race because of the engine change.

Greg Biffle is confident that he can get his 3M Ford Fusion back to the front.  Greg said, “Definitely it will take probably 100 laps at a minimum or maybe 50-75 laps to get our way up through the field. Hopefully we can. Maybe some pit strategy too. We will see what we can come up with.

When Brad Keselowski was told about what Greg said, the fierce competitor said,  “I feel like I can do it in 99.”  Either way they showed they both have fast cars and it will be fun watching them drive up through the field.

Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin’s teammate qualified fourth.  Kyle also won the Nationwide Series race on Saturday driving the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing entry.  Will he be able to win today and get the weekend sweep?  Will he be able to get Joe Gibbs Racing’s first Sprint Cup Series win here? He is in a great position to do that since Greg and Brad will be dropping to the back, Kyle will be starting outside pole.

The race is 400 miles or 200 laps.  If you cannot get to the Auto Club Speedway, the Auto Club 400 will be on Fox at Sunday March 24th, at 2:30 PM ET.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for

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