The Five Biggest Winners at the Auto Club 400

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The Five Biggest Winners at the Auto Club 400

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Gary A. Vasquez-US Presswire

This weekend NASCAR traveled to the super fast Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California for the annual Auto Club 400. While in past years folks may have considered the racing to be severely lacking in entertainment and excitement, it was simply a claim that could not at all be made this year.

Instead we witnessed a race filled with some fairly good quality passing and more important than anything else, fights for the lead at a track where the broad two mile expanse usually stretches the field out quite far in long green flag runs.

Race winner Kyle Busch was certainly dominant leading more than a hundred of the races two hundred laps. However, he was not all alone at the front of the pack. He faced many challenges including surging ex-teammate Joey Logano who would make headlines about more than just his finishing position after a wreck with rival Denny Hamlin then a fight with veteran Tony Stewart. It seemed like a large chunk of the field actually had a good chance at challenging for the lead and increasing their position.

It would seem that Auto Club Speedway may take on a new light in retrospect with the introduction of the Generation-6 racecar. If the new car can make as “boring” of a track as Fontana exciting, where else can it revitalize tracks and fan attendance? While the Auto Club Speedway was certainly a winner this week, there were also five other quite key winners this weekend.

Jake Thompson is a NASCAR Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JakeThompsonCU.

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5.Joe Gibbs Racing

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Gary A. Vasquez-US Presswire

This weekend was a solid win for Joe Gibbs Racing. They picked up their first win at Auto Club Speedway making them the only team to have won at every track in the series. The only drawback was Hamlin's injury in the last lap crash.

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4.Kurt Busch

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The winner's older brother pulled another top five in his small team ride at Furniture Row Racing. This year may prove to be the path to redemption Kurt seeks if he can continue to finish this well or pull out a win or two.

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3.Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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Well, Jr. is back at the top of the standings for the second year in a row. If he can start taking that number 88 Chevy into victory lane, he could be a threat for the Sprint Cup this year unbelievably.

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2.Kyle Busch

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Gary A. Vasquez-US Presswire

Through a smooth sneak move, Busch rolled into that all important Sprint Cup victory lane he has been seeking all season. If he can keep winning or at least knocking on the door, Busch may have matured into a dangerous contender in the Chase.

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1.Joey Logano

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Gary A. Vasquez-US Presswire

Some may wonder why Logano comes out as the biggest winner from Fontana with a third place finish, an inflamed rivalry, as well as a new rivalry with one of the biggest names in the sport. The fact is though that Logano is showing the NASCAR pantheon defiantly that he is a force in the sport, and there is a reason that he has risen to this level beyond just being a rich brat as Stewart claims him to be.

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The Five Biggest Winners at the Auto Club 400

x
Gary A. Vasquez-US Presswire

This weekend NASCAR traveled to the super fast Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California for the annual Auto Club 400. While in past years folks may have considered the racing to be severely lacking in entertainment and excitement, it was simply a claim that could not at all be made this year.

Instead we witnessed a race filled with some fairly good quality passing and more important than anything else, fights for the lead at a track where the broad two mile expanse usually stretches the field out quite far in long green flag runs.

Race winner Kyle Busch was certainly dominant leading more than a hundred of the races two hundred laps. However, he was not all alone at the front of the pack. He faced many challenges including surging ex-teammate Joey Logano who would make headlines about more than just his finishing position after a wreck with rival Denny Hamlin then a fight with veteran Tony Stewart. It seemed like a large chunk of the field actually had a good chance at challenging for the lead and increasing their position.

It would seem that Auto Club Speedway may take on a new light in retrospect with the introduction of the Generation-6 racecar. If the new car can make as “boring” of a track as Fontana exciting, where else can it revitalize tracks and fan attendance? While the Auto Club Speedway was certainly a winner this week, there were also five other quite key winners this weekend.

Jake Thompson is a NASCAR Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JakeThompsonCU.

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5.Joe Gibbs Racing

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Gary A. Vasquez-US Presswire

This weekend was a solid win for Joe Gibbs Racing. They picked up their first win at Auto Club Speedway making them the only team to have won at every track in the series. The only drawback was Hamlin's injury in the last lap crash.

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4.Kurt Busch

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Gary A. Vasquez-US Presswire

The winner's older brother pulled another top five in his small team ride at Furniture Row Racing. This year may prove to be the path to redemption Kurt seeks if he can continue to finish this well or pull out a win or two.

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3.Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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Gary A. Vasquez

Well, Jr. is back at the top of the standings for the second year in a row. If he can start taking that number 88 Chevy into victory lane, he could be a threat for the Sprint Cup this year unbelievably.

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2.Kyle Busch

x
Gary A. Vasquez-US Presswire

Through a smooth sneak move, Busch rolled into that all important Sprint Cup victory lane he has been seeking all season. If he can keep winning or at least knocking on the door, Busch may have matured into a dangerous contender in the Chase.

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1.Joey Logano

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Gary A. Vasquez-US Presswire

Some may wonder why Logano comes out as the biggest winner from Fontana with a third place finish, an inflamed rivalry, as well as a new rivalry with one of the biggest names in the sport. The fact is though that Logano is showing the NASCAR pantheon defiantly that he is a force in the sport, and there is a reason that he has risen to this level beyond just being a rich brat as Stewart claims him to be.


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