Auto Club Speedway: NASCAR Track Facts

The Auto Club Speedway has been part of the Nascar tour since its inception in 1997, and although it doesn’t, yet, have the hallowed history of Charlotte or Daytona is has held over 30 NASCAR cup series races in its relatively short existence.

It is rumored to soon be reconfigured to a short track oval with elements of Martinsville and Bristol ( see below) but this won’t happen till after the Wise Power 400 in 2022. So read on to find out about this potentially changing early season track! We will update it once the reconstruction is complete.

We will be working through the tracks this season to give you all new and little known information about them. We will update the table on each page.

Los Angeles ColiseumDaytona International SpeedwayLas Vegas Motor Speedway
Auto Club SpeedwayPhoenix RacewayMartinsville Speedway
Atlanta Motor SpeedwayCircuit of The AmericasDarlington Raceway
Bristol Motor SpeedwayTalladega SuperspeedwayDover Motor Speedway
Kansas SpeedwayTexas Motor SpeedwayCharlotte Motor Speedway
Indianapolis Motor SpeedwayWorld Wide Technology RacewaySonoma Raceway
Nashville SuperspeedwayRoad AmericaNew Hampshire Motor Speedway
Pocono Raceway

Where is the Auto Club Speedway?

The track is located in Fontana, California on 9300 Cherry Avenue. It is about 50 kilometers East of Los Angeles.

When was the Auto Club Speedway Built?

The Auto Club Speedway is one of the newer NASCAR speedways in the USA. It started being constructed in 1995 and was completed over a year later in 1996. It has run NASCAR races since its opening, however since 2011 this has dropped to one a year from two.

What type of track is the Auto Club Speedway?

The track is not only a Nascar venue but was also designed to be an all-around motorsports mecca for several forms of racing. It has four configurations (details in the table below) these are Speedway oval, Sports car, Motorcycle course and a interior test circuit.

However there are plans to reconstruct the speedway into a short track somewhere in-between Martinsville and Bristol with the banks of bristol and the straights of Martinsville.

Currently the pit road is 2200 ft long and can hold 44 cars.

Table 1. Auto Club Speedway courses and configurations.

Track and FeaturesSpeedway D Shaped OvalSports car CourseMotorcycle courseInterior Test CuicuitProposed changes
Length2 miles (3.22km)2.8 miles (4.5km)2.36 miles (3.79km)1.45 miles (2.3km)
Track SurfaceAsphaltAsphaltAsphaltAsphalt
Configuration14 degree banking in corners, 11-3 degrees in straightaways21 turns21 Turns13
Lap record395 kph in CART – 30.255 secondsunknownunknown0.47 second lap in F2

What Events are held at Auto Club Speedway?

NASCAR holds its events at this 2 miles D shaped oval track, and each year both the Infinity and Cup series pay a visit in February. (usually)

  • The Wise Power 400 Cup series race is the highlight of the year, held usually towards the beginning of the season.
  • Xfinity Series also comes to town in the same weekend for the Production Alliance 300 race.
  • You can also take part in the driving experiences that are held here throughout the year including, Motorcycles, NASCAR, open wheel and Karting.

What are the NASCAR Records At the Auto Club Speedway?

Track records (Nascar Cup Series)

QualifyingKevin Harvick38.147 – (188.7 miles an hour)March 16, 2018
Race 500 milesJeff Gordon3.13.32June 27, 1997
Race 400 MilesAlex Bowman2.37.07March 1, 2020
WinsJimmie Johnson62002, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2016
Highest Average SpeedTony Stewart160.166 Miles an hourMarch 25, 2012

Who has Won in the Cup Series at Auto Club Speedway

Since the Cup Series began running at the speedway, 28 races have been held at Auto Club Speedway Race at the time of this writing (in 2011 the race number was dropped from 2 a year to one). 

Winners at the Auto Club Speedway include Alex Bowman, Kyle Larson, Rusty Wallace, Martin Truex Jr, Brad Keselowski, Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards, Kasey Kahne, Greg Biffle, Elliott Sadler, Jeremy Mayfield and Mark Martin

Kyle Busch has 4 wins here, Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth have 3, and Jimmie Johnson leads with 6.

Table 3. Auto Club Speedway Race Winners NASCAR Cup Series

2022Wise Power 400
2020*Auto Club 400Alex BowmanChevrolet
2019Auto Club 400Kyle BuschToyota
2018Auto Club 400Martin Truex JrToyota
2017Auto Club 400Kyle LarsonChevrolet
2016Auto Club 400jimmie JohnsonChevrolet
2015Auto Club 400Brad KeselowskiFord
2014Auto Club 400Kyle BuschToyota
2013Auto Club 400kyle BuschToyota
2012Auto Club 400Tony StewartChevrolet
2011*Auto Club 400Kevin HarvickChevrolet
2010Pepsi Max 400Tony StewartChevrolet
2010Auto Club 500Jimmie JohnsonChevrolet
2009Pepsi 500Jimmie JohnsonChevrolet
2009Auto Club 500Matt KensethFord
2008Pepsi 500Jimmie JohnsonChevrolet
2008Auto Club 500Carl EdwardsFord
2007Sharp AQUOS 500Jimmie JohnsonChevrolet
2007Auto Club 500Matt KensethFord
2006Sony HD 500Kasey KahneDodge
2006Auto Club 500Matt KensethFord
2005Sony HD 500Kyle BuschChevrolet
2005Auto Club 500Greg BiffleFord
2004Pop Secret 500Elliott SadlerFord
2004Auto Club 500Jeff GordonChevrolet
2003Auto Club 500Kurt BuschFord
2002NAPA Auto Parts 500Jimmie JohnsonChevrolet
2001NAPA Auto Parts 500Rusty WallaceFord
2000NAPA Auto Parts 500Jeremy MayfieldFord
1999California 500Jeff GordonChevrolet
1998California 500Mark MartinFord
1997California 500Jeff GordonChevrolet
  • *after 2011 is moved to a single race a season
  • ** 2021 race was cancelled because of the pandemic

Which Manufacturer Has the Most Wins at Auto Club Speedway?

  • Chevrolet has seen the most success at the track by a significant margin, with 15 race victories.
  • Ford has won at the track 11 times
  • Toyota has 4 Auto Club Speedway wins
  • Dodge scored 1 victory at the track before leaving the series at the end of the 2012 season.

Can you drive on the Auto Club Speedway?

There are a few options for driving on the Auto Club Speedway at their racing school. You can try your hand at NASCAROpens in a new tab., Open Wheel,Opens in a new tab. Motorcycle, Karting and driving performance training.

Great as a gift fo that once in a lifetime driving experience.

Have there been any Fatalities at the Auto Club Speedway?

There have been six fatal incidents at the Auto Club Speedway track. None have involved NASCAR races.

  • 1999 Greg Moore crashed into the retaining wall during a CART race.
  • Ricky Lundgren Was killed qualifying for a motorcycle competition.
  • John Barr died when he came of his motorbike an Open track event
  • There were two fatalities during a Ferrari Club of America event
  • A woman was killed while taking part in a driving school event at the track.

How Many Spectators can Auto Club Speedway Hold?

Currently, there are plans for a remodel of the speedway, the track can hold 122,000 fans and spectators when all the fan zones and grandstand capacities are included.

Who owns Auto Club Speedway?

NACAR it’s owns the Auto Club Speedway.

Can you take a Cooler into Auto Club Speedway.?

Soft Sided Coolers are allowed in the grandstands at Auto Club Speedway., however you can not bring your own alcohol.

The coolers must be 14x14x14 inches and food must be pre packed and sealed. Also no glass, weapons, selfie sticks are allowed to be brought inside.

They do have concessions at the Auto Club Speedway. so you can buy refreshments inside, including beer!

Full list of what is and isn’t allowed can be found hereOpens in a new tab.

Can you Camp and Do they have RV Parking at Auto Club Speedway

They have approximately 1800 reserved infield! parking spots for RVs at the speedway. Camping is also possible and they have washrooms and bathrooms to accommodate campers.

What is the NASCAR Experience at Auto Club Speedway?

There is the opportunity to drive a NASCAR Stock car by yourself around the track at Auto Club Speedway. You will even have a Spotter guiding you around the track. If you ever wanted to try to be a NASCAR driver this may be your chance!

When is the NASCAR Cup Series Race at the Auto Club Speedway?

In 2022 the NASCAR Wise Power 400 will be held at the Auto Club Speedway on Sunday February the 27th at 3.30pm ET.

Final Lap

Hopefully something you didn’t know there about the Auto Club Speedway, or at least a few links to help you find out what you needed to know. We have a series of these being written so feel free to check out the other NASCAR Track pages if you need more information .

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