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NASCAR Cup Auto Club, Fontana

NASCAR at Auto Club: Schedule, TV channel, entry list for 2023 Fontana

After another thrilling Daytona 500, the 2023 NASCAR Cup season moves onto Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California for Round 2 of the year.

Following the season-opening spectacle that is Daytona 500, NASCAR's 'true' season begins now. Auto Club Speedway kicks off a three-week stretch on the west coast in what is going to be the final race on the two-mile oval before it is reconfigured into a short track. 

Unfortunately, rain will be a challenge during the weekend, and all on-track activity was cancelled Saturday. 

Looking back on last week, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. snapped a 199-race winless streak with his Daytona 500 victory, and returned JTG Daugherty Racing to the winner's circle for the first time since Watkins Glen in August, 2014.

Joey Logano, who finished second in the 500, enters Fontana as the championship leader. 

Kyle Larson is the defending winner of this race, passing Daniel Suarez late and then fending off Austin Dillon on the final lap.


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Photo by: Jasen Vinlove / NKP / Motorsport Images

What is the NASCAR at Auto Club Speedway schedule?

(Schedule is tentative and subject to change)

A major storm is currently slamming the west coast, brining with it heavy rain, cold temperatures, and even snow in some places. NASCAR has been forced to cancel practice and qualifying for both the Cup and Xfinity Series. This will put Christopher Bell (Cup) and Austin Hill (Xfinity) on pole for both races. 

The sanctioning body also tried, but failed to get the Xfinity race in. That too was postponed until Sunday after the Cup race. Drivers Tyler Reddick, Austin Dillon, and Ross Chastain will be pulling double duty and running both events.

Saturday, February 25

12:00 p.m. ET – NASCAR Xfinity Series practice - RAINED OUT

12:30 p.m. ET – NASCAR Xfinity Series qualifying - RAINED OUT

2:00 p.m. ET – NASCAR Cup Series practice - RAINED OUT

2:45 p.m. ET - NASCAR Cup Series qualifying - RAINED OUT

5:00 p.m. ET - NASCAR Xfinity Series race (150 laps) - POSTPONED

Sunday, February 26

3:30 p.m. ET – NASCAR Cup Series Pala Casino 400 race (200 laps) – FOX 

8:00 p.m. ET - NASCAR Xfinity Series race (150 laps) - FS2

How can I watch?

  • Date: Sunday, February 26th
  • TV show start time: 3:30 p.m. ET
  • Stages/Laps: 65/65/70 (200 laps, 400 miles)
  • TV channel: FOX | TSN 3/5 (Canada)
  • Live stream: FOX Sports streaming; fuboTV
  • Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Wet weather

Wet weather

Photo by: Matthew T. Thacker / NKP / Motorsport Images

Who is racing at Auto Club Speedway?

36 cars have entered the race, all with charters. No one will go home. J.J. Yeley is back behind the wheel of the No. 15 RWR entry, which earned a tenth-place finish in the Daytona 500 with rookie Riley Herbst.

Starting Lineup at Auto Club Speedway

Pos. Car No. Driver Team Manufacturer
1 20 Christopher Bell Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
2 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. JTG-Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
3 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
4 48 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports  Chevrolet
5 17 Chris Buescher RFK Racing Ford
6 16 AJ Allmendinger Kaulig Racing  Chevrolet
7 99 Daniel Suarez Trackhouse Racing team  Chevrolet
8 1 Ross Chastain Trackhouse Racing team  Chevrolet
9 12 Ryan Blaney  Team Penske  Ford
10 4 Kevin Harvick  Stewart-Haas Racing  Ford
11 51 Cody Ware  Rick Ware Racing  Ford
12 7 Corey LaJoie  Spire Motorsports  Chevrolet
13 11 Denny Hamlin  Joe Gibbs Racing  Toyota
14 19 Martin Truex Jr.  Joe Gibbs Racing  Toyota
15 5 Kyle Larson  Hendrick Motorsports  Chevrolet
16 6 Brad Keselowski  RFK Racing  Ford
17 10 Aric Almirola  Stewart-Haas Racing  Ford
18 23 Bubba Wallace  23XI Racing  Toyota
19 2 Austin Cindric  Team Penske  Ford
20 42 Noah Gragson  Legacy Motor Club  Chevrolet
21 8 Kyle Busch  Richard Childress Racing  Chevrolet
22 15 JJ Yeley  Rick Ware Racing  Ford
23 54 Ty Gibbs  Joe Gibbs Racing   Toyota
24 21 Harrison Burton  Wood Brothers Racing  Ford
25 38 Todd Gilliland  Front Row Motorsports  Ford
26 34 Michael McDowell  Front Row Motorsports  Ford
27 41 Ryan Preece  Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 
28 3 Austin Dillon  Richard Childress Racing  Chevrolet
29 31 Justin Haley  Kaulig Racing  Chevrolet
30 78 BJ McLeod  Live Fast Motorsports  Chevrolet
31 14 Chase Briscoe  Stewart-Haas Racing  Ford
32 24 William Byron  Hendrick Motorsports  Chevrolet
33 9 Chase Elliott  Hendrick Motorsports  Chevrolet
34 43 Erik Jones  Legacy Motor Club  Chevrolet
35 45 Tyler Reddick  23XI Racing  Toyota
36 77 Ty Dillon  Spire Motorsports  Chevrolet

 

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