NASCAR Recap: Auto Club 400



It’s a good thing Easter is next week.

Tempers flared on the track, after the race and on social media after Sunday’s Auto Club 400. Here’s a look at winners and losers from California.

Win: Martin Truex Jr.

So it’s a bit odd Truex Jr. wins after getting clipped by Joey Logano. Consider the following.

  • Truex Jr. had a top 5 car.
  • The transition from Chevy to Toyota appears to be seamless.
  • Sprint Cup fans are talking about Truex Jr. as a legitimate Chase contender an potential title contender.

For a newer Sprint Cup team in an era that insulated the have’s, Truex Jr. and Furniture Row Racing are the exception. It’s good to see a small team with large potential, even if it had a setback at Auto Club Speedway Sunday.


Kyle Busch’s twitter feed was on fire Sunday. In a way, Busch makes a point.

  • There wasn’t a caution because of a cut tire in the XFINITY Series race Saturday.
  • There was a caution because of a cut tire in the Sprint Cup Series race.
  • There was no real explanation of the difference.
  • Busch even joked on the likelihood of receiving a fine for asking what seems like  a fair question.

This kind of controversy happens a once a month in NASCAR. With the sport under a much larger spotlight because of Brian France’s recent comments, this kind of arbitrary process look bad. The idea of possibly fining the driver impacted looks even worse. It’s tough to take the race seriously when there’s such inconsistency.

Draw: Kyle Larson

The bad news is Larson finished dead last after a nasty wreck. For a team that thinks it can make the Chase this year, there aren’t may more mulligans left in the 2016 Sprint Cup season.

The good news is Larson walked away for this accident. There are many things that can be said about NASCAR; it deserves credit for its use the SAFER barrier. Larson would be in far worse shape without it.

NASCAR gets a week off to recalibrate and relax. Based on the emotions coming out of California, the break seems well-timed for Sprint Cup teams. Enjoy the down week, and insert a random catchphrase here.