Winners and Losers from Fontana

Fan4Racing Winners and Losers by Owen Stewart

After a couple of long, tension-packed finishes at Daytona and Las Vegas, the Auto Club 400 was significantly more subdued for the NASCAR Cup Series. The third stage ran 80 laps without a caution, and Alex Bowman cruised to his second career win by nearly ten seconds over Kyle Busch. Kurt Busch, Chase Elliott, and Brad Keselowski. While race number three of the season wasn’t nearly as eventful or full of action as the first two, it still wasn’t too hard to differentiate the good weekends from the bad. 

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Kurt Busch Recovers from Pit Road Miscue to Run Third on Sunday

Kurt Busch finishes third in NASCAR Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway. March 1, 2020
FONTANA, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 01: Kurt Busch, driver of the #1 Monster Energy Chevrolet, races in the NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 01, 2020, in Fontana, California. Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images

The pit stop during the break between the first and second stages of Sunday’s Auto Club 400 certainly didn’t go the way Kurt Busch or his No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing team had planned it.

Under caution on lap 63, Busch missed his pit stall, failed to get service and had to return to pit road to correct the mistake a lap later. From fifth at the end of the stage, Busch dropped to the back of the lead-lap cars for the subsequent restart on lap 67.

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Playoff Standings Tighten as First Elimination Race Approaches

RICHMOND, VA – APRIL 13: Clint Bowyer, driver of the #14 Haas Automation Ford, leads Kurt Busch, driver of the #1 Global Poker Chevrolet, during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway on April 13, 2019, in Richmond, Virginia. Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The scenario for Sunday’s much-anticipated Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course provides exactly the intensity NASCAR fans want, but for the Playoff drivers competing to advance to the Round of 12 – the recently added road course also presents high anxiety.

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Which Cup Driver will Step Up to Second Title?

With seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson not a part of this season’s Playoff picture, there is a good chance that NASCAR could crown its first multi-time champion since Johnson earned his seventh title in 2016. He is the only active driver with more than one championship.

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Jimmie Johnson Maintains Optimism Despite Missing NASCAR’s Playoffs

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – SEPTEMBER 08: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Ally Chevrolet, leads a pack of cars during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on September 08, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images

SPEEDWAY, Ind. – Jimmie Johnson emerged from a required check-up in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s infield care center fine physically but obviously disappointed to have his amazing run of NASCAR Playoff contention end with an accident on lap 105 of Sunday’s 160-lap Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard – the regular-season finale and his last shot at championship eligibility.

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