Kyle Busch Gets Win in Wild Fontana Race [Full Auto Club 400 Results and Recap]

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It almost seemed scripted. With half a lap to go, Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano were fighting for the lead–and bumping each other for the second week in a row. They made contact, going into the wall, and Kyle Busch benefited the most, taking the win he deserved. Busch, who led 125 of the 200 laps, got Joe Gibbs Racing into victory lane for the first time at Auto Club Speedway. Logano finished 6th, and Denny Hamlin got put on a stretcher. On Monday, it was reported that Hamlin has a compression fracture in his back.

Other Important Happenings:

Lap 29 – David Stremme spins out, bringing out the first caution. The two guys who started in the back, Brad Keselowski and Greg Biffle, were up to 14th and 18th, respectively.
Lap 37 – Caution #2, Timmy Hill blows an engine. Quite a few drivers reported either hitting the wall or hitting something on the track at this time, too, including Brad Keselowski, Kurt Busch, Kasey Kahne, Mark Martin, and Kyle Busch.
Lap 71 – Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick are caught speeding on pit road. Busch was in the mid-20s at the time and Harvick was inside the top 5.
Lap 90 – Debris caution. During the pit stops, Brad Keselowski is caught speeding on pit road and has to restart at the rear of the field (31st).
Lap 104 – Paul Menard, who was running round the top 15, hits the wall and has to pit because of a flat tire. He goes a lap down.
Lap 112 – Matt Kenseth makes an unscheduled pit stop because of a possible rear tire going down. He was running 10th when him and Greg Biffle made contact a lap or two before.
Lap 116 – Joe Nemechek bounces off the wall and brings out another caution. This is perfect timing for Matt Kenseth, who gets his lap back. Paul Menard took the wave around. During pit stops, Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s crew had some trouble with a tire and he lost a ton of spots. He was running 3rd and came out 22nd.
Lap 130 – Marcos Ambrose has a flat tire and brings out another caution. He was running in 17th at the time.
Lap 164 – During green flag stops, Mark Martin is caught speeding on pit road. He was running around 20th at the time.
Lap 170 – Marcos Ambrose blows out a tire and brings out another caution. Most cars pit and there are a bunch on different tires strategies for the run to the checkers.
Lap 176 – Mark Martin breaks something in his rear end and goes across the track, taking out David Gilliland.
Lap 185 – Clint Bowyer blows an engine to bring out another caution. He was running 10th at the time. Everyone pitted except for Kyle Busch, Logano, Stewart, Kurt Busch, Keselowski, Harvick, Bowyer, and McMurray. Newman gets caught speeding on pit road.
Lap 194 – Brad Keselowski is off pace. He was running 10th.
Lap 200 – Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin are fighting for the lead when they make contact. Logano hits the wall hard and Hamlin spins into the inside wall, also with a very, very hard hit. Kyle Busch passes both for the win.

Full Results of the Auto Club 400 (03-24-2013):

  1. Kyle Busch
  2. Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
  3. Kurt Busch
  4. Carl Edwards
  5. Greg Biffle
  6. Joey Logano
  7. Matt Kenseth
  8. Paul Menard
  9. Kasey Kahne
  10. Ryan Newman
  11. Jeff Gordon
  12. Jimmie Johnson
  13. Kevin Harvick
  14. Aric Almirola
  15. Casey Mears
  16. A.J. Allmendinger
  17. Jeff Burton
  18. Martin Truex, Jr.
  19. Jamie McMurray
  20. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.
  21. Dave Blaney
  22. Tony Stewart
  23. Brad Keselowski
  24. David Ragan
  25. Denny Hamlin
  26. Danica Patrick
  27. J.J. Yeley
  28. Bobby Labonte
  29. David Gilliland
  30. Landon Cassill
  31. David Stremme
  32. Joe Nemechek
  33. David Reutimann
  34. Travis Kvapil
  35. Clint Bowyer
  36. Marcos Ambrose
  37. Mark Martin
  38. Juan Montoya
  39. Timmy Hill
  40. Josh Wise
  41. Scott Riggs
  42. Michael McDowell
  43. Mike Bliss