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Dillon turned in his most complete performance of the season Sunday and finished 10th-place at Auto Club Speedway in the Auto Club 400.
After earning the pole, the driver of the No. 3 Chevrolet would follow with a good performance in the Auto Club 400. Dillon would bounce up and down the Top 15 all afternoon, but keep close touch with the leaders. He was battling flu-like symptoms, so the effort was really incredible. Dillon restarted stage 3 just inside the Top 10 and he would remain there over the long green-flag haul to the finish. It was his first Top 10 of the season.
Added Mar 18 12:09 pm (EST)
Almirola turned in another strong performance to earn a ninth-place finish at Auto Club Speedway Sunday afternoon, stewarthaasracing.com reports.
After a strong qualifying effort, Almirola would start third on the grid Sunday at the two-mile California oval. He led 7 laps in the early going and collected sixth- and fifth-place finishes in the first two stages. Almirola was a fixture among the Top 10 for most of this race. Three-wide racing in stage 3 would see the No. 10 Ford fade a bit with no help from surrounding drivers and an eventual ninth-place finish. Almirola rides a four-race Top-10 streak into Martinsville Speedway this week.
Added Mar 18 12:02 pm (EST)
Hamlin overcame multiple challenges to earn a seventh-place finish at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., on Sunday, leading laps and scoring stage points in the 400-mile race, dennyhamlin.com reports.
Hamlin would lead laps early in this 200-lap event. He would fall a lap down when an untimely caution flag came out right after the team pitted under green. The Joe Gibbs Racing veteran would then spend the better part of stage 2 rallying. A speeding penalty prior to the stage 3 restart would further encumber the No. 11 Toyota team. Undaunted, Hamlin would use the final stage to wage a methodical march to the front. The seventh-place finish was his fourth Top 10 in the first five races of the season.
Added Mar 18 11:53 am (EST)
Busch's good start to the season continued Sunday at Auto Club Speedway as he piloted the No. 1 Chevrolet to a sixth-place finish in the Auto Club 400.
It really has been a seamless transition for Busch coming from Stewart Haas Racing and into Chip Ganassi Racing. Through five events he has two Top-5 and four Top-10 finishes, and stands a surprising ninth in the driver points. Sunday he came from 21st on the grid to finish a strong sixth at Auto Club Speedway. Busch carries a four-race Top-10 streak into Martinsville Speedway this week.
Added Mar 18 11:49 am (EST)
Bowyer suffered an engine failure and finished 38th in the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway Sunday afternoon.
Bowyer looked poised to challenge the Top 10 in this one, but his No. 14 Ford developed a mechanical problem late in the first stage. The veteran driver would bring the car to pit road for service, but no solutions would help. On lap 66 the diagnosis was something broken in Bowyer's engine, and he would have to nurse it along the rest of the race. On lap 130 he'd finally retire to the garage for the day. It was Bowyer's second DNF of the season as he struggles through a slow start to 2019.
Added Mar 17 7:40 pm (EST)
Harvick finished fourth in the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway Sunday afternoon.
Harvick got the most out of the least Sunday at Auto Club Speedway. His No. 4 Ford wasn't the fastest or best-handling car on the track, but he and the SHR team used good pit strategy and adjustments to stay up front. Harvick nursed the car inside the Top 5 in the final green flag run and finished fourth in this 400-mile race. It was his third Top-5 finish of the season.
Added Mar 17 7:24 pm (EST)
Keselowski finished third in the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway Sunday afternoon.
It was a day for Penske Racing to collectively arm wrestle with Kyle Busch. Keselowski would be the fastest of the Penske trio, and lead 42 laps in this 200-lap battle. The driver of the No. 2 Ford would have the lead after the final restart and run out to a good margin over the rest of the Top 5. However, he would soon engage in a battle with Joey Logano that would see Kyle Busch catch them both. Keselowski would slip to third over the closing laps and claim his third Top-5 finish of the season.
Added Mar 17 7:11 pm (EST)
Logano finished second in the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway Sunday afternoon.
The Penske Racing Fords were the few cars on track that could keep up with Kyle Busch Sunday afternoon. Logano turned the single fastest lap of the day in his No. 22 Ford at 176.891 mph. He would battle inside the Top 10 much of the afternoon, but only lead 3 laps for the event. Logano would battle with his teammate, Brad Keselowski, for the lead in the closing laps as Busch in the No. 18 Toyota sailed by. Logano would have to settle for the runner-up finish, which was his third Top 5 of the season.
Added Mar 17 7:03 pm (EST)