Auto Club 400 2013: Start Time, Lineup, TV Schedule and More

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Auto Club 400 2013: Start Time, Lineup, TV Schedule and More
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The 17th annual Auto Club 400 will be run on Sunday in Fontana, Calif. Denny Hamlin is the pole-sitter, with a speed of 187.451 mph in his qualifying run.

Hamlin will be looking to grab his first win of the season and possibly gain some ground on points leader Brad Keselowski.

The starting lineup for Sunday's race has all the big names in action, including 2012 Auto Club 400 winner Tony Stewart. Here's how you can tune in to see the action from Auto Club Speedway.

 

When: Sunday, March 24, 3 p.m. ET

Where: Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.

TV: Fox

 

TV Schedule and Starting Lineup

Race coverage begins on Fox at 3 p.m. ET, with the green flag waved at 3:16 p.m. ET

 

Starting Lineup

(Car number in parentheses, ordered by speed in qualifying run)

Per Sporting News:

 

1. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 187.451

2. (16) Greg Biffle, Ford, 187.217

3. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 187.149

4. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 187.13

5. (20) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 186.688

6. (22) Joey Logano, Ford, 186.514

7. (56) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 186.273

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2012 winner

8. (14) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 185.864

9. (55) Mark Martin, Toyota, 185.792

10. (78) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 185.677

11. (13) Casey Mears, Ford, 185.157

12. (42) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 185.085

13. (15) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 184.876

14. (29) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 184.715

15. (88) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 184.625

16. (5) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 184.374

17. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 184.233

18. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 184.044

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Three-time winner

19. (24) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 184.011

20. (39) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 183.988

21. (9) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 183.852

22. (31) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 183.702

23. (43) Aric Almirola, Ford, 183.697

24. (99) Carl Edwards, Ford, 183.57

25. (47) Bobby Labonte, Toyota, 183.248

26. (51) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 183.113

27. (27) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 183.02

28. (83) David Reutimann, Toyota, 182.825

29. (7) Dave Blaney, Chevrolet, 182.658

30. (35) Josh Wise, Ford, 182.639

31. (17) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 182.519

32. (30) David Stremme, Toyota, 182.473

33. (93) Travis Kvapil, Toyota, 182.44

34. (38) David Gilliland, Ford, 181.493

35. (98) Michael McDowell, Ford, 181.087

36. (33) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 181.087

37. (36) J.J. Yeley, Chevrolet, Owner Points

38. (44) Scott Riggs, Ford, Owner Points

39. (32) Timmy Hill, Ford, Owner Points

40. (10) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, Owner Points

41. (19) Mike Bliss, Toyota, Owner Points

42. (34) David Ragan, Ford, Owner Points

43. (87) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, Owner Points

 

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Last year, Stewart won the race after starting ninth on the grid. He's sitting pretty close to that spot at eighth this year.

If Stewart were to repeat, it wouldn't be the first time the race has seen back-to-back winners. Matt Kenseth won in 2006 and 2007, and he also won the race in 2009. He and Jeff Gordon are the only three-time winners of the event. Will we see either man claim his fourth title in Fontana?

 

Weather Conditions

Per Weather.com, it should be a beautiful day for racing. The forecast shows a high of 77 degrees with clear skies.

 

Storyline to Watch

Joey Logano-Denny Hamlin Feud

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At the Food City 500, Denny Hamlin wrecked Joey Logano on Lap 349. That led to a confrontation between crews and some bad blood between the drivers.

The two were once teammates with Joe Gibbs Racing, but you couldn't tell by looking at the climate of their relationship now.

Hamlin told Sporting News that "there's nothing to it from here on out," but Logano was nearly as dismissive. He said, "I haven’t gotten a phone call. He can tell you whatever he wants. … Until anyone says anything to me personally, no (it’s not over)."

Seems Logano wants an apology and closure, and Hamlin just isn't willing to cooperate...Men.

When, and if, these two are in close quarters on Sunday, we'll see if Logano seizes the opportunity to reciprocate Hamlin's hard-edged driving style.

 

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