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Status: Final Auto Club Speedway

Race Capsule

Auto Club Speedway
  • What:

    Race 30 of 35 on Nationwide circuit

  • Where:

    Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, CA

  • When:

    October 9, 2010 4:46 pm EDT

  • Laps:


  • Track Length:

    2. miles

  • Race Length:

    300.00 miles

  • Purse:


Drivers to Watch

Kyle Busch Busch finished seventh in last year's All-Star Race but led 33 of the 100 laps. "Last year's All-Star Race was really quiet for the majority, and then the last 10 laps, if I would have had a car that was capable of running up front and leading the laps, I would've gotten to the front and been gone," Busch said. "Unfortunately for us, our car was way too tight in the last segment. We pumped up the air pressures and didn't put all the fuel in the car trying to keep some nose weight in it to keep it a little bit tight. That's what actually made a race out of it was me having a tight race car. Yeah, the restarts were good. I could jump to the front and get out there, but I couldn't hold those guys off. It was pretty wild with the three-wide in the middle there at one point. To me, it really seemed like it was pretty exciting the last 10 laps, and I hope we can do the same this weekend with our Toyota."
Kevin Harvick Harvick remains the leader as the Cup Series heads into a non-points weekend with the All-Star Race at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Harvick has a 69-point lead in the standings. Points racing resumes on May 30 with the Coca-Cola 600. Harvick finished 15th in last year's All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway and did not lead a lap. He won the 2007 race. "It's a fun weekend," Harvick said. "I look at Charlotte as probably the biggest challenge for me. It's the race track I dislike going to the most, and for us to win the All-Star race was a huge accomplishment. It was a good weekend for us as far as speed and putting ourselves in position to win that race. The race is fun; the format is fun just because you have the pit stop for qualifying and you make a couple laps. There aren't any points involved, so it makes it kind of a free-for-all as far as pushing every lap to the limit. It's a fun race and it's great for us because we get some extra track time at what I feel is our worst race track. It's nice to go out and just race. We don't have to worry about points, and there is a lot of money on the line. You can do things and try some things that you normally wouldn't do. Charlotte has been a struggle for us, but we had a good test at Charlotte, so hopefully we run well this weekend and that gives us momentum heading into the Coca-Cola 600. It's a big deal. It's a huge feather in your cap. Everyone wants to win it because it is the All-Star Race. And you get a million bucks to go along with it, so that's always nice."
Brad Keselowski Keselowski finished 17th in his All-Star debut a year ago. "We want to run good in the All-Star Race, but we also are going to use the race like a test session for the 600 (on May 30)," said Keselowski. "With four different segments, you can try a lot of different things."
Martin Truex Jr. Truex has one top-10 finish in three starts in the All-Star Race, but he has yet to earn a spot in this year's event. "There is going to be a lot of really good cars in the Showdown," said Truex. "So we know we are going to have to have a fast car to finish in the top two (to qualify for the All-Star Race). But we feel good about our chances after the way we've run the last few weeks."
Carl Edwards Edwards, who has finally cracked the top 10 in points and is 281 out of the lead, never led a lap but finished fifth in last year's All-Star Race. Edwards will be in the Sprint Showdown and hopes to gain entry into the All-Star Race. "The Sprint Showdown and the All-Star race are very exciting races because there are no points involved," Edwards said. "The only things on the line are a trophy, money and bragging rights, so it's a real fun race in that respect. The other thing it does is gives you a chance to run a practice race for the Coke 600, which is very helpful. To be able to race two weekends back-to-back is useful. After a race you always wish you could go back and race there again next weekend and use what you learned."
Joey Logano Logano won the fan vote a year ago to qualify for the All-Star Race and went on to finish eighth. He earned a spot in this year's special event by winning at his home track, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, last summer. "This really is one of the coolest races all year," said Logano. "Last year was so cool to win the fan vote."
Paul Menard Menard has never qualified for the All-Star Race. "We are a much stronger team this year," said Menard. "So we feel we have a real shot at finishing in the top two in the Showdown and making the All-Star Race. That would be a big boost to the entire team."
Ryan Newman Newman won the All-Star Race in 2002, his rookie season. He has four other top-10 finishes, including a second, in eight starts in the special event. "I like the format," said Newman. "I like the short race. It's all about bragging rights. I love this race because it is a get-the-job-done-now kind of race. It's how I grew up racing and how a lot of the guys are used to racing."