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By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Will Ferrell’s “I’m not even mad. That’s amazing” and Lindsay Ellis’ “Thanks, I hate it!” If there’s ever been a moment in NASCAR where those two quotes works like fine wine, Tuesday’s shocking development of NASCAR submitting a plan of converting Auto Club Speedway from a 2-mile circuit to a banked half-mile short track is it. When I woke up at 10 a.m. PT to open Twitter, I couldn’t believe what I was reading from The Athletic’s Jeff Gluck and Jordan Bianchi. Fontana might become aRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer There were no back-to-back triumphs for Chase Briscoe in Saturday’s Production Alliance Group 300 at Auto Club Speedway as a late-race spin dashed his hopes and ended up a gut punching 19th place. Despite leading 16 of 150 laps, Briscoe started off as not one of the more stronger cars among the 36-car grid. That would change on Lap 97 when he took the lead for the first time from Justin Haley. It wouldn’t be the only time Briscoe took the top spot from a KauligRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer It was quite the captivating weekend for Austin Dillon, who not only led the field to the green, but also battle an illness throughout Sunday’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, finishing a valiant 10th. Dillon’s Busch Pole Award on Friday was overshadowed after none of the 12 competitors crossed the line before the final round struck zero, and because of him being the fastest in Round 2, he was credited as the pole winner. The qualifying fiasco was the least ofRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Auto Club Speedway was once again unkind to John Hunter Nemechek, who took a heavy shunt past the start/finish line on the 84th lap of Saturday’s Production Alliance Group 300 in Fontana, California, and will be credited with a 28th place result. Already dealing with adversity such as a brush in the Turn 4 wall during Stage 1 and later in Stage 2, he lost a lap by pitting for a vibration, but would have a decent recovery and saw himself battling Justin Haley for theRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer The final leg of the “West Coast Swing” will be an important one for Garrett Smithley, driver of the No. 77 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, as he’ll have a special partnership for Sunday’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. Smithley’s major partnership will be the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) and 10 Tanker Air Carrier, with a goal of raising awareness for the CDF Benevolent Fund. What makes the deal significant for the 26-year-old is that hisRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Quiet consistency often times goes unnoticed in NASCAR, but for the second time this season, JD Motorsports driver Ross Chastain finished in the top-10, already matching his total from 2017. Chastain brought his No. 4 Daley Technology Systems Chevrolet home in 10th during Saturday’s Roseanne 300 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. Chastain’s performance marked his ninth-career NASCAR Xfinity Series top-10 and only the fifth time he’s accomplished this feat outside of Daytona International Speedway, where he finished ninth last month. Chastain showed paceRead More
By Josh Farmer, IndyCar Reporter Author’s note: This is part of a 10-part series discussing tracks around the world that I feel would be a good fit for the Verizon IndyCar Series. The opinions here are expressed solely of the author and not necessarily of the Motorsports Tribune. While Auto Club Speedway only had a relatively short stint in Indy car racing history, it has rightfully earned its place at the top of the list. The 2-mile Speedway located in Fontana, California opened in 1997 on the site of theRead More
With a record 83 lead changes over the course of 500 miles, yesterday’s MavTV 500 was  one of the wildest IndyCar races in recent memory and arguably one of the best races of the season. The race has pushed IndyCar well into cyberspace with the race being one of the highest trending topics on Twitter and whether fans and the pundits love it or hate it, people are talking about it. Leading into the race weekend, some drivers (notably Juan Pablo Montoya) expressed concerns on Friday in criticism of theRead More

Posted On June 27, 2015By Motorsports TribuneIn In the Gravel Trap, IndyCar

In the Gravel Trap: MAVTV 500 Post Race Show 06/27

Adam Tate, Josh Farmer and Joey Barnes of Tribute Racing dish out the goods after a historic and controversial MAVTV 500 IndyCar race at Auto Club Speedway. The boys go in depth on the new aero kit package at Fontana, as well as the leading stories from the weekend. Was it tight racing or was it ‘pack’ racing? Click below for all this and more as we take you “In the Gravel Trap!” In the Gravel Trap: MAVTV 500 Post Race Show 06/27 by Tribute Racing Image: Chris Jones viaRead More
Tristan Vautier and Pippa Mann are set to return to IndyCar action this weekend at Fontana where they will race for Dale Coyne’s outfit. The DCR merry-go-round has seen multiple drivers for each of the teams two cars this season, but Mann starting her third race for the team and Vautier his fifth, after an impressive fourth place outing in Detroit seem to be settling in as some of Coyne’s front running candidates should he want a stable line up. 2013 rookie of the year Vautier will look to buildRead More