On a very windy Friday afternoon, the Monster Energy Cup Series drivers took to the track at Auto Club Speedway to qualify for the Auto Club 400 on Sunday to finish out the west coast segment of the spring NASCAR racing schedule.

Beginning this week, the drivers must maintain the same pit road speeds they observe in the race. Any driver who is caught speeding heading for the track during qualifying will be brought back down pit road and will have to start again. Any driver caught speeding coming back on pit road after making a qualifying run will have their time disqualified.

Any speeding infractions could have some serious consequences for a driver with the first two rounds of qualifying lasting only 10 minutes and round three lasting only five minutes.

After three rounds of qualifying Austin Dillon wins the pole with his second round speed after nobody made it to the start/finish line in time to make a lap in round three.

The starting lineup for the Auto Club 400:
Austin Dillon
Kevin Harvick
Aric Almirola
Kyle Busch
Joey Logano
Denny Hamlin
Ryan Newman
Chase Elliott
Clint Bowyer
Ryan Blaney
Jimmie Johnson
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Brad Keselowski
Chris Buescher
Kyle Larson
Ty Dillon
Daniel Hemric
Erik Jones
David Ragan
Daniel Suarez
Kurt Busch
William Byron
Alex Bowman
Matt DiBenedetto
Paul Menard
Ryan Preece
Martin Truex Jr
Bubba Wallace
Michael McDowell
Corey LaJoie
Ross Chastain
Matt Tifft
Landon Cassill
Cory Ware
Reed Sorenson
BJ McLeod
Garrett Smithley
Joey Gase

Stages one and two of the race are 60 laps each with stage three lasting 80 laps for a total of 200 laps around the two mile track. The drivers will be racing 400 miles around one of the widest tracks on the circuit.

On the pace laps, in an impressive display the drivers went five wide for a fan salute.

Pole sitter Austin Dillon fell ill on Saturday night and had to spend time in the medical center getting some IV’s. While he is not feeling well and there is a standby driver standing by, Dillon assures the team that he is in the car for the duration.

Matt Tifft has moved to the back of the field after making an engine change.

On a hot windless day Austin Dillon brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and the drivers quickly get five wide across the track.

Denny Hamlin leads the first lap.

Austin Dillon takes the lead on lap three.

Aric Almirola leads lap four.

Kyle Busch has come from third to take the lead of the race on lap 13.

After taking the lead on lap 13, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on lap 24.

Lap 26 drivers are beginning to make green flag pit stops.

Leader Kyle Busch brings his car down pit road for his green flag pit stop on lap 30 and give the lead over to William Byron.

William Byron brings his car down pit road for his green flag pit stop with 26 laps remaining in stage one; Kyle Busch retakes the lead of the race.

Lap 40, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of nearly four seconds.

Clint Bowyer is reporting some possible engine issues saying that he fells like he is down a cylinder and can smell oil burning.

With nine laps remaining in stage one, Ty Dillon brings his car down pit road for an unscheduled pit stop.

The caution flag comes out on lap 55 for Austin Dillon’s smoking car with a cut tire.

Many of the drivers bring their cars down pit road for service with just four laps remaining in stage one. Denny Hamlin, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, and Clint Bowyer are the only drivers who did not make a pit stop.

Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart with just one lap remaining in stage one.

Kyle Busch takes the lead as the caution flag comes out for a crash from Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Kyle Busch wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Kyle Busch
Joey Logano
Denny Hamlin
Kevin Harvick
Daniel Suarez
Aric Almirola
Erik Jones
Jimmie Johnson
Ryan Blaney
Daniel Hemric

Along with Ricky Stenhouse Jr; Martin Truex Jr, Erik Jones, and Kyle Larson also sustained damage from the crash.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 69 and after short battle with Joey Logano, Busch holds on to the lead.

Lap 70 Joey Logano takes the lead of the race.

Daniel Hemric brushes the wall but the track stays green.

Lap 72, Kyle Busch passes Joey Logano to take the lead.

Daniel Hemric brings his car down pit road with a flat tire on lap 75.

Lap 82, Kyle Bush has a two second lead on second place driver Joey Logano.

Drivers are beginning to make green flag pit stops on lap 91.

Kyle Busch and Matt DiBenedetto are the last two drivers to make their pit stops.

Once the green flag pit stops have cycled around, Kyle Busch holds on to his lead…and increases his lead.

Bubba Wallace was caught speeding on pit road and will have to make a pass through penalty.

With 18 laps remaining in stage two, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of over four seconds.

Lap 110, Kyle Busch is running away from the field with a lead of over five seconds.

Clint Bowyer made an unscheduled stop on pit road with a possible flat tire with less than 10 laps remaining in stage two.

Kyle Busch wins stage two by over six seconds. This is the third time in Kyle Busch’s career that he has won both stages in a race.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Kyle Busch
Brad Keselowski
Ryan Blaney
Joey Logano
Aric Almirola
Kevin Harvick
Erik Jones
Burt Busch
Denny Hamlin
Chase Elliott

Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road and was caught speeding. He will have to start from the rear of the field.

Denny Hamlin was also caught speeding on pit road.

Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 127 and holds on to the led as drivers get four and five wide across the track.

Lap 130, Kyle Busch is in 16th place.

With 67 laps remaining in the race, Clint Bowyer takes his car to the garage and is the first car out of the race.

With 63 laps remaining in the race, Brad Keselowski has a two second lead.

Fifty to go, Brad Keselowski has pulled out to a lead of over four seconds on team mate Joey Logano. Kyle Busch has moved up to sixth place after starting back in the field from a speeding penalty.

Forty laps to go, drivers are beginning to make green flag pit stops.

The caution flag comes out with 37 laps remaining in the race for Bubba Wallace who scattered debris all over the track after blowing a tire.

Kyle Busch was in the lead after not yet making his green flag pit stop. There are only seven cars on the lead lap with 14 cars one lap down.

Ryan Blaney did not make a pit stop and will bring the field down for the green flag.

Ryan Blaney brings the field down for the green flag but it is Brad Keselowski who gets out in front with 31 laps remaining in the race. Keselowski and Kyle Busch battle back and forth for the lead with Keselowski getting out in front.

Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski battle for the lead but Keselowski holds on to the top spot.

With 27 laps to go, Joey Logano gets around team mate Brad Keselowski for the lead.

Coming from third place, Kyle Busch retakes the lead with 26 laps to go.

Twenty to go and Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of over a second.

Fifteen to go, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds over Joey Logano.

Ten to go, Kyle Busch’s lead is now nearly two and a half seconds.

Five to go, Kyle Busch has a lead of over two and a half seconds on Joey Logano.

Kyle Busch takes the white flag with a lead of over two seconds.

Kyle Busch wins the race for Monster Cup Series win number 53 and NASCAR career win number 200!

Auto Club 400 results:
Kyle Busch
Joey Logano
Brad Keselowski
Kevin Harvick
Ryan Blaney
Kurt Busch
Denny Hamlin
Martin True Jr
Aric Almirola
Austin Dillon
Chase Elliott
Kyle Larson
Daniel Suarez
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
William Byron
Chris Buescher
Jimmie Johnson
Matt DiBenedetto
Erik Jones
Pal Menard
Alex Bowman
Ryan Newman
Ryan Preece
Michael McDowell
David Ragan
Matt Tifft
Ty Dillon
Ross Chastain
Landon Cassill
Bubba Wallace
Corey LaJoie
Cody Ware
Daniel Hemric
Reed Sorenson
Joey Gase
Garrett Smithley
BJ McLeod
Clint Bowyer