The NASCAR Cup Series continues the west coast swing with the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway.

In the pre-qualifying inspection process, Martin Truex Jr’s number 19 car failed inspection three times. As a result, Truex was not allowed to qualify, has to start the race from the back of the field, have lost their car chief Blake Harris for the remainder of the weekend, and will be docked 15 minutes of practice time next week in Phoenix.

The number one car driven by Kurt Busch failed the inspection process twice. While Busch will lose 15 minutes of practice time next week and has lost his car chief Nick Case for the rest of the weekend, Busch will be allowed to qualify his car for the race. This is Bowyer’s fourth career pole win.

With a time of 40,086 seconds around the two mile track, Clint Bower puts his number 14 car on the pole and will bring the field to green with seven time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson starting alongside on the front row.

The starting lineup for the Auto Club 400:
Clint Bowyer
Jimmie Johnson
Alex Bowman
Kurt Busch
Kevin Harvick
Aric Almirola
Joey Logano
Michael McDowell
Kyle Larson
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Chris Buescher
Matt DiBenedetto
Chase Elliott
Bubba Wallace
Brad Keselowski
Ryan Blaney
Kyle Busch
Cole Custer
Tyler Reddick
Ryan Preece
William Byron
Christopher Bell
John Hunter Nemechek
Ty Dillon
Austin Dillon
Corey Lajoie
Ross Chastain
Denny Hamlin
Erik Jones
JJ Yeley
Daniel Suarez
Brennan Poole
Reed Sorenson
Joey Gase
Quin Houff
Garrett Smithley
Timmy Hill
Martin Truex Jr

During pre-qualifying inspection, NASCAR officials determined that the number 37 driven by Ryan Preece and 47 driven by Ricky Stenhouse Jr cars of JTG Daugherty Racing were not in compliance with the NNASCAR rule book by interfering with the airflow over the body of the car. As a result of the infractions both drivers will have to start the race from the back of the field, the teams are docked 10 driver and 10 car owner points each, and the crew chiefs for both cars have been suspended for the race

After changing a shock, Denny Hamlin is starting the race from the back of the field

Jimmmie Johnson’s wife and daughters will get the race started by waving the green flag after Johnson himself leads a five wide salute around the track in his final Auto Club Speedway appearance. Johnson has announced that he will be retiring at the end of the season.

Stages one and two are 60 laps each with stage three lasting 80 laps for a total of 200 laps around the two mile track.

Clint Bowyer brings the field down for the green flag start of the race with Bowyer jumping out in front for the lead.

Clint Bowyer leads lap one with Jimmie Johnson in second.

Lap four, Clint Bowyer holds on to the lead with Jimmie Johnson a quarter of a second behind; Alex Bowman, Kurt Busch, and Matt DiBenedetto round out the top five.

Lap nine Clint Boowyer holds on to the lead but Jimmie Johnson is right on his bumper and challenging for the lead; Alex Bowman, Kurt Busch, and Kyle Larson round out the top five.

Lap 10, Jimmie Johnson and Clint Bowyer battle for the lead, swapping back and forth with Alex Bowman coming from third place to take the lead.

Lap 15, Alex Bowman leads the race with team mate Jimmie Johson in second; Ryan Blaney, Kurt Busch, and Clint Bowyer round out the top five.

Former crew chief and FOX broadcaster Larry McReynolds reports that track times have fallen off over a second since the start of the race as the tires wear down.

Lap 19, Alex Bowman continues to lead the race with Jimmie Johnson over a second back; Ryan Blaney, Kurt Busch, and Matt DeBenedetto round out the top five. In seventh place, pole sitter Clint Bowyer is reporting a very tight condition.

Racing in southern California, the drivers and Auto Club Speedway are paying tribute to Kobe Bryant and the other eight victims of the helicopter crash who died last month.

Lap 25, Alex Bowman leads the way with Ryan Blaney in second; Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch, and Matt DiBenedetto round out the top five.

Martin Truex Jr and Erik Jones begin the cycle of green flag pit stops on lap 27.

Lap 29, Alex Bowman brings his car down pit road for service and give the lead over to William Byron.

Lap 31, Ricky Stenhouse takes the lead when William Bryon makes his pit stop. Stenhouse is the only driver not to have made his pit stop.

Once Stenhouse makes his pit stop, Alex Bowman will resume the lead.

Kyle Larson gets loose after Denny Hamlin gives him a push and Larson gets into the wall.

Lap 38, Alex Bowman has a lead of over two and a half seconds on Ryan Blaney; Jimmie Johnson, Matt DiBenedetto and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Kevin Harvick is reporting that his car is “junk”.

Lap 47, Alex Bowman has a lead of nearly two seconds on Ryan Blaney; Jimmie Johnson, Matt DiBenedetto, and Kurt Busch round out the top five. There are 23 cars on the lead lap.

Christopher Bell makes an unscheduled pit stop for a vibration.

Lap 50, ten to go in stage one, Alex Bowman has a lead of nearly three seconds on Ryan Blaney; Jimmie Johnson, Matt DiBenedetto, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Lap 53, Alex Bowman continues to lead the race, Ryan Blaney, Jimmie Johnson, Matt DiBenedetto, and Aric Almirola round out the top five.

Five laps remain in stage one, Alex Bowman has pulled out to a lead of over three and a half seconds on Ryan Blaney; Jimmie Johnson, Aric Almirola, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

With only three laps remaining in the stage, Chase Elliott reports that his car feels like he is running on the cords.

With a lead of nearly four seconds, Alex Bowman wins stage one for his first ever stage win.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Alex Bowman
Ryan Blaney
Jimmie Johnson
Aric Almiroa
Kurt Busch
Brad Keselowski
Joey Logano
Matt DiBenedetto
Chase Elliott
Kyle Busch

Kurt Busch wins the race off of pit road after taking not tires, Jimmie Johnson comes out second with four fresh tires.

Kyle Larson will have to restart the race from the back of the field after making a pit stop before pit road was open.

Jimmie Johnson brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 67 and takes the lead as drivers get three and four wide across the track.

After coming out on pit road first, Kurt Busch had to make a second trip down pit road after missing his pit stall.

Lap 68, Jimmie Johnson leads the race but gets passed by Ryan Blaney.

Point leader Ryan Blaney has taken the lead of the race; Jimmie Johnson, Alex Bowman, Joey Logano, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Lap 70, Ryan Blaney leads the race while Alex Bowman and Jimmie Johnson swap second place back and forth.

Lap 71, Alex Bowman takes the lead after Bowman, Jimmie Johnson, and Ryan Blaney make it a three wide battle.

Lap 72, Ryan Blaney retakes the lead with Jimmie Johnson in second; Joey Logano, Alex Bowman, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Lap 75, Ryan Blaney leads the way; Jimmie Johnson, lex Bowman, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Lap 79, Chase Elliott moves into the top five with Ryan Blaney leading the race.

Lap 81, Ryan Blaney continues to lead the race; Jimmie Johnson, Alex Bowman, Joey Logano, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Rookie driver Christopher Bell has reportedly lost a cylinder and has to take his smoking car to the garage. If Bell’s car issues are repairable, the team can fix and car. The six minute repair clock applies only to crash damage not mechanical damage.

Lap 86, Ryan Blaney has a lead of over a second.

Lap 90, Erik Jones begins the cycle of green flag pit stops.

Ryan Blaney has a lead of nearly two seconds on Alex Bowman; Jimmie Johnson, Martin Truex Jr, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Ryan Blaney makes his pit stop along with Jimmie Johnson and Alex Bowman. William Byron is the new leader.

Once William Byron makes his pit stop on lap 92, Ryan Blaney retakes the lead with Alex Bowman in second.

Lap 93, the caution flag comes out for a possible flat tire on Clint Bowyer’s car.

Ryan Blaney brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 95 and holds on to his lead with Alex Bowman ins second as drivers get four and five wide across the track.

Lap 96, the top five are Ryan Blaney, Jimmie Johnson, William Byron, Joey Logano, and Alex Bowman.

Lap 98, Ryan Blaney leads the race; Jimmie Johnson, Alex Bowman, Brad Keselowski, and Joey Logano round out the top five. There are 26 drivers on the lead lap with only one car out of the race – Christopher Bell.

Lap 100, Ryan Blaney is in the lead with Jimmie Johnson a quarter of a second behind; Alex Bowman, Brad Keselowski, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Clint Bowyer’s flat tire was due to a valve stem issue.

Lap 104, Ryan Blaney continues to lead the race while team mates Jimmie Johnson and Alex Bowman battle it out for second; Brad Keselowski and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Lap 108, Ryan Blaney continues to lead the race with Alex Bowman in second; Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Ryan Blaney has some debris on his grille.

Lap 109 Ryan Blaney catches up to slower car Reed Sorenson and gets the debris off of his car.

Ten to go in stage two, Ryan Blaney is in the lead with Alex Bowman less than half a second behind; Jimmie Johnson, Martin Truex Jr, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Lap 114, Ryan Blaney has pulled out to a lead of over a second and a half on Alex Bowman; Jimmie Johnson, Martin Truex Jr, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Five laps remain in stage two, Ryan Blaney has increased his lead to over two and a half seconds on Alex Bowman.

With a three second lead, Ryan Blaney wins stage two for his first stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Ryan Blaney
Alex Bowman
Jimmie Johnson
Brad Keselowski
Martin Truex Jr
Chase Elliott
Kyle Busch
Denny Hamlin
Erik Jones
Kevin Harvick

Jimmie Johnson wins the race off of pit road with team mate Alex Bowman coming out second.

Kyle Larson is the “lucky dog” and is the last car on the lead lap in 27th.

Jimmie Johnson brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 125 with Alex Bowman getting the edige for the lead with a three wide battle. Drivers are getting four and five wide acorss the track.

In a four wide battle Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman, Martin Truex Jr, and Denny Hamlin battle it out for the lead with Bowman, Blaney, and Truex swapping the lead.

Lap 130, Martin Truex Jr is in the lead with Alex Bowman right on his bumper; Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

After starting from the back of the field, Martin Truex Jr is the leader of the race.

Lap 132, Alex Bowman takes the lead with Martin Truex Jr in second; Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, and Jimmie Johnson rounding out the top five.

Lap 138, Alex Bowman continues to lead the race with Martin Truex Jr over a second and a half behind; Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Blaney, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Denny Hamlin brushes the wall but the track stays green.

After saying that his car was junk and unfixable in stage one, Kevin Harvick is now in the top 10 in ninth place.

Lap 143, Alex Bowman has pulled out to a lead of nearly two and a half seconds on Martin Truex Jr; Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Blaney, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Lap 150, 50 to go, Alex Bowman has pulled out to a three and a half second lead on Martin Truex Jr; Ryan ?Blaney, Jimmie Johnson, and Kyle Busch round out the top five with another cycle of pit stops to come.

Chase Elliott has some debris on the grille of his car.

Lap 159, drivers begin the cycle of green flag pit stops.

Martin Truex Jr’s team had some air gun issues, causing him to have a slow pit stop. The tire changer is being taken to the infield care center with a possible hand injury.

Alex Bowman makes his pit stop, giving the lead over to Brad Keselowski. Once the green flag pit stops cycle through, Alex Bowman will again retake the lead.

Brad Keselowski is in the lead with 37 laps to go, but has yet to make a pit stop. Clint Bowyer in second has also not made a pit stop; they are the only drivers who have yet to pit.

Lap 165, Brad Keselowski makes his pit stop, Alex Bowman is the new leader with Clint Bowyer in second.

With 34 laps to go in the race, Alex Bowman has the lead; Ryan Blaney, Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Thirty to go, Alex Bowman has pulled out to a lead of over three and a half seconds on Ryan Blaney; Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, and Jimmie Johnson round out the top five.

Twenty five laps remain in the race, Alex Bowman now has a lead of nearly five seconds on Ryan Blaney while Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, and Kurt Busch battle it out in the top five. Jimmie Johnson has dropped to sixth place.

Twenty to go, Alex Bowman continues to lead the race with Ryan Blaney in second; followed by the Busch brothers and Chase Elliott rounding out the top five.

Driving it like he stole it,” Alex Bowman has a five second lead on Ryan Blaney; Kyle Busch is in third over 10 seconds back, Kurt Busch and Chase Elliott round out the top five. There are 21 cars on the lead lap.

Ten to go, Alex Bowman holds on to the lead by nearly five and a half seconds on Ryan Blaney; Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Lap 192, Alex Bowman’s lead is now nearly seven seconds on Ryan Blaney who is reporting a vibration.

Five to go, Alex Bowman’s lead is now over eight seconds on Ryan Blaney.

Lap 196, Alex Bowman’s lead is now over nine seconds on Ryan Blaney.

Ryan Blaney brings his car down pit road with a tire issue; giving second over to Kyle Busch.

Alex Bowman takes the white flag with a lead of 10 seconds on Kyle Busch.

Austin Dillon brings his car down pit road with a tire issue.

Alex Bowman wins his first race at Auto Club Speedway and his second career win after taking over the driving duties of the number 88 car after the retirement of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Seventeen drivers finished the race on the lead lap.

Bowman blows his tires in an impressive burnout.

The unofficial results of the Auto Club 400:
Alex Bowman
Kyle Busch
Kurt Busch
Chase Elliott
Brad Keselowski
Jimmie Johnson
Aric Almirola
Denny Hamlin
Kevin Harvick
Erik Jones
Tyler Reddick
Joey Logano
Matt DiBenedetto
Martin Truex Jr
William Byron
Chris Buescher
Ross Chastain
Cole Custer
Ryan Blaney
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Austin Dillon
Kyle Larson
Michael McDowell
John Hunter Nemechek
Clint Bowyer
Ty Dillon
Bubba Wallace
Daniel Suarez
Corey LaJoie
Ryan Preece
JJ Yeley
Brennan Poole
Joey Gase
Garrett Smithley
Quin Houff
Reed Sorenson
Timmy Hill
Christopher Bell