NASCAR at Auto Club: Schedule, TV channel, entry list for 2023 Fontana

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Following the season-opening spectacle that is Daytona 500, NASCAR’s ‘true’ season begins now. Auto Club Speedway kicks off a three-week stretch on the west coast in what is going to be the final race on the two-mile oval before it is reconfigured into a short track. 

Unfortunately, rain will be a challenge during the weekend, and all on-track activity was cancelled Saturday. 

Looking back on last week, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. snapped a 199-race winless streak with his Daytona 500 victory, and returned JTG Daugherty Racing to the winner’s circle for the first time since Watkins Glen in August, 2014.

Joey Logano, who finished second in the 500, enters Fontana as the championship leader. 

Kyle Larson is the defending winner of this race, passing Daniel Suarez late and then fending off Austin Dillon on the final lap.

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Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro NAPA Auto Parts

Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro NAPA Auto Parts

Photo by: Jasen Vinlove / NKP / Motorsport Images

What is the NASCAR at Auto Club Speedway schedule?

(Schedule is tentative and subject to change)

A major storm is currently slamming the west coast, brining with it heavy rain, cold temperatures, and even snow in some places. NASCAR has been forced to cancel practice and qualifying for both the Cup and Xfinity Series. This will put Christopher Bell (Cup) and Austin Hill (Xfinity) on pole for both races. 

The sanctioning body also tried, but failed to get the Xfinity race in. That too was postponed until Sunday after the Cup race. Drivers Tyler Reddick, Austin Dillon, and Ross Chastain will be pulling double duty and running both events.

Saturday, February 25

12:00 p.m. ET – NASCAR Xfinity Series practice – RAINED OUT

12:30 p.m. ET – NASCAR Xfinity Series qualifying – RAINED OUT

2:00 p.m. ET – NASCAR Cup Series practice – RAINED OUT

2:45 p.m. ET – NASCAR Cup Series qualifying – RAINED OUT

5:00 p.m. ET – NASCAR Xfinity Series race (150 laps) – POSTPONED

Sunday, February 26

3:30 p.m. ET – NASCAR Cup Series Pala Casino 400 race (200 laps) – FOX 

8:00 p.m. ET – NASCAR Xfinity Series race (150 laps) – FS2

How can I watch?

  • Date: Sunday, February 26th
  • TV show start time: 3:30 p.m. ET
  • Stages/Laps: 65/65/70 (200 laps, 400 miles)
  • TV channel: FOX | TSN 3/5 (Canada)
  • Live stream: FOX Sports streaming; fuboTV
  • Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Wet weather

Wet weather

Photo by: Matthew T. Thacker / NKP / Motorsport Images

Who is racing at Auto Club Speedway?

36 cars have entered the race, all with charters. No one will go home. J.J. Yeley is back behind the wheel of the No. 15 RWR entry, which earned a tenth-place finish in the Daytona 500 with rookie Riley Herbst.

Starting Lineup at Auto Club Speedway

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