The 2023 Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway’s classic 2-mile oval will be the last for the series for now.
Auto Club Speedway and NASCAR have been working with Hillwood Properties to redevelop portions of the track’s property. The plan is to redevelop the track d into a short track after this weekend. For this, portions of the Turn 1 and Turn 4 grandstands were already removed.
This development project will keep this track out of the NASCAR schedule from 2024 and beyond.
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While emotions are for this reason, the track president Dave Allen promised the crowd at the Cup Series that the future will be bright for the track after redevelopment.
The 2-mile oval has produced many incredible moments and many exciting races in the past. Jeff Gordon was the first driver to win at the track back in 1997 and since then the track has become a fan favourite. Recent winners in the track include Kyle Larson, Alex Bowman, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr.
Race on this track was cancelled in 2021 due to the state of California’s COVID-19 restrictions. Larson won the last edition of the race.
Auto Club Speedway track president Dave Allen speaks to the crowd: "I can tell you firsthand: The future is bright for us. There will be more to come on that."
— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) February 26, 2023
Kyle Busch, who signed with Childress last season after 15 years spell with Joe Gibbs Racing, drove his No. 8 Chevrolet to victory Sunday at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.
“I death gripped that wheel throughout the second half of that race, but we held on, man, we got it today,” Busch, the two time Cup champion, said after taking the checkered flag. “I’m going to enjoy it for sure, and hopefully there’s many more left to go.”
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