Fontana, CA: Kyle Larson takes the checkered flag at the Wise Power 400 at the Auto Club Speedway in Southern California.
Larson had a humble response to his win, crediting everyone on his team:
“We had runs early on where we’d be tight, and then the next run we’d be loose, but we were able to narrow that window down. It seemed like around halfway where I felt like we’d have a decent shot to win. It was a fun race, with a lot of hard work with everybody on our team, and I’m proud of everybody’s effort.” – Kyle Larson
Larson blocked Chase Elliott with 20 laps to go, which caused him to hit the wall. Larson later stated he did not know his teammate was directly behind him.
“I didn’t get through three and four very well, Joey did a good job on the bottom, and then we were side drafting each other, and I’m not even looking at my mirror at that point, because all I’m worried about is Joey. I’m looking out of my A-Post window and I had a run so I went to peel off. As soon as I peeled off, my spotter’s yelling ‘Outside! Outside! Outside!’ I had no clue he was even coming. I hate that I ended his day after they worked so hard to get back to lead lap back to win. It’s just an honest mistake that is probably both of our faults. It happened, I hate that it did, I know that they’re upset, but hopefully we will talk and get on the same page.”
Fans were happy to come on the track and watch the races. Jason Rzucidlo chatted with fans on the side of the track to hear about their experience at the races. Most fans don’t even have a favorite driver, they just love the sport of racing, and are happy see NASCAR on the west coast.
There were 12 cautions for a total of 59 laps in the Wise Power 400.
Tyler Reddick led 90 laps of the Wise Power 400. He won the first two stages of the race. But on Lap 152, he lost his left rear tire.
Austin Cindric, who started the race in first place, and won last weekend’s Daytona 500, finished in 12th place. He was involved in a four-car wreck with Brad Keselowski, Bubba Wallace, and Harrison Burton on Lap 158.
Matthew Stafford and Andrew Whitworth from the Super Bowl winning Los Angeles Rams made an appearance to give the command for driver’s to start their engines.
NASCAR has plans to reconfigure the Auto Club Speedway into a smaller track. Rzucidlo spoke to fans who disagreed- they liked the two-mile oval just the way it is.
NASCAR drivers lined up their race cars to do a five-wide salute for their fans. It’s become a tradition here at the Auto Club Speedway.
For more on Jason Rzucidlo’s report on the 2022 Wise Power 400, check out our full segment here: