NASCAR Fontana 2020: Schedule, lineup, TV and weather information for Auto Club 400

It’s race day at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, and we've got all the information you need to get ready for Sunday's Auto Club 400, the third race in the NASCAR Cup Series:

START TIME: 3:30 p.m. ET (12:30 p.m. local).

GREEN FLAG: 3:46 p.m. ET. (12:46 p.m. local)

Actor David Boreanaz will instruct drivers to start their engine at 3:37 p.m. ET (12:37 p.m. local). Jimmie Johnson's wife Chandra and his daughters Genevieve and Lydia will wave the green flag.

TV: Fox. Pre-race broadcast begins at 3 p.m. ET. (Noon local).

RADIO: Motor Racing Network. STREAMING: Fox Sports Go.

RACE DISTANCE: 200 laps around the 2-mile track for a total of 400 miles.

STAGE LENGTHS (laps per stage): Stage 1: 60, Stage 2: 60, Stage 3: 80.

FAREWELL: California native Jimmie Johnson, whose six wins at Auto Club Speedway are the most by any driver in NASCAR Cup Series history, will make his final start at his hometown track before retiring from full-time racing at the end of the 2020 season.

It’s always good to go home.
Some of my favorite stories from @ACSupdates, including my first win and the time I saw my team owner make a few laps.


Johnson will lead a five-wide salute before the race, and a tribute video will also play on the ISM Vision Screens reliving Johnson’s accomplishments at the Southern California track. On Friday, the track unveiled a mural to honor the seven-time Cup Series champion.

A fitting tribute to our seven time champion, @JimmieJohnson ?

We’re proud to unveil this mural from local artist Jonas Never to honor Jimmie’s legacy here at Auto Club Speedway #OneFinalTime |

ANALYSIS: Can Hendrick find road back to the top of NASCAR Cup Series?

WEATHER: Cool and possibly wet. The Weather Channel is calling for temperatures in the low to mid 50s and showers for much of the afternoon, with the chance of precipitation between 35 and 40%.

LAST TIME: Kyle Busch led 134 of 200 laps in 2019 to win his fourth Cup race at Auto Club Speedway. The victory was Busch's 200th in NASCAR's top three national series (Cup, Xfinity and Trucks) and moved him into elite company with Richard Petty as the only drivers with 200 wins (though Petty earned all his victories in the Cup Series).

Cars drive five-wide prior to the start of the 2019 Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway. (Photo: Jared C. Tilton, Getty Images)

LINEUP: Clint Bowyer claimed just his fourth pole position in 508 career Cup races and his first in 20 career races at Auto Club Speedway. Bowyer edged Johnson in Saturday's qualifying.

Here is the lineup for the Auto Club 400  (car number in parentheses):

1. (14) Clint Bowyer, Ford

2. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet

3. (88) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet

4. (1) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet

5. (4) Kevin Harvick, Ford

6. (10) Aric Almirola, Ford

7. (22) Joey Logano, Ford

8. (34) Michael McDowell, Ford

9. (42) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet

10. (47) Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Chevrolet

11. (17) Chris Buescher, Ford

12. (21) Matt DiBenedetto, Ford

13. (9) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet

14. (43) Bubba Wallace, Chevrolet

15. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford

16. (12) Ryan Blaney, Ford

17. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota

18. (41) Cole Custer, Ford

19. (8) Tyler Reddick, Chevrolet

20. (37) Ryan Preece, Chevrolet

21. (24) William Byron, Chevrolet

22. (95) Christopher Bell, Toyota

23. (38) John H. Nemechek, Ford

24. (13) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet

25. (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet

26. (32) Corey Lajoie, Ford

27. (6) Ross Chastain, Ford

28. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota

29. (20) Erik Jones, Toyota

30. (52) JJ Yeley, Ford

31. (96) Daniel Suarez, Toyota

32. (15) Brennan Poole, Chevrolet

33. (77) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet

34. (53) Joey Gase, Ford

35. (00) Quin Houff, Chevrolet

36. (51) Garrett Smithley, Ford

37. (66) Timmy Hill, Ford

38. (19) Martin Truex Jr, Toyota

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