Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Auto Club Rear-View Mirror

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Auto Club Rear-View Mirror

Article excerpt

There's sometimes a risk when a particular race or track rolls around on the schedule with high expectations. But that's exactly what the scenario was for Sunday's Auto Club 400.

The worn out Auto Club Speedway surface, which has provided thrilling racing in recent years, combined with the new Sprint Cup Series lower downforce rules package has the ingredients to create memorable racing. Thus anticipation was high for the final race of the western swing.

The good news is for the most part those high aspirations were met with flying colors.

Sunday's race had a compelling mix of side-by-side racing, tire management, strategy and even some high emotions to make for an entertaining afternoon in southern California.

Once again as was the case at Atlanta Motor Speedway and to a degree at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, drivers were forced to slip and slide their cars around the track while figuring out how to manage their tires. …

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