If the Nationwide race was any indication on Saturday, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at a sold out Auto Club Speedway would be one we wouldn’t soon forget.
Matt Kenseth would lead the field to green but Brad Keselowski would take the lead.
Right before the green flag it was announced that Denny Hamlin would miss the race due to a severe sinus infection. Sam Hornish, Jr. would take his seat for the day.
On lap 19, Kevin Harvick cut a tire while running in fifth. Since his win at Phoenix Harvick hasn’t had a top 10 finish.
Harvick would hit pit road and make repair and the field would hit pit road. Gordon was caught speeding and forced to drop to the rear on the restart.
Within the next 20 laps caution waved when Tony Stewart spun out after a tire issue. Tires became the word of the day as the issues continued on. The issues on pit road continued for Gordon and a few others when the caution lights were still red when the field approached pit road. The top eighth including Clint Bowyer did not pit.
Those drivers then pitted with one to go. Keselowski would drop through the field without fresh tires. Caution waved when Aric Almirola and Brian Scott made contact and wrecked.
After dropping to the rear and driving through the field twice, Gordon took the lead from teammate Johnson and started to pull away as green flag stops were lurking.
Greg Biffle hit pit road with a tire going down along with Earnhardt who had a tire issues early in the race. Kasey Kahne went to the garage to repair a hub issue as well. Joey Logano went to the garage with gear issues.
Carl Edwards spun on lap 118 just as the green flag stops were about to start. Leader, Gordon hit pit road for fuel and tires.
With 62 laps to go Harvick once again hit pit road for another left rear tire issue. Danica Patrick hit pit road very quickly after Harvick. Debris was spotted on the track and caution waved with 57 laps to go.
With less than 40 laps to go caution waved for David Gilliand, who hit the wall and spread debris all over the track. The leaders hit pit road for fresh tires.
As the laps wound down leader Jimmie Johnson had a tire issue and hit pit road. What happened next was a string of tire issues that saw Jeff Gordon in the lead. Clint Bowyer spun with just 3 laps to go
Everyone hit pit road and some took four tires and some took two tires. On the restart they took it five wide and Kyle Busch pulled out front to grab his first win of the season.
The rest of the top 10 were Larson, Ku.Busch, Stewart, Jamie McMurray, Brian Vickers, AJ Allmendinger, Paul Menard and Carl Edwards.
Next up is Martinsville Speedway, next Sunday afternoon on FOX.
Check out the Nationwide series recap here.