Even before Saturday’s outstanding finish in the Nationwide Series race, where Kyle Larson held off Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch for his first career NASCAR win, Auto Club Speedway president Gillian Zucker had a big smile on her face.
The reason: track officials early Saturday afternoon declared that Sunday’s Auto Club 400 Sprint Cup main event is sold-out.
All that’s left are standing room only tickets. And after Larson’s inspiring win, don’t be surprised if those get scooped up pretty quick on race day morning.
“Southern California fans have proven the Auto Club Speedway is the place to be March 23rd,” Zucker said in a statement released by the track. “Let’s go racing!”
Matt Kenseth will start from the pole, with Sprint Cup points leader Brad Keselowski on the outside pole, the fourth consecutive race that the 2012 Sprint Cup champ has sat on the front row to start an event this season.
Six-time and defending Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, a California native, starts third alongside Kevin Harvick.
The race begins at 3 pm ET/Noon Pacific.
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