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2003 Auto Club 500


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 10 of 36
Sunday, April 27, 2003 at California Speedway, Fontana, CA
250 laps on a 2.000 mile paved track (500.0 miles)

Time of race: 3:34:07
Average Speed: 140.111 mph
Pole Speed: 186.838 mph
Cautions: 8 for 34 laps
Margin of Victory: 2.294 sec
Attendance: 120,000
Lead changes: 19

Glossary    2003 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   2003 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led Points
11697   Kurt Busch Rubbermaid   (Jack Roush)Ford250213,150running27180
21918   Bobby Labonte Interstate Batteries   (Joe Gibbs)Chevrolet250172,708running11175
3 72   Rusty Wallace Miller Lite   (Roger Penske)Dodge250146,917running54170
4 29   Bill Elliott Dodge Dealers / UAW   (Ray Evernham)Dodge250148,683running12165
52542   Jamie McMurray Havoline   (Chip Ganassi)Dodge250101,575running41160
6 88   Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Budweiser   (Dale Earnhardt, Inc.)Chevrolet250120,217running0150
72715   Michael Waltrip NAPA   (Dale Earnhardt, Inc.)Chevrolet25095,025running0146
81343   John Andretti Cheerios   (Petty Enterprises)Dodge250117,003running0142
92317   Matt Kenseth DeWalt Power Tools   (Jack Roush)Ford25095,425running2143
103040   Sterling Marlin Coors Light   (Chip Ganassi)Dodge250121,125running0134
111424   Jeff Gordon DuPont   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet250120,628running0130
12215   Terry Labonte Kellogg's / got milk?   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet250102,806running0127
131877   Dave Blaney Jasper Engines & Transmissions   (Doug Bawel)Ford250101,350running2129
14 601   Jerry Nadeau U.S. Army   (Nelson Bowers)Pontiac25089,925running0121
151532   Ricky Craven Tide   (Cal Wells)Pontiac25096,575running1123
162048   Jimmie Johnson Lowe's   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet25089,025running0115
17226   Mark Martin Viagra   (Jack Roush)Ford249107,358running0112
182916   Greg Biffle Grainger   (Jack Roush)Ford24969,225running0109
191099   Jeff Burton Citgo   (Jack Roush)Ford249102,442running0106
20284   Mike Skinner Kodak   (Larry McClure)Pontiac24985,625running0103
213922   Ward Burton Caterpillar   (Bill Davis)Dodge249104,681running0100
223123   Kenny Wallace Stacker 2   (Bill Davis)Dodge24980,614running097
23 538   Elliott Sadler Pedigree   (Yates Racing)Ford249107,075running094
243521   Ricky Rudd Motorcraft   (Wood Brothers)Ford24979,600running091
253454   Todd Bodine National Guard   (Travis Carter)Ford24971,700running088
264030   Jeff Green America Online   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet24979,000running085
272631   Robby Gordon Cingular Wireless   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet24995,837running082
283645   Kyle Petty Georgia-Pacific   (Petty Enterprises)Dodge24978,350running079
293729   Kevin Harvick GM Goodwrench   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet248105,828running076
304149   Ken Schrader 1-800-Call-ATT   (Beth Ann Morgenthau)Dodge24867,210running073
313374   Tony Raines BACE Motorsports   (Bill Baumgardner)Chevrolet24866,525running070
32 925   Joe Nemechek UAW-Delphi   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet24869,325running067
33247   Jimmy Spencer Sirius Satellite Radio   (Jim Smith)Dodge24770,025running064
341741   Casey Mears Target   (Chip Ganassi)Dodge24776,425running061
351119   Jeremy Mayfield Dodge Dealers / UAW   (Ray Evernham)Dodge23373,750crash058
363210   Johnny Benson, Jr. Valvoline   (James Rocco)Pontiac22992,425crash055
373888   Dale Jarrett UPS   (Yates Racing)Ford228111,253crash052
384214   Larry Foyt Harrah's   (A.J. Foyt)Dodge22665,300crash049
39120   Jack Sprague NetZero   (Gene Haas)Pontiac19965,255crash046
40 11   Steve Park Pennzoil   (Dale Earnhardt, Inc.)Chevrolet138100,367crash043
41 320   Tony Stewart Home Depot   (Joe Gibbs)Chevrolet128117,708engine10050
42 412   Ryan Newman Alltel   (Roger Penske)Dodge3494,960crash037
434337   Derrike Cope GBROnline.com   (Derrike Cope)Chevrolet965,281engine034

To the back:
NameNbrReason
Jerry Nadeau01engine change
Dale Earnhardt, Jr.8engine change
Johnny Benson, Jr.10backup car
Ward Burton22engine change
Jeff Green30engine change
Derrike Cope37engine change
Sterling Marlin40backup car

Failed to qualify or withdrew:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
44Hideo Fukuyama66KikkomanTravis CarterFord
45Kerry Earnhardt83SupercutsArmando FitzChevrolet

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
111  
243   #1,12 accident backstretch 
584  
9113   #0 accident turn 4 
124029  
41444   #16 accident turn 4 
4512985  
1301345   oil on track 
13515521  
1561594   debris frontstretch 
16020950  
2102134   #01,32 spun turn 4 
2142196  
2202234   #01 spun turn 2 
2242307  
2312377   #88,10,19,14,31,25,41 accident turn 3 
23825013  
  Percent of race run under caution: 13.6%             Average green flag run: 24.0 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Bill Elliott11212
  Tony Stewart139280
  Ricky Craven93931
  Dave Blaney94952
  Tony Stewart9611419
  Jamie McMurray1151151
  Tony Stewart1161161
  Jamie McMurray11713014
  Kurt Busch13114515
  Jamie McMurray14615611
  Rusty Wallace15720145
  Jamie McMurray2022043
  Matt Kenseth2052062
  Rusty Wallace2072159
  Bobby Labonte2162161
  Jamie McMurray2172171
  Bobby Labonte21822710
  Jamie McMurray22823811
  Kurt Busch23925012

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Matt Kenseth 1473    
2   Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 1429   -44  
3   Jeff Gordon 1321   -152  
4   Kurt Busch 1305   -168  
5   Jimmie Johnson 1266   -207  
6   Michael Waltrip 1234   -239  
7   Ricky Craven 1205   -268  
8   Bobby Labonte 1201   -272  
9   Kevin Harvick 1173   -300  
10   Elliott Sadler 1149   -324  
11   Tony Stewart 1142   -331  
12   Rusty Wallace 1140   -333  
13   Sterling Marlin 1135   -338  
14   Mark Martin 1082   -391  
15   Jeff Burton 1064   -409  
16   Robby Gordon 1053   -420  
17   Dale Jarrett 1039   -434  
18   Ricky Rudd 1038   -435  
19   Terry Labonte 1038   -435  
20   Joe Nemechek 1026   -447