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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2022 Wise Power 400 at Auto Club Speedway

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What happened? Reigning NASCAR Cup Series Champion Kyle Larson continued where he left off in 2021 by winning his first race of 2022 at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday, Feb. 27. It is his second career NASCAR Cup Series win in the California-based circuit. Following close behind him was Austin Dillon, who held off Erik …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2022 Wise Power 400 at Auto Club Speedway

The NASCAR Cup Series field lines up for the start of the 2022 Wise Power 400 at Auto Club Speedway. Photo: NKP

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Auto Club Speedway was the first intermediate track of the 2022 season and the first the NASCAR Cup Series has visited since Kansas Speedway last October. The result, though, wasn’t new at all.

Kyle Larson won the last intermediate track race of 2021 and he won the first of 2022 on Sunday (Feb. 27), taking the top spot in the WISE Power 400.

Fronstretch 2-Minute Drill: Wise Power 400 at Auto Club

#9: Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro NAPA Auto Parts and #99: Daniel Suarez, TrackHouse Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Freeway Insurance

NASCAR is back at Auto Club Speedway for the first time in two years. The last time the Cup and Xfinity Series raced in Fontana, the race ended up being the second-to-last before the COVID-19 pandemic shattered any and all forms of scheduling for major sports in 2020, leading to a two-month stoppage for NASCAR. …

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Up to Speed: Brad Keselowski & Austin Cindric Battle at Daytona

#6: Brad Keselowski, RFK Racing, Ford Mustang Castrol Violet Defense

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One year ago, Brad Keselowski’s frustration was visible.

As the final laps of the Daytona 500 ticked away, Keselowski made a bold move to set himself up for a last-lap pass for the lead on his Team Penske teammate Joey Logano. But when Logano blocked Keselowski’s path forward, Keselowski got hit from behind by Michael McDowell, triggering a frightening crash that knocked out both Penske cars. McDowell went on to win the race, leaving Keselowski without a Harley J. Earl Trophy for at least one more year.

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