NASCAR racing is back at Fontana in 2022.
Due to California’s COVID-19 restrictions in 2021, there was no Auto Club 400 race last season. So for one extra year, Alex Bowman, the 2020 winner, was able to remain the reigning champion.
This year, the Auto Club 400 is the second race on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule, and it comes after a wild Daytona 500 that saw Austin Cindric win the opening race of the 2022 season after several contenders were eliminated in accidents.
Of the drivers in the field, no one has won at Fontana more than Kyle Busch. Busch won the race first in 2005 in the Sony HD 500, and has won it three times since then, including most recently in 2019.
Sporting News is tracking live updates and lap-by-lap highlights from the NASCAR Cup Series race at Fontana on Sunday. Follow below for complete results from the Wise Power 400.
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NASCAR at Fontana live updates, highlights from Wise Power 400
(All times Eastern)
4:21 p.m.: Elliott hits the wall, but manages to avoid a caution. He tells his crew that he hit the wall squarely. Hasn’t lost the lead, but Reddick, Byron and Jones are all still right on his heels.
4:18 p.m.: Kurt Busch has quietly had a solid afternoon on the track. He not only had to start in the rear, but had a pass-through penalty to start the race. He’s moved up to 23rd through 30 laps.
4:14 p.m.: On lap 23, Elliott made a move on the inside to get some space on Reddick, and sealed the advantage by cutting in front of Reddick to take the lead.
4:12 p.m.: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. makes a move past Martin Truex Jr. along the outside, and Kyle Larson follows behind him. Larson had to start in the rear, but he has raced all the way up to ninth now in the field.
4:11 p.m.: This race is back to green.
4:06 p.m.: Reddick is the leader off pit road. William Byron, Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin and Jones are the next four drivers up.
4:03 p.m.: Reddick was able to take the lead, but it doesn’t take long before the caution flag comes out on lap 15. Kyle Busch spins out, and he told his crew he thinks he got the left rear tire into the seam. NASCAR says this will be the competition caution that was slated for lap 20.
Kyle Busch goes for a spin in Fontana. https://t.co/GdXUimh6DO pic.twitter.com/kuxJDu7opw
— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) February 27, 2022
4:00 p.m.: Halfway to the competition caution, Jones has maintained his edge out in front. Tyler Reddick has moved up from 11th to second as Cindric has dropped down to fourth.
3:54 p.m.: Erik Jones finished the first lap out in front and has stayed in the lead early in the race.
3:53 p.m.: The green flag has been waved, and this race is underway with Austin Cindric leading the race off the pole position.
3:38 p.m.: Super Bowl champions Matthew Stafford and Andrew Whitworth give the command to drivers to start their engines.
RETWEET if this got you hyped for @AutoClubSpdwy! pic.twitter.com/K4yA6tSwCz
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) February 27, 2022
3:30 p.m.: Guitarist Nita Strauss performs the national anthem ahead of the start of Sunday’s race.
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— NASCAR (@NASCAR) February 27, 2022
NASCAR start time today
- Time: 3:30 p.m. ET, 12:30 p.m. PT (TV time)
NASCAR’s race at Fontana is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. ET (12:30 p.m. PT) on Sunday, Feb. 27. The actual waving of the green flag will take place closer to 4 p.m. ET.
How to watch NASCAR at Fontana
- TV channel: Fox (TSN in Canada)
- Live stream: Fox Sports Go | fuboTV (free trial)
Viewers will be able to find Sunday’s race on Fox in the U.S. and TSN in Canada. For those who have cut the cord on cable, Fox Sports Go will carry the live stream of its race. Racing fans can also watch the race on fuboTV, which offers a free trial.