NASCAR at Fontana live results, updates, highlights from Pala Casino 400

By | February 26, 2023

The 2023 NASCAR Cup Series season began with a thrilling Daytona 500. On Sunday, the campaign continues on a track that has become known for producing exciting races.

The Pala Casino 400, the latest name for the race held at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., has become known for overtime finishes. Four of the past eight races have required extra laps, with the 2015 race needing a second overtime attempt.

Several drivers have found success on the 2-mile track over the years, none more than Kyle Busch. Rowdy is tied for the most wins in the Pala Casino 400, with victories in 2013, 2014 and 2019.

Last year, Kyle Larson came out on top in a race that featured 12 caution flags. Larson took a late lead and then held off a late push by Austin Dillon to win in his home state.

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The Sporting News is tracking live results from the Pala Casino 400. Follow for updates and highlights from the NASCAR Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway.

Pala Casino 400 live updates, highlights from 2023 race

(All times Eastern)

6:26 p.m.: Chastain and Busch the clear favorites, continuing to make their presence felt on the two mile track of Auto Club Speedway.

5:57 p.m.: Chastain takes Stage 2, keeping in line with his strong showing today.

5:55 p.m.: Keselowski, who was involved in that early Stage 2 wreck, has chipped away, finding himself in the top ten and on pact to nab a stage point.

5:50 p.m.: With Chastain carrying a fairly sizable lead as we approach the end of Stage 2, looks like drivers further down the pack are hoping to make up so ground. Busch falling off a bit, with the likes of Logano and Kevin Harvick getting dangerously close to the No. 8 car.

5:46 p.m.: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. makes contact with the inside wall…twice. That’ll be a concern for his team’s spotter.

5:39 p.m.: Busch keeping things simple in second-place, maintaining a bit of distance between the leader. He’s also getting faster, with his last lap being a half second faster than Chastain’s. A lot to be excited for if you’re a Kyle Busch stan.

5:35 p.m.: After the major wreck, things have really started looking different at Auto Club Speedway. Bowman and Harvick swap positions in seventh- and eighth-place. 

Chastain still cruising early, having held the lead for 40 of the race’s 101 laps.

5:32 p.m.: After the race restart, it’s Denny Hamlin sitting out in front, holding a half-second edge over Chastain. Over half of Stage 2 left, so plenty of time for additional reshuffling.

5:20 p.m.: Wreck on the restart. Keselowski, Bell, Almirola, Reddick and Ty Dillon among those involved. Gnarly stuff there.

4:53 p.m.: Busch makes some good ground on pit road. Suarez, however, will be docked after being adjudged to have entered the area too fast.

4:48 p.m.: And there it is…Chastain takes the green. Good run by the No. 1 car, especially early. Things got a little tighter towards the end of the frame, but Chastain was able to make these work come the end of the period.

4:46 p.m.: Chastain looking more and more likely to cruise to the green flag in Stage 1. Track has taken most a few bumps and bruises, but a solid opening stage from the Championship 4 contender, who looks poised to nab his second stage win of the nascent season.

4:45 p.m.: After a series of difficulties to start the race, Kyle Busch is up to 13th, 19 spots higher than where he was to start the day.

4:40 p.m.:  Chastain holding firms the top gem at the Golden State. He’s being trailed by Daniel Suarez and Ryan Blaney with just six laps to go before the end of Stage 1. Solid start for the Trackhouse Racing star.

4:27 p.m.: Keselowski receies a caution after experiencing some car troubles on the track.  That’s not what you want to see.

4:18 p.m.: Noah Gragson gives out a little love tap as you do. We’ve just reached the halfway mark of Stage 1 and it’s Ryan Blaey and Joey Logano standing out the tmost.

4:12 p.m.: Back under green and the tsmophere is tense at Auto Club Speedway. Ross Chastain currently leading from the the, a few ticks in front of Team Penske’s Joey Logano.

4:03 p.m.: Competition caution waved after Lap 17. That should help Larson out, who will have more time to get his car checked out in the meantime.

4:00 p.m.: Kyle Larson, the reigning winner at the California race, is headed to pit road after appearing to have some engine trouble early in the race.

3:58 p.m.: William Byron already smoking the rest of the competition. He and Martin Truex Jr. are well in front of his opposition drivers.

3:55 p.m.: Bowman sitting in pretty position through Lap 6. He’s got a sizable advantage over second-place Christopher Bell.

3:52 p.m.: Already three wide as we wrap up our first lap of the day. Alex Bowman sits on top, although there’s already plenty of jostling around the leaderboard.

3:50 p.m.: Green flag at and about at Auto Club Speedway/ The Pala Casino 400 is underway!

2:55 p.m.: Here’s today’s starting lineup. Christopher Bell and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. leading the line in the front row.

2:47 p.m.: Despite some chilly weather (at least by California standards), looks like it will be a full house at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday.

Pala Casino 400 starting lineup

Starting pos. Driver Car No. Team
1. Christopher Bell 20 Joe Gibbs Racing
2. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing
3. Joey Logano 22 Team Penske
4. Alex Bowman 48 Hendrick Motorsports
5. Chris Buescher 17 RFK Racing
6. AJ Allmendinger 16 Kaulig Racing
7. Daniel Suárez 99 TrackHouse Racing
8. Ross Chastain 1 TrackHouse Racing
9. Ryan Blaney 12 Team Penske
10. Kevin Harvick 4 Stewart-Haas Racing
11. Cody Ware 51 Rick Ware Racing
12. Corey LaJoie 7 Spire Motorsports
13. Denny Hamlin 11 Joe Gibbs Racing
14. Martin Truex Jr. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing
15. Kyle Larson 5 Hendrick Motorsports
16. Brad Keselowski 6 RFK Racing
17. Aric Almirola 10 Stewart-Haas Racing
18. Bubba Wallace 23 23XI Racing
19. Austin Cindric 2 Team Penske
20. Noah Gragson 42 Legacy Motor Club
21. Kyle Busch 8 Richard Childress Racing
22. JJ Yeley 15 Rick Ware Racing
23. Ty Gibbs 54 Joe Gibbs Racing
24. Harrison Burton 21 Wood Brothers Racing
25. Todd Gilliland 38 Front Row Motorsports
26. Michael McDowell 34 Front Row Motorsports
27. Ryan Preece 41 Stewart-Haas Racing
28. Austin Dillon 3 Richard Childress Racing
29 Justin Haley 31 Kaulig Racing
30. BJ McLeod 78 Live Fast Motorsports
31. Chase Briscoe 14 Stewart-Haas Racing
32. William Byron 24 Hendrick Motorsports
33. Chase Elliott 9 Hendrick Motorsports
34. Erik Jones 43 Legacy Motor Club
35. Tyler Reddick 45 23XI Racing
36. Ty Dillon 77 Spire Motorsports

Pala Casino 400 start time

  • Start time: 3:30 p.m. ET

The Pala Casino 400 is listed to start at 3:30 p.m. ET (12:30 p.m. PT) in Fontana, Calif., but with pre-race festivities, the green flag is scheduled to wave at 3:47 p.m. ET (12:47 p.m. PT).