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The Art of Racing 3-25
Superman wins Auto Club 400
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“Superman v. Batman: Dawn of Justice” is playing in movie theaters today, depicting Superman and Batman as adversaries. The third leg of NASCAR’s West Coast swing, the Auto Club 400, saw the Hendrick Motorsports teams of Jimmy Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr., portraying the superheroes. The pair raced as teammates, striving for the same goal … a win, and Johnson as Superman got the victory, outdueling Earnhardt Jr. as Batman, who finished 11th.
This was Johnson’s second win of the year, solidifying him in first place after five races. It was also Johnson’s 6th win at Auto Club Speedway (the most of any driver) and 77th career win which allows him to pass Dale Earnhardt Sr., for 7th all time.
For the first four races, drivers were keeping any problems with other drivers to themselves. That all changed after the Auto Club 400. An incident with Joey Logano got Martin Truex Jr., upset. While racing for 4th place during lap 151, Logano either bumped Truex, or he took the air off his bumper. Either way, it sent Truex into the outside wall. 
Truex was able to keep racing but was caught speeding on pit road and he finished 32nd.  Truex Jr., said: “We had a good run going until Logano put our car into the fence. … Not sure what he was thinking about at the time, but that hit spoiled our day. We went from being a contender to the back of the field.”
Logano took the blame and said: “It was completely my fault. I was gonna go in on the outside of him and he was gonna go in on the top as well and I just ended up being right on him. We never touched each other, but just taking the air off these cars makes them uncontrollable. I didn’t mean to do that.”
In an incident which resulted in a crash, Danica Patrick was none too happy with Kasey Kahne after Kahne, who was a lap down while Patrick was on the lead lap, hooked her right rear and sent her spinning hard into the outside wall.
After the wreck, Patrick walked out onto the racetrack to signal to Kahne how unhappy she was as he drove by. There were a couple of penalties last year where drivers were penalized for doing something similar.
Monday morning while on Sirius/XM radio, NASCAR vice president Steve O’Donnell was asked if NASCAR would look into the Patrick/Khane incident. “That’s one of the things we will be reviewing, is what happened there,” said O’Donnell, “We want to just review everything that took place there and see if there’s anything we need to react to this week.”
Section of the NASCAR Rulebook states, in part, “At no time should a driver or crew member(s) approach any portion of the racing surface or apron. At no time should a driver or crew member(s) approach another moving vehicle.”
NASCAR takes the week off and will return to the track in Martinsville, Va., on April 3.