Just saw this and it's not really a surprise since they finally had a decent race there in October when it was shortened to 400 miles. The real problem, is California is cookie-cutter track with no real personality, not like a Rockingham, Martinsville, Bristol or Dover, and it's hard for there be good races on cookie-cutter places. So, they can only hope the switch to 400 miles works again.
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, Calif. -- Auto Club Speedway announced Tuesday it will shorten its Sprint Cup Series race from 500 miles to 400 for the 2011 season.
The October race at ACS was dropped to 400 miles and was well-received for the action involved. ACS will have just one Cup race in 2011, March 27, and decided to make it the Auto Club 400.
October's "gem" resulted in a Tony Stewart victory by 0.466 seconds over Clint Bowyer -- one of the closest races ever recorded at the Southern California facility.