Sprint Cup: Auto Club 500 Bounces Back; Overnight Highest Since ’10


With Tiger Woods rained out, NASCAR’s Auto Club 500 was the dominant non-NCAA sporting event of the weekend.

Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Auto Club 500 from Fontana (CA) earned a 4.5 overnight rating on FOX — up 32% from last year’s rain-shortened race (3.4), and up 10% from 2011 (4.1).

The 4.5 overnight is the highest for the race since 2010 (5.0), when Fontana was still the second NASCAR event of the season.

So far this season, four of the five NASCAR Sprint Cup races have had increases in overnight ratings compared to last year. Three of the races — Daytona, Las Vegas and Fontana — have had double-digit increases.

For the weekend, the Auto Club 500 was the top non-NCAA sporting event by a wide margin.

(Sunday’s overnight from Sports Business Daily)