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Jimmie Johnson (DIRECTV Channel 797) will make his 22nd NSCS start at Talladega Superspeedway.

Has two wins (May 2006 and April 2011), two poles (April and October 2002) and nine top-10 finishes in 21 starts at Talladega. The 37-year-old El Cajon, Calif., native has 58 wins and 244 top-10 finishes in 392 NSCS starts. 2012 marks Johnson’s 11th full year in Sprint Cup and he has five championships (2006-2010). Started 11th and finished fourth last week at Dover. Ranks second in NSCS points with three wins and 20 top-10 finishes.-True Speed Communication
Thu, Oct 4, 2012 08:07:00 PM

For a third consecutive week, Elliott Sadler (No. 1 OneMain Financial Chevrolet Camaro) leads the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) championship points standings. Sadler is currently 11 points ahead of teammate William Byron.

In 12 starts at Auto Club Speedway, he has four top-five and eight top-10 finishes, with one pole award. Last season at Fontana, Sadler claimed a fifth-place finish. This season, the OneMain Financial team has earned two top-eight efforts and an average finish of 6.5 during NASCAR’s West Coast swing.-JR Motorsports
Mar 22 - 2:21 PM

Dakoda Armstrong (No. 28 WinField United Toyota) will be making his fifth career NASCAR XFINITY Series start at Auto Club Speedway.

Armstrong has a best XFINITY Series finish of 15th at the Fontana, California track. He finished 22nd in this event last season. 2017 Stats... Starts: 4, Average Start: 25.8, Average Finish: 17.5, Best Finish: 12th (Daytona) and Points Standing: 10th-Integrity Sports Marketing
Mar 22 - 2:09 PM

Michael Annett (No. 5 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet Camaro) is currently ninth in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) point standings after coming off his first top-10 finish of the 2017 season last weekend in Phoenix.

In six starts at Auto Club Speedway, Annett has completed all but two laps attempted and has a best finish of sixth in the fall of 2009. Annett has an average finish of 14.8 thus far in 2017 which ranks him fifth among full-time NXS competitors. The 30-year-old Iowa native has competed in the NXS for seven years and has seven top-five and 35 top-10 finishes.-JR Motorsports
Mar 22 - 2:04 PM

William Byron (No. 9 Axalta/Dura Coat Chevrolet Camaro) will make his first start at Auto Club Speedway (ACS) on Saturday. Byron has one NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) start on a track greater than one mile, capturing his first top-10 finish at Daytona earlier this season.

The Rookie of the Year contender is currently leading the rookie standings and is second in the NXS championship standings, 11 markers behind leader, and teammate, Elliott Sadler. Crew chief Dave Elenz has called the shots in two previous races at ACS. Elenz visited Victory Lane with the No. 88 team in 2015, after Kevin Harvick led 67 percent of the total laps.-JR Motorsports
Mar 22 - 1:58 PM

Coming off a win at Phoenix, Justin Allgaier (No. 7 BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet Camaro) enters the weekend fourth in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) point standings, just 29 points outside the lead.

Over the past two races, he has gained 22 spots in the NXS point standings. In eight starts at Auto Club Speedway (ACS), the Illinois native has three top-10 finishes, with a best finish of eighth (2010). Last season, Allgaier finished 10that ACS after being force to a backup car due to damage caused in practice. He has led more laps this season (85) than any other NXS regular.-JR Motorsports
Mar 22 - 1:55 PM

This weekend, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will reach a milestone in his NASCAR Cup Series career. Sunday in Fontana, California, he will make his 600th Cup start.

To mark the occasion, a decal commemorating Earnhardt’s 600 starts will be placed on the B-posts and the front of the hood of the No. 88 Axalta Chevrolet SS. Some key numbers from first 599 starts: Daytona 500 wins (2), Most wins at a single track (6-Talladega), Tracks where he has at least one Cup win (12), Career Cup pole positions (13-tied for 10th among active drivers), Consecutive years voted by the fans as NASCAR’s most popular driver (14), Average Cup finishing position (15.6), Average start (16), Career Cup wins (26), Career Cup top-10s (251) and 8,195 Career Cup laps led, sixth among active drivers.
Mar 22 - 11:11 AM

Denny Hamlin qualified and finished third last year at Auto Club Speedway, but don’t expect that to happen in 2017. His remarkable result was only the second time in 15 attempts that he earned a top-five there.

This is certainly not one of Hamlin’s better tracks and his poor finishes have been compounded by negative place-differential points. He started on the first three rows from 2011 through 2015 and fell back every time. Three of those attempts ended with results of 25th or worse, which was devastating to fantasy rosters.
Mar 21 - 8:52 PM

Jeffrey Earnhardt has made three previous starts on two-mile tracks with three mid-30s finishes as a result.

Earnhardt’s best finish last year on this track type came at Auto Club Speedway. He was 34th after starting 39th. Even with the five place-differential points added to his total, he was not fantasy relevant.
Mar 21 - 8:51 PM

Aric Almirola has finished better than he started in his last seven attempts on two-mile unrestricted, intermediate speedways. The odds are good that he will earn positive place-differential points again this weekend.

One of Almirola’s better advancements came in the 2015 Auto Club 400. He started 23rd in that event and moved up to 11th at the end. He is still seeking his first career top-10 on this course and while that is a longshot for this Sunday, he could be a good value at his salary cap level.
Mar 21 - 8:50 PM

Michael McDowell has a better than average chance of finishing in the high-20s this week at Auto Club Speedway.

McDowell finished 31st in two attempts on two-mile tracks last year, but this team improved radically during the fall after his Pure Michigan 400 run. He is likely to be more than two laps off the pace, but should be able to finish notably better than last year. If he does so, he will have a career-best finish on this track type.
Mar 21 - 8:49 PM

If his record is any indication, Gray Gaulding will finish in the final quarter of the field at Auto Club Speedway.

Gaulding has two previous starts on unrestricted, intermediate speedways. He blew an engine at Atlanta Motor Speedway to finish 37th, but he was running at the end of Las Vegas Motor Speedway and still finished in the mid-30s. He was 34th, seven laps off the pace.
Mar 21 - 8:49 PM




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