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In addition to driving his regular BK Racing No. 83 Toyota in Sunday's Cup Series Auto Club 400, Corey LaJoie will pilot the No. 24 youtheory Toyota in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) Service King 300 at Auto Club Speedway (ACS) on Saturday.

LaJoie has 17 career NXS starts to his credit to go along with six in the Monster Energy Cup Series. He made 10 NXS starts last season for JGL Racing earning a 10th place finish at Bristol (August) and a sixth-place finish at Dover (October). He will be making his second NXS start of the 2017 season for JGL Racing after earning a 16th-place finish in Atlanta.-Integrity Sports Marketing
Mar 23 - 12:26 PM

In addition to driving his regular No. 42 Chevrolet SS in Sunday's Cup Series Auto Club 400, Kyle Larson will pilot the No. 42 ENEOS Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) Service King 300 at Auto Club Speedway (ACS) on Saturday.

He enters Saturday's race as the 2014 winner at ACS, his first career NXS victory. In four previous starts at ACS, he has finished no worse than eighth (average finish of 5.5). Larson has made two NXS starts in 2017 (Atlanta, finished 3rd and Las Vegas, finished 2nd).
Mar 23 - 12:17 PM

Brennan Poole (No. 48 DC Solar Chevrolet Camaro) will make his second Auto Club Speedway NASCAR XFINITY Series start on Saturday afternoon.

He started ninth and finished 13th in last year's event. Poole scored his first top-10 finish of 2017 last week in Phoenix, finishing eighth. Although calling The Woodlands, TX home, Poole was born in Sacramento, CA.-Chip Ganassi Racing
Mar 23 - 12:05 PM

Kyle Busch has recorded three victories at Auto Club Speedway with the most recent of these coming in 2014.

In fact, that 2014 win was the second of consecutive victories on this track. He also has one win on the similarly-configured Michigan International Speedway. Unfortunately, his most recent win at Auto Club was his last real success on a two-mile track. In seven races since then—most of which came at Michigan—he has finished 2th or worse five times.
Mar 23 - 1:19 AM

Austin Dillon’s finishes on two-mile tracks have run the gamut from top-10s to 30th, but he has been mostly strong on them.

Dillon has a best of fourth at Michigan International Speedway in 2015 and another top-10 there in 2016. His best Auto Club Speedway finish is 11th in 2014. Most of his efforts on this track type have been in the teens, and he has an average of .667 in regard to top-20s.
Mar 23 - 1:18 AM

Landon Cassill has steadily improved his results in the past four years at Auto Club Speedway with a best of 16th last year.

Cassill finished 30th in 2013 with Joe Falk, had a pair of 25ths with Mike Hillman in 2014/2015, and then last year’s 16th with Front Row Motorsports. His competition for another top-20 will be much greater this week, but Cassill should be evaluated in practice.
Mar 23 - 1:17 AM

Daniel Suarez showed gradual improvement in his first three Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races and then surged into the top 10 at Phoenix International Raceway. It will be important for him to run well at Auto Club Speedway.

Fantasy players need to trust their drivers. Great runs like the one he had a Phoenix are good for PR releases, but a solid top-20 in the Auto Club 400 will show a predictable pattern. Given the strength of Roush-Fenway Racing on this track in the past, it is a fair bet that the No. 19 will finish in the front half of the pack.
Mar 23 - 1:17 AM

Matt DiBenedetto was one of the most pleasant surprises at Auto Club Speedway last year. He finished 27th after starting 33rd and was running on the lead lap.

Unfortunately, he was not as productive on the other two-mile track. DiBenedetto went to Michigan International Speedway and finished in the low- to mid-30s in his next two efforts and was at least five laps off the pace each time.
Mar 23 - 1:16 AM

Kevin Harvick will be penalized for failing inspection of his track bar mount and supports following the Camping World 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.

Harvick will lose crew chief Rodney Childers for one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series as the team and driver will be assessed a 10-point penalty.
Source: NASCAR.com
Mar 22 - 11:45 PM

Brad Keselowski has been hit with an L1 penalty for a post-race, general inspection measurement infraction.

Crew chief Paul Wolfe has been suspended from the next three Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races. The team lost 35 drive and owner points. Brian Wilson will serve as interim crew chief.
Source: NASCAR.com
Mar 22 - 11:42 PM

In nine NASCAR XFINITY Series starts at Auto Club Speedway (ACS), Brendan Gaughan (No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Camaro) has accumulated one top-five and five top-10 finishes, earning his best finish of second in 2015 after starting eighth.

ACS Success: Gaughan holds the NASCAR West Series record on race time at ACS with 1:28:47 set in 2001 when he won the Widetrack Grand Prix 200. In 2003, he started from the pole in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series American Racing Wheels 200 where he led 66 of 100 laps to ultimately finish second behind race-winner Ted Musgrave. During his 20-year NASCAR career, Gaughan has accumulated five top-five and 10 top-10 finishes with 98 laps led to his credit.-Richard Childress Racing
Mar 22 - 10:47 PM

Brandon Jones (No. 33 Chevy Truck Month Chevrolet Camaro) looks to close out the 'NASCAR Goes West' tour with a strong showing at Auto Club Speedway.

This is the site of one of his first top-10 finishes as a regular in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Last season, the 20-year-old driver finished ninth at the two-mile track after starting the day in the 14th position.-Richard Childress Racing
Mar 22 - 10:42 PM

Daniel Hemric (No. 21 Blue Gate Bank Chevrolet at Auto Club Speedway) will be making the first Auto Club Speedway start of his NASCAR career this weekend in Saturday's NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) Service King 300.

The 2017 NXS Rookie of the Year contender has no previous experience at the 2-mile track.-Richard Childress Racing
Mar 22 - 10:40 PM

In addition to driving his regular No. 33 GEICO Chevrolet SS in Sunday's Cup Series Auto Club 400, Ty Dillon will pilot the No. 3 RUUD Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) Service King 300 at Auto Club Speedway (ACS) on Saturday.

He scored his only NXS top-10 finish at the 2-mile track in 2014 when he took the checkers in eighth place.-Richard Childress Racing
Mar 22 - 10:34 PM

In addition to driving his regular No. 27 Chevrolet SS in Sunday's Cup Series Auto Club 400, Paul Menard will pilot the No. 2 Richmond/Menards Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) Service King 300 at Auto Club Speedway (ACS) on Saturday.

Menard has competed in 10 NXS events at the 2-mile track. He has one top-five and two top-10 finishes with his best start of seventh in October 2010 and finish of fourth in September 2006. The Wisconsin native has completed 97.9 percent of laps in competition with seven of them as the race leader.-Richard Childress Racing
Mar 22 - 10:24 PM


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