NXS: Auto Club Speedway Drive4Clots.com 300 Race Preview

The NASCAR XFINITY Series heads into the Auto Club Speedway for the 17th annual Drive4Clots.com 300. The race will mark the fifth stop on the series calendar in the brand-new 2015 NASCAR season. Kyle Larson, who will be back in his No. 42 Chevrolet this weekend, comes into the event as the defending race winner.

A total of 40 drivers make up the entry list for the race on Saturday. That means nobody will go home following qualifying on early Saturday morning. Some of the new drivers featured on the list include Stanton Barrett, Mike Bliss, Erik Jones, Brad Keselowski, John Wes Townley, Austin Dillon, Kyle Larson, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Peyton Sellers and Sam Hornish Jr.

Kyle Larson will return to the NASCAR XFINITY Series for the first time since the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Larson is one of the fan favorites this weekend as he scored the victory at the 2.0-mile oval last season. He has an average finish there of 3.5 and holds a driver rating of 113.7. Not to mention, this weekend is a hometrack for the 22-year old from Elk Grove, California.

Ty Dillon continues to show the way in the NASCAR XFINITY Series driver points. Dillon leads the standings by 14 points over Chris Buescher. Ryan Reed, who is a teammate of Buescher and winner in the season opener at Daytona, rides third in points with a gap of 22 behind Dillon. Chase Elliott and Darrell Wallace Jr. round out the top five.

Jeffrey Earnhardt will take over the No. 55 Chevrolet as Jamie Dick continues to recover after being hospitalized last weekend at the Phoenix International Raceway. Dick was diagnosed with New Onset Diabetes just after the race concluded last Saturday. Earnhardt will make his third start of the season for Viva Motorsports.

You can watch the Drive4Clots.com 300 live on FOX Sports 1 on March 21. If not near a television, you can listen to radio coverage from the Motor Racing Network.
Brett Winningham

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