Veteran driver sits sixth in the XFINITY Series point standings Related: Full series standings FONTANA, Calif. -- NASCAR XFINITY Series veteran Brendan Gaughan earned his career-best Auto Club Speedway finish of second-place in the Drive4Clots.com 300 on Saturday after starting eighth in the field. The Las Vegas native must have been feeling his roots because Gaughan scored three straight top-10 finishes on NASCAR's West Coast swing (Las Vegas, Phoenix, Auto Club). "I'm glad I'm pissed off about being second," Gaughan said at Auto Club Speedway after coming up short to 2014 Sprint Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick . The NASCAR veteran attributes his success to his commitment to run double-duty this season, splitting his time between the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series No. 62 Premium Motorsports Chevrolet and the XFINITY Series No. 62 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet. And with double-duty comes a shortage of breaks that drivers who are just running one series get. As the XFINITY Series takes a break until April 10 at Texas Motor Speedway , the Sprint Cup Series keeps roaring on to the shortest track on the Cup Series schedule, Martinsville Speedway . "I'm racing my Premium Motorsports Chevrolet at Martinsville," Gaughan said. "So I'll be going to Martinsville and I'll be having what I consider to be an easy weekend all of a sudden because I only have to do one race car. I don't know where I decided that I was going to turn 40 years old this year and do double-duty all season." Although racing in both the Cup and XFINITY Series can be draining, Gaughan explains that he's learning a lot and looking at things differently than he ever has before. "It's helping me in a lot of ways," Gaughan said. "The main thing is is that I'm getting on the race track first in a Cup car. "It's helping me with the points racing. I'm trying to learn how to race that race car and look at points in a completely different way so we can keep making races. I've never looked a racing that way. I've never been in a situation like that. So it's helping me on the big picture side, but I'm racing different now than I ever have and looking at points differently than I ever have and I think it's going to make me better at the end of the year." Aside from Saturday's runner-up showing, Gaughan's best finish at the Fontana track came in 2009 when he finished seventh. In 122 XFINITY Series starts, the Richard Childress Racing driver has two wins, 12 top-fives and 32 top-10 finishes under his belt. The No. 62 driver's first win came just last season at Road America . He added a win at Kentucky Speedway in September. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Kahne, Earnhardt Jr., and others comment on their finishes in Thunder Valley.
See where your favorite driver will pit for Saturday's race (4 p.m. ET, FS1) Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live The pit stall assignments are out for Saturday's Drive4Clots.com 300 at Auto Club Speedway (4 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1). With his first career pole position in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, Erik Jones has chosen the pit stall closest to the exit of pit road. Jones, who is coming off his first top-five finish in the XFINITY Series, will have an opening in front of him on pit road and he is not the only driver to have that luxury. Brian Scott (starting second) and Denny Hamlin (starting third) also have openings in front of them on pit road. Brendan Gaughan (starting eighth) chose the pit stall closest to the entrance of pit road at the 2-mile track. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Driver earned career-best second-place finish in this race last year Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live FONTANA, Calif. -- Ending his first full-time season in the Sprint Cup Series as the 2014 Sunoco Rookie of the Year with eight top-fives and 17 top-10 finishes along with one Coors Light Pole Award, Kyle Larson is still searching for more -- a win. It was last year's Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Spedway when the California native's racing abilities truly began to shine. Rightfully earning the admiration of NASCAR veteran Kyle Busch , Larson came up second to Busch in the 2014 Auto Club 400 after fighting hard in the final laps. Busch was able hold Larson off as the Joe Gibbs Racing driver crossed the finish line .214 seconds ahead of the then-rookie, who had won the NASCAR XFINITY Series race just one day earlier. Now, with Busch being sidelined for injuries sustained in this year's opening XFINITY Series race at Daytona, it begs the question -- what driver will be holding off Larson for the lead this year? "There's a lot of good cars and (Kevin) Harvick has definitely been strong so far this season, so I'm sure he'll be the one to beat," Larson said on Friday at the Auto Club Speedway . Though 2014 Sprint Cup Series champion Harvick has displayed nothing but dominance so far this season, Larson has already earned himself two top-10 finishes and will start fifth in the field for Sunday's Auto Club 400 (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX). "I like this place," Larson said. "It's tricky because of all the seams and it's got a pretty worn out surface and you have to search around for all the grip, but it seems to suit my driving style." The 22-year-old will get plenty of practice on the oldest asphalt on the Sprint Cup Series schedule when he runs in Saturday's Drive4Clots.com 300 (4 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1), the race that gave Larson the first XFINITY Series win of his career. But Larson's run in Saturday's XFINITY Series race will see him start in a backup car as the No. 42 driver spun out in opening practice after Mike Bliss dropped oil on the track, forcing Larson to make the move. "We should be OK," Larson said. "I got to make one lap in (the backup car) afterward and it felt fine so hats off to my guys for getting me back out there in that practice to make one lap, that gives me some extra confidence to qualify." Once the XFINITY Series race is over, Larson will have one thing on his mind: proving that he's the car to beat in Sunday's race. Larson's crew chief Chris Heroy jokingly recalled a request Larson made after coming up short to Busch last year. "He came on the radio and asked me if he could do a burnout," Heroy said after the 2014 Auto Club 400 . "I told him, 'Next time, if things work out.'" Perhaps Larson's "next time" is now. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Get full lineup of NASCAR programming for the week RELATED: See the full weekend schedule All times ET Monday, March 23 3 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 (re-air), FOX Sports 1 10 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 (re-air), FOX Sports 1 2 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 (re-air), FOX Sports 2 4 p.m., The List: Greatest Finishes (re-air), NBC Sports Network 4:30 p.m., The List: Rookie Seasons (re-air), NBC Sports Network 5 p.m., NASCAR America Live, NBC Sports Network 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1 7 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub (re-air), FOX Sports 2 Tuesday, March 24 10 a.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Drive4Clots.com 300 (re-air), FOX Sports 1 5 p.m., NASCAR America Live, NBC Sports Network 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1 7 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub (re-air), FOX Sports 2 Wednesday, March 25 4:30 p.m., The List: Iconic Cars (re-air), NBC Sports Network 5 p.m., NASCAR America Live, NBC Sports Network 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1 7 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub (re-air), FOX Sports 2 Thursday, March 26 5 p.m., NASCAR America Live, NBC Sports Network 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1 6:30 p.m., The List: Memorable Moments (re-air) NBC Sports Network 7 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub (re-air), FOX Sports 2 Friday, March 27 10 a.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice, FOX Sports 1 Noon, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, FOX Sports 1 1:30 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice, FOX Sports 1 2:30 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub: Weekend Edition, FOX Sports 1 3 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series final practice, FOX Sports 1 4:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FOX Sports 1 Saturday, March 28 8 a.m., FOX Sports One on One: Kevin Harvick (re-air), FOX Sports 1 8:30 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying (re-air), FOX Sports 1 10 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, FOX Sports 1 11:30 a.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Keystone Light Pole Qualifying, FOX Sports 1 12:30 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub: Weekend Edition, FOX Sports 2 1 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice, FOX Sports 1 2 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Setup, FOX Sports 1 2:30 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kroger 250 , FOX Sports 1 5 p.m., The 10: Greatest Truck Series Moments (re-air), FOX Sports 1 Sunday, March 29 3 a.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kroger 250 (re-air), FOX Sports 1 5:30 a.m., The 10: Greatest Truck Series Moments (re-air), FOX Sports 1 10 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying (re-air), FOX Sports 1 11:30 a.m., NASCAR Race Day, FOX Sports 1 1 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500 , FOX Sports 1 3:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 , FOX Deportes 6 p.m., NASCAR Masters of the Clock: The Legend of Martinsville, FOX Sports 1 &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;nbsp; MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today
Jon Housholder recaps the Drive4Clots.com 300 from Auto Club Speedway and another western win for Kevin Harvick as NASCAR Goes West.
Kevin Harvick celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the Drive4Clots.com 300 in his home-state of California.
2013 XFINITY Series champion earns third series win
Keep tabs on the activity at Auto Club Speedway This week brings the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the NASCAR XFINITY Series to Auto Club Speedway . The Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 will be held on Sunday, March 22 at 3:30 p.m. ET with coverage on FOX. The XFINITY Series Drive4Clots.com 300 is on Saturday, March 21 at 4 p.m. ET with coverage on FOX Sports 1. For more information on track times, press conferences and GarageCam, you can check out the full weekend schedule . We know you may not have the time to watch the race action without any interruptions, so if you're on the go, here's how to keep up at Fontana. NASCAR.com's live Sprint Cup Series leaderboard and XFINITY Series leaderboard update in real-time and offer constant text updates of lead changes, cautions, strategies, strong runs and everything in between. From the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series leaderboard, fans can also access live standings . On the go? Download the NASCAR Mobile app to follow the leaderboards live from your device. Lap-by-Lap will keep you caught up even if you can only take a peek here and there. Check in to read back through all the laps you've missed, or keep an eye on the feed for real-time race updates. We'll also send race updates via Twitter through the official @NASCAR and @NASCARStats handles. RaceBuddy will have enhanced views and coverage for the Sprint Cup Series and for most XFINITY Series races with 10 HD live race views, including up to eight in-car cameras, two mosaic views, live leaderboard and interactive chat. Haven't tried RaceView yet? If you sign up, you'll get virtual videos of cars on the track from various angles and hear what your favorite team is saying over the radio in both the Sprint Cup and select XFINITY Series races. Use it as a second screen or as your only screen. Just want to scan the radios? You can have that too with Scanner (formerly RaceView Audio). On a mobile device? Get RaceView Mobile here . If you want to be more involved in the on-track action, you can manage your fantasy team on NASCAR.com and follow your team's performance in NASCAR Fantasy Live . Mobile users can also download NASCAR Connect , a game from OneUp Sports that allows users to play other fans with race predictions for some off-track competition while drivers battle it out on the track. Live Press Pass video streams will keep the NASCAR action rolling even after the winner goes in and out of Victory Lane. Catch interviews with the top finishers and series champions immediately following the checkered flag for both national series events, and stay tuned to NASCAR.com throughout the week for the latest news. FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
Earnhardt will drive No. 55 Chevrolet at Auto Club Speedway Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live Viva Motorsports announced Monday that NASCAR XFINITY Series driver/owner Jamie Dick will sit out this weekend's race at Auto Club Speedway after being diagnosed with new onset diabetes. Dick, 26, visited the infield care center at Phoenix International Raceway , reporting symptoms of fatigue and dizziness after finishing 28th Saturday in the fourth XFINITY Series race of the season. Medical personnel at the track recommended Dick visit nearby West Valley Hospital in Goodyear, Arizona, that evening. According to the team, Dick was released from the hospital Sunday afternoon. The team said he returned to the Charlotte, North Carolina, area for further treatment and evaluation. "I would like to thank everyone for their support during this difficult time," Dick said in a statement released by the team. "It was quite a surprise to hear the diagnosis from the doctors, but the response from the NASCAR and PIR medical staffs was outstanding. The support from the racing community, my Viva Motorsports team, and the fans has been overwhelming. Now I need to learn about this disease and do whatever it takes to get back behind the wheel as soon as possible." Jeffrey Earnhardt , who drove the Viva No. 55 Chevrolet in the other two XFINITY events this season, will fill in for Dick in Saturday's Drive4Clots.com 300 (4 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1) in Fontana, California. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule