Success at Auto Club Speedway for Joe Gibbs Racing’s drivers seems to come naturally, and after eight consecutive NNS wins at the track, victory probably is expected. Dating back to Feb. 25, 2008, when Tony Stewart beat Kyle Busch to the finish line, drivers turning steering wheels of JGR Toyotas have found unmitigated success on the Southern California track.
In the seven years since, Busch has won five times and Joey Logano has two victories. All five of Busch’s victories have come in the No. 18 Toyota, while Stewart’s sole victory came in the No. 20. Logano, no longer a JGR driver, has a victory in both cars.
No one is currently slated to drive the No. 18 in Saturday’s Royal Purple 300, but Brian Vickers will pilot the No. 20 Toyota. Elliott Sadler will drive the No. 11 Camry with Busch helming the No. 54 car.
The last non-JGR driver to win a NASCAR Nationwide event at Auto Club Speedway was Jeff Burton (2007) in the No. 29 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet.