JGR on a Roll at Auto Club

Auto Club Speedway

Busch and Kenseth are 1-2 atop the Nationwide wins list at Auto Club. (Photo: Getty Images)

There appears to be no stopping Joe Gibbs Racing’s Nationwide Series run at Auto Club Speedway.

The team is chasing a staggering 10th consecutive win at the track in Sunday’s TreatMyClot.com 300.

Tony Stewart started JGR's dominance with a Nationwide win back in 2008. Kyle Busch has won six of the last eight races with Joey Logano taking the other two.

Busch, who comes into the weekend fresh off his Nationwide win last Saturday in Bristol when he held off Kyle Larson for the second straight year, has always considered the two-mile track one of his favorites.

“It’s a really fun racetrack,” said Busch, who first scored a Sprint Cup Series win at the track in 2005. “It’s widened out and it’s become where you can race all over it and, with the race being as long as it is, you need to take a lot of time working through traffic and being able to have a good car and all that.”

That’s not to say Busch doesn’t find challenges racing at ACS. The track’s worn out surface and weather conditions are just a couple of elements drivers will tackle this weekend.

“But sometimes it’s really a hard racetrack to get ahold of, now, especially when it’s hot and the sun is out,” he said. “There are two completely different types of racing when you run the top versus the bottom groove. You can run from the top to the bottom, but when you run the bottom, you really feel like you’re puttering around the racetrack. You feel like you aren’t making up any time on the bottom.

“But when you are running the top groove, you feel like you’re getting the job done. The guys who run the bottom have a little bit more patience and handle it better than the guys who are on the gas on top.”

Busch, the defending race winner who swept both Nationwide and Sprint Cup ACS races last year, will have a pair of JGR teammates with him Saturday looking to help keep the organization’s ACS success alive in Matt Kenseth and Elliott Sadler.

Sadler is fifth in the Nationwide Series point standings but there are four drivers ahead of him looking to derail the JGR express this weekend including Chase Elliott, Ty Dillon, Trevor Bayne and series point leader Regan Smith. He brings a one-point advantage over Bayne into the season’s fifth race.

“It’s been a solid start to the season with our No. 7 team,” Smith said. “With the competitive nature of this bunch and the entire JRM organization, you’re always looking for improvement. You have to be. So that has been a lot of our focus through these first four weeks.

“We have a lot of talent on this team, but the fact remains this is still a new team and we’re still all learning each other. The good thing is we aren’t lacking in effort or focus. We are unloading better and better each week. I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do with our Best Foods Chevy in Fontana.”

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