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Additional article: Auto Club Practice Recap: Drivers to Watch

Just when you think the early obstacles are out of the way, something new comes along to doom a perfectly good afternoon of racing for your fantasy team. Last weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway, a rash of blown tires saddled many big names with bad finishes and even knocked out a few drivers that appeared to be well on their way to top-five finishes. Between the wrecks at Daytona, some early engine issues for various teams and now the Bristol tire issue, a nice normal race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California this weekend would be a welcomed change.

The 2.0-mile oval is a sister track of Michigan International Speedway, and while a wide track surface allows for comfortable side-by-side racing, the high speeds often make clean air and track position the trump card. Not to mention the fact that fuel mileage often becomes the deciding factor because of lack of cautions and extended green flag, which can lead to some tense moments in the closing laps as drivers try to stretch their fuel to the finish. Heck, last year's race even rain shortened. With the way things have gone so far, who knows what to expect Sunday.

Drivers listed in this article:
  1. Kyle Busch, Mars Brands/Interstate Batteries
  2. Kasey Kahne, Farmers Insurance/Quaker State
  3. Jimmie Johnson, Lowe's/Kobalt Tools
  4. Brad Keselowski, Miller Lite
  5. Carl Edwards, Fastenal/Aflac/UPS/Subway
  6. Kevin Harvick, Budweiser/Jimmy Johns
  7. Matt Kenseth, Husky/Dollar General
  8. Clint Bowyer, 5-Hour Energy
  9. Tony Stewart, Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1
  10. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., National Guard/Diet Mountain Dew
  11. Greg Biffle, 3M/Bondo
  12. Denny Hamlin, FedEx
  13. Jeff Gordon, Drive to End Hunger/Axalta
  14. Ryan Newman, Caterpillar
  15. Kurt Busch, Haas Automation
  16. Mark Martin, Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1
  17. Martin Truex, Jr., Furniture Row
  18. Paul Menard, Menards
  19. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Best Buy/Valvoline/Zest
  20. A.J. Allmendinger, Kingsford/Clorox
  21. Joey Logano, Shell-Pennzoil
  22. Jamie McMurray, McDonald's/Cessna
  23. Aric Almirola, Smithfield Foods
  24. Jeff Burton, PEAK BlueDEF
  25. Juan Montoya, Target
  26. Marcos Ambrose, Stanley/Dewalt Power Tools
  27. Casey Mears, GEICO
  28. David Reutimann, Burger King/Doctor Pepper
  29. David Ragan, CSX Transportation/Peanut Patch
  30. David Stremme, Swan Energy/Nutrition 53
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