Three things to watch
1 . A Toyota has never won at Auto Club Speedway, but there is good reason to think that will change Sunday. Denny Hamlin starts from the pole and Toyota drivers make up five of the top 10 starting positions.
2. Tony Stewart won this race a year ago and could use another victory to help dig out of the early-season points hole he finds himself in. Stewart starts eighth.
3 . Brad Keselowski is the only driver to start the season with four consecutive top-five finishes. If he extends his streak this week it will take work hell start from the rear of the field due to an engine change.
• Not only is Brad Keselowskis four consecutive top-five finishes to start the 2013 Sprint Cup season impressive both in terms of his teams capabilities as well as building up points, but it also puts him in with some elite NASCAR company. Keselowskis start is the best since Jimmie Johnson started the same way in 2005. You have to go back to 1998 and Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace to find the last driver to start the year with five consecutive top-fives. The all-time record belongs to fellow Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough, who started the 1974 season with nine straight top-fives.
• Joey Logano came out ahead in the run-in with Denny Hamlin last weekend at Bristol. Hamlin came across as somewhat of a bully with his blatant punt-and-run of Logano when both were running up front in the race. Neither won the postrace Twitter battle it turned silly after a couple of exchanges. I credit Logano for going to confront Hamlin after the race in person but I still think if he is going to be respected by some of his fellow competitors and thats not to say he shouldnt be respected already he is going to have to give as good as he gets on the track. Sad in a way it has come to that, but in many peoples eyes its the only way you earn racing cred.
• Kudos to the Phoenix Racing organization. So far this season, the No. 51 Chevrolet team has used three different drivers A.J. Allmendinger, Regan Smith and Austin Dillon in the first four races and the team is eighth in the Cup series owners standings. Allmendinger looks like he could gain another good finish Sunday. He was very fast in practice Saturday and starts 26th.
Three picks for your fantasy team from Jim Utter:
Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Jimmie Johnson
Hamlin admits to low blow: Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano have not ironed out their differences from their Bristol run-in face-to-face yet but Hamlin did admit he likely went too far in some of his criticism of his former teammate at Joe Gibbs Racing.
You can't as a driver its not up to me to determine where he stands among the elite of NASCAR. I think that it's the fans and the teams who decide that, said Hamlin, who won the pole for Sundays race.
I didn't need to give my opinion on that. I think that was kind of a low blow.
Kyle Larson wins again: Nationwide Series upstart Kyle Larson took a break from his NASCAR schedule Friday night to run a World of Outlaws sprint car event in Stockton, Calif.
Larson caught a ride on NASCAR star Tony Stewarts plane to get to the race, then promptly beat the three-time Cup series champion in the event.
The win is Larsons third A-Main victory in WoO competition. He also won one of the heat races Friday night. Stewart finished 14th in the A-Main.
Race postponed: The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race scheduled to run Saturday at Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway was postponed due to inclement weather. It has been rescheduled for Saturday, April 6.
Where: Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, Calif.
Track type: 2-mile paved slightly banked D-shaped oval
Race distance: 200 laps, 400 miles
Weather: Sunny with high in the mid-70s.
TV: Coverage begins at 2 p.m. on Fox. Green flag is 3:16 p.m. ET
Radio: Motor Racing Network