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Joey Logano will have sticker tires to start the race Sunday at Auto Club (Calif.) Speedway as his car never made it through tech in time for him to post a qualifying lap Friday. Because teams start the race on the tires they use in qualifying, that will be an advantage on some cars that have had five or six laps in qualifying. Would that be enough to get him into the top-10 by the end of the first stage at Lap 60? Logano: "Will I catch those guys on the first run? If our car is an animal, yes. Will it drive to the lead without a caution? No. We will have to have some cautions and good restarts and good pit stops. … It's going to affect us in the first stage most likely."

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Jimmie Johnson won't participate in qualifying today after wrecking his primary car in practice. He likely will start 39th Sunday at Auto Club (Calif.) Speedway. Crew chief Chad Knaus: "I just felt it was wiser to get the car prepared correctly rather than qualify poorly. I wasn't comfortable putting Jimmie in a position where he would have to hustle a car that he hasn't turned a lap in yet. We are all the way out here on the west coast, and brought two race cars. If we were to crash this car, we would have to pull a car from a teammate and it would be a very difficult obstacle to overcome."

Bob Pockrass, NASCAR

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In response to Kurt Busch's counterclaim filed earlier today that requests millions in damages be awarded to him because his former agent Jon Caponigro and his law firm had a conflict of interest representing both Busch and teams Penske Racing and Andretti Autosport, the Caponigro law firm (which is suing Busch for alleged unpaid fees) released a statement Friday: "[These] allegations are outrageous and have no factual basis. It is a shame that, in an effort to avoid paying fees that are owed, Defendants instead have chosen to disparage the impeccable reputation of our clients who, for more than a decade, maximized Mr. Busch's career opportunities, financially and otherwise, often during times when Mr. Busch's conduct, both on and off the track, threatened his career."

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. feels NASCAR should take action for driver misbehavior when the caution is out or after the race. Here is his idea for a penalty for Austin Dillon, who was not sanctioned for squeezing Cole Custer into the fence under caution last week at Phoenix:

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. has had talks with team owner Rick Hendrick about resuming contract negotiations. Earnhardt, whose deal runs through 2017, had put those negotiations on hold after he was sidelined by a concussion last summer.

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Kurt Busch has filed a countersuit against former agent Jon Caponigro, whose firm sued Busch for $1.4 million for unpaid and future fees after Busch terminated the deal last year. Busch, in a court filing Friday, said he had paid Caponigro's firm $1.3 million since 2011 and is asking to be awarded "millions" in damages because Capongiro's firm had conflicts of interest, including representing the Penske and Andretti teams he has raced for and negotiating deals favorable to the teams. Busch claims Caponigro advised and pressured him to sign the 2011 release from Penske, and that his compensation driving for Phoenix Racing in 2012, Furniture Row Racing in 2013 and Stewart-Haas Racing in 2014 were less than what he would have been paid under his contract with Penske.

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Danica Patrick said she wants her $50,000 back from wrecking David Gilliland under caution in 2015 at Martinsville Speedway since NASCAR didn't fine Austin Dillon for pinching Cole Custer into the wall during the Xfinity race last week at Phoenix. She said fines are meaningless. Patrick: "I've been fined a few times. It makes for good TV and we handle it on the track ourselves. I'd rather [no fine] be the standard. What does that really do? I'm not going to not go on vacation."

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Jimmie Johnson is not worried about getting a contract extension done. His contract with Hendrick Motorsports is up after this season and he expects to return.

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