Auto Club 400: NASCAR Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 3/20/16
Auto Club 400
Auto Club 400: Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 3:30 pm (Auto Club Speedway)
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This week we head over to sunny California for the Auto Club 400. If you’ve been following along this season, you know we’ve predicted the winner in three of the four Nascar races. Let’s make it winner number four, shall we?
Here are some racers to consider throwing onto your card this week.
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Kyle Busch - Kyle Busch is one of four racers to win the Auto Club 400 twice, as he won the race in 2013 and 2014. Before those two victories, Busch finished third in 2011 and second in 2012. In case you’re not keeping track, Busch has finished no worse than third place in his last four appearances at the Auto Club Speedway. When you add the fact Busch has eight straight top-five finishes in the Sprint Cup, it’s safe to say he’s a must bet this weekend.
Jimmie Johnson - We made money with Jimmie Johnson in Atlanta, and we’re going to ride him again this week. Johnson is another racer who has won the Auto Club 400 twice, and he’s actually dominated California races overall throughout his career. In fact, the Cali native has 12 top-10 finishes in his last 15 appearances at the Auto Club Speedway. Johnson simply feels at home when he’s on this track and if history is any indication of what’s to come, he’ll be in the running for yet another victory.
Paul Menard - I’ve been backing Paul Menard for a while now, as I just expect him to eventually have a coming out party and a consistent Sprint Cup racer. While it hasn’t paid off yet, Menard could have a turning point this week. Menard has three straight top-10 finishes at the Auto Club Speedway, which includes a fourth-place finish last year. One could make an argument that Menard has had his most success in California at this point of his career. While Menard hasn’t won a Sprint Cup race since 2011, he’s come awfully close to ending that drought on this very track.
Austin Dillon - Austin Dillon has not won a Sprint Cup race yet in his young career, but he’s quickly turning heads with three top-10 finishes this season. Dillon has finished 11th or better in five of his last seven Sprint Cup races. With that type of consistency, it’s safe to say it’s only a matter of time before Dillion gets in the win column. Well, in two races at the Auto Club Speedway, Dillon has an average finish of 13.5. The 25-year-old is worth some coin this week.
Chase Elliott - Another racer who is still looking for his first victory is Chase Elliott. Elliott has finished eighth in two of his last three races, proving that the 20-year-old is more than capable of holding his own with the big boys. While this will be Elliott’s first Sprint Cup race in California, he did have a fourth place finish last year and a sixth place finish in 2014 during the Xfinity Series. Elliott is clearly the real deal and I wouldn’t be shocked if he gets in the win column in just his 10th Sprint Cup race.