Auto Club 400: NASCAR Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 3/26/17
2017 Auto Club 400
Auto Club 400: Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 3:30 pm (Auto Club Speedway)
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We continued our track record of handing out NASCAR winners, that dates back to last season, with Ryan Newman winning the Camping World 500 at 80-1 odds. You’re welcome. Just a humble brag. Now time to get back to work as we head to California for the 2017 Auto Club 400. A race that debuted in 1997 has seen four multiple winners and five of the last six races have finished under three hours.
Here are five drivers to consider for your card this week.
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Jimmie Johnson - The Cali kid Jimmie Johnson feels right at home when he takes this track, as he has won the Auto Club 400 three times since 2002 and is the defending champion with an average speed of 137 miles per hour. Johnson has also finished in the top-10 in 12 of his last 14 appearances at the Auto Club Speedway. Considering Johnson is also coming off his best finish of the season with a ninth place finish in Phoenix, you have to love his chances this week to get his first victory since winning the Ford EcoBoost 400.
Kyle Larson - Another person from Cali is Kyle Larson, and he’ll be motivated to finally get into victory lane this week. Larson has finished runner-up in each of the last three races and admitted it’s getting kind of annoying being so close but yet so short. In fact, Larson has finished third or better in five of his last six races, and his 12th place finish in Daytona was a lot closer than his finish indicates. Larson was also runner-up in the 2014 Auto Club 400, his first NASCAR appearance on this track. This may be the week he finally gets the victory, making him a must play.
Clint Bowyer - Clint Bowyer doesn’t have many recent impressive showings at the Auto Club Speedway, but he does have seven top-10 finishes on this track overall. Bowyer has also been rather consistent recently, finishing 13th or better in each of his last three races. Consistency and good form is the key when looking to land a long shot. Like Newman last week, Bowyer is probably a driver who is running well and you can get with big odds as a nice value play.
Kyle Busch - Kyle Busch won the Auto Club 400 in 2013 and 2014 and is the only driver to win this event back-to-back years. Busch has four top-five finishes in his last five appearances at the Auto Club Speedway overall. Busch is also coming off his best finish of the season in which he led 114 laps in Phoenix and settled for third place. Given his history on this track and the way he looked last week, Busch has a good chance to become the fourth driver to win this event three times.
Joey Logano - Joey Logano had a chance to win in Phoenix if it wasn’t for pit penalties and a wreck that left him with a 31st spot. Always next week, huh? Logano has still finished in the top-10 in nine of his last 10 races and has finished seventh or better in three of his last four races at the Auto Club Speedway. Logano has consistently put himself in the running for the last year or so, and I’m sure he’d love to get his first victory in the state of California. This is a race he could win and is certainly worth a look given his overall form.