Storylines and Trends To Watch For Sunday’s Auto Club 400 (3:30 p.m. ET/FOX/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

The NASCAR circus stays out west for one final week as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams will take to the 2-mile Auto Club Speedway this weekend. The Auto Club 400 (3:30 p.m. ET/FOX/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) will conclude the NASCAR Goes West Tour. The race is the only trip to the Los Angeles area of the year, as it annually puts on one heck of a race. Here are some storylines and trends to watch. 

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5 Favorites, 5 Sleepers and a Don’t Touch List For Sunday’s Auto Club 400 (3:30 p.m. ET/FOX/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

With the NCAA Tournament starting up this week, it’s a great time of year to be talking about favorites and sleepers. So why not put out an early favorites and sleepers list for Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the Auto Club Speedway? Everyone loves a good Cinderella story right? Well, with how Kevin Harvick’s been dominating the Cup Series races this season, there’s some good underdog situations for this weekend’s Auto Club 400 (3:30 p.m. ET/FOX/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Here’s the list I have for this weekend. 

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Another Quiet Top 10 Finish for Rookie Daniel Suarez

Fontana, Calif – No one really knew what to expect out of rookie Daniel Suarez for the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver originally thought he was going to defend his 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series championship this year. But, with Carl Edwards’ shocking retirement announcement in January, JGR had to quickly find a replacement. That replacement was right there in their organization. But, it was a tad sooner than expected. Suarez, had made zero Cup starts prior to showing up at Daytona in February.…

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Clint Bowyer Having Fun Again With Top 5 at Fontana

Fontana, Calif – Clint Bowyer knew he just need to bide his time in 2016, as the grass was greener on the other side. After a disappointing 2015 Cup season where Bowyer finished 16th in the final standings with Michael Waltrip Racing, the Kansas native signed a one-year deal with HScott Motorsports for the next year. MWR was folding and Bowyer had no where to go. But, with Tony Stewart retiring upon the completion of the 2016 year, Bowyer was tabbed as the replacement. He just needed a one-year stop…

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After Early Race Incidents, Brad Keselowski Rebounds for Runner-Up at Fontana

Fontana, Calif- Normally, Brad Keselowski isn’t feeling like he won a race despite not doing so. But, after how Sunday’s Auto Club 400 went for the Team Penske driver, today’s result is like a race win for the Michigan native. On the opening lap on Sunday, Keselowski had contact entering Turn 1 which caused left side damage to his No. 2 Ford. Two laps later, he was spinning he was taking a spin through the infield. But, when it was all said and done, there Keselowski’s car was running for…

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Kyle Larson Has Dream Weekend, Sweeps NASCAR Races at Fontana

Fontana, Calif – What a difference one position makes. After three straight second-place finishes in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, polesitter Kyle Larson finally found Victory Lane, pulling away after an overtime restart to win Sunday’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway. Larson took the checkered flag at the end of the second extra lap as team owner Chip Ganassi celebrated from his perch atop the pit box.

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Sunday’s Auto Club 400 Could Be Survival of the Fittest

Fontana, Calif – After three practice sessions as well as a three-round qualifying session, one thing is for sure entering Sunday’s Auto Club 400 (3:30 p.m. ET/FOX/MRN) this weekend’s race could be an event of the survival of the fittest. The 2-mile Auto Club Speedway has chewed up and spit out several cars so far this weekend, as we’ve seen a bunch of crashes. Among those two incidents were two of the top drivers to recently race at Fontana. It all started in Friday’s lone practice session of the day…

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