The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series West Coast Swing finishes up this weekend with the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. Following Daytona and Atlanta NASCAR headed west for three races always hoping to miss cold weather along the east coast. So far the swing has produced two winners. Denny Hamlin won Vegas and Kyle Busch picked up a win as Ryan Blaney faded in the final laps.
Now, it looks as if that win pushed Busch to the top of the favorites list according to oddsmakers. Heading into the race weekend Busch, driver of the No. 18 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing is tied with Kevin Harvick who pilots the No. 4 Ford for Stewart – Hass Racing. Both drivers are 9-2 with a group of the usual suspect right behind them at 6-1. Here are the favored drivers to win the Auto Club 400.
Of all of the drivers listed above, there is only one that has multiple wins at Auto Club Speedway. Kyle Busch has four wins at the track with the last ones coming as a back-to-back effort as he captured the checkered in both 2013 and 2014. Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr., and Kyle Larson. Joey Logano is the only one of the favorites who has not won at the track.
Another neat stat about the above drivers is that two of them mark the only drivers that have won from the pole. Larson won the race from the pole in 2017 while it was Truex who won from the front last year. They joined Jimmie Johnson as being the only three drivers to win from the pole since the track hosted its first NASCAR Cup Series event in 1997.
Truex enters the race as the defending Champion. He won last season for the now shuttered Furniture Row team. Truex made the move to Joe Gibbs racing for 2019.
Past Winners at Auto Club Speedway
Here are the past Cup Series winners over the last ten years at Auto Club Speedway. Johnson and Tony Stewart both won at Auto Club in 2010 as it was the last year the facility hosted two events a season. Stewart is the only driver that is inactive on the win list below.
Martin Truex, Jr.
Jimmie Johnson is the winningest driver at Auto Club. The driver of the No. 48 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports has won there six times with his last coming in 2016. It was a year that the seven-time Cup Series Champion went to the winner's circle six times. Oddsmakers are not optimistic about Johnson as he’s buried deep on the odds list at 50-1.
Remaining Odds for Winning Auto Club 400
Only 38 cars of 40 spots available are entered into the field in the Cup Series race this weekend. It’s the fourth race of the season to have an incomplete field. Only the opening race, the Daytona 500, had a full field of 40 cars with two cars being sent home after missing the cut in qualifying.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Darrell Wallace Jr
FIELD (all others)
Schedule for the 2019 Auto Club 400 Race Weekend
Three of the Four top-series in NASCAR will be racing in Phoenix this weekend. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and the NASCAR Xfinity Series. The NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series is off while the ARCA Menards Racing Series is in Mobile Alabama.
Friday, March 15
• 4:30 p.m., Xfinity Series practice, FS1/FOX Sports App • 5:30 p.m., Cup Series Busch Pole Qualifying, FS1/FOX Sports App
• 1 p.m., Cup Series practice • 5:30 p.m., Cup Series Busch Pole Qualifying
Saturday, March 16
• Noon, Cup Series practice, FS1/FOX Sports App • 1 p.m., Xfinity Series qualifying, FS1/FOX Sports App • 3:30 p.m., Cup Series final practice, FS1/FOX Sports App • RACE - 5 p.m., Xfinity Series race at Auto Club Speedway, FS1/FOX Sports App
• Noon, Cup Series practice • 3:30 p.m., Cup Series final practice • 4:30 p.m., Xfinity Series race at Auto Club Speedway
Sunday, March 17
• 3:30 p.m., Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway, FOX/FOX Sports App
• RACE - 2:30 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400
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