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2017 Auto Club 400 Predictions and Odds

There’s one last stop in the West  before NASCAR moves on and it’s the Auto Club 400 in California. Known as one of the fastest tracks in the schedule, the Auto Club Speedway is bound to have some ripping-fast fun. Last year is was veteran Jimmy Johnson who raised the cup, but this year there might be some Young Guns trying to steal the limelight. The race can be seen Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1. Keep reading for more details on the 2017 Auto Club 400 predictions. 

Solid Picks To Win

Kyle Larson: This guy’s arguably the best driver in the sport at the moment, leading the NASCAR point standings. Over the last five races on intermediate tracks, his numbers have been impressive finishing third or better in Phoenix, Homestead, Atlanta, Las Vegas and again in Phoenix. Expect Larson to take the Victory Lane in Cali.

Chase Elliot: Elliot’s yet to win in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, but it’s he’s well poised to get his first win. Currently he owns the third-best average finishing position and the fourth-best driver rating, leading the second most laps this year. Last year he took the sixth position and this year he’s expected to be up there among the leaders.

Keving Harvick: This driver has dominated at the Auto Club Speedway over the last two seasons, finishing in second place while leading over 176 laps. Though the No. 4 car hasn’t been qualifying well this season, it’s been pretty fast when the race begins. Apart from that, Harvick has enough talent to drive through the field to finish at the front.

Martin Truex Jr.: Truex has been exceptional at intermediate tracks since last year’s race at Auto Club Speedway. Over 14 races on the 2-mile and 1.5-mile tracks, Truex has notched four wins, leading on 1,065 laps in those races. 

Good Picks To Stay In The Race

Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Though Earnhardt has had a slow start this year, there’s no reason to believe he’ll be slowing down in this race. His three teammates at Hendrick Motorsports (Chase Elliott, Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne) are running well, so it’s just a matter of time before Jr gets going. 

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: The Roush Fenway Racing Fords haven’t been doing too well in the last two years, but this year they’re picked up speed. Stenhouse finished 13th at Atlanta and fourth last week at Phoenix and Auto Club Speedway is one of his best tracks. 

Daniel Suarez: It’s Suarez’ first stat in the Monster Energy NASCA Cup Series at Auto Club Speedway, but if he qualifies outside the top 20 he should be able to do well. He has two starts at the track in the Xfinity Series with an average finishing position of 8.5 and Joe Gibbs Racing has the horsepower to keep him in the top 15 this week.