Auto Club Speedway – Fontana, CA
2.0 Miles, 200 Laps; Segments 1 & 2 * laps each
Defending champion: Jimmie Johnson
Top 5 drivers the last 5 years*:
- Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Average finish 6.8)
- Kurt Busch (Average finish 10.0)
- Paul Menard (Average finish 11.0)
- Ryan Newman (Average finish 11.2)
- Jimmie Johnson (Average finish 11.2)
*Kyle Busch and Chase Elliott have not competed in all of the the last 5 Auto Club 400s and therefore were not eligible.
Points entering Auto Club 400:
|Driver||Car #||Points||Wins||Stage Wins|
|Martin Truex, Jr.||78||153||1||2|
In case you didn’t notice, all 5 drivers with the top 5 average finishes were driving Chevrolets the last 5 years. Chevrolet is also the defending champion of the race. This bodes well for Chevy young guns Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott. However, Ford has looked strong at high-speed tracks this year, winning at Daytona & Atlanta and only losing at Las Vegas due to a late technical problem on Brad Keselowski’s Ford.
Top 5 Contenders
- Kevin Harvick
- Kyle Larson
- Joey Logano
- Kyle Busch
- Chase Elliott
Winner: Kevin Harvick
Harvick has had a rough start to the season despite being in the Top 10 in points thanks in large part to segment bonus points. I think he finally comes through at his home track and gets his first win of 2017 and his first win in a Ford.