Auto Club Speedway might be the anti Bristol.
After a race that featured twists, turns, random cautions and borderline chaos, California offers a bigger track and what appears to be more predictable action on Sunday. At least that’s what the oddsmakers think.
Often those who finish well at certain tracks aren’t at the top of the favorites list. That’s not the case at Sunday’s Auto Club 400.
- Jimmie Johnson has the highest average finishing position among active drivers. He’s the favorite at 5/1.
- Matt Kenseth has the second highest average finishing position among active drivers at Auto Club. He’s the third favorite at 7/1.
- Kyle Busch as the sixth highest active finishing position among active drivers at Auto Club. He’s the second favorite at 6/1.
Auto Club Speedway is a track where favorites tend to do well. Oddsmakers are hedging their bets on that Sunday.
There are some drivers who have enjoyed success out west but might be an interesting pick to win Sunday.
- Jeff Gordon has three wins and 10 top-five finishes at Auto Club Speedway. He’s 15/1
- Tony Stewart has two wins and finished in the top-1o or higher in more than half his career starts at Auto Club Speedway. He’s 25/1.
Kevin Harvick also has had recent success at California, though the odds aren’t as compelling at this point.
What About Everyone Else:
Sure 43 cars will enter the field. Only seven are 10/1 or better. Only 11 are better than 25/1. Long shots always exist in races, but the Auto Club 400 has more long shots than most stops on the 2014 Sprint Cup Tour.
Here’s how your favorite drivers stacks up. Enjoy Sunday’s race, even if it goes the exact opposite of Bristol.