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Horsepower Fantasy Racing: Picks for the Auto Club 400

The idea of #NASCARGoesWest certainly has given the fans on the opposite coast a chance to enjoy their favorite drivers for three consecutive weeks, especially since the fans beyond the midwest don’t often get the opportunity to see their favorite stars hit the track, especially considering the next time they do it will be in June.

It’s also a bit challenging for teams since even while they are at one location, another hauler is immediately bringing both the primary and backup cars for the next week, since it is difficult for the main semi to make the trip from the west coast all the way to the shop and back in a matter of days.

One of the greatest challenges is for the drivers themselves.  The western run is on three completely different tracks, culminating in one of the fastest, and widest, the circuit visits.

The options that the drivers have at this place are vast, from the groove they choose to run, to how they could ultimately win the race.  It was 21 years ago when the first race here came down to fuel mileage, and the winner literally sputtered shortly after the finish and needed a push to coast into victory lane.  Last lap passes, gambles on pit road, and dominance all can make up exactly what Auto Club Speedway has to offer in getting to victory.

On this occasion, the quest is to stop momentum of one team, and if there is a place where one can either out-drive or out-smart that team, it is here.

Maybe that’s the thought process of the League this week.  After eight participants won just a week ago, the quest to put the stop on wins is in full action.  That being said, here’s who everyone decided will be victorious in the Auto Club 400:

 

Misan Akuya:  Kevin Harvick

Why not?

Rob Blount:  Kevin Harvick

I just don’t see this hot streak slowing down. Former winner here at ACS and obviously the 4-team has shown speed on big and small tracks.

Billy Fellin:  Kevin Harvick

No reason given.

Ashley Hobbs:  Kyle Busch

No reason given.

Ashley Hull:  NO PICK

Deadline passed with no pick submitted.

Klarissa Mitchell:  Kyle Larson

No reason given.

Dustin Parks:  Jimmie Johnson

Originally I wanted to take Harvick for this week, but I realized many were playing the hot streak.  I also thought about going with Larson, because let’s face it, the last four times he’s been to a two-mile track, he’s been celebrating.  But, I decided to go out in left field if there is such a thing right now with this team, and go with the 48.  Johnson may be losing his sponsor at the end of the year, but this is a place that’s been extremely good to him.  Six wins proves that.

Trisha Rodisch:  Kevin Harvick

No reason given.

Sal Sigala Jr:  Brad Keselowski

No reason given.

Rob Tiongson:  Kyle Larson

I’m thinking he concludes the West Coast Swing with a big dubya.

Penny Whitecotton:  Kevin Harvick

Four-peat!!

 

Standings after Phoenix:

Misan Akuya – 176 – Kevin Harvick WON (2) 11

Rob Blount – 174 – Kevin Harvick WON (1) 5

Ashley Hobbs – 160 – Kevin Harvick WON (2) 11

Penny Whitecotton – 159 – Kevin Harvick WON (3) 11

Sal Sigala Jr. – 152 – Kevin Harvick WON (1) 6

Ashley Hull – 152 – Kevin Harvick WON (1) 6

Rob Tiongson – 150 – Kevin Harvick WON (1) 5

Trisha Rodisch – 130 – Kyle Larson finished 18th (2) 6

Billy Fellin – 123 – Kevin Harvick WON (1) 5

Dustin Parks – 120 – Kyle Larson finished 18th (0) 0

Klarissa Mitchell – 57 – Jamie McMurray finished 26th (0) 0

 

Summary of Picks:

Kevin Harvick-5

Kyle Larson-2

Kyle Busch-1

Jimmie Johnson-1

Brad Keselowski-1

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