As the NASCAR Sprint Cup season zigzags across the country, the teams find themselves on the West Coast and sunshine of Southern California. Accordingly, which five drivers have the best chance to win at the Auto Club 400 in Fontana, California?
The year has started with four different winners, yet finds many of the same contenders from last season once more battling effectively as the Cup teams work through the first part of the schedule.
Where we stand entering California
Brad Keselowski is the reigning champion and also currently leads the point standings on the strength of being four-for-four with top five results. Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson round out the top three. Tony Stewart won the rain shortened event last season (source: ESPN) and in fact, has won two of the last three at the big two-mile D-shaped oval known officially as Auto Club Speedway. Johnson has won the most at what is considered his home track (El Cajon is less than two hours away), with five victories notched on his belt.
This is the only trip that NASCAR will make to Southern California all year, along with being one of only two Cup events in the Golden State. With all this said, who will take a trip to Victory Lane this Sunday at California Speedway? Here’s a list of the top five prospects.