RACE PREVIEW

AutoClub_400

AUTO CLUB 400

AUTO CLUB SPEEDWAY of SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

MARCH 20TH, 3:30PM CHARLOTTE TIME FOX TV

2 Miles, 14 Degrees of Banking

We are now four races into the year and the drivers have raced on a Plate track, Flat track, Downforce track and an Intermediate track. I classify this as a Downforce track so it will be the first time we repeat a “track type.” On the minds of drivers will be handling: the battle between making your car go fast combined with “grip” or “downforce” will be paramount. The team that finds the best mix of speed and downforce can win this race. And of course we have a new rules package. Always looming on the horizon at California is fuel mileage. Because this track is wide and cautions few, sometimes it comes down to the team with the best fuel strategy. Interestingly five of the last eight Auto Club Speedway races have been won by Chevrolet teams. Hendrick Motorsports and Roush Fenway have each won four wins here in the last ten years. But the Toyotas of Joe Gibbs Racing have won two of the last three here. Will Chevy domination continue? We’ll know on Sunday.

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