Five Predictions for Fontana

Auto Club 400

Drivers will be California dreaming this weekend as they head back out to the West Coast for the annual scheduled stop at Auto Club Speedway.

The last time NASCAR was in Southern California, a thrilling race went down on and off the track. As rivals clashed and water bottles were thrown, a wilder Fontana emerged. This has fans wondering what could possibly happen in this year’s race, which is the question driving this week’s five predictions.

Through four races in the 2014 Nationwide Series season, @ReganSmith sits atop the point standings. Despite a hard charging @Tbayne21 who is now one point out of the lead, Smith has yet to surrender the top spot.

Smith scored one of his two 2013 victories at Michigan International Speedway last June. Michigan is similar to Auto Club as both are D-shaped ovals. With his past success on this type of track look for Smith to retain his point lead following this weekend’s race.

@dylankracing has had a decent start to his rookie campaign in the NNS. However, a rocky weekend at Bristol has the No. 31 team looking for a rebound in California.

With extra-incentive to perform well this weekend since Kwasniewski is from the West Coast, expect the team to rebound from a bad Bristol weekend and have a stronger performance on Saturday afternoon.

One of the most talked about finishes throughout the 2013 Sprint Cup Series season came at Auto Club Speedway. The last lap crash involving leaders @dennyhamlin and @joeylogano left jaws dropping as the race came to a close. As those two wrecked, @KyleBusch went from third to first and prevailed as the victor.

Despite last year’s last lap pass for the victory, don’t expect another this year. The driver out front to take the white flag will come back around to take the checkers on Sunday.

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