Comments: NASCAR Picks for Auto Club

Comments: NASCAR Picks for Auto Club

Following last weekend's trip to Bristol, there are some very surprising patterns developing. Fantasy stalwarts Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch are sitting outside the top 10 in points, and Kasey Kahne's career with Hendrick Motorsports is getting off to a horrible start. Meanwhile, the much-maligned Michael Waltrip Racing organization put three cars in the top five in Thunder Valley and has three cars in the top 10 in owner points. Only time will tell if the balance of power is shifting, but in the short term, owners may need to adjust their strategy to ride the hot hands.

Adopting a new game plan could be particularly useful this weekend at Auto Club Speedway. Outside of a handful of drivers, there are very few consistent options at the 2.0-mile track. In fact, only five drivers have two or more consecutive top-10 finishes at ACS entering this weekend's race. As a result, fantasy owners may have to rely on momentum as the determining factor when filling out their roster this weekend.

Drivers listed in this article:
  1. Jimmie Johnson, Lowe's/Kobalt Tools
  2. Matt Kenseth, Dolllar General/DeWalt
  3. Tony Stewart, Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1
  4. Kevin Harvick, Budweiser/Jimmy Johns
  5. Carl Edwards, Arris/Stanley
  6. Jeff Gordon, Drive to End Hunger/3M
  7. Ryan Newman, Caterpillar
  8. Clint Bowyer, 5-Hour Energy
  9. Brad Keselowski, Miller Lite
  10. Denny Hamlin, FedEx
  11. Kyle Busch, Mars Brands/Interstate Batteries
  12. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., National Guard/Diet Mountain Dew
  13. Mark Martin, Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1
  14. Greg Biffle, Ortho
  15. Martin Truex, Jr., Furniture Row
  16. Joey Logano, Shell-Pennzoil
  17. Kasey Kahne, Farmers Insurance/Great Clips
  18. A.J. Allmendinger, Kingsford/Clorox
  19. Paul Menard, Menards
  20. Kurt Busch, Haas Automation
  21. Jeff Burton, PEAK BlueDEF
  22. Juan Montoya, Target
  23. Aric Almirola, Smithfield Foods
  24. Regan Smith, Haas Automation
  25. Jamie McMurray, McDonald's/Cessna
  26. Marcos Ambrose, Stanley/Dewalt Power Tools
  27. Landon Cassill, Snap Fitness
  28. David Reutimann, Burger King/Doctor Pepper
  29. David Ragan, CSX Transportation/Peanut Patch
  30. Brendan Gaughan, TBA
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