NASCAR Betting: 2015 Auto Club 400 Picks

By Scott

The Auto Club 400 is on Sunday afternoon at the Auto Club Speedway and will be available live on FOX. Kevin Harvick cashed in last week as a 2/1 favorite – he has now won two races in a row and is favored to win again this weekend in California.

Odds to Win the Auto Club 400

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This week Harvick is priced better than last week, but his odds to win are still relatively low. Jimmie Johnson is next in the market to win the race, while Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski and Jeff Gordon are all paying under 10/1 odds in the outright market.

Kevin Harvick +400
Jimmie Johnson +500
Joey Logano +800
Brad Keselowski +900
Jeff Gordon +900
Matt Kenseth +1100
Dale Earnhardt Jr +1100
Carl Edwards +1300
Kasey Kahne +1300
Kurt Busch +1700
Denny Hamlin +1900
Kyle Larson +2100
Martin Truex Jr +2700
Jamie McMurray +2750
Ryan Newman +3300
Tony Stewart +4400
Greg Biffle +6600
Clint Bowyer +6600

2015 Auto Club 400 Race Preview

Kevin Harvick (4/1) is the favorite, as he’s the hottest driver in NASCAR to start 2015. However, last year he finished in 36th place in this race and the year prior he finished in 13th place. Harvick won this race in 2011, but he has struggled most of his career here.

Next up in the market is Jimmie Johnson (5/1) and like Harvick – Johnson has struggled in recent years on this track. He has finished in 10th, 12th and 24th place the last three years in this race. He has won here five times, but he hasn’t won here since 2010.

Joey Logano (7/1) has raced at the Auto Club eight times in his career and he has two top 5 finishes (3rd in 2013 and 5th in 2010), but other than that he has done poorly in Cali. There is no way I’d recommend betting on Logano based on his track performance.

Kyle Busch would have been the obvious bet if he was racing, but he’s still out. Busch has dominated at the Auto Club. He won this race the last two years, plus he finished 2nd in 2012 and 3rd in 2011. Since he’s out – we’ll have to target another driver.

I’m going to take a chance on Kurt Busch (17/1) to win and to finish in the top 5 this weekend. Kurt has finished in the top 5 three consecutive times, including 3rd last year. He has never won on this track, but with his brother out he’ll have a great chance.

Kurt was back in action last week in Phoenix. He started in 8th and ended up finishing in 5th place. His car looked good and he’ll look to build on that performance with a stronger outing in California. At 17/1 odds – Busch is definitely worth betting on to win.

Matt Kenseth (11/1) is another driver that’ll receive a lot of attention. Kenseth finished in 4th place last year and 7th place the year prior in this race. He has won on this track three times, but the last time was in 2009. However, with Busch out – Kenseth is live.

I’m sticking with Busch only in the outright market, but Kenseth will be a target of mine in match-up markets.

· My Picks: Kurt Busch +1700

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