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Fantasy picks and race winner for the Auto Club 400 at California

By admin | March 24, 2011

By Richard Allen

I play the ESPN Stock Car Challenge fantasy game. It is free and very easy to understand. There are no drafts. Points are amassed based on the NASCAR scoring system. Fantasy players have a budget of $100 per race and each driver is given a value based on his prior performance. Players choose five drivers, while staying within the budget, to make up a team. Obviously, players want to use their ‘money’ wisely so that their team can score maximum points.

The Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California may not be a fan favorite but for fantasy players it makes for somewhat easier selections due to the removal of the uncontrollable factors. Unlike short tracks or restrictor plate facilities, a 2-mile cookie cutter such as this puts each driver and team much more in control of their own fate. However, one potential fly in the ointment to be considered is the possibility of this race being decided by late race fuel mileage.

Here are the five drivers I have chosen for the Auto Club 400 and why:

Jimmie Johnson: He has five wins and eleven top-10s with an average finish of 5.3 at California. This is the week he goes back to being Jimmie Johnson. Enough said. His value is $23.7.

Tony Stewart:
He won the last race held here back in the fall. Also, he had the race on the somewhat similar Las Vegas track won earlier this season if not for a pit mistake. His value is $22.3.

Carl Edwards:
The Roush Fenway teams seem to have figured something out on these type tracks and Edwards is the hottest driver in Sprint Cup. He has finished in top-2 of every race this year except Phoenix when wrecked by Kyle Busch. His value is $23.4.

David Ragan:
Cheap value at $16 and see first statement on Edwards.

Trevor Bayne: He has had a rough stretch since Daytona but I am sticking with him for his value at $14.4.

The winner of the Auto Club 400 will be Jimmie Johnson.

My score from the previous week- 166 and finally got a race winner with pick of Kyle Busch.

This column is for the purpose of advising players on a free fantasy game. No wagers should be made based on the contents herein.

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