Auto Club Speedway owns the oldest asphalt surface in the series, meaning it’s very worn and abrasive, and therefore hard on tires. As a result, tires wear out very quickly, resulting in poor-handling racecars that are difficult to drive. While that sounds like a bad thing, it actually leads to fantastic racing.


The harder the cars are to drive, the more that drivers are forced to lift off the throttle, resulting in more side-by-side racing and better opportunities for faster cars to make passes.

By analyzing track history, practice speeds, and qualifying results, there are currently two driver matchups offering plenty of value for Sunday’s Auto Club 400.

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