2020 Auto Club 400: NASCAR CUP Series Fantasy, Core, Cash, GPP picks

2020 Auto Club 400: NASCAR CUP Series Fantasy, Core, Cash, GPP picks Photo by Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

2020 Auto Club 400: 3/1/2020

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We head to Auto Club Speedway this weekend for the 2nd of 3 west coast races. Qualifying was very interesting, but left us with a great number of potential plays this weekend. Ryan Preece did have to change engines, and will have to start in the rear on Sunday.

Let’s take a look at my core, cash and GPP plays for this weekend.

Core plays

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Martin Truex Jr.- Truex is starting shot gun on the field for the Auto Club 400. He was 3rd fastest in 10 lap averages in final practice. Truex is basically a lock for me across all formats on Sunday. In large field GPPs, I can see fading Truex a little to differentiate, but don’t go crazy fading him.

Erik Jones- Erik ran 15th fastest in 10 lap averages during final practice. Starting 29th, Erik has built in place differential already. Erik’s floor is solid, but his upside I feel is limited in large GPPs

Cash Plays

Ryan Blaney- Blaney ran 4th in 10 lap averages in final practice on Friday. Starting 16th, Ryan has a great floor for cash, and potential upside for GPPs.

Ross Chastain- starting 27th, Ross is one of my favorite plays of the week. I was impressed with his showing last week in Las Vegas. Here at Fontana this weekend, practice wasn’t the best for him, but his starting position helps his floor.

GPP Plays

Alex Bowman- Starting 3rd, we are going to need Alex to stay up in the top 5 for upside. I can see Alex leading a good portion of this race, and earning us the lap led points to push us ahead. Practice has been great for Alex this weekend, let’s see if carries over to the race this weekend.

Kevin Harvick- Harvick still showed great short run speed in practice on Friday. Harvick’s long run was mediocre, but he is the best at managing his tires on the Cup Series level. Harvick should be at lower ownership on Sunday, and I will take a chance.   

Kyle Busch- Kyle scrubbed the wall in final practice on Friday, and I hope that leads fellow competition away from him. Kyle has a strong long run car this weekend. If this race goes typical Fontana, we should see Kyle move up steadily, and be in position to at least top 5 at the end of this race.

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