|Austin Dillon looks sharp once again during practices.|
Perhaps the best indicator of who will win Sunday is what occurred in average speeds during the session and JGR was tops in that category as well. Kyle Busch had the best 10-consecutive lap average early and Truex Jr. was best in the late session.
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Micah Roberts' Top-10 Rated NASCAR Drivers
Auto Club 400
Auto Club (California) Speedway
Sunday, March 20, 2016 - 12:44 pm (PT)
Rating Driver Odds Practice 1 Qualified Practice 2 Practice 3
1. Kyle Busch 6/1 15th 6th 4th 16th
Three-time winner, including his past two starts. Best 10-consecutive lap average practice 2.
2. Martin Truex Jr. 12/1 2nd 17th 2nd 7th
Career-best sixth-place (twice) in 15 starts. Best 10-consecuitive lap average practice 3.
3. Carl Edwards 12/1 25th 5th 1st 2nd
2008 winner with second-best 8.8 average finish in 18 starts -- 7.7 average past five starts.
4. Matt Kenseth 8/1 24th 20th 18th 1st
Three-time winner, the last in 2009. Nine top-five finishes in 23 starts -- 569 laps led.
5. Kevin Harvick 5/1 3rd 2nd 17th 27th
2011 winner; using winning 2015 Dover chassis that also fijnished second at Fontana.
6. Jimmie Johnson 5/1 7th 19th 13th 14th
Five-time winner, including first career Cup win in 2002. Track-best 6.7 average finish.
7. Austin Dillon 30/1 1st 1st 5th 6th
Consistent practices and results on the fast low downforce tracks show a win is coming soon.
8. Joey Logano 8/1 19th 9th 28th 4th
Career-best third-place in 2013. Second-place finish at Las Vegas a good sign he'll be strong.
9. Denny Hamlin 15/1 16th 3rd 23rd 21st
Career-best third in 2008, 19.6 average in 15 starts. Joe Gibbs cars all look stout this weekend.
10. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 10/1 12th 27th 10th 13th
Leads all active drivers with most starts (23) without winning -- 5.7 average in past four starts.
Note: Results from the 1.5-mile layouts run at Atlanta and Las Vegas already this season serve as a good barometer for what might happen on Fontana's wide 2-mile layout.
Odds courtesy of Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.
Micah Roberts, a former Las Vegas sports book director, has been setting NASCAR odds since 1994. Follow him on twitter @MicahRoberts7