Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Fontana Preview: More Kyle Busch success expected in Auto Club 400?

Kyle Busch is 6/1 to win at Fontana Sunday.
It's crazy that we were just anxiously awaiting for NASCAR to begin prior to Daytona and now the 2016 season is already four races old with four different winners.

This week at Auto Club Speedway, we get to see the low downforce package let loose on the wide 2-mile layout. While there was plenty of excitement for the package in two races last season, the jury is still out how its performed this year.

The NASCAR west coast swing comes to end after three straight west races that began with Las Vegas two weeks ago and continued last week at Phoenix. Lets just say results from the first two weren't as sexy as we may have hoped with the new package. Sure Vegas had some wind, but Phoenix was beautiful and despite the fantastic finish, the racing wasn't the best I've seen on the track.

Last season when the package was introduced which shortened the rear spoiler and front splitter, we saw lots of passing. There was outstanding competition with several teams showing they could contend with the power organizations. Drivers absolutely love the package. But I have to call it as I see it, and as much as I have a west coast bias for its NASCAR races, the last two races left feeling me kind of empty.

There were only seven lead changes among four drivers Sunday at Phoenix, where Kevin Harvick again led the most laps (139 of 313) while winning for his track record eighth time. New package, same results, and there appeared to be even a bigger edge for the top guys, which has kind of a reverse effect as was intended by NASCAR with the package.

Will that again be the case at Fontana's 2-mile wide layout this weekend?

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J S Davis said...

So much for the "slipping and sliding all over the track" and "side by side racing" that the FOX Crew keeps trying to sell on their broadcasts every Sunday and NASCAR related shows leading up to the race. Basing my opinion on what was forecasted for the new aero package, I have to call it a complete failure.

Anonymous said...

ya I agree it still is a single file race somewhat boring at times. I wonder if its all the safety features they have to work around?

J S Davis said...

Well, not just the single file racing, but the way NASCAR "sold" the new aero package as if the racing on the track would be drastically different, just has not been the case, the racing is no different than last year, and one could make a case that the racing is less competitive and the overall race more boring.

Anonymous said...

I agree Sur Davis but it just means that the guys I bet on lead all the laps and bring me money

J S Davis said...

I live in Vegas and wager on NASCAR on a weekly basis, and a profitable venture it has been over the years for me. Good luck with your bets.