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2010 Auto Club 500 Predictions – Betting Preview + Picks + Odds

Preview: Now that the spectacle known as the Daytona 500 is over, NASCAR drivers like to say that the ‘real’ season is starting in California. The Cup Series has only raced in Fontana since 1997 – once a year at first, then twice a year starting in 2004, for a total of 19 races. It’s worth noting that Roush Fords have won the last five straight spring races here, though Jimmie Johnson in a Chevy won three straight in the fall.

Race: The Auto Club 500
Date: Sunday, February 21, 2010
Time: 3:19 PM EST (scheduled Green Flag)
TV: 3:00 PM EST on FOX

Auto Club Speedway is a 2.0-mile D-shaped oval with 14 degrees of banking in the turns and is known for its high speeds.

Safe Bets:

1. Jimmie Johnson (9-2): Johnson has the best average finish at this race track with a 5.8 and has won four times in 14 starts. He has six straight top-10 finishes here (both spring and fall dates) and has never finished lower than 16th.

2. Carl Edwards (12-1): Edwards has the second-best average finish behind Johnson with a 6.6 and won this race in 2008. Except for a 29th-place finish in 2007, Edwards has never finished worse than seventh-place in his ten other starts.

Dark Horse:

1. Jamie McMurray (60-1): Hard to believe that the odds are that high for the Daytona 500 winner, who is also on the pole for this race. Jamie Mac has a decent record here, especially when he was with Ganassi, whom he is back with now. In his first five starts in Fontana with Ganassi, McMurray scored three top-5 finishes, and he will be racing with greater confidence now than he was back then.

Summary: Keep an eye on the weather this weekend with a chance of rain in the forecast both days. Any one of the Roush drivers is a contender, especially Greg Biffle and Matt Kenseth, along with Edwards. Toyota has never won a Cup race at Fontana, though Kyle Busch has been strong here; Dodge has only won once.

2010 Auto Club 500
Race Date: Sunday, Feb. 21
Location: Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, CA
Pre-Race: 2PM ET
Green Flag: Approx. 3:16PM ET
TV Coverage: FOX
Radio Coverage: MRN

Odds to win the Auto Club 500

Jimmie Johnson 9/2
Mark Martin 8/1
Jeff Gordon 8/1
Kyle Busch 8/1
Greg Biffle 12/1
Carl Edwards 12/1
Kurt Busch 12/1
Denny Hamlin 12/1
Tony Stewart 12/1
Kasey Kahne 15/1
Matt Kenseth 15/1
Juan Pablo Montoya 15/1
Jeff Burton 25/1
Brian Vickers 25/1
Dale Earnhardt Jr 25/1
Kevin Harvick 25/1
Clint Bowyer 25/1
David Ragan 50/1
Ryan Newman 50/1
Joey Logano 50/1
Martin Truex Jr 60/1
Jamie McMurray 60/1
David Reutimann 60/1
Elliott Sadler 100/1
AJ Allmendinger 100/1
Sam Hornish Jr 100/1
Field (Any Other Driver) 100/1
Brad Keselowski 100/1
Scott Speed 100/1
Casey Mears 100/1
Paul Menard 100/1
Bobby Labonte 100/1
Regan Smith 100/1
Marcos Ambrose 100/1

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Becca Gladden is a freelance writer and race handicapper specializing in NASCAR.


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  1. Matt Kenseth at 15/1 could be a solid pick. He has done very well at this track in the past winning this race three times.