Chris Buescher – At Auto Club I would look for Chris Buescher to be high-teens good. Last year in all three races held at 2.0 mile ovals he was about 20th place good. At Auto Club Speedway his track record is quite dismal (27.0 average finish), but I think that should give him some out of sync potential among his tier. Last year he had a tough race and finished 30th, but I’ll note that’s a misleading result. With 10 laps to go while he was running around 20th he made an unexpected pit stop that dropped him two laps down dooming him to his poor result. In 2017 he also didn’t have a good performance. When the checkered flag waved he finished 25th and had a 26th place average running position. In 2016 he had a tough race that wasn’t incident free. On lap 27 he had a flat tire while running in 17th and got into the wall. After that he never really ran well and it led to his 33rd place finish. This year at intermediate tracks he has results of 9th and 18th.
Daniel Hemric – Daniel Hemric has a pair of results in the low-twenties at intermediate tracks this year. He finished 23rd at Las Vegas and at Atlanta he was a legitimate top ten threat until a tire issue led to an unexpected pit stop (finished 20th). On Sunday I would just play it safe and view him as a high-teens driver.
Ryan Preece – Ryan Preece has shown some potential this year. He ran well at Atlanta but stunk it up at Las Vegas. At Atlanta he was a legitimate top ten contender until he had trouble on pit road (finished 35th). At Las Vegas, the other intermediate track visited he finished a lack luster 25th. Between the two I would consider Atlanta to be more relevant. On Sunday I would play it safe and view him as a high-teens driver who might be able to finish marginally better.