David Ragan – At Auto Club Speedway I would look for David Ragan to likely be a low-twenties performer. If things go really well he might just turn out to be a high-teens driver. Over the last four Auto Club races his average finish is 24.0. Last year at Auto Club Speedway he didn’t have a race to brag about. He finished 25th and had a 25th place average running position. In 2017, Ragan was really bad. He finished 31st and had a 33rd place average running position. He didn’t have problems, he was just that uncompetitive. In the two Auto Club races prior to that he ran better and had results of 22nd and 18th.
Michael McDowell – Auto Club Speedway has been a dreadful track for Michael McDowell. He’s been in uncompetitive equipment for many years and that’s why his average finish is 37.1. Last year he had his best overall result and finished 26th. Over his 9 races that’s his only result in the top 30. In addition to finishing 26th last year he had a 26th place average running position and earned the 29th best driver rating. I wouldn’t consider any of his starts as relevant. At Michigan, the other 2.0 mile oval on the circuit he finished 25th in both races last year. On Sunday I would look for him to be about a mid-twenties driver.
Matt Tifft – Nothing good is going to come from picking Matt Tifft at Auto Club Speedway. If you pick him be prepared for him to finish in the high-twenties to low-thirties. This year at intermediate tracks he has results of 28th (Atlanta) and 34th (Las Vegas). His performances in the lower series shouldn’t be viewed as relevant since he isn’t in a competitive situation.
Ross Chastain – At Auto Club, I would look for Ross Chastain to likely finish somewhere around the high-twenties. Last year in his lone start he finished 29th, had a 29th place average running position and earned the 32nd best driver rating. On Sunday I think we should expect have to have a similar performance. This year at intermediate tracks he has lack luster results of 31st and 33rd.
Landon Cassill – Landon Cassill doesn’t have a very high fantasy NASCAR ceiling at Auto Club Speedway. I would look for him to likely be a high-twenties to low-thirties driver. If things go really well he might be a mid-twenties driver, but that might be pressing your luck. Last year at Auto Club Speedway he missed the race because he didn’t have a ride. In 4 of the 5 races prior to that he finished between 25th to 30th. In 2017 when he had his most recent race he finished 27th.