PSN NASCAR Handicapping Report: Auto Club 400 Picks

After missing out on wins over his last three races by placing second, Kyle Larson will try to take that next step this week with his second career Cup win in this week’s Auto Club 400 from California. Both analysts will take Larson from their picks list as well as two Hendrick drivers. Let’s see which other drivers make this week’s lists.

By Greg DePalma, PSN Executive Producer

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TRACK TRENDS

– 13 of 27 all-time race winners started outside the top-12.

– 7 of 27 all-time race winners started outside the top-20.

– Front row starters have not won the last 10 races.

– Ford drivers have just one win in the last nine races.

– The farthest back a race winner has started to win at Auto Club Speedway is 31st (M Kenseth/2006).

Here are the drivers that make up this week’s race day picks report. Complete driver analysis and odds are available every week on The Sports Section.

PSN PICKS: WEEK 5

CJ RADUNE

RACE RECORD: 3 for 4

RACE TOTAL: +270

WEEK 5 RACE PICKS

K Larson (6-1)…20

M Truex Jr. (6-1)…20

C Elliott (7-1)…20

B Keselowski (11-1)…10

J Johnson (12-1)…10

J Logano (12-1)…10

E Jones (25-1)…10

For a complete record of CJs weekly race picks you can check out his 2017 Balance Sheet Report which is updated after every race all season long.

GREG DEPALMA

RACE RECORD: 2 for 4

RACE TOTAL: +206

WEEK 5 RACE PICKS

K Larson (6-1)…30

Kyle B (7-1)…40

C Elliott (7-1)…14

J Johnson (12-1)…8

R Blaney (28-1)…4

J McMurray (66-1)…4

For a complete record of Greg’s weekly race picks you can check out his 2017 Balance Sheet Report which is updated after every race all season long.

Points Formula (Monster Energy Cup Series)

Each analyst receives a weekly allowance of 200 points to spend on races (100 x 36) and futures (100 x 32).

100 futures points will be invested before practice begins each week, while 100 race points will be invested on race day.

The weekly totals take into account both the 100 futures investment and the 100 in race picks.

After race 32 in Kansas, each analyst will no longer be obligated to invest the 100 in futures points if he chooses, although he must continue to invest the 100 in race points through Homestead.

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