Thursday, March 21, 2013

California dreaming at Fontana: Five Questions before the Auto Club 400

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After exciting racing at Bristol, tempers were on edge.

Will scores be settled this week? Or will it just be another Sunday with racing?

These are the questions on my mind as we head west to Fontana for the Auto Club 400. 

Will Joey Logano pay back Denny Hamlin? We all know Logano wasn't happy with Hamlin after Sunday’s race at Bristol. The former teammates seem to be at odds with each other, and one wonders if we'll see the No. 11 and No. 22 go at it this weekend? Or we could just see them go at each other on Twitter again.

Will Kyle Busch make his move? Busch has been making a big comeback since the first few races where he was hit with engine and tire trouble. But last Sunday he started on pole, and even with his speeding penalty, rallied back and finished a strong second. Has Busch finally found his groove and could this be the weekend he returns to victory lane at Auto Club Speedway?

Hendrick Motorsports has been strong so far this season. Are they a team we should already be watching for a possible champion? In the past four races a Hendrick driver has finished in the top two. A strong opening for the powerhouse team has seen both Kahne and Johnson visit victory lane. Jimmie Johnson has five wins at his home track of Auto Club Speedway. I think it’s safe to say that when it comes to Hendrick Motorsports you always have to watch out for them. 

Brad Keselowski is leading the points coming into Auto Club Speedway. Is our Champion already striking claim to the Championship?  It’s never too early in this sport to make your move in the point standings. But I do think it’s a bit early to be crowning the Champion, although seeing our 2012 Champion leading the points does make one wonder. Maybe Keselowski will make it back-to-back championships and maybe he won't. With only four races in the books, it's anyone's game. 

Will Auto Club Speedway bring a repeat winner? So far, we haven’t had any repeat winners. The first four races have all been different drivers, and every manufacturer has had a win this season. With Johnson's domination at Auto Club, I’d put my money on him to break our streak of different winners. 

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