Auto Club 400 Preview: Big Oval Action
Auto Club 400 Preview: Big Oval Action

This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.

As we put last weekend's thrills of the multi-groove Las Vegas race track behind us, the NASCAR Cup Series stays out west this week.  NASCAR's top touring series comes to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., for the one and only visit to this huge, two-mile oval for the 2020 season.  

The racing action this week will take on a similar look to Las Vegas as the drivers will compete on a wide open oval that is moderately banked, with only 14-degree banking in the corners.  The huge track is very forgiving from a handling standpoint as there are many grooves to race in.  In fact, it is not unusual to see traffic jams go four or five lanes wide, especially on restarts.  If your car isn't working low, you can head up the banking and ride the top around the outside wall.  If your car doesn't work there you can head to the middle of the track and find a happy medium.  It's this versatility that allows lots of long green-flag runs, very few wrecks and an emphasis on fuel mileage as a result.  With the many racing grooves to choose from, restarts can be a bit chaotic.  It's not unusual to see some three- and four-wide racing on this very wide oval.  Drivers will make use of that fresh rubber to grab as many positions as possible on the restarts.  This will be our first event of the season on a two-mile oval.  It will be interesting to

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