NASCAR Is "Going Going Back Back To Cali Cali"

Adam HeasleyCorrespondent IFebruary 17, 2009

Yes, the Daytona 500 was very eventful and disappointing at the same time.

So if its so disappointing, how about we forget about it and look forward to the Auto Club 500 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., because, NASCAR is "going, going, back, back to Cali, Cali" (song made famous by Notorious B.I.G).

Auto Club Speedway is a 2 mile, D shaped oval with multiple racing grooves to make for great side-by-side racing and lots of passing and great speeds.

Since the race starts in the afternoon, and ends under the lights it all comes down to who can adjust to the changes of the track the best.

And history tells us Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, and Carl Edwards are the best at that (you can throw Kyle Busch in there too). When NASCAR comes to California, it's rare to not see a Rousch-Fenway car or Hendrick car near the front fighting for the lead.


In the last three years, Jimmie Johnson has finished second, third, and second in this race, and Matt Kenseth has an even better record over the last three years with finishes of fifth, first, and first again.

So you would have to say that Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson are the pied pipers of California.

On the other hand, there are drivers who have struggled the most over the last three years, including Dale Earnhardt Jr. with finishes of 40th, 40th, and 11th.

So if there are any three drivers you would want to take it would have to be Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson, and Carl Edwards. However, expect Jeff Gordon to be in the mix along with Kyle Busch.

Some drivers you might want to stay away from are Dale Jr., Clint Bowyer, and Casey Mears.

I also would not be surprised one bit to see a Roush-Fenway car in victory lane, such as maybe let's say, David Ragan?

Like I mentioned earlier, this track has always been good to Roush-Fenway Racing, and because of that, Regan could get his first win this week.

So get ready California, NASCAR is coming back to town.