Wise Power 400 Picks, Odds & Predictions 2/27/2022
Wise Power 400
Sunday, February 27, 2022
3:30 PM EST
Auto Club Speedway
With the Daytona 500 in the books and a rookie driver taking the checkered flag, we can now move on from the Great American Race to the rest of the NASCAR schedule. From the east coast to the west coast, NASCAR will travel to the Auto club Speedway in Fontana, CA. It will be the first time in two years that NASCAR has raced at Fontana. Covid restrictions kept NASCAR away, so the unfamiliarity with this track should make it a fun one to watch and race for the drivers.
Since this track was opened in 1997, Auto Club Speedway has been the most prominent and biggest major speedway in Southern California. What makes this track unique is its abrasive racing surface and worn-down asphalt that allows drivers to take almost any line that they'd like. This creates up to five wide racing over the course of this D-Shaped oval, 2-mile track.
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Daytona 500 Recap
To nobody's surprise, the winner of the Daytona 500 was a long shot. This was also the debut of the Next Gen Car, and it was a wild one with rookie Austin Cindric walking away with the checkered flag.
Stage 1 started with last season's winner, Kyle Larson, at the front of the pack, but he wasn't there for long. Brad Keselowski ended up being the leader of lap one while Larson and Alex Bowman dropped back in a hurry.
Keselowski got the help of a group of Fords at the beginning of the race where they teamed up to help him. Then the Toyotas began to take over as Kyle Busch was able to pull up by Keselowski as the leader of the Toyotas on the inside. Denny Hamlin was also able to get up front after starting the race in the 30th position. Then we ran into the first caution of the season with Kaz Grala losing a wheel off of his car making one wonder if the one-lug-nut wheels are actually going to be beneficial. In addition to that, Austin Cindric got into the back of Chase Briscoe's car and caused him to spin out. The yellow flag put the field back into one giant bunch and Kyle Busch, along with Joey Logano, would be in the front for the restart. Lap 52 featured the next caution as Justin Haley had a wheel come apart. It was an incident that Haley was unable to recover from in this race. Lap 63 would be a doozy and this caution came out after Brad Keselowski bumped Harrison Burton which ended up causing him to flip his car and take out multiple vehicles.
After all the dust cleared, Martin Truex Jr. was able to come out in front to win the first stage.
Stage 2 began and after the green flag pit stops started. This is apparently when everyone decided to pit, and it caused a good deal of chaos. There were a couple of incidents on pit road during the stop with Daniel Suarez being penalized for speeding. Chase Elliott also had issues when he stalled out when trying to exit and had issues getting the car restarted. With around 12 laps left in the stage, the train begin to break, and Kyle Larson flew to the front of the pack. With no help from the other Chevys, he lost his spot at the front and Martin Truex Jr. ended up taking the second stage.
The final stage featured a multi-car crash on Lap 151 when Tyler Reddick got loose and went into a wall. This wreck also caused damage to Truex Jr.'s car and both Logano and Kurt Busch got flat tires. None of the drivers were able to recover from this and David Ragan was able to thread the needle and take the lead.
After many cautions and lead changes, this race went to overtime. Both Ryan Blaney and Austin Cindric started on the front row giving Team Penske a clear advantage. The teammates drafted on the inside line and allowed Keselowski at the front of the outside line. Nobody was able to catch the Team Penske drivers and Blaney would try to overtake Cindric but was blocked and rubbed the wall. Bubba Wallace made an incredible run, but it was Cindric who was able to take the victory in a photo finish.
Wise Power 400 Odds
Kyle Larson - +400
Chase Elliott - +800
Kyle Busch - +800
Denny Hamlin - +850
Martin Truex Jr. - +1000
Ryan Blaney - +1000
William Byron - +1000
Alex Bowman - +1200
Joey Logano - +1400
Kevin Harvick - +1500
Tyler Reddick - +1600
Brad Keselowski - +2000
Kurt Busch - +2000
Christopher Bell - +3000
Austin Cindric - +3500
Austin Dillon - +5000
Ross Chastain - +5000
We're looking for Kyle Larson to get back on track in this race.
Josh's Pick: Take Kyle Larson (+400)
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