Get NASCAR picks for today’s race including analysis and NASCAR betting advice from expert NASCAR handicappers. Get our NASCAR predictions for this week below.

Sun 1st - 3:30pm ET: Auto Club 400
Auto Club Speedway

Jimmie Johnson drives the #48 Ally Financial Chevrolet
Jimmie Johnson Win Money Line

Many will think no way, you must be crazy. I wouldn’t be so sure about that as Jimmie Johnson is the all-time leading winner at Auto Club Speedway. His six wins in Fontana have been throughout his long career, and his final visit to the speedway will be all the more special. He in total has 13 top-three finishes at Auto Club Speedway. His last victory came in 2016, but the fight Johnson showed at Las Vegas last Sunday, definitely showed that he won’t go down without a fight. He finished fifth and looked like his old self in doing so. He’s quite a longshot at +2200 odds, but he is a good longshot to take this weekend.

Sun 1st - 3:30pm ET: Auto Club 400
Auto Club Speedway

Chase Elliott Win Money Line

Chase Elliott’s finishes in the first two races of the season aren’t all that impressive. However, he hasn’t put together a very strong start in regards to the postseason, by collecting stage wins. Of all the drivers so far this season he leads them all with three stage wins. He doesn’t have the best numbers at Auto Club Speedway by any means either, but Hendrick Motorsports showed something special at Las Vegas last Sunday. In his four current starts in the Auto Club 400, Elliott has two top 10 finishes. He has led five laps at the track as well. He has finished in all four-starts which definitely boosts the confidence. It’s been a tough place to race lately for the Hendrick Chevy’s but Chase’s teammate Jimmie Johnson has had plenty of success here in the past. Taking Elliott at +800 is a smart move.

Sun 1st - 3:30pm ET: Auto Club 400
Auto Club Speedway

Martin Truex Jr #19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota sits on pit road
Martin Truex Jr Win Money Line

Yet another former winner at Auto Club Speedway, Martin Truex Jr didn’t have the race he had hoped for last Sunday at Las Vegas. Returning to Fontana could be a good thing for Truex as he won this event in 2018. This isn’t his best track, but he hasn’t finished outside the top 10 since 2016. Truex not only won this race in 2018 he dominated the event leading 125 laps and winning both stages as well. At +700 odds taking Truex on Sunday is a smart play.

Sun 1st - 3:30pm ET: Auto Club 400
Auto Club Speedway

Joey Logano drives the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford Mustang
Joey Logano Win Money Line

Joey Logano has all kinds of momentum after a strong performance last Sunday in route to his win at Las Vegas in the Pennzoil 400. Joey has yet to win at Auto Club Speedway in his Cup series career, but with four straight top-five finishes, he has been very close. He has led at least one lap in each of those four races. His runner-up finish last season was the best in the Auto Club 400. He has always had a strong car, just couldn’t get the job done. Logano has the momentum and with another strong run likely on Sunday. Taking him at +550 odds is a good choice.

Sun 1st - 3:30pm ET: Auto Club 400
Auto Club Speedway

Kyle Busch drives the #18 M&M's Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing
Kyle Busch Win Money Line

Last weekend at his home track, Kyle Busch just wasn’t really ever in contention. However, with a trip to the Auto Club Speedway comes a great opportunity for this Sunday’s co-favorite. Busch’s numbers when racing at Fontana are near the top of all drivers. That includes four victories at the track, with the first coming back in 2005, before wins in 2013, and 2014. He added to that impressive mark in this exact race last season. Odds are good especially at +400 that Busch repeats once again. The first two races have been repeats from the 2019 season. Busch is a must-play when at Auto Club Speedway.

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On any given week, there are about 40 different racers that can bring home the profit with a NASCAR win. For bettors, that’s 40 some chances to pick the winner, but a whole bevy of other NASCAR expert picks are available as a way to make money.

There are talks that NASCAR as a whole is starting to lose popularity. With NASCAR expert picks though it’s ‘start your engines’ the steps towards building that bankroll are just getting started.

What is NASCAR Betting?

NASCAR picks today can best be described as very similar to a horse race. You’re not only betting on the jockey (driver) but also the horse (car) as well as trainer (racing team). Then you also have to take into account track size, track type, weather, and more.

The most popular form of NASCAR betting is a pretty straightforward wager to pick the winner. Certain drivers have performed well over the recent weeks which thus lowers their odds for continuing that success.

Other drivers may have struggled recently, but have a plethora of top 10 finishes at a certain track which will also lower their odds. Drivers who are struggling and can’t keep to keep their old jalopy on the track offer the highest odds and thus the best return on investment – if the NASCAR picks come through.

Types of NASCAR Expert Picks

The most popular of the NASCAR predictions are which driver will win the race, but that’s far from the only way to win money on a race. NASCAR picks are also available for futures bets on which driver will win the Cup at the end of the season.

It’s hard to pinpoint NASCAR predictions this week on which driver will win outright because there are 40+ drivers in the field and a ton of variable to sift through like wrecks, caution flags, pit time, etc. One way to limit the field but still make NASCAR wagering exciting is by betting on driver matchups. This type of NASCAR pick is selecting the win between one driver or the other. People are very loyal towards their drivers and this type of one-on-one bet is a nice way to bet that ‘my guy is better than your guy.

Depending on the sportsbook, other NASCAR picks to bet on may include fastest qualifier, fastest lap, or podium finish (top 10). Prop bets are also available every weekend for NASCAR picks and may include what auto maker wins the race, whether there will be a wreck, number of finishers, etc.

NASCAR Betting Strategy

Much like other sports betting types, finding the NASCAR picks winners depends a lot on recent performance. Momentum and confidence are a big part of winning teams (even in racing) and the more success you have recently the better your chances for it to continue.

There are also driver stats to consider to have the best chances of winning NASCAR predictions. You can find data for every driver as it relates to results at a certain track, a track type, laps led, average finish, top 5’s, top 10’s, etc.