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Stock Car Scoop: Expectations for NASCAR’s Auto Club Return

For the first time in nearly two full years, NASCAR visits Auto Club Speedway. The California venue hasn’t hosted a stock car event since the spring of 2020, where Alex Bowman dominated en route to a victory, and the Cup Series heads back with the Next Gen cars set to hit the track on Sunday (Feb. 27).

What are the pre-race expectations for Auto Club? Who are some contenders to keep an eye on for Sunday, including some potential first-time winners? Hosts Bryan Nolen and Adam Cheek discuss these topics and more ahead of the weekend’s races.

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Adam Cheek joined Frontstretch as a contributing writer in January 2019. A 2020 graduate of VCU, he works as a producer and talent for Audacy Richmond's radio stations. In addition to motorsports journalism, Adam also covered and broadcasted numerous VCU athletics for the campus newspaper and radio station during his four years there. He's been a racing fan since the age of three, inheriting the passion from his grandfather, who raced in amateur events up and down the East Coast in the 1950s.

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I expect bubba to win. After listening to him all week after finishing 2nd at Daytona, he expects to win this week and so since he was so convincing, I expect him to him.

Bill B

He’s a legend in his own mind.


He’s not the only one in the current crop of drivers, not racers.


That’s for sure. Way to many.

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