Last year at Auto Club Speedway, Kyle Busch won in his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, but he had to battle the No. 14 Chevy driven by Tony Stewart and the No. 42 Chevy driven by then-rookie Kyle Larson.
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California contenders: David Ragan
Kyle Busch, winner of the last two races at Auto Club Speedway, is out injured for this year and will be replaced in the No. 18 Toyota by David Ragan. This could be Ragan's best shot at winning a race in a long, long time.
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California contenders: Kyle Larson
Kyle Larson, driver of the No. 42 Chevy for Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, has yet to win a Sprint Cup race. But he came close several times last year, including when he finished second to Kyle Busch in Fontana. He should contend for the win again.
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California contenders: Jimmie Johnson
Johnson won four of six races at ACS during a stretch that ended in 2010. But he should be fast this time around at the 2-mile track.
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California contenders: Tony Stewart
Yes, Tony Stewart is off to the worst start of his 17-year Sprint Cup career. But he was having a decent run until getting wrecked late last week in Phoenix, and he won at ACS in both 2010 and 2012. This could be where he starts getting his season turned around.
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California contenders: Kevin Harvick
Could Kevin Harvick take the checkered flag in his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevy for the third week in a row? It's entirely possible, mabye even probable. He won at this track in 2011.