Sunny SoCal beckons this week as the Cup Series continues the NASCAR Goes West part of the schedule with the second of three races out west, this weekend at Auto Club Speedway. Otherwise known as Fontana, because it’s located in Fontana, California, which is east of Los Angeles, this D-shaped oval is a 2-mile layout with 14 degrees of banking in the corners, 11 degrees on the front stretch, and three on the backstretch, it’s a unique challenge for the drivers.

The track is a nearly identical layout to Michigan in distance and being a D-shaped oval but the banking is different and the biggest change is the tire wear that happens at this track. It’s known to be one of the more abrasive track surfaces in the Cup series and nearly every pit stop, the call will be for four fresh tires as keeping fresh tires and tire wear to a minimum is the key to doing well at this track. The abrasive surface also keeps speeds lower than you’d see at Michigan typically and in this new aero package,...