Wednesday, October 6, 2010
DRIVER NOTES & QUOTES: Pepsi Max 400 at California
KASEY KAHNE ON COMPARING CALIFORNIA WITH OTHER TRACKS: “It’s hard to compare tracks to each other. I think California was built to be like Michigan but they’re pretty different tracks. California doesn’t have a lot of banking but it is a pretty fast track. I think, like every track, getting the car to handle in the corners is the biggest thing. It’s a two-mile track and the front and back stretches are pretty long.”
CLINT BOWYER ON SUCCESS OF RCR TEAMS AT CALIFORNIA: “Yeah, we were very good out there for the spring race, so, hopefully, we can carry that on. It’s one of those hit or miss tracks for me, but coming off that spring race, I have a lot more excitement. I think we have a lot better equipment and our cars have changed a bunch since then. I think we can improve a lot.”
CLINT BOWYER CHASSIS CHOICE: Bowyer will pilot chassis No. 324 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This is a brand new No. 33 racer that will be put through its first paces in this weekend’s 400 miler.
JEFF BURTON ON CONFIDENCE FROM FINISHING THIRD IN FEBRUARY AT CALIFORNIA: “It certainly does. We ran really well in the second half of the race. The first half of the race we struggled a little bit with handling and Todd (Berrier,crew chief) kept working on the Caterpillar Chevy and made it better. I got busted for speeding on pit road and, for some reason, that turned our day around. We took off right after that. We had to restart last and got up to sixth quickly. So, that definitely gives me confidence. Fontana is a demanding race track but it’s fun to drive and I think we carry the momentum over to this weekend’s race.”
BURTON CHASSIS CHOICE: Burton will pilot chassis No. 317 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Built new this season, this is the same Caterpillar Chevrolet Burton drove to an eighth-place finish at Pocono Raceway in August and to a 24th-place result at Michigan International Speedway just two weeks later after being involved in a wrong place, wrong time incident with under 50 laps remaining.
HARVICK CHASSIS CHOICE: Harvick will pilot Chassis No. 288 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Earlier in the year, this Chevrolet scored a win at Michigan International Speedway in August. Additionally, Harvick scored runner-up finishes at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and at Auto Club Speedway, finished ninth at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March, and finished seventh at Dover International Speedway in May. The Shell-Pennzoil team raced this chassis three times in the latter part of the 2009 season, finishing 18th at Charlotte Motor Speedway, fifth at Texas Motor Speedway and third at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
JAMIE McMURRAY CHASSIS CHOICE: Chassis #1016. The No. 1 team will bring chassis #1016 to Auto Club Speedway this weekend. This chassis was first used a month ago at Atlanta where McMurray qualified 12th and finished 15th.
JUAN PABLO MONTOYA CHASSIS CHOICE: Chassis #1003. Pattie and the No. 42 Target team are bringing chassis #1003 to Auto Club Speedway this weekend marking the fourth time this chassis has been used in 2010. The team last used this chassis at Atlanta in September where Montoya started eighth and finished ninth. Montoya also ran this chassis at Chicagoland where he qualified 10th and finished 16th and in the Coke 600 where he finished 38th due to an on-track incident.
CARL EDWARDS ON ATLANTA: “We had a really good run at Kansas and the strength of the Roush Fenway organization is as good as it’s ever been. We’re going to California which is a track we’ve had a lot of success at, and we’ve run very well as a team there. This is a track on the Chase schedule that I feel very confident at and feel like we have a great shot at a win there.”
EDWARDS CHASSIS CHOICE: Chassis: RK-702 Most recently raced at Atlanta where he finished second.
KENSETH CHASSIS CHOICE: Primary: RK-707 (brand new chassis).
GREG BIFFLE ON CALIFORNIA: “I really can’t wait to get to California. I love that track partly because we’ve had success there but also because it’s a lot of fun and it is fast and challenging. A lot of strategy comes into play at California and that usually makes it interesting too. I also really like going out west because I get to see my family. My mom usually comes to most of the west coast races and it’s always good to get to spend time with her. Last weekend’s race was a pretty big win for this team. It would be great to make it two in a row this weekend in California.”
Primary Car History – Chassis No. 580
Date Event Start Finish
02/28/2010 Las Vegas 20 1
04/19/2010 Texas 4 2
05/22/2010 All-Star 7 13
06/13/2010 Michigan 3 6
08/21/2010 Bristol 1 35
Backup Car History – Chassis No. 553
Date Event Start Finish
07/26/2009 Indy 15 1
10/10/2009 California 3 1
11/22/2009 Homestead 1 5
02/21/2010 California 7 1