|Kevin Harvick won in 2011 at Fontana|
#2-Brad Keselowski: and the #2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion team will race chassis PRS-843 at Auto Club Speedway, a brand new chassis for 2013. The backup chassis is PRS-847, also a brand new chassis for 2013.
#5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Kenny Francis and the #5 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-763 for Sunday's event at Fontana. Kahne last raced this car at the Charlotte test session in January. In 16 Cup starts at Fontana, Kahne has recorded one win, four top-five finishes and nine top-10s. He lined up from the pole position in 2004 for his first Cup start at the two-mile track and has gone on to earn nine more top-10 starting spots. Kahne enters Sunday's race with an average start of 10.2 and an average finish of 14.9 at the two-mile track.
#7-Dave Blaney chassis not reported on race preview.
#9-Marcos Ambrose: chassis not reported on race preview.
#10-Danica Patrick will pilot chassis No. 10-781, a new car that has only seen testing in a wind tunnel. The Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway, will mark Danica Patrick¡¦s 15th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and her first at Fontana.
#11-Denny Hamlin: chassis not reported on race preview.
#14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-708 debuted in May 2012 in the Southern 500 at Darlington where Stewart rallied Chassis No. 14-708 from its 17th-place starting spot to finish third. Its second start came in June at Dover. It endured a much different outing, qualifying 29th and finishing 25th, 69 laps down after getting caught up in a 12-car accident on lap 10. With new sheetmetal all around, Chassis No. 14-708 returned to the concrete for its third career start in August for the night race at Bristol. There, the car rallied from being a lap down in 34th place early in the race to vying for the lead with Matt Kenseth on lap 333. Stewart and Kenseth banged fenders and crashed, whereupon Stewart threw his helmet with pinpoint accuracy at Kenseth's car. The resulting 27th-place finish was at least offset by the "10" Stewart received from the Bristol crowd. Chassis No. 14-708 made its fourth career start and second at Dover in September. Its struggles on concrete persisted, as it qualified 24th and finished three laps down in 20th. With 2013 Chevrolet SS bodywork covering it, Chassis No. 14-708 returns to racing this weekend at Auto Club Speedway.
#15-Clint Bowyer: Primary chassis No. 758 is new. It's the first new 2013 Gen6 specific chassis to be raced by MWR. The backup chassis (No. 724) raced to top-five finishes at Bristol (fourth) in March and Dover (fifth) in June. It also finished seventh at Bristol in August, tested at Charlotte in January 2013 and served as backup in Las Vegas.
#16-Greg Biffle: and the Matt Puccia led #16 3M Window Film Ford Fusion team will bring Primary Chassis RK-817, which was slated to run the 2012 season finale at Homestead, but an accident in practice took the winning chassis out of the race. RK-817 made its debut in 2012 at Indy with a third-place finish. After that 817 went on to win Michigan, then a 13th-place finish at Chicago, followed by a fourth-place run at Charlotte. The backup Chassis RK-809 last ran at Texas and finished 10th.
#17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: and the #17 NOS Racing team will be using RK-815 at Auto Club Speedway and last ran at Martinsville in 2012 and finished 18th as the #99 car. Chassis RK-815 is a chassis that the #99 team ran various times in 2012. It is the same chassis that Stenhouse and the #17 team tested with in Las Vegas. The backup Chassis RK-811 raced various times in 2012 by the #99 team, it's last race ay Phoenix in 2012, finishing 11th.
#18-Kyle Busch: chassis not reported on race preview.
#20-Matt Kenseth: chassis not reported on race preview.
#22-Joey Logano: and the #22 Auto Club of Southern California Ford Fusion team will race chassis PRS-846 at Auto Club Speedway, a brand new chassis for 2013. The backup chassis is PRS-844, also a brand new chassis for 2013.
#24-Jeff Gordon: chassis not reported on race preview.
#27-Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 414 at Auto Club Speedway. This #27 CertainTeed/Menards Chevy SS is a new addition to the Richard Childress Racing stable this season. Menard has 10 starts at Auto Club Speedway. His best start of 15th and best finish of 16th both came in 2011. The Wisconsin native has completed 2,241 of 2,279 laps attempted (98.3%) at the two-mile oval, leading three of them.
#29-Kevin Harvick: will pilot chassis No. 378 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the Auto Club 400. Harvick last ran this Jimmy John's RCR machine to an eighth-place finish during the 2012 season-finale event at Homestead. Harvick will make his 20th-career Sprint Cup Series start at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday afternoon in front of a hometown crowd. The California native went to Victory Lane in 2011 and has earned four top-five and nine top-10 finishes. Throughout the years, Harvick has completed 98.4% (4,463 of 4,534) of the laps contested, with 60 laps led.
#31-Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 416 this weekend at Auto Club Speedway. This is a brand new #31 Caterpillar Chevy that will see its first on-track action during Friday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice session. Burton has 23 starts at Auto Club Speedway with one pole award (1999), six top-five finishes, seven top-10 finishes and led 127 laps. Johnson Machinery will be featured on the deck lid of the #31 Caterpillar Chevy this weekend at Auto Club Speedway.
#34-David Regan chassis not reported on race preview.
#35-Josh Wise chassis not reported on race preview.
#36-J.J. Yeley chassis not reported on race preview.
#38-David Gilliland chassis not reported on race preview.
#39-Ryan Newman will pilot Chassis No. 39-748 at Auto Club Speedway. This chassis debuted at Texas last November, where Newman was able to overcome his starting position of 36th and a loose right-front wheel that dropped him from the top-10 to 25th with just 110 laps remaining to record a 12th-place finish. Since then, Chassis No. 39-748 has been outfitted with a new front clip and a Chevrolet SS body and will see its first laps of the season this weekend at Fontana.
#42-Juan Pablo Montoya: chassis not reported on race preview.
#43-Aric Almirola:: The #43 Farmland team has prepared chassis No. 839 for California. The team built the chassis in the off-season and used it at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway test.
#47-Bobby Labonte chassis not reported on race preview.
#48-Jimmie Johnson: will drive a new chassis, No. 784, at Auto Club Speedway. Chassis No. 720 serves as the backup, a car that won twice in 2012.
.#55-Mark Martin: will drive MWR chassis 759 at Auto Club Speedway and the backup will be chassis 720.
#56-Martin Truex Jr.: chassis not reported on race preview.
#78-Kurt Busch chassis not reported on race preview.
#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.:crew chief Steve Letarte and the #88 crew will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-716 for this weekend's 400-mile event at Auto Club Speedway. Earnhardt most recently raced this chassis to a 10th-place finish last year at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 20 Sprint Cup starts at Auto Club Speedway, Earnhardt has scored four top-five finishes and five top-10s. He recorded a career-best runner-up finish at the Fontana, Calif., racetrack in September 2006. Last year, he notched a third-place result, his best in a Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.
#99-Carl Edwards the #99 Subway team will roll out RK-821 which last ran at Texas Motor Speedway in the Fall and finished 4th. The backup chassis is RK-831, a new chassis brought to Las Vegas as backup. Subway returns to the spotlight for the first time since the victory in Phoenix. This will be the second of Subway's six paint schemes for the 2013 season.
- compiled by Jayski.com