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Friday, March 23, 2012

Roush always strong in California

-- Roush Fenway Racing has won 15 NASCAR races at Auto Club Speedway (seven Cup, six NNS & two Truck). Matt Kenseth is one of only three drivers in NASCAR history to post multiple wins at the track (‘06, ’08 & ‘09).

-- Roush Fenway has won at least two races at California during the same weekend four times, including sweeping all three events there in 2004. In addition, RFR swept both NNS races at Fontana in 2005, while winning both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide races there in the spring of that same season.

-- Roush Fenway’s Matt Kenseth is one of only three drivers in NASCAR history to post multiple wins at California. Kenseth has won three times at the track, with the first coming in ‘06 and the last in ‘09. In addition, he won there in the Nationwide Series in 2007. Former RFR driver Mark Martin drove a Roush Fenway Ford to victory lane in all three series at California as well (1998-Cup, 2005-NNS, 2006-Truck).

-- Roush Fenway Racing has placed at least one car in the top 10 in 20 of the 21 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Auto Club Speedway, including two in the top six last year. In addition, Roush Fenway has scored a total of 27 top fives and 46 top-10 finishes at the two-mile quad oval, and led a total of 1,440 laps in Cup action.


Toyota notes

Mark Martin is one to watch this Sunday. The driver of the #55 Michael Waltrip Racing machine has 20 NSCS starts at the race track and was victorious in 1998, has six top-five finishes, 10 top 10s and has led 324 laps. He won at California in the Nationwide Series in 2005 and the Trucks in 2006.

Joe Gibbs Racing drivers have swept the last seven Nationwide Series races at California – the most Toyota Nationwide series victories at any track. Busch has five of those -- Aug. 2008; Feb. 2009; Feb. 2010; Oct. 2010; and 2011. Joey Logano won in Oct. 2009 and Tony Stewart won in a Toyota in Feb. 2008. Toyota drivers have also led 713 laps (of 1,054) in those seven races.


Dodge notes
-- Dodge has started from the pole four times at Auto Club Speedway. The most recent came at the fall event in 2007 (Kurt Busch).
-- A.J. Allmendinger has made seven NSCS starts at Auto Club Speedway. He’s finished 14th twice.
-- Brad Keselowski will be making his fourth NSCS start at Auto Club. His best finish of 21st came in 2010.

-- First Dodge NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Win: Lee Petty, 2/1/53, West Palm Beach, Fla., 100 miles, .5-mile track.
-- Last Dodge NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Win: Brad Keselowski, 03/18/2012, Food City 500, Bristol Motor Speedway, 93.037 mph avg. speed.
-- NASCAR team haulers will travel over 2,300 miles in approximately 35 hours en route from the Charlotte, N.C. area to Fontana, Calif., for this weekend’s Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway.
-- All four manufacturers have won Sprint Cup races this season: (Daytona – Ford, Phoenix – Toyota, Las Vegas – Chevy and Bristol – Dodge).
-- There have been four different style tracks, pole sitters and race winners in each of the first four NSCS races.
-- Penske Racing Dodges led 286 of 500 laps en route to winning the Food City 500 last weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway (Keselowski -232 and Allmendinger -54).

-- Eleven of the 22 NSCS races at Auto Club Speedway have been won from a top-10 starting position.
-- Only one of 22 NSCS races at ACS has been won from the pole – (J. Johnson, 2008).
-- Brad Keselowski has already led 236 laps this season. He led a total of 298 in 2011.

“One win is good, two wins is really good. We need to keep winning races to lock ourselves in the Chase, but heck, I’d rather just go into the Chase in the top spot. If we run like we have the last few weeks, we’ve got as good a shot as anybody else.”
Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger

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