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Stater Bros. 300

Status: Final Auto Club Speedway

Race Capsule

Auto Club Speedway
  • What:

    Race 2 of 35 on XFINITY circuit

  • Where:

    Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, CA

  • When:

    February 21, 2009 8:00 pm EST

  • Laps:


  • Track Length:

    2. miles

  • Race Length:

    300.00 miles

  • Purse:


Drivers to Watch

Carl Edwards Edwards, who has moved into the top five in points, is winless at Loudon and has two top-five and two top-10 finishes in nine starts. He was 17th last June and third in September. "The team has had a few good weeks lately, and we need to continue to build on that and continue to improve each week," Edwards said. "Hopefully we'll have a good run at Loudon this week and work to solidify our place in the Chase. Loudon is the first track we race in the Chase, so we need to learn all that we can this weekend so that we can apply it to the race in September. Michigan is considered the home track for Ford and Jack (Roush), but with Boston just up the road from New Hampshire, Loudon is another home track for us at Roush Fenway. A win this weekend would be very special."
Kyle Busch Busch drove to victory in this race in 2006, his only New Hampshire win. He has three top-five and three top-10 finishes in eight starts. He was 25th last June and 34th last September.
Biffle won at New Hampshire last September for his only win there. He has four top-five and five top-10 finishes in 13 starts and was 21st in this race last year. "If we can get the car to turn through the center of the corner during practice, we should have a good race," he said. "We have a few extra fans in the Northeast because of the partnership with Fenway, so it would be great to get a win up there again."
Burton leads the Cup Series in New Hampshire victories with four. However, his last win there came in September 2000. "The track is a lot different than it used to be," said Burton, who has finished in the top 10 in five of the last seven Loudon races. "It now has a lot of grip, and when we were real good there, the track was real low on grip."
Joey Logano Logano made his Loudon Sprint Cup debut last September when he finished 32nd. "It's going to be nice to be going to a track for the second time," said the rookie driver. "At least at Loudon I will have an idea of what the car needs. That is going to be a big help this weekend."
Kevin Harvick Harvick has one win and nine top-10 finishes in 16 starts at Loudon. "It's been a really good track for us from a company standpoint at RCR," said Harvick. "Clint's (Bowyer) run really well there, and obviously we've run well there. It's a place we go to and expect to run in the top five."
Brian Vickers Vickers has only one top-10 finish in nine starts at Loudon. But with only 10 races left until the Chase for the Championship begins, he realizes he needs a top-10 run this weekend. "We need to get moving," said Vickers, who is 123 points out of the top 12. "We need to catch a few breaks in the upcoming races. It seems like all we've had lately are bad breaks."
David Reutimann Reutimann finished 15th last September at Loudon for his best finish at the track in four Cup starts. He does have two top-10 finishes in two Nationwide Series races there. "We figured we would have trouble at Sonoma, and we did," said Reutimann. "Now we need to get back on the track at Loudon." He is 40 points out of the top 12.