Fontana II: Elliott Sadler preview

Elliott Sadler on Auto Club Speedway: "California Speedway has always been a good track for me. I like the mile and a half and two-mile ovals and I always look forward to the opportunity to race on the tracks like Fontana. We've got Reynolds on...

Elliott Sadler on Auto Club Speedway: "California Speedway has always been a good track for me. I like the mile and a half and two-mile ovals and I always look forward to the opportunity to race on the tracks like Fontana. We've got Reynolds on the car this week and they have been a good partner this year for us at Richard Petty Motorsports. We're happy to have them back on the car this week and to hopefully giving them something to celebrate.

"Our No. 19 team has been headed in the right direction for the past couple of weeks. We're not where we need to be, but Todd Parrott and the rest of the crew have worked hard to bring a setup to the track that is much closer to where we need to be than we were in the beginning of the season. It's hard to believe there are only seven races left. This year seems to have just flown right by. We've certainly struggled more than I ever thought we would, but things are starting to come together and I think there are still a couple of highlights left to be had before the season is through."

Crew Chief Todd Parrott's Thoughts on Auto Club Speedway: "The last race that Elliott won and one of the last races I won was in California in 2004. We had a really good car and really good pit stops and had a really great night and that's what it takes to win. The track in California is a wide racetrack with a lot of different grooves to race in -- a lot like Michigan, but flatter. You have to have a lot of horsepower but you have to have your car turning good in the center and have good drive off to get down the long straightaways.

"Pit road is really, really big and your driver has to be on his game getting into his pit stall and makes sure he stops on the sign and not overshoot his pit a little bit and throw the pit crew off. It's a challenging place. The entry to turn three is a little bumpy and you seem to get loose getting into three. The draft does come into effect there too. It's a fun place."

Chassis History: The No. 19 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 283 for this weekend's event. This chassis has been utilized on a number of occasions this season including the most recent race at Pocono (Penn.) Raceway, both Daytona International Speedway events, the Darlington (S.C.) race and the spring race at Michigan International Speedway.

@%-source: rpm

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Richard Petty , Elliott Sadler
Teams Richard Petty Motorsports