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* The San Bernardino County 250 will mark Mitchell's first-ever start at California Speedway. * Mitchell averages a 19th-place finish at tracks two miles in length or more (includes two seasons in ARCA and last week's ...

* The San Bernardino County 250 will mark Mitchell's first-ever start at California Speedway.

* Mitchell averages a 19th-place finish at tracks two miles in length or more (includes two seasons in ARCA and last week's NCTS race).

* Mitchell finished in 13th-place last weekend at Daytona International Speedway.

* The No. 15 Ergon team is unloading Chassis No. 22 this weekend. Bill Lester qualified in 8th-place and finished in 18th-place at Texas Motor Speedway in 2007 using Chassis No. 22.

* The No.15 Ergon Hyprene Chevrolet will compete in 21 races in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in 2008. Mitchell is competing for Rookie of The Year Honors.

Marc Mitchell Comments on San Bernardino County 250 at California:

"I'm slowly getting a feel for the handling of a Craftsman truck. The ARCA cars I've raced until now are like a Cadillac compared to the trucks. The trucks just move around a lot more. They sure aren't like your fathers Caddy. They seem a lot more top-heavy and that makes them harder to roll through the corners. They do, however, have so much side force, you're able to hang them out a lot more than you do an ARCA car. That's one thing I'm going to have to get used to. Once I do, though, this Ergon team is going to be one to be reckoned with.

"The Ergon team is starting to gel. Doug (George, crew chief) and myself work real well together. We're becoming friends. Working together at the shop has helped out a lot. Once we get some chemistry established, and have a chance to go to some race tracks where we have to make some more adjustments, we'll do nothing but get better as the season goes on.

"California is going to be my first trip out to the west coast. The farthest west I've ever been has been Phoenix, Ariz. I only spent a day there, though, so it's going to be a great experience for me. I've heard a lot of great things about the race track. My teammate, Kyle Busch, he has won a Cup race out there. He knows how to get around the place, so I'm going to lean on him to hopefully shorten my learning curve. It's a flat track and that should play into my hand a little bit. I seem to do pretty well on the flat tracks that you slide around on, so I'm looking forward to getting out there.

"Hopefully we'll figure it out when we get there, but everything I've learned on the mile-and-a-half tracks tells me the best place to pass will be on the straightaway. You can try all day long to get around someone through the corners, but you start your pass in the corners, and complete it down the straightaway. It makes it a whole lot easier to race that way, heck, makes it a whole lot easier to pass that way.

"The truck we're taking this week has been a really good truck. Everybody that has run in it before has done really well. That puts a little bit of pressure on me because I don't want to let my team down, but it gives me a ton of confidence that that my team provides good equipment and has a proven track record."

-credit: er

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bill Lester , Kyle Busch