AARON FIKE No. 43 Curb Agajanian Performance Group (CAPG) Dodge FAST FACTS * Coming off last weekend's season-opening, front-row-qualifying effort at Daytona, Aaron Fike will be making his 39th career NASCAR Busch Series start and his second...
No. 43 Curb Agajanian Performance Group (CAPG) Dodge
* Coming off last weekend's season-opening, front-row-qualifying effort at Daytona, Aaron Fike will be making his 39th career NASCAR Busch Series start and his second on the California Speedway 2-mile tri-oval this weekend.
* The 23-year-old out of Galesville, Ill., scored a career-best NBS qualifying effort of second at Daytona. The #43 CAPG team saw its race day cut short, however, when Fike was taken out on Lap 30 by another competitor who blew a right-front tire and sent him into the outside retaining wall.
* On board with the #43 CAPG Dodge team for this weekend's second of 35 NBS races on the 2006 season is Los Angeles-based California Pizza Kitchen. A host of company executives will be on hand to root Fike and the 43 team on.
* Since his last outing at California Speedway, Fike returned to the area for Thanksgiving and scored his second consecutive runner-up finish in the prestigious Turkey Night USAC Midget Grand Prix at Irwindale Speedway, a Southern California tradition founded by the late father of CAPG co-owner Cary Agajanian. Fike finished behind winner Jason Leffler and just ahead of fellow NBS regular J.J. Yeley. In 2004, Fike finished second to Bobby East on Turkey Night.
* Fike's career-best NBS finish is eighth last July at Pikes Peak. His previous best NBS qualifying effort prior to last weekend was fourth at Nashville last June.
* Just last week, Fike officially moved his full-time residence from Owensboro, Ky., to Cornelius, N.C., to be closer to the CAPG shop in Mooresville.
AARON FIKE QUOTES ON CALIFORNIA -- "I think we come to Fontana feeling pretty pumped up as a team after that great qualifying run at Daytona. Even though we got wrecked out of the race, we definitely put ourselves on the map for this year as one of the surprise teams in the Busch garage. Our move to Evernham power really paid off, and we'll just hope to build on that as we go. Our goal this weekend will be to stay out of trouble, as usual, get a solid top-15 finish, which will put us in the top-30 in the points, and then we can go racing the rest of the season."