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Casey Mears No. 66 Phillips 66 Dodge Intrepid NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division April 27, 2002 - California Superspeedway Race Information Saturday, April 27, 2002 Auto Club 300 California Speedway Track Size: 2-mile oval Laps: ...

Casey Mears
No. 66 Phillips 66 Dodge Intrepid
NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division
April 27, 2002 - California Superspeedway

Race Information
Saturday, April 27, 2002
Auto Club 300
California Speedway
Track Size: 2-mile oval
Laps: 150
Miles: 300
TV: F0X- 4:00 p.m. ET
Radio: MRN- 3:30 p.m. ET

Notes & Quotes
A Career Best... Casey Mears posted a career best finish of fifth last weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. The top-five finish was the first of the season for the Phillips 66 Racing team.

Going Back Home... Mears, who currently resides in North Carolina, was born and raised 150 miles from California Speedway in Bakersfield, Calif.

Another Debut... The Auto Club 300 will mark the first time Mears has competed at California Speedway in a stock car. Mears posted a career-best f finish of fourth in his CART Series debut at California Speedway in 2000 after qualifying 15th and leading 10 laps.

Casey Mears' Thoughts On Racing At California Speedway... "I always like racing at California Speedway, mainly because of my success there in the Indy Lights and CART Series. What's great about speedway races like California is the mind games that take place between drivers. You don't physically get tired inside the car, but the game of trying to decide who to follow and who not to follow does wears you down."

Casey Mears' Thoughts On Returning Home... "I'm excited to get back to California to see my family and friends. I have a lot of close family and friends that will be coming to the race. You're always going to be partial about where you were born and raised, but living in California is hard to beat. But at the same time I enjoy living in North Carolina because it's a change of pace and something different."

Crew Chief Donnie Richeson's Thoughts On What A Good Finish Can Do For A Team... "Sometimes one good run can cure a lot of little aches and pains for a race team. It makes you feel a lot better about getting up the next morning to do it all over again on your day off. We've run well at times this season, but we don't have all of the finishes to show for it. The good thing is everyone on this team still has a positive approach because they know in the back of their minds how good we're going to be."

-wjm-

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
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