Fontana II: Martin Truex Jr. preview

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- No. 99 Torrent Toyota crew chief Jerry Baxter would love for nothing more than to win in his home state of California. The veteran crew chief grew up in San Diego before moving to North Carolina to pursue a career in racing.

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- No. 99 Torrent Toyota crew chief Jerry Baxter would love for nothing more than to win in his home state of California. The veteran crew chief grew up in San Diego before moving to North Carolina to pursue a career in racing. Baxter was named crew chief of the No. 99 Toyota in 2006 and is still looking to capture his first win at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. He has five starts at the 2-mile, D-Shaped oval and scored his best finish of fourth with driver David Reutimann in 2008. This weekend, Baxter and two-time NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Martin Truex Jr join in an effort to give Diamond-Waltrip Racing its first victory. Last week Truex finished fifth at Kansas Speedway in the team's No. 00 in Truex's first Nationwide race of 2010.

BAXTER ON WINNING AT FONTANA: "It would be awesome to win in front of all my family and friends. It would also be pretty cool to give Gary and Blake Bechtel their first win in their home state of California. I really believe we have a chance to win this weekend. A few months ago, when we were testing our Nationwide car at Gresham, Martin jumped in and he was super fast. He said it was one of the best Nationwide cars he has ever driven. We are taking the same car this weekend to Fontana. I am pretty pumped because I really think this could be our weekend."

"We know we have fast race cars and we know that we have good enough cars that can compete for a top-five each week. We will be able to dial the car in a little faster with Martin in the car. Martin knows what he wants in the car and he knows how he wants it to feel as the race goes on. We should be able to tune the car so it will run faster longer and be at it's best during the last half of the race."

TRUEX ON RACING IN THE NATIONWIDE SERIES: "I am pretty excited to race the No. 99 this weekend. I want to thank Diamond --Waltrip for giving me another opportunity to drive for them last weekend in the No. 00 Toyota at Kansas Speedway. It was the first time in five years that I have raced an NNS car on an intermediate track. It will be fun to go back and try and better our top-five finish. This is all fun for me because the pressure is off and I can just go out there and try to win the race. I don't have to worry about points. I jumped in the No. 99 during a test session a few months ago and it was really fast. It was one of the best Nationwide cars that I have ever driven. I have no doubt in my mind that Jerry Baxter will give me a car that can win this weekend."

-source: mwr

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