NEWS OF NOTE * The race . This event is the third of 13 races on the series schedule for 2003. It is one of four superspeedway races on tap this season. * The track . California Speedway is a superspeedway with turns banked 14 degrees, 11 ...
NEWS OF NOTE
* The race . This event is the third of 13 races on the series schedule for 2003. It is one of four superspeedway races on tap this season.
* The track . California Speedway is a superspeedway with turns banked 14 degrees, 11 degrees of banking in the front straight and three degrees banking in the back straight. The track has hosted seven Winston West Series events.
* Last year's event . Eric Norris led the way in last year's event by winning the Bud Pole Award, his second of 2002. He set the pace, leading the first 47 laps before relinquishing the top spot to Scott Lynch (No. 08 Yerf-Dog/Mr Gas Dodge). Norris took the lead back a few laps later and remained out front until Kevin Richards (No. 85 Monaco Enterprises/Jerry Springer) took over. Once again, however, Norris charged out front - leading the field to the checkered flag in an event that was shortened to 91 laps.
* Two visits in 2003 . With a second series race slated for November, it will be the second time since the track was built that the series makes two visits to California Speedway in one season. The series competed at the Southern California facility twice in 1998, with Ken Schrader and Kevin Harvick each visiting victory lane.
* Multiple wins . Schrader is the only driver with more than one series victory at California Speedway. He won this event the first two years it was held - 1997 and 1998.
* Most poles . Schrader is also the only driver to win more than one Bud Pole Award at the Southern California superspeedway - setting the fast lap in this event in 1998 and 2000.
* Top marks . Schrader has the most top-five finishes in series competition at California Speedway, with four, and the most top-10 finishes, with five.
* Show me the money . With $61,940 in winnings, Schrader has won the most money in Winston West Series competition at the two-mile track.
* Running out front . Schrader has also led the most laps of series competition at the superspeedway, running out front for 188 circuits.
* Return performance . Scott Gaylord (No. 00 Oliver Gravity Separators/Denver Seminary Chevrolet) is the only driver to compete in all seven Winston West Series races that have been held at California Speedway.
* Manufacturers' battle . Chevrolet has the most wins at California Speedway among automobile manufacturers, with four. A Ford was in victory lane last year, however.
* Stat of the race . The Bud Pole winner went on to win the race in four of the seven series events at California Speedway.
* Etc. . Ninety-seven different drivers have competed in the seven series races at California Speedway. . The winner of this event went on to win the series championship in each of the past two years. It was accomplished by Brendan Gaughan in 2001 and by Norris in 2002. . Lynch and Steve Portenga (No. 77 King Taco Ford) are scheduled to participate in the California Speedway Kick-Off Party at Dave & Buster's in the Ontario Mills Mall from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday.
* Blow out the candles ... Drivers who will be celebrating a birthday during the month of May include Daryl Harr, who will turn 21 on the 5th; Scott Lynch, who will turn 23 on the 14th; Ross Thompson, who will turn 29 on the 19th; Eric Norris, who will turn 38 on the 20th; Steve Portenga, who will turn 33 on the 22nd; and Scott Schmidt, who will turn 37 on the 31st.
* From the archives . On June 21, 1997 in Winston West Series competition, Ken Schrader won the inaugural race at California Speedway over Mike Wallace and David Green.
Pontiac Wide Track Grand Prix 200
NASCAR Grand National Division, Winston West Series Race #3 of 13
California Speedway, Fontana, Calif.
When: 9:20 a.m., Saturday, April 26.
TV: SPEED Channel
(tape-delay, April 28, 8 p.m. ET)
Pre-race schedule: Thursday - Practice, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Qualifying, 3:30 p.m. Practice, 5-6 p.m. Note: Subject to change.
Field: 32 cars possible. Fastest 28 through time trials. Two provisional positions based on final 2002 Winston West Series championship owner point standings, one additional position based on final 2002 Winston West Series championship driver standings, one provisional starting position to Winston West Series champion.