Fontana II: GM Racing preview

Team Chevy Monte Carlo SS California Speedway Advance Sony HD 500 Fontana, CA - In 2005, Kyle Busch, No. 5 Kellogg's Monte Carlo SS, made NASCAR Nextel Cup Series (NNCS) history with his victory at California Speedway on September 4th. The win...

Team Chevy Monte Carlo SS California Speedway Advance Sony HD 500

Fontana, CA - In 2005, Kyle Busch, No. 5 Kellogg's Monte Carlo SS, made NASCAR Nextel Cup Series (NNCS) history with his victory at California Speedway on September 4th. The win at the two-mile D-shaped oval superspeedway made Busch the youngest driver to take a trip to victory lane in NASCAR's top series, the first of his two series victories in 2005.

Busch, who currently sits fourth in NNCS points with just two events remaining until the Chase for the NASCAR Nextel Cup, also captured his first career pole at Fontana in the 2005 spring race. A year ago he was 22nd in the standings; he eventually finished 20th.

Busch has spent all but four of the season's 24 weeks ranked in the NNCS Top 10 in points. He was 21st after the season-opening Daytona 500 and 12th the next week following the first California event. His other detours out of the top 10 occurred consecutively following the first Michigan and Infineon Raceway events in June; he was 12th.

California Speedway has produced a number of firsts for Team Chevy Monte Carlo SS drivers. Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe's Monte Carlo SS, captured his first career victory there in April 2002. Joe Nemechek, No. 01 U.S. Army Monte Carlo SS, won his career-first NNCS pole at the inaugural NNCS event at the track in 1997, which was won by Jeff Gordon, No. 24 DuPont Monte Carlo SS. J.J. Yeley, No. 18 Interstate Batteries Monte Carlo SS, made his first NNCS career start in September 2004.

Gordon holds the record for the most wins at California Speedway with three trips to victory lane. There has been no other multiple race winners in the 12 NNCS races held at the track.

Johnson, current NNCS points leader, heads in to this weekend's event with an amazing 7.57 average finishing position at California Speedway.

Rick Hendrick's Hendrick Motorsports holds the record for most victories by a team owner, five total. Which that coincidentally, is the same number of wins by Chevrolet in the nine-plus year history of NNCS competition at the track.

Race to the Chase

With just two races remaining in the Race to the Chase for the NNCS Championship, Chevy drivers hold eight of the possible 10 available spots.

Johnson continues his leading ways and has clinched his position in the Chase. But the battle between the third through 10th place drivers is a fan's playoff dream with just 48 points separating the eight drivers.

Following Busch is Gordon in fifth place heading to California Speedway. Defending NNCS champion Tony Stewart, No. 20 Home Depot Monte Carlo SS rides in the eighth position with Dale Earnhardt, Jr., No. 8 Budweiser Monte Carlo SS on his heels in the ninth position.

Vying for their career-first spot in the Chase are Kevin Harvick, No. 29 GM Goodwrench Monte Carlo SS, currently third in the standings; Raybestos Rookie of the Year leader Denny Hamlin, No. 11 FedEx Monte Carlo SS, ranks sixth in the standings, and Jeff Burton, No. 31 Cingular Wireless Monte Carlo SS sits seventh.

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Jeff Burton , Jeff Gordon , Tony Stewart , Kevin Harvick , Joe Nemechek , Jimmie Johnson , J.J. Yeley , Denny Hamlin , Kyle Busch
Teams Hendrick Motorsports