WELCOME BAD BOY BUGGIES: Bad Boy Buggies will make their NASCAR debut this weekend at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. as they join Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI) and Elliott Sadler for the NASCAR Nationwide Series fifth race of 2011. Bad Boy Buggies is a leader in utility vehicles for hunting and outdoor lifestyles. The company pioneered the category of electrically powered 4x4 vehicles, ideal for hunting and outdoor recreation due to their silent, odorless operation and environmentally friendly, emissions-free drive trains.
CALIFORNIA DREAMING: Sadler's last NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory came at Auto Club Speedway in September of 2004. Sadler led 59 laps en route to his third career Sprint Cup Series win. The Emporia, Va. native has yet to find victory lane in the Nationwide Series in 2011, but his vast experience on the two-mile California track makes him one of the favorites this weekend at Auto Club Speedway.
CHASSIS HISTORY: The No. 2 Bad Boy Buggies team will unload chassis No. 070 this weekend at Auto Club Speedway. This chassis last competed at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5 where Sadler earned a 12th-place finish.
PREVIOUS RACE RECAP: Last weekend at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway Sadler and the No. 2 KHI team scored their first top-five finish of the season. After a cut tire in the first practice session forced the team to a backup car, Sadler and his crew persevered finishing the event in the fourth position and moved up four spots in the Driver's Point standings to eighth only 32 markers out of first.
THOUGHTS FROM THE DRIVER: Elliott Sadler
After a strong run last week at Bristol Motor Speedway, what are your thoughts heading to California?
"I'm definitely looking forward to going to Fontana. I sat on the outside pole for the fall Sprint Cup Series race last year and I won the very first Sprint Cup Series night race at California in 2004. The track is a very fast two-mile race track. It's very wide so you have multiple racing grooves to choose from. KHI has been very strong there in the past. It's one of the tracks I've been looking forward to going to and last weekend's run at Bristol definitely gives us momentum as we look toward California."