Commentary

PWTN: Auto Club 500

Updated: February 23, 2008, 5:35 PM ET
By Mark Garrow | Jayski.com

California performance leaders (Active)

CATEGORYFIRSTSECONDTHIRD
PolesKurt Busch-3Jeff Gordon-2Seven drivers-1
WinsJeff Gordon-3Jimmie Johnson-2
Matt Kenseth-2
Seven drivers-1
Top-5sJeff Gordon-7Jimmie Johnson-6Carl Edwards-5
Jeff Burton-5
Top-10sMatt Kenseth-8Jeff Gordon-7
Mark Martin-7
Five drivers-6
Lead-Lap FinishesJeff Gordon-11Five drivers-10Mark Martin-9
Jeff Burton-9
Kurt Busch-9
Avg. Finish*Jimmie Johnson-6.8Matt Kenseth-10.3Kurt Busch-11.3
*Ten or more starts

• Both of Matt Kenseth's victories have come in this event the past two years. He's alternated a seventh-place finish and a victory the past five races.
• Jimmie Johnson has finished in the top three in Fontana in his six top-5s. He has finished no worse than 16th.
• Jeff Gordon finished in the top four in four of his first five references, but has finished in the top only twice since the spring race in 2004.

California selected driver performance (Past 5 years)

DriverStartsWinsTop-5sTop-10sAvg. Start pos.Avg. finishLaps completeLaps led
A.J. Allmendinger10001818249 (99.6%)0
Aric Almirola10004031248 (99.2%)0
John Andretti40012827921 (92.1%)2
Greg Biffle912212.120.92167 (96.31%)260
Dave Blaney700027.129.11539 (87.94%)2
Clint Bowyer401216.310.81000 (100%)2
Jeff Burton903317.615.92247 (99.87%)19
Kurt Busch91249.412.12253 (100.13%)123
Kyle Busch712511.111.11754 (100.23%)214
Dale Earnhardt Jr.902316.320.82003 (89.02%)24
Carl Edwards705617.97.61752 (100.11%)56
Bill Elliott701115.125.71425 (95%)13
David Gilliland400018.520.5992 (132.27%)0
Jeff Gordon913312.415.82209 (98.18%)128
Robby Gordon900129.927.62069 (91.96%)10
Denny Hamlin40019.8121000 (100%)29
Kevin Harvick900220.317.92251 (100.04%)29
Dale Jarrett800229.520.41978 (98.9%)0
Jimmie Johnson915512.47.42255 (100.22%)157
Kasey Kahne81357.114.31801 (90.05%)267
Matt Kenseth923723.39.32254 (100.18%)257
Travis Kvapil300035.730.3746 (99.47%)0
Bobby Labonte902225.917.32250 (100%)15
Kevin Lepage300039.734.7736 (98.13%)0
Mark Martin802416.39.42004 (100.2%)78
Jeremy Mayfield700013.925.31713 (97.89%)12
Jamie McMurray903527.112.82138 (95.02%)41
Casey Mears900217.921.32241 (99.6%)1
Paul Menard20002122498 (99.6%)0
Juan Pablo Montoya200025.529.5495 (99%)0
Joe Nemechek900113.725.61938 (86.13%)65
Ryan Newman90231220.11980 (88%)5
Kyle Petty900033.130.11929 (85.73%)4
David Ragan20003614500 (100%)0
David Reutimann200030.532.5486 (97.2%)1
Scott Riggs700111.925.41490 (85.14%)0
Elliott Sadler911218.918.42245 (99.78%)67
Ken Schrader80003626.61889 (94.45%)2
Mike Skinner400122.322.5995 (99.5%)64
Reed Sorenson400028.526.5755 (75.5%)8
Tony Stewart901317.418.92095 (93.11%)224
Martin Truex Jr.400110.820.3765 (76.5%)4
Brian Vickers80131017.91989 (99.45%)49
Kenny Wallace300035.734732 (97.6%)0
Michael Waltrip800126.127.81735 (86.75%)13
Scott Wimmer60003127.81492 (99.47%)0
J.J. Yeley700116.421.31477 (98.47%)2

• Carl Edwards has the second best average finish at Fontana.
• Jamie McMurray has finished in the top 15 only once seeing becoming a member of Roush Racing.

Current consecutive streaks

CATEGORYDRIVERMARKSINCE
Top-5 FinishesKurt Busch2 racesHomestead
Top-10 FinishesKurt Busch2 racesHomestead
Lead Lap FinishesJimmie Johnson9 racesKansas
Races LedJimmie Johnson10 racesDover
Running At FinishKevin Harvick45 races'06 Kansas

2008 Race winners

DRIVERWINSWHERE
Ryan Newman1Daytona

2008 Starting position analysis

STARTING POSITIONRACES
1st0
2nd0
Front Row0
3rd - 5th0
Top Five0
6th - 10th1
Top 101
11th - 20th0
21st or worse0
TOTAL1

• Ryan Newman started from the 7th position to win the Daytona 500.

2008 Manufacturer performance

CATEGORYCHEVYDODGEFORDTOYOTATOTAL
Poles 10001
Points4936---
Wins01001
Top-5 Finishes03025
Top-10 Finishes161210
Laps Led31238138200
Laps Led Pct0.1550.1150.040.690

• After a disappointing 2007 season, Toyota came back with the dominant car in Kyle Busch and finished in the top 10 with two different cars.

Mark Garrow covers fantasy racing for ESPN.com.

Mark Garrow

Fantasy Racing
Mark Garrow covers fantasy racing for ESPN.com.