The NASCAR Sprint Cup series rolls into Fontana, California for the Auto Club 400. Golden state native and the defending race winner at this track, Kevin Harvick says Fontana is one of his favorite tracks on the tour.
"Yeah, it's been a good racetrack for us, especially over the last several years," Harvick said this week. "For whatever reason, it's been a fun racetrack to run on just because the track is getting worn out and there are some bumps and the groove has moved all over the place. To win there last year was really neat."
Harvick has finished in the top 10 at Fontana in 6 of his last 7 races. The 36 year old currently sits at second in the points standings, but still isn't satisfied with his teams' start to the season.
"We have not had everything go 100% correctly; with the wreck last week at Bristol and obviously with the mistake at Vegas‑‑ we made some mistakes. We still have a lot to do to make things better."
Despite those issues, Harvick says he feels more comfortable than he ever has at the start of a season and credits much of that to his team at Richard Childress Racing, which has traditionally fared well at Fontana.
“It’s one of those racetracks that the tires just wear out a lot,” he said. “You can move around the racetrack and you have to kind of search for grip; (there’s) a lot of throttle control and momentum to go along with that.
“It’s a racetrack that fits our cars and our engine package and our driving styles. Really, as a company we run well there.”
The Auto Club 400 gets underway tomorrow at 2:30 pm eastern on Fox.