"It's always good coming home. Auto Club Speedway is my home track. I watched so many races there growing up that it feels pretty cool actually racing there. Last year was my first Cup start at Fontana, and we had a pretty good day with a top-20 finish. It was actually one of our better races of the season, so I think we can go out and have another good performance on Sunday.
"I'm happy to have Rinnai Tankless Water Heaters back on our Ford Fusion for this race. They've been a great supporter and it's cool to take them to my home track. We had a good day and a top-25 finish last week at Phoenix and I think we can carry that momentum to this next race and have a good day for Rinnai."
JUST THE FACTS: Whitt has one Sprint Cup career start at Auto Club Speedway ... He finished 18th at the 2014 race ... Rinnai Tankless Water Heaters returns as primary sponsor of the No. 35 Ford ... Whitt is from Alpine, Calif., about two hours south of Fontana.