Kyle Busch / No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota Team Preview Auto Club Speedway

18 Mar 2014
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The No. 54 Monster Energy team brings strong momentum into week five of the season at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. Coming off their second 2014 win at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, the Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) stable looks forward to the next intermediate-size track, one where they have seen much success. Kyle Busch has won the last six of eight times he’s raced a JGR Camry at the two-mile venue, giving him a track record number of wins in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS). Dating back to 2008, between Tony Stewart, Joey Logano and Busch the Joe Gibbs Racing NNS contingency has fielded a winner at this track, nine straight races.

The most recent victory for Busch at the California facility came in this same race event last year – week five of the 2013 season. That win was accomplished from the pole starting position and 92 laps led. Twice before, the talented wheelman has won this west-coast event from the pole position, in 2010 and in 2008. Before winning with Busch last year, crew chief Adam Stevens also won this race from the first-place starting spot with former JGR driver Logano, in the 2012 Fontana, Calif. NNS race.

Busch and Stevens are both comfortable in knowing how to set the car up for a strong performance at the hometown track of primary sponsor Monster Energy. Headquartered not far away, in Corona, Calif., the energy-drink company that supports a ‘way of life’ in scene and sport, looks forward to a repeat visit to victory lane with their JGR Monster Energy team and athlete Busch, who together have made ‘winning’ their way of life.


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Steven B. Wilson

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