ETC.: Hamlin has completed 92.9 percent (2,769) of the 2,980 total laps contested in 13 career starts at Fontana. His average start there is 12.2 and his average finish is 19.0. He has three DNFs there.
20 MATT KENSETH, Toyota
Team: Joe Gibbs Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: After climbing from seventh to sixth after Las Vegas, Matt Kenseth dropped two places in the standings after Bristol to eighth. He trails points leader Brad Keselowski by 25 points, is two points behind seventh-ranked Denny Hamlin and leads ninth-ranked Ryan Newman by 13 points.
FONTANA RECORD: 21 career starts, 3 wins, 8 top-5s, 14 top-10s, 0 poles. Best career finish: First in spring 2006, spring 2007 and spring 2009. Finished seventh in this race last year and was 16th in the 2012 race there.
LOOKING AHEAD: Kenseth loves racing at Fontana and has one of the best overall records of drivers that will be competing there Sunday. He's still looking for his first win of 2014 and has a better than average chance of doing that this Sunday.
LOOKING BACK: Kenseth backslid slightly at Bristol, finishing 13th after finishing sixth in Daytona, 12th at Phoenix and 10th at Las Vegas. Here's his thoughts on how his day was at Bristol: "I told Jason (Ratcliff, crew chief) that I feel like a high school kid in my first race today. I felt like I bounced off of everything. It was definitely an eventful night, certainly not the result that we wanted. There was a lot of positives that came out of tonight. I thought we performed really well on the race track, the strongest we've been so far this year."
ETC.: Kenseth has completed 99.9 percent (4,982) of the 4,984 total laps contested in 21 career starts at Fontana. His average start there is 19.6 and his average finish is a much better 10.1. He has zero DNFs there.
31 RYAN NEWMAN, Chevrolet
Team: Richard Childress Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: After climbing six places following Las Vegas, Ryan Newman remained in ninth-place in the standings after Sunday's race at Bristol. He trails points leader Brad Keselowski by 38 points, is 13 points behind eighth-ranked Matt Kenseth and leads 10th-ranked Ricky Stenhouse Jr. by three points.
FONTANA RECORD: 19 career starts, 0 wins, 4 top-5s, 8 top-10s, 1 poles. Best career finish: Third in spring 2004. Finished 10th in this race last year and was seventh in the 2012 race there.
LOOKING AHEAD: Newman is enjoying great success early on in his first season with Richard Childress Racing, and is actually the highest-ranked driver in the RCR stable coming into Sunday's race at Fontana. Here's his thoughts on Sunday's race: "California is the flip-flop race on our schedule. It used to be the new asphalt track with one groove. Now if you look at the way everything has been repaved, Auto Club Speedway is one of the oldest tracks on the schedule where you can sometimes see four- and five-wide racing on the straightaway. I look forward to it. It's a fun place to race. It is a lot more fun to race now in comparison to the way it used to be because of the age of the asphalt."
LOOKING BACK: In his 25th career start there, Newman wound up as the last driver on the lead lap of Sunday's race at Bristol, finishing 16th.
ETC.: Newman has completed just 91.5 percent (4,104) of the 4,484 total laps contested in 19 career starts at Fontana. His average start there is 14.2 and his average finish is 17.2. He has three DNFs there.
17 RICKY STENHOUSE Jr., Ford
Team: Roush Fenway Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. made the biggest upward climb in the standings, jumping six places from 16th to 10th after Sunday's race at Bristol. He trails points leader Brad Keselowski by 41 points, is three points behind ninth-ranked Ryan Newman and leads 11th-ranked Kasey Kahne by two points.
FONTANA RECORD: 1 career starts, 0 wins, 0 top-5s, 0 top-10s, 0 poles. Best career finish: 20th in 2013. Finished 20th in this race last year. It was his first and only Sprint Cup start there to date.
LOOKING AHEAD: Stenhouse is a surprise to be in the top-10 after the fourth race. The big question is now that he's there, can he stay there? Fontana was not very kind to him in his first start there last year (started 31st, finished 20th). Here's crew chief Mike Kelley's thoughts on Sunday's race: "This is one of the tracks that we marked at the beginning of the season that we felt like we could have a good run at. Bristol was a great weekend for our No. 17 team and gives us extra confidence going into Fontana. We felt like we learned some things at Vegas that will transfer to Fontana. I feel strongly that we will have another strong run this weekend."
LOOKING BACK: Even though he didn't lead any laps, Stenhouse drove an outstanding race at Bristol, earning a career-best runner-up finish behind Roush-Fenway Racing teammate Carl Edwards.
ETC.: Stenhouse has completed 100 percent (200) of the 200 total laps contested in one career start at Fontana. His average start there is 31.0 and his average finish is 20.0. He has zero DNFs there.
5 KASEY KAHNE, Chevrolet
Team: Hendrick Motorsports
WHERE HE STANDS: 11th, only two points out of the top 10. Gained four spots last week.