By Jerry Bonkowski and Bob Moore
2 BRAD KESELOWSKI, Ford
Team: Penske Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: Brad Keselowski moved into first place atop the Sprint Cup standings after Sunday's race at Bristol Motor Speedway. He leads points leader Dale Earnhardt Jr. by 10 points and the third-ranked tie of Jeff Gordon and Carl Edwards by 11 points.
FONTANA RECORD: 5 career starts, 0 wins, 0 top-5s, 0 top-10s, 0 poles. Best career finish: 18th in 2012. Finished 23rd in this race last year and was 23rd in the 2012 race there.
LOOKING AHEAD: Keselowski has been very consistent in the first four races, finishing third in the first two races, winning at Las Vegas and finishing 14th at Bristol. He's off to the best start of his Sprint Cup career. Here's his thoughts about Sunday's race in Fontana: "The win (at Las Vegas) is a feather in our cap without a doubt. The new Chase format dictates that we have to win and we feel better having checked that box early in the season. The points lead shows that we have been consistent and it is always enjoyable to be on top."
LOOKING BACK: Keselowski finished 14th at Bristol, but because Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 24th, Keselowski was able to take over the Sprint Cup points lead.
ETC.: Keselowski has completed 99.8 percent (977) of the 979 total laps contested in five career starts at Fontana. His average start there is 17.4 and his average finish is 22.8. He has zero DNFs there.
88 DALE EARNHARDT JR., Chevrolet
Team: Hendrick Motorsports
WHERE HE STANDS: After leading the Sprint Cup standings for the first three weeks, Dale Earnhardt Jr. fell to second place after Bristol. He trails new points leader Brad Keselowski by 10 points and leads the third-ranked tie between Jeff Gordon and Carl Edwards by one point.
FONTANA RECORD: 21 career starts, 0 wins, 5 top-5s, 6 top-10s, 0 poles. Best career finish: Second in fall 2006 and last year's race. Finished second in this race last year and was third in the 2012 race there.
LOOKING AHEAD: Even with his 24th-place showing at Bristol, Earnhardt is still off to the best start of his 15-year Sprint Cup career. Prior to his win in this season's Daytona 500, his last two wins were at Michigan, a two-mile track virtually identical to this Sunday's race at Auto Club Speedway. Here's his thoughts on Fontana: "The last couple of times we've been to California, we've had some good race cars. It's a track where we can move around and change our line. The driver can have a little input on how the car is driving. You can find speed out there. If we are tuning on the car and studying hard during practice, I think we'll have a good weekend."
LOOKING BACK: After remaining in the top 10 for much of the first part of Sunday's race at Bristol, the handling went away on Earnhardt's car and he finished 24th, one lap off the lead lap.
ETC.: Earnhardt has completed 92.3 percent (4,601) of the 4,984 total laps contested in 21 career starts at Fontana. His average start there is 19.7 and his average finish is 19.9. He has five DNFs there.
24 JEFF GORDON, Chevrolet
Team: Hendrick Motorsports
WHERE HE STANDS: After losing two spots following the Las Vegas race, Jeff Gordon regained those two spots and moved back into third after Bristol (tied with Carl Edwards). Gordon and Edwards both trail new points leader Brad Keselowski by 11 points, second-ranked Dale Earnhardt Jr. by one point and lead fifth-ranked Jimmie Johnson by nine points.
FONTANA RECORD: 24 career starts, 3 wins, 10 top-5s, 11 top-10s, 2 poles. Best career finish: First in spring 1997, spring 1999 and spring 2004. Finished 11th in this race last year and was 26th in the 2012 race there.
LOOKING AHEAD: Gordon continues to fly under the radar, which is a good thing, thus keeping pressure off him as he bids to win a fifth Sprint Cup championship this year (and if he does so, he's already said he'll retire then). Here's Gordon's thoughts on Sunday's race at Fontana: "I think a lot of drivers like racing at Fontana because the racetrack is so wide and there are so many lines and grooves you can race through the corner. And I think the fans like it because the drivers will race two, three and sometimes four wide."
LOOKING BACK: Gordon had a good car all day at Bristol and came home with a strong seventh-place finish.
ETC.: Gordon has completed 99.2 percent (5,686) of the 5,734 total laps contested in 24 career starts at Fontana. His average start there is 13.2 and his average finish is 11.8. He has two DNFs there.
99 CARL EDWARDS, Ford
Team: Roush Fenway Racing