NAPA Auto parts 500

Posted: Thursday, April 26, 2001

When: Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m.

Broadcast: Television Fox; Radio Motor Racing Network

Where: California Speedway's two-mile tri-oval, with 14-degree banking in the corners, a 2,500-foot frontstretch and a 3,100-foot backstretch in Fontana, Calif.

2000 winner: Jeremy Mayfield

Morris News Service pick to win: Mark Martin

Others to watch: Rusty Wallace, Johnny Benson, Jeff Gordon, Dale Jarrett and Ricky Rudd

Notes: The posted awards are $3,965,703. ... Gordon has won two of the four races at California. ... Three of the four winners came from the first five starting spots. ... California is four-lanes wide and very smooth. The key to success is horsepower and the ability to get back in the gas midway through the corners. The drivers who can get back in the throttle at the entrance of the second and fourth turns will fare better down the stretch.

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