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The week's From the Archives takes a look at racing in the "Golden State" before the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series began racing at the California Speedway in 1997.

No other state has produced more NEXTEL Cup winners than California. A total of 388 California natives have competed in the Cup Series since 1949.

Sunday's Sony HD TV 500 will be the 11th Cup Series race at California Speedway.



A.J. Foyt wheeled a Wood Brothers-prepared Mercury to victory in Ontario’s first NASCAR race.



Riverside International Raceway hosted the IROC series several times.


Parnelli Jones, a native of Torrence, California, had 4 wins, 3 poles and 11 top 10 finishes in 34 NASCAR starts.

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