Mears Goes Back To California

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Casey Mears looks to rebound from his Bristol Motor Speedway troubles and finish his Hendrick Motorsports career on a high note starting with a win in Sunday night's Pepsi 500 at Auto Club Speedway.

Mears' Bristol weekend began with the news he'll join Richard Childress Racing in 2009 as the team's fourth driver, sliding into the Jack Daniels' No. 07 Chevrolet.

But once the green flag flew in Saturday night's Sharpie 500, things went downhill.

Mears was caught up in a seven car accident just before the race's midway point, ending his night.

The California native is hoping to put that all behind this weekend with a return to Fontana.

"I'm really looking forward to this trip back to Cali," Mears said. "I'm going out a few days early to spend some time with my grandma, and I'm going to play in Jimmie's (Johnson) golf tournament. A few days of relaxation in San Diego will be great. It's always nice to go to the West Coast and see old friends and family."

Mears has posted two top-10 finishes in his previous 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Auto Club Speedway, both coming as a member of Chip Ganassi Racing. His best Hendrick finish came in the 2007 edition of the Pepsi 500 when he finished 15th.

But Mears has to overcome his last trip to the track when he was involved in an early race accident during the circuit's February race.

Mears was running sixth when his No. 5 Chevrolet hit water that was weeping through the track due to persistent rain showers. The car hit hard into the Turn 2 wall and collected Hendrick Motorsports teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. Earnhardt was able to restart the race, while the No. 5 was not, resulting in a 42nd-place finish.

"Wrecking that early in a race is never good," Mears recalled. "But knowing that it happened because of water on the track and for reasons completely out of our own control was even more upsetting. After not finishing at Daytona, and then at California, it was just frustrating for myself and the entire Kellogg's/CARQUEST team. No one wants to start a season like that."

"Hopefully the weather will stay away from the track this weekend, and we get a chance to see what the No. 5 Chevy can really do out there."

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