FONTANA, Calif. - Stifling heat, with a high of 104, greeted NASCAR's Nextel Cup and Busch Series drivers Friday at California Speedway.
Most of the drivers are in great shape and used to sitting in the closed cockpit of a stock car with inside temperatures moving into triple figures. But the heat wave covering Southern California recently is pushing the envelope.
Asked how he handles the heat, Denny Hamlin said, "Stay indoors at all costs as long as possible.
"It's amazing to me how hot it is, especially in the race car. I can hardly stand it."