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THE RACE: Toyota/Save Mart 350

TRACK: Infineon Raceway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #16 of 36 for the 2011 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Sunday, June 26, 2011 in Sonoma, CA

Title Sponsor: Toyota & Save Mart

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:18pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR Pre-race: TNT's Countdown to Green - 2:00pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: TNT, 3:00pm/et

  • In the Booth: Adam Alexander, Wally Dallenbach Jr., Kyle Petty

  • Pit Reporters: Matt Yocum, Marty Snider, Ralph Sheheen, Chris Neville

  • TNT's Pre-race show: Lindsay Czarniak, Larry McReynolds, Kyle Petty

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 12:00pm/et with John Roberts, Kyle Petty, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Wednesday, June 29 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    NASCAR on TV
    Race Fan TV


Radio Coverage

  • This Week - Performance Racing Network (PRN) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio 90

  • goprn.com

  • sirius.com


Event Schedule

Friday, June 24th

12:00 - 1:30 pm Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice
3:40 pm Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying

Saturday, June 25th

9:30 - 10:15 am Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice
10:45 am -12:00 pm Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Final Practice

Sunday, June 26th

10:00 am FOX Rock-n-Race Charity Auction
10:35 am Toyota/Save Mart 350 Pre-Race Ceremonies
10:50 am Patriot Jet Demonstration Team Air Show
11:30 am Toyota/Save Mart 350 Driver Introductions
12:00 pm Toyoya / Save Mart 350 NCCS race
followed by Speedway Children's Charities Track Walk

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Times are local to the Track - Pacific Time


Purse/Race Awards

2011: $5,505,551
2010: $5,520,395
2009: $5,635,918
2008: $5,588,135
2007: $5,477,835
2006: $5,431,771
2005: $5,272,397
2004: $5,268,329
2003: $4,618,247
2002: $4,007,910


TRACK/RACE NEWS/STATS

  • Track Specifications:
    1.99 mile Road Course with 10 turns
    Pit Road/Stalls: 16' wide by 29' long, 58' wide
    increased from 1.949 miles to 1.99 after the 2000 season
    The race distance is 218.9 miles, 110 laps
    Track opened: 1968; Inaugural NASCAR race: 1989
    Grandstand Seating Listed: 47,000

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Actor John Ratzenberger
    Command to start engines: Actor John Ratzenberger
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
    Invocation: Tim Boeve
    National Anthem: Stephanie Harwood
    Flyover:173rd Fighter Wing, Oregon Air National Guard

  • Track Websites:
    Sonoma
    Speedway Motorsports
    Sonoma - Facebook
    Sonoma - Twitter

  • June 2010: see my Infineon Raceway Race Info page

  • The Numbers for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Infineon Raceway:
    2 - fewest laps led by race winner (twice, most recent 1995)
    2 - races won from outside a top-20 starting position
    2 - wins by Dodge in last four races at Infineon (Juan Pablo Montoya, Kasey Kahne)
    3 - fewest cautions (four times, most recent 2002)
    3 - fewest leaders (1989)
    3 - fewest lead changes (1989)
    4 - drivers with more than one pole
    5 - most wins (Jeff Gordon)
    5 - most poles (Jeff Gordon)
    5 - drivers with more than one win
    7 - fewest caution laps (1992)
    8 - wins from the front row; five from the pole
    9 - most cautions (1990)
    9 - most leaders (twice, most recent 2002)
    12 - most lead changes (2010)
    13 - different pole winners
    14 - different race winners in 22 races
    14 - fewest cars on lead lap at finish (twice, most recent 1993)
    26 - most caution laps (1999)
    32 - worst starting position for race winner (Juan Pablo Montoya, 2007)
    33 - fewest cars running at finish (1993)
    36 - most cars on lead lap at finish (2009)
    42 - most cars running at finish (twice, most recent 2005)
    92 - laps led by race winner (Jeff Gordon, 2004)
    2011 Caution Update
    3 - number of races extended beyond scheduled distance in 2011
    4 - fewest cautions this season (Fontana and Pocono)
    16 - most cautions this season (Daytona)
    120 - number of cautions in the first 15 races of 2011; includes 54 for accidents, 28 for debris and 20 for spins
    583 of 4,748 - number of laps under caution in 2011
    781.429 of 6,272.000 - miles under caution in the first 15 races
    (Darnell Communications for Dodge Motorsports)(6-24-2011)

  • At Infineon Raceway:
    • The track opened as a 2.52-mile road course and drag strip in 1968.
    • The first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race was held in 1989.
    • The first nine races were 300 kilometers and switched to a 350k format in 1998.
    • The track was reconfigured to 1.949 miles in 1998 with the installation of an 890-foot chute between the original Turns 4 and 7.
    • The track was reconfigured to 2.0 miles in 2001 and re-measured at 1.99 miles in 2002.
    • There have been 22 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Infineon Raceway since the first race there in 1989.
    • Rusty Wallace won the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole.
    • Ricky Rudd won the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
    • 13 different drivers have won poles; only four have won more than one.
    • Jeff Gordon (five) leads all pole winners. Ricky Rudd has four, including three consecutive (1990-92), Rusty Wallace and Kasey Kahne have two apiece.
    • There have been consecutive pole winners three times: Ricky Rudd (1990-92) and Jeff Gordon (1998-99 and 2004-05).
    • 14 different drivers have won races; five have multiple victories there - led by Jeff Gordon with five. Ernie Irvan, Ricky Rudd, Tony Stewart and Rusty Wallace (all with two) are the other multiple-race winners.
    • Jeff Gordon is also the only driver with consecutive wins, winning in 1998, 1999 and 2000.
    • Five of 22 races have been won by the pole winner, including three times by Jeff Gordon. His victory from the pole in 2004 is the most recent.
    • The lowest starting position by a race winner was 32nd, by Juan Pablo Montoya; it also was his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win.
    • Boris Said posted his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole.
    • Jeff Gordon is the all-time leader in road-course victories, with nine. Tony Stewart is second, with seven.
    (NASCAR)(6-20-2011)

  • June 2010 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 74.357mph, started 2nd

  • Race Record: Ricky Rudd, June 2002, 81.007mph (current layout)

  • Race Record: Jeff Gordon, June 2000, 78.789mph (old layout)

  • Oldest Winner: Ricky Rudd, 45 years, 9 months, 11 days, 6/23/2002

  • Youngest Winner: Kyle Busch. 23 years, 1 months, and 20 days, 6/22/2008

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Juan Pablo Montoya, started 32nd, 6/24/2007

  • June 2010 Pole Sitter: #9-Kasey Kahne, 93.893mph, finished 4th

  • Track Qualifying Record: Rusty Wallace, June 2000, 99.309mph (old layout)

  • Track Qualifying Record: Jeff Gordon, 6/24/2005, 94.325mph (current layout)

  • Road Course Wins: Top-15
    Driver, Wins
    Jeff Gordon, 9
    Tony Stewart, 7
    Rusty Wallace, 6
    Bobby Allison, 6
    Richard Petty, 6
    Ricky Rudd, 6
    Darrell Waltrip, 5
    Tim Richmond, 5
    Dan Gurney, 5
    David Pearson, 4
    Mark Martin, 4
    Ernie Irvan, 3
    Geoff Bodine, 3
    Tim Flock, 3
    Cale Yarborough, 3

  • For news, stats, records and more about this race track, see: Jayski's Infineon Raceway Track News/Rumors/Links page


Practice Dates/Times/Television coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    Friday, June 24, 3:00 - 4:35pm/et, TV-SPEED
    Saturday, June 25, 12:30 - 1:15 pm/et, TV-SPEED at 2:30pm/et

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, June 25, 1:45 - 3:00pm/et, TV-SPEED at 3:30pm/et


Qualifying Information/Times/Television coverage

  • Qualifying Draw: none, qualifying order is set by practice speeds, if rained out, then by points

  • Qualifying: 1 lap for positions 1-42, Friday, June 24 at 6:40 pm/et, TV-SPEED via tpae at 11:00pm/et [NOT LIVE], no re-air scheduled;
    AND live via radio at PRN Radio only on NASCAR.com.


RACE RUNDOWN....news and links

  • Kurt Busch wins at Infineon: #22-Kurt Busch won the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sprint Cup Series race at Infineon Raceway for his 1st win of 2011 and 23rd win of his career. It is also his 1st road course win and he led 75 laps on the day.
    #24-Gordon finished second, followed by #99-Edwards, #33-Bowyer, #9-Ambrose, #20-Logano, #48-Johnson, #56-Truex, Jr., #29-Harvick, and #2-Keselowski. Edwards' second place finish expanded his point lead to 25 over Harvick.
    There were 12 lead changes among 9 drivers; 5 cautions for 17 yellow flag laps. The attendance is listed as 93,000, up from 90,000 last June.
    Scheduled Race Re-Air: SPEED, Wednesday, June 29 at 12:00pm/et
    See race results, awards, laps led and more on Jayski's Infineon Race Results/Awards page.(6-26-2011)

  • Race Fast Facts - Infineon:
    Kurt Busch won the 23rd Annual Toyota/Save Mart 350, his 23rd victory in 380 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. He ties Ricky Rudd for 23rd on all-time victory list.
    This is his first victory and ninth top-10 finish in 2011.His last win was May 30, 2010 in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He breaks a 38-race winless streak.
    This is his first victory and fourth top-10 finish in 11 races at Infineon Raceway. This is his first road race victory. He was second in 2002 at Infineon Raceway.
    Jeff Gordon (second) posted his 15th top-10 finish in 19 races at Infineon Raceway. It is his sixth top-10 finish in 2011.
    Carl Edwards (third) posted his third top-10 finish in seven races at Infineon Raceway.
    Andy Lally (35th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Carl Edwards leads the point standings by 25 points over Kevin Harvick.(NASCAR Statistics)(6-16-2011)

  • Infineon Notes-n-Nuggets:
    " This is Kurt Busch's 23rd Cup Series victory, moving him into a tie for 26th on the all-time win list with Ricky Rudd.
    " Kurt Busch is the 11th different winner in 16 races this season.
    " This is Kurt Busch's sixth consecutive finish of 14th or better.
    " Kurt Busch is the seventh different race winner in the past seven Infineon races.
    " This is Kurt Busch's first career Cup Series road course victory in 21 starts.
    " This is Penske Racing's 68th Cup Series victory and second in 2011.
    " Jeff Gordon (second) has finished ninth or better in the past six Infineon races -- the longest current streak. Gordon extended a 17-race streak of running at the finish.
    " Carl Edwards (third) matched his career-best road course finish set at Watkins Glen (2009).
    " Clint Bowyer (fourth) matched his career-best road course finish set at Infineon (2007, 2008). Bowyer has finished eighth or better in four of the past five races at Infineon.
    " Marcos Ambrose (fifth) scored his sixth consecutive finish of sixth or better in his past six road course races.
    " Joey Logano (sixth) scored his best finish and first top-10 in three races at Infineon and his first top-10 on a road course.
    " Jimmie Johnson (seventh) has top-10 finishes in his past three Infineon races.
    " Kevin Harvick (ninth) posted his sixth consecutive finish of 14th or better in 2011.
    " Matt Kenseth (14th) scored his fourth consecutive top-15 finish.
    " Tony Stewart (39th) scored his career-worst road course finish in 25 races. His previous worst finish on a road course was 28th (2006 at Infineon).
    (NASCAR.com/Racing Recall)(6-26-2011)

  • 2011 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Infineon, race 16 of 36]:
    rank, car#, driver, points, behind
    1) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 573
    2) #29-Kevin Harvick [3 wins], 548, -25
    3) #48-Jimmie Johnson [1 win], 540, -33
    4) #22-Kurt Busch [1 win], 539, -34
    5) #18-Kyle Busch [2 wins], 536, -37
    6) #17-Matt Kenseth [2 wins], 521, -52
    7) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 503, -65
    8) #33-Clint Bowyer, 496, -77
    9) #24-Jeff Gordon [2 wins], 480, -93
    10) #39-Ryan Newman, 475, -98
    wild cards
    11) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 463, -110
    12) #14-Tony Stewart, 460, -113 [12th in points]
    Two race winners are not inside the top-20: #2-Keselowski is 22nd, 12 pts out of 20th; #78-Smith is 28th, 59 pts out of 20th
    NOTE: wild cards are drivers not in the chase with a win as long as they are in the top-20 in points, then if no wins by drivers points
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(6-26-2011)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Daytona:
    With the #21 team skipping Infineon, they fell out of the top 35. #7-Gordon is now locked in at Daytona and Bayne will have to qualify on time.
    31) #51-Cassill/Phoenix, 272, +86
    32) #36-Blaney/TBR, 244, +71
    33) #32-Bliss/FAS Lane, 235, +34
    34) #13-Mears/Germain, 229, +28
    35) #7-RGordon/RGM, 204, +3 points ahead of 36th
    these teams / drivers will need to qualify by speed:
    36) #21-Bayne/Wood Brothers, 201, 3 points out of top 35
    37) #71-Lally/TRG, 185, -19
    38) #38-Kvapil/Front Row, 173, -31
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see my Owners Points Standings page.(6-26-2011)

  • Penalty Report - Infineon Raceway:
    Car#, Lap, Reason, Penalty
    #66, Pre-Race to the rear [driver change], tail end
    #13, 33, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #32, 34, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #39, 38, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #13, 38, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #83, 38, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #71, 39, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #83, 47, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #6, 73, Too many crewmember(s) in contact with pit service area, pass thru
    #13, 81, Lug nut(s) not installed, pit
    (NASCAR Statistics)(6-26-2011)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Infineon Raceway: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #66-McDowell, 30th
    Caution 2: #32-Labonte,
    Caution 3: #37-Cook, 27th
    Caution 4: #31-Mears, 34th
    Caution 5: #81-Simo, 33rd
    (6-26-2011)

  • Pit Road Times
    Infineon Raceway
    Toyota - SaveMart 350
    Provided by NASCAR Statistics
    Sun, June 26, 2011 @ 06:51 PM Eastern

    Car# Pit Stops Driver Laps Time Total Seconds Avg Seconds
    22 2 Kurt Busch 110 01:43.6 103.642 51.821
    2 2 Brad Keselowski 110 01:43.6 103.643 51.822
    56 3 Martin Truex Jr. 110 02:31.2 151.239 50.413
    00 3 David Reutimann 110 02:33.7 153.747 51.249
    34 3 David Gilliland 110 02:40.9 160.94 53.647
    99 3 Carl Edwards 110 02:42.9 162.94 54.313
    18 4 Kyle Busch 110 03:23.4 203.394 50.849
    48 4 Jimmie Johnson 110 03:23.9 203.911 50.978
    33 4 Clint Bowyer 110 03:25.7 205.747 51.437
    17 4 Matt Kenseth 110 03:25.9 205.93 51.483
    4 4 Kasey Kahne 110 03:28.3 208.324 52.081
    24 4 Jeff Gordon 110 03:37.1 217.077 54.269
    20 5 Joey Logano 110 04:08.6 248.607 49.721
    43 5 A J Allmendinger 110 04:11.0 250.984 50.197
    42 5 Juan Pablo Montoya 110 04:14.4 254.4 50.88
    9 5 Marcos Ambrose 110 04:15.6 255.647 51.129
    5 5 Mark Martin 110 04:21.1 261.075 52.215
    27 5 Paul Menard 110 04:21.6 261.649 52.33
    78 5 Regan Smith 110 04:29.0 268.99 53.798
    51 5 Boris Said 110 04:32.6 272.595 54.519
    36 5 Dave Blaney 110 04:44.3 284.345 56.869
    31 6 Jeff Burton 110 05:04.3 304.294 50.716
    46 5 Andy Pilgrim 110 05:10.2 310.191 62.038
    1 6 Jamie McMurray 110 05:36.9 336.873 56.146
    32 6 Terry Labonte 110 06:18.8 378.809 63.135
    7 6 Robby Gordon 110 06:21.4 381.395 63.566
    6 8 David Ragan 110 06:27.5 387.526 48.441
    66 6 Michael McDowell 110 06:39.8 399.76 66.627
    29 7 Kevin Harvick 110 07:35.9 455.936 65.134
    39 8 Ryan Newman 110 08:11.5 491.457 61.432
    37 7 Chris Cook 110 08:19.2 499.229 71.318
    16 6 Greg Biffle 110 08:23.8 503.76 83.96
    81 6 Brian Simo 109 07:05.5 425.453 70.909
    13 9 Casey Mears 108 10:14.6 614.611 68.29
    71 7 Andy Lally # 104 12:46.8 766.8 109.543
    83 10 Brian Vickers 103 26:42.4 1,602.43 160.243
    11 5 Denny Hamlin 99 26:54.2 1,614.20 322.84
    47 3 Bobby Labonte 91 02:35.4 155.435 51.812
    14 4 Tony Stewart 88 22:13.3 1,333.30 333.325
    87 5 Joe Nemechek(i) 66 12:49.2 769.225 153.845
    88 3 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 45 04:21.2 261.165 87.055

    * Includes time spent in the garage
    (i) Ineligible for driver points in this series

  • Race Coverage of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sprint Cup Series race at Infineon Raceway is scheduled for Sunday, June 26, 2011.
    Television (TV): TNT at 3:00 pm/et; pre-race show at 2:00 pm/et; green flag approx 3:18pm/et
    Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    SPEED, Wednesday, June 29 at 12:00pm/et

  • Unusual pit selections at Infineon: At an oval track, it's a no-brainer that the top qualifier will choose pit stall No. 1, closest to the exit from pit road. So why did Greg Zipadelli, crew chief for polesitter #20-Joey Logano, choose pit stall No. 11-just short of the start/finish line-for Sunday's race? Quite simply, there are considerations at the 1.99-mile road course that don't apply at an oval track. Here's the explanation:
    Given the likelihood of green-flag pit stops and the danger of running out of fuel, Zipadelli opted for a pit stall that gives the team room to push-start the car in a situation where it's out of gas. There's a small opening in front of pit stall No. 11, which would give the team room to push the car without rolling through another team's pit box.
    AJ Allmendinger's crew chief, Mike Shiplett, chose pit stall No. 1 with the seventh pick. Yes, there's a clear exit from pit road, but there's also a risk. If Allmendinger happens to run out of fuel, his team won't be able to push-start the car, because of the proximity of pit stall No. 1 to the racing surface. That's why the first 10 stalls at Infineon aren't popular picks with most crew chiefs.(Sporting News), see all the picks on my Pit Stall Selection chart. (6-26-2011)

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sprint Cup Series race at Infineon Raceway have been made.
    Pole sitter #20-Logano chose pit stall 11, the first just before the start/finish line.
    Outside pole sitter #1-McMurray took pit stall 22, the next stall with an opening behind it.
    #27-Menard, who starts 3rd took the 23rd pit stall.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #5-Martin, who starts 16th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(6-24-2011)

  • NASCAR Green-White-Checkered Race Procedure: NASCAR allows a maximum of three restart attempts prior to the White Flag under NASCAR's Green-White-Checkered flag finish. If the leader has taken the White Flag and the caution flag is displayed, the field is frozen and the race will not be restarted. Previously, there was only one restart attempt. The procedure applies to all three national series. See rule and notes on the Green-White-Checker rule page

  • Wave-around rule: The wave-around rule dictates that cars under penalty at the time of the caution are ineligible for the wave around.

  • See Jayski's - 2011 Sprint Cup Race Results Page for pole winner, race winner with speed and starting/finishing position, links to race results, drivers & owners points, pit stall selections, qualifying results/starting lineup, practice speeds and chase stats as well as link to race track and race information page for each race


QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES
info, news, speeds and links

  • Happy hour practice for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sprint Cup Series race at Infineon Raceway is over, after 75 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #2-Keselowski 91.725
    #1-McMurray 91.623
    #22-Busch 91.591
    #42-Montoya 91.560
    #33-Bowyer 91.361
    slowest: #87-Nemechek 89.229 & #37-Cook 88.643. no speed: #60-Skinner, #13-Mears.
    notes: there was a caution thrown when #6-Ragan ran out of fuel.
    See speeds, average speeds, laps run on the Infineon Practice Speeds Page. (6-26-2011)

  • First Saturday practice for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sprint Cup Series race at Infineon Raceway is over, after 45 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #1-McMurray 92.295
    #22-Busch 92.073
    #33-Bowyer 91.785
    #18-Busch 91.781
    #43-Allmendinger 91.695
    slowest: #66-Mayhew 88.634 & #37-Cook 88.183.
    See speeds, average speeds, laps run on the Infineon Practice Speeds Page.(6-26-2011)

  • Logano wins Infineon pole: #20-Joey Logano won the Coors Light pole for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sprint Cup Series race at at Infineon Raceway with a speed of 93.884mph. It is his 1st pole of the season and the 2nd of his career. #1-McMurray starts 2nd followed by #27-Menard, #11-Hamlin, #39-Newman, #4-Kahne, #43-Allmendinger, #9-Ambrose, #33-Bowyer, and #83-Vickers.
    The go-or-go homers who made the race (8): #87-Nemechek, #77-Jones, #60-Skinner, #66-Mayhew (in for McDowell), #81-Simo, #71-Lally, #37-Cook, and #46-Pilgrim.
    The go-or-go homers who failed to qualify for the race (1): #38-Ave.
    See the starting lineup, qualifying speeds and notes on my Infineon Raceway Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results page. (6-24-2011)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Infineon:
    Joey Logano won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 23rd Annual Toyota/Save Mart 350 with a lap of 76.821 seconds, 93.256 mph.
    This is his second pole in 91 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. His first pole came on 3/21/10 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    This is his first pole and ninth top-10 start in 2011.
    This is his first pole in three races at Infineon Raceway. His previous best start, 12th, came in 2009.
    Jamie McMurray (second) posted his fourth top-10 start of 2011 and his third in nine races at Infineon Raceway.
    Paul Menard (third) posted his first top-10 start at Infineon Raceway. It is his seventh in 16 races this season.
    Andy Lally (41st) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(6-24-2011)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sprint Cup Series race at Infineon Raceway is scheduled for Friday, June 24, 2011 at 6:40pm/et.
    Television (TV): SPEED, 11:00pm/et via tape [NOT LIVE]
    Radio: Performace Racing Network (PRN) via nascar.com only
    Jayski.com: Jayski's Infineon Qualifying Page
    Qualifying Re-Air: none scheduled

  • Qualifying Order for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sprint Cup Series race at Infineon Raceway is posted. 44 cars/drivers are listed. Go-or-go homers are now mixed in with the top-35 drivers, slowest by fastest in first practice.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #38-Ave, slowest in practice.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #22-Busch, who was fastest in first practice.
    Qualifying order is set by the first practice session, with slowest driver going out by speed and the fastest going out last. The non-top 35 drivers are now mixed in with the top-35 in owners points, slowest to fastest.
    See the full qualifying order on the Infineon Qualifying Page.(6-24-2011)

  • Friday practice for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sprint Cup Series race at Infineon Raceway is over, after 90 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #22-Busch 93.014
    #11-Hamlin 92.559
    #4-Kahne 92.546
    #29-Harvick 92.361
    #56-Truex, Jr. 92.359
    slowest: #46-Pilgrim 89-597 & #38-Ave 89.170.
    notes: #6-Ragan ran off course early but was able to drive away without hitting anything. #7-Gordon also slid off track but avoided damage.
    This session will set the qualifying order for tonight's qualifying, with slowest out first and fastest out last, all cars, the field is not separated by top-35 in owners points anymore.
    See speeds, average speeds, laps run on the Infineon Practice Speeds Page. (6-24-2011)

  • Practice rank for the non top-35 drivers:
    if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
    #66-Michael McDowell, 33rd
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 36th
    #60-Mike Skinner, 38th
    #71-Andy Lally, 39th
    #37-Chris Cook, 40th
    #77-PJ Jones, 41st
    #81-Brian Simo, 42nd
    #46-Andy Pilgrim, 43rd
    these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
    #38-Tony Ave, 44th
    [PC] = [past champion and order, 1 is more recent champ]

  • The Entry List for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sprint Cup Series race at Infineon Raceway is posted, 44 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    with the #21 not running at Infineon, the #7 moves in to the Top 35 and a guaranteed starting spot. Tomy Drissi is listed as the driver of the #37. Tony Raines was originally listed. Boris Said will be in the Phoenix Racing #51 in place of Landon Cassill.
    Not in top 35 of owners points:
    #37-Tomy Drissi (39/15)
    #38-Tony Ave (38/15)
    #46-Andy Pilgram (40/15)
    #60-Mike Skinner (43/15)
    #66-Michael McDowell (41/15)
    #71-Andy Lally (37/15)
    #77-PJ Jones (54/1)
    #81-Brian Simo (50/6)
    #87-Joe Nemechek (42/15)
    In the event that all practices and qualifying are all rained out or cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 71,38,37,46,66,87,60,81
    missing the race would be [1]: #'s 77
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Infineon Entry List.(6-20/21-2011)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Infineon:
    No changes this week, but with the #21 team not attempting Infineon, Gordon will be locked in there.
    31) #34-Gilliland/Front Row, 254, +76
    32) #36-Blaney/TBR, 231, +53
    33) #32-TLabonte/FAS Lane, 223, +45
    34) #13-Mears/Germain, 219, +41
    35) #21-Bayne/Wood Brothers, 201, +23 points ahead of 36th
    these teams / drivers will need to qualify by speed:
    36) #7-RGordon/RGM, 178, 23 points out of top 35
    37) #71-Lally/TRG, 176, -25
    38) #38-Ave/Front Row, 178, -28
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see my Owners Points Standings page.(6-19-2011)

  • 2011 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Michigan, race 15 of 36]:
    rank, car#, driver, points, behind
    1) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 532
    2) #29-Kevin Harvick [3 wins], 512, -20
    3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 505, -27
    4) #18-Kyle Busch [2 wins], 503, -29
    5) #48-Jimmie Johnson [1 win], 503, -29
    6) #17-Matt Kenseth [2 wins], 491, -41
    7) #22-Kurt Busch, 491, -41
    8) #39-Ryan Newman, 456, -76
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 455, -77
    10) #33-Clint Bowyer, 455, -77
    wild cards
    11) #14-Tony Stewart, 454, -78 [11th in points]
    12) #24-Jeff Gordon [2 wins], 438, -94 [12th in points]
    Two race winners are not inside the top-20: #2-Keselowski is 22nd, 12 pts out of 20th; #78-Smith is 29th, 54 pts out of 20th
    NOTE: wild cards are drivers not in the chase with a win as long as they are in the top-20 in points, then if no wins by drivers points
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(6-19-2011)

  • NEW 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying procedures: (as of June 10, 2011)
    1) qualifying order will be determined by the driver's fastest lap in first practice.
    2) times on the speed sheet will be inverted with the slowest cars attempting their qualifying runs first
    3) go-or-go-home cars will now qualify among the 35 teams locked in on owner points and not be separated by the field. 4) the NASCAR Sprint Cup director does reserve the right to change a driver's qualifying order or allow "adjustments or repairs" to cars after the car has taken the green flag at the start/finish line.
    5) all cars must qualify with a full fuel cell.
    6) Qualifying consists of two consecutive timed laps
    7) the fastest lap determines qualifying position
    8) in case of a rain-out of practice, a random drawing will be held for cars set up in the garage area to determine qualifying
    9) if qualifying is rained out, the order of the field will be set according to Section 9-5 of the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup rule book. Set by top-35 practice speeds, then go-or-go homers. If all practices and qualifying are cancelled, then set by top 35 owners points, then race attempts


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Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
#1-Jamie McMurray McDonald's #1 Team Schemes Page
#5-Mark Martin Farmers Insurance #5 Team Schemes Page
#9-Marcos Ambrose Children's Miracle Network #9 Team Schemes Page
#11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight #11 Team Schemes Page
#18-Kyle Busch M&M's Pretzel #18 Team Schemes Page
#24-Jeff Gordon DuPont #24 Team Schemes Page
#27-Paul Menard Duracell/Menards none...yet
#29-Kevin Harvick Rheem #29 Team Schemes Page
#37-Tomy Drissi Rise of the Planet of the Apes none...yet
#42-Juan Pablo Montoya Cottonelle none...yet
#47-Bobby Labonte Clorox #47 Team Schemes Page
#48-Jimmie Johnson Jimmie Johnson Foundation #48 Team Schemes Page
#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. AMP Energy #88 Team Schemes Page
#99-Carl Edwards Ortho #99 Team Schemes Page

Paint Scheme news and links on the Paint Schemes Gallery


Some Chassis Selections by Teams for this race

  • Chassis selections for Infineon: see the list of many teams and what chassis were selected by the team to run at Infineon Raceway for the Sprint Cup Series Race:
    #1-Jamie McMurray: Crew Chief Kevin "Bono" Manion has elected to bring chassis number #1012 to Infineon Raceway this weekend. This chassis previously ran both road course races in 2010, coming home 15th at Infineon and 6th at Watkins Glen.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: The #2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger team will race chassis PRS-740 during Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway. This is a new chassis to the #2 fleet.
    #5-Mark Martin: Crew chief Lance McGrew has chosen Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5- 674 for Sunday's race at Infineon. This is a new chassis that has not yet been raced or tested.
    #6-David Ragan: Primary: RK-773 Brand new chassis; Backup: RK-762 Brand new chassis
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: The No. 9 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 761 for the 224-mile event at Infineon Raceway. This Stanley Ford Fusion is a new car but was tested earlier this season at Virginia International Raceway.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-660: This is a brand new racecar that has only seen track time during a test on May 16 at Virginia International Raceway in Alton. The Toyota/Save Mart 350k at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., will mark its debut.
    #17-Matt Kenseth: Primary: RK-757 (brand new chassis)
    #18-Kyle Busch: Chassis No. 305: This is a brand new chassis that is slated to see action for the first time in Sunday's Toyota/SaveMart 350k at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.
    #20-Joey Logano: The #20 Home Depot Team is taking chassis #306 to Sonoma this weekend. This is a new road-course chassis for the Joe Gibbs Racing Team. The back-up chassis is #234 that Logano drove at Watkins Glen and Sonoma last season.
    #22-Kurt Busch: and his Steve Addington-led Penske Racing "Double Deuce" will be debuting their brand new "PRS-742" Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Charger at Infineon Raceway this weekend. "We had the car up at VIR last week giving it a final shakedown," crew chief Addington said of the June 14 test date on the sprawling 3.27-mile Virginia International Raceway layout located near Danville, Va.
    #27-Paul Menard: will pilot Chassis No. 358 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This No. 27 Chevrolet Impala is a brand new addition to the RCR fleet for the 2011 season and will be put through its first paces at the Sonoma, Calif.-based facility.
    #29-Kevin Harvick: will race chassis No. 357 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This is a brand new race car that will see its first on-track action this weekend at Infineon Raceway.
    #31-Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 245 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable.Built new in 2009 as a No. 07 racer, this machine was put through two short track tests and then shelved before being converted to a road course No. 31 racer. It was put through its first competition at Infineon Raceway last June where the South Boston, Va., native finished 27th before rebounding nicely at Watkins Glen International a couple of months later when he piloted the RCR entry to a ninth-place result.
    #33-Clint Bowyer: will pilot chassis No. 300 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This Chevrolet Impala, built in 2010 specifically for road course racing, has seen action twice - the first being a 31st-place finish last season at Infineon Raceway and, most recently, last August at Watkins Glen International when Bowyer brought home a 32nd-place effort.
    #36-Dave Blaney: will pilot TBR chassis No. 65. This chassis is a brand new chassis designed specifically for road course racing.
    #39-Ryan Newman: This will be the first start for Chassis No. 39-661. The new chassis for the No. 39 Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) team was tested at Virginia International Raceway in Alton on May 24 in preparation for the first road-course race of the season at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: The #42 team will bring chassis #1014 to Infineon Raceway this weekend. This same chassis was run at both road courses last season when Montoya finished 10th at Infineon and went to Victory Lane at Watkins Glen International in August.
    #43-A.J. Allmendinger: The #43 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 760 for this weekend's event at Infineon Raceway. Though this weekend will mark the first time this particular car has been utilized this season. Allmendinger and the #43 team tested it several times at Virginia International Raceway.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: finished 28th in primary chassis No. 543 at Watkins Glen International in 2010. Backup chassis No. 442 crossed the finish line seventh at Watkins Glen International in 2008.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr.: This weekend, crew chief Steve Letarte and the #88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-601. Jeff Gordon most recently raced this chassis to a 10th-place finish at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International in August last year.
    #99-Carl Edwards: RK-758, This is a new car.
    (from team PR's/sites if reported)(6-23-2011)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Road Course Radials

    Number of Tires: 2,100

    Set limits: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 6 sets for race

    Tire Code: D-4438 (same tire on all four tire positions)

    Tire Circumference: 88.5 in.

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 23 psi; Right Front -- 23 psi;
    Left Rear -- 20 psi; Right Rear -- 20 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 22 psi; Right Front -- 20 psi;
    Left Rear -- 17 psi; Right Rear -- 17 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 33-35 laps, based on fuel mileage.

    Notes: Teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will run the same Goodyear tire code on all four tire positions at Infineon . . . this is the first time Sprint Cup teams have run this code (D-4438) . . . compared to what was run at Infineon last season, this tire features both a softer compound and a slight construction change to give the cars more grip . . . as on all NASCAR road courses, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Infineon.


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