THE NEXT Nextel Cup RACE
NEWS, STATS and INFO
RACE BONUS INFO
- The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $50,000 at Infineon Raceway for leading the points and winning the race (Dale Earnhardt Jr. last won the award, $80,000 at Richmond on May 15, 2004). The $360,000 annual award is paid at $10,000 per race to the point leader at the end of each event if the driver is also the winner. The award increases by $10,000 each week the it goes unclaimed. If the point leader is not the race winner at the end of the year, the balance of the award is distributed among the top-10 finishers in the drivers point standings(6-20-2004)
- MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award: The MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award is worth $10,000 to any eligible NASCAR Nextel Cup driver who leads a race at the halfway mark and displays the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award decal on their race car. An additional $5,000 is earned if that driver also wins the race. If the race-win bonus is not earned, the $5,000 rolls into the next week’s award. Eligible drivers earn two points for winning the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award and another point if they also go on to win the race. The driver who earns the most points during the season will win the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award Championship.
Bonus for leading at halfway and winning at Michigan is: $60,000
Winners for 2004 so far:
Daytona: Tony Stewart, $10,000
Rockingham: Matt Kenseth, $20,000*
Las Vegas: Matt Kenseth, $15,000*
Atlanta: Tony Stewart, $10,000
Darlington: Jamie McMurray, $10,000
Bristol: Sterling Marlin, $10,000
Texas: Kasey Kahne, $10,000
Martinsville: Jeff Gordon, $10,000
Talladega: Kevin Harvick, $10,000
California: Jeremy Mayfield, $10,000
Richmond: Michael Waltrip, $10,000
Charlotte: Elliott Sadler, $10,000 [#48-Johnson not eligible]
Dover: Tony Stewart, $10,000
Pocono: Kasey Kahne, $10,000 [#48-Johnson not eligible]
Michigan: Dale Jarrett, $10,000
(* won race and bonus)(6-20-2004)
WEATHER, TV/RADIO COVERAGE
LOCAL NEWS, TRACK/FAN INFO
IN-CAR AUDIO SITES
QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links
- Gordon wins from pole at Infineon: #24-Jeff Gordon dominated Sunday's Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway, leading a track record 92 of 110 laps on the 10-turn, 1.99-mile course and earning his first road course win since August 2001 at Watkins Glen. That winless streak seemed out of place for the driver who held the all-time Cup series record for road course wins (seven) entering Sunday's race. The win is Gordon's third of the 2004 season and 67th of his career. To earn the victory, Gordon had to hold off a strong challenge by Chip Ganassi Racing. Gordon bested #42-Jamie McMurray by 1.012 seconds for the win, followed by #39-Scott Pruett, driving a fourth Ganassi car this weekend. #15-Michael Waltrip and points leader #48-Jimmie Johnson completed the top five. The rest of the top 10: #36-Boris Said, #41-Casey Mears, #6-Mark Martin, #99-Jeff Burton and #38-Elliott Sadler. Despite getting a slow start on the race's first lap, Gordon, the pole winner, took early control and led 43 of the first 55 laps in dominating fashion.()
For race results, see:
Jayski's Sonoma Race / Awards Results page
- Top Five [unofficial] Drivers Points Standings after Sonoma:
#48-Jimmie Johnson, 2375
#8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2348, -27
#17-Matt Kenseth, 2143, -232
#24-Jeff Gordon, 2123, -252
#20-Tony Stewart, 2068, -307
Jayski's Driver's/Owners Points after Sonoma
- Stock Car Fans - Rumblings - Infineon Raceway: We saw a one car parade today....but for that matter, we saw a one car
parade all weekend. One driver led every practice, qualifying, and 92 of the 110 laps. In fact, the only time a driver other than Jeff Gordon led a lap today was during the cycling of pit stops.
Jeff Gordon led early and led often en route to a victory in today's Dodge/ Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma. He was so dominant, the only question was if his fuel was gonna hold out....course we found out later (ever wonder why TV doesn't seem to know about these things? Nobody talked to Robbie Loomis all day, but we did get to hear from the Smothers Brothers! Which car are they with?) that he was having cool suit problems and looked pretty whipped when he exited the car in Victory Lane.
Jeff Gordon's win was his third of the season and the 67th of his Cup career. He's now recorded 8 wins on road courses (four each here at Sonoma and at Watkins Glen), and notched win #123 for Hendrick Motorsports. Jeff's take of the over $5.2M in posted awards was $388,103.
#42-Jamie McMurray (2nd) had his best finish since he won (subbing for Sterling Marlin) at Lowe's Motor Speedway in October of 2002.
#39-Scott Pruett (3rd) follows up his runner-up finish in his last start at Watkins Glen last August. His Top-5 gives us 23 drivers to score a T-5 this season....last year's number was 30.
#36-Boris Said (6th) finishes exactly where he was in this event a year ago. His (and Pruett's) Top-10 finish gives us 32 drivers to score a T-10 this season....last year's numbers was 42.
#41-Casey Mears (7th) ties his career-best finish again today. He's been 7th four times this season, the most recent being at Lowe's in May.
We've had 71 different drivers to start a Nextel Cup event this season. That's the total we had for all of last year.
STREAKIN....Jimmie Johnson has 9 Top-10's in the last 10 races.
Michael Waltrip has 5 Top-10's in the last 6 races.
This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is Michael Waltrip (+36), followed by Jimmie Johnson (+29), Ricky Craven (+26), Casey Mears (+22), and Klaus Graf (+21). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Kurt Busch (-33), followed by Rusty Wallace (-26), Terry Labonte (-25), Bobby Labonte (-23), Ricky Rudd (-23), and Joe Nemechek (-20). A real busy day in the "Shaft" for a change.
Scott Pruett led a lap today for the first time since his last race at Watkins Glen last August. We've now had 41 different leaders this
season.... last year's number was 48.
Jimmie Johnson tacked 20 points onto his lead today (it's now 27). We're back to only the Top-10 eligible for the "Chase", and after Jamie McMurray's fine run today he's 82 points out of the final transfer spot (10th). Michael Waltrip (22nd to 18th) made the best move forward today, while Terry Labonte (20th to 24th) fell the most spots.(Stock Car Fans Cup Newsletter)(6-27-2004)
- Where Did the Road Specialists Finish at Infineon Raceway for the Dodge/Save Mart 350?
#02-Brandon Ash, started 37th, 41st
#30-Jim Inglebright [subs for Blaney], 28th, 19th
#36-Boris Said [3rd MB2/MBV Motorsports entry], 19th, 6th
#39-Scott Pruett [4th Ganassi entry], 6th, 3rd
#59-Klaus Grag [2nd BAM Racing entry], 38th, 17th
#61-Austin Cameron, 32nd, 38th.(6-27-2004)
- The Dodge / Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway:
The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions and some notes
after 110 of 110 laps:
car#, driver, starting spot
#24-Gordon (1)(92 laps led)
#39-Pruett (6)(1 laps led)
#41-Mears (29)(5 laps led)
- Cars on the lead lap: 27 (of 43 starters)
- Off track/out of race (6):
#2-Wallace (out of gas-out)
- Laps Leaders Unofficial (7 with 9 lead changes):
#97-Busch (1 lap led)
#8-Earnhardt Jr. (9)
Caution 6 - Laps 80 - 82: #31-Gordon ran over debris on the track, and ran off the course, then to the pits.
Caution 5 - Laps 72 - 73: #10-Riggs wrecked and had to get the car towed.
Caution 4 - Laps 67 - 68: #61-Cameron stalled on the course in turn 7, finally got the car started and drove off..
Caution 3 - Laps 45 - 48: #10-Riggs, left transmission oil on the track, plus there is a spring rubber on the track.
Caution 2 - Laps 17 - 18: The left wheel came off #31-Gordon's car, and hit the tire wall coming into the pits at turn 10.
Caution 1 - Laps 3 - 4: #20-Stewart taps #0-Burton, both spin and recover.
NO LUCKY DOG PASS AT SONOMA
- RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
---- on the last lap, #2-Wallace ran out of gas.
---- on lap 104, #31-Gordon, slowed up and stopped but then drove off.
---- on lap 100, #19-Mayfield lost it and spun in a corner, a few cars had to slow down and avoid the #19 and lost spots, including #49-Schrader. Then Mayfield picked up a bumper bar from another car and had to pit to have it removed.
---- on lap 100, #19-McMurray lost it and spun in a corner, a few cars had to slow down and avoid the #19 and lost spots, including #
---- around lap 90, #9-Kahne is having back problems and the team took time to adjust his belts and give hin ice packs.
---- on lap 84, #25-Vickers spun in the horseshoe [turns 10-11]
---- on lap 77, #2-Wallace, got off the course a bit and fell bak a bit.
---- #5-Labonte reports he is running on 7 cylinders.
---- on lap 63, #99-Burton spun around in turn 11, and drove on.
---- #10-Riggs is back on the track, 18 laps down.
---- on lap 62, #18-Labonte is in the pits ,hood up, after he ran off course in turn 7, having a brake problem, it is a cut brake line.
---- on lap 58, #17-Kenseth, got loose, spun and collected #40-Marlin, who also spun, both drove on.
---- as of lap 55, #21-Rudd is back on the track, 13 laps down.
---- around lap 52, #31-Gordon lost a right tire,just after he got his lap back. The tire shredded, when the crewman tossed the wheel over the pit wall, it laned on an air hose and cut the hose, causing a failure in the air-gun.
---- #8-Earnhardt Jr. spun out again.
---- after the caution 3 green flag start, #88-Jarrett and #12-Newman made pit stops with tires going down.
---- on lap 40, #21-Rudd to the garage broke a trackbar mount, the team will fix it.
---- on lap 37, #12-Newman spun the #61-Cameron car around in the horseshoe turn area.
---- #29-Harvick had to come in to pit a second time as a lug nut was missing, on lap 36.
---- #39-Pruett came out of the pits faster then #24-Gordon during the first green flag stops.
---- pit stops occuring around laps 34-36 range.
---- #02-Ash, spun out around lap 32, ended up in the dirt, but drove on.
---- #20-Stewart and #77-Gaughan made contact on the horseshoe, with Gaughan spinning around, #10-Riggs had to stop to avoid Gaughan, Stewart drove on.
---- #61-Cameron is back on the track after repairs were made, 24 laps down.
---- around lap 23, #38-Sadler spun on turn 3/4, but drove off.
---- on lap 20, #18 made pit stop as Labonte had a tire going down.
---- on lap 20, #8-Earnhardt Jr. ran into #10-Riggs, who spun around and hit the tire wall backwards, then drove to the pits.
---- during the 2nd caution, #97-Busch came into pit as oil is leaking from the car and the team can't locate the link.
---- during the 2nd caution #8-Earnhardt Jr. came in to get the toe adjusted on the car.
---- on lap 14, #21-Rudd spun out on the horseshoe turn and drove on.
---- on lap 13, #97-Busch came into to pit as it was reported as leaking oil, hood is up.
---- on lap 10, #97-Busch said he engine just shut off, he was smoking, turned on the backup ignition and drove on ok.
---- on lap 9, #8-Earnhardt Jr. hit the rumble strips in turn 4 and spun around and slid.
---- on the first caution green flag, #40-Marlin and #36-Said got together, with Marlin spinning, but drove on. #31-Gordon also was involved.
---- #20-Stewart and #0-Burton both made pit stops after their incident, Burton's left rear is damaged.
---- to the back, #19-Mayfield (engine), #15-Waltrip (engine), #17-Kenseth (back-up car). And have to go to the rear of the field before the start of the race.
- Where did the top 10 starters finish at Sonoma?
#17-Kenseth, 20th (to the back - engine change)
- Where did the drivers who changed engines/backup car - to the back.....finish at Sonoma?
(car#, driver, qualifying pos, actual starting spot, where they finished)
#17-Kenseth [backup car], 5th, 41st, finished 20th
#19-Mayfield [engine], 21st, 42nd, finished 30th
#15-Waltrip [engine], 40th, 43rd, finished 4th
- Hubert in the #72? Tom Hubert qualified the #72 Kirk Shelmerdine Ford, and supposedly will start the car but get out of the car as he is supposed to change tires on the #22 Caterpillar Dodge for driver Scott Wimmer. Shelmerdine would either start the car or get in on the first pitstop.(PRN's Pre-race coverage)(6-27-2004)
- Gordon will start inside: #24-Jeff Gordon, given the choice as pole-winner, said he intends to start inside Sunday, with Wallace outside. Technically, the pole-winner has that choice at every track, but it becomes an issue only at the two road courses.(Speed Channel)(6-26-2004)
- To the BACK: #19-Jeremy Mayfield (qualified 21st) lost an engine in Friday's practice, #15-Michael Waltrip (provisional 40th) lost an engine in qualifying and #17-Matt Kenseth (qualified 15th) was involved in an accident during Saturday's first practice, and went to a backup car. All three will go to the rear of the field before the drop of the green flag for the Dodge / Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway on Sunday.
- Happy Hour practice for the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway. The fastest were:
Tom Hubert was listed in the #16 as Biffle is in Milwaukee for the Busch race, Shelmedine was back in the #72 for practice
Slowest were 72-Shelmerdine, 72.757 and 98-Gunselman, 88.211
Most laps run: #32-Craven with 31 and #25-Vickers and #38-Sadler with 21.
Best average speeds [all laps run averaged]
For the speeds see or NASCAR.com.(6-26-2004)
- First Saturday practice for the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway. The fastest were:
Slowest were: 17-Kenseth, 91.555 and #10-Riggs, 91.794
No speeds listed for #16-Biffle, #72-Hubert or #98-Gunselman.
Most laps run by #9-Kahne, 20; and #12-Newman, 18
Best average speeds [all laps run averaged]
For the speeds see or NASCAR.com.(6-26-2004)
- Jeff Gordon wins pole at Infineon Raceway: #24-Jeff Gordon, one of the smoothest road course drivers in NASCAR's Nextel Cup Series, bobbled, slid and wobbled his way through his qualifying lap Friday at Infineon Raceway and still won the pole for Sunday's Dodge/Save Mart 350. It is Gordon's 3rd pole of 2004 and 49th of his career. With the help of new pavement, Gordon's lap at 94.303 mph also broke the track record, 93.620 mph set last season by road course specialist Boris Said [in the #36 this year]. Gordon's eventful lap came early in Friday's session and he withstood several strong challenges. #2-Rusty Wallace (94.174 mph) and #97-Kurt Busch (93.825 mph) came closest. #6-Mark Martin and #17-Matt Kenseth completed the top-five. Series points leader #48-Jimmie Johnson will start 34th. Several road course specialist made their way into Sunday's race. #39-Scott Pruett, driving a fourth entry for Chip Ganassi Racing this weekend, qualified sixth; Said was 19th in a third entry by MB2/MBV Motorsports; and #30-Jim Inglebright qualified 27th in Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet. #72-Tom Hubert (35th), #62-Austin Cameron (32nd), #02-Brandon Ash (37th) and #59-Klaus Graf (38th) all made the field for their first Cup starts of the season.()
- Sonoma Qualifying Results/Starting Lineup at:
Jayski's Dodge / Save Mart 350 Qualifying / Grid page
- Pole Progression at Sonoma: (who had the pole first, who got it next and who ended up with it)
#50-P.J. Jones, 1st out to qualify, 91.631mph, starts 31st
#5-Terry Labonte, 2nd, 92.680, starts 15th
#18-Bobby Labonte, 7th out, 93.193, starts 10th
#24-Jeff Gordon, 9th out, 94.303, starts 1st - NEW TRACK RECORD
- Rookie of the Year Candidates: how fast were they and where do they start:
#9-Kasey Kahne, 91.777, starts 30th
#10-Scott Riggs, 75.854, starts 41st
#22-Scott Wimmer, 91.891, starts 25th
#25-Brian Vickers, 84.091, starts 39th
#77-Brendan Gaughan, 91.245, starts 33rd
- Some Qualifying Notes:
#21-Ricky Rudd was due to qualify 1st, but broke a gearbox late in practice and will go out once it is repaired.
#72-Kirk Shelmerdine was in line to qualify but missed and failed to attempt, will hope for a provisional. OOPS, nope, PRN was mistaken and will make an attempt- NASCAR.com has Tom Hubert listed in the car.
#10-Scott Riggs spun out on his attempt.
#25-Brian Vickers spun out during his attempt.
PRN Radio said #89-Shepherd and #98-Gunselman passed on their attempts - #98 would get the provisional
#15-Waltrip started smoking, then lost an engine on his attempt.(6-25-2004)
- Fastest Qualifier by Manufacturer::
Chevy: #24-Jeff Gordon, 94.303, starts 1st
Dodge: #2-Rusty Wallace, 94.172, starts 2nd
Ford: #97-Kurt Busch, 93.852, starts 3rd
Pontiac: none running this week
Toyota - oops, not yet.......(6-25-2004)
- Stock Car Fans - Ramblings - Sonoma: A bunch of guys we don't know, a lot of locked up brakes while we turn in the wrong direction, dirt flying all over the place, and Jeff Gordon on the pole. We must be on a road course! Gordon broke the track record (for that matter, the top four qualifiers were all quicker than the previous mark) today at Infineon Raceway for Sunday's Dodge/Save Mart 350 with a fast 94.303 mph lap (75.968 sec). This is his second Bud Pole in a row, his 3rd of 2004, his 4th here in
Sonoma, and the 49th top-spot of his career. He'll be joined on the front-row by Rusty Wallace. This is his best starting spot since he had the outside pole at Dover in June of 2003. Kurt Busch (3rd) has his best starting spot since he was outside the front row at Las Vegas in March.
Matt Kenseth (5th) has his best starting spot since he led 'em to green at Dover last September. Qualifying was rained out that day, and the same thing was true at Loudon last July. Soooo....this is his best starting spot on time since he started 4th here last year.
Scott Pruett (6th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 6th at Fontana in April of 2000! (Only 27 races....he's been basically a
road-course ringer the last few years).
Jeff Burton (13th) has his best starting spot since he qualified 11th at Daytona in February.
Boris Said (19th) makes his first start of 2004. Another one of those ringers, this is Boris' 10th Cup start.
Jim Iglebright (28th) in RCR's #30 machine this week makes only his second Cup Series start on Sunday. He started 32nd and finished 42nd in this event in June of 2002.
P. J. Jones (31st) has his best starting spot since he lined up 14th at Watkins Glen in August of 2002 (only 4 races).
Austin Cameron (32nd) makes his second-ever Cup start this weekend. He started 32nd and finished 42nd here in June of 2002.
Tom Hubert (35th in Kirk Shelmerdine's ride this weekend) makes his 8th Cup appearance. He started 40th and finished 24th in his last race at Watkins Glen in August of 2002.
Brandon Ash (37th) makes his Nextel Cup debut this weekend. He attempted three events last year (Las Vegas, Infineon, and Phoenix), all resulting in DNQ's.
Klaus Graf (38th) makes his Cup debut as well. He's from the Black Forest (isn't that somewhere between Dothan & Opelaka? He sure don't sound like he's from 'Bama!)....so that's a pretty long commute!
And finally, Larry Gunselman (43rd) makes his first Cup start (and 3rd overall) since we were here in 1997. He started 44th that day (that's right, 44th....this used to be a combo event "Winston Cup/Winston West" and we had a WW provisional then) and finished 38th.
STREAKIN....An empty category this week.(StockCarFans.Com Nextelcup Newsletter)(6-25-2004)
- Friday Practice for the Dodge / Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway is over. The top 5 were:
43 of 44 practiced, no speed for #89-Shepherd.
Most laps run by #41-Mears, 23 and #9-Kahne, 21.
Slowest were #98-Gunselman at 84.614 and #19-Mayfield at 88.837.
Top three aveage speed [all laps averaged]
The track qualifying record is 93.620mph, held by Boris Said set last year.
See speeds at or NASCAR.com.(6-25-2004)
- Down to 44: The Qualifying Order for the Dodge / Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway is posted, 44 drivers/teams are scheduled to make race attempts. Looped off the 45 driver entry list is #52-Carl Long. So no provisionals should be charged this weekend. For the qualifying order links, see above.(6-25-2004)
- 45 Drivers entered at Infineon Raceway for the Dodge/Save Mart 350, including:
#02-Brandon Ash [not Sadler's car]
#30-Jim Inglebright [subs for Blaney]
#36-Boris Said [3rd MB2/MBV Motorsports entry]
#39-Scott Pruett [4th Ganassi entry]
#52-Carl Long [Ware entry]
#59-Klaus Grag [2nd BAM Racing entry]
#72-Kirk Shelmerdine [making the trip?]
#89-Morgan Shepherd [making the trip?]
- Entry List Links:
- No Racing to the Caution Rule and Q&A/Lucky Dog
- Jayski's - 2004 Nextel Cup Race Results Page
- Jayski's - 2004 Nextel Cup Practice Leader and Links
- How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph
- How to break a tie during qualifying?(same speed/time) When drivers are tied for a starting spot during qualifying, it is broken by owners points standings(not drivers).
- Links: Practice speeds, qualifying and results can be found at these sites:
SOME RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS
- First time in modern era OOPS actually..the 2nd time: Hendrick Motorsports became the first team in NASCAR's Modern Era (1972 - present) to take the top three qualifying spots for a Cup race when #24-Jeff Gordon won the pole position, #25-Brian Vickers qualified 2nd and #48-Jimmie Johnson qualified 3rd for the DHL 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Other teams have qualified first and second, but never first, second, and third.(Chevy Notes and Quotes PR)(6-19-2004)
Top Three Starters..same team: this was not the first time a team swept the top three starting spots in qualifying. In fact it was the 2nd time Hendrick Motorsports did it. At the spring Darlington race in 1995, #24-Jeff Gordon, #5-Terry Labonte and #25-Ken Schrader started 1-2-3.(Don't need to look it up, already did)(6-21-2004)
- Maintaining a Top-10 Standard: Four drivers have remained in the top-10 in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings all season: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart and Elliott Sadler.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(6-21-2004)
- 3-way tie for 6th: Three drivers are tied for 6th in drivers points with 1933. #24-Gordon gets 6th [2 wins breaks the tie], the #38-Sadler gets 7th [1 win, next best is a 4th], then #97-Kurt Busch gets 8th [1 win, next best is a 5th].(6-21-2004)
- Road Course Victories: Jeff Gordon is the all-time series lead for road course [including the 11 Daytona beach courses] wins with seven. Tied for 2nd is Ricky Rudd, Rusty Wallace, Richard Petty and Bobby Allison with six in 105 road course races. 44 drivers have won a road course race.(8-10-2003)
- Road Course Poles: Darrell Waltrip is the all-time series lead for road course [including the 11 Daytona beach courses] pole wins with nine. Terry Labonte and David Pearson both have eight, and Richard Petty and Ricky Rudd have six in 103 road course qualifying runs, two had no qualifyings [rain/weather]. 42 drivers have won road course poles.(8-10-2003)
- Did ya know? 25 of all the 94 Winston Cup road course races [NOT including the 11 Daytona beach courses] have been won from the pole - 26.6%; Lowest start of a Sonoma winner: 13th by Davey Allison, 1991; The winner of the Dodge/Save Mart 350 has gone on to win the championship once in the last 12 seasons (1998-Jeff Gordon); Chevrolet has the most road course wins in NASCAR Winston Cup - 32 road course wins, 30 in the Modern Era, Ford has 29, 14 of which have been in the Modern Era (1972 to present).(8-10-2003)
- June 2003 Race Winner: #31-Robby Gordon, 73.821mph, started 2nd
- Race Record: Ricky Rudd, June 2002, 81.007mph (current layout)
- Race Record: Jeff Gordon, June 2000, 78.789mph (old layout).
- Track Qualifying Record: Rusty Wallace, June 2000, 99.309mph (old layout)
- Track Qualifying Record: Boris Said, 6/27/2003, 93.620mph (current layout)
- June 2003 Pole Sitter: #01-Boris Said, 93.620, finished 6th
- Oldest Winner: Ricky Rudd, 45 years, 9 months, 11 days, 6/23/02
- Youngest Winner: Jeff Gordon, 26 years, 10 months, 24 days, 6/28/98
- Most Laps Led: 81, Robby Gordon, 6/22/2003
- Most Cautions: 9, 6/10/90
- Fewest Cautions: 3 - four times, last on 6/23/02
- Most Caution Laps: 26, 6/27/99
- Fewest Caution Laps: 7 - 6/7/92
- Worst Starting Spot to Win: Davey Allison, started 13th, 6/9/91
- Most Wins: 3 - Jeff Gordon
- Most Poles: 4 - Ricky Rudd
- Most Top 5s: 9 - Ricky Rudd
- Most Top 10s: 12 - Mark Martin
- Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 81, Robby Gordon, 6/23/03
- Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 2, Davey Allison, 6/9/91
- Most Lead Changes: 10 - Four times, most recently 6/23/02
- Fewest Lead Changes: 3 - 6/11/89
- Most Leaders: 9, twice, most recently 6/23/02
- Fewest Leaders: 3, 6/11/89
- Most Finishers on a lead lap: 29, Four times, last on 6/22/03
- Most Running at the Finish: 42, 5/5/96
- Fewest Running at the Finish: 32 - 5/16/93
- Most Wins by Manufacturer: 6 - Ford and Chevy
- Races won from starting pos 1: 4 [of 15 races] 26.7%
- Races won from starting pos 2: 2, 13.3%
- Races won from starting pos 3: 2, 11.6%
- Races won from starting pos 4: 2
- Races won from starting pos 5: 1
- Races won from starting pos 7: 2
- Races won from starting pos 11: 1
- Races won from starting pos 13: 1
- Races won from the top 5: 11 of 15 - 73.3%
- Races won from the top 10: 13 of 15 - 86.7%
- Infineon Raceway Nuggets:
Ricky Rudd is one of eight drivers expected to make their 16th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup start at Infineon Raceway. Rudd, along with Sterling Marlin, Michael Waltrip, Mark Martin, Dale Jarrett, Rusty Wallace, Terry Labonte and Ken Schrader have each competed in every NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race there since 1989. Rudd also will be making his 50TH career road-course start.
And the Beat Goes On
Michael Waltrip is the only driver that has been running at the finish in all 15 races at Infineon Raceway.
Running Up Front is the Place to Be at Infineon Raceway
The driver leading with 10 laps to go has won six of the last seven races at Infineon Raceway. The exception was 2002 when Ricky Rudd led the final three laps, the only laps he led that day.
Cutting it Close at Infineon Raceway
Davey Allison led just twice for two laps and took the lead for good on the final lap in 1991
Dale Earnhardt led only the final two laps in 1995
Ricky Rudd led the only final three laps in 2002
On the Other Hand
Robby Gordon led 81 of the 110 laps raced in 2003, the most laps led by a race winner at Infineon Raceway.
Manufacturers Share the Wins at Infineon Raceway
Three different manufacturers have each scored a victory in the last three races at Infineon Raceway: Pontiac in 2001 with Tony Stewart;
Ford in 2002 with Ricky Rudd and Chevrolet in 2003 with Robby Gordon. A Dodge has never won at Infineon Raceway or Watkins Glen.
Starting from the Top 10 is the place to be
The three longest top-10 starting streaks of active drivers at Infineon Raceway:
Jeff Gordon has 10 top-10 starts in 11 races at Infineon Raceway. All of Gordon's top-10 starts have occurred in the last 10 races there.
Tony Stewart has started from the top-10 in all five of his races there.
Rusty Wallace has also started from the top-10 in his last five races at Infineon Raceway.
Don't Start Outside the Top 15
Thirteen of the 15 races at Infineon Raceway have been won from a seventh-place or better starting position. The lowest that a race
winner has started there is 13th by Davey Allison in 1991.
The Bud Pole Winner at Infineon Raceway
The Bud Pole winner at Infineon Raceway has finished sixth or better in all but one race.
Race Winners Galore
There have been four different race winners in the last four races at Infineon Raceway.
Ricky Rudd leads all active drivers with four Bud Poles in 15 races at Infineon Raceway.
Jeff Gordon scored three victories at Infineon Raceway, the most among active drivers.
Ricky Rudd scored nine top-five finishes at Infineon Raceway, the most among active drivers.
Mark Martin has scored 12 top-10 finishes at Infineon Raceway, the most among active drivers.
Tony Stewart has scored five straight top-15 finishes at Infineon Raceway, the longest current streak of any driver there.
Rusty Wallace has led in eight of the 15 races at Infineon Raceway, the most among drivers.
Starting and Finishing Up Front at Infineon Raceway
Tony Stewart has a 4.0 average start and an 8.0 average finish in five races at Infineon Raceway. Jeff Gordon has a 5.0 average start and a
9.45 average finish in 11 races at Infineon Raceway. They are the only active drivers to have a average start and finish of 10th or better.
Leading The Way at Infineon Raceway
Jeff Gordon has led 296 laps in 11 races at Infineon Raceway, the most among all drivers. Mark Martin ranks second behind Gordon. He has led 160 laps in 15 races at Infineon Raceway.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. has a 21.75 average finish in eight races on road courses. His best finish at Infineon is 11th in 2003. He scored his
first top-10 finish on a road course in 2003 at Watkins Glen where he finished third.
All-Time Road-course Standouts
Jeff Gordon leads all drivers with seven career road-course victories in 22 races on road courses.
Darrell Waltrip scored nine Bud Poles in 53 races on road courses during his career. That record for most road-course Bud Poles still stands. Terry Labonte has scored eight Bud Poles in 52 road-course races, the most among active drivers.
Dale Earnhardt scored 31 top-10 finishes in 47 career road-course races, the most among all drivers. Mark Martin leads all active drivers with 29 top-10 finishes in 35 career road-course races.
Leading The Way in 2004
Jimmie Johnson is the only driver to lead at least one lap in 12 of the 15 races in 2004.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(6-21-2004)
- NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Returns for Dodge/Save Mart 350, June 25-27
What: The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series will make its 16th consecutive appearance at Infineon Raceway in 2004 for the Dodge/Save Mart 350. This is one of just two road-course events on the 36-race NASCAR schedule. The weekend is presented by Snap-on Tools.
When: June 25-27. The Dodge/Save Mart 350 is the 16th race on the 36-race NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series schedule in 2004.
Where: Infineon Raceway, Highways 37 and 121, Sonoma, Calif. 95476 (800-870-RACE or www.infineonraceway.com.
Circuit: Infineon Raceway is a 10-turn, 1.99-mile road course for all NASCAR-sanctioned events.
What's new? The road course was repaved in August, which should lead to faster lap times and more passing. Jamie McMurray (Texaco Havoline Dodge) posted the fastest time ever recorded for a stock car on the road course during a two-day NASCAR test session in April, turning the 1.99-mile course in 1 minute, 15 seconds. That bettered the official track record of 1:16.522 set by Boris Said, who sat on the pole in 2003. Increased runoff (more than 120 feet) has been created at Turn 1, and the bridge at Turn 1 has been replaced and moved nearly 100 feet closer to Turn 2. A new Medical & Care Center, as well as four additional garages, have also been constructed in the paddock. The raceway now features 44 permanent competitor garages.
Race Length: The Dodge/Save Mart 350 is measured in kilometers. The race distance is 218.9 miles or 110 laps around the 1.99-mile road course.
Entries: Forty-seven drivers attempted to qualify for last year's Dodge/Save Mart 350 starting field. The starting field in 2004 will
feature 43 cars. It will be the largest grid of any feature automobile race at Infineon Raceway.
What To Expect: Robby Gordon returns as the defending Dodge/Save Mart 350 champion. Gordon also won at the other NASCAR road course event in 2003 (Watkins Glen, NY). ... Gordon will return to battle against Jeff Gordon (no relation), who has dominated at Infineon Raceway in recent years, winning three of the last six events (1998-2000). Jeff Gordon's three victories are a NASCAR record at Infineon Raceway. ... Two-time winners at Infineon Raceway include Rusty Wallace (1990, '96), Ernie Irvan (1992, '94) and Ricky Rudd (1989, 2002). ... Defending NEXTEL Cup champion Matt Kenseth achieved his best finish at a road course in 2003 (14th).... Road-course specialists had some of their best finishes at Infineon Raceway in 2003, when Boris Said claimed the pole and finished sixth. Specialist Ron Fellows qualified third and finished seventh. Fellows will not compete in 2004 because of a prior racing commitment....In 2003, Kevin Harvick claimed victory in Saturday's NASCAR AutoZone Southwest Series main event and had his best NEXTEL Cup road-course finish (3rd).
Support Series: The weekend will also feature racing in the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest Series with the Snap-on Tools 200, and the Motorock Trans-Am Tour will return for a second consecutive year. The Southwest Series event is the seventh race on the series' 14-race schedule in 2004. Track action begins Friday with practice and qualifying sessions. The Snap-on Tools 200 will be featured on Saturday, June 26, at 1 p.m. (PDT). For Trans-Am, it will be the third stop on the 2004 Motorock Trans-Am Tour schedule. Trans-Am will take to the track on Saturday for practice and qualifying, with the 99.5-mile feature race scheduled to start 30 minutes after the completion of Sunday's Dodge/Save Mart 350.
In Addition: NASCAR fans of all types will find something to enjoy during the Dodge/Save Mart 350 weekend. Saturday will focus on families with the return of Levi Strauss Signature(tm) KidsFaire. Whether it's bounce houses, watching a high-flying trapeze or listening to great music, the Save Mart Family Area will be the hot-spot for kids. This non-alcoholic area is located beneath the lap leaderboard on the road course at Turn 1.... On Sunday, fans can leave the driving to someone else with the return of the "Ride the Bus" program. This program allows fans to park at one of four pick-up locations and ride a bus to the raceway. The $125 package includes: A reserved seat for Sunday's race, transportation to/from the raceway in an air-conditioned bus, complimentary soft drinks aboard the bus, race program and a souvenir memorabilia item. For pickup locations, please visit www.infineonraceway.com.... Fans can bid on one-of-a-kind signed
racing memorabilia at the 2nd annual Race-n-Rock Charity Auction on Sunday at 10 a.m. The event will take place in Winner's Circle,
adjacent to the main grandstand, and will feature both a silent and live auction.
Chase for the Championship: Drivers will be competing for more than just a win at this year's Dodge/Save Mart 350. They'll also be looking to add to their championship points and secure their position in the "Chase for the Championship." For 2004, NASCAR NEXTEL Cup has instituted a system that will allow all drivers in the NASCAR Top 10 and any others within 400 points of the leader to earn a berth in the "Chase for the Championship" following the 26th race of the season. All drivers in the chase will have their point totals adjusted. The first-place driver in the standings will begin the chase with 5,050 points; the second-place driver will start with 5,045, etc. Incremental five-point drops will continue through the list of title contenders. The driver with the most points at the end of the final 10 races will become the NEXTEL Cup Series Champion.
Friday - Taco Bell Pole Qualifying for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, 3 p.m., SPEED; Trackside Live, 5 p.m., SPEED.
Saturday - Pit Bull, 3 p.m., SPEED; NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Happy Hour for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, 3:30 p.m., FX.
Sunday - Dodge/Save Mart 350 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, 1 p.m., Fox Sports. ALL TIMES PDT.
(Infineon Raceway PR)(6-23-2004)
- 'Ride the Bus' Program Returns to Infineon Raceway: Infineon Raceway's "Ride the Bus" program was so successful at last year's Dodge/Save Mart 350 NASCAR weekend that the operation has expanded for 2004 to include Diablo Valley College in the East Bay - at no additional cost. Why hassle with the stress of driving to the raceway for the biggest sporting event of the year in Northern California when you can Ride the Bus? Nearly 2,000 race fans opted to Ride the Bus last year and came away with glowing reviews. The program has expanded to include four pickup locations, but the cost is exactly the same: $125. Pickup locations include Solano Community College (Solano County); Sonoma State University (Sonoma County); Fireman's Fund in Novato (Marin County); and the newest
location at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill (Contra Costa County).
The $125 package includes:
* A premium reserved seat for Sunday's race.
* Transportation to/from the raceway in an air-conditioned bus.
* Complimentary soft drinks aboard the bus.
* Commemorative race program.
* Souvenir memorabilia item.
Be sure not to miss out on the program for this year's race. Even if you already purchased a race ticket, you can add the Ride the Bus
option for an additional $35. For more information on the Ride the Bus program, call 800-870-RACE.(Infineon Raceway PR)(6-23-2004)
- Kids Have Place All Their Own at Infineon Raceway: There will be more than just thrilling NASCAR NEXTEL Cup racing to keep the kids busy at the Dodge/Save Mart 350 event, as Infineon Raceway will host Levi Strauss Signature(tm) Kidsfaire on Saturday, June 26. This marks the second consecutive year that kids will have a place all their own during the race weekend. Whether it's bounce houses, watching a high-flying trapeze or listening to great music, the Save Mart Family Area will be the hot-spot for kids on Saturday of race weekend. This non-alcoholic, non-smoking area is located beneath the lap leaderboard at Turn 1. Moreover, the first 2,000 children who bring a used children's book will also receive a prize bag. Plus, admission to KidsFaire is just $5 for kids 12-and-under and the area opens at 9 a.m. (PDT). All books collected during the day will be donated to children who need literacy support. Below are some of the great activities planned for Levi Strauss Signature(tm) Kidsfaire:
* Go Interactive: This 20-screen motor-sports themed interactive game zone will allow kids to test their skills with the latest in
* Plant it! Pavilion: Kids will test their "green thumb" in this garden area. Plus, they'll be able to take the plants home.
* Craft City: Everything from clay to canvas, beads to brushes and paint to plaster will be available to make a unique souvenir from your
day at the races.
* Character Central: An up-close look at some of the world's most popular children's characters, including Spider-Man.
* Jumping Jamboree: The jumping jamboree will feature the biggest and best bounce houses.
* Main Stage Entertainment: Television/ music star Lalaine brings her high-energy concert to Kidsfaire. Lalaine, known as Miranda on the hit television series, "Lizzie McGuire," was named one of Teen People's "20 Teens Who Will Change the World." Other performers
include The Ragg's Kids Club and Mac 7.
* NASCAR Autograph Session: There will be a NASCAR driver autograph session strictly for children, beginning tentatively at 12:30 p.m. (PDT).(Infineon Raceway PR)(6-23-2004)
- Grateful Dead's Bob Weir to Sing National Anthem at Infineon: Legendary singer/songwriter Bob Weir will sing the national anthem at Infineon Raceway for the Dodge/Save Mart 350 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup event, June 27. Weir is best known for forming one of the Bay Area's most legendary musical groups, the Grateful Dead, which also featured the late Jerry Garcia. Weir secured his place in history as co-vocalist and guitarist for the Grateful Dead, with such classics as "Truckin," "Sugar Magnolia" and "American Beauty." The group, which was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, was formed in 1965 and still tours to this day. Weir, who was born in San Francisco in 1947, also plays with his current band, RatDog. Weir has also performed the national anthem for the San Francisco Giants and Oakland Raiders. Most recently, Weir released a two-CD retrospective on his legendary career entitled "Weir Here" in March. The package includes 26 songs he has recorded over the past 33 years, both in concert and in the studio.(Infineon Raceway PR)(6-15-2004)
- Smothers Brothers Grand Marshalls for Dodge/Save Mart 350: Comedy legends, the Smothers Brothers, have been named Grand Marshalls for the Dodge/Save Mart 350 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup weekend at Infineon Raceway, June 25-27. Tom and Dick Smothers, who hosted their own primetime comedy series for more than four decades, have appeared on numerous television shows and were recently inducted into the Hollywood Bowl of Fame. They were also named one of the 50 top icons by CBS-TV. "I'm really excited to be Grand Marshall with Tom at the Dodge/Save Mart 350," said Dick Smothers. "Coming to Infineon Raceway brings back wonderful memories of my racing days. I raced there twice and this will be like a homecoming."
"As a longtime resident of the Sonoma Valley and a winery owner, I'm really excited about being the Grand Marshall," added Tom Smothers. "Plus, Dick says it's much more exciting than being Grand Marshall at the annual Asparagus Festival in Salinas in 1972." The duo was honored with the 2003 Freedom of Expression Award and received honorary doctorate degrees from their alma mater, San Jose
State University. Tom and Dick will be honored during race weekend at the annual Grand Marshall's Banquet, presented by The Raceway
Builders, on Friday, June 25, at beautiful Cline Cellars in Sonoma. Tom, wife Marcy and their children are long-time residents of the
Sonoma Valley and also owners of Remick Ridge Vineyards and Smothers Winery in Kenwood.(Infineon Raceway PR)(6-13-2004)
- Infineon Raceway Ready to Unveil New Medical & Care Center at Dodge/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Weekend: Infineon Raceway has completed work on an 8,850-square foot multi-use building, which is highlighted by a new Medical & Care Center. The new Care Center, which was unveiled in May and will be operational for the Dodge/Save Mart 350 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup weekend, June 25-27, includes two large examination rooms, a family waiting room and several beds for treatment and recovery. The 2,200-square foot Medical & Care Center will operate under the supervision of the raceway's new medical director, Dr. Brian Schmidt. Schmidt, a 20-year veteran physician, is the director of trauma at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. In addition to the Care Center, the multi-use building, which is
located in the main paddock, also features a tire storage and distribution facility; driver's meeting room; fire and safety storage area; Safety-Kleen Center for oil collection and recycling; and four additional competitor garages. That will bring the total number of permanent garages to 44, enough to accommodate a 43-car starting grid for the Dodge/Save Mart 350. The new building will also feature additional permanent restrooms and showers. The $700,000 project continues Infineon Raceway's four-year modernization plan, which began in September, 2000, and has transformed the facility into one of the premier motor sports and entertainment venues in the country.(Infineon Raceway PR)(5-27-2004)
- Multiple-Event Terrorism Drill a Success at Infineon Raceway: Sonoma and Marin County Fire Training Officers came together on Saturday at Infineon Raceway for the largest-ever two-county terrorism drill in Northern California. The Mutual Aid Drill (MAD) simulated a multiple-event terrorism incident and involved nearly 400 responders from law, fire, emergency medical services, hazardous materials, and a multitude of other agencies from Marin and Sonoma counties. There were more than 40 agencies (local, county, state and federal) involved, in all. The "mock disaster" began at 1 p.m., when a chemical agent was released in the south end of the main grandstand at Infineon Raceway, the largest motor sports and entertainment venue in the North Bay. The 400 responders from Marin and Sonoma counties then went into action to diffuse the situation. The objective of the exercise was to test and improve unified command for both Marin and Sonoma counties in the event of a catastrophic incident involving Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD).
"The purpose of this training was to identify any weaknesses in our Weapons of Mass Destruction response plan, and this allowed us to
improve on that plan in all areas, from quicker response times to faster security of the areas," said JW Seely, captain with Sonoma County Emergency Services. In addition to the nearly 400 responders and more than 40 agencies, the exercise also featured:
* Latest in terrorism preparedness and response.
* Four hours of participant training prior to the exercise (8a.m.-noon).
* Three Hazardous Materials Teams and the 95th Civil Support Team (WMD).
* Fifty victims simulating various types of injuries.
* Utilization of new equipment from Homeland Security Grants
(i.e. - New Sonoma County Incident Command Vehicle).(Infineon Raceway PR)(5-8-2004)
- Work Begins on New Turn 1 Bridge at Infineon Raceway: Infineon Raceway has begun work on a new bridge at Turn 1 that will not only help with pedestrian traffic flow, but also make for a much safer circuit for all competitors on the twisting road course. The bridge is tentatively planned to be unveiled at the Kawasaki AMA Superbike Showdown, presented by Cycle Gear, April 30-May 2. The new bridge will span 180 feet and will be positioned closer to Turn 2. The new location will create an additional 120 feet of runoff at Turn 1, and remove the old bridge abutments from the runoff area in Turn 1. The new bridge will have ramps instead of stairs, which will create for smoother pedestrian flow, and feature an enclosed metal framework, a big improvement from the old wooden bridge that spanned the area for many years. Grading for the new abutments has already been completed and footings for the bridge have been poured. The bridge is being built in Alabama and should arrive at Infineon Raceway in mid-April. Raceway officials have also announced that the Turn 6 bridge (Carousel), which was taken down two months ago, will not be replaced. This will afford race fans better sightlines of the road course and give competitors more runoff in that area.(Infineon Raceway PR)(3-16-2004)
- Infineon Raceway Continues Modernization: Infineon Raceway has begun work on an 8,850-square foot multi-use building, which will include a new Medical & Care Center that will be operational for the 2004 motor racing season. The structure, which will be located in the main paddock, will include a Medical & Care Center; tire storage and distribution facility; driver's meeting room; fire and safety storage area; Safety-Kleen Center for oil collection and recycling; and four additional competitor garages. That will bring the total number of permanent garages to 44, more than enough to accommodate a 43-car starting grid for the Dodge/Save Mart 350 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup event, June 25-27. The $700,000 project continues Infineon Raceway's four-year modernization plan, which began in September, 2000, and has transformed the facility into one of the premier motor sports and entertainment venues in the country. Other enhancements fans and competitors can expect in 2004 include a repaved road course and additional runoff at Turns 1 and 6, further enhancing driver/rider safety. Since 2000, Infineon Raceway has added runoff at virtually every turn on the twisting road course and spent more than $60 million in enhancements. The Medical & Care Center is the featured element of the new structure and will include a driver exam room, family waiting room, imaging facilities and several beds for both treatment and recovery. The new building will also feature additional permanent restrooms.(Infineon Raceway PR)(3-4-2004)
- Grading Completed at Turns 1, 6 on Road Course at Infineon Raceway; New Bridges Coming Soon: Construction crews have just completed work on two critical areas of the road course designed to increase competitor safety at Infineon Raceway. The hillsides at Turns 1 and 6 have been graded substantially, providing dramatically increased runoff for competitors. There is now more than 120 feet of runoff at Turn 1, and 80 feet of runoff at Turn 6. The newly shaved slopes have been hydro-seeded to aid in erosion control and stabilization. The old, wooden bridges at Turns 1 and 6 have also been removed and will be replaced by bridges with a sturdy metal framework and ramps to provide easier fan access. The bridges should be erected by March. The new Turn 1 bridge will be 70 feet longer and will be constructed approximately 100 feet closer to Turn 2. The new positioning will remove the bridge abutment from the runoff area. The Turn 6 bridge, meanwhile, will continue to overlook the Carousel, however its abutment will also be removed from the runoff area. Both redesigns will further enhance competitor safety. This marks the second major off-season project at Infineon Raceway as the road course was repaved in August. As part of the repaving, more than 3,000 feet of French Edge Drains were installed to keep water from draining under the track surface — the raceway is just 15 feet above sea level. Curbing was also added at Turns 2, 6, 8 and 10. Portions of the road course that were repaved included Turns 1-3, 6-8 and 11. Turns 4-5, 9-10, 12 and the Chute were repaved prior to the 2003 season.(Infineon Raceway)(11-20-2003)
- More Consruction at Infineon Raceway: Competitor safety continues to be the central theme at Infineon Raceway as crews begin work this week on two areas of the twisting road course. The bridges at Turns 1 and 6 (Carousel) will be removed, and the adjoining hillsides will be graded back to create additional runoff for both racecars and motorcycles. Once the grading is complete, new bridges will be installed, with the Turn 1 bridge being moved west toward Turn 2 by approximately 100 feet. Although this portion of the project has been planned for several years, it entails the demolition of the raceway's original wastewater treatment facility, work that could not be performed prior to activating the track's new waste water facilities earlier this year. The grading of the hillside at Turn 1 will give competitors approximately 130 feet of runoff, which is 100 more than they currently have. Moreover, the bridge abutment at Turn 1 should no longer be a factor once the new bridge is built and positioned 100 feet up the track. An additional 80 feet of runoff will be created at Turn 6 by grading the hillside. The new bridge will be positioned in the same spot, overlooking the Carousel, but will obviously be much longer, taking the abutment out of play. This marks the second major off-season project at Infineon Raceway as the road course was repaved in August. As part of the repaving, more than 3,000 feet of French Edge Drains were installed to keep water from draining under the track surface — the raceway is just 15 feet above sea level. Curbing was also added at Turns 2, 6, 8 and 10. Portions of the road course that were repaved included Turns 1-3, 6-8 and 11. Turns 4-5, 9-10, 12 and the Chute were repaved prior to the 2003 season.(Infineon Raceway PR)(10-6-2003)
- Infineon Raceway completes repaving: One of the final pieces of a comprehensive modernization project has been completed at Infineon Raceway with the repaving of the 12-turn, 2.52-mile road course. The new race surface will be used for this first time on Friday, Aug. 22, with a test session for this weekend's San Francisco Region of the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) event. The facility had been closed since Aug. 4. The $1 million project included repairing and stabilizing existing pavement, adding new drainage and repaving portions of the road course that had not been resurfaced over the last two years. This marks the first time the surface has been repaved since 1986. Portions of the road course that were repaved included Turns 1-3, 6-8 and 11. More than 3,000 feet of French Edge Drains were also installed to keep water from draining under the track ” the raceway is just 15 feet above sea level and is based at the bottom of a mountain range that borders the Sonoma Valley. Moreover, additional curbing was added at Turns 2, 6, 8 and 10. The track was resurfaced with 5,400 tons of polymer-modified asphalt that is designed to withstand the heavy usage at Infineon Raceway. Turns 4-5, 9-10, 12 and the Chute were repaved prior to the 2003 season.(Infineon Raceway PR)(8-20-2003)
- Road races to return: Despite growing complaints about the working conditions and overall appearance of facilities at Watkins Glen, Mike Helton said the Glen and Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., will appear on the 2004 Winston Cup schedule. Helton said he would like to announce the full schedule before the end of the month. "The road courses will return on the schedule next year," said Helton, who added that officials with the sanctioning body had spoken with Watkins Glen president Craig Rust about "some things we feel aren't up to Winston Cup quality."(Fort Worth Star Telagram)(8-11-2003)
- Infineon Raceway to Repave: Infineon Raceway, in Sonoma, CA, will close for nearly three weeks in August to repave the 12-turn, 2.52-mile road course. Repaving will begin immediately following the NHRA FRAM Autolite Nationals on Monday, Aug. 4 and is expected to be completed by Aug. 20. The $1 million project will include repairing and stabilizing the existing pavement, adding new drainage to eliminate seepage problems and repaving those portions of the road course that have not been resurfaced over the last two years. The track will be resurfaced with polymer-modified asphalt that is designed to withstand the constant usage. Infineon Raceway features 340 days of on-track activity each year. Segments of track already repaved over the last two years. Turns 4-5, 9-10, 12-1 and " the Chute ” will not be repaved. The track repaving comes on the heels of the extensive three-year modernization plan that has transformed the facility into one of the premier road-racing, drag-strip and entertainment venues in the country.. Some of the improved amenities fans have experienced include a new permanent grandstand at start/finish, hillside terraces around the perimeter of the raceway, underground pedestrian tunnels, a 16-turn go-kart facility, a new system of shuttle roads and a new drag strip, complete with a 660-foot concrete launch pad and permanent separation of the road course from the drag strip. There have also been several safety improvements, including increased runoff at virtually every turn, and pit stalls to accommodate a 43-car starting grid.(Infineon Raceway PR)(7-28-2003)
- Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Infineon Raceway
- Cameron making a Cup run at Sonoma: Bill McAnally Racing with driver Austin Cameron will be heading to Infineon Speedway in Sonoma, California for the “Dodge/Save Mart 350”. Cameron will be piloting the #61 McMillin Homes/NAPA Auto Care Chevrolet. The BMR pit crew has been working hard and will have the opportunity to warm up by servicing the #0 NASCAR Elite Division Southwest Tour car of Jim Inglebright on Saturday as Inglebright goes for his fourth win at Infineon Speedway in the series. For more information on Bill McAnally Racing, check outr their website at www.billmcanallyracing.com.(RacingWest)(6-23-2004)
- Road Course Specialists at Sonoma:
#30-Jim Inglebright, RCR AOL Chevy - Blaney sits out
#36-Boris Said, 3rd MB2 Motorsports team
#39-Scott Pruett, 4th Ganassi team
#50-P.J. Jones, Arnold Motorsports
#59-Klaus Graf in a 2nd BAM Racing Dodge
Ron Fellows will NOT race at Sonoma
- Morgan-McClure to skip Infineon Raceway race: #4 Morgan-McClure driver, Jimmy Spencer, says the team will not run a car at the road course at Infineon Raceway next week [June 27th]. The unsponsored team has ran in all the races so far in the 2004 Nextel Cup season, but is 36th in owners points. Spencer said that lack of sponsorship led to the decision. Team owner Larry McClure said a deal to put Johnny Miller [who ran the car last year at Infineon] in the car couldn't be worked out. McClure said he is still talking to potential sponsors, but says the team needs a few decent runs to help seal the deal.(NASCAR Scene Magazine - need sub to read online)(6-18-2004)
- Jim Inglebright to Drive #30 AOL Chevrolet in Sonoma: Due to a conflict in driver Johnny Sauter's NASCAR NEXTEL Series and Busch Series schedules, Richard Childress Racing (RCR) team owner Richard Childress has named Southwest Series driver Jim Inglebright to pilot the #30 AOL Chevrolet for the June 27 Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway. Inglebright, 43, a regular on the NASCAR Elite Division, Southwest Series, has eight wins in 96 starts, including three straight victories at Infinion Raceway (2000-2002). He finished fourth in the 2003 event. He also ran a limited Craftsman Truck Series schedule during the 2000 and 2001 seasons, posting one top-ten finish in 17 starts. "We're disappointed Johnny couldn't run Infineon due to the Busch race weekend in Milwaukee, which is Kleenex's, his Busch team's sponsor's, hometown," said Childress. "We decided to put Jim Inglebright in the AOL Chevrolet for that race and are confident he will do a great job for us. Jim has the aggressive driving style I like and he definitely knows his way around Infineon, his track record speaks for itself." Sauter will remain the full-time driver of the #30 AOL Chevrolet and will return to the seat for the July 3 Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway. "I am honored to get the opportunity to drive the AOL Chevrolet for Richard Childress," said Inglebright, the Fairfield, Calif., native who will also compete in the Southwest Series event at Infineon Raceway. "Driving in the Nextel Cup Series has always been a goal of mine. What better way to reach my goal than to drive for Richard Childress and AOL at Infineon Raceway." Inglebright will test the #30 AOL Chevrolet at Infineon Raceway Tuesday, June 8, in preparation for the Dodge-SaveMart 350. "AOL is excited to have a driver of Jim Inglebright's status in the seat of the AOL Chevrolet for the road-course event at Infineon Raceway," said JD Ettore, AOL Director National Promotions & Sponsorship. "Jim is a very well respected driver and with him we know we have a great shot at winning."(RCR PR)(6-4-2004)
- Boris Said gets sponsor for Sonoma race: Centrix Financial, LLC, the Official Auto Finance Company of NASCAR, today announced an agreement to serve as an associate sponsor for the MB2/MBV Motorsports #01 and #10 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup cars, driven by Joe Nemechek and Scott Riggs, respectively. The association will begin at this weekend's Auto Club 500 race at California Speedway in Fontana. Centrix Financial also announced that it will serve as primary sponsor of a third MB2/MBV Chevrolet, to be driven by road-racing specialist Boris Said, June 27 in the Nextel Cup race at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., and at an additional Cup race to be determined. The sponsorship arrangement comes three weeks after CENTRIX Financial announced its official NASCAR sponsorship status.(MB2/MBV Motorsports PR), Said will run the #36, which is still owned by MB2/MBV Motorsports.(5-1-2004)
- 2nd Team for BAM? road courses UPDATE 3: BAM Racing, which owns the Nextel Cup #49 Schwan's Dodge of Missouri driver Ken Schrader, will soon add a second car to its team. Eddie Jones, the team's general manager, said the team will field a second car for both road races this year and perhaps for five other races. He said the team is close to a deal with a sponsor for the second car and have a deal with a driver whom he would not name. “Hopefully, within the next six weeks we'll have more definite news on the second team,” Jones said. He did say the driver was a 32-year-old who is not currently driving stock cars.(Kansas City Star)(4-4-2004)
UPDATE: hearing the driver is Klaus Graf of Germany, a sports car driver who is entered by BAM Racing in the ARCA Race at Nashville Superspeedway this weekend.(4-5-2004)
UPDATE 2: NASCAR Radio - XM Satellite Channel 144 reports that BAM Racing says they plan to run the two road course races at Infineon Raceway and Watkins Glen and while they wouldn't say who would drive, Klaus Graf is a driver under consideration.(4-7-2004)
UPDATE 3: Trained for the highly-technical world of Formula One racing, Klaus Graf has instead found a home with the traditional bodies and carbureted engines of NASCAR stock cars. Graf will run at least two NASCAR Nextel Cup stock car races this year, beginning with the June 27 race at Infineon Raceway at Sonoma, CA. BAM Racing, which fields the #49 Schwan's Home Service Dodges of driver Ken Schrader, will run Graf in up to seven races in 2004. Graf will join Schrader, who is running the full NASCAR Nextel Cup schedule. Graf, 32, is the first German-born driver to compete in NASCAR's top series. He lives in Dornhan, which is in Germany's Black Forrest region, and will eventually relocate to the United States. "Having a multi-car team has been part of our plan from the very beginning and bringing in a driver with the talents of Klaus Graf is the next step," said Beth Ann Morgenthau, owner of BAM Racing. "We're very excited with him joining us and with the future this presents all of us." Said Graf, "My dream all of my life is to compete among the best in motorsports. I am thrilled with the opportunity." Graf has tested with BAM at Virginia International Raceway and Kentucky Speedway, and was highly competitive in the Apr. 9 ARCA race at Nashville Superspeedway, where he finished third after leading late in the race - his first on an oval. He is scheduled to test at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, CA on Tuesday, May 27. Graf is the first driver professionally trained for Formula One racing by European automobile manufacturers to move into the NASCAR stock car racing world. He comes to NASCAR racing directly from the Porsche Michelin and Porsche Carrera Supercup series where he raced at Talimit Motorsport after a stint as test driver for McLaren. He ran Sportscar Prototype cars 1999-2001. Graf's career began with the Suzuki Swift Cup in 1990, followed by German Formula Ford Championship 1991-93; International German F3 Championship (1994-96), Porsche Carrera Cup (1997); and ISRS Endurance Championship (1998).(Williams Company PR), more info about Graf on his website at: klaus-graf.com(4-14-2004)
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