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THE RACE: The Toyota/Save Mart 350

Nextel Cup Race #16 of 36 for the 2007 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Sunday, June 24, 2007 in Sonoma, CA

  • Title Sponsor/Link: Toyota/Save Mart

  • Track: Infineon Raceway

  • TV: TNT 5:00pm/et

  • Allstate Countdown to Green: TNT - 4:30pm/et - with Bill Weber

  • NASCAR on TNT Live: TNT - 3:30pm/et - Marc Fein, host
  • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 5:10pm/et

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 2:30pm/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air: Thursday, June 28 at 3:00pm/et on SPEED and
    Thursday, June 28 at 8:00pm/et & Friday, June 29 at 12:00am/et on HD Net (High Def)

  • Announcers: Bill Weber, Wally Dallenbach Jr., Kyle Petty

  • Pit Reporters: Matt Yocum, Marty Snider, Ralph Sheheen, Lindsay Czarniak

  • TNT's Revolving Studio: Marc Fein and Larry McReynolds

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

  • Radio Coverage: This Week - MRN and Sirius

    Performance Racing Network (PRN)

    Sirius Satellite - NASCAR Radio

  • Purse/Race Awards: $5,477,835 (was $5,431,771 in 2006)


    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practice: Friday, June 22, 3:30 - 5:00pm/et TV-SPEED; and Saturday, June, 23, 12:00 - 12:50pm/et; TV-SPEED 1:00pm/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, June 23, 3:20 - 4:20pm/et on TV-SPEED


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, June 22, 2:30pm/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-43, Friday, June 22 at 7:05pm/et, TV-SPEED, re-air at 12:30am/et; AND live via radio at PRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio.

  • NEXTEL CUP EVENT SCHEDULE for this race

    NOTE: local time with is pacific, 3 hours behind ET

    FRIDAY, June 22
    6 a.m. Gates Open
    9:30 a.m.-10:20 a.m. Legends Practice
    11 a.m.-11:50 a.m. NASCAR Grand National West Practice
    Noon-1:30 p.m. Nextel Cup Practice
    1:40 p.m.-2:15 p.m. NASCAR Grand National West Practice
    2:25 p.m.-2:55 p.m. Legends Practice
    3:05 p.m.-3:55 p.m. NASCAR Grand National West Final Practice
    4:05 p.m. Ravenswood Winery Pole Day Nextel Cup Qualifying (One Lap, All Positions)

    Saturday, June 23
    6 a.m. Gates Open
    9 a.m.-9:50 a.m. Nextel Cup Practice
    10:05 a.m. NASCAR Grand National West Qualifying (Road Race Qualifying)
    12:20 p.m.-1:20 p.m. Slingbox Happy Hour Nextel Cup Final Practice
    1:30 p.m. NASCAR Grand National West Driver Introductions
    2:00 p.m. Blue Lizard Suncream 200, presented by Supercuts Grand National West Race (64 Laps)
    4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Legends Race (One Hour)

    Sunday, June 24
    6 a.m. Gates Open
    Noon-1:15 p.m. Pre-Race Activities
    1:30 p.m. Nextel Cup Driver Introductions
    2 p.m. Toyota/Save Mart 350 Nextel Cup Race (110 Laps)

    key
    NNCS = Nextel Cup Series
    NBS = NASCAR Busch Series
    NCTS = NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
    SUBJECT TO CHANGE


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

    Number of Tires: 2000

    Tire Code (all four tire positions): D-4110

    Tire Circumference: 88.6 in.

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

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

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 30-34 laps, based on fuel mileage.

    Notes: Infineon Raceway being a road course, Goodyear will have one tire code to be run at all four tire positions this weekend . . . this tire code (D-4110) was run on the right-side of Nextel Cup cars at Martinsville earlier this season . . . other than at the series' other road course at Watkins Glen, that is the only other track at which Cup teams are scheduled to run this code in 2007 . . . this is the first time Goodyear has brought this code for Nextel Cup teams to run at Infineon . . . as on all NASCAR road courses, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Infineon.


LOCAL NEWSPAPERS, WEATHER, TRACK/FAN INFO

Local Newspaper and other Sites that cover the Sonoma, CA Area:
Contra Costa Times
Frenso Bee
Inside Bay Area
Marin Independent Journal
Napa Valley Register
Sacramento Bee
San Jose Mercury News
San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisico Examiner
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Sonoma Index-Tribune
Vallejo Times Herald
Napa Valley Welcomes You
Sonoma.com
Alcatraz Official Web Page

by The Weather Channel
Accuweather
CNN
National Weather Service
Race Day Weather
Weather Underground

Track/Travel/Camping/Reviews/Info for Fans:
Infineon Raceway Review by ARS Racing
Laid Back Racing (lots of info)
Go RVing
RV USA

AREA DRIVER APPEARANCES:
any I know of are listed on my Driver Appearances/Chats page with info and links

Scanner Frequencies - sponsored by Racing Electronics:
see my Scanner Freq/Equipment Links Page

Satellite/Backhaul Listing's Links:
Satellite/Backhaul Listing's: Stutzman Computer Service/Sales - Racing Feed Locations
Gofastmotorsports.com


QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links

  • Montoya wins at Sonoma: #42-Juan Pabloe Montoya won the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway for his 1st ever Nextel Cup Series win in his 17th career start. The win adds Montoya to the 2008 All-Star race. Montoya led 7 of the 110 laps and won from the 32nd starting spot, the worst spot ever a driver has won a road course race on either of the current road course tracks:
    Infineon Raceway, it was 13th by Davey Allison in 1991
    Watkins Glen, it was 18th by Steve Park in 2000
    and even at Riverside which NASCAR ran fron 1959-1988, it was 12th by Geoffrey Bodine in 1984
    #7-Robby Gordon led the most laps at 48 and finished 16th. Pole sitter, #26-Jamie McMurray led 30 laps, but ran out of gas with 2 laps to do and finished 37th, one lap down. #29-Harvick finished 2nd, followed by #31-Burton, #07-Bowyer [2-3-4 by RCR], #16-Biffle, #20-Stewart, #24-Gordon [after starting 41st], #5-Busch, #60-Said and #11-Hamlin. It was the first win for Dodge in 2007 and since Charlotte in Oct. 2006. #00-P.J. Jones was the highest finishing Toyota at 12th. There were 7 cautions for 14 laps and 8 drivers lead the race with 11 lead changes.
    Race Results on my Sonoma Race Results/Awards Page.
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Sonoma page.(6-24-2007)

  • Unofficial Driver Points Top-12 Standings after Sonoma [16 of 36 races]:
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon 2538
    2) #11-Denny Hamlin 2267 -271
    3) #48-Jimmie Johnson 2172 -366
    4) #17-Matt Kenseth 2105 -433
    5) #31-Jeff Burton 2084 -454
    6) #20-Tony Stewart 2058 -480
    7) #99-Carl Edwards 2019 -519
    8) #29-Kevin Harvick 1964 -574
    9) #07-Clint Bowyer 1934 -604
    10) #5-Kyle Busch 1905 -633
    11) #1-Martin Truex Jr. 1863 -675
    12) #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 1815 -723
    some notables:
    #42-Montoya is 21st
    #9-Kahne is 26th
    For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points Page. (6-24-2007)

  • Rumblings - Sonoma Race Notes: Juan Pablo Montoya had just enough fuel left today at Infineon Raceway to take the Toyota/Save Mart 350 for his first-ever Nextel Cup victory. He becomes the 10th different winner this season, the 175th different winner in Cup history, and he's tied for 115th on the all-time win list. Win #6 for Chip Ganassi (but the first since 2002) was worth $310,600 for Montoya. Well, that in-race reporter thang sure got off to a rocky start, huh?
    Kevin Harvick (2nd) had his best finish since he won the Daytona 500 in February.
    Jeff Burton (3rd) had his best finish since he won at Texas in April.
    Clint Bowyer (4th) had his best finish since he was 3rd at California last September. I wonder if Richard Childress had visions of a 1-2-3 finish dancing in his head?
    Greg Biffle (5th) had his best finish since he was 5th at Bristol in March.
    Boris Said (9th) had his best finish since he was 4th at Daytona last July (only five races).
    P. J. Jones (12th) had his best finish since he was 4th at Watkins Glen in August of 2002!
    Elliott Sadler (14th) had his best finish since he was 14th at Las Vegas in March.
    Ron Fellows (15th) had his best finish since he was 8th here in June of 2005 (only four races).
    Dale Jarrett (26th) had his best finish since he was 22nd at Daytona in February,
    STREAKIN....Jeff Gordon has 11 Top-10's in the last 12 races. Tony Stewart has 6 Top-10's in the last 7 races. Denny Hamlin has 6 Top-10's in the last 7 races.
    This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is Jeff Gordon (+34), followed by Juan Pablo Montoya (+31), P. J. Jones (+31), Denny Hamlin (+26), Jimmie Johnson (+25), and Kevin Harvick (+20). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Jamie McMurray (-36), followed by Sterling Marlin (-23), Dave Blaney (-22), and Bobby Labonte (-20).
    Juan Pablo Montoya led a lap today for the first time in his Nextel Cup career. Ron Fellows led a lap today for the first time since he led twice for 21 circuits when we were here in June of 2003. We've now had 46 drivers lead a lap this season....last year we had 48.
    No change in the Top-5 this week. Jeff Gordon's lead over Denny Hamlin (pending the penalty we're expecting this week) is now 271. The best move forward in the points this week goes to Robby Gordon (29th to 24th), while Tony Raines (27th to 32nd) fell the most spots. Among drivers entered this week, Sterling Marlin (24th to 28th) took the negative award.(Stock Car Fans)(6-24-2007)

    RACE RUNDOWN

    (as I cover the race on my racepage every race, then correct after race)

  • The Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway:
    The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions, lucky dogs and some notes
    after 110 of 110 laps:

    car#, driver-manu, (starting spot)(laps led)
    #42-Montoya*-D (32)(7 laps led) +4.053 seconds lead
    #29-Harvick -C (22)
    #31-JBurton-C (6)
    #07-Bowyer-C (10)
    #16-Biffle-F (17)
    #20-Stewart-C (5)(5 laps led)
    #24-JGordon-C (41)
    #5-Busch-C (24)
    #60-Said-F (4)
    #11-Hamlin-C (36)(3 laps led)
    C=Chevy; D=Dodge; F=Ford; T=Toyota, *=rookie

  • Pit Selection Chart page at:
    FoxSports - Sonoma Pit Stall Selection

  • Cars on the lead lap: 32 (of 43 starters)

  • Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s 43,17,55,91,26,13

  • Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 45,41,22

  • Cars on the track: 41 (of 43 starters)

  • Off track/out of race (2) and reason:
    #14-Marlin (engine-out)
    #66-Green (accident-out)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (8 leaders with 11 lead changes):
    #7-Gordon (48);
    #26-McMurray (pole,30);
    #99-Edwards (12);
    #42-Montoya (7);
    #20-Stewart (6);
    #96-Fellows (3);
    #48-Johnson (3);
    #11-Hamlin (1);

  • Lap leaders: #26-McMurray - pole; #7-Gordon 1-34; #26-McMurray 35; #48-Johnson 36; #11-Hamlin 37-39; #20-Stewart 40; #96-Fellows 41-43; #99-Edwards 44-55; #7-Gordon 56-69; #20-Stewart 70-74; #26-McMurray 75-103; #42-Montoya 104-110;

    Cautions: 7 for 14 laps

    Caution 7 - Laps 68 - 69: #41-Sorenson spun in turn 7 and stalled on the track
    Caution 6 - Laps 57 - 58: #6-Ragan spun on the chute just before turn 10
    Caution 5 - Laps 54 - 55: #44-Jarrett was fighting with #70-Sauter for position and made contact, with Jarrett spinning around in turn 4 and stalling
    Caution 4 - Laps 44 - 45: Debris at the start/finish line
    Caution 3 - Laps 28 - 29: Debris on the track, a brake duct in turn 4, shown on TV
    Caution 2 - Laps 15 - 16: #14-Marlin slowed on the track, lost an engine and finally came to a stop in turn 8
    Caution 1 - Laps 3 - 4: in turn 11, #17-Kenseth, #45-Petty and #91-Goossens got together and all spun, Kenseh and Petty drove on, Goossens could not get restarted.

  • Who got a lap back on each caution? the Lucky Dog: (and their finish)
    Caution 7: #22-Blaney (still 12 laps down), 41st
    Caution 6: #44-Jarrett, 26th
    Caution 5: #22-Blaney (still 13 laps down), 41st
    Caution 4: #22-Blaney (still 12 laps down), 41st
    Caution 3: #91-Goossens, 36th
    Caution 2: none awarded ?
    Caution 1: no driver a lap or more down
    See past races, rules, news and who has used the most Lucky Dog passes on my
    Lucky Dog page.

  • Sonoma Penalty Report:
    Car#, Penalty, Reason, Issued
    1 #17 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 4
    2 #45 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 4
    3 #6 TE Rolling a tire(s) beyond the center of pit road 16
    4 #66 TE Excessive speed - Exiting pits 69
    PT - Pass through
    TE - Tail end of the longest line
    SG - Stop and Go
    OL - One lap
    ND - NASCAR discretion
    MCI - Must come into pits.(NASCAR Statistics)(6-24-2007)

  • RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
    ---- while running 2nd, #26-McMurray's car is sputtering and is running out of gas on lap 108
    ---- while running 4th, #99-Edwards ran out of gas on lap 107
    ---- on lap 100, #96-Fellows while running 9th, had to pit for fuel as he was not going to have enough to make it to the end
    ---- around lap 75, #17-Kenseth spun off course, recovered and drove on, then a lap later #13-Nemecheck spun again
    ---- on lap 75, #20-Stewart, while leading came in for his scheduled green flag pit stop, #26-McMurray assumes the lead
    ---- on lap 74, while running 2nd, #7-Gordon came in for his scheduled green flag pit stop, with no problems or errors, he is good to go the rest of the way
    ---- on lap 73, #1-Treux Jr. came in for his scheduled green flag pit stop, when he came out, he ran off course, but recovered
    ---- on lap 72, #8-Earnhardt Jr. made his scheduled green flag pit stop
    ---- many come in to pit during the 7th caution including #'s 5,31,26,43,99,60,00,88,66,2,38,07,96,40,45,13,70,17,55,6,42,29. #60-Said stalled and had to get pushed by his crew and lost a bunch of spots. #66-Green made contact with #70-Sauter [teammates] and has damage to the right front and has a tire rub. Green made a lap and by the time he made it back to the pits, he front right tire was on fire
    ---- expect the next round of green-flag pit stops to occur around laps 71-72
    ---- on lap 65, #41-Sorenseon spun and bounced off the wall, drove on, then spun out again a few turns later
    ---- around lap 62, #42-Montoya got into #2-Busch, spinning Busch in turn 11, causing Busch to loss many positions
    ---- on lap 61, #23-Leitzinger got off course and lost some spots
    ---- during the 5th caution #1-Truex Jr., #55-Labonte, #43-Labonte, #96-Fellows among others made pit stops
    ---- on lap 49 #9-Kahne and #43-Labonte made contact and Labonte spun, but drove on; then #13-Nemechek spun off turn 11 and came to rest against some blue tire barriers
    ---- during the 4th caution, #96-Fellows came in to pit while leading, #99-Edwards took over the lead. #66-Green among others came in pit
    ---- on lap 40 leader #11-Hamlin came in to pit, the next lap #20-Stewart who was leading came in
    ---- on lap 36, leader #26-McMurray among many others came in for scheduled pit stops, #48-Johnson takes the lead
    ---- on lap 35, the leader #7-Gordon made his first scheduled pit stop
    ---- on lap 34, #29-Harvick, #31-Burton, #1-Truex Jr., #55-Labonte came in for scheduled pit stops,
    ---- on lap 33, #8-Earnhardt Jr. came in for a scheduled pit stop, the first of the leaders to do so, 4 tires and gas
    ---- around lap 29, PRN radio reported that #11-Hamlin's shifter knob broke off and he is having a tough time shifting
    ---- during the 3rd caution, the leaders did not pit, #99-Edwards [11th at the time], #5-Busch, #40-Stremme, were among those who came in to pit.
    ---- on lap 24, #22-Blaney with electrical problems, came in to pit and changed batteries
    ---- on lap 16, #5-Busch locked up the brakes and spun in turn 11 and falls to the back
    ---- during the 2nd caution, 12 cars came in to pit, #96-Fellows who was running 9th, was the highest placed driver to come in. The top 5 did not, #7-Gordon, #8-Earnhardt Jr., #26-McMurray, #60-Said and #31-Burton. Also a tire got away from the crew of #6-Ragan, show he has to restart at the end of the longer line.
    ---- on lap 14 #24-Gordon made another pit stop for gas and tires
    ---- around lap 8 #18-Yeley came in to get gas, the next lap #20-Stewart came in to pit for gas.
    ---- during the 1st caution, #17-Kenseth and #45-Petty to get repairs, Kenseth twice, others who pitted include #24-Gordon, #48-Johnson, #25-Mears, #11-Hamlin, getting topped off with fuel, no tires
    ---- on lap 1, #20-Stewart went off in the 2nd turn and lost about 15 spots, didn't hit anything
    ---- green flag at 5:22pm/et
    ---- command to start engines at 5:08pm/et by Jerry Rice
    ---- National Anthem by Actress-Singer Emmy Rossum
    ---- To The Back [0]: none


  • Race Coverage of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway is scheduled for Sunday, June 24, 2007.
    TV: TNT in Hi-Def at 5:00pm/et [scheduled green flag around 2:10pm/et].
    Pre-Race Shows: NASCAR Raceday, SPEED, 2:30pm/et and TNT at 3:30pm/et
    Radio: PRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Jayski: on my Semi-Live Race Coverage/Narrative Page.
    Scheduled Race Re-Air: SPEED, Thursday, June 28 at 3:00pm/et and;
    Thursday, June 28 at 8:00pm/et & 12:00am/et on HDNET [high def broadcast]

  • Happy Hour Practice for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway is over, the fastest:
    #11-Hamlin 91.589
    #20-Stewart 91.567
    #7-Gordon 91.555 [after fixing suspension]
    #29-Harvick 91.479
    #19-Sadler 91.479
    slowest: #40-Stremme 89.596 & #13-Nemechek 89.822
    no speed: #99-Edwards, #6-Ragan
    Edwards and Ragan left to go race at Milwaukee and won't practice
    incidents: Late in the session, #18-Yeley slid off turn 10 and has some sheet metal damage; #24-Gordon spun around in turn 11 and ended up against the tires, just tapped the tires...not much damage noticed; #44-Jarrett spun, but hit nothing and drove on ok; #5-Busch drove off course, no damage; #7-Gordon went off track in the ees's with a possible broken right suspension;
    most laps run: #43-Labonte 29; #48-Johnson 25
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #96-Fellows, 90.890 [7th fastest], 11 laps run
    #2-Busch 90.800 [14th], 12 laps
    #29-Harvick, 90.670 [4th], 14 laps
    See speeds on the Sonoma Practice Speeds Page.(6-23-2007)

  • Saturday's First Practice for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway is over, the fastest:
    #42-Montoya 92.330
    #29-Harvick 92.197
    #24-Gordon 92.079 [missing Friday practice hurt?]
    #20-Stewart 91.996
    #96-Fellows 91.966
    slowest: #40-Stremme 90.231 & #38-Gilliland 90.294
    most laps run: #43-Labonte 24; #99-Edwards & #17-Kenseth 21
    notes: #24-Gordon [2nd fastest so far] and #48-Johnson [16th] are on the track practicing, with Gordon showing no problems after missing Friday's track action after being parked Friday for failing inspection.
    incidents: #6-Ragan spiun and stalled early in the session
    See speeds on the Sonoma Practice Speeds Page.(6-23-2007)

  • McMurray wins pole at Infineon Raceway: #26-Jamie McMurray won the Budweiser Pole for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway with a speed of 92.414mph for his 3rd career pole, his first since Pocono in July 2005, and the first pole for Ford since the Daytona 500 when #38-Gilliland won the pole. #7-Gordon qualified 2nd with the rest of the top-10 as follows: ##8-Earnhardt Jr., #60-Said [best of the non top-35 teams], #20-Stewart, #31-BUrton, #21-Elliott, #9-Kahne, #12-Newman and #07-Bowyer. Points leader #24-Gordon will start 41st after his car failed inspection on Friday as did #48-Johnson, who will start 42nd. The non-top 35 teams that made the race were: #60-Said, #21-Elliott, #44-Jarrett, #22-Blaney, #91-Goossens [first ever start for the new RDM Toyota team], #55-Labonte, #23-Leitzinger and #00-Jones [starts last as no past champ needed the spot, so it goes to the next fastest driver/team]. See the qualifying results, starting lineup, pole preogression and more on my Sonoma Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results/Order Page.(6-22-2007)

  • Nine do not qualify for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway: #15-Menard, #4-Burton, #37-Simo, #49-Graf, #84-Allmendinger, #10-Riggs, #83-Vickers, #02-Ash and #78-Wallace.(6-22-2007)

  • Ramblings - Infineon Raceway: If the penalty to the #8 car and crew chief was a shot across the bow, today NASCAR hit 'em broadside! Jeff Gordon & Jimmie Johnson (Hendrick Motorsport teammates) spent the day as spectators at Infineon Raceway after failing pre-practice inspection this morning and they were not allowed to practice or qualify. Hence, they'll start at the rear (41st and 42nd) for Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350. You gotta wonder why you schedule qualifying opposite the Truck Race. Should have been a no-brainer to start a half-hour earlier, push the CTS event back a half-hour....and everybody gets to see all the action. I'm betting the schedule planner is auditioning for a "gummit" job..... Oh, we had some action on the track too.....
    Jamie McMurray captured the Bud Pole today, and he's the 8th qualifier for next February's Budweiser Shootout at Daytona. This is Jamie Mac's 3rd career top spot....his last one came at Pocono in July of 2005.
    He'll be joined on the front row by Robby Gordon. This is his best starting spot since he had the outside pole when we were here in June of 2003.
    Boris Said (4th) has his best starting spot since he had the pole at Daytona last July (only five races).
    Tony Stewart (5th) has is best starting spot since he lined up 4th at Bristol in March.
    Bill Elliott (7th) has his best starting spot since he timed in 3rd at California in September of 2004!
    Ron Fellows (11th) has his best starting spot since he qualified 3rd when we were here in June of 2003 (only seven races).
    Dale Jarrett (16th) has his best starting spot since he had the outside pole at Talladega last October.
    Welcome Back Marc Goosens (21st). This will be his second Cup start, the first was at Watkins Glen last August when he started 27th and finished 43rd.
    Terry Labonte (25th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 24th at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May of 2006.
    Hello Butch Leitzinger (30th). He'll make his first Nextel Cup start on Sunday.
    (NOTE: Leotzinger has made 3 other Nextel Cup starts one each in 1994,1995,1996 all at Watkins Glen]
    Welcome Back P. J. Jones (43rd). His last Cup race was here last June when he started 15th and finished 36th.
    STREAKIN....Ryan Newman has 5 Top-10 starts in a row. Jeff Burton has 4 Top-10 starts in a row.(Stock Car Fans)(6-22-2007)

  • Sonoma Qualifying Notes:
    .. Jamie McMurray won the Bud Pole for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 with a lap of 77.521 seconds, 92.414 mph.
    .. This is his third career Bud Pole in 166 Nextel Cup races.
    .. It is his first Bud Pole on a road course and his second top-10 start in five races at Infineon – both on the front row. He started second and finished 18th in this race last year.
    .. McMurray has finished in the top-10 in two of his eight road-course races: second here in 2006 and third at Watkins Glen, also last season.
    .. Jeff Gordon holds the track qualifying record with a lap of 75.950 seconds, 94.325 mph - set on June 24, 2005.
    .. Robby Gordon qualified second with a lap of 77.533 seconds, 92.399 mph and will join McMurray on the front row. It is his fifth top-10 start in 10 Infineon races.
    .. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (third) tied his career-best road-course starting position set in 2004 at Watkins Glen. It is his second top-10 start at Infineon.
    .. Juan Pablo Montoya (32nd) was the highest qualifying rookie.
    .. Boris Said (fourth) was the fastest of the drivers required to make the field on time.
    .. Three foreign-born drivers made the field for the Toyota/Save Mart 350, tying the Nextel Cup standard for foreign-born participants: Ron Fellows (11th - Canada), Marc Goossens (21st - Belgium) and Montoya (Columbia). Seven previous races have had three, most recently this race in 2003.
    .. Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson did not take qualifying laps due to issues with technical inspection. Gordon had never started worse than 15th in his previous 14 races at Infineon. Johnson had just one top-10 start in his five Infineon races and recorded his best finish (fifth) from his second-worst start (34th) in 2004.(NASCAR Statistics)(6-22-2007)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway is scheduled for Friday, June 22, 2007 at 7:10pm/et.
    TV: SPEED - 7:00pm/et
    Radio: PRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Jayski.com: Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page.
    Qualifying Re-Air: 12:30am/et on SPEED

  • Qualifying Order List for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway is up, 52 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #40-Stremme is due out first on Friday, June 22 at 7:10pm/et on SPEED, last driver scheduled out is #42-Montoya. For the Qualifying order, see my Sonoma Qualifying Results/Order Page.(6-22-2007)

  • Friday's practice for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway is over, the results:
    #43-Labonte 92.392
    #7-Gordon 92.384
    #2-Busch 92.378
    #20-Stewart 92.370
    #26-McMurray 92.286
    slowest: #49-Graf 88.919 & #40-Stremme 89.024
    will NOT practice: #24-Gordon, #48-Johnson
    incidents: #60-Said spun; #20-Stewart went off course; #22-Blaney spun off turn 2; #11-Hamlin possible engine problem
    most laps run: #40-Stremme 30; #70-Sauter 23
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #2-Busch, 91.312 [3rd fastest], 9 laps run
    #9-Kahne 90.958 [10th], 12 laps
    #7-Gordon, 90.948 [2nd], 11 laps
    See the speeds, lap run on the Sonoma Practice Speeds Page.(6-22-2007)

  • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice? at Sonoma
    if things stay the same, these drivers would make the race:
    #21-Bill Elliott [PC], 11th
    #4-Ward Burton, 18th
    #22-Dave Blaney, 20th
    #15-Paul Menard, 21st
    #60-Boris Said, 25th
    #23-Butch Leitzinger, 26th
    #10-Scott Riggs, 28th
    #55-Terry Labonte [PC], 33rd
    if things stay the same, these drivers would miss the race:
    #44-Dale Jarrett, 34th
    #00-P.J. Jones, 39th
    #91-Marc Goossens, 40th
    #78-Kenny Wallace, 41st
    #83-Brian Vickers, 44th
    #02-Brandon Ash, 45th
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger, 46th
    #37-Brian Simo, 48th
    #49-Klaus Graf, 49th/last
    See the speeds, lap run on the Sonoma Practice Speeds Page.(6-22-2007)

  • #24 and #48 pulled from practice, qualifying after failing inspection: NASCAR officials announced that #24-Jeff Gordon [points leader] and #48- Jimmie Johnson [3rd in points] will not be allowed to practice or qualify Friday after their cars failed the initial morning inspection at Infineon Raceway. The front fenders on both the #24 Chevy of Gordon and the #48 Chevy of Johnson had front fenders that were too wide. The cars did not fit the template for a Car of Tomorrow entry. Both drivers will have to start at the rear of the field for Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 300 event on the 2-mile Infineon road course. Gordon, the season points leader, won at Infineon one year ago. His five victories at Sonoma are the most among active drivers. "Both teams have the opportunity to repair their primary cars and resubmit them for inspection," NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston said. "If they pass that inspection, they'll be allowed to practice on Saturday." Neither crew chief -- Steve Letarte for Gordon and Chad Knaus for Johnson -- has been suspended for this race. But additional penalties are likely for both drivers and crew chiefs next week. NASCAR officials have warned all teams that any violations involving the COT would results in severe punishment. The #8 Chevy team of driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. was penalized 100 points and crew chief Tony Eury Jr. was fined $100,000 when a pre-qualifying inspection at Darlington showed the brackets on the rear wing were modified out of regulation.(ESPN.com)(6-22-2007)

  • This will be the first test for the Car of Tomorrow on a road course. More info on the COT on my COT page.

  • Entry List for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway is up, 52 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    these drivers who need to get in on speed and are NOT in a 2007 Top-35 Owners Points Position:
    Driver changes: #96 Ron Fellows in for Tony Raines
    #55-Terry Labonte in for Michael Waltrip
    #00-P.J. Jones in for David Reutimann
    #49-Klaus Graf in for Mike Bliss
    #23-Butch Leitzinger in for #36-Mayfield
    Not in top 35 of 2007 owners points (2007 race attempts/owners pts standings in parens):
    #00-P.J. Jones (15 attempts/41st in 2007 owners pts)
    #02-Brandon Ash (1/59)
    #4-Ward Burton (14/43)
    #10-Scott Riggs (15/36)
    #15-Paul Menard (15/38)
    #21-Bill Elliott [Past Champ prov to use, 2nd in line](15/39)
    #22-Dave Blaney (15/37)
    #23-Butch Leitzinger (1/66)
    #36-will run #23 instead
    #37-Brian Simo (15/49)
    #44-Dale Jarrett [OUT of Champ Provs](15/42)
    #49-Klaus Graf (15/47)
    #60-Boris Said (2/50)
    #55-Terry Labonte [Past Champ prov to use, 1st in line](15/48)
    #78-Kenny Wallace (15/44)
    #83-Brian Vickers (won in 2006)(15/40)
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger (15/45)
    #91-Marc Goossens (0/0)
    withdrawn before event:
    #47-Marcos Ambrose (1/62)
    In the event that qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 83,44,55,21,10,22,15,00
    missing the race would be [9]: #'s 78,84,49,37,4,60,02,23,91
    See the full list at my Jayski's Sonoma Entry List
    (6-18/19-2007)

  • COT Pts: the top 12 in drivers pts in the six [of 16] COT races:
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon 1033 (2 wins)
    2) #11-Denny Hamlin 976
    3) #48-Jimmie Johnson 943 (2)
    4) #17-Matt Kenseth 869
    5) #5-Kyle Busch 840 (1)
    6) #99-Carl Edwards 826
    7) #07-Clint Bowyer 797
    8) #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 780
    9) #20-Tony Stewart 739
    10) #31-Jeff Burton 739
    11) #12-Ryan Newman 711
    12) #29-Kevin Harvick 710
    #1-Truex Jr. is 15th with a win
    the lowest pts pos for a driver who made all 6 races:
    36) #40-David Stremme 381
    37) #38-David Gilliland 330
    (6-4-2007)

  • Top-35 in Owners Points and a guaranteed starting spot at Sonoma are set:
    no team dropped out of the 35 or got into it, 35th and 36th are now 41pts apart
    the following drivers/teams are in the top-35 in owners points:
    32) #66-Green/Haas 1,263, +148
    33) #38-Gilliland/Yates 1,235, +120
    34) #88-Rudd/Yates 1,224, +109
    35) #70-Sauter/Haas 1,156, +41pts ahead of 36th
    these teams and drivers must qualify by speed:
    36) #10-Riggs/Evernham 1,115, -41pts out of 35th
    37) #22-Blaney/Bill Davis Racing 1,038 -118
    38) #15-Menard/DEI 1,004 -152
    39) #21-Elliott/Wood Bros 961 -195
    See Owners/Drivers Points standings page for full rundown.(6-17-2007)

  • Road Course Racers at Infineon Raceway, Fellows in #96 UPDATE Pruett a no go: Mastering the twists and turns of Infineon Raceway is no small task, especially for many of the regulars on the Nextel Cup Series, who only compete on two road courses each year. For that reason, the Toyota/Save Mart 350 usually attracts a number of road-course specialists. These drivers typically race on the two road courses each year, in Sonoma and Watkins Glen, and few other races on the NASCAR schedule. A specialist has never won a Nextel Cup race in Sonoma, but they have come awfully close. A few who will run at Sonoma, include:
    Marcos Ambrose: Ambrose runs full time in the Busch Series for Wood Brothers/JTG Racing, is scheduled to drive the #47 Aussie Vineyards Ford in Sonoma.
    Ron Fellows: Fellows has won at Infineon Raceway a number of times in his familiar Corvette in the American Le Mans Series, but his best NASCAR finish in Sonoma is seventh (2003). Supposedly Fellows will replace Tony Raines in the #96 HOF Racing/DLP Chevy.
    Klaus Graf: Graf will look to make his second NASCAR start at Infineon Raceway, replacing Mike Bliss in the #49 BAM Racing Dodge. Boris Said: Said is scheduled to run six 2007 Nextel Cup races, in his #60 Sobe No Fear Ford, Said started on the pole in 2003 and finished 6th twice (2003-04). Said has won at Infineon Raceway in other series, including the Craftsman Truck Series in 1998.
    Terry Labonte: will sub for Michael Waltrip in the #55 NAPA Toyota, P.J. Jones: will replace David Reutimann in the #00 MWR/Burger King Toyota. Jones has raced at Sonoma four times, including his last Nextel Cup race, last season. His best finish is 25th in 1993, he finished 26th in 2006.
    Marc Goossens: is scheduled to debut the #91 Riley-D'hondt Toyota at Sonoma, Goossens qualified the #90 Ford for RYR in 2006
    Brian Simo has made a few starts for different car owners at Sonoma, finishing 10th for RCR in the #33 in 2005 and is listed in the #37 Front Row Motorsports Dodge.
    Brandon Ash will attempt to make the race in his own #02 car.
    NOTES: Other road course drivers who could run at Sonoma: Tom Hubert [Bill Davis Racing, probably in the #36?], Chris Cook ran there in 2005 and is an insturctor at the track. Other drivers who have attempted to make the race there in the past few years include: John Borneman, III, Jose Luis Ramirez, Johnny Miller, Jim Inglebright [all four are scheduled to run the Grand National West Race there on Sat.] and Austin Cameron.(sources: Infineon Raceway PR, Jayski sources and research at Racing-reference.info)(6-17-2007)
    UPDATE: Road-racing specialist Scott Pruett won't run next weekend for car owner Chip Ganassi because of a scheduling conflict. Pruett is scheduled to run for Ganassi at Watkins Glen in August [doesn't say if a 4th team](Roanoke Times)(6-18-2007)

  • No Racing to the Caution Rule and Q&A/Lucky Dog

  • Jayski's - 2007 Nextel Cup Race Results Page

  • 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).

  • Determining Race Line-Ups - Top 35 Guarantee: At the start of the 2005 season, NASCAR instituted a new procedure for establishing the starting race field in the Nextel Cup Series [NNCS]. NASCAR revamped the system by simplifying the procedure with teams no longer accruing provisionals throughout the season to gain entry into the starting fields. While starting positions one through 42 in the NNCS still will be determined by qualifying speed, the new system will assure the highest-ranked 35 positions of the NNCS OWNER [not Driver] championship points that have entered the event prior to the entry deadline [usually 13 days before the day of the race] one of those starting positions in the field, providing they have made an attempt to qualify [which usually means the team at least practiced and made an effort to qualify].
    The remaining seven positions [36-42] will be assigned to those drivers with the fastest qualifying speeds whose car owners are not among the top 35. The final starting position [43rd] – the champion’s provisional – can be utilized by a car owner whose driver is a current or past Nextel Cup champion who participated as a driver during the current of previous season and was entered in the event for that owner in that car prior to the entry deadline.
    If there is more than one series champion vying for the position, it will be given to the most recent series champion. If the final provisional starting position – 43rd in the Nextel Cup – is not filled by a current or past series champion, it will be assigned to the next eligible car owner according to qualifying results.
    Through the first five races of the season for the Nextel Cup, the top 35 in the NNCS of the previous owner championship points entered in the event prior to the entry deadline will be assured one of the 42 starting positions in the field, provided they have made an attempt to qualify. From the sixth race on, the current owner championship points will be used to determine the top 35 each race week. In the event that conditions prevent qualifying from being run, starting positions will be assigned according to the respective series’ current Rule Book.(NASCAR PR)
    Simple: so the field is set by speed to where the 7th fastest non-top 35 driver is on speed. The any drivers in the top 35 of OWNERS [not drivers points] are placed to the 42nd spot. The 43rd spot is used for the most recent past Cup champion NOT already in the field from being in the top-35 in owners points or one of the seven no top-35. If their is not past champ for the 43rd spot, it goes to the next fastest [8th fastest driver]

  • What happens if qualifying gets rained out?

    After the 5th race of the season, the current season OWNERS points are used:
    #1) - First 35 by current Owner Points [position 1-35][top 35 teams do NOT need to attempt ALL the races]
    #2) - Last Years Cup Champ or the Event Champion if not already in the field
    #3) - Car Owners whose team has won in the previous and current season not already in the field
    #4) - Drivers who have won in the previous and current season not already in the field
    #5) - ALL Past Nextel Cup Champions not in by 1 thru 4 [is NOT charged against the 6 past champ provisionals]
    #6) - Qualifying Attempts [not starts] with Owners points as the tie breaker
    #7) - Qualifying Order Position
    (all above apply as long as the team was entered by the entry deadline - usually 7-13 days before the race)

  • Past Champions Limited To 6 Provisional Berths in Cup: NASCAR announced an update to the past champion’s provisional rule in the Nextel Cup Series for 2007. Beginning this season, a past champion’s provisional may be used by an eligible driver a maximum of six times over the course of the season. In addition, a team with a past champion eligible driver may only use this provisional a maximum of six times during a season. Previously, there was no limit on usage of the past champion’s provisional over the course of the 36-race season. The provisional gives the eligible driver the 43rd and final starting position in the race field. "As NASCAR seeks to place more emphasis on competition, we have decided the time is right to limit the number of provisionals allowed,” said NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton. “We believe this revision brings the provisional policy in line with the continued growth of the sport.”(NASCAR PR)
    This is only for a team/driver OUTSIDE the top-35 in owners points, drivers whose team is in the top-35 in owners points, would already be guaranteed in the field and not need the Past Champions Provisional.(1-31-2007)
    #44-Dale Jarrett, 1999 Champ, OUT of past champ provisonals
    #55-Terry Labonte, 1996 Champ, now 1st in line, has 6 to use
    #21-Bill Elliott, 1988 Champ, 2nd in line this week, has used 1, has 5 left to use
    See my 2007 Past Champions Provisional Page for more.(6-18-2007)


TRACK RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

  • June 2006 Race Winner: #24-Jeff Gordon, 73.953mph, started 11th

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

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

  • June 2006 Pole Sitter: #2-Kurt Busch, 93.055mph, finished 5th

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

  • Track Qualifying Record: Jeff Gordon, 6/24/05, 94.325mph (current layout)

  • 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

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Davey Allison, started 13th, 6/9/91

  • Most Wins: 5 - Jeff Gordon

  • Most Poles: 5 - Jeff Gordon

  • Most Top 5s: 10 - Ricky Rudd

  • Most Top 10s: 13 - Mark Martin

  • 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

  • Most Laps Led: 92, Jeff Gordon, 6/27/04

  • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 92, Jeff Gordon, 6/27/04

  • 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: 34, 6/26/05

  • Most Running at the Finish: 42, 5/5/96 and 6/26/05

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 32 - 5/16/93

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 9 - Chevy

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 5 [of 18 races]
  • Races won from starting pos 2: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 3: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 4: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 5: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 7: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 11: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 13: 1
  • Races won from the top 5: 12 of 18 - 66.7%
  • Races won from the top 10: 15 of 18 - 83.3%


    PAST RACE WINNERS at Infineon Raceway

    2006: Jeff Gordon(6), started 11th
    2005: Tony Stewart(2), started 7th
    2004: Jeff Gordon(5), started 1st
    2003: Robby Gordon, started 2nd
    2002 Ricky Rudd(2), started 7th
    2001 Tony Stewart, started 3rd
    2000 Jeff Gordon(4), started 5th
    1999 Jeff Gordon(3), started 1st
    1998 Jeff Gordon(2), started 1st
    1997 Mark Martin, started 1st
    1996 Rusty Wallace(2), started 7th
    1995 Dale Earnhardt, started 4th
    1994 Ernie Irvan(2), started 1st
    1993 Geoffrey Bodine, started 3rd
    1992 Ernie Irvan, started 2nd
    1991 Davey Allison, started 13th
    1990 Rusty Wallace, started 11th
    1989 Ricky Rudd, started 4th

  • Infineon Raceway Active Streaks:
    • Kurt Busch has started in the top 10 in five consecutive races.
    • Ryan Newman has finished in the top 10 in four out of five races.
    • Boris Said has finished in the top 10 in three of the last four races.
    • Tony Stewart has finished in the top 10 in four of the last five races.

  • At Infineon Raceway:
    • There have been 18 Nextel Cup races at Infineon Raceway since the first race there in 1989.
    • Rusty Wallace won the first Nextel Cup Bud Pole.
    • Ricky Rudd won the first Nextel Cup race.
    • There have been 10 different Bud Pole winners; only three have won more than one.
    • There have been 10 different race winners; five have more than one victory there.
    • Seven race winners have also won Bud Poles.
    • The track opened as a 2.52-mile road course and drag strip in 1968.
    • The first NASCAR race was held in 1989.
    • The first nine Nextel Cup races at Infineon were 300-kilometers. The race switched to a 350-k format in 1998.
    • The track was re-configured 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.
    • Hendrick Motorsports has won five races – two more than any other car owner. Six drivers have competed in all 18 races: Dale Jarrett, Terry Labonte, Mark Martin, Ken Schrader, Sterling Marlin, Michael Waltrip
    • There have been four different Bud Pole winners in the last five races. Jeff Gordon is the only repeat Bud Pole winner there since 2002.
    • Jeff Gordon (five) leads all Bud Pole winners. Ricky Rudd has four, including three consecutive (1990-92).
    • There have been consecutive Bud Pole winners three times: Ricky Rudd (1990-92), Jeff Gordon (1998-99 and 2004-05).
    • There have been only four different race winners in the last nine races. Jeff Gordon (five), Tony Stewart (two), Robby Gordon (one) and Ricky Rudd (one).
    • Jeff Gordon (five) leads all other drivers in victories at Infineon. Ernie Irvan, Ricky Rudd, Tony Stewart and Rusty Wallace (two each) are the other multiple race winners.
    • Jeff Gordon is the all-time leader in Nextel Cup road course victories with nine. Five of Gordon’s road course victories have occurred at Infineon. He has three more victories than any other driver at the Napa Valley track. Gordon also heads the all-time Bud Pole winners list for Infineon with five and has led the most laps there (437).
    • Five of 18 Infineon races have been won by the Bud Pole winner, including three times by Jeff Gordon. His victory from the Bud Pole in 2004 is the most recent.
    • The 1991 race was won from 13th by Davey Allison – the deepest in the field that a race winner ever started.
    • Jeff Gordon Elliott won three consecutive Infineon races (1998-2000), the only consecutive wins streak in Infineon history.(NASCAR Statistics)(6-18-2007)


    PAST RACE WINNERS at Infineon Raceway

    2006: #24-Jeff Gordon, started 11th
    2005: #20-Tony Stewart, started 7th
    2004: #24-Jeff Gordon, started 1st
    2003: #31-Robby Gordon, started 2nd
    2002: #28-Ricky Rudd, started 7th
    2001: #20-Tony Stewart, started 3rd
    2000: #24-Jeff Gordon, started 5th
    1999: #24-Jeff Gordon, started 1st
    1998: #24-Jeff Gordon, started 1st
    1997: #6-Mark Martin, started 1st
    1996: #2-Rusty Wallace, started 7th
    1995: #3-Dale Earnhardt, started 4th
    1994: #28-Ernie Irvan, started 1st
    1993: #7-Geoffrey Bodine, started 3rd
    1992: #4-Ernie Irvan, started 2nd
    1991: #28-Davey Allison, started 13th
    1990: #2-Rusty Wallace, started 11th
    1989: #26-Ricky Rudd, started 4th


    PAST POLE WINNERS at Infineon Raceway

    2006: Kurt Busch, 93.055
    2005: Jeff Gordon(5), 94.325
    2004: Jeff Gordon(4) 94.303
    2003: Boris Said 93.620
    2002: Tony Stewart 93.476
    2001: Jeff Gordon(3) 93.699
    2000: Rusty Wallace(2) 99.309
    1999: Jeff Gordon(2) 98.519
    1998: Jeff Gordon 98.711
    1997: Mark Martin 92.807
    1996: Terry Labonte 92.524
    1995: Ricky Rudd(4) 92.132
    1994: Ernie Irvan 91.514
    1993: Dale Earnhardt, 91.838
    1992: Ricky Rudd(3), 90.985
    1991: Ricky Rudd(2), 90.634
    1990: Ricky Rudd, 90.743
    1989: Rusty Wallace, 90.041


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specs:
    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

    Race Festivities:
    Grand Marshal: Jerry Rice
    Command to start engines: Jerry Rice
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
    National Anthem: Actress-Singer Emmy Rossum
    Military Flyover: F-15 fighter jets, a Chinook helicopter, L39 Jets, no word where from

  • Track Homepage: infineonraceway.com

  • ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Infineon Raceway

  • June 2006: Race Info / Rundown Page


  • Bay Area Military Members to Participate in Pre-Event Ceremonies at Toyota/Save Mart 350: Four members of the United States military, all from Northern California, have been selected to serve as drivers during pre-event ceremonies at Infineon Raceway for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 on Sunday, June 24. Each military member will escort a Nextel Cup driver around the 10-turn, 1.99-mile road course following driver introductions in a Toyota Tundra. Toyota has generously made this rare opportunity possible. The military members include Windsor's Larry Graham (National Guard); Santa Rosa's Paula Rouse (Army); Vacaville's Dennis Ayala (Army); and Santa Rosa's Karl Kaylor (National Guard). Kaylor is a recipient of the Purple Heart and the Combat Action Badge for his efforts in Middle East.(Infineon Raceway PR)(6-21-2007)

  • NFL Legend Jerry Rice Named Grand Marshal at Infineon Raceway: Jerry Rice, the greatest wide receiver in NFL history, has been named Grand Marshal of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Nextel Cup Series weekend at Infineon Raceway, June 22-24. Rice, best known as a member of the San Francisco 49ers, will be honored throughout the weekend, most notably at the Raceway Builder's Grand Marshal's Banquet on Friday night, June 22, at beautiful Cline Cellars in Sonoma. All proceeds from the banquet benefit Speedway Children's Charities. In addition to being honored at Friday's banquet, Rice's Grand Marshal duties will also include attending the Nextel Cup drivers' meeting on Sunday morning and joining the Northern California Toyota Dealers in giving the start command, "Gentleman, start your engines," prior to the start of the Toyota/Save Mart 350. This will mark the first-ever Nextel Cup race that Rice has attended. "I understand it's a pretty big adrenaline rush watching these stock cars race around the track, and it should be even more exciting on the Infineon Raceway road course," Rice said. "It's going to be a great weekend." To reserve a table at the Raceway Builder's Grand Marshal's Banquet during NASCAR weekend, call 707-933-3950.(Infineon Raceway PR)
    ALSO Jerry Rice was treated to four laps around the 10-turn, 1.99-mile road course in the Sonoma Valley in the passenger seat of a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup stock car, supplied by the Richard Petty Driving Experience. Rice was in the passenger seat of the Burger King Toyota, with driver Shane MacMillan as his tour guide. The two reached speeds in excess of 100 mph over the twists and turns of Infineon Raceway. The stock car featured 700-horsepower. "I had no idea it was going to be that fast," said Rice, who will be attending his first NASCAR race this weekend. "My heart was pumping big-time. To feel the sheer power of these cars was just amazing, and it takes a pretty special athlete to go 110 laps around this place. I have so much respect for these NASCAR drivers and what they do."(Infineon Raceway PR)(6-20-2007)

  • With Gas Prices Soaring, Leave Driving to Infineon Raceway: With gas prices soaring to extremely high levels, Infineon Raceway is offering an alternative for race fans at this year's Toyota/Save Mart 350 Nextel Cup Series race. Fans are encouraged to take advantage of the raceway's Ride the Bus program, which will feature bus transportation from 19 cities across California and Nevada on race day, Sunday, June 24. Prices start at just $122 for the program and include:
    * Transportation to/from the raceway.
    * Premium reserved seat for Sunday, June 24.
    * Commemorative souvenir race program.
    Pick-up locations include: Bakersfield, Concord, Fairfield, Fresno (2 locations), Merced, Milpitas, Modesto (2 locations), Novato, Porterville, Red Bluff, Redding, Reno, Rohnert Park, Sacramento, San Jose, Stockton, Tracy, Turlock, Visalia and more.(Infineon Raceway PR)(6-20-2007)

  • Plenty of Pre-Race Activities Scheduled for Toyota/Save Mart 350 in Sonoma: The action won't be limited to the 10-turn, 1.99-mile road course at the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Nextel Cup Series race at Infineon Raceway on Sunday, June 24. Whether it's a pre-race concert or a helicopter stunt show, there will plenty of things to keep race fans occupied:
    Booker T. Jones Pre-Race Concert: Legendary performer Booker T. Jones will kick things off at the Toyota/Save Mart 350 with a 30-minute mini-concert in front of the main grandstand. Jones, who is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as well as the recipient of Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, will perform a 30-minute set.
    Emmy Rossum Performs National Anthem: Actress-singer Emmy Rossum will perform the national anthem. Rossum is best known for her role as Christine in the screen version of "Phantom of the Opera." She has also appeared in a number of motion pictures and has performed with legendary figures Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti.
    Airshows America's Patriots Jet Team Air Show: The Patriots Jet Team Air Show will bring the sky to life with their show, which is performed in four 1983 L-39 Ex-Military Jets. The show will feature 20 minutes of choreographed maneuvers, including diamond formation loops and rolls.
    Red Bull Helicopter Stunt Show: The Red Bull helicopter stunt show will be performed by Charles "Chuck" P. Aaron, the only pilot licensed in the United States by the Federal Aviation Administration to perform aerobatics in a helicopter. Among his stunts are loops, barrel rolls and back flips. He will pilot a BO-105 CBS helicopter.
    Red Bull Skydivers: The Red Bull Sky Diving team will demonstrate free flying in the sky, 10,000 feet above Infineon Raceway. Free flying is either descending head-first or feet-first; this allows the jumpers to reach much higher speeds.
    Military Fly-bys: Race fans will be treated to more than just one of the traditional military fly-bys prior to the start of the race. More than two different fly-bys are sure to delight fans as F-15 fighter jets, a Chinook helicopter, L39 Ex-military jets and more zoom overhead. The fly-bys will take place after the singing of the national anthem.
    Tickets are $30-$130 single day/$99-$180 weekend; parking is FREE, info at 800-870-RACE or www.infineonraceway.com.(Infineon Raceway PR)(6-19-2007)

  • Infineon Raceway Hosts 2nd annual NASCAR Day at State Capitol: NASCAR will take over the State Capitol in Sacramento on Saturday, June 9, and race fans are invited to join the celebration. The 2nd annual NASCAR Day will be highlighted by a parade of NASCAR show cars through the streets surrounding the State Capitol. The parade will be led by the 2007 Toyota Tundra Pace Truck, which will set the pace for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway, June 22-24. The parade will take place at 1:15 p.m. (Pacific). The event will span from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and will be highlighted by a visit from three NASCAR Grand National Division West Series drivers, Brian Ickler, Justin Lofton and Kenny Shepherd, who will compete in the Blue Lizard Suncream 200 on Saturday of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 event weekend. The drivers will be on hand to compete with fans in racing simulators and take part in a Q&A session.
    In addition, race fans can expect:
    * NEXTEL Racing Experience with real racing simulators
    * AAA Racing Experience with real racing simulators, show car and Kid's Safety Course
    * Nextel Cup championship trophy and Toyota/Save Mart 350 trophy for photo opportunities
    * NASCAR show cars on display, including the Burger King Toyota driven by David Reutimann.
    * Jackson Rancheria Casino & Hotel has created its own NASCAR show car, which will also be on display
    * Infineon Raceway Toyota FJ Cruiser complete with Playstation 3, 26" LCD Monitor and 800 watts of Zapco amplifiers
    * Appearance by popular radio show hosts Armstrong & Getty
    * An old-fashioned grape stomp
    * Music, games, face painting, and much more.
    The event serves as a kick-off for the Toyota/Save Mart 350, which will mark NASCAR's 19th consecutive visit to the Sonoma Valley, and the series' only stop in Northern California. For more information about this event or the Toyota/Save Mart 350, be sure to visit www.infineonraceway.com or call 800-870-RACE.(6-8-2007)

  • Bart Simpson Takes a Spin Around Infineon Raceway: Nancy Cartwright, best known as the voice of Bart Simpson on the hit sitcom "The Simpsons," indulged in one of her other passions on Tuesday at Infineon Raceway by taking part in a half-day course at the Jim Russell Racing Schools. Cartwright, who has been a recreational race-car driver for nearly four years, obtained her NASCAR Racing License on March 5 and has been primarily racing in Late Model stock cars at Irwindale Speedway in Southern California. She hopped in an open-wheel car on Tuesday with the Jim Russell Racing Schools, which is based at Infineon Raceway, to test the serpentine circuit. Cartwright has been the voice of Bart Simpson, among others, for nearly 20 years as "The Simpsons" has become one of the most successful television programs in history. She is also part of "The Kellys," an internet-based sitcom (www.teamkellyracing.com that is centered on motor racing and was inspired by the Nextel Cup Series. The series was produced and developed for nascar.com. Cartwright was in Sonoma on Tuesday filming a segment for "Trackside at Infineon Raceway," which airs weekly on the San Francisco Fox affiliate, KTVU-TV, as well as the Sacramento Fox affiliate, KTXL-TV.(Infineon Raceway PR)(4-27-2007)

  • Infineon Raceway Recycles 18+ Tons during 2006 Season: Infineon Raceway continued its bustling recycling program in 2006, collecting more than 18 tons of recyclable materials at its major events during the motor-racing season. Since the raceway began this program in 2004, it has recycled more than 40 tons of materials (81,352 pounds); the raceway has been recognized by the State of California Department, Division of Recycling, for its efforts. The tonnage is nearly the equivalent of 21 Nextel Cup stock cars. Materials were collected at the raceway's major events in 2006, including the Nextel Cup Series, NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, IndyCar Series and the AMA Superbike Series. In all, the total collected was 36,179 pounds. Infineon Raceway is the only major motor sports facility in the country with a comprehensive recycling program, according to George Mutter, owner of Environmental Event Management Group, based in San Diego. Mutter has managed the program at Infineon Raceway since its inception in 2004 and has 25 years of experience in the recycling business. In addition, Safety-Kleen Systems, Inc., which is headquartered in Texas, provides oil recycling and re-refining services to Infineon Raceway, as well as 64 other racetracks/drag strips around the country. Everything that Safety-Kleen collects during an event at Infineon Raceway during its NASCAR, IndyCar and NHRA events, such as motor oil, gasoline or antifreeze, is eventually put back into a usable product. The company re-refines approximately 180,000,000 gallons of used motor oil each year.(Infineon Raceway PR)(2-6-2007)

  • Toyota Co-Title of Nextel Cup Race at Infineon Raceway: Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A. and the Northern California Toyota Dealers have reached a multi-year agreement with Infineon Raceway to serve as co-title of the annual NASCAR event in the Sonoma Valley, beginning in 2007. The Toyota/Save Mart 350 Nextel Cup Series weekend will take place, June 22-24, at Infineon Raceway, which is one of just two road courses on the 2007 NASCAR schedule. The partnership expands Toyota's NASCAR involvement - the manufacturer will have three teams with seven cars utilizing the Toyota Camry in Nextel Cup competition next season and four cars in the Busch Series, as well as defending the manufacturer's championship in the Craftsman Truck Series. Toyota will also become the "Official Vehicle of Infineon Raceway." Toyota will also serve as title sponsor of the raceway's annual Nextel Cup Series preview show on Fox Sports Net Bay Area. The 30-minute special, which will air a minimum of six times during the month of June, has been nominated for a sports Emmy award in past years. For ticket information on the Toyota/Save Mart 350, June 22-24, please call 800-870-RACE or visit www.infineonraceway.com.(Infineon Raceway PR)(12-19-2006)

  • Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Infineon Raceway


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • Road Course Racers at Infineon Raceway:
    the simple list:
    Marco Ambrose in the #47, 2nd Wood Bros/JTG Ford [withdrew]
    Ron Fellows replaces Tony Raines in the #96 Chevy
    Klaus Graf replaces Mike Bliss in the #49 Dodge
    Boris Said to run with his own team in the #60 Ford
    Terry Labonte replaces Michael Waltrip in the #55 Toyota
    P.J. Jones replaces David Reutimann in the #00 Toyota
    Marc Goossens is scheduled to run the #91 Toyota
    Brian Simo repalces Kevin Lepage in the #37 Dodge
    Brandon Ash to run with his own team in the #02 Dodge
    Butch Leitzinger will run the #23 of BDR, #36-Mayfield not running
    Scott Preutt will NOT run
    (6-18-2007)

  • Two CAT cars at Sonoma, no #36, Mayfield sits out: There will be two Cat/Bill Davis Racing entries at the road course this weekend. Dave Blaney will be joined this weekend at Bill Davis Racing by road racer Butch Leitzinger who will drive the #23 Caterpillar Racing entry at Infineon Raceway. Jeremy Mayfield will return to his regular ride in the #36 360 OTC Toyota next week at [Loudon] New Hampshire International Speedway. Leitzinger has made three starts in Nextel Cup Series competition - all at Watkins Glen International - and has finished as high as 12th. Leitzinger takes a break from his American LeMans Series driving duties with Dyson Racing to compete in the event at Infineon Raceway for BDR. The 38-year old from Homestead, Pa., has won the 24 Hours of Daytona three times, the World Sportscar Championship twice and both the CanAm Championship and IMSA GTU Championship. He has also posted three victories in NASCAR's Busch North Series and a podium finish in the Busch Series event at Watkins Glen International. The #22 Caterpillar Toyota Blaney is scheduled to drive this weekend at Infineon Raceway is COT 11. The team has tested this Toyota Camry at Virginia International Raceway twice during the last several weeks in preparation for this event. The team has prepared COT 9 for Leitzinger to drive this weekend. Though this car wasn't tested at VIR, Leitzinger spent several days testing with the team at that track. Tom Hubert, a native of Cottonwood, Calif. and rear tire changer for the #22 Caterpillar Racing team, will once again compete in the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series event at Infineon Raceway Saturday afternoon. Hubert finished fifth in the race last year after starting in the 11th spot.(BDR PR)(6-19-2007)

  • Riley-D'Hondt Motorsports to run road course races UPDATE: on Thursday NASCAR Now on ESPN2, Riley-D'Hondt Motorsports Busch Series driver, David Green was interviews and asked about the Nextel Cup Series plans, Green said the team plans to attempt the tw oroad course races at Infineon Raceway and Watkins Glen with Marc Goossens as the driver.(5-25-2007)
    UPDATE: Riley-D'Hondt Motorsports (RDM) announced that Commonwealth will sponsor the #91 Toyota Camry driven by Marc Goossens at Infineon Raceway on June 24, 2007. "We are very pleased to be associated with a company so diverse in their market area as Commonwealth," said Riley-D'Hondt Motorsports co-owner Eddie D'Hondt. "We anticipate bringing the NASCAR fan more in touch with the in-style clothing lines Commonwealth has to offer. Commonwealth and NASCAR will be a great fit for each other." In their initial partnership, Riley-D'Hondt Motorsports and Commonwealth will attempt their first "Car of Tomorrow" race at a road course. Marc Goossens brings a diversified racing background to the team and is looking forward to being back behind the wheel of a stock car. "I am excited to be driving the #91 Toyota Camry for Riley-D'Hondt Motorsports and representing Commonwealth," said Goossens. "Combining my driving experience with the leadership and technology of RDM should be a winning combination." Born in Belgium, Goossens has raced all over the world and is currently the lead driver of the #91 Riley-Matthews Motorsports Pontiac Riley in the Rolex Grand American Series. Goossens is known for his ability to quickly adapt to any type of car and track. Having started his racing career in go-karts, Goossens quickly established himself at a young age winning the 1991 British Formula Ford Championship before going on to win numerous races and a championship in the FIA F3000 series. For more information or to shop visit www.cmonwealth.com.(Riley D'Hondt Motorsports PR)(6-19-2007)

  • Fellows in the #96 at Infineon: Ron Fellows: Fellows has won at Infineon Raceway a number of times in his familiar Corvette in the American Le Mans Series, but his best NASCAR finish in Sonoma is seventh (2003). Supposedly Fellows will replace Tony Raines in the #96 HOF Racing/DLP Chevy.(6-17-2007)
    UPDATE: Veteran road racing driver Ron Fellows will pilot the #96 DLP HDTV Chevy in the upcoming Nextel Cup Series road course events at Infineon Raceway (Sonoma, Calif.) and Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International, Bill Saunders, general and managing partner of Hall of Fame Racing announced June 19. Fellows will take over for Tony Raines, who has driven the #96 car in all Nextel Cup events in 2007. "Tony has done a great job for Hall of Fame Racing and DLP this year," Saunders said. "We're very happy with what he's done so far this season and look forward to getting better throughout the summer and the fall. I've known Ron for many, many years and he is a tremendous road racer and we're thrilled to have him drive the DLP car at Infineon and Watkins Glen. We look forward to great things from him. We're also really appreciative of Tony being a true team player. As a former driver I know how hard it is to sit out a race, so for Tony to put the team in front of himself speaks volumes about what kind of a class act he is."
    Fellows, 47, from Windsor, Ontario, Canada, has a road racing resume second to none. He won 19 races in 95 starts in SCCA Trans-Am competition before becoming the primary development driver for General Motors' Corvette C5-R program. That association produced victories at the 24 Hours of Daytona, 24 Hours of Le Mans, 12 Hours of Sebring, and virtually every road racing circuit in North America. "I'm very excited to get the opportunity to drive the #96 DLP HDTV Chevy for Hall of Fame Racing," Fellows said. "They've done a tremendous job in just a year and a half of being in Nextel Cup and I hope to give them two great results at Infineon and Watkins Glen. I've known Bill (Saunders) for many years and I really appreciate him, DLP and Tony giving me this opportunity. I had a chance to test with the DLP team last month at Virginia International Raceway, I got a chance to know Brandon (Thomas, crew chief) and the team. It was my first time in the Car of Tomorrow and it was a pretty good test. Hall of Fame Racing is a solid organization and I'm looking forward to racing with them."(Hall of Fame Racing/True Speed Communication PR)(6-19-2007)

  • 300th career start for Stewart at Sonoma: As the Nextel Cup Series rolls into California's wine country for this weekend's Toyota/SaveMart 350k at Infineon Raceway, it's time to toast Tony Stewart's 300th career Nextel Cup start. The driver of the # 20 Home Depot Chevy first came to stock car racing's pinnacle circuit in 1999 when he teamed with Joe Gibbs Racing and crew chief Greg Zipadelli. They debuted in the Daytona 500, where Stewart qualified on the outside front row next to another up-and-coming driver - Jeff Gordon. Stewart scored his first win in his 25th career start at Richmond, and has gone on to post 28 other wins and two Nextel Cup championships in his 274 starts since.(True Speed Communication PR)(6-18-2007)

  • Road Course Racers at Infineon Raceway, Fellows in #96 UPDATE Pruett a no go: Mastering the twists and turns of Infineon Raceway is no small task, especially for many of the regulars on the Nextel Cup Series, who only compete on two road courses each year. For that reason, the Toyota/Save Mart 350 usually attracts a number of road-course specialists. These drivers typically race on the two road courses each year, in Sonoma and Watkins Glen, and few other races on the NASCAR schedule. A specialist has never won a Nextel Cup race in Sonoma, but they have come awfully close. A few who will run at Sonoma, include:
    Marcos Ambrose: Ambrose runs full time in the Busch Series for Wood Brothers/JTG Racing, is scheduled to drive the #47 Aussie Vineyards Ford in Sonoma.
    Ron Fellows: Fellows has won at Infineon Raceway a number of times in his familiar Corvette in the American Le Mans Series, but his best NASCAR finish in Sonoma is seventh (2003). Supposedly Fellows will replace Tony Raines in the #96 HOF Racing/DLP Chevy.
    Klaus Graf: Graf will look to make his second NASCAR start at Infineon Raceway, replacing Mike Bliss in the #49 BAM Racing Dodge. Boris Said: Said is scheduled to run six 2007 Nextel Cup races, in his #60 Sobe No Fear Ford, Said started on the pole in 2003 and finished 6th twice (2003-04). Said has won at Infineon Raceway in other series, including the Craftsman Truck Series in 1998.
    Terry Labonte: will sub for Michael Waltrip in the #55 NAPA Toyota, P.J. Jones: will replace David Reutimann in the #00 MWR/Burger King Toyota. Jones has raced at Sonoma four times, including his last Nextel Cup race, last season. His best finish is 25th in 1993, he finished 26th in 2006.
    Marc Goossens: is scheduled to debut the #91 Riley-D'hondt Toyota at Sonoma, Goossens qualified the #90 Ford for RYR in 2006
    Brian Simo has made a few starts for different car owners at Sonoma, finishing 10th for RCR in the #33 in 2005 and is listed in the #37 Front Row Motorsports Dodge.
    Brandon Ash will attempt to make the race in his own #02 car.
    NOTES: Other road course drivers who could run at Sonoma: Tom Hubert [Bill Davis Racing, probably in the #36?], Chris Cook ran there in 2005 and is an insturctor at the track. Other drivers who have attempted to make the race there in the past few years include: John Borneman, III, Jose Luis Ramirez, Johnny Miller, Jim Inglebright [all four are scheduled to run the Grand National West Race there on Sat.] and Austin Cameron.(sources: Infineon Raceway PR, Jayski sources and research at Racing-reference.info)(6-17-2007)
    UPDATE: Road-racing specialist Scott Pruett won't run next weekend for car owner Chip Ganassi because of a scheduling conflict. Pruett is scheduled to run for Ganassi at Watkins Glen in August [doesn't say if a 4th team](Roanoke Times)(6-18-2007)

  • P.J. Jones in for Reutimann at Sonoma: PJ Jones will qualify and race the #00 Toyota for David Reutimann during the Nextel Cup Series event weekend at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma. While Jones is in Sonoma, Reutimann will be at the Milwaukee Mile preparing to race the #99 Toyota in the Busch Series event to maintain his top-five (fourth-place) points position.(Michael Waltrip Racing PR)(6-16-2007)

  • Graf takes over for Bliss at Sonoma in the #49: BAM Racing to announced the return of German-born racer Klaus Graf as driver of the #49 Paralyzed Veterans Dodge Avenger for the first road course race of the season at Infineon Raceway. Graf successfully qualified a second entry at Infineon Raceway for the team in 2004. Graf, American Le Mans Series (ALMS) driver and 2005 Trans-Am Series Champion, has a wealth of road-course racing experiences to draw upon as he attempts his first Nextel Cup Series start in three years. In his last start at Infineon Raceway, he qualified the #59 BAM Racing Dodge in the 38th position and captured a top-20 finish for the organization with a 17th place finish. "It feels great to come back to the Nextel Cup Series and BAM Racing," said Graf. "After my experience in 2004, I'm really looking forward to getting back into a Nextel Cup car. This time I feel even more confident and motivated to have a strong showing at Infineon Raceway. Of course, our first priority will be to qualify the car on Friday. With the preparation the team and I did together, we feel strongly about this task. I would like to thank Beth Ann and Tony Morgenthau for this opportunity and their trust in my abilities." Graf has won numerous races and championships in several road racing series. He has nearly 20 years of racing experience and has competed in the ALMS, Trans-Am Series, ARCA Series and Nextel Cup Series to name a few. Graf recently completed a two-day test session at Virginia International Raceway with the BAM Racing team and the Car of Tomorrow (CoT) in preparation for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway.(BAM Racing PR)(6-13-2007)

  • Allmendinger Completes Test at Infineon Raceway: #84-AJ Allmendinger completed a two-day test session at Infineon Raceway on Wednesday in preparation for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Nextel Cup Series weekend, June 22-24. It was Allmendinger's first chance to drive a stock car on the 10-turn, 1.99-mile road course, where he hopes to make his first start later this month. Allmendinger's only previous experience at Infineon Raceway came when he raced a go-kart on the road course many years ago. Allmendinger completed more than 100 laps over the two days behind the wheel of a late-model stock car supplied by ShiftIntoGear, Inc. He was coached by road-course specialist Chris Cook and Tim Fedewa, his full-time spotter on the NASCAR circuit. "Just learning the track will put me much farther ahead of where I would've been," said Allmendinger. "Having only 90 minutes to practice before qualifying on Friday, I never would have made the show. Now, I feel like I've got a pretty good chance." For ticket information on the Toyota/Save Mart 350, June 22-24, call 800-870-RACE or visit www.infineonraceway.com.(PR)(6-7-2007)

  • Martin to sub for Jeff Gordon when baby arrives? If #24-Jeff Gordon is forced to miss a race to attend the birth of his daughter, series veteran Mark Martin will man the #24 DuPont Chevy, multiple sources within the Hendrick Motorsports organization told ESPN.com Wednesday. Martin on Wednesday afternoon will be fitted for a racing seat in preparation for the substitute role, sources said, and plans to begin stand-by duty for Gordon at Infineon Raceway next month. Hendrick Motorsports officials chose not to comment, saying rather that Gordon would address the matter Thursday at Lowe's Motor Speedway, site of this weekend's Coca-Cola 600. Sources said Gordon personally sought out Martin to stand in for him, and after clearing the idea with Ginn Racing officials, Martin gladly accepted. Gordon's wife, Ingrid Vandebosch, is due the week of the June 24 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma. Martin will fly to Sonoma, during a weekend when he is slated to be idle from racing. If Gordon doesn't require his services, Martin will remain on hand to coach Regan Smith in the #01 US Army Chevy [Ginn Racing]. According to NASCAR officials, Martin could get in the #24 without practicing in the car, so long as Nextel Cup director John Darby gives his blessing. Given Martin's veteran experience, that would seem to be all but a foregone conclusion. If baby Gordon arrives a week early, sources said Martin will turn the #01 Chevrolet over to Smith at Michigan Speedway and drive the #24 for Gordon. Likewise, in the event the baby is a week late, Martin would sub for Gordon at New Hampshire. Gordon hasn't missed a race in his Cup Series career, a span of 484 consecutive races. The last race run without Gordon in the field was the 28th race of the 1992 season, at Phoenix International Raceway.(ESPN.com)(5-23-2007)

  • Ragan to test at Infineon Wed: #6-David Ragan will come to Infineon Raceway for a one-day test session on May 30. As a rookie, Ragan has never competed at Infineon Raceway, but he did visit the track in February for a one-day test in an American Speed Association (ASA) stock car. He ran 40 laps on the road course. "Any road course is going to be pretty tough for me," Ragan said. "I'm just trying to learn the layout of the track." Ragan is expected to test throughout the day on the road course in an ASA stock car. He will be assisted by instructors from the Jim Russell Racing Schools, which is based at Infineon Raceway. Ragan will return to Infineon Raceway for the Toyota/Save Mart 350, June 22-24.(Infineon Raceway PR)(5-25-2007)

  • See the 2007 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #00-P.J. Jones Burger King #00 Schemes Page
    #7-Robby Gordon Monster Energy Drink #7 Schemes Page
    #10-Scott Riggs Stanley Tools #10 Schemes Page
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Express #11 Schemes Page
    #13-Joe Nemechek Haier #13 Schemes Page
    #14-Sterling Marlin Wiley X Eyewear none...yet
    #21-Bill Elliott Little Debbie's #21 Schemes Page
    #40-David Stremme Coors Banquet #40 Schemes Page
    #45-Kyle Petty Wells Fargo #45 Schemes Page


  • Wiley X to sponsor Marlin at Sonoma: #14-Sterling Marlin will have Ginn Racing associate sponsor Wiley X as the primary sponsor on his #14 Chevy at Infineon Raceway this weekend.(Ginn Racing PR)(6-21-2007)

  • Monster energy drink to sponsor Robby at Sonoma: #7-Robby Gordon is scheduled to run a Monster Energy scheme at Infineon Raceway this weekend. See an image of the scheme on my #7 Team Schemes page.(6-20-2007)

  • More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery


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