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THE RACE: Toyota/Save Mart 350

Sprint Cup Race #16 of 36 for the 2008 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Sunday, June 22, 2008 in Sonoma, CA

  • Title Sponsor: Toyota/Save Mart

  • Track: Infineon Raceway

  • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 5:17pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • TNT 5:00 pm/et

  • TNT's Countdown to Green Pre-Race Show: 3:30 - 5:00pm/et

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 1:30pm/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Thursday, June 26 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED and

  • 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

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  • Practices:
    Friday, June 20, 3:30 - 5:00pm/et, TV-SPEED;
    Saturday, June 21, 12:30 - 1:15pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, June 21, 1:30 - 2:30pm/et on TV-SPEED


Qualifying Information/Times/TV

  • Qualifying Draw [ping pong balls]: Friday, June 20, 2:00pm/et

  • Qualifying: 1 lap for positions 1-42 [if no past champ prov used, then 43rd goes next fastest non top-35 driver], Friday, June 20 at 7:10pm/et, TV-SPEED, no re-air scheduled;
    AND live via radio at PRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio.


RACE RUNDOWN
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  • Kyle Busch wins at Infineon: #18-Kyle Busch won the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway for his 5th win of 2008 and the 9th of his career. He came from the 30th spot at the start and led 78 of the 110 laps. #38-Gilliland finished 2nd [his career best finish], followed by #24-Gordon, #07-Bowyer, #5-Mears, #42-Montoya, #12-Newman, #17-Kenseth, #99-Edwards, and #20-Stewart. There were 6 cautions for 14 laps and their were 6 lead changes among 6 drivers.
    For race results, awards and more, see my Infineon Race Results Awards Page.(6-22-2008)

  • Infineon Raceway Fast Facts:
    .. Kyle Busch won the Toyota/Save Mart 350, his ninth victory in 130 Sprint Cup Series races. It is his first on a road-course. Busch has now won on all four type tracks on NASCAR’s premier circuit.
    .. This is his fifth victory and 11th top-10 finish in 2008.
    .. This is his second top-10 finish in four races at Infineon Raceway.
    .. David Gilliland (second) scored his career-best finish and posted his first top-10 finish in three races at Infineon. It is his second top-10 finish in 2008.
    .. Jeff Gordon (third) posted his eighth top-10 finish in 2008 and his 12th in 16 races at Infineon.
    .. Michael McDowell (21st) was the highest finishing rookie.
    .. The five foreign-born drivers in this race marks the most ever for a Sprint Cup Series event. Three foreign-born drivers was the most that had competed in a series event previously which occurred eight time, most recently in this race in 2007.(NASCAR Statistics)(6-22-2008)

  • UNOFFICAL Drivers Points Standings [after Infineon race 16 of 36]:
    1) #18-Kyle Busch 2408 [5 wins]
    2) #31-Jeff Burton 2305 -103 [1 win]
    3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2256 -152 [1 win]
    4) #99-Carl Edwards 2150 -258 [3 wins]
    5) #48-Jimmie Johnson 2079 -329 [1 win]
    6) #24-Jeff Gordon 2041 -367
    7) #16-Greg Biffle 2019 -389
    8) #11-Denny Hamlin 2008 -400 [1 win]
    9) #9-Kasey Kahne 1958 -450 [2 wins]
    10) #07-Clint Bowyer 1924 -484 [1 win]
    11) #20-Tony Stewart 1908 -500
    12) #17-Matt Kenseth 1892 -516
    other chase contenders
    13) #29-Kevin Harvick 1890 -518 [2 pts out of the chase]
    14) #6-David Ragan 1848 -560 [-44]
    15) #83-Brian Vickers 1788 -620 [-104]
    16) #12-Ryan Newman Dodge 1787 -621 [-105]
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Infineon page.(6-22-2008)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at New Hampshire:
    no changes in the top 35, but the #41 & #7 teams are closer to falling out
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    30) #01-Smith/DEI, 1,263, +55
    31) #00-McDowell/Waltrip Racing, 1,257 +49
    32) #55-Waltrip/Waltrip Racing, 1,251, +43
    33) #77-Hornish/Penske Racing, 1,248, +40
    34) #7-Gordon/Gordon, 1,239 +31
    35) #41-Sorenson/Ganassi Racing, 1,228, +20 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed:
    36) #66-Riggs/Haas CNC Racing, 1,208, -20 points out of 35th
    37) #84-Allmendinger/Red Bull Racing, 1,099 -129
    38) #96-Yeley/Hall of Fame Racing, 972 -256
    39) #40-Franchitti/Ganassi Racing 947 -281
    For the owner points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings page.(6-22-2008)

  • Racing Resources Says …
    * Kyle Busch won the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway. Busch, who started 30th, scored his ninth-career NSCS victory in 130 career races. He has finished first, second or third in six of the last eight NSCS races. This is his fifth NSCS victory in 2008, the most among all drivers.
    * Busch scored his first career road-course victory in seven career road-course races and became became the 12th different race winner in 20 races at Infineon. He scored his second top-10 finish in four races at Infineon. His last win was at Dover, three races ago. Busch led two times for 78 laps, including the final 42. These were the first NSCS road-course laps that he ever led.
    * Busch remained first in the point standings, expanding his lead to 103 points ahead of second-place Jeff Burton. He has won 11 races in NASCAR's top three series. He is the only driver to score 10 top-5 finishes in 16 Cup races this season.
    * Toyota scored its sixth victory in 16 races this season. Chevrolet has four victories while Ford and Dodge each have three. This marked Joe Gibbs Racing's sixth victory in 2008 and third at Infineon Raceway.
    * Fourteen of the 16 races in 2008 have been won from a top-10 starting position. The only two races in 2008 that were not won from a top-10 starting position were at Richmond when Clint Bowyer won from the 31st starting position and at Infineon with Kyle Busch winning from 30th.
    * David Gilliland (second) posted his career-best finish, the best by Yates Racing since Dale Jarrett won at Talladega in October 2005.
    * Jeff Gordon (third) scored his eighth top-10 finish in 2008. It was his 16th top-5 finish in 31 career road-course races.
    * Clint Bowyer (fourth) ended a streak of four straight finishes of 25th or worse. It was his second top-5 finish in three races at Infineon.
    * Casey Mears (fifth) scored his best finish in 2008. It was his second top-10 finish in six races at Infineon.
    * Matt Kenseth (eighth) scored his sixth straight top-10 finish. He climbed from 14th to 12th in the standings and a spot in the Chase. He leads 13th-place Kevin Harvick by two points as the race to the Chase continues with 10 races remaining.
    * Carl Edwards (ninth) scored his 12th top-10 finish in 2008, the most among all drivers this season. Edwards has scored top-10 finishes in his last seven races, extending a streak that began Richmond.
    * Tony Stewart (10th) scored his second straight top-10 finish in as many weeks. He remained 11th in the point standings.
    * Jeff Burton (13th) is the only driver to score top-15 finishes in all 16 races this season.
    * Kevin Harvick (30th) extended the longest streak of running at the finish of 60 races that began at Kansas in October 2006.
    * Michael McDowell (21st) was the highest-finishing rookie.
    * Jimmy Johnson led 27 laps. He had led just seven laps in his 12 previous road-course races.
    * It was the fifth green-white-checkered finish this season.(ESPN.com)(6-24-2008)

  • Infineon Penalty Report:
    Car #, Reason, Penalty, Lap Issued
    #60, Excessive speed - Exiting pits, PT, 32
    #31, Excessive speed - Exiting pits, PT, 67
    #15, Excessive speed - Exiting pits, TE, 70
    #60, Excessive Speed-Entering pits, TE, 71
    #55, Excessive speed - Exiting pits, TE, 71
    #01, Pitting before Pit Road is Open, TE, 105
    #41, Pitting before Pit Road is Open, TE, 108
    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)(6-22-2008)

  • Who got a lap back on each caution at Infineon: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #8-Almirola, 28th
    Caution 2: #11-Hamlin, 27th
    Caution 3: #78-Nemechek, 26th
    Caution 4: none awarded with 10 or less laps to go in the race
    Caution 5: none awarded with 10 or less laps to go in the race
    Caution 6: none awarded with 10 or less laps to go in the race
    (6-22-2008)

  • Race Coverage of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway is scheduled for Sunday, June 22, 2008.
    TV: TNT at 3:30pm/et, pre-race; 5:00pm/et
    Radio: PRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    ESPN.com: on the ESPN.com NASCAR page - Racecast and Chat.
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    SPEED, Thursday, June 26 at 12:00pm/et and;
    HDNET, Thursday, June 26 at 5:30pm/et

  • Pit Stall Selections
  • Practice Speeds Page
  • Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results/Order Page
  • To The Back [3]: #44-Reutimann [backup car], #55-Waltrip [engine change], #84-Allmendinger [engine change]


NEWS, PRACTICE, QUALIFYING and RESULTS
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  • Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway Pit Stall Selections

  • Happy Hour for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 is over, the fastest:
    #21-Ambrose 91.727mph
    #01-Fellows 91.418mph
    #38-Gilliland 91.367
    #11-Hamlin 91.260
    #1-Truex, Jr. 91.258
    slowest: #15-Menard 89.728 & #41-Sorenson [in for Pruett] 89.661
    incidents: 10 minutes in, #31-Burton wheel hopped the car and spun coming into turn 11. No damage. Near midway through, #21-Ambrose slid off the course in turn 10 and pancaked the wall. The team will repair the car. #12-Newman spun in turn 11 after locking up the tires. He didn't hit anything.
    See the speeds on my Practice Speeds page.(6-21-2008)

  • First Saturday practice for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 is over, the fastest:
    #7-Gordon 91.737mph
    #26-McMurray 91.574
    #11-Hamlin 91.474
    #99-Edwards 91.432
    #29-Harvick 91.284
    slowest: #44-Reutimann 89.859 & #34-Simo 89.654
    incidents: #55-Waltrip got into the back of #77-Hornish in turn 11 about 10 minutes into the session and spun Hornish around, no damage for either car. #44-Reutimann got loose and made contact with the outside wall while heading into the esses. The team will have to go to a backup. The session was extended by 5 minutes because of the time it took to clean the track after Reutimann's wreck. At the end of the session, #77-Hornish spun coming in to turn 10. Looks like the team can repair the car.
    See the speeds on my Practice Speeds page.(6-21-2008)

  • Kahne on pole at Infineon: #9-Kasey Kahene won the Coors Light Pole for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway with a speed of 92.153mph for his 2nd pole of 2008 and 16th of his career. #48-Johnson will start 2nd, followed by #2-Busch, #43-Labonte, #24-Gordon, #19-Sadler, #21-Marcos Ambrose, #7-Gordon, #12-Newman, and #16-Biffle. The go-or-go homers who made the race: #21-Ambrose [7th], #45-Labonte [11th], #60-Said [14th], #78-Nemechek [24th], #66-Papis [28th], #10-Carpentier [34th], #84-Allmendinger [37th], and #34-Simo [41st]. Missing the race: #96-Yeley, #70-Riggs, #40-Franchitti, and #02-Ash.
    For starting lineup, qualifying results, pole progression, see my Infineon Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results Page.(6-20-2008)

  • Infineon Raceway Qualifying Fast Facts:
    .. Kasey Kahne won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 with a lap of 77.740 seconds, 92.153 mph.
    .. This is his 16th pole in 160 career Sprint Cup races; his first on a road course.
    .. This is his second pole and 10th top-10 start in 2008.
    .. This is Kahne’s third top-10 start in five races at Infineon Raceway.
    .. Jimmie Johnson (second) posted his 13th top-10 start of 2008 and his second in seven Infineon races.
    .. Kurt Busch (third) posted his fifth top-10 start of 2008 and his sixth in eight races at Infineon.
    .. Marcos Ambrose (seventh) was the fastest of the drivers required to make the field on time and qualified for his first career Sprint Cup Series race. Ambrose would have attempted to qualify at Watkins Glen in 2007, but not get the opportunity and did not make the field when qualifying was canceled due to weather.
    .. Sam Hornish Jr. (16th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(6-20-2008)

  • Rookie of the Year Candidates: how fast were they and where do they start:
    #77-Sam Hornish, 91.147, starts 17th
    #00-Michael McDowell, 90.694, starts 34th
    #10-Patrick Carpentier, 903.375, starts 37th
    #40-Dario Franchitti, did not qualify
    #01-Regan Smith, is not racing at Infineon

  • Fastest Qualifier by Manufacturer::
    Dodge: #9-Kahne, 92.153, starts 1st
    Chevy: #48-Johnson, 92.040, starts 2nd
    Ford: #21-Ambrose, 91.819, starts 7th
    Toyota: #11-Hamlin, 91.207,starts 13th

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway is scheduled for Friday, June 20, 2008 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: none

  • Qualifying Order for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway is posted. Go-or-go homers will qualify at the end of the session, once the top-35 drivers are done. The first of the top-35 drivers scheduled to go out is #88-Earhnardt, Jr, the final top-35 driver scheduled is #38-Gilliland. The first go-or-go homer to go out [36th] is #34-Simo, the final driver scheduled to qualify is #43-Labonte. See the full qualifying order on my Infineon Qualifying Page.(6-20-2008)

  • Friday practice for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 is over, the fastest:
    #21-Ambrose 91.744mph
    #48-Johnson 91.724
    #24-Gordon 91.91.702
    #29-Harvick 91.679
    #00-McDowell 91.668
    slowest: #02-Ash 88.614 & #6-Ragan 88.536
    incidents: #28-Kvavil spun early in the session near turn 2 but didn't hurt anything. #40-Franchitti's car stopped on the track 15 minutes in and had to be pushed back to the garage. He then got back out on track and spun near turn 2 about 30 minutes in. #07-Bowyer missed a turn in the esses 30 minutes into the session but continued on. #11-Hamlin slid off course near turn 2 midway through the session. #7-Gordon's transmission stuck in second gear and the team is having to replace it. #17-Kenseth spun off turn 10 late in the session while making a mock qualifying run. He suffered no damage.
    See the speeds on my Practice Speeds page.(6-20-2008)

  • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice at Infineon
    if things stay the same, these drivers would make the race:
    #21-Marcos Amrose, fastest overall
    #60-Boris Said, 11th
    #78-Joe Nemechek, 17th
    #66-Max Papis, 18th
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger, 30th
    #5-Terry Labonte, [PC] 32nd
    #96-J.J. Yeley, 34th
    #40-Dario Franchitti, 35th
    if things stay the same, these drivers would miss the race:
    #10-Patrick Carpentier, 37th
    #70-Scott Riggs, 38th
    #34-Brian Simo, 39th
    #02-Brandon Ash, 47th
    See the speeds on my Practice Speeds page.(6-20-2008)

  • Entry List for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway is posted, 47 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    a few road course ringers in for regular drivers:
    #01-Ron Fellows in for Regan Smith [in the top-35 and in the race]
    Not in top 35 of 2008 owners points (2008 race attempts/owners pts standings in parens):
    #02-Brandon Ash (0/0)
    #10-Patrick Carpentier (15/41)
    #21-Marcos Ambrose [in for Elliott/Wood](15/43)
    #34-Brian Simo [in for Raines] Tony Raines (14/45)
    #40-Dario Franchitti (15/38)
    #45-Terry Labonte (15/42)[champ prov 1]
    #60-Boris Said (1/53)
    #66-Max Papis [swaps with Riggs](15/36)
    #70-Scott Riggs (15/44)
    #78-Joe Nemechek (15/40)
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger (15/39)
    #96-J.J. Yeley (15/37)
    In the event qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 45,66,96,40,84,78,10,21
    missing the race would be [4]: #'s 70,34,60,02
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Infineon Raceway Entry List
    (6-16-2008)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Infineon Raceway:
    the big change is #66-Riggs is back OUT and #55-Waltrip back in
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    31) #7-Gordon/Gordon 1,184, +34
    32) #41-Sorenson/Ganassi Racing 1,179, +29
    33) #77-Hornish/Penske Racing 1,178, +28
    34) #55-Waltrip/Waltrip Racing 1,163, +13
    35) #00-McDowell/Waltrip Racing 1,157, 7 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed:
    36) #66-Riggs/Haas CNC Racing, 1,150, -7 points out of 35th
    37) #84-Allmendinger/Red Bull Racing, 1,047, -110
    38) #96-Yeley/Hall of Fame Racing, 941, -216
    39) #40-Franchitti/Ganassi Racing 922, -235
    For the owner points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings page.(6-15-2008)

  • 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 Sprint 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)

  • Go or Go Home Drivers to Qualify Together: NASCAR announced in January that starting with the Cup race at California, teams outside the top 35 in owners points will be allowed to qualify together at the end of the qualifying session. The Nationwide and Truck Series used this procedure at Daytona. Sprint Cup didn't use the new procedure at Daytona due to the unique/somewhat complicated qualifying session/races there. The thought is that nobody would have an advantage in track conditions.(2-19-2008)

  • Qualifying Rules/Notes/News page

  • Jayski's - 2008 Sprint 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 Sprint 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 Sprint 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 Sprint 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 Sprint 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]

  • Past Champions Limited To 6 Provisional Berths in Cup: NASCAR announced an update to the past champion’s provisional rule in the Sprint 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)
    See my 2008 Past Champions Provisional Page for more.(2-8-2008)


RACE RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

  • June 2007 Race Winner: #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 74.547mph, started 32nd

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

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

  • June 2007 Pole Sitter: #26-Jamie McMurray, 92.414mph, finished 37th

  • 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: Juan Pablo Montoya, started 32nd, 6/24/2007

  • 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 19 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 starting pos 32: 1
  • Races won from the top 5: 12 of 19 - 63.2%
  • Races won from the top 10: 15 of 19 - 78.9%

  • At Infineon Raceway:
    • The track opened as a 2.52-mile road course and drag strip in 1968.
    • The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was held in 1989.
    • The first nine races were 300 kilometers and switched to a 350k 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.
    • There have been 19 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Infineon Raceway since the first race there in 1989.
    • Rusty Wallace won the first NASCAR Sprint Cup pole.
    • Ricky Rudd won the first NASCAR Sprint Cup race.
    • 11 different drivers have won poles; only three have won more than one.
    • Jeff Gordon (five) leads all pole winners. Ricky Rudd has four, including three consecutive (1990-92) and Rusty Wallace has two.
    • There have been five different pole winners in the last six races. Jeff Gordon (2004 and 2005) is the only repeat pole winner there since 2002.
    • There have been consecutive pole winners three times: Ricky Rudd (1990-92), Jeff Gordon (1998-99 and 2004-05).
    • 11 different drivers have won races; five have more than one victory there – led by Jeff Gordon with five. Ernie Irvan, Ricky Rudd, Tony Stewart and Rusty Wallace (all with two) are the other multiple-race winners. • Jeff Gordon is also the only driver with consecutive wins, winning in 1998, 1999 and 2000.
    • Seven of the drivers that have won races also have won poles there.
    • There have been only five different race winners in the last 10 races at Infineon. Jeff Gordon (five), Tony Stewart (two), Robby Gordon (one), Ricky Rudd (one) and Juan Pablo Montoya (one).
    • Five of 19 races have been won by the pole winner, including three times by Jeff Gordon. His victory from the pole in 2004 is the most recent.
    • The 1991 race was won from 13th starting position by Davey Allison - the deepest in the field that a race winner ever started at Infineon.
    • Jeff Gordon is the all-time leader in NASCAR Sprint Cup road-course victories with nine. Five of Gordon’s road-course victories have occurred at Infineon Raceway. He has three more victories than any other driver at the Sonoma track. Gordon also heads the all-time pole winners list for Infineon Raceway with five and has led the most laps there with 437 – more than twice the total of Rusty Wallace (171), who has led the second most.(NASCAR Statistics)


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #00-Michael McDowell NAPA #00 Team Schemes Page
    #10-Patrick Carpentier Valvoline #10 Team Schemes Page
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Kinko's #11 Team Schemes Page
    #19-Elliott Sadler Stanley Tools #19 Team Schemes Page
    #21-Marcos Ambrose Honey Buns #21 Team Schemes Page
    #28-Travis Kvapil CHP - California Highway Patrol #28 Team Schemes Page
    #40-Dario Franchitti Texaco-Havoline/The Hartford #40 Team Schemes Page
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya Texaco-Havoline #42 Team Schemes Page
    #45-Terry Labonte Wells-Fargo #45 Team Schemes Page
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. AMP Energy Drink #88 Team Schemes Page


  • NAPA doubles up at Infineon: NAPA (National Automotive Parts Association) takes pride in team effort, expectations and results and so does Michael Waltrip and his #55 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry team. On Sunday at Infineon Raceway, Waltrip will have fans seeing double with Michael McDowell carrying the NAPA shield on his #00 Toyota Camry as a sign of gratitude for NAPA's continued support. "We are taking Michael McDowell to Infineon Raceway in a NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry because it is a chance to say thanks to NAPA and all the fine people who represent them," Waltrip said.(Michael Waltrip Racing), see an image of the car on my #00 Team Schemes page.(6-18-2008) Comment here

  • New look for #40 at Infineon: Chip Ganassi Racing welcomes two familiar sponsors to the #40 Dodge of Dario Franchitti, Texaco/Havoline and The Hartford. The Hartford is back after having sponsored the car at Bristol with Franchitti behind the wheel. Texaco/Havoline, one of the primary sponsors on the #42 Dodge driven by Juan Pablo Montoya, will also sponsor the #40 car this weekend.(CGRFS PR)(6-18-2008)

  • CHP scheme for the #28 at Sonoma UPDATE images: hearing the #28 Yates Racing Ford of Travis Kvapil will run the CHP - California Highway Patrol colors at Infineon Raceway next weekend. See images on my #28 Team Schemes page.(6-13-2008)
    UPDATE: The Sprint Cup series will make its only Northern California stop for the 2008 season this upcoming June 22 for the Toyota/Save Mart 350, and the #28 Yates Racing Ford will feature quite an interesting paint job: It will be wearing the colors and design of a California Highway Patrol vehicle. The California Highway Patrol is excited for the car's debut, which should help with the agency's current "very energetic recruitment push," said Mark Garrett, public affairs recruitment sergeant for the CHP's Southern Division. "We know how effective and influential NASCAR is," he told Inside Line. The black-and-white CHP-design Fusion will be driven by 2003 Craftsman Truck Series champion Travis Kvapil. A set of gold-and-black Goodyear Eagle tires almost perfectly matches the CHP logo that decorates the hood. This will be the California Highway Patrol's first venture into Cup sponsorship. At this point, the plan is to back the Yates Racing Ford for only one race.(Edmunds.com), see images on my #28 Team Schemes page(6-17-2008) Comment here

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


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
    Seating Capacity: ~35,000

    Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Food Network's Guy Fieri
    Command to start engines: Food Network's Guy Fieri & Dave Fuller of the Northern California Toytota Dealers Association
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
    Invocation: Tim Boeve
    National Anthem: Actress/Singer Nikki Blonsky
    Military Flyover: A-10s's, 188th Fighter Wing, Arkansas National Guard
    for the season race officials by track, see my Race Officials page

  • Track Homepage: infineonraceway.com

  • ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Infineon Raceway

  • Last Year: see my June Infineon Race Info page


  • Military Members to Participate in Pre-Event Ceremonies at Infineon: Four members of the United States military have been selected to participate in pre-event ceremonies at the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway on Sunday, June 22. Each military member will escort a Sprint 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 Ryan Labar (Vacaville); Richard Russell II (Chico); Gregory Bilbrey (Phoenix) and Ryan Foxworth (Red Springs, NC). Labar has earned an Army Commendation Medal with Valor for his efforts in the Middle East. Foxworth's awards include a Distinguished Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters and the Humanitarian Service Medal.(Infineon Raceway)(6-20-2008)

  • National Anthem singer at Infineon: Actress/singer Nikki Blonsky, best known for her Golden Globe-nominated role in Hairspray, a 2007 big-screen adaptation of the highly-popular stage musical, will perform the national anthem at the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, June 22.(Infineon Raceway PR)(6-19-2008)

  • Raceway Continues Bustling Recycling Program: Infineon Raceway has long been motivated to do its part to help the environment and maintain its beautiful landscape, even if it means bringing in nearly 3,000 sheep to help do the job. Infineon Raceway has recycled more than 56 tons of materials (112,956 pounds) since the inception of its comprehensive program in 2004. The tonnage is the equivalent of 29 NASCAR Sprint Cup stock cars. The efforts will continue at the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sprint Cup Series weekend, June 20-22, as well as all other major events during the 2008 motor-racing season. Infineon Raceway is the only major motor-racing facility in the country with such a comprehensive recycling program. George Mutter, owner of Environmental Event Management Group, based in San Diego, has managed the program at Infineon Raceway since its inception and has 26 years of experience in the recycling business. The facility has taken its efforts to a new level in 2008 as nearly 3,000 sheep have been brought on property to help maintain the grasses and fire lanes around the facility. Provided by a company called Rocky Mountain Wooly Weeders in Colorado, the sheep live on the property full-time and are tended by two shepherds. The sheep naturally mow and fertilize at the same time, helping Infineon Raceway maintain its beautiful landscape in an efficient and earth-friendly way. 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)(6-18-2008)

  • Avoid Soaring Gas Prices, Ride the Bus to Infineon Raceway: With gas prices soaring, you can leave the driving to Infineon Raceway for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, June 22. For the sixth consecutive year, race fans can take advantage of the Ride the Bus program, as Infineon Raceway and Storer Tours have teamed up to provide transportation from 19 cities across California and Nevada. Cost for the Ride the Bus program starts at $127 and includes:
    * Transportation to/from the raceway on Sunday of race weekend in an air-conditioned bus.
    * Premium reserved seat for Sunday.
    * Commemorative souvenir race program.
    Services will be offered from the following cities: Bakersfield, Concord, Fairfield, Fresno, Merced, Milpitas, Modesto, Novato, Portersville, Red Bluff, Redding, Reno (Nev.), Rohnert Park, Sacramento, San Jose, Stockton, Tracy, Turlock and Visalia. Call Infineon Raceway at 800-870-RACE to be part of the biggest caravan of the year to the Toyota/Save Mart 350 or visit www.infineonraceway.com.(6-17-2008)

  • Grand Marshal for Infineon named: Great food and the Sprint Cup Series will come together as Food Network television star Guy Fieri has been named Grand Marshal of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway. Fieri, a resident of nearby Santa Rosa in the North Bay, rocketed to stardom on the Food Network after winning the title on the hit show, "The Next Food Network Star." He has since hosted three popular programs, including "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" and "Guy's Big Bite." Fieri is also a huge fan of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, having attended the annual event at Infineon Raceway for years. Fieri will be honored throughout the race weekend, most notably at the Children's Champions Grand Marshall's Banquet on Friday night, June 20, at beautiful Cline Cellars in Sonoma. All proceeds from the banquet, which sells out each year, benefit Speedway Children's Charities, the charitable arm of Infineon Raceway. Fieri will also attend the NASCAR driver's meeting on Sunday, take center stage during driver introductions and join the Northern California Toyota Dealers in giving the start command, "Gentlemen, Start Your Engines," prior to the green flag dropping for the Toyota/Save Mart 350.(Infineon Raceway site)(6-17-2008)

  • Clapp to be Inducted Into Infineon Raceway Wall of Fame: Ken Clapp was present at then-Sears Point Raceway when the first shovel was put into the ground in August of 1967, but he had no idea that more than 40 years later, the facility would evolve into one of the premier motor sports and entertainment venues in the country. Clapp was instrumental in the creation of Sears Point Raceway, and he was also one of the principals that helped bring the then-NASCAR Winston Cup Series to the Sonoma Valley in 1989. It seems only fitting that Clapp, who resides in Danville in the East Bay, be inducted into the Infineon Raceway Wall of Fame. That honor will come on Friday, June 20, of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sprint Cup Series weekend at Infineon Raceway. It is perfect timing as the raceway celebrates its 40th anniversary season in 2008, as well as the 20th anniversary of Cup racing in Sonoma. Sears Point Raceway held its first event in 1968, a Sports Car Club of America Enduro, but Clapp was responsible for bringing the first big-time event to the Sonoma Valley in 1970 with the USAC IndyCar 150. Clapp also helped bring the NASCAR West Series to Sears Point Raceway with a pair of events in 1969, as well as a huge Funny Car drag meet featuring 27 floppers from all over the United States. Clapp has also had several positions within NASCAR, most notably Vice President of Western Operations for nearly 20 years, followed by Vice President of Marketing and Development, until his retirement in 1999, at which time he became a senior consultant - a responsibility he enjoys to this day. He worked with NASCAR colleague Les Richter to bring the Cup Series to Sonoma in 1989. Clapp officially retired from NASCAR in 1999 but still serves in a consultant role on various projects, and he also keeps close ties to Infineon Raceway. In all, the Oakland native has devoted his lifetime to motor sports.(Infineon Raceway PR)(6-4-2008)

  • Infineon Raceway Recycles Nearly 16 Tons During 2007 Season: Infineon Raceway continued its bustling recycling program in 2007, collecting nearly 16 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 56 tons of materials (112,956 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 29 NASCAR Sprint Cup stock cars. Infineon Raceway is the only major motor-racing facility in the country with such a comprehensive recycling program. Materials were collected at the raceway's major events in 2007, including the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, IndyCar(r) Series and the AMA Superbike Series. In all, the total collected was 31,604 pounds: * 17,450 pounds of glass (32,981 glass bottles)
    * 11,955 pounds of plastic bottles (160,668 plastic bottles)
    * 2,199 pounds of aluminum cans (64,431 cans)
    * Total: 31,604 pounds (258,080 beverage containers)
    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)(2-6-2008)

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


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire:
    Goodyear Eagle Road Course Radials

    Number of Tires:
    2,000

    Tire Code:
    D-4110

    Tire Circumference:
    88.6 in.

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

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

    Sprint Cup Series teams will run the same tire code (D-4110) on all four tire postions at Infineon Raceway this weekend . . . this is the same tire code that teams ran at Infineon last season . . . Sprint Cup teams are also scheduled to run this code at the other road course on the circuit -- Watkins Glen . . . this code also serves as the right-side tire for Cup teams at Martinsville . . . as on all NASCAR road courses, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Infineon.


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • Pruett in for Sorenson at Infineon UPDATE hearing road course specialist Scott Pruett will drive the #41 Target Dodge for Chip Ganassi racing in the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway, replacing regular driver Reed Sorenson. The #41 team is 32nd in Owners Points, only 29 points from being 36th and out of a guaranteed starting spot.(6-17-2008)
    UPDATE: CGRFS announced the team’s road-racing veteran driver Scott Pruett will make the switch from Daytona Prototypes to stock cars to compete in the first Sprint Cup Series road course race of the season at Infineon Raceway this Sunday. Pruett, the California native who currently leads the Rolex Sports Car Series championship for CGRFS with teammate Memo Rojas, will pilot the #41 Target Dodge entry for the Cup race around the 1.99-mile track in Sonoma, Calif., on Sunday.(CGRFS PR)(6-17-2008) Comment here

  • Fellows to run the #01 at Infineon: Veteran road course specialist Ron Fellows will pilot the Dale Earnhardt Inc. #01 Chevy in the Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway on June 22 with a goal of scoring maximum car owner points in the event. Leading rookie-of-the-year candidate Regan Smith will be back in the car the following week at Loudon [New Hampshire]. "We're very proud of the job Regan is doing and our commitment to him has not changed," said John Story, Dale Earnhardt Inc. vice president of motorsports. "The progress of the No. 01 team has been significant. We have a team around Regan now that communicates well together and we expect to see more of the improvement they've already made in the second half of the season. Our goal for Regan remains winning the rookie of the year title and building momentum that we hope will carry us into 2009. Ron has a successful history with DEI and he certainly knows his way around Infineon. The opportunity to capitalize on his experience and abilities against some of the other road course experts is our objective." Fellows, who ran road courses for Dale Earnhardt Inc. in 2003-04, boasts 17 Cup starts in his career, with the majority coming on road courses. He finished second at Watkins Glen in 2004 and seventh in 2003 at Infineon, both in the DEI #1 car. The specialist ran both road courses last season, finishing inside the top 15 in both outings, including a fourth-place finish at Watkins Glen. Included as part of his esteemed career in road racing, Fellows boasts three wins in 12 starts in the Nationwide Series and two wins in the Craftsman Truck Series.(DEI PR)(6-15-2008)

  • Pressley to help out Ambrose: Marcos Ambrose said Robert Pressley would practice and qualify Ambrose’s #59 JTG Racing Nationwide Series Ford at the Milwaukee Mile next weekend should Ambrose qualify for the Sprint Cup race at Infineon Raceway. Ambrose will attempt to make the Toyota/Save Mart 350 in the Wood Brothers’ #21 Sprint Cup Ford. If he qualifies, Ambrose said Friday he would drive in both Cup practices next Saturday before trying to make it to Milwaukee in time for the Camping World RV Rental 250. “We got all the planes and helicopters and stuff that we need to get it done,” Ambrose said. “The first thing is to get that car in the race at Sonoma, and then we activate that plan. If we don’t, then I’ll just make my way to Milwaukee and practice and qualify the car and do the weekend as normal. We intend to try to do both, depending on how it works. If I get the 21 Wood Brothers car in the race, my focus is going to be primarily on that package.” Pressley, a 10-time winner in the No. 2 series, last ran a race in 2005. He’s a former driver for owner Tad Geschickter’s team and has served as a driver coach for JTG.(SceneDaily)(6-15-2008)

  • See the 2008 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.


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