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    THE RACE: Toyota/Save Mart 350

    TRACK: Infineon Raceway

    NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #16 of 36 for the 2009 season
    (Updated: often, leading up to the race)

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    • Race: Sunday, June 21, 2009 in Sonoma, CA

    • Title Sponsor: Toyota/Save Mart

    • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 5:16pm/et

    Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

    • NASCAR Pre-race: TNT - Countdown to Green, 12:00pm/et

    • Television Race Coverage: TNT, 1:00pm/et

    • Announcers: Adam Alexander, Wally Dallenbach Jr., Kyle Petty

    • Pit Reporters: Matt Yocum, Marty Snider, Ralph Sheheen, Phil Parsons

    • TNT's Revolving Studio: Lindsay Czarniak, Larry McReynolds, Kyle Petty

    • AC/DC to feature song "T.N.T" for NASCAR races: TNT announced that it has joined forces with Hall of Fame rockers AC/DC [Jayski fave] to feature the band's single "T.N.T" as the network's theme song for its 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series coverage. The song will serve as the primary musical bed for all six of TNT's races, which begin with the Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 on Sunday, June 6 in Pocono, as well as for the network's multi-platform marketing campaign surrounding its exclusive race coverage, which includes a presence on social media, print outlets, national television, local radio and print. The song has been re-released on the band's latest album, AC/DC: Iron Man 2 which features 15 of the band's classic songs.(

    • TV Listings, Links and Info:
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    • Practices:
      Friday, June 19, 3:00 - 4:30 pm/et, TV-SPEED
      Saturday, June 20, 12:30 - 1:15 pm/et, TV-SPEED

    • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, June 20, 1:50 - 2:50pm/et, TV-SPEED

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    • Qualifying Draw: Friday, June 19, 2:00pm/et

    • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42, Friday, June 19 at 6:35pm/et, TV-SPEED, no re-air scheduled;
      AND live via radio at PRN Radio and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.

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    • Kahne wins at Infineon: #9-Kasey Kahne won the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway for his 1st win of 2009, 1st road course win and the 10th win of his career. Kahne's previous best road course finish was 14th, twice at Watkins Glen. It was Kahne's first win since Pocono last June, 37 races ago. The race was a green-white-checkered finish after a late race caution. #14-Stewart finished second followed by #47-Ambrose, #48-Johnson, #11-Hamlin, #42-Montoya, #44-Allmendinger, #33-Bowyer, #24-Gordon and #19-Sadler. Pole sitter #83-Vickers finished 16th after leading the first 17 laps. There were 7 cautions for 20 laps and there were 10 lead changes among 8 drivers.
      For race results, awards and more, see my Infineon Race Results Page.(6-21-2009)

    • UNOFFICIAL Driver Points Standings [after Infineon, race 16 of 36]:
      1) #14-Tony Stewart, 2364 [1 win], finished 2nd
      2) #24-Jeff Gordon, 2280, -84 [1 win], 9th
      3) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 2207, -157 [2 wins], 4th
      4) #2-Kurt Busch, 2084, -280 [1 win], 15th
      5) #99-Carl Edwards, 2051, -313, 13th
      6) #39-Ryan Newman, 2046, -318, 17th
      7) #11-Denny Hamlin, 2009, -355, 5th
      8) #16-Greg Biffle, 1992, -372, 28th
      9) #18-Kyle Busch, 1962, -402, [3 wins], 22nd
      10) #17-Matt Kenseth, 1957, -407, [2 wins], 18th
      11) #5-Mark Martin, 1926, -438, [3 wins], 35th
      12) #42-Juan Montoya, 1917, -447, 6th
      Contenders for the top-12/chase:
      13) #9-Kasey Kahne, 1914, 3 points out of 12th, [1 win], 1st
      14) #00-David Reutimann, 1877, -40, [1 win], 31st
      15) #31-Jeff Burton, 1871, -46, 26th
      16) #33-Clint Bowyer, 1852, -65, 8th
      17) #83-Brian Vickers, 1794, -123, 16th
      For drivers and owners points standings, see the Drivers/Owners Points Standings.(6-21-2009)

    • Racing Resources Says …Stats from Infineon:
      * Kasey Kahne won the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway. He scored his 10th series victory in his 196th start. His last win came at Pocono in June 2008, 37 races ago. Kahne led twice for 37 laps, the most of all drivers. Thirty-six drivers finished on the lead lap, the most ever in a series road course race; the previous record was 34 at Infineon in June 2005 and Watkins Glen in August 2005. Kahne posted his first series victory at Infineon in his sixth start; his best previous finish at Infineon was 23rd in 2007. He scored his first series victory on a road course in 11 starts; it was his first top-10 finish on a road course. His previous best finish on a road course was 14th (twice -- both at Watkins Glen).
      * Kahne became the 10th different race winner in 16 races in 2009.
      * Kahne's #9 was one of three numbers that had competed in all 20 previous races at Infineon without winning; the #21 [didn't run this year] and the #5 were the other two.
      * Kahne became the 41st driver to score at least one win on a series road course.
      * Richard Petty scored his first win as a car owner since John Andretti won at Martinsville in April 1999. It was 363 races between wins. Richard Petty Motorsports posted its first series victory; 18 different teams had won since a team owned by Richard Petty last won. All three RPM cars finished in the top 10.
      * Dodge scored its second win at Infineon and second victory of 2009; the last win came at Atlanta with Kurt Busch.
      * Marcos Ambrose (third) matched his career-best finish set at Watkins Glen last August.
      * Juan Pablo Montoya (sixth) has finished in the top 10 in four of the past five races and has seven top-10s in 2009. Montoya moved up to 12th in the series points standings; it's only the third time in his 89-race career he has been in the top 12; he has picked up three spots in the points over the last two races. Montoya has scored more top-10 finishes in 2009 than he has in any other season.
      * Max Papis (12th) scored his career-best finish; he had the highest finish among Rookie of the Year contenders.(ESPN)(6-23-2009)

    • Race Fast Facts - Infineon Raceway
      Kasey Kahne won the Toyota/Save Mart 350, his 10th victory in 196 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
      This is his first victory and fifth top-10 finish in 2009.
      This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in six races at Infineon Raceway.
      Kahne's best previous finish at Infineon was 23rd in 2007. His best road course finishes were a pair of 14ths, most recently last August, at Watkins Glen International. The last win by a Richard Petty owned car was by John Andretti at Martinsville Speedway in the spring of 1999.
      Tony Stewart (second) posted his seventh top-10 finish in 11 races at Infineon Raceway. It is his 12th top-10 finish in 2009.
      Marcos Ambrose (third) posted his first top-10 finish in two races at Infineon Raceway.
      Max Papis (12th) was the highest finishing rookie.
      Tony Stewart leads the point standings by 84 points over Jeff Gordon.(NASCAR Statistics)(6-21-2009)

    • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at New Hampshire:
      No teams jumped into the top 35, #34-Andretti's lead over 36th increases to 95 since #82 missed the race
      34) #7-Gordon/Robby Gordon: 1273, +235
      35) #34-Andretti/Earnhardt Ganassi: 1133, 95 points ahead of 36th
      these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
      36) #82-Speed/Red Bull: 1038, 95 points out of 35th
      37) #71-Gilliland/TRG: 966, -167
      The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
      For the owner points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings page.(6-21-2009)

    • Infraction Report - Infineon:
      Car#, Lap, Reason, Penalty
      #47, Pre-Race to the rear W tail end engine change
      #71, Pre-Race to the rear W tail end backup car
      #87, Pre-Race to the rear W tail end driver change
      #44, 10, Excessive speed ENTERING pits, pass thru
      #29, 22, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, tail end
      #48, 29, Excessive speed ENTERING pits, pass thru
      #19, 43, Safety violation, pit
      #24, 54, Excessive speed ENTERING pits, tail end
      #19, 54, Using more than two(2) air wrenches during one pit stop, tail end
      #08, 67, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, pass thru
      #71, 82, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #87, 82, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #2, 90, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #02, 95, Safety violation, pit
      #16, 97, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #71, 97, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      (NASCAR Statistics)(6-21-2009)

    • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Infineon: (and their finish)
      Caution 1: #13-Papis, 12th
      Caution 2: #44-Allmendinger, 7th
      Caution 3: #02-Ash, 41st
      Caution 4: #18-Busch, 22nd
      Caution 5: #17-Kenseth, 18th
      Caution 6: #77-Hornish Jr., (still 8 laps down),
      Caution 7: #77-Hornish Jr.(2), (still 7 laps down),

    • Pit Stall Selections - Infineon: The selections for pit stalls of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway have been made. Pole sitter #83-Vickers chose pit stall 23, the 2nd stall with an opening in front of it, outside pole sitter #18-Busch took pit stall 11 the next with an opening in front of it and #47-Ambrose, who starts 3rd took stall 1, the first to get out to the track. #13-Papis took the final pit stall. See the pit selection chart on the Infineon Pit Stall Selection chart.(6-20-2009)

    • Race Coverage of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway is scheduled for Sunday, June 21, 2009.
      TV: TNT at 5:00 pm/et; pre-race show at 3:30 pm/et; green flag approx 5:16pm/et
      Radio: PRN Radio and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
      Scheduled Race Re-Airs: SPEED, Wednesday, June 24 at 12:00pm/et;

    • Jayski's - 2009 Sprint Cup Race Results Page

    • NASCAR’s Robin Pemberton explains new restart rules: NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton gave an explanation Friday of the new double-file restart rules. Here are excerpts of the conversation with the media and his answers to some questions ask.
      SD: What is the procedure for double-file restarts?
      Pemberton: “When the caution comes out, the field will be frozen as it is today. The free-pass car will be identified as it is today and it will be the same format. As the cars are gathered behind the pace car, the pit road is opened for leaders, the second time by it will be open for the lap-down cars, and that is how it is today. And when we come to the one [lap]-to-go [until the green drops], the cars that have elected not to pit that are lap-down cars that will be in front of the lead-lap cars that have pitted, will be waved around to join the field at the tail end. The lineup will be on the double-file restart, lead-lap cars to the front, lap-down cars, … then it will be the free-pass car, then it will be the cars that have been waved around and then it will be the penalty cars.
      SD: If a guy on the lead lap opts not to pit, he’s the leader?
      Pemberton: Correct. Still P1 [the leader].
      SD: Is there an option for the lead car to select which lane?
      Pemberton: When we give the 1-to-go, the leader throughout the entire race will get lane choice, high or low. He has to make that choice when we come to the 1-to-go at the stripe. One other thing we have added is the free pass will take place from start to finish throughout the entire race.
      SD: If a car on the lead lap pits a second time with the lap-down cars, does he restart with the lap-down cars?
      Pemberton: He will start in his respective track position how he came off of pit road. If you have a lead-lap car who makes multiple pit stops to work on his car, he is not in that lead-lap group that pitted that first-time by. He’ll be scored where he comes off pit road [with lapped cars]
      SD: The lap-down cars that don’t pit and the get the wave around the leader, do they get to come all the way around to rear of the field?
      Pemberton: That’s correct but they will not be able to hit pit road for tires and fuel. Pit road won’t be closed but they will forfeit their wave-around status if they hit pit road for tires and fuel.
      SD: At tracks like Martinsville and Bristol and you’re waiting for the 1-to-go, are you anticipating that the wave around could be hard to be completed?
      Pemberton: There could be issues. Every track has its different set of challenges. We’ll have to address those when we get to them. The whole field will be double file so they won’t be as strung out.
      SD: If multiple lead-lap cars stay out, do the lap-down cars that don’t pit still get waved around?
      Pemberton: The only way you can be waved around is if you are between the leader and the pace car. As pit stops take place, you need to be in front of the lead-lap cars. You get waved around regardless if you’re one or two or three laps down [or more].
      SD: Are you going to use double-file restarts throughout the race for every race?
      Pemberton: Yes.
      SD: It was said that Trucks and Nationwide will use it later this year? Any timetable?
      Pemberton: It’s just later. We need to work through some of these details here. We’ve got three races in three different states [this weekend]. We want to make sure we concentrate on this [in Cup] and get everything as right as we can.(SceneDaily)(6-7-2009)

    • NASCAR Announces “Double-File Restarts – Shootout Style”: NASCAR announced a change to its race format with the addition of “Double-File Restarts – Shootout Style” throughout each race. Beginning with this weekend at Pocono Raceway, the first- and second-place drivers will line up side-by-side as the green flag flies for each restart. “We’ve heard the fans loud and clear: ‘double-file restarts – shootout style’ are coming to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series,” said NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France. “This addition to the race format is good for competition and good for the fans.”
      NASCAR recently used the “double-file” format for its non-points NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, which produced an unpredictable finish. The format will be adapted for the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in the near future. Under the previous format, cars on the lead lap would restart in a single-file line while cars that had been lapped would start in a line next to them. Under the new format, the race leader will have the option to restart on the inside or outside lane. The second-place driver would then restart next to the leader. Regardless of where the leader starts, drivers in odd number positions (3rd, 5th, 7th places, etc.) will restart on the inside lane, while drivers in even number positions (4th, 6th, 8th places, etc.) will restart on the outside. All restarts will use the same format regardless of the number of laps remaining in the race.
      The first-place driver will continue to control the timing of restarts in a designated zone on the track. Likewise, cars are to stay in line until they reach the start/finish line. The first eligible car a lap or more down will continue to earn one lap back following a caution, which is known as the “free pass.” However, a new element beginning this week will be that the “free pass” will remain in effect the entire race [before it was all race until 10 or less laps to go, then none was awarded]. Lapped cars choosing to remain on the track will be “waved around” the caution car and will restart the race in respective track position, thus picking up a lap to the leader provided the leader also pits. This will also remove lapped cars from behind the pace car, allowing the leaders to take the green without interference [so the leader will not restart in the middle of the pack].(NASCAR)(6-4-2009) Comment here

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    • Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway Pit Stall Selections

    • Happy Hour practice for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway is being over, the top 5:
      #44-Allmendinger 92.525
      #09-Fellows 92.480
      #7-Gordon 92.348
      #42-Montoya 92.307
      #9-Kahne 92.220
      slowest: #66-Blaney 89.828 and #02-Ash 90.253
      no speed: #34-Andretti, #71-Gilliland
      TV Note: SPEED will not air the practice live as the rain delayed Truck Series race is being showed, but the practice will be aired approx 4:00pm/et on SPEED after the truck race.
      See speeds, most laps run, average speeds and more on my Infineon Practice Speeds/Notes page.(6-20-2009) Comment here

    • Saturday's First Practice: for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway is over, the top five:
      #47-Ambrose 92.490 [blew engine]
      #42-Montoya 92.293
      #33-Bowyer 92.144
      #26-McMurray 92.123
      #7-Gordon 92.085
      slowest: #04-Jones 89.282 and #66-Blaney 90.025
      no speed: #34-Andretti, #71-Gilliland
      incident: #47-Ambrose blew an engine, the team will put in a new one and Ambrose will have to start from the rear of the field, he was scheduled to start 3rd. About 15 minutes into the session, #34-Andretti was waiting at the end of pit road to enter the track, #71-Gilliland was behind him, looked down to turn on switches and ran into the rear of the #34, crushing the nose of his own car. Gilliland will go to a backup car, Gilliland's primary car was a road race car they purchased a month ago, the backup is not. Some rear damage to the #34.
      See speeds, most laps run, average speeds and more on my Infineon Practice Speeds/Notes page.(6-20-2009)

    • Vickers on pole at Infineon: #83-Brian Vickers won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway with a lap of 93.678mph for his 2nd straight pole in a row, 4th of 2009 and 9th of his career [has never won from the pole]. #18-Busch was 2nd fastest followed by #47-Ambrose, #14-Stewart, #9-Kahne, #1-Truex Jr., #39-Newman, #19-Sadler, #08-Said and #17-Kenseth. #24-Johnson will start 11th, #24-Gordon 13th and #88-Earnhardt Jr's woes continue as he will start 35th
      The non Top-35 drivers who made the race:
      The four drivers who failed to qualify: Rookie of the Year candidate #82-Speed, #27-Hubert, #37-Cook and #36-Simo [who lost an engine during his lap]
      See starting lineup, qualifying results, pole progression and more on my Infineon Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results page.(6-19-2009)

    • Qualifying Fast Facts - Infineon Raceway:
      Brian Vickers won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 with a lap of 76.475 seconds, 93.678 mph.
      This is his ninth pole in 188 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
      This is his fourth pole and eighth top-10 start in 2009.
      This is his first pole in five races at Infineon Raceway. Vickers' best previous start at Infineon Raceway was 18th. His best previous road race start was 17th at Watkins Glen International.
      This is the first time in 2009 that Toyotas have qualified one-two-three. The only other time the manufacturer claimed the top three qualifying positions was at Talladega Superspeedway on Oct. 7, 2007.
      Kyle Busch (second) posted his 12th top-10 start of 2009 and his first in five races at Infineon Raceway.
      Marcos Ambrose (third) posted his second top-10 start at Infineon Raceway. It is his third in 16 races this season.
      Joey Logano (12th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(6-19-2009)

    • Coverage of Qualifying for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway is scheduled for Friday, June 19, 2009 at 6:35pm/et.
      TV: SPEED - 6:30pm/et
      Radio: PRN Radio and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page
      Qualifying Re-Air: none scheduled

    • Qualifying Order for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway is posted. 47 cars/drivers are listed. 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 #11-Hamlin, the final top-35 driver scheduled to go out is #88-Earnhardt Jr. The first go-or-go homer scheduled to qualify [36th] is #27-Hubert with the final driver scheduled to qualify being #09-Fellows. See the full qualifying order on the Infineon Qualifying Page.(6-19-2009)

    • Friday practice for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway is over, the top five:
      #47-Ambrose 93.404
      #24-Gordon 93.368
      #08-Said 93.336
      #48-Johnson 93.116
      #83-Vickers 92.883
      slowest: #34-Andretti 89.511 and #27-Hubert 90.135
      incidents: #88-Earnhardt Jr., #31-Burton and #00-Reutimann spun
      See speeds, most laps run, average speeds and more on my Infineon Practice Speeds/Notes page.(6-19-2009)

    • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice at Infineon Raceway:
      if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
      #08-Boris Said, 3rd fastest overall
      #71-David Gilliland, 16th
      #82-Scott Speed, 23rd
      #09-Ron Fellows, 27th
      #13-Max Papis, 28th
      #66-Dave Blaney, 36th
      #36-Brian Simo, 37th
      #37-Chris Cook. 41st
      these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
      #87-Joe Nemechek, 42nd
      #04-P.J. Jones, 44th
      #02-Brandon Ash, 45th
      #27-Tom Hubert, 46th
      See speeds, most laps run, average speeds and more on my Infineon Practice Speeds/Notes page.(6-19-2009)

    • The Entry List for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway is posted, 47 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
      Top 35 teams:
      #55-Patrick Carpentier in for Michael Waltrip
      Not in top 35 of 2009 owners points:
      #02-Brandon Ash (57th in owners points/1 attempt)
      #08-Boris Said (60/1)
      #09-Ron Fellows (2009 Race Winner as owner)(40/15)
      #13-Max Papis (46/7)
      #27-Tom Hubert (58/1)
      #36-Brian Simo (42/15)
      #37-Chris Cook (50/8)
      #66-Dave Blaney (41/15)
      #71-David Gilliland (37/15)
      #82-Scott Speed (36/15)
      #87-Joe Nemechek (39/15)
      added after entry list posted:
      #04-P.J, Jones (none) in a 2nd Robby Gordon Motorsports Toyota [Post Entry]
      In the event qualifying is rained out or cancelled:
      the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 09,82,71,87,66,36,13,37
      missing the race would be [4]: #'s 02,27,08,04
      See the full entry list at my Jayski's Infineon Entry List.(6-15/18-2009)

    • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Infineon:
      No teams jumped into the top 35, #34-Andretti's lead over 36th increases slightly to 53 points
      34) #7-Gordon/Robby Gordon: 1213, +206
      35) #34-Andretti/Earnhardt Ganassi: 1060, 53 points ahead of 36th
      these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
      36) #82-Speed/Red Bull: 1007, 53 points out of 35th
      37) #71-Gilliland/TRG: 899, -161
      The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
      For the owner points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings page.(6-14-2009)

    • 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 Sprint 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, if still tied then by best finish
      #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)

    • Qualifying Rules/Notes/News page

    • 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.

    • 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 [NSCS]. 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 NSCS still will be determined by qualifying speed, the new system will assure the highest-ranked 35 positions of the NSCS 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 NSCS 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 Sprint 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 Sprint 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.
      See my 2009 Past Champions Provisional Page for more.


    • Six CURRENT Race Tracks Johnson has never won: There are six current race tracks the Sprint Cup Series runs on that #48-Jimmie Johnson has not won at [a Sprint Cup race], plus Johnson ran five races at Rockingham and didn't win:
      Bristol: 0 for 15 with a best finish of 3rd in 8/2004 and 3/2009
      Michigan: 0 for 14 with a best finish of 3rd in 8/2007
      Sonoma: 0 for 7 with a best finish of 5th in 6/2004
      Chicago: 0 for 7 with a best finish of 2nd in 7/2004 & 7/2008
      Watkins Glen: 0 for 7 with a best finish of 3rd in 8/2007
      Homestead: 0 for 8 with a best finish of 2nd in 11/2004

    • June 2008 Race Winner: #18-Kyle Busch, 76.445mph, started 30th

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

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

    • June 2008 Pole Sitter: #9-Kasey Kahne, 92.153mph, finished 33rd

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

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

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

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

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

    • Most Wins: 5 - Jeff Gordon

    • Most Poles: 5 - Jeff Gordon

    • Most Top 5s: 10 - Ricky Rudd. Jeff Gordon

    • Most Top 10s: 13 - Mark Martin

    • Most Cautions: 9, 6/10/90

    • Fewest Cautions: 3 - four times, last on 6/23/2002

    • Most Caution Laps: 26, 6/27/1999

    • Fewest Caution Laps: 7 - 6/7/1992

    • Most Laps Led: 92, Jeff Gordon, 6/27/2004

    • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 92, Jeff Gordon, 6/27/2004

    • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 2, Davey Allison, 6/9/1991

    • Most Lead Changes: 10 - Four times, most recently 6/23/2002

    • Fewest Lead Changes: 3 - 6/11/1989

    • Most Leaders: 9, twice, most recently 6/23/2002

    • Fewest Leaders: 3, 6/11/1989

    • Most Finishers on a lead lap: 34, 6/26/2005

    • Most Running at the Finish: 42, 5/5/96 and 6/26/2005

    • Fewest Running at the Finish: 32 - 5/16/1993

    • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 9 - Chevy

    • Races won from starting pos 1: 5 [of 20 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 30: 1
    • Races won from starting pos 32: 1
    • Races won from the top 5: 12 of 20 - 60.0%
    • Races won from the top 10: 15 of 20 - 75.0%

    • 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 20 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.

      • 12 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 four different pole winners in the last four races.

      • There have been consecutive pole winners three times: Ricky Rudd (1990-92) and Jeff Gordon (1998-99 and 2004-05).

      • 12 different drivers have won races; five have multiple victories there – led by Jeff Gordon with five. Ernie Irvan, Ricky Rudd, Tony Stewart and Rusty Wallace (all with two) are the other multiple-race winners.

      • Jeff Gordon is also the only driver with consecutive wins, winning in 1998, 1999 and 2000.

      • There have been four different race winners in the last four races at Infineon: Tony Stewart (2005), Jeff Gordon (2006), Juan Pablo Montoya (2007) and Kyle Busch (2008). Montoya was a rookie when he won.

      • Five of 20 races have been won by the pole winner, including three times by Jeff Gordon. His victory from the pole in 2004 is the most recent.

      • The lowest starting position by a race winner was 32nd by Juan Pablo Montoya. Last season, Kyle Busch came close to matching that mark, starting 30th in his Infineon victory.

      • 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.

      • There have been 124 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in California

      • 404 drivers from NASCAR’s three national series (all-time) have their home state recorded as California.



    • 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
      Grandstand Seating Listed: 47,000

      Race Festivities/Officials:
      Grand Marshal: Legendary Oakland Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler
      Command to start engines: Ken Stabler
      Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
      Invocation: Infineon Raceway Track Chaplin Tim Boeve
      National Anthem: Davina Kelly, Oakland Police Department
      Military Flyover: 2 F-15's, 114th Fighter Squadron, 173rd Fighter Wing. Oregon Air National Guard
      for the season race officials by track, see my Race Officials page

    • Track Website:

    • ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Infineon Raceway

    • Last June: see my Infineon Race Info page

    • What is Infineon? been asked by some readers what the Infineon in Infineon Raceway means? from their website: Infineon Technologies focuses on the three central challenges facing modern society: Energy Efficiency, Communications and Security and offers semiconductors and system solutions for automotive and industrial electronics, chip card and security applications as well as applications in communications. Infineon’s products stand out for their reliability, their quality excellence and their innovative and leading-edge technology in analog and mixed signal, RF and power as well as embedded control. With a global presence, Infineon operates through its subsidiaries in the USA from Milpitas, California, in the Asia-Pacific region from Singapore, and in Japan from Tokyo. See more at

    • Air Show Takes Center Stage on Sunday at Infineon:
      * Airshows America's Patriots Jet Team Air Show: Pre-race festivities kick off with the Patriots Jet Team Air Show which will bring the sky to life with their show, which is performed in four 1983 L-39 Ex-Military Jets. The show will feature 25 minutes of beautifully choreographed maneuvers, including diamond formation loops and rolls.
      * Red Bull Helicopter Stunt Show: Check out the Red Bull helicopter stunt show performed by Charles "Chuck" P. Aaron, the only pilot licensed in the United States by the Federal Aviation Administration. Watch as he performs loops, barrel rolls and back flips in a BO-105 CBS helicopter.
      * Red Bull Sky Diving Team: You won't want to miss the Red Bull Sky Diving Team as it demonstrates "Free Flying" from 10,000 feet above Infineon Raceway. The Red Bull team travels world-wide performing different skydiving maneuvers.
      * Patriotic Parachute Team: The Patriotic Parachute Team is comprised of dedicated men and women from all branches of the Armed Forces.
      * Military Fly-bys: Keep your eyes glued to the sky immediately following the national anthem for thrilling military fly-bys.
      * US Army Cannon Salute Following National Anthem, Army Cannon Salute Provided by the 75th Division Salute Batter from Camp Parks Dublin, CA
      For more information on the Toyota/Save Mart 350 or to purchase tickets, call 800-870-RACE or visit Raceway)(6-20-2009)

    • Oakland Police Officers Honored During Race Weekend: Four motorcycle officers from the Oakland Police Department will lead the 43-car field around the road course prior to the start of the Toyota/Save Mart 350. This will serve as a salute to the four officers from the Oakland Police Department who lost their lives in the line of duty in March: Sgts. Ervin Romans, Daniel Sakai and Mark Dunakin and Officer John Hege. The Oakland Police Department will also have a booth at race weekend with donations going to the families of the four officers. For more information on the Toyota/Save Mart 350 or to purchase tickets, call 800-870-RACE or visit Raceway)(6-20-2009)

    • U.S. Coast Guard, UPS, David Ragan Provide Ceremonial Delivery of Trophy: Infineon Raceway received a special delivery on Wednesday, thanks to UPS and the United States Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco, the “Guardians of the Golden Gate.” The Coast Guard arranged for safe delivery of the winner’s trophy for this weekend’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. A Coast Guard MH65C Dolphin helicopter, departing from an unknown location in the Bay Area, landed on the road course on Turn 11 with the trophy safely stored. From there, two raceway handlers, dressed in black suits and wearing white gloves, and David Ragan, driver of the No. 6 UPS Ford, carried the trophy to an awaiting UPS Truck. The truck then drove to the Wine Country Winner’s Circle, where the two handlers and Ragan safely placed the trophy on a wine barrel after walking a red carpet. Mission accomplished. The Coast Guard will return on Sunday as part of the ceremonial fly-by moments before the green flag is dropped on the Toyota/Save Mart 350.(Infineon Raceway)(6-18-2009)

    • Infineon Raceway Goes “Green” for NASCAR Weekend: The Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend at Infineon Raceway, June 19-21, will definitely have a “green” feel to it this year. The raceway has featured a comprehensive recycling program since 2004, but the Sonoma Valley facility has taken things to a new level in 2009 with a number of initiatives. Below is an outline of the efforts for the 2009 race season at Infineon Raceway, including the Toyota/Save Mart 350 on Father’s Day weekend:
      Recycling Since 2004, Infineon Raceway has recycled more than 73 tons (147,524 pounds) of materials. The tonnage equates to slightly more than the total weight of a full NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starting field – 43 stock cars. The raceway has been recognized by the State of California Department, Division of Recycling for its recycling efforts. Infineon Raceway also works with Safety-Kleen at its NASCAR and NHRA events to recycle used oil products. Safety-Kleen refines approximately 180,000,000 gallons of used motor oil each year.
      Mowing Green Nearly 3,000 sheep will continue to call Infineon Raceway home in 2009. They will provide an invaluable service, helping to maintain the grasses and fire lanes around the facility. The raceway formed a relationship with Rocky Mountain Wooly Weeders in 2008, which provides the sheep. The sheep live on property full-time and are tended by two shepherds.
      Clean Green Clean facilities are very important at Infineon Raceway, and to that end, 90-percent of the janitorial products we use in 2009 will be environmentally-friendly.
      Water Conservation Infineon Raceway will continue to conserve and reduce its demand for water in 2009:
      * Waterless urinals in restrooms, which reduce water consumption by 36%.
      * The raceway is home to an independent water system and sewage treatment plant. The raceway is not dependent on the county or city for its water needs.
      * All landscaping is watered with recycled and reclaimed water.
      Rubber to Roads The raceway will send old tires to be recycled in 2009 so that they can be used to help create rubber-based asphalt, playground padding and other purposes.
      Cardboard Recycling Using its own cardboard baler, Infineon Raceway will recycle more than 3,000 pounds of cardboard each month in 2009. These efforts will help greatly to reduce the number of debris boxes sent to landfills.
      Owls Welcome Infineon Raceway will feature 15 owl boxes around its property in 2009 to encourage the birds to nest and hunt for gophers and other rodents around the facility. One family of Barn Owls can eat 30-to-40 rodents a night, which helps the raceway eliminate the need for pesticides and other poisons in controlling pests.(Infineon Raceway)(6-18-2009)

    • Oakland Police Department Officers Honored at Infineon: Infineon Raceway will honor four fallen officers from the Oakland Police Department with a very special tribute at the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend, June 19-21. Four motorcycle units from the Oakland Police Department will lead the 43-car field around the 10-turn, 1.99-mile road course prior to the start of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 on Sunday, June 21. The police department's Davina Kelly will also sing the national anthem on Sunday. Finally, the Oakland Police Department will have a booth in the main paddock over the weekend, with all donations going to the families of the four fallen officers. The four officers who lost their lives in the line of duty in March were: Sgts. Ervin Romans, Daniel Sakai and Mark Dunakin and Officer John Hege.(Infineon Raceway PR)(6-16-2009)

    • Post-Race Track Walk at Infineon Raceway: Race fans are invited to participate in the 4th annual Track Walk at Infineon Raceway once the checkered flag drops on the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, June 21. An added bonus is a massive scavenger hunt for blue-and-gold specially-marked lug nuts that will be hidden on the road course. Fans can enter the track from six locations around the road course: the north end of the Main Grandstand; Turn 1; Turn 2 hospitality area; Turn 7; Turn 9 (at the south end of the terrace); and Turn 11. Track officials will drop the lug nuts around the track prior to opening the gates for the Track Walk, and the people who find those lug nuts will be treated to great prizes, including a big-screen TV, Save Mart Supermarkets gift certificate and 2010 Toyota/Save Mart 350 race tickets. Fans can redeem the specially marked lug nut at the Ticket Pit Stop located behind the main grandstand. The Track Walk is free, but the raceway encourages participants to pre-register at the Speedway Children's Charities booth located next to the Ticket Pit Stop. Fans are also encouraged to make a voluntary contribution to Speedway Children's Charities, the charitable arm of Infineon Raceway. The charity benefits youth groups in Sonoma County and has distributed more than $3 million since 2002.(Infineon Raceway PR)(6-15-2009)

    • Legendary Raiders QB Stabler, Grand Marshal at Sonoma: Legendary Oakland Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler has been named Grand Marshal of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend, June 19-21, at Infineon Raceway. Stabler, who guided the Raiders to their first Super Bowl victory in 1977, will be honored at the Children’s Champions Grand Marshal’s Banquet on Friday, June 19, at beautiful Cline Cellars in Sonoma. The gala is a fundraiser for the Sonoma Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities. He will also take part in pre-race activities on race day, June 21 (Father’s Day), including participating in the official command of, “Gentlemen, Start Your Engines.”
      "I’m very honored to serve as the Grand Marshal of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend at Infineon Raceway. It will be great fun to be back in Northern California with good friends and great fans," said Stabler, an avid NASCAR fan who resides in Alabama. “Ken Stabler is one of the Bay Area’s all-time sports heroes, not just for his achievements on the field, but also as one of the defining personalities on a legendary football team,” said Steve Page, president and general manager of Infineon Raceway. “He’ll give a terrific spark to our NASCAR festivities and we look forward to having him join us for the weekend.” Stabler will also be an interested spectator for the Bennett Lane Winery 200, presented by Supercuts, NASCAR Camping World West Series race on Saturday, June 20. DenBeste Motorsports & Biagi Brothers will enter the Silver & Black car, dedicated to Stabler's legendary Raider career. It is fitting that this year the Oakland Raiders celebrate their 50th anniversary in professional football. "Were very excited to be participating in the Bennett Lane Winery 200 on Saturday,” Stabler said. “I have been a huge race fan my entire life and especially to be here as Grand Marshal at Infineon and have a car competing in the race on Saturday is going to be a real thrill and I’m looking forward to a big weekend of fun.” In his 10 years with the Raiders, the left-handed Stabler's honors include: 1974 NFL MVP; Super Bowl XI Champion; four-time Pro Bowler (1973, 1974, 1976, 1977); the NFL 1970's All-Decade Team; and 1976 Bert Bell Award for NFL Player of the Year. Tickets are available for the Toyota/Save Mart 350, June 19-21. Call 800-870-RACE or visit Raceway)(5-20-2009)

    • Infineon Raceway Launches Little Racer’s Club in 2009: Infineon Raceway has always been kid-friendly, but beginning in 2009, youngsters will have a place to call their own with the debut of the Little Racer’s Club. The Little Racer’s Club is dedicated to Infineon Raceway’s youngest fans, and you can sign-up for the program at For a $15 one-time membership fee, young race fans (12 and under) will receive an official membership card, a backpack featuring the Infineon Raceway and Little Racer’s Club logos, as well as other great benefits, including:
      * FREE ticket to Saturday of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend, June 20 ($10 value).
      * FREE tickets to other Infineon Raceway events.
      * FREE child’s ticket to a Sacramento River Cats game at Raley Field ($9 value). The River Cats are the AAA affiliate of the Oakland A’s.
      * Monthly e-letter designed for kids.
      * Birthday card sent to your home for the big day.
      * Interactive elements on the Web-site.
      * Kids photo gallery.
      * More!
      (Infineon Raceway PR)(4-2-2009)

    • Infineon Raceway Donates $5,000: Infineon Raceway will step up to the plate to help the North Vallejo Little League, which was vandalized by burglars recently. The raceway will donate $5,000 to cover the cost of the equipment, uniforms and computers stolen during the robbery. The monies for the donation will come from a 3J’s Motorcycle Track Days charity event to be held at Infineon Raceway on April 22. Vallejo is located approximately 10 miles west of Infineon Raceway. “I heard about this on the way to work on the radio, and I couldn’t believe someone would do this to kids,” said Jere Starks, vice president of facilities at Infineon Raceway and a founder 3J’s Motorcycle Track Days. “We just felt like we had to do something, especially with Vallejo being so close to the raceway. We thought 3J’s would be the perfect way to raise money. I’m just so glad we were able to help the kids.” Thieves broke into the league’s concessions and storage building and stole all of the uniforms and equipment, as well as $600 worth of candy. The burglars also ransacked the building and left behind broken computer equipment and trophies. There have been 13 3J’s Motorcycle Track Days at Infineon Raceway over the last five years. It gives motorcycle riders a chance to ride the world-famous road course, with all proceeds going to charity.(Infineon Raceway PR)(3-18-2009)

    • Drivers to Conduct Fan Forums at Speedway Motorsports Races: NASCAR drivers and Speedway Motorsports are teaming up to bring fans closer to their favorite drivers than ever before. The new "PRN Up To SPEED" program will bring NASCAR's top names out for fan forums at the SPEED Stage during each of the 13 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekends at Speedway Motorsports' seven speedways across the country. The Performance Racing Network's on-air personalities will emcee question-and-answer sessions with some of the sport's biggest personalities at the SPEED Stage leading up to SPEED's regularly scheduled weekend programming.
      "PRN Up To SPEED" will kick off Sunday at 9:30am/et, at the SPEED Stage located in the Las Vegas Motor Speedway midway. The stellar lineup will include Las Vegas-native Kyle Busch, legendary NASCAR team owner Richard Childress, and four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon. Each Speedway Motorsports track [Atlanta, Bristol, Infineon, Las Vegas, Lowe's, New Hampshire, Texas] that hosts a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race will hold "PRN Up To SPEED" sessions during their respective race weekend. The location of the SPEED Stage may vary from track to track, but at all Speedway Motorsports facilities, the stage is always located in an area where access is free of charge for fans.(SMI PR)(3-1-2009) Comment here

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


      Tire: Goodyear Eagle Road Course Radials

      Number of Tires: 2,000

      Tire Code: D-4230 (same tire code on all four tire positions)

      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

      Estimated Pit Window: Every 36-40 laps, based on fuel mileage.

      Notes: NASCAR Sprint Cup teams will run the same tire code (D-4230) on all four tire positions at Infineon Raceway this weekend . . . this is the first time Sprint Cup teams have run this tire code on a road course . . . Cup teams have run this code before as the right-side at Martinsville in March . . . compared to last year's Infineon tire, this tire has a slightly softer compound for more grip . . . as on all NASCAR road courses, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Infineon.


    • TRG leases a Chevy from EGR: TRG Motorsports has leased the #1 Chevy [backup] from Earnhardt Ganassi for the Toyota Save Mart 350 to be run at Infineon Raceway tomorrow, Sunday, June 21. Gilliland will be relegated to the back of the field for the start of the race. In today's first practice, David Gilliland was involved in an accident exiting pit road when he collided with the #34 of John Andretti. The damage to the #71 Adobe Road Winery Chevy was too extensive to repair. The team, working on a very tight budget, had their short track car as a backup. The management at Earnhardt Ganassi offered their Martin Truex Jr. road course backup car, which finished 16th here last year and fifth at Watkins Glen, and TRG Motorsports team principal Kevin Buckler gladly accepted. The team would like to thank Ultimate Limousine Service in Petaluma and the Fairfield Inn of Vacaville for their support this weekend.(TRG Motorsports)(6-20-2009)

    • Wood Brothers to pit for Said: Road-racing ace Boris Said qualified John Carter’s unsponsored #08-Ford ninth for Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway. Wood Brothers Racing [#21 Ford], which did not enter this race, will serve as the pit crew for Said on Sunday, servicing his car when it stops for gas and tires. “For a part-time guy it’s hard because, one, I haven’t driven one of these cars since February in the Twin 150’s (Daytona qualifying races),” noted Said. “These guys are the best in the world at what they do and they’re in these cars week-in and week-out, and we throw some guys together and show up every three or four months, so it’s just tough. That’s a bigger uphill battle. We’ve been really close a lot of times and I’m not giving up. That’s my goal is to someday win one of these things.” For the Wood Brothers, helping out another team is hardly something new. In fact, way back in 1965, the Woods served as the pit crew for Scotsman Jimmy Clark when he won the Indianapolis 500. Team co-owner Eddie Wood said the squad was happy to jump in to help out Said. “We spoke a few weeks ago and Boris mentioned he was going to run Sonoma and didn’t have a pit crew, so since that race wasn’t on our schedule and we had no intentions of going, we offered up our guys,” said Wood. “Boris Said helped us out at Watkins Glen a couple of years ago and has done a lot to help our road racing program overall. He’s just a friend.” The partnership could be extended in August at the Watkins Glen International road course. “We’re trying to find some money to take Boris to Watkins Glen in one of our cars,” said Wood. “We haven’t been successful so far, but we’re trying because there aren’t many better on a road course than him. Really, it’s just a case of friends take care of friends. He needs something and I’m glad we’re the ones who can be able to help him out. I’m sure he would do the same for us.”(SPEEDtv)(6-20-2009) Comment here

    • Jones to run 2nd RGM car at Infineon: the Toyota / Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway entry list now shows P.J. Jones in a 2nd Robby Gordon Motorsports car, the #04 Jim Beam / Meanrd's Toyota. See my Infineon Raceway Entry List for more.(6-18-2009)

    • Ash to attempt Infineon with new sponsor: #02-Brandon Ash and Brandon Ash Racing plans to attnept to make the Toyiota/SaveMart 350 at Infineon Raceway with new primary sponsor, Efusjon Energy Club. Efusjon Energy Club is an Oregon based company that produces 100% all natural energy drinks. For information on Efusjon Energy Club go to Associate sponsors are going to be Sunny D Manufacturing and JL Carpenter & Associates.(Brandon Ash Racing)(6-15-2009)

    • Said to run at Infineon UPDATE 2: Boris Said will be driving the Carter / Simo Racing #08 Ford owned by John Carter in the Toyota / Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway June 21st. The team has available sponsorship on race car.(Carter / Simo Racing)
      UPDATE: Absent from the Sprint Cup Series since missing the season-opening Daytona 500, Boris Said is expected to make his return at Infineon Raceway later this month. Said, best known for his road-racing skills, will drive Georgia businessman John Carter's #08 Ford in the Toyota/SaveMart 350 on June 21. Said originally planned to enter as many as 18 races this season, but a deal with Rick Clark Motorsports announced in February never came to fruition. Carter claims the team has been working on providing Said with a competitive car for the track that winds through the Sonoma hillside. "We have missed several races while preparing for this race," Carter said. "Boris Said is one of the all-time greats on the road courses and I feel comfortable that Boris is the man for the job."(
      UPDATE 2: The RCM / NO FEAR merger announced in February is expected to be completed this summer, as structural and legal issues have delayed the process to date. As the final papers near completion, we are pleased that Boris has the opportunity to drive for the Carter/Simo team, as he did in Daytona. Boris Said/Rick Clark statement: "We are working diligently to get to the track as soon as possible and plan a full season for 2010. We are in the process of securing sponsorships with new entities and we have full confidence we will be on the track as a team for the next 20 years."(No Fear PR)(6-12-2009)

    • Fellows in the #09 at Infineon & Watkins Glen: James Finch and Ron Fellows are back together in 2009. Fellows, now with four NASCAR Nationwide wins and two Truck Series wins, will drive the #09 Miccosukee Gaming and Resorts Chevy at Infineon next week; looking to complete the series sweep with a win in Sprint Cup. Fellows is also slated to race at Watkins Glen in the #09 Impala SS in August.(Phoenix Racing PR)(6-11-2009) Comment here

    • See the 2009 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.

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