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THE RACE: Toyota/Save Mart 350

TRACK: Infineon Raceway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #16 of 36 for the 2010 season
(Updated: often, leading up to the race)

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  • Race: Sunday, June 20, 2010 in Sonoma, CA

  • Title Sponsor: Toyota and Save Mart

  • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:19pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR Pre-race: TNT - 2:00pm/et

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

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

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Wednesday, June 23 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
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Radio Coverage/Shows/ Team

  • This Week - Performance Racing Network (PRN) and XM Sirius Satellite

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    • sirius.com

    • Co-Anchors: Mark Garrow, Doug Rice

    • Garage/Pit Reporters: Steve Richards, Brett McMillan

    • Turn Announcers: Chuck Carland, Rob Albright, Brad Gillie


Practice Dates/Times/Television coverage

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  • Practices:
    Friday, June 18, 3:00 - 4:30pm/et, TV-SPEED
    Saturday, June 19, 12:30 - 1:15 pm, TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, June 19, 1:45-2:45 pm/et, TV-SPEED


Qualifying Information/Times/Television coverage

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, June 18, 2:00 pm/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42, Friday, June 18 at 6:35 pm/et, TV-SPEED, re-air scheduled at 9:30pm/et and 2:30am/et;
    AND live via radio at PRN Radio only on NASCAR.com.


RACE RUNDOWN
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  • Johnson wins at Infineon Raceway: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the Toyota / Save Mart 350 Sprint Cup Series race at Infineon Raceway for his 1st win at a road course, 4th win of the season and 51st of his career. The win is Hendrick Motorsports 15th win on a road course. #7-Robby Gordon finished 2nd for his best finish since Watkins Glen in 2005 when he finished 2nd and first top 5 since finished 3rd at Charlotte in May 2009. #29-Harvick finished 3rd followed by #9-Kahne, #24-Gordon, #47-Ambrose, #16-Biffle, #26-Boris Said, #14-Stewart and #42-Montoya. #47-Ambrose was poised to win his first Sprint Cup race with 6 laps to go during the 7th caution, Ambrose shut off his engine to save gas, then could not restart the engine immediately. Ambrose lost 6 positions while restarting his engine. Drivers are supposed to maintain caution speed and NASCAR officials let the #47 team know, forcing Ambrose to restart in seventh. Points leader #29-Harvick increased his points lead to 140 [from 22], now over Johnson, who moved to 2nd. #18-Busch wrecked early and finished 32nd, falling to 4th in the points. #88-Earnhardt Jr. finished 11th. A couple road course specialists making their first Sprint Cup starts did ok with #09-Magnussen finishing 12th and #83-Ekstrom finishing 21st.
    There were 12 lead changes among 8 drivers and 7 cautions for 14 yellow flag laps along with a red flag that lasted about 21 minutes after a big wreck on lap 67. The attendence was reported at 90,000, down from 93,500 last year
    See race results, awards, laps led and more on Jayski's Infineon Race Results/Awards page.(6-20-2010)

  • Race Fast Facts - Infineon Raceway:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson won the Toyota/Save Mart 350, his 51st victory in 307 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his fourth victory and 10th top-10 finish in 2010.
    This is his first victory and fourth top-10 finish in nine races at Infineon Raceway. Johnson won his first NASCAR Sprint Cup road race in his 17th road course start.
    #7-Robby Gordon (second) posted his fourth top-10 finish in 13 races at Infineon Raceway. It is his first top-10 finish in 2010.
    #29-Kevin Harvick (third) posted his third top-10 finish in ten races at Infineon Raceway.
    #34-Kevin Conway (28th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Kevin Harvick leads the point standings by 140 points over Jimmie Johnson.(NASCAR Statistics)(6-20-2010)

  • 2010 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Infineon, race 16 of 36]:
    rank, car#, driver, points, behind
    1) #29-Kevin Harvick [1 win], 2334
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 2194, -140
    3) #18-Kyle Busch [2 wins], 2193, -141
    4) #11-Denny Hamlin [5 wins], 2183, -151
    5) #24-Jeff Gordon, 2142, -192
    6) #2-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 2118, -216
    7) #17-Matt Kenseth, 2092, -242
    8) #31-Jeff Burton, 2027, -307
    9) #16-Greg Biffle, 2011, -323
    10) #14-Tony Stewart, 1983, -351
    11) #5-Mark Martin, 1947, -387, +72
    12) #99-Carl Edwards, 1932, -402, +57 ahead of 13th
    Chase for the Sprint Cup - Contenders:
    13) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr, 1876, 57 points out of the chase
    14) #33-Clint Bowyer, 1858, -74
    15) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 1850, -82
    2009 Chase Drivers not in top 16
    20) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 1781, -151
    21) #9-Kasey Kahne, 1771, -161
    34) #83-Brian Vickers, 1158 [out season with illness]
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(6-20-2010)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at New Hampshire:
    No one moved in to or out of the top-35, but the #26 moved up to 36th & the #38 to 27th, #7 moved from 35th to 32nd with the 2nd place finish.
    32) #7-Gordon/RGM: 1230, +101
    33) #71-Labonte/TRG: 1203, +74
    34) #37-Kvapil/Front Row: 1200, +71
    35) #34-Conway/Front Row: 1191, 62 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed:
    36) #26-Stremme/Latitude43: 1129, 62 points out of the top 35
    37) #38-Gilliland/Front Row: 1101, -90
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see my Owners Points Standings page.(6-20-2010)

  • Penalty Report - Infineon:
    Car#, Lap, Reason, Penalty
    #6 Pre-Race to the rear, tail end, backup car
    #77 Pre-Race to the rear, tail end, backup car
    #1 10 Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #1 10 Excessive speed EXITING the pits, tail end
    #18 11 Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #33 11 Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #87 12 Excessive speed EXITING the pits, tail end
    #16 31 Excessive speed EXITING the pits, pass thru
    #71 31 Excessive speed EXITING the pits, pass thru
    #71 32 Excessive speed ENTERING pits, stop and go
    #11 43 Safety violation, hood up on car, pit
    #11 44 Excessive speed EXITING the pits, pass thru
    #13 58 Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #66 58 Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #12 63 Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #77 63 Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #12 63 Excessive speed ENTERING pits, tail end
    #77 63 Excessive speed ENTERING pits, tail end
    #56 64 Outside half of the pit box tire violation/Team member not in contact with the outside tires, tail end
    #11 66 Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #17 75 Excessive speed ENTERING pits, pass thru
    #43 86 Excessive speed EXITING the pits, tail end
    #18 86 Pulling up to pit, 1 lap
    #66 102 Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #12 102 Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #12 102 Excessive speed ENTERING pits, tail end
    #20 104 Hand pushing car/truck more than 3 pit boxes, pass thru
    (NASCAR Statistics)(6-20-2010)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Infineon: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: no driver down a lap
    Caution 2: #71-Labonte, 23rd
    Caution 3: #1-McMurray, 15th
    Caution 4: #34-Conway, 28th
    Caution 5: #46-Yeley, 26th
    Caution 6: #11-Hamlin, still 8 laps down, 34th
    Caution 7: #11-Hamlin(2), still 7 laps down, 34th
    (6-20-2010)

  • Start and Parks? Which teams parked their cars early in the race at Infineon (or seemed to)?
    none, all drivers completed at least half the race
    with NASCAR's new rule of the first non-crashed car out of the race to be inspected, it would be none this week
    (only count a team with a history of start and park, not a wreck or engine blow and only if 25% or less of race completed)(6-20-2010)

  • Pit Stall Selections - Infineon: The selections of pit stalls for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sprint Cup Series race at Infineon Raceway have been made. Pole sitter #9-Kahne chose pit stall 11 which is the first one with an opening [not counting the 1st stall] in front of it and just before the start/finish line.
    Outside pole sitter #48-Johnson took pit stall 22, the 2nd with an opening behind it.
    #2-Busch, who starts 3rd took the 23rd pit stall, the next stall with an opening in front of it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #71-Labonte, who starts 8th.
    The first pit stall was chosen by #29-Harvick, who starts 4th
    To see where all the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Dover Pit Stall Selection chart.(6-19-2010)

  • Race Coverage of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sprint Cup Series race at Infineon Raceway is scheduled for Sunday, June 20, 2010.
    Television (TV): TNT at 3:00 pm/et; pre-race show at 2:00 pm/et; green flag approx 3:18pm/et
    Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 128
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    SPEED, Wednesday, June 23 at 12:00pm/et

  • Lowest-finishing, non-wrecked car to be inspected: NASCAR has instituted a new postrace inspection policy for Sprint Cup races in which the first car out of the race that is not involved in an accident will be held for teardown, much like the cars that currently finish in the top five. That meant that Aric Almirola’s #09 Phoenix Racing’s Chevy was thoroughly inspected after the Las Vegas Motor Speedway race. His engine was taken to be torn down later this week at the NASCAR R&D center in Concord, NC. The policy is expected to impact the start-and-park teams – teams that typically bring a car but don’t have funding to run the entire event. These teams often are not in the top 35 in owner points, so they are required to qualify on speed. The new policy means it is likely that one of the cars that qualify on speed for every race will end up getting torn down. NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton said Sunday the move was not to discourage start-and-park teams. “We’re just expanding our inspection process and making sure that everybody feels like everybody is on the same playing field, that’s all,” Pemberton said. “It’s all about making sure that the guys who get beat that don’t make the race understand that the guys who get in the race, for the most part, are doing everything right.” The move could cost these teams money, as they will have to pay for an engine rebuild that they might not have needed if they didn’t run many laps. Pemberton said the engine might not be torn down weekly but acknowledged it could cost teams $30,000 for a rebuild. That could lead to those teams racing more instead of risking the cost of a rebuild. Or it could lead to those teams not showing up if they can’t afford to have the motor rebuilt.(SceneDaily)(3-1-2010)

  • NASCAR Revises Green-White-Checkered Race Procedure: NASCAR announced a revision to one of its race procedures, allowing a maximum of three restart attempts prior to the White Flag under NASCAR's Green-White-Checkered flag finish. If the leader has taken the White Flag and the caution flag is displayed, the field is frozen and the race will not be restarted. Previously, there was only one restart attempt. The new procedure will be implemented beginning with today's running of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' Gatorade Duel at Daytona and will apply to all three national series. NASCAR officials met with drivers and teams Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway to discuss the change and get their input. The announcement was made during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' drivers and crew chiefs meeting Thursday morning. "We want to do all we can to finish our races under green flag conditions – the fans want to see that and so do the competitors," said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition. "We felt that putting a cap at three attempts to finish the race under green is the way to go. It gives the fans what they want and it also gives the teams a better opportunity to prepare for their end of race strategy." The change amends procedure 9-14C of the 2010 NASCAR rulebook.(NASCAR), see rules and notes on my Green-White-Checker rule page.(2-11-2010)

  • NASCAR tweaks wave-around rule: NASCAR has tweaked its rule on wave-around cars under caution. The new rule now dictates that cars under penalty at the time of the caution are ineligible for the wave around. The change began last week with the Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway after a situation came up in the Nationwide Series race that was new to the double-file restart system instituted in June. In the Nationwide race, Roush Fenway Racing's Carl Edwards was penalized for speeding under green, and then the caution came out. He stayed out and didn't pit and then was among those cars on the end of the lead lap. He then got the "wave around" the caution car (along with the rest of the cars that had stayed out and were on the end of the lead lap) to get to the rear of the line of lead-lap cars. Edwards then went to the end of the line to serve his penalty. That move would not be allowed anymore. The driver would not get the wave around and would start a lap down at the rear of the field on the restart, the penalty for a driver who had a speeding penalty under green but never served it before the caution came out. The new rule in general is any driver under penalty is no longer eligible for the wave around.(SceneDaily)(10-11-2009)

  • Jayski's - 2010 Sprint Cup Race Results Page and from last season: Jayski's - 2009 Sprint Cup Race Results Page
    (pole and race winner with speed and starting/finishing position, links to race results, drivers & owners points, pit stall selections, qualifying results/starting lineup, practice speeds and chase stats as well as link to race track and race information page for each race)


NEWS, PRACTICE and QUALIFYING
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  • Happy Hour practice for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sprint Cup Series race at Infineon Raceway is over, after 60 scheduled minutes, the fastest, slowest & some notes:
    #47- Ambrose 93.262
    #1-McMurray 92.979
    #31-Burton 92.625
    #48-Johnson 92.618
    #29-Harvick 92.612
    slowest: #34-Conway 89.549 & #46-Yeley 89.835
    no speed listed: #99-Edwards
    incidents: #18-Busch got off course after turn 11, but didn't hit anything and drove on ok. #88-Earnhardt Jr. and #43-Allmendinger spun in fluid put down by #37-Kvapil, no damage to the cars, held up practice a few minutes. Late in practice Busch spun arounnd, didn't hit anything
    See fastest and average speeds, laps run, Infineon Practice Speeds page.(6-19-2010)

  • Saturday first practice for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sprint Cup Series race at Infineon Raceway is over, after 45 scheduled minutes, the fastest, slowest & some notes:
    #47- Ambrose 93.770
    #31-Burton 92.930
    #43-Allmendinger 92.788
    #48-Johnson 92.762
    #56-Truex Jr. 92.669
    slowest: #87-Nemechek 90.148 & #37-Kvapil 90.527
    Notes: Bil
    l Elliott practiced both the #99 Ford and #98 Ford; Kurt Busch practiced the #12 Dodge along with his own #2 Dodge
    incident: #77-Hornish Jr. spun off turn 11 and rear-ended into the wall pretty hard, will go to a back up car
    See fastest and average speeds, laps run, Infineon Practice Speeds page.(6-19-2010)

  • Kahne wins pole at Infineon: #9-Kasey Kahne won the Coors Pole for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sprint Cup Series race at Infineon Raceway with a speed of 93.893mph for his 1st pole of 2010 and 17th of his career. It is Kahne's first pole since Infineon Raceway in June 2008. #48-Johnson will start 2nd followed by #2-Busch, #29-Harvick, #24-Gordon, #47-Ambrose, #14-Stewart, #71-Labonte, #16-Biffle and #56-Truex Jr. #6-Ragan wrecked on his lap, getting in to a tire barrier, and will go to a backup car for the race and will fall to the rear before the start of the race, but he'll start 42nd, so he is already in the rear. Mattias Ekstrom, in the #83 Red Bull Toyota this week, will start 38th.
    The go-or-go homers who made the race (8): #26-Said, #38-Gilliland, #87-Nemechek, #13-Papis, #09-Magnussen, #07-Jones, #46-Yeley and #66-Blaney
    The go-or-go homers who failed to qualify for the race (3): #36-Simo, #02-Ash and #55-Waltrip [no word if the sponsifier scheme will move to the #66 or other Toyota for the race.
    See the starting lineup, qualifying speeds and notes on my Infineon Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results page.(6-18-2010)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Infineon Raceway:
    #9-Kasey Kahne won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 with a lap of 76.300 seconds, 93.893 mph.
    This is his 17th pole in 232 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first pole and 10th top-10 start in 2010.
    This is his second pole in seven races at Infineon Raceway. This will be fifth consecutive top-10 start at the track.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson (second) posted his 11th top-10 start of 2010 and his third in nine races at Infineon Raceway.
    #2-Kurt Busch (third) posted his seventh top-10 start at Infineon Raceway. It is his ninth in 16 races this season.
    #34-Kevin Conway (41st) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(6-18-2010)

  • Some Chassis selections for Infineon Raceway:
    #1-Jamie McMurray: Crew Chief Kevin "Bono" Manion has elected to bring Chassis number #1012 to Infineon Raceway this weekend. This chassis has yet to be raced, but has been tested at Virginia International Raceway. The car carries McDonald's colors this week
    #2-Kurt Busch driver Kurt Busch, crew chief Steve Addington and the "Blue Deuce" crew are racing their new "PRS-722" Miller Lite Dodge in this weekend's action at Infineon Raceway. "It's a brand new car that we've built to attack the road course tracks with," offered team engineer Dave Winston. "We tested with this car at VIR (Virginia International Raceway) a few weeks back (June 1) in a final shakedown for this weekend's race out at Sonoma."
    #5-Mark Martin: crew chief Alan Gustafson has chosen Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-608 for the first road course race of the 2010 season. This chassis never has been raced or tested.
    #6-David Ragan: Primary: RK-627 Last ran Watkins Glen '09 – finished 24th and recently tested Road Atlanta. Backup: RK-660 Last ran Sonoma '09 – finished 33rd. The Concord Center (SLIC - 9452) in the North California District was selected as the Maximum Center for the June 20, Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in Sonoma, CA. The Concord Center was selected as the Best-in-Class "Most Improved" center based on their achievements on the district's Balanced Scorecard from January through May 2010.
    #11-Denny Hamlin: and the FedEx team will unload Chassis JGR 241 this weekend in Sonoma. This car has two starts to date, posting top-ten finishes both at Sonoma and Watkins Glen in 2009. JGR 208 will serve as the backup this weekend. The #11 FedEx Express Camry will carry the letters LAX on the B-posts this weekend at Infineon Raceway in recognition of the AGFS and U.S. Operations teams in the Los Angeles (Calif.) area market. The market is being recognized for achieving cost savings, and exemplifying both teamwork and efficiency. Additionally, the top performing station in this market, APVA, is ranked #1 the region on the divisional scorecard for all Level 1 stations in FY 2010. FedEx has launched the FedEx Race Time Promotion providing an opportunity for an eligible small business owner to have its company logo placed on the #11 FedEx Toyota for the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire on Sept. 19, 2010.
    #12-Brad Keselowski: The #12 Penske Dodge Charger team will use chassis PRS-723 during Sunday's 350-kilometer race at Infineon Raceway. Brad Keselowski drove this car to a 12th-place finish at Martinsville Speedway in March.
    #14-Tony Stewart: is running Chassis No. 14-546, this car made its debut last June at Infineon Raceway, where Stewart used it to qualify fourth and lead twice for 11 laps before finishing second. Prior to Sonoma, Chassis No. 14-546 tested at the Virginia International Raceway. In preparation for its second career start in August at the Watkins Glen International road course, the car was brought back to VIR for a single-day test on July 27. The time at VIR paid off, as Stewart used Chassis No. 14-546 to qualify 13th and then lead twice for a race-high 34 laps to record his fifth Sprint Cup win at Watkins Glen. Chassis No. 14-546 tested again at VIR on May 11 in preparation for its return to Sonoma for this weekend's Toyota/SaveMart 350k.
    #17-Matt Kenseth: primary chassis for the #17 Crown Royal Black Ford will be Primary: RK-663, no word on where it may had run before.
    #18-Kyle Busch: Chassis No. 240 made its debut in June 2009 at the Infineon Raceway road course in Sonoma. Busch qualified second and led 10 laps, but brake issues led to contact with another car. As a result, Busch went a lap down but rallied to post a 22nd-place finish. The #18 team brought this chassis to the other road course race in 2009 – Watkins Glen International – where Busch started eighth and finished a solid fourth. Busch will run the Pedigree Dog Food colors this week
    #19-Elliott Sadler: The #19 Stanley Ford Fusion team led by crew chief Wally Rogers has prepared chassis No. 243 for this weekend's event. This Ford Fusion was run in both road course events last season and it was also tested at Virginia International Raceway earlier this month.
    #20-Joey Logano: The #20 Team is taking chassis #234 to Sonoma this weekend for the 110-lap event. Logano drove this chassis in both road-course races in 2009 finishing 19th at Infineon and 16th at Watkins Glen. The back-up chassis is #180 which has never competed but served as the back-up car last year. The Home Depot associates from store #722 from Bellevue, Tenn. will adorn the lower rear quarter panels of the #20 this weekend at Infineon Raceway. Bellevue is one of the many towns affected by the severe flooding in Tennessee in May. The Home Depot Foundation committed $100,000 to The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, which has mobilized two relief funds, the Metro Nashville Disaster Response Fund and the Tennessee Emergency Response Fund.
    #29-Kevin Harvick: will pilot Chassis No. 241 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Built new for 2009 and updated for 2010, Harvick raced this chassis at both road course events last year, finishing 29th at Infineon Raceway and 35th at Watkins Glen International.
    #31-Jeff Burton: will race chassis No. 245 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Built new in 2009 as a #07 racer, this machine was put through two short track tests and then shelved before being converted to a road course #31 racer. Sunday's 110-lap event will put the first time this RCR entry will be put through competition.
    #33-Clint Bowyer: will pilot Chassis No. 300 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This is a brand new Chevrolet Impala that will be put through its first paces this weekend.
    #39-Ryan Newman Chassis No. 39-545 saw action for the #39 team at both road-course races last season. Last June at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Newman qualified seventh and finished 17th. At Watkins Glen, Newman qualified sixth. However, Newman's #39 Chevrolet was plagued with alternator issues, which caused the car to run at only about 75% throughout most of the race, leading to a 21st-place finish. During the offseason, the car was made lighter and the bodywork was rebuilt. Newman and the #39 team tested the chassis in May at the Virginia International Raceway road course near Danville, Va., in preparation for the car's first race this season
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: Crew Chief Brian Pattie and the #42 Target team will bring Chassis #1014 to Infineon Raceway this weekend. This chassis is brand new and has been tested at Virginia International Raceway.
    #43-A.J. Allmendinger: The #43 Richard Petty Motorsports team led by crew chief Mike Shiplett has prepared chassis No. 257 for this weekend's event at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California. The team tested this car at Road Atlanta earlier this month.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: Primary chassis No. 543 was last piloted from the pole to a 12th-place finish at Watkins Glen International last August. Johnson drove backup chassis No. 442 to a seventh-place finish at Watkins Glen in August 2008.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: This weekend at Infineon Raceway, crew chief Lance McGrew and the No. 88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-514. The car was tested last month at Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, S.C., and Earnhardt raced it twice last year -- at Infineon Raceway and Watkins Glen International, finishing 26th at Infineon. Earnhardt has won a road course race, at Watkins Glen in the Nationwide Series in 1999.
    #98-Paul Menard: Crew chief Slugger Labbe and the #98 RPM crew have prepared chassis No. 254 for this weekend's event. This Ford Fusion was utilized last season but has been completely rebuilt for the race at Infineon Raceway. This car has not been tested, though the team has tested at several road courses in the past couple of weeks. CertainTeed returns to the hood of the #98 Ford this weekend. CertainTeed has earned a reputation as a premier build-ing materials manufacturer for more than 100 years.
    #99-Carl Edwards: The #99 Aflac team will be bringing chassis RK-656 this weekend to Sonoma. It raced at Watkins Glen last year where Edwards finished third. The Aflac Ford will also feature characters from the new movie "Toy Story 3" on the hood.
    (from team PR's/sites if reported)(6-18-2010)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sprint Cup Series race at Infineon Raceway is scheduled for Friday, June 18, 2010 at 6:35pm/et.
    Television (TV): SPEED 6:30pm/et
    Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) only on NASCAR.com
    Jayski.com: Jayski's Semi-Live Qualifying Page
    Qualifying Re-Air: on SPEED at 9:30pm/et and 2:30am/et

  • Qualifying Order for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sprint Cup Series race at Infineon Raceway is posted. 46 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 #31-Burton.
    The final top-35 driver scheduled to go out is #29-Harvick.
    The first go-or-go homer scheduled to qualify [36th] is #13-Papis with the final driver scheduled to qualify being #02-Ash.
    See the full qualifying order on the Infineon Qualifying Page.(6-18-2010)

  • Friday practice for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sprint Cup Series race at Infineon Raceway is over, after 90 scheduled minutes, the fastest, slowest & some notes:
    #47- Ambrose 93.800
    #33-Bowyer 93.690
    #39-Newman 93.464
    #9-Kahne 93.337
    #29-Harvick 93.325
    slowest: #34- Conway 89.971 & #88-Earnhardt Jr. 90.297
    See fastest and average speeds, laps run, Infineon Practice Speeds page.(6-18-2010)

  • Infineon practice rank for the non top-35 drivers:
    if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
    #13-Max Papis, 12th fastest overall
    #26-Boris Said, 22nd
    #38-David Gilliland. 23rd
    #09-Jan Magnussen. 26th
    #87-Joe Nemechek. 36th
    #36-Brian Simo, 37th
    #07-P.J. Jones, 38th
    #02-Brandon Ash, 39th
    these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
    #46-J.J. Yeley, 41st
    #55-Michael Waltrip, 42nd
    #66-Dave Blaney, 45th See fastest and average speeds, laps run, Infineon Practice Speeds page.(6-18-2010)

  • The Entry List for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sprint Cup Series race at Infineon Raceway is posted, 46 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    Mattias Ekström takes over the #83 for Casey Mears; Gilliland in the #38 with Kvapil to the #37
    Not in top 35 of owners points for the first five races in 2010:
    #02-Brandon Ash (53rd owners pts/1 attempt)
    #07-P.J. Jones (none)
    #09-Jan Magnussen (2009 race winner as owner)(41/15)
    #13-Max Papis (39/15)
    #26-Boris Said (2009 race winner as owner)(37/15)
    #36-Brian Simo (38/15)
    #38-David Gilliland (36/15)
    #46-J.J. Yeley (42/15)
    #55-Michael Waltrip (44/15)
    #66-Dave Blaney (43/15)
    #87-Joe Nemechek (40/15)
    In the event qualifying is rained out or cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 26,09,38,36,13,87,46,66
    missing the race would be [3]: #'s 55,02,07
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Infineon Entry List.(6-14-2010)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Infineon:
    No changes, #38-Kvapil gains a point on #7-Gordon bur is still out of the top 35.
    32) #34-Conway/Front Row: 1112, +117
    33) #37-Gilliland/Front Row: 1109, +114
    34) #71-Labonte/TRG: 1109, +114
    35) #7-Gordon/RGM: 1060, 65 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed:
    36) #38-Kvapil/Front Row: 995, 65 points out of the top 35
    37) #26-Stremme/Latitude43: 982, -78
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see my Owners Points Standings page.(6-13-2010)

  • 2010 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Michigan, race 15 of 36]:
    rank, car#, driver, points, behind
    1) #29-Kevin Harvick [1 win], 2169
    2) #18-Kyle Busch [2 wins], 2147, -22
    3) #11-Denny Hamlin [5 wins], 2122, -47
    4) #2-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 2051, -118
    5) #17-Matt Kenseth, 2019, -150
    6) #48-Jimmie Johnson [3 wins], 1999, -170
    7) #24-Jeff Gordon, 1987, -182
    8) #31-Jeff Burton, 1945, -224
    9) #16-Greg Biffle, 1865, -304
    10) #99-Carl Edwards, 1856, -313
    11) #14-Tony Stewart, 1840, -329
    12) #5-Mark Martin, 1826, -343, +43 ahead of 13th
    Chase for the Sprint Cup - Contenders:
    13) #33-Clint Bowyer, 1783, 43 points out of the chase
    14) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr, 1745, -81
    15) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 1735, -91
    16) #56-Martin Truex Jr., 1733, -93
    2009 Chase Drivers not in top 16
    20) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 1637, -189
    21) #9-Kasey Kahne, 1621, -205
    31) #83-Brian Vickers, 1158 [out season with illness]
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(6-13-2010)

  • What happens if qualifying gets canceled/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: Teams outside the top 35 in owners points will qualify together at the end of the qualifying session. 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 points).

  • 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: See my 2010 Past Champions Provisional Page for more


RACE RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

  • There are five race tracks the Sprint Cup Series currently races at that #48-Jimmie Johnson has not won a Sprint Cup race at:
    Michigan: 0 for 17 with a best finish of 3rd in 8/2007
    Infineon: 0 for 8 with a best finish of 4th in 6/2009
    Chicago: 0 for 8 with a best finish of 2nd in 7/2004 & 7/2008
    Watkins Glen: 0 for 8 with a best finish of 3rd in 8/2007
    Homestead: 0 for 9 with a best finish of 2nd in 11/2004
    plus Johnson ran five races at Rockingham Speedway and didn't win there.(6-13-2010)

  • June 2009 Race Winner: #9-Kasey Kahne, 71.012mph, started 5th

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

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

  • June 2009 Pole Sitter: #83-Brian Vickers, 93.678mph, finished 16th

  • 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, Jeff Gordon

  • Most Cautions: 9, 6/10/1990

  • 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 6/21/2009

  • 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: 36, 6/21/2009

  • 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 21 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: 2
  • 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: 13 of 21 - 61.9%

  • Races won from the top 10: 16 of 21 - 76.2%

  • Kasey Kahne earned his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series road-course victory when he took the checkers at Infineon Raceway in 2009. The win also marked team owner Richard Petty’s first victory since 1999. Kahne was the fifth different winner in five years in Sonoma…

  • Jeff Gordon is the undisputed king of Infineon Raceway, with five victories (1998-2000, ’04, ‘06) and five pole positions (1998-99, ’01, ’04, ’05) – the most of any driver. Gordon is also the all-time NASCAR winner on road courses with nine victories…

  • Two-time winners at Infineon Raceway include Rusty Wallace (1990, ’96), Ernie Irvan (1992, ’94), Ricky Rudd (1989, 2002) and Tony Stewart (2001, ’05).… In 2009, eight of the top-15 finishers at Infineon Raceway started farther back than 20th

  • Mark Martin and Jeff Gordon are tied for the record of most top-10 finishes at Infineon Raceway at 13

  • Michael Waltrip has completed the most laps of any NASCAR driver at Infineon Raceway. He has completed 1,770 of 1,999 laps run in Sonoma

  • There have been 65 lead changes combined over the last seven years of Cup Series competition at Infineon Raceway

  • The first lap of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 will make the 2,000th lap of NASCAR Cup Series competition at Infineon Raceway.

  • 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 reconfigured to 1.949 miles in 1998 with the installation of an 890-foot chute between the original Turns 4 and 7.
    · The track was reconfigured to 2.0 miles in 2001 and re-measured at 1.99 miles in 2002.
    · There have been 21 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.
    · 13 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 five races.
    · There have been consecutive pole winners three times: Ricky Rudd (1990-92) and Jeff Gordon (1998-99 and 2004-05).
    · 13 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 five different race winners in the last five races: Tony Stewart (2005), Jeff Gordon (2006), Juan Pablo Montoya (2007), Kyle Busch (2008) and Kasey Kahne (2009).
    · Five of 21 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.
    · Jeff Gordon is the all-time leader in road-course victories, with nine. Tony Stewart is second, with seven.

    0 -- Laps led by Jeff Gordon in the past three races at Infineon. Gordon is the all-time lap-leader at Sonoma with 437 (no other driver has led 200 laps) and has led the most laps there seven times in 17 career starts. The last time Gordon led at Infineon, he won -- a race-high 44 laps in 2006.

    3 -- Wins at Infineon by former crew chief and current TNT analyst Larry McReynolds, all with three different drivers: Ricky Rudd (1989), Davey Allison ('91), Ernie Irvan ('94). In '89, Rudd set a record that still stands for the most consecutive laps led at Sonoma (53).

    3 -- Wins at Infineon by former crew chief and current TNT analyst Larry McReynolds, all with three different drivers: Ricky Rudd (1989), Davey Allison ('91), Ernie Irvan ('94). In '89, Rudd set a record that still stands for the most consecutive laps led at Sonoma (53).

    5 -- Races at Infineon won by a driver less than 30 years old, including the past two years -- Kyle Busch (23 in 2008) and Kasey Kahne (29 in '09). Jeff Gordon is the only other driver to accomplish the feat; he was 26 when he won the first of three in row in 1998.

    5 -- Most poles and most victories by any one driver at Infineon -- both held by Jeff Gordon. Not coincidentally, Gordon has won three times from the pole and is the last driver to do so (2004). Gordon also is the only driver to win consecutive races at Sonoma.

    6 -- Times in the past seven races at Infineon the leader of the most laps has won. The lone exception during that time came in 2007, when Juan Montoya led just the final seven laps. The lap-leader has won 14 of the 21 races at Sonoma overall.

    11 -- Best place of finish for Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 10 starts at Infineon -- 2003 and '04. His average finish is 21.4. He's led only nine laps at Sonoma, all coming in '04.

    26.7 -- Average finish at Infineon for Kasey Kahne, who prior to his victory last year had finished 31st, 41st, 31st, 23rd and 33rd (from the pole) in five starts.

    32 -- Starting position for Juan Montoya in 2007, the worst of any Infineon winner. Kyle Busch started 30th in '08, the only other time in 21 races at Sonoma the winner has started worse than 13th. In fact, 13 races have been won from a top-five starting position, with five pole winners the most common.

    1,575 -- Points accumulated by both Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart in the past 11 races at Infineon, the most during that time. They have been the top two in Sonoma points five times in the past 10 races, with Stewart edging Gordon four times, including the past two races in which he holds a six-point advantage (309-303).(NASCAR - Racing Recall)


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #1-Jamie McMurray McDonald's #1 Team Schemes Page
    #7-Robby Gordon Monster Energy #7 Team Schemes Page
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Express (orange) #11 Team Schemes Page
    #14-Tony Stewart Office Depot #14 Team Schemes Page
    #17-Matt Kenseth Crown Royal Black #17 Team Schemes Page
    #19-Elliott Sadler Stanley Tools #19 Team Schemes Page
    #18-Kyle Busch Pedigree Dog Food #18 Team Schemes Page
    #55-Michael Waltrip Praying for Karson Camry #55 Team Schemes Page
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr AMP Energy #88 Team Schemes Page
    #99-Carl Edwards Aflac - Toy Story 3D #99 Team Schemes Page

  • Who loves love?.....Sponsafy Your Ride Contest named; Waltrip to run the colors: Toyota Racing announced the grand prize winner in the "Sponsafy Your Ride Contest," the quest to take one fan's NASCAR Cup car masterpiece from online design to real sheet metal. "Praying for Karson," created by Fay Knape of Danbury, Texas, beat out more than 77,500 submissions. A Toyota Camry wrapped in the "Praying for Karson" artwork was featured in the parade lap before the green flag drops at the NASCAR Sprint All- Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Knape's design "Praying for Karson" honors her one-year-old grandson, Karson, who suffers from a rare interstitial lung disease known as Neuroendocrine Cell Hyperplasia in Infancy (NEHI). Knape saw the contest as the perfect opportunity to raise NEHI awareness and potentially fund research. Knape's car design illustrates her vision for Karson's future. She hopes to see him playing outdoors and enjoying the beauty of nature, without being restricted by the oxygen tank he wears 90% of the time. In addition to the grand prize package, Toyota has donated $5,000 to Karson's family to help offset the cost of his medical expenses. Knape received a prize package for the weekend's race festivities in Charlotte, including airfare, hotel accommodations, tickets to the official 2010 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Week events, hospitality suite access, a driver meet and greet with #11-Denny Hamlin, exclusive Toyota racing apparel and spending cash. Knape is accompanied to the race by her husband, James; son, Patrick; daughter, Breah; and grandson and inspiration, Karson.
    On June 20, two-time Daytona 500 winner, Michael Waltrip will attempt to qualify the #55 "Praying for Karson" Toyota Camry for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Infineon Raceway.
    More than one million votes were cast in the contest. Nine of 10 crowd favorites chosen by popular vote qualified to compete for the grand prize. A panel of judges comprised of Toyota executives and NASCAR personalities Darrell Waltrip, Michael Waltrip and Joe Gibbs then narrowed the field of nine finalists down to five. Along with "Praying for Karson," the panel selected four runners-up, including: First Runner-up: "Purple Heart" Second Runner-up: "Kaitlin's Wish Black" Third Runner-up: "Shayden's Race Car" Fourth Runner-up: "All-Star".(Toyoya PR)(5-23-2010)

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


TRACK/RACE NEWS

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

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Legendary 49er Roger Craig
    Command to start engines: Legendary 49er Roger Craig
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
    Invocation: Tim Boeve, Infineon Raceway's track minister
    National Anthem: HLN’s Robin Meade
    Military Flyover: 2 F-16's, AIr National Guard
    Pace Car: Toyota Camry Hybrid

  • For the season race officials by track, see my Race Officials page

  • Websites:
    Infineon Raceway
    Speedway Motorsports
    Infineon Raceway - Facebook
    Infineon Raceway - Twitter

  • June 2009: see my Infineon Raceway 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 Infineon.com.(6-20-2009)


  • Sacramento-area resident to be Honored at Infineon: Bill Cathcart has devoted much of his life to the military, including service in World War II and both the Korean War and Vietnam War. The resident of Diamond Springs, outside Sacramento, will be honored for his service at the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, June 20. Cathcart was selected as the winner of the raceway’s Hometown Hero contest; he served 24 years combined in the U.S. Marines, California National Guard and U.S. Army. He was nominated by his daughter, Cindy. Cathcart earned several awards over his stellar career, including: two Purple Hearts; Bronze Star; a Commendation Medal; and the Distinguished Service Cross (the second highest medal that can be awarded). He served from 1942-1968 (he took two years off). “I was a kid when World War II broke out and I guess I was patriotic,” said Cathcart, 85. “I quit in the middle of my senior year of high school and joined the Marines. I spent 37 months in the Pacific in World War II. … I enjoyed the service all those years. I didn’t enjoy the fighting but I enjoyed the service. I guess you could say I grew up in the service.” As it turns out, this is the perfect honor for Cathcart, whose son-in-law, Rick Bray, is a team member for Joe Gibbs Racing and works on Denny Hamlin’s race team. “We follow NASCAR pretty close,” Cathcart said. “I just love the racing and the competition and it makes it even better that Rick is in the sport. He’s married to my daughter Cindy. “This is quite a surprise and obviously a very great honor for me, especially to have my daughter Cindy nominate me. It’s very special and I’m looking forward to coming out to the races.” Cathcart will be honored during pre-race ceremonies on Sunday, June 20, as the raceway continues its season-long “Sonoma Salutes Our Troops” campaign. More info about A Sonoma Salutes Our Troops dedicated page at infineonraceway.com/military.(Infineon Raceway)(6-19-2010)

  • U.S. Coast Guard Provides Ceremonial Delivery of NASCAR Trophy: Infineon Raceway received a special delivery on Wednesday, thanks to 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 #6 UPS Ford, secured the trophy and stored it in a safe place until Sunday’s race. Mission accomplished. “It was great to take part in this trophy delivery by the United States Coast Guard,” Ragan said. “They do an incredible job for our county and I was happy to be part of this experience. I’m really looking forward to the race on Sunday.” The crewman who hand-carried the trophy from the MH65C Dolphin was AMT2 Bryan Patrick. The pilots of the aircraft were Lt. Lane Steffenhagen and Lt. j.g. Ian Groom. “The Coast Guard is pleased to be recognized by NASCAR and Infineon Raceway as a symbol of safety and security,” said Lt. j.g. Matt Kroll, a pilot at Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco. “Whether it's saving a life 50 miles offshore or protecting cargo entering the San Francisco Bay, our missions often put us in unique situations. Delivering the Winner's Trophy today was a great way to put our MH-65C multi-mission helicopter to use in a real life training scenario. The Air Crew was proud to represent the Coast Guard today and looks forward to returning on Sunday for the start of the race." 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. Tickets are $25-$130 single day/$99-$180 weekend; parking is FREE. Discounts for military more information at 800-870-RACE or infineonraceway.com..(6-16-2010)

  • Bay Area Jet Team Takes to perform at Infineon Raceway: Race fans will be treated to one of the best air shows on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series circuit at the Toyota/Save Mart 350 on Sunday, June 20 (Father’s Day). The Patriots Jet Demonstration Team, the nation’s only civilian aerobatic jet team, will highlight the festivities for a 5th consecutive year with gloss black Aero L-39 Albatros jets and signature red, white and blue smoke trails. The Patriots, based in Bryon in East Contra Costa County, will utilize four of these jets in the show on Sunday of NASCAR weekend. You can catch their electrifying 25-minute show in the skies above the raceway at 10:30 am/pt. Race fans will witness maneuvers such as the Diamond Loop and Roll, the Opposing Knife Edge Pass and a maneuver usually reserved for propeller aircraft, the Tail Slide. The Patriots are the only jet team to perform the Tail Slide, where the jet will stand on its tail and fly skyward until running out of airspeed so that it falls tail-first through its own smoke trail. The jets were developed in the Czech Republic for military use and can reach speeds in excess of 500 miles per hour. The Patriots are owned by Discovery Bay resident Randy Howell. Howell flew for United Airlines for 25 years and had 10 years of air show and Reno Air Racing experience before cancer grounded him (he is in remission). The team features several pilots led by lead pilot Dean “Wilbur” Wright, a Grass Valley native and 20-year Air Force veteran who served as a fighter pilot and toured with the United States Air Force Thunderbirds. The Patriots are sponsored by Frys.com and Hot Line Construction and take part in about 12 shows each year across the country.(Infineon Raceway)(6-15-2010)

  • Legendary 49er Roger Craig Named Grand Marshall at Infineon: Legendary San Francisco 49ers running back Roger Craig has been named Grand Marshall of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend, June 18-20. Craig, who helped guide the 49ers to three Super Bowl victories, will be honored on Friday, June 18, at the Children’s Champions Grand Marshall’s Banquet 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 Sunday, including participating in the official command of, “Gentlemen, Start Your Engines.”(Infineon Raceway)(6-14-2010)

  • HLN’s Robin Meade to Perform National Anthem at Infineon: Robin Meade, the anchor for the highly-popular “Morning Express with Robin Meade” on HLN, will perform the national anthem for Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Infineon Raceway on Father’s Day, June 20. Meade, a NASCAR fan, joined HLN in 2001 and has quickly become one of the most recognizable anchors on the network. In addition to “Morning Express with Robin Meade,” she anchored the network’s coverage of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the inauguration of President Barack Obama in January, 2009. She also performed a tandem skydive with President George Herbert Walker Busch to commemorate his 85th birthday. Tickets are $25-$130 single day/$99-$180 weekend; parking is FREE. Discounts for military more information at 800-870-RACE or infineonraceway.com..(6-14-2010)

  • Hendrick To Be Inducted Into Infineon Raceway Wall of Fame: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team owner Rick Hendrick will be inducted into the Infineon Raceway Wall of Fame during the Toyota/Save Mart 350 race weekend, June 18-20. Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports, is the most successful team owner in NASCAR history at Infineon Raceway with five Sprint Cup victories, all courtesy of Vallejo native Jeff Gordon. Gordon holds the record for most wins in Sonoma, including a three-peat in 1998-2000 (other wins, 2004 and 06). Hendrick drivers have also posted nine pole positions, including three consecutive poles by Ricky Rudd (1990-92), and 23 top-5 finishes in Sonoma. Brian Vickers also earned a victory for Hendrick Motorsports in the NASCAR West Series at Infineon Raceway in 2006. Hendrick will join Gordon, who was inducted in 2006, on the Wall of Fame, as well as NASCAR drivers Rusty Wallace, Mark Martin and Rudd. He will be inducted into the Wall of Fame during a ceremony in the Wine Country Winner’s Circle on Friday, June 18. Race fans are invited to attend. To learn more about the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway, visit infineonraceway.com/NASCAR or call 800-870-RACE.(Infineon Raceway)(5-4-2010)

  • Infineon Raceway Salutes Our Troops Program for 2010: The military has long featured a strong presence at Infineon Raceway, but the Sonoma Valley facility will put the Armed Forces front-and-center in 2010 with the Sonoma Salutes Our Troops campaign. The season-long salute to the Armed Forces will feature military elements at several major events, including the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, IZOD IndyCar Series, motorcycles, historic car races and more. The season-long program will culminate with Military Appreciation Day at the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma on Sunday, Aug. 22. Some of the other exciting season-long elements include:
    · Increased discounts for active military members at all major events.
    · Tickets for Troops program, where fans can purchase tickets to all major events that will be distributed to active military members.
    · Hometown Heroes will be recognized during pre-event ceremonies at all major events.
    · Partnership with Vintage Valley Blue Star Moms (serving Solano, Napa and Yolo counties) to coordinate shipments of cards, other items, to troops serving overseas.
    · Enhanced military participation in pre-event ceremonies at all major events.
    · A Sonoma Salutes Our Troops dedicated page on infineonraceway.com
    Infineon Raceway is also taking the opportunity to promote a very important program, Troops to College. Troops to College was created by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to attract more veterans to California's public universities and colleges by making campuses more veteran friendly. For more information on the Troops to College program, visit www.troopstocollege.ca.gov. Infineon Raceway would like to invite race fans to join us in our Sonoma Salutes Our Troops program. For updates, call 800-870-RACE or visit infineonraceway.com/military.(Infineon Raceway)(4-12-2010)

  • 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-4400 (same 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

    Notes: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams will run the same tire code on all four tire positions at Infineon Raceway this weekend . . . this is the same tire that Sprint Cup teams ran at this track last year . . . Infineon is the only track at which Cup teams will run this tire code . . . this tire is slightly different than the one Cup teams will run at the series' other road course at Watkins Glen . . . the Infineon tire is slightly softer than the Watkins Glen tire, giving the cars a bit more grip . . . as on all NASCAR road courses, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Infineon.


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • Magnussen to run at Infineon for Phoenix Racing: Jan Magnussen, who has more than 100 worldwide road racing victories to his credit, will attempt to qualify Phoenix Racing's #09 Hendrickcars.com Chevrolet for the June 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, CA. "We're extremely excited to have a road racer of this caliber available to drive for us at Sonoma," said James Finch, owner of Phoenix Racing. "Jan has tested Sprint Cup cars in the past, and his résumé speaks for itself. He will give us an opportunity to not only qualify well, but run up front and compete." A native of Denmark, Magnussen's experience includes starts in Formula 1, IndyCar, CART, Grand Am and the American Le Mans Series (ALMS). The 36-year-old driver has competed in some of the most prestigious events in motor sports, including wins at Le Mans, Sebring and Petit Le Mans. A General Motors factory driver, Magnussen is a three-time world karting champion, a British Formula 3 champion (1994) and earned the ALMS title with six race wins in 2008. He is a four-time Le Mans class winner for Corvette Racing. "It's no secret that NASCAR has been a goal of mine, and I'm very appreciative of the opportunity Phoenix Racing is providing," Magnussen said. "Through my relationship with GM, I've had the chance test for Hendrick Motorsports, so I'm comfortable in the Sprint Cup cars and understand what to expect. I'm quite familiar with the racetrack and confident in my ability to compete at a high level. It will be an exciting weekend, and I look forward to the entire experience."(Phoenix Racing)(6-11-2010)

  • Ekström to run #83 car at Infineon: It took Mattias Ekström mere minutes to prove he could handle a stock car. The #83 Red Bull Toyota’s weight and horsepower quickly became non-issues after Ekström logged a few laps in a support role during testing at Virginia International Raceway. “We were worried about getting him up to speed in a day,” said Jay Frye, Red Bull Racing Team’s vice president and general manager. “He was up to speed in an hour — less than an hour. He’s a phenomenal talent.” For that, Ekström’s dream of driving in America’s premier form of motorsports has come true. With the blessing of Audi, Red Bull Racing Team announced Tuesday that the Red Bull driver and two-time DTM champion will pilot the #83 in the June 18-20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Infineon Raceway. He’ll take over the seat from Casey Mears, who has been filling in for Brian Vickers while Vickers recovers from blood clots. “First of all, I’d like to express my sincere thanks — to Red Bull for inviting a Swede with zero NASCAR experience to compete in the United States and to Audi for the possibility and approval that enable me to fulfill this dream,” said Ekström, 31, whose first name is pronounced Mat-tee-us. It’s always nice to try something new. At the test I felt really at home. So now going to a race will be very nice. The biggest difficulty will be to race with 42 other cars. Here (in DTM), we have 18. I’m sure it will be interesting and I’m really looking forward to the experience.” Ekström, a Red Bull-backed driver for the past nine years, claimed his first victory of 2010 in the second round of the DTM Championship on May 23 in Valencia, Spain. The Audi factory driver currently sits fourth in the DTM standings and has 14 career victories. In addition to his success in the Germany-based touring car series — only twice in nine seasons has he finished outside the top five — Ekström has proven his versatility and class in other motorsports disciplines. He’s an active rally racer and three times has won the individual title at the Race of Champions.(Red Bull Racing)(6-7-2010)

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