Tempers flared at Michigan International Speedway, but will they explode at Infineon Raceway? If history repeats itself, we might have a great show on our hands.
2010 Infineon Raceway Recap: In a race that should have been won by Marcos Ambrose; Jimmie Johnson took home the victory after an elusive finish that had the NASCAR community talking! Ambrose dominated the latter part of the race, but while attempting to save fuel he couldn’t get his car restarted on one of the many steep hills. This costly mistake costed Ambrose what would have been his first career NASCAR victory.
Infineon Raceway Stats:
Infineon Raceway is a 10-turn, 1.99-mile road course for all NASCAR-sanctioned events. The Toyota/Save mart 350 is 218.9 miles, or 110 laps. This year’s starting field will feature 43 cars. It will be the largest grid of any feature car race at Infineon Raceway. A total purse of $5,505,551 is up for grabs.
Since 2006, a typical race at Infineon has had 9.4 lead changes, 6.8 cautions for 14.8 laps, and an average green-flag run of 12.3 laps. There have been 84 lead changes combined over the last nine years of the Cup Series competition at Infineon Raceway.
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When making fantasy picks for road course races, it’s best for you to go with your gut. History has shown that drivers who have had a background of these type of races perform the best and I wouldn’t alter my picks away from that. Here are my Toyota/Save Mart 350 Fantasy Picks:
Target: Marcos Ambrose, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, and Juan Pablo Montoya
Avoid: Matt Kenseth, Martin Truex Jr., and David Ragan
Analysis: Ambrose led 35 laps last year but finished P6, as attempts to save fuel backfired. Jimmie Johnson has turned this track from a “liability” to a “stronghold”.
Bargain: Boris Said has had better fortune here than at the Glen, finishing P8 in 2010.
Weather Outlook for Sonoma, California: (Courtesy of Weather.com)
Friday: Hi 82/Lo 50 Partly Cloudy
Saturday: Hi 82/Lo 51 Partly Cloudy
Sunday: Hi 83/Lo 52 Sunny
Practice- (Friday 3pm, Saturday 12:30pm (TV 2:30pm), Saturday 1:45pm (TV 3:30pm)) Qualifying- (Friday 6:40pm (TV 11pm)) Toyota/Save Mart 350- (Sunday 3pm)
Don’t forget TNT will be broadcasting this race, so this means we have “RaceBuddy” once again. Just the thought of having 10 different camera angles that I can choose from, is pretty awesome!
Next Up: Daytona International Speedway
For all your post race analysis, continue to follow thepacelap.com, as Branden and I will do our best to make you feel like you are part of the action! Have fun this weekend!