KURT BUSCH/No.22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge won the crashfest, also known as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/SaveMart 300 race at Infineon Raceway Sunday in Sonoma. It was his twenty-third victory, and his first on a road course.
The announced attendance was 93,000.
A pumped up Busch said “Once we got into the groove, it just got better. That was an awesome handling car. We conserved our rear tires and once I knew we had the fuel milage, I put my foot in.”
Second, 2.685 seconds behind, was JEFF GORDON/No.24 Dupont Chevrolet. “We were really struggling, so I’m glad it came together there at the end.”
Points leader CARL EDWARDS/No.99 Scotts Ortho Ford finished third. He has a 25 point lead over KEVIN HARVICK/No,29 RheemTankless.com Chevrolet, who finished ninth.
Edwards skipped the NASCAR Nationwide Race race at Road America this weekend, after discussion with sponsor Fastenal, to get more track time at Infineon, and he felt it paid off. “We had a great racecar, and it was fun out there.” Edwards still is going for owner points in NNS.
CLINT BOWER/No.33 Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet and MARCOS AMBROSE/No.9 Stanley Ford rounded out the top five.
Those drivers mixed it up every one of the last five laps.
Pole sitter JOEY LOGANO/No.20 The Home Depot Toyota finished sixth.
ANDY LALLY/No.71 Interstate Moving Services Ford was the top Rookie, finishing P35.
The race ran 2:55:58. The top speed was 90.87 mph. Depending on which NASCAR information you believe, there were 12 or 13 lead changes among nine drivers, possibly a record for Infineon. There were only five cautions for 17 laps, but there were some incidents which didn’t bring out the yellow flag.