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Having Some Fun In Wine Country!
by B C,posted Jun 27 2011 10:27AM
It was more then a Sunday drive through wine country for #22 Kurt Busch, as he wins the “Toyota/Save Mart 350” Sprint Cup Series race at Infineon Raceway for his 1st win of 2011 and 23rd win of his career. It is also his 1st road course win and he led 75 laps on the day.
#24 Gordon finished second, followed by points leader #99 Carl Edwards, #33 Clint Bowyer, #9 Marcos Ambrose, #20 Joey Logano, #48 Jimmie Johnson, #56 Martin Truex, Jr., #29 Kevin Harvick, and #2 Brad Keselowski. Carl Edwards' second place finish expanded his point lead to 25 over Kevin Harvick.
There were 12 lead changes among 9 drivers; 5 cautions for 17 yellow flag laps.
The questions still come in…Why NASCAR doesn’t ad a road doesn’t course race to the chase. The simples answer is that there is not enough of a crowd on hand. Yes folks, it comes down to money or lack of money made at the track. So, we are left to keep dreaming of a road course race in the chase for now.
2011 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
[after Infineon, race 16 of 36]:
rank, car#, driver, points, behind
1) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 573
2) #29-Kevin Harvick [3 wins], 548, -25
3) #48-Jimmie Johnson [1 win], 540, -33
4) #22-Kurt Busch [1 win], 539, -34
5) #18-Kyle Busch [2 wins], 536, -37
6) #17-Matt Kenseth [2 wins], 521, -52
7) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 503, -65
8) #33-Clint Bowyer, 496, -77
9) #24-Jeff Gordon [2 wins], 480, -93
10) #39-Ryan Newman, 475, -98 wild cards
11) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 463, -110
12) #14-Tony Stewart, 460, -113 [12th in points]
Two race winners are not inside the top-20: #2-Keselowski is 22nd, 12 pts out of 20th; #78-Smith is 28th, 59 pts out of 20th
A controversial win for Reed Sorenson at Road America: #32 Reed Sorenson won the “Bucyrus 200” at Road America for his 4th Nationwide career win, in a wild ending. The race ended under caution after 3 green-white-checker attempts. #18 Michael McDowell led after the first attempt, but was passed by #31 Justin Allgaier during the second GWC attempt. Several cars then wrecked, forcing NASCAR to throw the caution. Justin Allgaier then ran out of gas and could not maintain speed before getting back to the finish line. #7 Ron Fellows passed Reed Sorenson under caution before Justin Allgaier slowed and NASCAR determined that Ron Fellows did not slow down enough and gave Reed Sorenson the win. Ron Fellows was credited with 2nd place, followed by #22 Jacques Villeneuve, #2 Elliott Sadler, #01 Mike Wallace, #53 Andrew Ranger, #62 Michael Annett, #6 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #6 Ricky Stenhouse, and #67 J.R. Fitzpatrick. Michael McDowell finished 12th and Justin Allgaier 19th. There were 7 cautions for 14 laps and 12 lead changes among 8 leaders.
Next up for the Sprint Cup Series is the return to Daytona for the “Coke Zero 400” Saturday Night under the lights…July 2nd at 7:30pm on TNT.
The Nationwide Series takes to the high banks of Dayton Friday night under the lights July 1st at 7:30pm on ESPN for the “Subway Jalapeno 250”.
The Camping World Truck Series returns for a huge weekend at Kentucky Speedway Thursday July 7th at 8pm, under the lights for the “UNOH 225”. This kicks off a triple bill weekend at Kentucky Speedway with the Nationwide Series Friday and the Sprint Cup Series Inaugural race Saturday night under the lights making history at Kentucky Speedway. Log onto kentuckyspeedway.com to get your tickets now or call 888-652-RACE (7223)
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