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June 26, 2011 | By Jim Peltz
Before his opening practice laps for this year's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in California wine country, Kurt Busch was asked to grade his Penske Racing team. Busch assigned it a B-plus — a promising, if at times struggling, effort with no victories. That changed Sunday when Busch and his team brought their "A" game with a dominant victory in the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway, which ended a winless streak at 38 races for the 2004 series champion. Jeff Gordon finished second, Cup points leader Carl Edwards was third and Clint Bowyer finished fourth in front of about 93,000.
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June 26, 2011 | By Jim Peltz
Before his opening practice laps for this year's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in California wine country, Kurt Busch was asked to grade his Penske Racing team. Busch assigned it a B-plus — a promising, if at times struggling, effort with no victories. That changed Sunday when Busch and his team brought their "A" game with a dominant victory in the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway, which ended a winless streak at 38 races for the 2004 series champion. Jeff Gordon finished second, Cup points leader Carl Edwards was third and Clint Bowyer finished fourth in front of about 93,000.
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June 17, 2010 | By Jim Peltz
Reporting from Sonoma, Calif. — If there's one track where Jeff Gordon would seem poised to break his frustrating winless streak in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series, it would be Infineon Raceway. With a record five wins at Infineon, Gordon is the top Cup driver at the 10-turn, 1.99-mile track nestled in the wine country not far from Gordon's hometown of Vallejo. Gordon will try for a sixth victory Sunday when the series returns for the Toyota/Save Mart 350, one of the series' two races on snake-like road courses.
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June 26, 2011 | By Jim Peltz
Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s recent momentum hit the brakes in California. The popular NASCAR driver was third in the Sprint Cup Series standings before the race Sunday at Infineon Raceway, but he had dropped to seventh — and his crumpled car was on its way back to the shop — when the race ended. After starting 18th, Earnhardt's Chevrolet was collected with several other cars in a crash on Lap 37 of the 110-lap race. "It knocked a hole in the radiator and it ended up hurting the engine," Earnhardt said.
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June 26, 2011 | By Jim Peltz
Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s recent momentum hit the brakes in California. The popular NASCAR driver was third in the Sprint Cup Series standings before the race Sunday at Infineon Raceway, but he had dropped to seventh — and his crumpled car was on its way back to the shop — when the race ended. After starting 18th, Earnhardt's Chevrolet was collected with several other cars in a crash on Lap 37 of the 110-lap race. "It knocked a hole in the radiator and it ended up hurting the engine," Earnhardt said.
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June 24, 2011 | By Jim Peltz
They might be among the most dreaded words in the NASCAR garage: "I feel good about things. " So declared Jimmie Johnson on Friday as the El Cajon native pursues an unprecedented sixth consecutive Sprint Cup Series championship. Johnson, 35, is fifth in this year's Cup standings heading into Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350 at the curvy Infineon Raceway road course, where he is the defending champion. He had been second to Cup points leader Carl Edwards until last weekend's race at Michigan International Speedway, when Johnson spun his No. 48 Chevrolet, struggled to regain the lost positions and finished 27th.
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June 22, 2007 | Jim Peltz, Times Staff Writer
NASCAR will use its new Car of Tomorrow on a twisty road course for the first time Sunday at Infineon Raceway, prompting speculation that it's anyone's race to win. But former Cup champion Bobby Labonte isn't so sure. It's true that many Nextel Cup drivers who mainly excel on oval tracks have their hands full at Infineon Raceway, a 1.99-mile course in scenic wine country with 10 turns -- right and left -- plus sharp elevation changes.
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August 25, 2008 | Jim Peltz, Times Staff Writer
SONOMA, Calif. -- Danica Patrick is known more for her prowess on high-speed oval tracks than on twisty road courses, but she was all smiles Sunday at Infineon Raceway. Patrick started ninth and finished fifth in the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma County, her best finish on a road course this year in the IndyCar Series. "I am very proud of my Motorola team," said Patrick, 26, after her fourth start at Infineon. "We started in the ninth position, and to get a top-five finish at a course that is very difficult to pass at is great," said Patrick, driver of the No. 7 car for Andretti Green Racing.
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August 23, 2009 | Jim Peltz
Danica Patrick said Saturday that there's more than a 50% chance she will forgo NASCAR and remain an IndyCar driver with the Andretti Green Racing team next year. "Things are definitely moving forward with AGR," she said in an interview after qualifying 11th for today's Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma at Infineon Raceway. "We're not to paper yet, but verbally I think things are going in the right direction" with Andretti Green, she said. Patrick, 27, is the IndyCar Series' most popular driver, and last year she became the first woman to win a major U.S.-sanctioned open-wheel race.
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August 19, 2010 | By Jim Peltz
Reporting from Sonoma, Calif. — The Izod IndyCar Series arrives in California wine country this weekend for its last road-course race of the season, which might be Will Power's best chance to extend his lead in the championship standings. Power has a series-high four wins this season that all came on twisty road or street courses, and the Team Penske driver is looking for another on Sunday in the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma at Infineon Raceway. The Australian has a 41-point lead over defending Sonoma winner and reigning series champion Dario Franchitti, who has two wins this season.
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June 24, 2011 | By Jim Peltz
They might be among the most dreaded words in the NASCAR garage: "I feel good about things. " So declared Jimmie Johnson on Friday as the El Cajon native pursues an unprecedented sixth consecutive Sprint Cup Series championship. Johnson, 35, is fifth in this year's Cup standings heading into Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350 at the curvy Infineon Raceway road course, where he is the defending champion. He had been second to Cup points leader Carl Edwards until last weekend's race at Michigan International Speedway, when Johnson spun his No. 48 Chevrolet, struggled to regain the lost positions and finished 27th.
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June 23, 2011 | By Jim Peltz
As NASCAR arrives in California wine country to take on the twisty Infineon Raceway road course in Sonoma, what's notable is how many of its top drivers already are in danger of missing the sport's title playoff. Drivers such as Juan Pablo Montoya (15th in points), Kasey Kahne (19th), Joey Logano (23rd) and Jeff Burton (25th) are among those needing to pick up the pace with 11 races left before the Sprint Cup Series opens its 10-race Chase playoff Sept. 18. The top 10 drivers in points after 26 races advance to the Chase.
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August 22, 2010 | By Jim Peltz
As the field accelerated to take the green flag and start the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma on Sunday, Dan Wheldon suddenly found himself upside down in a race car that was pirouetting down the track with a full load of fuel. Starting the race 12th in the 25-car field, Wheldon flipped over after being clipped by another car. But Wheldon, who won the Indianapolis 500 in 2005, walked away unhurt thanks to the car's protective body work around his head. "It's a shame," he said, because his car "was really strong all weekend and we were hoping for a really good finish.
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August 21, 2010 | By Jim Peltz
A year ago, Will Power was looking forward to a strong run in the IndyCar race here at Infineon Raceway, only to have his weekend cut short when "I ended up getting taken away in a helicopter. " The driver suffered a broken back in a practice crash while driving part time for Roger Penske's team. The accident not only ended Power's season, he feared it might harm his chances of obtaining a full-time ride with Penske this year. But Penske gave him the ride anyway and Power, after months of rehabilitation, took full advantage and is back at Infineon in top form.
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June 21, 2010 | By Jim Peltz
There's nothing like an unruly road-course race to jumble NASCAR's championship standings. When the Sprint Cup Series arrived at the serpentine Infineon Raceway here, the top five drivers in points were Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch and Matt Kenseth. Harvick finished third in the Toyota/Save Mart 350 in Sonoma on Sunday, and the Bakersfield native maintained his lead in the standings. But Kyle Busch and Hamlin had dreadful days that dropped them each a notch while Jimmie Johnson – seeking an unprecedented fifth consecutive Cup title – won the race and jumped to second behind Harvick.
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June 20, 2010 | By Jim Peltz
Reporting from Sonoma, Calif. — Martin Truex Jr. left Infineon Raceway fuming at Jeff Gordon , and Gordon said Truex had every right to be angry. Just past the midpoint of Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350, Gordon's Chevrolet bumped into the back of Truex's Toyota, causing Truex to spin and dropping him several positions into a group of cars that soon were involved in a big crash on a restart. "We should never have been in that position" so deep in the field, said Truex, who finished 40th in the 43-car field.
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August 24, 2008 | Jim Peltz, Times Staff Writer
SONOMA, Calif. -- Scott Dixon is on the verge of winning his second IndyCar championship, but Helio Castroneves isn't about to make it easy for him. Castroneves won the pole position for today's Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma County with a lap of 107.809 mph at the Infineon Raceway road course. Ryan Briscoe, his Penske Racing teammate, qualified second at 107.787 mph Saturday and will start next to him on the front row. Dixon, who qualified fifth for Target Chip Ganassi Racing, has a 78-point lead over Castroneves in the title standings with only three races remaining.
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June 20, 2010 | By Jim Peltz
Reporting from Sonoma, Calif. — Martin Truex Jr. left Infineon Raceway fuming at Jeff Gordon , and Gordon said Truex had every right to be angry. Just past the midpoint of Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350, Gordon's Chevrolet bumped into the back of Truex's Toyota, causing Truex to spin and dropping him several positions into a group of cars that soon were involved in a big crash on a restart. "We should never have been in that position" so deep in the field, said Truex, who finished 40th in the 43-car field.
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June 17, 2010 | By Jim Peltz
Reporting from Sonoma, Calif. — If there's one track where Jeff Gordon would seem poised to break his frustrating winless streak in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series, it would be Infineon Raceway. With a record five wins at Infineon, Gordon is the top Cup driver at the 10-turn, 1.99-mile track nestled in the wine country not far from Gordon's hometown of Vallejo. Gordon will try for a sixth victory Sunday when the series returns for the Toyota/Save Mart 350, one of the series' two races on snake-like road courses.
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