TOP 5 DRIVERS TO WATCH:SONOMA

TOP 5 DRIVERS TO WATCH: SONOMA RACEWAY

My #5 driver has come very close to winning here in the past, #9 Marcos Ambrose. Marcos is known for his road course skills in native Australia. Marcos almost won this race two years when he was leading but got caught out when he shut off his motor to save fuel and then couldn’t re-fire. That cost him the win and gave Jimmie Johnson his first road course win. Marcos walked away with a 6th place finish and a feeling he needs to show the world of NASCAR what road course racing is all about. Marcos has four starts and two top5’s.

 

The #4 driver has never won here, #15 Clint Bowyer. Clint is not usually thought of as a top 5 road course driver but his history racing on dirt tracks has helped him to be successful here. Clint has six starts and three top 5’s.  Add to that he is 4th hottest driver over the last six weeks.

 

My #3 driver to watch is a two time former winner here, #14 Tony Stewart. Tony won here in 2001 and 2005 and has 4 total Top 5 finishes in his 13 starts here. Tony sits 8th in points and needs to stay  in the Top 10. Tony finished 39th here last year after tangling with Brian Vickers.

 

The #2 driver to watch is another former winner – a five-time former winner, #24 Jeff Gordon. Jeff has five wins here with the last coming in 2006.  He has 19 starts, those 5 wins, and 12 Top 5 finishes. Jeff’s last six races here were all Top 10’s four of those were Top 5’s.

 

My #1 pick won here two years ago, #48 Jimmie Johnson. Jimmie has ten starts here a win and three Top 5’s – not bad but also keep in mind Jimmie is 3rd hottest over the last six weeks doing well everywhere, I have to think this stop in wine country should be no exception.

 

 

Monday look for our preview of the Quaker State 400 from Kentucky Speedway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOP 30 DRIVER RANKINGS:SONOMA

TOYOTA/SAVE MART 350:INFINEON-SONOMA

 

1. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48

2. JEFF GORDON #24

3. TONY STEWART #14

4. CLINT BOWYER #15

5. MARCOS AMBROSE #9

6. MATT KENSETH #17

7. CARL EDWARDS #99

8. JUAN PABLO MONTOYA #42

9. KEVIN HARVICK #29

10. GREG BIFFLE #16

11. KASEY KAHNE #5

12. KYLE BUSCH #18

13. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2

14. JAMIE MCMURRAY #1

15. RYAN NEWMAN #39

16. DALE EARNHARDT JR #88

17. MARTIN TRUEX #56

18. A. J. ALLMENDINGER #22

19. JOEY LOGANO #20

20.  DENNY HAMLIN #11

21. PAUL MENARD #27

22. KURT BUSCH #51

23. DAVID GILLILAND #38

24. JEFF BURTON #31

25. ARIC ALMIROLA #43

26. CASEY MEARS #13

27. BRIAN VICKERS #55

28. REGAN SMITH#78

29. DAVID RAGAN #34

30. ROBBY GORDON #7

 

*STILL MUST QUALIFY

 

Friday we break down the Top 5 drivers to watch in Sunday’s Save Mart/Toyota 350 fromSonoma.