RACE PREVIEW

so 17

TOYOTA SAVE MART 350

SONOMA RACEWAY

June 25th, 3:00PM Charlotte Time FS 1 TV

1.99 Miles 10 turns

Twice a year NASCAR makes a detour from the standard oval and gets its swerve on – on a road course. No more just turn left and go. Instead of going counter-clockwise like you would on an oval, road courses go clockwise and twist and turn the whole way. Here at Sonoma Raceway the drivers have 10 turns on an almost 2 mile course in a truly beautiful part of California. We can expect some new faces as road racing regulars from non-NASCAR series insert themselves into the fray. Most of these will be drivers who will replace cup drivers who don’t feel up to the road course challenge. Ten drivers starting this race have previously won a road course at the Monster Energy Cup level. Six have of them have won here and four have won at Watkins Glen, the other road course. Just one, Kyle Busch has won at both. Joe Gibbs Racing and the now defunct Michael Waltrip Racing have both won here twice in the last ten years. Toyota seems to have a road course advantage here with four wins in the last ten years, the most of any manufacturer. Will Toyota keep the edge here in wine country? We’ll know on Sunday.

Tuesday look for our Top 10 drivers on road course tracks.

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