Odds and Ends - Sonoma
June 20, 2009
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At Infineon Raceway
The track opened as a 2.52-mile road course and drag strip in 1968.
The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was held in 1989.
The first nine races were 300 kilometers and switched to a 350k format in 1998.
The track was re-configured to 1.949 miles in 1998 with the installation of an 890-foot chute between the original Turns 4 and 7.
The track was reconfigured to 2.0 miles in 2001 and re-measured at 1.99 miles in 2002.
There have been 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Infineon Raceway since the first race there in 1989.
Rusty Wallace won the first NASCAR Sprint Cup pole.
Ricky Rudd won the first NASCAR Sprint Cup race.
12 different drivers have won poles; only three have won more than one.
Jeff Gordon (five) leads all pole winners. Ricky Rudd has four, including three consecutive (1990-92) and Rusty Wallace has two.
There have been four different pole winners in the last four races.
There have been consecutive pole winners three times: Ricky Rudd (1990-92) and Jeff Gordon (1998-99 and 2004-05).
12 different drivers have won races; five have multiple victories there – led by Jeff Gordon with five. Ernie Irvan, Ricky Rudd, Tony Stewart and Rusty Wallace (all with two) are the other multiple-race winners.
Jeff Gordon is also the only driver with consecutive wins, winning in 1998, 1999 and 2000.
There have been four different race winners in the last four races at Infineon: Tony Stewart (2005), Jeff Gordon (2006), Juan Pablo Montoya (2007) and Kyle Busch (2008). Montoya was a rookie when he won.
Five of 20 races have been won by the pole winner, including three times by Jeff Gordon. His victory from the pole in 2004 is the most recent.
The lowest starting position by a race winner was 32nd by Juan Pablo Montoya. Last season, Kyle Busch came close to matching that mark, starting 30th in his Infineon victory.
Jeff Gordon is the all-time leader in NASCAR Sprint Cup road-course victories with nine. Five of Gordon’s road-course victories have occurred at Infineon Raceway. He has three more victories than any other driver at the Sonoma track. Gordon also heads the all-time pole winners list for Infineon Raceway with five and has led the most laps there with 437 – more than twice the total of Rusty Wallace (171), who has led the second most.
NASCAR in California
There have been 124 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in California:
404 drivers from NASCAR’s three national series (all-time) have their home state recorded as California.
There have been 32 race winners from California in NASCAR three national series:
Infineon Raceway Data
Race #: 16 of 36 (6-22-08)
Track Size: 1.99 miles
Race Length: 110 laps/219 miles/350 kilometers
Driver Rating at Infineon Raceway
#Juan Pablo Montoya 113.2
Tony Stewart 109.5
Kyle Busch 104.8
Kurt Busch 102.6
Ryan Newman 101.9
Jeff Gordon 100.1
Jeff Burton 96.5
Jamie McMurray 92.7
Robby Gordon 91.9
Mark Martin 90.2
Note: Driver Rating compiled from 2005-2008 races (4 total) at Infineon Raceway.
# - Two races only
2008 pole winner: Kasey Kahne (92.153 mph, 77.740 seconds)
2007 race winner: Kyle Busch, 76.445 mph, 6-22-08)
Track qualifying record: Jeff Gordon (94.325 mph, 75.950 secs., 6-24-05)
Track race record: Ricky Rudd (81.007 mph, 6-23-02)
Estimated Pit Window: Every 30-32 laps, based on fuel mileage