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Dodge/Save Mart 350 - Infineon Raceway

Stewart Turns Left, Right and into Victory Lane at Infineon
You can count Tony Stewart as one who doesn’t mind the left and right-hand turns on the 1.99-mile, 12-turn road course in Sonoma, CA. Actually, he really likes them. Stewart won the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway on Sunday afternoon, roaring past Ricky Rudd with 10 laps remaining to score his 20th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory and first of the 2005 season in his 228th career start. Stewart’s last Cup win came on the circuit’s other road course at Watkins Glen in 2004, 30 races ago. Stewart scored his second victory at Infineon Raceway, also winning here in 2001, and became the eighth different race winner in the 2005 season. Stewart now has four wins in 13 career road-course races. Stewart led three times for a total of 39 of the event’s 110 laps, including the final 10, and led the most laps for the fourth time this season. Stewart moved to 29th on NASCAR’s All-time win list tied with Speedy Thompson. Stewart’s win was Joe Gibbs’ 43rd victory as a car owner and first this season. Ricky Rudd finished in the second position 2.266 seconds behind Stewart, posting his 11th top-10 finish in 17 races at Infineon, his third top-10 finish in 2005. The defending Nextel Cup Champion, Kurt Busch posted a third-place effort, his second top-10 finish and his best finish in five races at Infineon Raceway, while Rusty Wallace and Herbie the Love Bug aka Dale Jarrett rounded out the top five in the finishing order. With the win, Stewart climbed from sixth to fourth in the NASCAR NEXTEL CUP point standings and is now 198 points behind new points leader Greg Biffle, who finished 14th.

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Gordon Grabs Road-Course Pole at Sonoma
Jeff Gordon bounced back from last week’s frustrating run at Michigan to win the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the Dodge/SaveMart 350 at Infineon Raceway, one of two road courses on the Cup schedule. Gordon, as the last qualifier of the day, clocked in a time of 75.950 seconds, at an average speed of 94.325 mph, to earn the pole position and break his own track qualifying record of 75.968 seconds - at 94.303 mph - set in 2004. This is Gordon’s 54th career Bud Pole in 417 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races, he remains seventh on the all-time Bud Pole list. Gordon now has five poles in 13 races at the Sonoma track and seven career road-course Bud Poles. In fact, he has won five of the last eight poles at Infineon and went on to score victories in four of the races when he won the Bud Pole. Gordon now becomes the third repeat Bud Pole winner this season, joining Ryan Newman, with five, and Kasey Kahne, with two. Gordon’s teammate Jimmie Johnson posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 76.079 seconds - at 94.165 mph – and will join him on the front row. Johnson’s previous best road-course qualifying effort was 12th at Watkins Glen in 2002, his rookie season. This is the second front-row sweep for Hendrick Motorsports in 2005. Mark Martin, who will start third, has now posted 12 top-10 starts in his 17 races at Infineon, including nine top-fives. It is his first top-10 start in this his final NEXTEL Cup season. Boris Said will roll off from the fourth position followed by Robby Gordon in fifth.

 

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