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Dodge/Save Mart 350 - Infineon Raceway

Jeff Gordon King of the Road Again
Jeff Gordon proved on Sunday that he is still King of the Road in the NEXTEL Cup Series. Gordon outran the usual suspects, along with the road course specialists, to win the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway, his record-breaking fifth win at Sonoma and his ninth career victory on a road course. It was a special weekend all around for Gordon. Not only was he able to win for the first time since Martinsville last October but he publicly announced his engagement to Ingrid Vandebosch on Saturday and was inducted into the Infineon Raceway Wall of Fame on Friday morning. Gordon said that he did something that he has never done before, when he called Steve Letarte on Sunday morning to let him know about the engagement, he made his crew chief a guarantee as well. Gordon said, “I told Steve; two things, we're going to win the race so get prepared, and I'm engaged.” Gordon then went out on the track and proved himself to be a prognosticator, leading a race-high 44 laps on the way to his 74th career win. Terry Labonte parlayed great fuel mileage into a lead of nearly 12 seconds over Gordon. Gordon sliced into that lead lap by lap until, with 22 laps remaining, he made the pass on Labonte and pulled away to an eventual 1.25-second victory on the 1.99-mile road course. Gordon’s win snapped a streak of three consecutive road race victories for Tony Stewart. Ryan Newman finished second on the day, followed by Labonte in third. It was Labonte’s best finish since he won the final Southern 500 at Darlington in 2003. Greg Biffle crossed the stripe in the third position, followed by Kurt Busch and Carl Edwards in fourth and fifth respectively.

Dodge/Save Mart 350 Notes
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· Practice 2
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· Practice 1
· Chevrolet Friday Quotes
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· Qualifying Order
· Entry List
· Race Notes
· Weekend Schedule
· Raybestos Rookie Notes
· Rookie Spotter Notes
· David Gilliland Notes
· P. J. Jones Notes
· Jimmie Johnson Notes
· Matt Kenseth Notes
· Kasey Kahne Notes
· Dale Earnhardt Jr. Notes
· Mark Martin Notes
· Tony Stewart Notes
· Jeff Burton Notes
· Kevin Harvick Notes
· Denny Hamlin Notes
· Greg Biffle Notes
· Jeff Gordon Notes
· Kyle Busch Notes
· Carl Edwards Notes
· Casey Mears Notes
· Jamie McMurray Notes
· Ryan Newman Notes
· Kurt Busch Notes
· Clint Bowyer Notes
· Dale Jarrett Notes
· Reed Sorenson Notes
· Elliott Sadler Notes
· Brian Vickers Notes
· Scott Riggs Notes
· Jeff Green Notes
· Robby Gordon Notes
· Joe Nemechek Notes
· Dave Blaney Notes
· Jeremy Mayfield Notes
· Sterling Marlin Notes
· Michael Waltrip Notes
· Scott Pruett Notes

Kurt Busch Twists and Turns to Sonoma Pole Position
Kurt Busch was fastest on the twists and turns of the Sonoma road course during time trials, winning the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the Dodge/SaveMart 350 at Infineon Raceway. Busch qualified in 76.987 seconds, at an average speed of 93.055 mph, around the 1.99-mile, 12-turn track and will lead the field to the green flag on Sunday afternoon, becoming the 10th different Bud Pole winner at Infineon. This is Busch’s fifth career Bud Pole in 200 NEXTEL Cup Series races and his second pole and series-leading 12th top-10 start of the season. This is Busch’s first pole and fifth top-10, including four top-fives, in six NEXTEL Cup Series race at Infineon Raceway. Jamie McMurray, in Busch’s former ride, posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 77.075 seconds, at an average speed of 92.948 mph, and will join Busch on the front row of the starting grid. McMurray posted his first start of better than 11th in his fourth qualifying effort at Infineon, notching his career-best road-course start. Kevin Harvick also will have his career-best road-course start after qualifying in the third position. Ryan Newman will start fourth, posting his first top-10 start in five races at Infineon Raceway. Road course ringer Boris Said rounds out the top-five starting spots with his fourth top-10 start in seven races at Infineon Raceway.


 

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