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Toyota/Save Mart 350 - Infineon Raceway

Montoya Stretches Fuel to Win First Cup Race at Infineon
Conserving fuel at every opportunity over the final 40-lap green-flag run, Juan Pablo Montoya was first to the finish line in Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 at the Infineon Raceway. It was the first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory for the much-publicized rookie from Formula One, who joined Mario Andretti and Dan Gurney as the only drivers to win in F1, IndyCars and NASCAR’s foremost series. In his No. 42 Ganassi Racing Dodge, Montoya also posted the first Car of Tomorrow win for a car other than a Chevrolet. He’s the first non-American to win a race in NASCAR’s top series since Canadian Earl Ross triumphed at Martinsville in 1974. The Richard Childress Racing trio of Kevin Harvick, Jeff Burton and Clint Bowyer also stretched fuel mileage to claim positions two through four. Harvick crossed the stripe 4.097 seconds behind Montoya. Greg Biffle was fifth, followed by Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch, Boris Said and Denny Hamlin. Montoya, who won the NASCAR Busch Series road race at Mexico City in March, battled polesitter Jamie McMurray over the closing laps of the 110-lap race and finally took the lead through Turn 2 on Lap 104. McMurray ran out of fuel on Lap 109 of 110, coasted into the pits and fell to 37th place at the finish. It was an adventurous run for Gordon, the points leader, who started 41st after NASCAR barred the No. 24 Chevrolet — along with the No. 48 Chevy of Gordon’s Hendrick Motorsports teammate, Jimmie Johnson — on Friday for body modifications that fell outside the sanctioning body’s tolerances. Gordon and Johnson, who started 42nd, were not allowed to practice or qualify on Friday but were allowed to race after their cars were repaired. Johnson finished 17th. Montoya’s victory was the first for Ganassi Racing since McMurray won at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in only his second Nextel Cup start in October of 2002.

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McMurray Takes Infineon Pole Position
Jamie McMurray won the Bud Pole for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 with a lap of 77.521 seconds, at an average speed of 92.414 mph. This is his third career Bud Pole in 166 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races. It is his first Bud Pole on a road course and his second top-10 start in five races at Infineon – both on the front row. He started second and finished 18th in this race last year. McMurray has finished in the top-10 in two of his eight road-course races: second here in 2006 and third at Watkins Glen, also last season. Robby Gordon qualified second with a lap of 77.533 seconds, at 92.399 mph, and will join McMurray on the front row. It is his fifth top-10 start in 10 Infineon races. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (third) tied his career-best road-course starting position set in 2004 at Watkins Glen. It is his second top-10 start at Infineon. Boris Said (fourth) was the fastest of the drivers required to make the field on time. Three foreign-born drivers made the field for the Toyota/Save Mart 350, tying the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup standard for foreign-born participants: Ron Fellows (11th - Canada), Marc Goossens (21st - Belgium) and Juan Pablo Montoya (Columbia). Seven previous races have had three, most recently this race in 2003. Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson did not take qualifying laps due to issues with technical inspection. Gordon had never started worse than 15th in his previous 14 races at Infineon. Johnson had just one top-10 start in his five Infineon races and recorded his best finish (fifth) from his second-worst start (34th) in 2004.

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