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Dodge/Save Mart 350

Status: Final Infineon Raceway

Race Capsule

Sonoma Raceway
  • What:

    Race 16 of 36 on Sprint Cup circuit

  • Where:

    Infineon Raceway, Sonoma, CA

  • When:

    June 22, 2003 4:00 pm EDT

  • Laps:


  • Track Length:

    1.99 miles

  • Race Length:

    219.00 miles

  • Purse:


Drivers to Watch

Matt Kenseth A tremendous season to this point, by far the most consistent driver; finished among the first nine in 13 of 14 races since the second event of the year; lowest finish of year was 22nd in the Virginia 500; tops series with 13 top-10s; not a factor in the Dodge 350 last year even though he qualified sixth, he finished 39th.
Kurt Busch Survived two caution flags and held off a late charge by Bobby Labonte on Sunday to win the Sirius 400 at Michigan International Speedway; it was his seventh career victory and became the first driver with three wins this season; also captured the checkered flag in March at Bristol and in April at California; remained fifth in the standings for the 10th consecutive week; is 65 points behind Bobby Labonte and 342 back of the leader Matt Kenseth.
Kevin Harvick Finished 14th in two Winston Cup races at the 2.52-mile road course; last year, he started 24th and dealt with a tight condition that kept him outside the top-10 throughout the 110-lap race; needs to improve on that to get the silver and black Chevrolet back in the top-10 in points; in order to help his cause, the 2001 Winston Cup Rookie of the Year will run the Featherlite Southwest Tour Series race on Saturday in the No. 29 Kevin Harvick Inc. Snap-on Chevrolet Monte Carlo; this will be the second year in a row he'll participate in this race, finishing 35th in 2002 due to an ignition box problem halfway through the 64-lap event.
Recorded victories at Sears Point in 1990 and 1996 and started from the pole in 1989 and 2000; missed a top 10 with a 12th-place at Michigan; it marked the third time in seven races he finished outside the top 10; has been in the top 10 for the the last five weeks, now in eighth place.
Jeff Gordon Winner of three straight races at his home state track from 1998-2000; finished second in 2001, while last year a broken gear in his transmission forced him to the garage for repairs; finished seven laps down in 37th; third in points with a win, five top-fives and eight top-10s this season.
Fortune came his way last year when Jerry Nadeau's Dodge engine blew up with two laps remaining; Rudd sped right by and took his 23rd career victory; started from the pole here in three straight years (1990-92) as well as 1995; also won in 1989; disappointing season with just one top five and top 10 in 15 races; that was a fourth at the Food City 500 in Bristol.
Tony Stewart Scored first career road course victory here in 2001; also ran well in 2000 when passed Scott Pruett on lap 68, but was physically ill due to the high temperatures and finished 10th place; won pole last year but finished second.
Bobby Labonte Another consistent driver, particularly over the past seven races; a 17th-place place at Pocono two weeks ago interrupted a run of five events with three seconds and a pair of thirds; rebounded nicely last Sunday with another second at Michigan; won Atlanta race and recorded nine top fives and top 10s; by way of his solid results, moved up to fourth in the championship race.
Mark Martin Looking forward to racing at one of his best tracks on the Winston Cup schedule; in 14 starts at Sears Point Raceway road course, he has finished in the top-10 an impressive 12 times; has seven top-five finishes, but has only won the race once in 1997 from the pole; last year he finished seventh; started 15th and finished ninth at the Sirius 400 for the second consecutive year; 10th in the series points standings.
Michael Waltrip The fifth-place effort at Michigan was the fourth time among the first five finishers this year; one of two drivers (Johnson) to be in the top 10 all season long; not an expert on road racing; was 22nd in this race last year.
In 14 races at Sears Point, he has just one top five finish; was sixth in 1999 and seventh in 2000 before 19th and 15th place finishes, respectively, the last two years; won the season's second race Subway 400, but has struggled since with just one top 10 in 13 events; that was a ninth-place in the Coca-Cola 600 on May 25.
Jimmie Johnson Born in El Cajon, California, this is a home track of sorts for the 27-year-old; rookie appearance last year was not one to remember as he qualified 15th but placed 35th; winner of the Coca-Cola 600 this season, but that was just one of two top-five finishes; the other was a third at the season opener Daytona 500; along with Michael Waltrip, is only driver to be in the top 10 all season; is 47 points behind Waltrip in seventh.