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Toyota/Save Mart 350

Status: Final Infineon Raceway

Race Capsule

Sonoma Raceway
  • What:

    Race 19 of 41 on Sprint Cup circuit

  • Where:

    Infineon Raceway, Sonoma, CA

  • When:

    June 24, 2007 5:20 pm EDT

  • Laps:

    110

  • Track Length:

    1.99 miles

  • Race Length:

    219.00 miles

  • Purse:

    $5,477,835

Drivers to Watch

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Ran fifth last weekend at Michigan to move up two spots to 12th in the standings in his first race since signing a five-year contract to drive for Hendrick Motorsports after this season; has fared well since announcing his intention to leave DEI, placing inside the top 12 in four of his last five races; has not won a race since Richmond in May 2006, a drought of 41 consecutive events without a checkered flag; recorded his best performance this season at Martinsville, where he ran fifth; ran 26th in this race last year; still seeking his first top-10 at this track after seven races.
Tony Stewart Ran third at Michigan but still dropped a spot to seventh in the standings; has finished in the top-10 in five of his last six races, with a 40th at Dover serving as the lone blemish over that span; has yet to record a win this season and collected just three top-five finishes over the first 14 races; one of the circuit's most inconsistent drivers, collecting 10 top-10 finishes while placing 25th or worse in the other five events; finished 28th in this race last year after winning it in 2005.
Jeff Burton Finished 24th last Sunday at Michigan yet remained fifth in the standings, 473 points behind leader Jeff Gordon; has struggled over his last eight races, failing to place higher than 10th after finishing sixth or better in six of the first seven events this season; ran 12th at Dover and has five top-five finishes and seven top-10s this season; captured his first victory of the season at Texas; ran seventh in this event last season and has four top-10 finishes in 13 career starts at this track.
Clint Bowyer Dropped one spot to ninth in the standings after a 16th-place finish last week in Michigan; has four top-10 finishes over his last six races, including a 10th-place finish at Pocono; is in the top-10 in the standings thanks to seven top-10 finishes overall this season; recorded his two best performances of the campaign with a pair of sixth-place finishes at California and Atlanta; made his first appearance in this event last year and finished 16th.
Carl Edwards Won last week in Michigan to end a 52-race winless drought; his last win came on November 11, 2005 in Texas; moved up to sixth in the standings, 487 behind Gordon with his fifth career win; the win gave Roush Racing its second win of the season; has three top-5 finishes over his last five races, including a third place showing in Dover; finished sixth in this event last year.
Matt Kenseth Finished 42nd at Michigan after being involved in an early accident to drop to fourth in the standings, 348 points behind Gordon; placed fifth at Dover, his sixth top-five finish of the season; had been outstanding since struggling to 27th place at Daytona, running inside the top 11 over the next seven races; captured his only victory of the season in the campaign's second race at California; ran 17th in this event last season; has not finished in the top-10 in seven starts at this track.
Denny Hamlin Finished 14th at Michigan to climb to second in the standings, 264 points behind Gordon; ran fourth at Dover, one of five top-five finishes over a span of nine races; rebounded from a 21st-place showing at Darlington to finish ninth at Charlotte; has six top-five finishes and nine top-10s this season; clearly has avoided a sophomore slump, placing inside the top 15 in 12 of the last 14 events; ran 12th in this event last season, his first career start at Infineon Raceway.
Jimmie Johnson Ran out of gas with seven laps remaining to wind up 19th last week; still managed to climb one spot to third in the standings, 337 behind teammate Jeff Gordon; had a season-worst 42nd-place finish at Pocono after pitting just two laps before the race was called due to rain; captured his fourth victory of the season at Richmond and finished second at Talladega to continue his fast start to the season; despite collecting eight top-five finishes, has been hurt by three finishes outside the top 35; also has captured checkered flags at Las Vegas, Atlanta and Martinsville; ran 10th in this event last season.
Jeff Gordon Finished ninth in Michigan last week and now holds a 264-point lead in the series standings; has four checkered flags this season and 79 career, just four shy of tying Cale Yarborough for fifth place all-time; endured a crash four weeks ago at Charlotte en route to finishing 41st, his worst showing of the year; reached a landmark milestone at Talladega, recording his 77th career victory to pass the late Dale Earnhardt for sixth all-time; has completely dominated the circuit this season and is on pace to capture his fifth career title, leading the series in poles (6), top-five finishes (10) and top-10s (13); won this race last season and has won five times at this track, and has finished out of the top-10 just four times in 14 career starts.