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Posted on: June 19, 2009 6:51 am


Drivers will have to remember to turn the steering the wheel the other way this weekend when the Sprint Cup Series tackles its first road course of the year at Infineon Raceway.

There are two groups of drivers whenever the Sprint Cup Series goes road racing - those who look forward to the challenge of competing on a non-oval track, and those who can't wait to get the heck out of the place.

Road racing stock cars is an acquired taste for drivers and some fans but one thing is certain - it's usually unpredictable.

More often than not some names that aren't usually upfront find their way there when the circuit rolls into either Infineon or Watkins Glen. And while some teams bring in "road course ringers," it's very tough for someone to come into Sprint Cup Series racing once or twice a year and get the hang of driving these cars, especially since the Car of Tomorrow came into play a couple of years.

Sunday's race will be the first road course event using the double file restart rule which should spice things up even more.

Tony Stewart - Leading the points and usually leading the way at some point when the road courses roll around, Smoke should be in the hunt Sunday in NAPA.

Juan Pablo Montoya - Scored his first career Cup win at Sonoma two years ago and usually circles the calendar when Infineon and Watkins Glen rolls around.

Marcos Ambrose - Didn't get a chance to show what he could do on a road course last year when mechanical problems sidelined his effort in the Wood Brothers Ford. He's ready to make up for that Sunday.

A.J. Allmendinger - Might be driving for his Sprint Cup life over the next few weeks and needs to put his road racing skills into play this weekend to right the RPM ship.

Robby Gordon - Road racing and Robby Gordon seem to go hand to hand and the former Sonoma winner is another one who needs a solid day.

Category: Auto Racing
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