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This weekend NASCAR makes its annual trek to the heart of the wine country, the former Sears Point/Infineon Raceway, now dubbed just Sonoma Raceway, pending what I am sure will be another name sale from SMI.
This weekend the race teams are handed a couple of challenges particular to road racing. They will have to pit the cars from the opposite side of the car. The crew chief has to figure out a great setup for the car to be able to handle, both the left and right turns, of this 1.99 mile slalom course. Additionally, the drivers will have to review how to brake the cars in a straight line prior to throwing that 3400 lb door-slammer into a left or right-handed turn.
Absent the challenges of this tight little road course, the fight for the Sprint Cup points leadership is tightening up in the last two weeks. With the prospect of the level of competition racketing ever higher as the season progresses, a change for the lead could occur this weekend. Add this curveball of road racing thrown into the equation each year at this point, the sum of this addition problem could quite possibly be a new points leader, driving his car into their hauler Sunday afternoon in the land of the grape!
With “Mr. Four-Time”, Jeff Gordon, the winningest active driver at Sonoma, and very hungry for a win, additionally, his teams has run well at most of the races this season, lacking only in the finished product, therefore he could be the driver that leads the pack to the checkered flag. Thus, securing his very first victory of the 2012, and beginning his largely uphill climb to try to get into the 2012 Chase.
I think that this weekend will find that ol “Mr. Four-Time” will be right in the hunt for his first victory as the Sun begins to drop low over the grape vineyards. That’s right look for the HMS #24 Chevy to be sniffing for the checkered flag Sunday!
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!