This week, the Sprint Cup series heads back out to California, specifically to the road course at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma. Once again, we'll be treated to road course ringers, and chances are a regular Cup driver will win the race.
The statistics are very clear, and quite frankly, Jeff Gordon practically owns Infineon. He's won there 5 times in his career. Tony Stewart has won twice, and Juan Pablo Montoya, Mark Martin, and Robby Gordon have each won once at this track. Ernie Irvan won here twice, as has Rusty Wallace and Ricky Rudd. But let's face it, 5 wins is impressive, so Jeff Gordon has to be the odds favorite in this race.
Will this be the break out weekend for Jeff Gordon? He's been winless in 2008, and though he has had some great performances, he's not sealed the deal and put the car in victory lane. Jimmie Johnson has won, and now so has Dale Jr., so the pressure on Jeff is even more than normal this week, at a track at which he has dominated in the past.
Any former open wheel driver, such as Montoya or Hornish has a shot at winning a race this weekend. These kinds of tracks are their former bread and butter, and they know how to wheel a car around a road course. A ringer might win as well, so we'll just have to wait and see.
Kevin Harvick drives well on road courses, and has won on them. Robby Gordon is a road course specialist. There is a great possibility that we will see a first time winner this weekend at Sonoma.
This week, Nascar turns right, as well as left.