1 1 Jamie McMurray Cessna Chevrolet 74.354 96.350
2 47 AJ Allmendinger Kingsford / Clorox Chevrolet 74.557 96.088
3 42 Kyle Larson # Target Chevrolet 74.670 95.942
4 99 Carl Edwards Aflac Ford 74.736 95.857
5 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation Chevrolet 74.856 95.704
6 4 Kevin Harvick Outback / Budweiser Folds of Honor Chevrolet 74.894 95.655
7 31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar Chevrolet 74.925 95.616
8 55 Brian Vickers Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota 74.958 95.574
Sonoma winner Martin Truex Jr., second in the current Chase Wild Card standings, could improve his postseason chances considerably by sweeping the season’s two NASCAR Sprint Cup road races. A victory at The Glen would mark the first season sweep since Kyle Busch won both road races in 2008. Truex, who drives for Michael Waltrip Racing, owns two top-five and four top-10 finishes at The Glen. His best performance at the track was fourth in 2011.
CONCORD, N.C. (August 1, 2012) – Carl Edwards will return to the NASCAR Nationwide Series next weekend at Watkins Glen International to race the No. 60 Subway Ford Mustang. It will be Edwards’ first appearance in the series this season after running full time the past seven years. Subway, which also sponsors Edwards in the Sprint Cup Series, will be the primary sponsor at The Glen.
“I’m very excited about running the No. 60 Subway Ford Mustang in my first Nationwide Series race of the year,” Edwards said. “It’s great to have Subway on board and it will be fun to be back in the 60 car. The Nationwide race at Watkins Glen is almost like a Sprint Cup event because of the length of the race. It’s a very long and tough race, and there is a lot of competition with all the road course specialists. There are always a lot of really fast guys there, so it’s a race that will test the equipment and our strategy. The guys are working very hard on the car and it would be big to win a road course race there.”
1 6 15 Clint Bowyer 5-hour Energy Toyota
2 24 14 Tony Stewart Office Depot / MOBIL 1 Chevrolet
3 8 51 Kurt Busch Phoenix Construction Services Chevrolet
4 21 55 Brian Vickers RKMotorsCharlotte.com Toyota
5 3 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s Chevrolet
6 2 24 Jeff Gordon Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet
7 4 16 Greg Biffle 3M / US Stationary Ford
8 1 9 Marcos Ambrose Stanley Ford
9 17 22 AJ Allmendinger Shell Pennzoil Dodge
10 14 20 Joey Logano The Home Depot Toyota
Here is the starting lineup for Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350K
1 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Stanley 95.262 75.203
2 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger 95.067 75.357
3 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 94.795 75.574
4 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M / US Stationary 94.722 75.632
5 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 94.686 75.661
6 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-hour Energy 94.679 75.666
7 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s 94.632 75.704
8 51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Phoenix Construction Services 94.557 75.764
THE FINAL LAP WEEKLY – SONOMA PREVIEW SHOW
9 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Ford EcoBoost 94.524 75.790
10 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Quicken Loans / Childrens Tumor Foundation 94.509 75.802
Roush Fenway Racing vs. Hendrick Motorsports. Ford vs. Chevrolet. What’s not to like about that? The two organizations/manufacturers share the top four spots in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings with RFR’s Matt Kenseth holding a four-point lead over Dale Earnhardt Jr. Greg Biffle, who led the points for much of the year, is third followed by five-time champion Jimmie Johnson. Not to rule out anyone among the top 10 – or Wild Card possibles as well – but the four leaders are red hot. They claimed all but one top five positions in Michigan.
Kenseth, Earnhardt and Biffle have yet to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup road race.
Who’s Next To Join Road Race Winners’ List?
If there’s an eighth different Sonoma winner he could be Clint Bowyer or Brad Keselowski. Both are battling to retain top-10 points positions and each has a knack for turning left and right. Bowyer, ninth in the standings, finished seventh in Michigan. He owns the third-best average finish among active drivers (11.2) at Sonoma trailing only Jeff Gordon (8.7) and Juan Pablo Montoya (9.0). Keselowski is a relative newcomer to NASCAR Sprint Cup road racing but finished 10th in last year’s Sonoma race and was second at Watkins Glen after Marcos Ambrose initiated a pass two laps from the checkered flag. Keselowski stands 10th – three points ahead of another non-road race winner Carl Edwards.