Skip to comments.NASCAR Sprint Cup Toyota/SaveMart 350 from Sonoma - TNT - Sunday 06|24|12 2pm ET
Posted on 06/20/2012 4:39:39 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
Road racing ? In California? Who'da thunk.
The temps look to be mild, the track dry and the wine stacked and ready.
Join us for road course racing in wine country.
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FRFL'ers - Deadline to select your drivers is Jun 24 2:00am PDT.
The Sonoma race thread is up Ping!
Wunderground Forecast - Sonoma, CA
Correction toFRFL deadline listed above..
It should read the 22nd not 24th.
Deadline to select your drivers is Jun 22 2:00am PDT
Road race boogity
Finally, right turns.
My goal is to have more than two of my picks finish the race!
That’s race ist...
Good luck! The last 3 weeks have killed my team.. but amazingly, we’re still top 5.. even tho my last 2 C drivers dnf’d in 43rd.. :-} sure hope the boys drive politely
SMOKE loves those road courses ,,,,, go # 14
3rd at Pocono
2nd at Michigan
1st at Sonoma ??? ,,,, why not !!!
Go Denver Mattress! Gotta love the underdog.
It’sa Sunday away from racing for me. I never watch the road races.
Gonna be there working a corner for the third consecutive year. And the last two years, the big incident has happened where I was working. :)
Watching a Cup car come at you backwards at 90-plus is quite an eye-opener!
I week ago I got an alert from Sonoma that the forecast temps for the race was going to be 106 degrees. We’re now down to mid 70’s for show time.
A shout out for WSGilcrest - he has given me very valuable info about the area/restaurants, etc. for our 1st visit to Infineon. A lot of good folks on this board....and then there’s Tubebender.....
It’s a 81.6% chance of rain here in Benderville tomorrow. Two inches would save me $104.62 on my water bill
Rain forecast in Bend & Ashland tomorrow and Saturday. Snow level down to pass level & Mt. Bachelor is opening back up for skiing. Weather is “conflicted” to say the least. Planted my 6th replacement tomato yesterday as they keep freezing out and I’ll probably have to plant again when we get back to Bend.
You know, of course, that when I said “and then there’s tubebender” I meant that in an exceptional light as you are above everyone else (although your team does suck so far this year) and your posts are the wittiest (although several other posters are sometimes better) and of course your pic-posting is 2nd to none other then NYTexan and a few others....
THAT’S IT!!! No Garlic for you...
I’m not worried about the garlic but I am concerned about the 1st wife’s cookies. How about if I took back most of what I said??
Speaking of racing the lads have been getting a bit more rambunctious as of late. I wonder if they’ll be much bumping and grinding at the track besides me and Mrs. Happydog? And will Boris break my heart again? Will Kurt finally end up where he belongs? (That’s a loaded question!) All Dale Jr. wants is a top-ten and I wish him luck with that. It could be Jeff Gordon’s time to shine or will a veggie mite sandwich rule them all???
I saw a place in Nevada that has the same rate. I can't remember the name of the place though...
Speaking of breaking news I see a FRiend of ours has pinged me to a thread. Do you think it’s some kind of trap?
Interesting that a race shop would be snippy about a truck stop moving in. I could see if it was $400,000 homes maybe.
Maybe KB is worried the wrench crew will patronize the lot lizards @ lunchtime?
I had a similar thought but the Beer chasers could be a problem? I need to find time to Google the locations...
The story also mentioned a wind tunnel.
Is it this one?
That’s owned by Gene Haas.
Kurt say anything about this? lol.. besides cussing
If it sells beer or alc. Kurt can be bought...
Not to change the subject but... The coldest wettest winter I ever spent was a summer day in Benderville...
Jesus Goes Green for Rio summit
YOU STOLE THAT FROM MATT DRUDGE!!!
Maxed out Q-points this week.
Watching Nationwide quals from Road America. I don’t know if it is camera angles or what, but I just LOVE watching races b’cast from there. Be nice if the Cup cars ran there.
Don’t you have some firewood to cut?
Not to change the subject but..
I’ve got an opportunity to get a 64 F100 with a 292 Y block in it, don’t know a thing about no 292, would you mess with one?
A similar engine was in the early T Birds or you could transplant a 289 into it. The engine compartment is big enough for a new diesel.
Ya, looks like the run was from 54-5 to 65 or so but that’s not what my question was...
btw, if got plenty of diesels.
Let’s get back to the 64 F100 itself... they are a great looking truck unless it has the Double Fugly step side bed. The Y block engines had serious oiling problems to the rocker arms causing them to wear prematurely and become very noisy. I imagine the engine rebuilders have solved that little problem but back in the day we put a Tee at the oil pressure sending unit and ran a kit called a overhead oiler to the valve covers to oil the rockers.
Countdown to Green Pre-race show on TnT Now! Ping
POst at yur own peril. ;-)
June 24, 2012
8:41 a.m. ET — Marcos Ambrose’s lap at an average speed of 95.262 mph during qualifying was good enough to put him on the pole for the second week in a row. Jeff Gordon was just a shade slower, and will start second. Jimmie Johnson, Greg Biffle and Martin Truex Jr. are third through fifth. Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth and Ryan Newman round out the top 10.
Just now getting the chance to check in. Was busy (still) trying to get the steering gear out of my Durango. Today I WON! THE D WILL LIVE!
Took a plckle fork, puller, mapp gas and beating on it like a madman. Oh yes beer helped along the way, but it’s off and out of the truck. Next up cleaning everything and getting the new part in.
Meanwhile upstairs a grandson is visiting so TV is off for me in the living room. Mrs p6 has QVC on in the bedroom.
Note to self....TV FOR THE GARAGE along with a small fridge for beer and sammiches.
FWIW I kinda like the road courses. Not real NASCAR but anymore what is...sigh.
Get to see the last few laps ..BOWYER in the lead. What happened to Gordon? He really faded from when I had to give up the TV for Spongebob.
His car went to mush mid race..
BooYaaa Wins at Sonoma!
Lap 112 — CHECKERED FLAG: Tony Stewart takes second place from Kurt Busch. Martin Truex Jr. spins. Clint Bowyer scoots away from it all to claim the victory!
Lap 111 — GREEN FLAG: Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch, Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson and Brian Vickers are the top five on the restart. Hold on to your hats! Bowyer clears for the lead off Turn 2. Dale Earnhardt Jr. crashes back in the pack, but there’s no caution. Aric Almirola and Regan Smith are also involved.
Lap 109 — The race will end with an attempt at a green-white-checkered finish.
Lap 108 — Kurt Busch’s crew chief reports that something has broken in the rear of his car.
Lap 107 — Tony Stewart’s tires a lot fresher than either of the front two. This is going to be very interesting!
Lap 106 — YELLOW FLAG NO. 2: Kyle Busch, Juan Montoya and Paul Menard spin. Oh, here we go!
Lap 104 — Kurt Busch is losing touch with Clint Bowyer. He’s now down about two seconds.
Lap 103 — Brian Vickers is looking for a way to get past Jimmie Johnson for fourth place.
Lap 102 — Clint Bowyer has picked up a couple of car lengths over Kurt Busch. It’s 4.5 seconds back to third-place Jimmie Johnson ... make that Tony Stewart, who takes the position coming to the starter’s stand.
Lap 101 — Same story up front. It’s close between Clint Bowyer and Kurt Busch. Very, very close.
Lap 100 — Ten laps to go. Kurt Busch is still ... right ... there. He gives leader Clint Bowyer another shot in Turn 11.
Lap 99 — It’s interesting to note that Kurt Busch didn’t practice here Saturday, because he ran the Nationwide Series race at Road America.
Lap 98 — Clint Bowyer still has a mirror full of Kurt Busch.
Lap 97 — Kurt Busch has caught Clint Bowyer for the lead. Busch lays a bumper to Bowyer going through Turn 11.
Lap 95 — The top five are Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Brian Vickers and Tony Stewart. Fifteen laps to go.
Lap 94 — Denny Hamlin spins in Turn 11, but there’s no caution. He got turned by his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Joey Logano.
Lap 93 — Tony Stewart has joined the battle for fourth between Brian Vickers and Kyle Busch. The spot belongs to Vickers for the time being.
Lap 92 — Brian Vickers and Kyle Busch are fighting for fourth place at the top of the hill in Turn 2.
Lap 91 — There’s about half a second between leaders Clint Bowyer and Kurt Busch, but it’s 2.9 seconds from Bowyer back to third-place Jimmie Johnson.
Lap 90 — Twenty laps to go.
Lap 89 — Tony Stewart’s car has some damage on the left rear bumper. Clint Bowyer has opened up a lead of about 8/10ths of a second over Kurt Busch.
Lap 88 — Kurt Busch is still close to Clint Bowyer ... all it’s going to take will be a slip here or there by Bowyer to open the door. Jamie McMurray spins, but there’s no caution.
Lap 87 — GREEN FLAG: Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. are the leaders on the restart. Bowyer is clear of Busch going into the first turn, but Busch presses him hard for most of the lap.
Lap 85 — Remember ... cautions have a way of breeding cautions!
Lap 84 — Brian Vickers, Tony Stewart, Marcos Ambrose, AJ Allmendinger, Matt Kenseth, Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards Jamie McMurray, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and a few others are piting.
Lap 82 — YELLOW FLAG NO. 1: Tomy Drissi has crashed. Clint Bowyer’s lead had gone from 2.7 seconds to just 1 second just before the caution.
Lap 79 — Clint Bowyer had a cushion of about 2.7 seconds over second-place Kurt Busch, but he’s giving up a lot of it trying to put a lap on Kevin Harvick.
Lap 77 — Let’s see ... let’s see. When WAS the last caution-free race at the Sprint Cup level? Talladega, back in 2002, maybe?
Lap 76 — Following the stops, the top five are Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr.
Lap 75 — Martin Truex Jr. gives up the point to pit. That hands the lead over the Clint Bowyer.
Lap 73 — Jeff Gordon finally makes it to his pit stall, and while entering the pits, Kasey Kahne has to check up behind him.
Lap 72 — Jimmie Johnson, Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and others are on pit road. Jeff Gordon is out of gas and struggling to get to pit road.
Lap 71 — Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle, AJ Allmendinger and others are pitting.
Lap 70 — Joey Logano and Dale Earnhardt Jr. are pitting.
Lap 69 — Travis Kvapil has spun off the track, but it’s still not enough to bring out the caution. Carl Edwards is on pit road.
Lap 68 — Expect pit stops in just a few laps.
Lap 67 — Jeff Gordon trails third-place Jimmie Johnson by only a car length or two. He takes the spot in Turn 11.
Lap 65 — Clint Bowyer’s lead over Kurt Busch is about 4.1 seconds.
Lap 63 — Juan Montoya is on pit road.
Lap 58 — Matt Kenseth has just one top-10 finish here at Sonoma, so chances are that he would be happy with a ninth-place finish. That’s where he’s running now. Kurt Busch wrestles second place away from Jimmie Johnson in Turn 11.
Lap 56 — Kurt Busch is in third place. Remember ... he won here last season.
Lap 55 — Crossed flags. The race has reached the halfway point.
Lap 53 — Pole sitter and early leader Marcos Ambrose is back in 10th place, 28.9 seconds behind first-place Clint Bowyer.
Lap 52 — Clint Bowyer’s advantage over second-place Jimmie Johnson stands at 4.5 seconds.
Lap 51 — Following the stops by the out-of-sequence Martin Truex Jr. and AJ Allmendinger, the top five are Clint Bowyer, Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon.
Lap 50 — AJ Allmendinger is pitting.
Lap 49 — Move Clint Bowyer to the top of the leaderboard after Martin Truex Jr. hits pit road.
Lap 48 — This is the longest a race at Sonoma has ever gone at the start without a caution.
Lap 47 — Clint Bowyer is running about 2.3 seconds behind leader Martin Truex Jr.
Lap 46 — Martin Truex Jr.’s best finish here at Sonoma is an eighth. It’s his only top-10 showing at this track.
Lap 43 — The top-five drivers — Martin Truex Jr., Clint Bowyer, Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon — are separated by 12.4 seconds on the race track.
Lap 42 — Josh Wise gets off the track, but he’s able to continue without bringing out a caution.
Lap 40 — Martin Truex Jr.’s lead over Clint Bowyer stands at about 6.6 seconds.
Lap 37 — After the cycle of stops, Martin Truex Jr., Clint Bowyer, AJ Allmendinger, Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch are the top five. Truex and Allmendinger much earlier, so they’re working a different plan.
Lap 36 — Kurt Busch brings his unsponsored car to the pits.
Lap 35 — Clint Bowyer gives up the lead to pit. Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Ryan Newman, Brian Vickers, Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Martin Truex Jr. and others are on pit road.
Lap 34 — Juan Montoya, Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth and Marcos Ambrose are pitting.
Lap 31 — Kyle Busch gets around Jeff Gordon for fourth place.
Lap 30 — Carl Edwards is on pit road. Clint Bowyer’s lead over Jimmie Johnson stands about 3.3 seconds.
Lap 29 — Kurt Busch takes third from Jeff Gordon, who has now led more than 23,000 laps during his Cup career. Amazing.
Lap 28 — Jimmie Johnson has passed Jeff Gordon for second place.
Lap 26 — Clint Bowyer takes over the lead with a move under Jeff Gordon in Turn 11.
Lap 25 — Juan Montoya has lost his tachometer, which will make it hard to gauge his pit-road speed and shifting points on the track.
Lap 24 — Martin Truex Jr.’s team is also working the strategy angle. He’s on pit road. Clint Bowyer is on Jeff Gordon’s rear bumper, looking for a way to wrestle away the top spot.
Lap 22 — Jeff Gordon’s lead over Clint Bowyer stands at about 2.3 seconds. It’s 3.7 seconds back to third-place Jimmie Johnson.
Lap 20 — Brad Keselowski is running well behind the rest of the pack, in 10th place. AJ Allmendinger is pitting in a strategy move.
Lap 19 — Clint Bowyer drops Jimmie Johnson back to third place. Ryan Newman spins in Turn 11, but there’s no caution.
Lap 18 — Kyle Busch zips past Marcos Ambrose for fifth place on the frontstretch. So far, so good on the engine problems that have plagued Busch the last few races.
Lap 16 — Marcos Ambrose continues to slide back through the top five as Martin Truex Jr. goes past for fifth place. Hang on, mate. Hang on.
Lap 15 — Jeff Gordon has a lead of about 1.3 seconds over Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson.
Lap 14 — Jimmie Johnson and Clint Bowyer drop Marcos Ambrose back to fourth place.
Lap 13 — Marcos Ambrose says that the handling is going away on his car. Jimmie Johnson has closed the gap, and should be challenging Ambrose for second place any time now.
Lap 12 — Clint Bowyer has moved up to fourth place, just in front of his teammate Martin Truex Jr. Marcos Ambrose locks his brakes up going into Turn 7, allowing Jeff Gordon to sneak past for the lead.
Lap 11 — Jeff Gordon has closed to within just 3/10ths of a second of leader Marcos Ambrose.
Lap 7 — Marcos Ambrose has picked up a couple of tenths of a second over Jeff Gordon. His cushion is now about 9/10ths of a second.
Lap 6 — The top five are Marcos Ambrose, Jeff Gordon, Greg Biffle, Jimmie Johnson and Martin Truex Jr. Hey ... wasn’t it just last year that Gordon and Truex had a little tiff here in Sonoma?
Lap 5 — Jeff Gordon’s deficit behind leader Marcos Ambrose remains steady at about 7/10ths of a second.
Lap 4 — Matt Kenseth has been looking to get around Kurt Busch for eighth place, but he’s not pressing the issue yet. He’s being very ... well ... Matt Kenseth-like at the moment.
Lap 3 — Marcos Ambrose has a few car lengths on second-place Jeff Gordon. They’re in the backstretch esses right now.
Lap 2 — The first 20 cars or more have sorted themselves out single file. They WON’T stay that way for long!
Lap 1 — GREEN FLAG: The race goes green at 3:21 p.m. ET. Marcos Ambrose is easily clear of Jeff Gordon for the lead going into Turn 1. Travis Kvapil’s left-front tire appears to be locked up.
3:17 p.m. ET — At the starter’s stand, it’ll be one lap to go before the green flag. The field is in Turn 11 now.
3:11 p.m. ET — The field has rolled off pit road, and is now heading up the hill toward Turn 2.
3:10 p.m. ET — The drivers are ready to participate. We’re just minutes from the green flag!
3:07 p.m. ET — Tony LaRussa and Toby Appleton, a Toyota Military Hero, give the command to fire engines.
3:02 p.m. ET — The flyover is done by two T-38s from the 1st Reconnaissance Squadron from Beale Air Force Base. C’mon ... somebody. Hook a brother up!
3:01 p.m. ET — The University of California Straw Hat Band is playing the national anthem ... and, yes, they’re all wearing straw hats!
3 p.m. ET — The colors are presented by the Travis Air Force Base Honor Guard. Track minister Tim Boeve is giving the invocation.
2:57 p.m. ET — Former St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa is serving as the grand marshal here in Sonoma.
2:53 p.m. ET — The invocation and national anthem will be preceded with the Pledge of Allegiance led by Travis Claeys, a future Eagle Scout with Sonoma Troop 16.
2:34 p.m. ET — TNT is doing a great “NASCAR Generations” segment on the art of the apology. Hard to imagine a legend like Junior Johnson or Lee Petty apologizing for anything!
2:24 p.m. ET — Thirty-five minutes until the start of the invocation and national anthem.
I got back in time for the last 5 laps and then out in the garden to watch tie weeds grow. Has FR been having server problems or what???
Is it safe to come out now? And thats from the doghouse...Beautiful track, took 55the minutes to get back to Hilton Sonoma. More later.
server problem? oh yeah, complain to the head waiter.. if ya can find one. I been here all day and still no drink.
299 .. Juan Poblar popped my bubble today,, but it beats 2 43rds in a row
Nice clear day except for when they tangled on the top of the hill at the end of the race. On to Kentucky.. Yes, Kaintucky next week-end,, zippity zip.. zooosh