Front-running Kurt Busch outlasts rival Gordon, wrecks, earns 1st Infineon Toyota/Save Mart 350 win
Valley’s Pedroncelli 13th in Saturday’s NASCAR race
Kurt Busch leads Tony Stewart and Martin Truex Jr. in Sunday’s 23rd annual Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway.
The sun was blazing and so were the racecars on Sunday afternoon at Infineon Raceway, where Kurt Busch took the early lead in the Toyota/Save Mart 350 and never gave it up, while holding off rival Jeff Gordon and a rash of wrecks to navigate his No. 22 Dodge to both his first-ever NASCAR road-course win and victory at Infineon.
Rounding out the top-10 finishers after the triumphant Busch in the challenging 110-lap, 219-mile Toyota/Save Mart 350 race were Gordon (Chevrolet), Carl Edwards (Ford), Clint Bowyer (Chevrolet), Marcos Ambrose (Ford), Joey Logano (Toyota), defending-champion Jimmie Johnson (Chevrolet), Martin Truex Jr. (Toyota), Kevin Harvick (Chevrolert), and Brad Keselowski (Dodge).
In Saturday’s Thunder Valley Casino Resort 200 NASCAR Pro Series West race, Logano out-dueled David Gilliland for the victory, with P.J. Pedroncelli, a 2008 Sonoma Valley High School graduate, driving to an impressive 13th-place finish. More on the NASCAR weekend at Infineon Raceway can be found on the Index-Tribune’s front page.
Next up on Infineon Raceway’s 2011 Big O Tires major events schedule is the NHRA Division 7 Drag Racing weekend of July 22 to 24; followed by the FRAM Autolite NHRA Nationals from July 29 to 31; the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma weekend of Aug. 26 to 28; and the Classic Sports Racing Group Charity Challenge on Oct. 1 and 2. To purchase major event tickets, the Track Pass or other special ticket packages, or for details on Wednesday Night Drags, Top the Cops, Drifting or for more general information, visit www.infineonraceway.com, www.ticketmaster.com or call 800-870-RACE (7223).
INFINEON RACEWAY 2011 MAJOR EVENTS