Sprint Cuppers visit Wine Country
- Updated: June 24, 2011
After a couple of weeks of superspeedway racing NASCAR’s Sprint Cup circuit hits the road, literally, this Sunday for the running of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 on the two-mile road course at Infineon Raceway out in California’s wine country (3 pm Eastern, TNT).
Last Sunday Denny Hamlin outdueled Matt Kenseth in a late-race sprint to win the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Kyle Busch finished third, Paul Menard fourth and Carl Edwards fifth. Greg Biffle led a race-high 68 laps but finished 15th.
So through 15 races of this Sprint Cup season Edwards leads the Sprint Cup standings by 20 points over Kevin Harvick and 27 points over Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson are tied for fourth place at -29, followed by Kenseth and Kurt Busch at -41, Ryan Newman at -76, Hamlin and Clint Bowyer at -77 and Tony Stewart at -78.
Last year at Infineon road-course ringer Marcos Ambrose seemed on the verge of his first Sprint Cup victory until his car stalled on a late caution. Johnson took advantage and went on to win the race. Robby Gordon took second, Harvick third, Kasey Kahne fourth and Jeff Gordon fifth.
Over the course of the last five Sprint Cup races at Infineon Jeff Gordon, with a win and four other top-10 finishes, owns the best average finish at 5.0. Juan Pablo Montoya, with a win and three other top-10s, comes next at 5.8; Johnson follows at 9.4; and Biffle and Stewart own an average finish of 11.0 over that span at Infineon.
Gordon and Stewart have had the most success on Sprint Cup road courses over the years. Gordon owns nine wins in 36 road-course starts in his career, and Smoke has won seven times in 24 career road-course races.
As of Friday morning Sportsbook.com is listing Ambrose as a +400 favorite on its Save Mart 350 betting board. Stewart is the second choice at +600, followed by Johnson, Montoya, Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon at +700, Harvick at +1,200, Kurt Busch at +1,500, Edwards, Robby Gordon and Boris Said at +2,000, Hamlin at +3,000, Kahne, Newman and Jamie McMurray at +3,500, Biffle, Bowyer, Earnhardt, Menard and AJ Allmendinger at +5,000, Andy Lally at +6,000, and Jeff Burton, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Mark Martin, David Ragan, Martin Truex, Jr., and Brian Vickers at +10,000. And “The Field,” consisting of every driver not listed above, is being offered at +3,000.
Sportsbook.com is also offering driver-vs.-driver matchup betting on Sunday’s race, speed row betting and odds on drivers to finish in the top three.