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Juan Pablo Montoya earns NASCAR pole at Watkins Glen

Juan Pablo Montoya usually expects to win the pole whenever the NASCAR Sprint Cup races go to road courses due to his experience in Formula One.

Montoya earned the top starting spot last week at Pocono, and made it two in a row Saturday at Watkins Glen International, the 2.45-mile road course that gave the driver from Colombia, the second of his two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories.

Juan Pablo Montoya's #42 car getting a pre-race inspection ( photo)

With seven wins during his time in Formula One racing, Montoya expects to run well at road courses, and on Saturday he did, winning the pole for Sunday’s Finger Lakes 355 at the Glen in a track-record 69.438 seconds (127.020 mph). The Coors Light pole award was Montoya’s second of the season and first on a road course at the Cup level and the ninth of his career.

Montoya edged out Kyle Busch (126.928 mph) by .05 seconds. Busch also broke the track record of 126.421 mph he set last year, as did third-place qualifier Jimmie Johnson (126.925 mph), fourth-place Brad Keselowski (126.626 mph), and fifth-place Marcos Ambrose (126.524 mph).

The top 10 drivers in the standings qualify for the Chase, along with the two drivers from positions 11-20 with the most victories. Montoya is 27 points behind 20th-place Jeff Burton and would have to improve at least one position to be able to grab a wild-card spot.

NASCAR RACE #22 PREVIEW: Watkins Glen International, Today at 1:00 pm on ESPN

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series moves from Pennsylvania to Western New York today for the Finger Lakes 355 at the Glen race.
The race starts at 1:00 P.M. on ESPN at Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, New York.

(Illustration by Will Pittenger via wikipedia commons)

The race track is a tricky, 11-turn road course which covers 2.45 miles of natural terrain. The race will cover 220.5 miles which equates to a 90-lap race.
Racing began at The Glen in 1948 on a course that included asphalt, concrete and dirt roads through the village which has a population of 2,149 people. The races were moved to a temporary course in 1953 before a permanent circuit was built in 1956.
The 1965 race won by Marvin Panch, had just 19 cars, led for all but 13 laps and pocketed a purse of $1,425. Cup racing left and did not return until 1986.

Tony Stewart has done well at The Glen with 5 wins ( photo)

There have been more than $30 million invested by the owners for improvements in the track since 2001.
In the last 10 NASCAR Cup races at Watkins Glen, Tony Stewart has won 5 wins with Kyle Busch, Juan Pablo Montoya and Kevin Harvick with one each.
RECAPPING THE 2011 Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen: Marcos Ambrose avoided crashes and became the first Australian to win a Cup race. He took the lead from Brad Keselowski on the first lap of a green-white checkered flag finish.
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Marcos Ambrose won at The Glen in 2011 (2012 photo by Brian Neudorff, F1fans via wikipedia commons)

NASCAR PREVIEW RACE #16: Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California; 3 P.M. today on TNT

Infineon Raceway (file photo)

Jeff Gordon's #24 Chevrolet has won at Sonoma 5 times (photo by Chris Graythen of Getty Images, courtesy

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads west on this Sunday to the San Francisco area for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma, California.

Formerly known as Sears Point, Infineon Raceway is located just 35 miles from the Golden Gate Bridge and is surrounded by 100 wineries.

The elevation drops from 160 feet from Turn 4 on the track to Turn 10.

The asphalt track is 1.99-miles long.

The race is 219 miles which equals 110 laps. This is one of the smaller venues for a NASCAR event, with a crowd of only 47,000.

Jeff Gordon has won five times in 19 starts and leads the way as no other driver has won more than twice at the track in Cup events.

Infineon is a unique place. Almost 3,000 sheep call the place home. The raceway is home to a vineyard of Pinot noir vines. The vineyard, on a hillside near the track’s main office, opened in 2005. Since the 2006 race, the winning driver has sipped from the champion’s goblet in the Wine Country’s Winner’s Circle.

Infineon Raceway layout (illustration by Willpittenger via wikipedia commons)

RECAPPING THE 2011 TOYOTA/SAVE MART 350 RACE: Kurt Busch’s first Sprint Cup victory on a road course came in a dominant way. He led the race in his Penske Dodge for 76 of the 110 laps. Gordon finished second ahead of Carl Edwards, Clint Bowyer and Marcos Ambrose.

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NASCAR RACE #13 PREVIEW: Dover International Speedway, today at 12:30 P.M. for FedEx 400 benefiting Austism Speaks


Dover International Speedway (photo by Dany3000 via wikipedia commons)

The NASCAR schedule moves into June with its first trip into Dover, Delaware for the FedEx 400 benefiting Austism Speaks.

The race can be seen on FOX with coverage starting at 12:30 p.m.

Dover is one of the bigger tracks on the circuit with attendance reaching 135,000.

The 400-mile race on the 1-mile track is 400 laps.

(courtesy of Dover Motorsports, Inc. via wikipedia commons)

Known as the “Monster Mile”, Dover produces long runs and tough action with speeds in excess of 170 mph. It’s one of the most challenging tracks on the NASCAR circuit.

Dover, opened in 1969 and was designed to accomodate horse racing and motor sports. The track will undergo renovation after this season with seat-widening from 18 to 22 inches and that’ll drop capacity to 113,000.

2011 FedEx 400/Autism Speaks 400:

Matt Kenseth decided to get two new tires on his last pit stop and was able to hold off Mark Martin for his second win of the season. Marcos Ambrose, Kyle Busch and Brian Vickers finished 3-4-5.

In the last 10 Cup races at Dover, Jimmie Johnson has won three races.

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Ambrose shakes off collision, wins on restart at Montreal


Marcos Ambrose (photo by Chris Graythen of Getty Images for

Marcos Ambrose shaked off a collision with Jacques Villeneuve to win the NAPA Auto Parts 200 NASCAR Nationwide race in Montreal.

Ambrose took the lead on a restart with 10 laps to go as he sped past Alex Tagliani and held the top spot on the incident-filled race to claim victory on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

Tagliani finished second, while Michael McDowell finished third.

Ambrose recently won his first Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen, New York.

Info courtesy of NASCAR news

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