|NASCAR 2012 Save Mart 350 Picks & Predictions|
|Written by ATSSportsline.com|
|Sunday, 24 June 2012 11:00|
2012 Save Mart 350 Predictions
SONOMA, CA (ATS Consultants) - The Sprint Cup Series heads to Sonoma, Ca. for the 16th Cup race on Sunday, June 24 for the Save Mart 350 from the Infineon Raceway.
Since this is a road course, Marcos Ambrose is the favorite at 4-1, while Tony Stewart (6/1), Jeff Gordon (8/1), and Juan Pablo Montoya (8/1) are also in the mix. Kurt Busch is attempting to win his second straight Toyota/Save Mart 350 but no other drive other than Jeff Gordon has ever accomplished the task.
Busch, the 2004 series champion, put on a dominating performance at Infineon Raceway. He led 76 of 110 laps around this 1.99 miles, 12-turn Northern California course. Busch finished 2.7 seconds ahead of Gordon.
Juan Pablo Montoya is a former open-wheel driver, who is considered a threat to win at any time. He went to Victory Lane in his first attempt at Sonoma in 2997, but has yet to record a top-5 finish since. He does have the second-best average finish (9.0). Montoya and Dodge snapped Chevrolet’s four-year winning run at Sonoma.
Kahne won here in 2009, beating Tony Stewart by 0.748 seconds for his 10th career Sprint Cup title. That was his first NASCAR road course race win. Kahne’s average starting position of 7.6 ranks him second among full-time drivers during the last seven races at Sonoma, according to NASCAR loop data. During the same period, he ranks eighth for fastest laps run with 27 and eighth for laps led with 41.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 50-1
2012 Save Mart 350 Information
Last year’s top 5