Iracingone Rewind:/I Infineon

INSIDE LINE
Before an estimated crowd of 100,000, Tony Stewart won the Dodge SaveMart 350, posting his 20th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series victory.

KEYS TO VICTORY LANE
Stewart passed Ricky Rudd for the lead with ten laps to go with a high-low move on the 11th turn to grab the top spot for good.

HIGHWAY TO HELL
Dale Earnhardt, Jr.'s Top 10 qualifying effort went out the window in the opening laps when a transmission failure sent him into Mike Bliss before winding up against the frontstretch wall. He finished 42nd.

ZERO TO HERO
Elliott Sadler started back in 42nd position and kept his championship hopes going with a sixth place finish. Also kudos to Ron Fellows, who filled in for Bobby Hamilton, Jr. and after starting from the 43rd spot, finished seventh.

HERO TO ZERO
Jeff Gordon's streak at Infineon came to an end when he suffered transmission problems after starting from the pole. The DuPont Chevy got back on track but Gordon finished 33rd.

ROOKIE OF THE RACE
Travis Kvapil finished 21st while Kyle Busch suffered numerous mishaps to wind-up 40th.

LUG NUTS
  • One thing about road racing, it gives you a chance to see names in the front of the field that aren't always there every week.
  • Who wasn't rooting for Ricky Rudd, raise your hand?
  • What was with all the white cars? Missed Dale Jarrett and Rusty Wallace several times.
  • Now what Junior?
  • Not a bad day for the road course "Ringers:" Ron Fellows and Brian Simo both in the Top 10.
  • Also a shout out to Terry Labonte, subbing for Jason Leffler and bringing the No. 11 FedEx car home 11th.
  • Prediction - Mexico and Canada in by 2010. Infineon and Watkins Glen out.

    GARAGE TALK
    "It was kind of a sick feeling in my stomach when I saw Jeff have his problems. It was one of those situations that put an asterisk beside (the win) in my mind because I really wanted to race him for the win. That would have been fun."
    -Tony Stewart

    "Last year I was running fourth and ran out of gas. This year I finished fourth with another gas issue. I'm about gassed out. I'm going to have to get my Visa card out and gas this unit up."
    -Rusty Wallace

    "That transmission ... the thing must have been made out of aluminum."
    -Dale Earnhardt Jr.

    "Even if I only lead it for a week, I wanted to be the point leader."
    -Greg Biffle

    "It's nice to look in the newspaper and see where you finished."
    -Ricky Rudd

    FAN FORUM (What they are saying on the Message Boards)
    Too bad Dale Earnhardt Jr. doesn't get championship points for the Sexiest Driver poll.
    -TxTonyFan

    Rudd and Wallace for the lead like it was in 89 and 90. Cool deal. Glad to see both get good finishes.
    -21Fan04

    RACINGONE RATING
    On a scale of one to ten bottles of NAPA Valley's best vino, we'll give the Dodge/SaveMart 350 a seven. Watching Rudd and Stewart battle was fun, seeing some new faces near the front was interesting and watching the drama unfold for pre-race favorites Jeff Gordon, Robby Gordon and Jimmie Johnson spiced it up some. But that's enough road racing for a while. Let's get back to real racing, well at least Daytona next week for more of the "Great Plate Debate" and the Pepsi 400.
  • Related Topics:

    NASCAR Sprint Cup, 2005

    Photos

    • Dale Jr. Gets Martinsville Win
    • Dale Jr. Gets Martinsville Win
    • Dale Jr. Gets Martinsville Win
    • Dale Jr. Gets Martinsville Win
    • Dale Jr. Gets Martinsville Win
    • Dale Jr. Gets Martinsville Win
    • Dale Jr. Gets Martinsville Win
    • Dale Jr. Gets Martinsville Win
    • Dale Jr. Gets Martinsville Win
    • Dale Jr. Gets Martinsville Win
    • Dale Jr. Gets Martinsville Win
    • Dale Jr. Gets Martinsville Win
    • Dale Jr. Gets Martinsville Win
    • Dale Jr. Gets Martinsville Win
    • Dale Jr. Gets Martinsville Win
    • Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500
    • Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500
    • Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500
    • Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500
    • Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500
    • Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500
    • Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500
    • From the Archives: Martinsville Speedway
    • From the Archives: Martinsville Speedway
    • From the Archives: Martinsville Speedway
    • From the Archives: Martinsville Speedway
    • From the Archives: Martinsville Speedway
    • From the Archives: Martinsville Speedway
    • From the Archives: Martinsville Speedway
    • From the Archives: Martinsville Speedway
    • From the Archives: Martinsville Speedway
    • From the Archives: Martinsville Speedway
    • From the Archives: Martinsville Speedway
    • From the Archives: Martinsville Speedway
    • From the Archives: Martinsville Speedway
    • From the Archives: Martinsville Speedway
    • From the Archives: Martinsville Speedway
    • GEICO 500
    • GEICO 500
    • GEICO 500
    • GEICO 500
    • GEICO 500
    • GEICO 500
    • GEICO 500
    • GEICO 500
    • GEICO 500
    • GEICO 500
    • GEICO 500
    • GEICO 500
    • GEICO 500

    Advertisement

  • © 2014 MRN. All Rights Reserved

    FacebookTwitterDiggDeliciousLinkedInGoogle BookmarksYahoo BookmarksLive (MSN)

    ISC Track Sites