Racingone Rewind: Sonoma

    A look back at Juan Pablo Montoya's first career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series win in Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway including news, notes and observations by the RacingOne staff.

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    Inside Line
    Juan Pablo Montoya set a new Infineon record by coming from the 32nd starting position to win the Toyota/Save Mart 350, becoming the first driver to win from outside the top 15.

    Keys to Victory Lane
    Montoya pitted on lap 68, and went on to pass leader Jamie McMurray on lap 104. He the then was able to stretch the fuel mileage enough to claim his first career NEXTEL Cup victory.

    Zero to Hero
    After his no. 24 Chevrolet failed inspection, Jeff Gordon and the Dupont Team were able to play their cards right to end up with a top 10. But a possible point penalty could be handed to the team this week for Friday's infraction, seeing a deduction from today's seventh-place, 146-point finish.

    Hero to Zero
    Polesitter Jamie McMurray led 30 laps but relinquished the lead to Juan Pablo Montoya in the closing laps before eventually running out of fuel with one lap to go. He finished 37th, one lap down.

    Rookie of the Race
    Maybe the no-brainer category of the season, JPM was the class of the field, rookie and otherwise.

    Denny Hamlin followed up his Busch Series co-win in Milwaukee Saturday night with a 10th-place finish after taking the green 36th. P.J. Jones took David Reutimann's No. 00 Toyota from 43rd to 12th. And Robby Gordon led the most laps with 48 before finishing 16th.

    Toyota/Save Mart 350 Loop Data Leaders
  • Average Running Position: Jamie McMurray - 4.3
  • Fastest Early In a Run: Robby Gordon - 90.272 mph
  • Fastest Late In a Run: Tony Stewart - 89.735 mph
  • Fastest in Turn 1: Robby Gordon - 99.087 mph
  • Fastest from Turn 2 to 4: Robby Gordon - 81.019 mph
  • Fastest in Turn 7: Kyle Busch - 74.005 mph
  • Fastest in Turn 8: Boris Said - 107.559 mph
  • Fastest in Turn 9: Tony Stewart - 108.940 mph
  • Fastest in Turn 10: Ryan Newman - 98.962 mph
  • Fastest in Turns 11 & 12: Jimmie Johnson - 83.400 mph
  • Fastest Laps Run: Robby Gordon - 30
  • Fastest on Restarts: Robby Gordon - 89.588 mph
  • Most Passes During Green Flag Conditions: Jeff Gordon - 84

    Pit Stops
  • Juan Pablo Montoya captured his first career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series win in his 17th start. Detailed Active Driver Wins
  • Montoya won the sixth race for car owner Chip Ganassi. Detailed Active Car Owner Wins
  • Montoya, who started 32nd, became the first driver to win at Infineon outside the top 13. He also became the fifth driver overall to win a race from that position. Starting Position Facts
  • Montoya led the final seven laps. Lap Summary
  • Montoya won the first race of the season for Dodge. It was also the 195th overall win for the manufacturer. All-Time Manufacturer Wins
  • Kevin Harvick's second-place finish was his third top five of 2007 and second at Infineon.
  • Jeff Burton scored his first top five at Sonoma in his 14th start after finishing second.
  • Clint Bowyer (third) gave Richard Childress his third car in the top five after capturing his best finish at Infineon.
  • Greg Biffle's fifth-place finish was his second consecutive top five at Infineon.
  • Tony Stewart's sixth-place finish marked his fifth top 10 at Infineon.
  • Jeff Gordon (seventh) moved into a tie with Ricky Rudd for second in top 10s at Infineon with 11.
  • Kyle Busch's eight-place finish was his second career road course top 10 in five starts.
  • Boris Said finished ninth to mark his fourth top 10 in the last five races at Infineon.
  • Denny Hamlin (10th) has now led 584 laps with the Car of Tomorrow.
  • The 110-lap race saw 11 lead changes among eight drivers and an average speed of 74.547 mph.
  • Seven caution flags were thrown for 14 laps.
  • The Toyota/Save Mart 350 lasted 2 hours, 56 minutes, 11 seconds.

    Lug Nuts
  • Anyone else notice the cars were racing the wrong way Sunday?
  • Got to feel for Robby Gordon who has the ability to win on road circuits, has some decent equipment, but needs a new calculator to figure out fuel mileage.
  • Will Kyle Petty get a fine for his expletive on TV after his early on track run in with Matt Kenseth?
  • Who wouldn't love to be in Monday morning's team meeting at Haas-CNC after that Jeff Green-Johnny Sauter pit road tangle Sunday?
  • You get the feeling Matt Kenseth and Joe Nemechek are just a couple of the drivers who wish they'd turn Infineon into a vineyard by next season.
  • Tip of the RacingOne fedora to Ricky Rudd, who can still run a road circuit with the best of them.
  • He won a pole a week ago but the whispers are growing louder that J.J. Yeley's days are numbered in the JGR No. 18.

    Garage Talk
  • "I was literally on the edge of my seat for the last 20 laps of the race. Today’s win was great exposure for the Dodge brand." Mike Accavitti, Director Dodge Brand and SRT Marketing and Communication
  • "The guy likes the action. A week or so ago or 10 days ago he was in Eldora in a dirt car. How many guys have been on the Eldora dirt and been on the streets of Monte Carlo? That just tells you the guy has the disease. He has the fever. He likes the action and that’s what’s fun about working with him. It’s not about the money. It’s about the action and that’s what’s fun." Chip Ganassi
  • "It looked like we were headed for a top-five finish, and then we ran out of fuel and finished 33rd. Big difference." Bobby Labonte
  • "We are at the mercy of NASCAR and I hope they are light on us, but who knows?" Jeff Gordon
  • "It’s tough to be so good but not have the finish to show for it." Tony Stewart
  • "It just shows how competitive NEXTEL Cup is when you work that hard and you end up 28th." Butch Leitzinger
  • "You look at the monitor and look at the guys who beat us and they were nowhere all day long. It’s just disappointing that fuel strategy makes a difference of a race win or not." Robby Gordon

    RacingOne Rating
    On a scale of one to ten Pinot Noirs (we won't drink Merlot), we'll give Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350 a six. The last few laps had some good racing, and yes, the fuel mileage drama, but overall the experience was a typical NEXTEL Cup race on a road course affair, pretty dull. Unfortunately, despite returning to an oval track next weekend, the dull factor doesn't look to be much better with a trip to New Hampshire International Speedway on the docket.

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