Racingone Rewind: Infineon

A look back at Kyle Busch's ninth career NASCAR Sprint 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
Kyle Busch started 30th and charged to the front of the field to score his fifth Sprint Cup Series win of the season and first on a road course in Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway.

Keys to Victory Lane
Busch was fortunate to pit just before the first caution of the day and was able to make up track position, come out third and worked his way to the top spot for the lead and the win.

Zero to Hero
David Gilliland started 31st and scored his best career Sprint Cup Series finish with a runner-up run to Busch.

Hero to Zero
Marcos Amrbose qualified seventh in his first Sprint Cup race and was near the front of the field but was involved in two incidents, finally spinning off course and ending up 42nd.

Rookie of the Race
Road racing expert Michael McDowell had a decent day for Michael Waltrip Racing finishing 21st in the No. 00 Toyota.

Juan Pablo Montoya started 21st and was spun out by Marcos Ambrose, but rallied back to finish sixth. Matt Kenseth began the day 33rd but was able to score an eighth-place finish. And Tony Stewart started 39th, was spun out by Kevin Harvick in the late going but managed to finish 10th.

Race to the Chase
Busch's win increased his series point lead to 103 over Jeff Burton. Kevin Harvick dropped out of the top 12 to 13th with David Ragan now 14th.

Top 35 Standings
Scott Riggs moved into the 35th spot with J.J. Yeley and Patrick Carpentier now on the "Go or Go Home" list for next week's trip to Loudon.

Toyota/Save Mart 350 Loop Data Leaders
• Average Running Position: Kyle Busch - 5.9
• Fastest Early In a Run: Kyle Busch - 89.695 mph
• Fastest Late In a Run: Carl Edwards - 89.127 mph
• Fastest Laps Run: Kyle Busch - 26
• Fastest on Restarts: Kyle Busch - 88.034 mph
• Most Passes During Green Flag Conditions: Michael Waltrip - 56
• Laps In Top 15: Elliott Sadler - 109
• Quality Passes: Ryan Newman - 33
• Speed in Traffic: Carl Edwards - 88.796 mph

Pit Stops
• Kyle Busch captured his ninth career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win in his 130th career start. Detailed Active Driver Wins
• Busch won the 64th race for car owner Joe Gibbs. Detailed Active Car Owner Wins
• Busch became the first driver to win at Infineon from the 30th position. He also became the sixth driver overall to win a race from that position. Starting Position Facts
• Busch won the first race for Toyota at Infineon. All-Time Manufacturer Wins
• Busch has now won on all four types of tracks on NASCAR's premier circuit.
• David Gilliland (second) scored his career-best Cup finish and posted his first top-10 in three races at Infineon.
• Jeff Gordon (third) posted his 12 top-10 finish in 16 races at Infineon.
• Clint Bowyer posted his first top-10 result (fourth) since his win at Richmond in the beginning of May.
• Casey Mears' fifth-place finish was his best result so far this season and best result at Infineon in six starts.
• Juan Pablo Montoya now has a 3.5 average finish at Infineon Raceway with his second top-10 result at the track (sixth) in two starts there. His starting average is 26.5.
• With his seventh-place finish, Ryan Newman has now finished in the top-10 in five of his seven starts at Infineon.
• Matt Kenseth's eighth-place finish was his first top-10 at Infineon in nine starts.
• Carl Edwards (ninth) has finished in the top-10 in the last seven races this season.
• Tony Stewart posted his eighth top-10 result of the season with his 10th-place finish Sunday.
• The five foreign-born drivers in this race marks the most ever for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event. Three foreign-born drivers was the most that had competed in a series event previously, which occurred eight times, most recently in this race in 2007.
• The 112-lap race saw five lead changes among five drivers and an average speed of 76.445 mph. Lap Summary
• Six caution flags were thrown for 14 laps.
• The Toyota/Save Mart 350 lasted 2 hours, 54 minutes, 56 seconds

Lug Nuts
• Best thing we can say about Sunday's race was what a beautiful setting Sonoma is for an event. We'll wait for an actual race next week.
• Were those cheers we actually heard for Kyle Busch after the race?
• Tony Stewart won't be inviting either Kevin Harvick or Marty Snider to any summer barbeques coming up.
• Interesting that right after the girl from "Hairspray" sang the National Anthem, TNT cut to a shot of Boris Said.
• Speaking of Said, maybe he had a point about Marcos Ambrose back at Mexico City.
• Sonoma is actually a French word for boring.
• Got to give it up for Ironman Carl Edwards after his nationwide win in Milwaukee and top 10 in Sonoma weekend.
• Sounds like that class action lawsuit against Mark Martin for a refund of all that "Salute to You" merchandise will get started again if he does come back full-time again in 2009 for Hendrick.
• Casey Mears and Jamie McMurray should have lunch this week and talk about career paths for 2009.

Garage Talk
• "I guess when you get into a slump of two weeks, it's not that bad." - Kyle Busch

• "I don't know. I just got run into the back of." - Jamie McMurray

• "I haven't seen it, so it's not fair to comment on that." - Tony Stewart on his late race incident with Kevin Harvick

• "I'm committed to him right now." - Rick Hendrick on Casey Mears' future.

RacingOne Rating
On a scale of one to 10 bottles of beautiful Napa Valley Pinot Grigio, we'll give Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350 a six. A ho hum affair dominated by Busch and punctuated by the dull sight of stock cars droning around a road course. Yeah a few "incidents" to spice things up some, but nothing memorable outside of Kyle Busch's spectacular season going up yet another notch. Now we go to the new-look New Hampshire Motor Speedway for next Sunday's Lenox Industrial Tools 301. Hopefully the new look will include an exciting race, not something Loudon is typically known for producing.

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