Driver Handicaps: Infineon

Juan Pablo Montoya

Juan Pablo Montoya, winner of the 2007 race, leads all drivers with a 5.8 average finish. (Photo: Getty Images)

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To help you make your fantasy racing picks for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway, Motor Racing Network brings you our weekly detailed look at some of the field for the 110-lap event.

Who's HOT at Infineon
• Jeff Gordon leads all drivers with five wins.
• Jimmie Johnson won in 2010 for his second consecutive top five.
• Juan Pablo Montoya, winner of the 2007 race, leads all drivers with a 5.8 average finish. 
• Tony Stewart has eight top-10s in 12 starts, including two wins.
• Kasey Kahne won in 2009 and finished fourth from the pole last season.
• Marcos Ambrose has a 4.5 average finish and 35 laps led in his last two starts.

Keep an Eye on at Infineon
• Robby Gordon, winner of the 2003 race, is coming off his second runner-up finish at Infineon.
• Kevin Harvick is coming off his third top five in 10 starts at Infineon.
• AJ Allmendinger finished seventh at Infineon in 2009 and tested several times for this weekend's race at Virginia International Raceway. 
• 2008 winner Kyle Busch has led the most laps (88) in the four Infineon races with the COT.
• Clint Bowyer has finished in the top 10 in three of his last four races at Infineon.
• Kurt Busch is ranked in the top five in a number of Loop Data categories at Infineon.
• Ryan Newman has completed the second-most laps (497) while running in the top 15 at Infineon.
• Mark Martin has one win and 13 top-10s in 20 starts at Infineon.

Infineon Qualifying Facts 

*Active Pole Leaders
Best Starting Average
Races Won from Starting Pos.
1. Jeff Gordon - 5
1. Marcos Ambrose - 5.3
Pole - Five times
2. Kasey Kahne - 2
2. Jeff Gordon - 7.3
Top Five - 14 times
3. Five drivers with one
3. Tony Stewart - 9.2
Top 10 - 17 times
 
4. Mark Martin - 9.6
Top 15 -  20 times
5. Kurt Busch - 10.5
Worst - 32nd, one time

* - Must be entered in the Toyota/Save Mart 350.

*Best Average Finish at Infineon 

Last # of Races
Driver
Avg. Fin.
Two Races
Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne
 2.5
Four Races
Juan Pablo Montoya
 5.8
Six Races
Tony Stewart
 9.3
Eight Races
Jeff Gordon
 7.6
10 Races
Tony Stewart
 8.6

* - The best average finish is based off a driver who has competed in every race during that time span.

Infineon Loop Data Stat Leaders (2005-2010)  

*Fastest Early in a Run
*Fastest Late in a Run
Avg. Running Position
1. Juan Pablo Montoya
1. Marcos Ambrose
1. Tony Stewart - 9.2
2. Tony Stewart
2. Tony Stewart
2. Juan Pablo Montoya - 10.4
3. Marcos Ambrose
3. Juan Pablo Montoya
3. Kurt Busch - 11.2
4. Robby Gordon
4. Kurt Busch
4. Marcos Ambrose - 11.9
5. Kyle Busch
5. Ryan Newman
5. Ryan Newman - 12.1
Laps in Top 15
*Quality Passes
*Driver Rating
1. Tony Stewart - 529
1. Tony Stewart - 183
1. Tony Stewart - 110.4
2. Ryan Newman - 497
2. Jeff Gordon - 161
2. Juan Pablo Montoya - 108.6
3. Kurt Busch - 486
3. Ryan Newman - 148
3. Marcos Ambrose - 108.4
4. Boris Said - 445
4. Jimmie Johnson - 143
4. Jeff Gordon - 100.2
5. Jeff Gordon - 432
5. Kurt Busch - 140
5. Kurt Busch - 100.0

*Fastest Early In a Run: Ranks each driver during the first 25 percent of laps run since a pit stop.
*Fastest Late In a Run: Ranks each driver during last 25 percent of laps run since a pit stop.
*Quality Passes: Passing a car running in the Top 15 while under a green flag.
*Driver Rating: Formula combining the following categories: Wins, Finishes, Top-15 Finishes, Average Running Position While on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.


For a look at all the pre-race Loop Data for Infineon view the Toyota/Save Mart 350 pre-race ebook.

Season Loop Data Leaders  

*Fastest Early in a Run
*Fastest Late in a Run
Avg. Running Position
1. Kyle Busch
1. Carl Edwards
1. Kyle Busch - 9.0
2. Carl Edwards
2. Kyle Busch 
2. Carl Edwards - 11.2
3. Denny Hamlin
3. Jimmie Johnson
3. Clint Bowyer - 12.9
4. Jimmie Johnson 
4. Matt Kenseth
4. Denny Hamlin - 13.0
5. Kurt Busch
5. Kevin Harvick
5. Kurt Busch - 13.1
Laps in Top 15
*Quality Passes
*Driver Rating
1. Kyle Busch - 4027
1. Clint Bowyer - 1088
1. Kyle Busch - 111.1
2. Carl Edwards - 3665
2. Kurt Busch - 1087
2. Carl Edwards - 104.2 
3. Jimmie Johnson - 3284
3. Paul Menard - 1061
3. Matt Kenseth - 96.0
4. Kevin Harvick - 3146
4. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 1045
4. Jimmie Johnson - 95.1
5. Denny Hamlin - 3085
5. Kyle Busch - 1007
5. Kurt Busch - 94.3


*Fastest Early In a Run: Ranks each driver during the first 25 percent of laps run since a pit stop.
*Fastest Late In a Run: Ranks each driver during last 25 percent of laps run since a pit stop.
*Quality Passes: Passing a car running in the Top 15 while under a green flag.
*Driver Rating: Formula combining the following categories: Wins, Finishes, Top-15 Finishes, Average Running Position While on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.


MotorRacingNetwork.com Staff Picks

Jeff Wackerlin: Marcos Ambrose
Pete Pistone: Jeff Gordon
Craig Moore: Marcos Ambrose
Steve Blevins: AJ Allmendinger
John Singler: Tony Stewart
Ricky Hamber: Juan Pablo Montoya

Top 20 Driver Notes - Ordered by current standings
(All stats/notes are in regards to Infineon unless noted)

 1. Carl Edwards: 18.8 average finish in six starts; Last of two top-10s (ninth) came in 2008; Seventh-best (12.5) average finish in the last four races on road courses (Infineon and Watkins Glen); Will debut a new car (chassis No. 758) in the Toyota/Save Mart 350; This car was tested at Road America.

2. Kevin Harvick: Coming off third top five in 10 starts; 16.8 average finish and five laps led; Will debut a new car (chassis No. 357) in the Toyota/Save Mart 350.

3. Dale Earnhardt Jr: Has yet to finish in the top 10 in 11 starts; Coming off best finish (11th) for the third time; 20.5 average finish and nine laps led; Will pilot a car (chassis No. 601) that Jeff Gordon finished 10th with at Watkins Glen last year.

4. Kyle Busch: Winner of the 2008 race; 20.7 average in three starts with Joe Gibbs Racing; Most laps led (88) in the four races with the COT; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 305) in the Toyota/Save Mart 350.

5. Jimmie Johnson: Coming off first win in nine starts; Win was second consecutive top five and fourth top 10; Fourth-best average finish (9.2) and second in laps led (83) in the four races with the COT; Sixth-best (11.2) average finish and second in laps led (59) in the last four races on road courses (Infineon and Watkins Glen); Will return in the same car (chassis No. 543) that he won with at Infineon and finished 28th with at Watkins Glen in 2010.

6. Matt Kenseth: Worst track on the schedule based on 22.2 average finish; Only top 10 (eighth) in 11 starts came in this event in 2008; Will debut a new chassis (No. 757) in the Toyota/Save Mart 350.

7. Kurt Busch: 21.2 average finish in five starts with Penske Racing; Last of three top-10s came in 2006 from the pole; 20.0 average finish in 10 starts; Will debut a new car (chassis No. 742) in the Toyota/Save Mart 350; This car was tested at Virginia International Raceway.

8. Ryan Newman: 16.5 average finish in two starts with Stewart-Haas Racing; Posted five top-10s in previous seven starts with Penske Racing; Will debut a new car (chassis No. 661) in the Toyota/Save Mart 350; This car was tested at Virginia International Raceway.

9. Denny Hamlin: Two top-10s in five starts; Best finish came in 2009 in fifth; Sixth in laps led (33) in the last four races on road courses (Infineon and Watkins Glen).

10. Clint Bowyer: Three top-10s in five starts; 12.6 average finish; Fifth-best average finish (11.8) in the four races with the COT; Will pilot the same car (chassis No. 300) that he posted respective finishes of 31st and 32nd on the road courses in 2010.

11. Tony Stewart: 5.5 average finish in two starts with Stewart-Haas Racing; Posted six top-10s, including two wins, in previous 10 starts with Joe Gibbs Racing; Third-best average finish (6.8) in the four races with the COT; Second-best (4.8) average finish in the last four races on road courses (Infineon and Watkins Glen); Will debut a new car (chassis No. 660) in the Toyota/Save Mart 350; This car was tested at Virginia International Raceway.

12. Jeff Gordon: Coming off fifth consecutive top 10; Five-time winner (last coming in 2006); 9.1 average finish in 18 starts; Second-best average finish (6.0) in the four races with the COT.

13. Greg Biffle: Coming off third top 10 in eight starts; Seventh-best average finish (12.8) in the four races with the COT; Will debut a new car (chassis No. 724) in the Toyota/Save Mart 350.

14. Mark Martin: 24.5 average finish in two starts with Hendrick Motorsports; Posted 13 top-10s, including one win, in previous 18 starts with Roush Racing; Will debut a new car (chassis No. 674) in the Toyota/Save Mart 350.

15. Juan Pablo Montoya: Best average finish (5.8) in the four races with the COT; Third-best (5.8) average finish and most laps led (74) in the last four races on road courses (Infineon and Watkins Glen); Will return in the same car (chassis No. 1014) that he won with at Watkins Glen last year.

16. Paul Menard: Has yet to finish in the top 20 in three starts; Will pilot a new car (chassis No. 358) in the Toyota/Save Mart 350.

17. AJ Allmendinger: Finished seventh in 2009; Fourth-best (9.2) average finish in the last four races on road courses (Infineon and Watkins Glen); Will drive the same car (chassis No. 760) that he tested at Virginia International Raceway.

18. David Ragan: has yet to finish in the top 20 in four starts; 27.8 average finish; Will debut a new car (chassis No. 773) in the Toyota/Save Mart 350; Tested a late model at Infineon last week to get more familiar with the course.

19. Kasey Kahne: Winner of the 2009 race; Won the pole and finished fourth last season; Fourth in laps led (41) in the four races with the COT; Fifth-best (9.8) average finish in the last four races on road courses (Infineon and Watkins Glen); Will make track debut with Team Red Bull.

20. Martin Truex Jr: Has yet to finish in the top 10 in five starts; 33.5 average finish in two starts with Michael Waltrip Racing.

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