Gas 'N' Go: Who Should You Pay Attention To At Sonoma?

Clint Bowyer

Clint Bowyer is one driver Pete Pistone and Dustin Long will be keeping an eye on this weekend at Sonoma. (Photo: Getty Images)

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The pits are open again and, MRN.com's Pete Pistone and Dustin Long each answer this week's featured question in "Gas 'N' Go."

Which drivers should you pay attention to at Sonoma?

MRN Staff

Answer

Pete Pistone
Pete Pistone

Marcos Ambrose will get a lot of attention in Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350 and rightfully so. The Richard Petty Motorsports driver is accomplished on road courses and has shown since his move to NASCAR that he is capable of bringing a Sprint Cup car home first when road courses roll around on the schedule.

But I'm also going to watch Kurt Busch, who has developed into one of the series' best road racers. Busch has been strong in recent years at both Sonoma and Watkins Glen with a variety of teams including Team Penske, Phoenix Racing and Furniture Row Racing. Now with a potent Stewart-Haas Racing machine at his disposal, look for Busch to be a solid contender.

I'd also keep an eye on Clint Bowyer, who has a string of three straight top-five finishes in Sonoma including a victory back in 2012. Bowyer's season hasn't been much to write home about so far but that could all change with a win.

Dustin Long
Dustin Long

I’m going to watch Clint Bowyer, who has finished no worse than sixth in five of the last six road course events and has a Sonoma win. Also, Michael Waltrip Racing has won the past two races at Sonoma. Bowyer’s ability on the road course is underappreciated even with the win. Don’t discount Bowyer and crew chief Brian Pattie.

I’m also going to keep an eye on Kyle Larson. We know the talent and how little experience he has on a road course. He’ll run the K&N West race on Saturday. Larson didn’t have much experience at Pocono and placed fifth. Could he score a top-10 finish at Sonoma?

And I’m going to keep an eye on Dale Earnhardt Jr. He’s never scored a top-10 finish at Sonoma. This team is strong. I really want to see how Earnhardt and his team handle this weekend’s challenge. 

The opinions expressed here are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the positions of the Motor Racing Netwo

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