Bowyer Returns to Sonoma Valley to Defend his Toyota/Save Mart 350 Championship Title
Clint Bowyer will be revving his engine in hopes of racing to victory lane for back-to-back wins as he takes on the first road course of the season. This weekend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is headed back to the beautiful Sonoma Valley for the 25th consecutive year for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway. And Clint Bowyer is as ready as ever to take on the 10-turn, 1.99-mile road course to defend his title!
Clint Bowyer celebrating his first road course victory at
Sonoma Raceway on June 24, 2012.
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) 2012 Getty Images
Last year's victory took many by surprise, but nevertheless was a big win for Bowyer. Not only was it his sixth career win, the Toyota/Save Mart 350 victory was his first win as part of the Michael Waltrip Racing crew and his first ever win on a road course. The question now is can he do it again? Will Clint Bowyer end up in the Wine Country Winner's Circle once again taking a sip from the Champion's Goblet and toasting to his fans for the second year in a row?
With one of the most comprehensive race schedules in the country, the action never seems to stop at Sonoma. The year-round motorsports complex has events scheduled 340 days and 50 weekends a year, attracting more than one-half million fans to pass through the gates each year. From the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, IZOD IndyCar&#reg; Series and other prestigious racing series to the Wednesday Night Drags program giving fans the chance to race down the world-famous quarter-mile drag strip and the Summer Racing Camps teaching kids and young adults the techniques of racing as well as leadership skills. Needless to say, there’s never a dull moment at Sonoma Raceway.
Not only is Sonoma Raceway dear to the hearts of motor sports drivers and fans, it's also home to nearly 3,000 sheep throughout the year. Provided by Rocky Mountain Wooly Weeders, the sheep help to maintain the grass and fire lanes of the facility.
The history of Sonoma Raceway dates back to 1968, when Marin County owners Robert Marshall Jr. and Jim Coleman envisioned the idea of building a race track while on a hunting trip. Originally built on a 720-acre working dairy farm called Sears Point Farm, Sonoma Raceway has grown to 1,600-acres and has become one of the top motor sports venues in the country. The course was recognized by the name Sears Point Raceway for over three decades until 2002 when Infineon Technologies bought the naming rights and renamed the course Infineon Raceway. After the corporate sponsorship ended in 2012, the track reverted back to Sonoma Raceway.
Time for a little math, race fans: if the Save Mart 350 spans 110 laps and there are 10-turns per lap, how many turns will competing drivers make if they complete all 110 laps? Yes, that’s right! A head-spinning 1,100 total turns around the road course!
|Clint Bowyer takes a celebratory drink from the Champion's Goblet after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma on June 24, 2012. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) 2012 Getty Images|
Will Clint Bowyer finish all 1,100 turns ahead of the field and become the first back-to-back winner to drink the from Champion’s Goblet after a long streak of eight consecutive different winners at Sonoma Raceway? We’ll be cheering loud and proud in hopes of seeing him in the Wine Country Winner's Circle once again!
Good luck Clint!
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