NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Date Set for Sonoma in 2012
The Toyota/Save Mart 350 has been one of the most exciting and unpredictable races on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule over the last five years, with as much fender-banging action as any short track.
Race fans will be treated to this action-packed brand of racing for the 24th consecutive year in 2012 at Infineon Raceway, June 22-24. The status of road-course racing has definitely been elevated in recent years; the Toyota/Save Mart 350 was even called one of the top five races of the year by a prominent NASCAR Web-site.
Kurt Busch took the checkers in 2011 for his first-ever NASCAR Cup win in Sonoma, but the race might be best remembered for the in-race feud between Brian Vickers and Tony Stewart, culminating with Stewart getting punted atop the tires in Turn 11.
That kind of action will return to Sonoma next June with the likes of Stewart, Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. swapping paint on the 10-turn, 1.99-mile road course.
The Sprint Cup Series will be joined by the NASCAR Pro Series West over race weekend. Joey Logano, a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular, held off Riverside’s David Gilliland for the West Series win in June.
Race fans will also be treated, once again, to the only air show on the NASCAR circuit during pre-event ceremonies on Sunday, June 24. The Patriots Jet Team Air Show, which boasts an all-volunteer team and is the only six-jet civilian demonstration team in the country, will rock the skies above the raceway with a 25-minute show featuring jets operating at speeds better than 500 mph.
Race fans interested in getting an early start can renew their tickets or sign-up for priority pre-sale by calling 800-870-RACE (7223) today.