Last season's race at Infineon Raceway was one of the roughest in recent memory, with drivers spending a majority of the race bumping one another out of the way. Multi-car spins were a common sight, and a violent wreck triggered by a Jeff Gordon tap on Martin Truex Jr. highlighted the carnage. Needless to say, the race was far from kind to fantasy owners. Unfortunately, it appears the 2011 race could be a repeat after qualifying put some surprising faces at the front of the field.
Joey Logano came out of nowhere to grab the pole for Sunday's race, and he was followed by Jamie McMurray and Paul Menard. All three drivers have had limited success at road courses, especially Menard and Logano. That being said, these three drivers will lead the field to the green at a track where passing has been historically difficult. Couple that with the fact that road course aces like Juan Pablo Montoya, Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch are all starting outside the top 15, and you have a recipe for some physical racing as the big names try to fight their way to the front.
Sunday's race could also prove to be a breakout day for Richard Petty Motorsports. Marcos Ambrose and A.J. Allmendinger both qualified inside the top 10, and both drivers have had a history of success at road courses. In fact, Ambrose had last year's race in the bag before stalling his car under caution and losing the lead with just two laps to go. The organization has been up and down in 2011, but Allmendinger and Ambrose are both capable of getting to Victory Lane this weekend.
About Brian Polking
Racing has been part of Brian's life ever since he can remember, and he spent his childhood at dirt tracks throughout Ohio and Kentucky watching his father race. NASCAR naturally became his favorite sport, and he has been following the Cup, Nationwide and Truck Series for most of his life. Brian majored in journalism and economics at Ohio State University and becoming a sports writer has always been his dream. Although he has covered everything from minor league baseball to the NCAA tournament, his passion has always been NASCAR. Brian has served as a NASCAR writer for a variety of sites, eventually becoming head editor of the NASCAR section for Fanball.com. His knowledge of NASCAR comes from his life-long love of racing, and he tries to add a personal touch to every article he writes. Brian is always up for talking NASCAR with anyone that wants to. Brian joined KFFL's team in 2011.
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