What: Save Mart/Kragen 350K
Where: Sears Point Raceway (Sonoma, Calif.)
When: 4 p.m.
Broadcast: Television ESPN; Radio Performance Racing Network
Track: 11-turn, 1.949-mile road course
1999 winner: Jeff Gordon
What it takes to win: Most
importantly, it takes a good
starting position to be in
contention to win at Sears Point. The course doesn't offer very many places to pass, especially since race officials have redesigned the seventh turn what used to be a popular passing point into a hard, right-handed turn. Road courses are tough on engines, transmissions and brakes and even tougher on a driver's patience. Because there are so few places to make a clean pass, most advances will involve the use of a bumper. It's common for
passes to take more than one lap to complete, and that's why it's so important to start near the front.
Morris News Service pick: Ricky Rudd
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