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Sundays Race

Posted: Friday, June 23, 2000

Sunday's race

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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