Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Jimmie Johnson
For the first time all season, this week NASCAR drivers will make some right turns! We have our first road-course race of the year at Sonoma Raceway. Road-course racing is unlike anything else on the NASCAR circuit. Because the tracks are long and driving is (relatively) slow, it’s possible for cars to pit without losing a lap, which means there is more room for strategy (and thus randomness). We should expect an exciting event with multiple race-altering incidents.
For this race, here are the main metrics I’m considering:
- Projected finishing position
- Starting position
- Practice speed
- Year-to-date performance
- Road-course history
- Sonoma history
I’ve pulled all the odds from 5Dimes, but be sure to shop around.