Stewart is a two-time winner at Sonoma and also has five other wins on NASCAR’s other road course at Watkins Glen. The crown that Jeff Gordon proudly wore as NASCAR’s best road course driver has been passed on to Stewart. Gordon’s odds are still listed low and respectful at 5 to 1, but Gordon admittedly has said that his team no longer spends the time and energy they once did for the road course races because it only represents two races a year.
Listed at 5 to 1 along with Gordon is 2008 Sonoma winner Kyle Busch, who also won the same year at Watkins Glen. 2007 Sonoma winner, and master International road course driver, Juan Pablo Montoya, is listed at 8 to 1 along with Australian Marcos Ambrose. Ambrose finished third in last years race.
Because the track is so technical, many teams bring in road racing specialists to compete. Ron Fellows and Boris Said have been the best hired guns over the years. Fellows won’t be racing this week, but Said is listed at 30 to 1. Team Red Bull has brought in Mattias Ekstrom to handle their No. 83 entry and he is listed at 30 to 1 as well.
Robby Gordon won at Sonoma in 2003 and has two entries this week with the other driven by P.J. Jones. Gordon is listed at 25 to 1 and Jones is 200 to 1.
Mark Martin has four career road course wins, including his 1997 Sonoma win, and is listed at 50 to 1. Martin once wore the road racing crown as NASCAR’s best before passing it on to Gordon, who then passed it off to Stewart. Martin’s last top-five finish at Sonoma came in 2000 with third-place.
LAS VEGAS HILTON SUPER BOOK ODDS TO WIN
SUNDAY, JUNE 20, 2010
TONY STEWART 9-2