Thursday, June 22, 2017

Sonoma Betting Preview: 2017 Toyota/Save Mart 350

The Las Vegas Busch brothers finished 1-2 at Sonoma in 2015. 
LAS VEGAS -- My favorite type of racing has always been on a road course whether asphalt or dirt watching BMX, go-karts, motorcycles, Formula One, Indy Cars or NASCAR's stock cars. Nothing against racing on ovals, but making 1,000 left turns while going in circles can get a little repetitive. And to me, the true mark of a great driver is how they perform on the roads when they have to also make right turns. 

The two-race road course season starts Sunday at Sonoma Raceway located within the scenic wine country in northern California. There's nothing quite like it on the tour just because of the scenery and the drivers all take advantage of their surroundings. 

“It’s a fun weekend for everyone in the garage area,” said 2012 Sonoma winner Clint Bowyer. “It’s almost like vacation, it really is for everybody — the wives, the girlfriends – they all go on wine tours, we get done with practice and have our hands full with a complete mess on our hands. Nonetheless, everybody is having a lot of fun.” 

Yes, spas, wineries and total tranquility despite these big heavy stock cars making some serious noise over the weekend. It's beautiful! So let's do the double date thing. Get the girls, grab a blanket, fill the picnic basket up with a variety of nuts and cheeses and I'll grab the bottles of wine and get us entry into the track. We'll find a nice spot on top one of Sonoma Raceway's rolling hills and we'll watch NASCAR in a way like you've never imagined stock car racing could be viewed. 

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