Tis That Time of the Year | Road Racing

David PhillipsAnalyst IJune 15, 2009

MONTREAL, QC - AUGUST 02:  Ron Fellows driver of the #5 Rick Hendrick GoDaddy.com Chevrolet drives in the rain during the NASCAR Nationwide Series Napa Auto Parts 200 Montreal presented by Dodge on August 2, 2008 at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images for NASCAR)

It's that time of the year again, NASCAR fans—it's time to see which driver can turn left and right the best.

Road courses bring out the ringers who only run the road course races at Sonoma and Watkins Glen.

Boris Said, Ron Fellows, Scott Pruett, and Brian Simo are a few guys who can get pretty decent rides for these road races.

Some teams that look to try to stay in the top 35 in points will insert a road racer in their car to earn the points.

Look at Michael Waltrip: This year, his No. 55 Toyota sits 30th in points and Waltrip knows having A.J Allmendinger, Paul Menard, Robby Gordon, and Scott Speed all with road racing backgrounds on his heels, he has to do something to stay ahead.

Insert Patrick Carpentier.

Ron Fellows will be driving Hendrick-leased equipment of James Finch's No. 09 (and yes, it is listed as a Chevy. It's usually a Dodge unless Brad Keselowski is driving the car).

Finch found success earlier this season when Keselowski gave his team a win at Talladega, and with Fellows in the car he could be looking at another.

Boris Said will return to his joint venture with John Carter and Rick Clarck's RCM/No Fear Racing team.

Brandon Ash will also field his own team trying to make the Infineon race.

Still it's not a guarantee that someone with a road course back ground will win. Kyle Busch is the defending winner of the race, while Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, and Jimmie Johnson are always a threat.

Then there's Juan Pablo Montoya, Robby Gordon, Paul Menard, David Gilliland, and Speed that all have Road racing backgrounds.

This is the week where it's anybody's race to win, or a matter of fact lose this race.