NASCAR heads to Sonoma this weekend for the first road course race of the season in the Toyota Save Mart 350. Those twists and turns are fitting given the backdrop of Northern California's wine country. Such a refined setting for a NASCAR race.
Jimmie Johnson has come around, winning three of the last four races, including last week's race at Michigan. He said afterward, via Jim Utter of the Charlotte Observer, “I think it is obvious that Hendrick Motorsports produces fast race cars. They build fast engines. It doesn’t matter if it is Stewart-Haas, or the Hendrick organization. We’re winning a lot of races and running up front.”
Hendrick Motorsports has won five points races in a row, with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon also getting in on the action over the past five weeks. The organization could keep it going at Sonoma, as Gordon has won at the track fives times and Johnson has won once.
After a bruising week at Michigan, NASCAR moves its trailers cross-country. Time to see what the storylines are heading into NorCal.