In another impressive performance, Kasey Kahne will lead the field to the green in Sonoma. Kasey earned his first ever pole at a road course in the Nascar Sprint Cup Series with an impressive qualifying effort at Infineon.
Obviously, qualifying good at a road course doesn't mean anything. A road course is one of the toughest races to win in the circuit. Strategy is a huge part of winning on these courses, probably the most of any of the four types of races (short track, speedway, superspeedway, road) in the Sprint Cup Series. That is exactly how Montoya was able to win his first career race at this track exactly one year ago. He did have some aggressive, and maybe questionable moves, but you absolutely need to be aggressive, yet patient to win at a road course. However, Montoya wasn't your typical rookie. He was very seasoned when it comes to racing these kind of tracks.
Kasey hasn't had very much luck racing at Sonoma in his career. In four career races at Infineon, he has never placed higher than 23rd at the end, and has an average finish of 32nd. Even when he won a career and series high six races in 2006, Kahne struggled at Sonoma finishing 31st after qualifying sixth.
It has been said that some people are born to race these kind of tracks, like Gordon and Stewart, to name a few. Obviously, Kahne is not one of those drivers yet. Thankfully they only run two races a year at road courses. But with Kahne's recent success this year, anything is possible. It looks like we are in for a good race at Sonoma this year. Enjoy the race.