NASCAR at Infineon: Meet Your Road Course Ringers

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NASCAR at Infineon: Meet Your Road Course Ringers
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Right turns are only relevant in NASCAR's premier Sprint Cup Series six days a year—two sets of race weekends in the summer months that take place at California's Infineon Raceway and New York's Watkins Glen International.

In these races, a handful of unfamiliar drivers are often tapped to drive some of the cars in the lower half of the field, especially with teams struggling to stay in the top 35 in owners points. Others, folks with long resumes in many disciplines of racing, still show up with their own part-time operations, simply looking to challenge for a win in yet another series. And for a handful of full-time Cup competitors who have made the transition full-time from other styles of racing, these are the two times a year they can challenge for a win.

So if you see some unfamiliar names up front come Sunday—and don't be surprised whether you do or not—here's a field guide to the road course "ringers," presented in order of qualification:

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