Sprint Cup series at Sonoma Raceway (analysis)

I’m all for having more diversity with regard to racing. Different distances, different cars, different tpes of courses, be it off-road, endurance or your classic road course.  I would love to see a road course, maybe even two, be part of the playoffs that NASCAR calls The Chase.   
This week, one such road course, at Sonoma Raceway, is where the Sprint Cup cars run. Here are the stats for this event:

9 active drivers have wins here. Jeff Gordon (5) and Tony Stewart (2) are the only ones with more than one. Drivers without wins here include the Labonte brothers, Jeff Burton, and Michael Waltrip. 

Top 10s: Gordon dominates, with 16 top-10s in 20 races. Mark Martin 13-21, Tony Stewart 9-14. Joe Nemecheck 0-16, Dale Earnhardt Jr 0-13, Dave Blaney 0-12.

Laps turned without victory: Bobby Labonte 1992, Jeff Burton 1927, Terry Labonte 1868. 
Laps led without victory: Denny Hamlin 48, Terry Labonte & Marcos Ambrose 46.

Best average finishing position: Gordon 8.6, Clint Bowyer 9.7, Stewart 10.9, Martin 11.9, Ambrose 12.8.

Running at finish: Martin 20-21, Waltrip perfect through 19, Gordon 19-20, Burton 18-19. Matt Kenseth perfect through 13.
Lead lap finish: Martin 19-21, Gordon 18-20, Waltrip 17-19. Ryan Newman perfect in 11.

Here’s my top 10:

1 Bowyer
2 Carl Edwards
3 Greg Biffle
4 Jamie McMurray (pole)
5 Kenseth
6 Juan Pablo Montoya
7 Ambrose
8 Kyle Busch
9 Casey Mears
10 Jeff Gordon

Stats: http://www.racing-reference.info

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