An exciting practice session at Sonoma Raceway saw Kyle Busch spinning out in the final session. It was in turn ten when the driver lost control of his car and span, but he did return to the track later to continue with his practice session. By the end he was in 11th place overall.
The top five standings after the practice session were Clint Bowyer, Paul Menard, Carl Edwards, Jamie McMurray and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Following those were Kyle Larson, Martin Truex Jr, Brian Vickers, Jeff Gordon and in tenth place, Greg Biffle.
With time running out for those drivers who have not yet won a race to qualify for the Chase, it should be an exciting race. This race is also exciting because it is the first road race of the season. This means that it is more like a short track and there were only two rounds of qualifying as a result of this.
There will be no ride height rule in effect either. These new changes should mean that the race itself will be exciting too. Many of the teams have been working hard to prepare for this one. Every year teams work hard to cope with extra challenges of this track but this year it will be even more of a challenge with the new rules in place. However, it does seem that Hendrick Motorsports have not put in any extra practice. However, all of the drivers apart from Kasey Kahne have already qualified for the Chase and so a win will not really benefit them. This means that the race could open out and we could see a new winner. Although it may come from this team as Kasey Kahne is the only member of the team that is particularly good at road racing and so it is thought that he has a good chance of winning anyway. However, the team may regret not giving him some extra road racing practice. We will find out by the end of Sunday’s race.