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06/05/08
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Quotes recall 20 years of NASCAR at Infineon  Infineon Raceway will celebrate 20 years of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing in the Sonoma Valley at the Toyota/Save Mart 350, June 20-22. Below are quotes from NASCAR personalities regarding the anniversary:

“I think just the people I’ve met are so unbelievable and I’m amazed at the people who come up and thank me for what I’ve done.  I’m thinking, ‘Gee whiz, we’re a corporation and we’re trying to make it better, and I don’t know that I deserve all the thanks.’  I’m amazed all the people who come up, and I’ve never seen them in my life, and want to thank me.  I sure appreciate it.”  Bruton Smith, chairman and CEO of Speedway Motorsports, Inc., which owns Infineon Raceway

“They have kept up with the times, as well as brought a tremendous amount of diversity to the sport. One of the things that Sonoma has done is bring a different culture, a different type of race fan, which I think is really cool. The racetrack is so unique. It’s very different, the racetrack itself is different. The grounds are different. The location is incredible.”  Jeff Burton, driver of the No. 31 AT&T Mobility Chevrolet
                     
“The track is definitely sentimental to me in terms of spring-boarding my career. Some of the big owners saw me win that (Southwest Series) race, and I was on ESPN that day, and in 1999 they had just changed the track configuration to use the Chute, so a lot of the big teams were watching that day. It was very exciting. We had a great Southwest Series team and ran for the championship that year and Infineon Raceway really put us on the map.”  Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge

“What’s so special about Infineon Raceway is that it’s so difficult.  I grew up racing on a three-eighth mile dirt track in Missouri.  To come to a twisting, turning, uphill, downhill road course where you’re shifting gears in a 3,400-pound stock car, against guys like Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart and Boris Said is a very, very tough thing. To be able to come here and win a race, I think for any driver, and I know for me would be one of the most satisfying wins in all of NASCAR.”  Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 99 Office Depot Ford

“I was born in Vallejo, right down the road from Sonoma. So to be able to come out and see my family and friends, who I don’t get to see very often, and then we were able to win fairly early in my career out there, which is a lot of fun winning on the road course.  And we’ve had a lot of wins since then.  To go the last couple of years and have some exciting news and excitement in my personal life, which has all coincided with that race, has been very exciting.  And now it gives us something to celebrate every time we come out there.  This year we’ll be celebrating Ella’s first birthday when we come out there, so that will be fun.”  Jeff Gordon, driver of the No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet

“Infineon Raceway is one race on the schedule that I absolutely love and look forward to coming and running. I mean, I like running the road courses, and we’ve had success out there.  We ran really, really well. The people at the racetrack are always great. It’s an awesome crowd that’s very energetic and loves to see the Cup Series run there and it’s a track that I really have a lot of fun driving on so I always look forward to going there.”  Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 20 Home Depot Toyota

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