NASCAR Returns To The Road Courses Bringing Out Familiar Faces

By Christy Valdez

The NASCAR season has reached its yearly visit to the road courses, as both the cup and Nationwide series visit different courses this weekend bringing a few familiar faces with them.

The upcoming race weekend will be featuring races from Sonoma in California and Road America in Wisconsin. While both series leave the oval courses and visit the road course some familiar faces are making a comeback.

Over on the Sprint Cup Series Boris Said and Robby Gordon will be returning to race at Sonoma. Said has not been active in the cup series since he last ran a race back in 2011 at Watkins Glen where he also had an incident with Greg Biffle. Said will be driving in the No.32 car. Gordon will be making his comeback since the second race on the schedule, back in Phoenix. Gordon is running a limited schedule.

Joining Said and Gordon at Sonoma will be Tomy Drissi, Brian Simo, and Drew Mayhew. These drivers all have road course experience and this will also be Drissi’s cup debut.

Over on the Nationwide side a couple of road racers and drivers from the trucks series will be joining the Nationwide regulars in making left and right turns. Ron Fellows and Jacques Villenueve are returning to the NASCAR circuit this weekend, both drivers usually compete at the road courses for Penske Racing and JR Motorsports.

Nelson Piquet Jr. and Miguel Paludo race in the Camping World Trucks Series, will be making their first Nationwide start this season. Max Papis also has road course experience and he will be racing at Road America. Papis coached Joey Logano last year for the race at Sonoma where Logano won the pole.

Eric McClure will be making his return to the Nationwide Series this weekend after he missed a couple of races after an accident in Talladega in May. David Green who drove McClure’s No.14 car in his absence will be driving the No.70 car replacing JohannaLong.

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