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Rusty Wallace was fastest at the NASCAR test at Infineon Raceway's newly paved 1.99-mile NASCAR road course, setting the pace with a lap of 1min 15.5secs, which is unofficially faster than the track record set last year by Boris Said.

The open test is in preparation for the upcoming Dodge/Save Mart 350 Nextel Cup race on 27 June.

Perhaps contributing to Wallace's quick lap was his being in qualifying trim, while the four other drivers - Robby Gordon, Terry Labonte, Jim Inglebright and rookie Brian Vickers - were in race trim.

Inglebright is a one-off driver for the Richard Childress Chevrolet, as he is a local Left Coast driver with Infineon track experience from the West and Southwest Tour series. The usual AOL driver is Johnny Sauter, but he will have two races off, ostensibly due to conflicts with the Busch Series schedule, where he is thirteenth in the BGN standings.

On Monday, Sauter finished tenth in the rain-delayed Busch race and, this weekend, is racing in the Nashville Busch race, while Dave Blaney replaces him at Pocono. In the Cup standings, Sauter is 28th. This past weekend, Blaney filled in for Shelby Howard in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race, and finished sixth in #23 Toyota Tundra in his first Truck race.

The Grand Marshals for the Infineon race will be the Smothers Brothers, Dick and Tommy. Both comedians, Tommy owns a couple of wineries, and Dick used to race in Northern California in the Sixties, including two races at what was then Golden State Raceway before it became Sears Point Raceway.

Racing at Infineon with the Nextel Cup and Southwest Tour will be the Motorock Trans-Am Series. Last year, Johnny Miller raced in both Trans-Am and as a road specialist in a Cup car. So far, however, there has been no mention of Miller being at the race in either series. But he has just announced that he will run two Trans-Am races this season - at Road America and on the Denver street track. Miller will run #64 Eaton Electrical Chevrolet Corvette for Derhaag Motorsports, and plans a full 2005 season.

For the first time to my knowledge, NASCAR has penalised a PR representative. James Caldwell, who works for Kevin Harvick, was suspended until 21 July, fined $2,500 and placed on probation for the rest of the year for violating Section 12-4-A of the NASCAR Busch Series Rule Book, concerning actions detrimental to stock car racing, after becoming involved in an altercation on pit-road after the conclusion of the race.

Also penalised were Harvick's coach driver, James Smith, and Busch racer Brad Teague, who were each fined $2,500 and placed on probation for the rest of the year.

The incident occurred after the Busch Series Race at Lowe's Motor Speedway on 29 May. Teague complained about getting the one-fingered salute one too many times from Harvick and threatened to do something if it didn't stop. There was a tussle, Teague landed on the ground and came up swinging. NASCAR officials had to separate them all.



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Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 DiTech Chevrolet SS, qualified for sixth position, Friday, May 29, 2015, for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race Sunday at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware. Harvick leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings. (Photo by Alan Marler/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevrolet, Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, and Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Office Toyota, lead the field into turn one during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 24, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo Credit: Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS, finished in ninth place, Sunday, May 24, 2015, in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Garry Eller/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Austin Dillon, driver of the #33 Rheem Chevrolet, and Darrell Wallace Jr., driver of the #6 Cheez-It Ford, lead the field past the green flag to start the NASCAR XFINITY Series Hisense 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 23, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo Credit: Sarah Crabill/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Darrell Wallace Jr., driver of the #6 Cheez-It Ford, pits during the NASCAR XFINITY Series Hisense 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 23, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo Credit: Sarah Crabill/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS, qualifies for eighth position, Thursday, May 21, 2015, for Sunday`s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. Harvick leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings. All 43 drivers will be participating in
Darrell Wallace Jr., driver of the #6 Ford EcoBoost Ford, leads a pack of cars during the NASCAR XFinity Series 3M 250 at Iowa Speedway on May 17, 2015 in Newton, Iowa.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Hunt Brothers Pizza Chevrolet SS, finishes in second place, Saturday night, May 16, 2015, in the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John`s/Budweiser Chevrolet, leads Carl Edwards, driver of the #19 Stanley Toyota, and Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series SpongeBob SquarePants 400 at Kansas Speedway on May 9, 2015 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John`s/ Budweiser Chevrolet SS, qualifies for sixth position Friday, May 8, 2015 for Saturday night`s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. Harvick leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Ty Dillon, driver of the #3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, and Darrell Wallace Jr., driver of the #6 Sponge Bob Square Pants Ford, wreck during the NASCAR XFINITY Series Winn Dixie 300 at Talladega Superspeedway on May 2, 2015 in Talladega, Alabama.  (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)
Ryan Reed, driver of the #16 Lilly/American Diabetes Association Ford, Kenny Wallace, driver of the #26 JGL Racing Toyota, Ryan Sieg, driver of the #39 Uncle Bob`s Self Storage Chevrolet, and John Wes Townley, driver of the #25 Zaxby`s Chevrolet, are involved in an on track incident during the NASCAR XFINITY Series Winn Dixie 300 at Talladega Superspeedway on May 2, 2015 in Talladega, Alabama.  (Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John’s/Budweiser Chevrolet SS, qualifies for fifth position Friday, April 24, 2015 for Saturday evening`s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Virginia. Harvick is the points leader in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)

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