The first road course of the year is on tap this weekend at the famed Sonoma Raceway that used to be called Infineon and Sears Point Raceway. The Cup series has been racing here since 1989 and it has used a couple of different layouts of the track over that span. The most recent layout has been a 1.99-mile 10-turn lap that saw the drivers race 110 laps for a full scheduled race. This year, however, NASCAR has switched things up and gone back to using the Carousel section of the track that makes each lap a 2.52-mile and 12-lap run and shrinks the race to 90 laps overall. It has been a couple of decades since the Carousel was used and therefore none of the drivers in the Cup series have ever raced in that configuration before.

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