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Road-Course Specialists Could Steal a NASCAR Chase Spot at Sonoma

The term "road-course ringer," or specialist, doesn't have the same connotation it once did in NASCAR. Where once Sprint Cup teams entered extra cars and put road-racing specialists like Boris Said and Ron Fellows in the field at the series' two road courses, Sonoma (California) and Watkins Glen (New York), now the term mainly refers to Cup regulars who are particularly adept at road courses. There's AJ Allmendinger, for instance, who won at Watkins Glen on August 10, 2014, and made the Chase that year as a result. He led 29 of the 90 laps that day. "That is why I enjoy the road courses, which has always been my background," Allmendinger said. "I feel like, as a driver, you can make just a little bit more of a difference." Sunday's Cup rac...

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