Alex Bowman – Alex Bowman has two starts under his belt at Sonoma, but I would view him as a driver without a track record. He wasn’t in competitive equipment in those events and both of his results are quite bad. I will note I do like that he’s gained track experience here because between his starts he’s completed all but one lap. On Sunday I would view Bowman as a mid to high-teens driver. In Bowman’s two Sonoma starts he’s come home with finishes of 31st (2015) and 29th (2014).
Kasey Kahne – Kasey Kahne might have some dark horse potential at Sonoma. He’s a past champion who’s finished in the top ten in 4 of the last 5 races. Last year he failed to finish in the top ten and came home with a 24th place result. On the last lap while running in the twenties he wrecked so he was likely maybe one or two spots better than his result. In the five races prior to that he finished between 6th to 9th. In 2016 he finished 9th, and in 2015 he finished 8th. This year on a weekly basis Kahne has been a high-teens to low-twenties driver, but since this is a “skill track” I think he has a good chance to finish better than the norm.
Chris Buescher – Chris Buescher will likely prove to be a high-teens to low-twenties driver at Sonoma. I will note I wouldn’t be surprised at all if he can sneak in a really good result because last year at Watkins Glen, the other road course on the schedule he finished 11th. At Sonoma, Buescher has two races on his resume. Last year he had a respectable showing and was marginally better than his result. When the checkered flag waved he finished 19th, had a 16th place average running position and earned the 15th best driver rating. With 22 laps to go while he was running around 17th he made an extra pit stop. In 2016 in his Sonoma debut he was really bad. He finished 30th, had a 31st place average running position and earned the 27th best driver rating.