Pole-sitter McMurray leads halfway in Sprint Cup race at Sonoma

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Pole-sitter Jamie McMurray is the leader at halfway of Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway.

Jeff Gordon, who leads all drivers at Sonoma with five career wins there, is running second, followed by Kevin Harvick in third.

AJ Allmendinger has dominated much of the first half of Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway, but has fallen back to fourth position.

Allmendinger had led 37 of the first 55 laps in the 110-lap event.

Allmendinger, who is seeking the first career Sprint Cup win for both himself and JTG-Daugherty Racing, led the first 21 laps before yielding the lead to Harvick.

But Allmendinger rallied back to regain the front of the pack spot several laps later.

Michael Waltrip Racing is seeking its third consecutive win at Sonoma, with Clint Bowyer winning there in 2012 and Martin Truex Jr. (now with Furniture Row Racing) doing so in last year’s race.

Bowyer was fifth at halfway, followed by Kurt Busch and rookie Kyle Larson, who won the K&N race on Saturday at Sonoma, was running seventh.

Marcos Ambrose, favored by many to win the race, is running eighth.

Brad Keselowski got spun early when he pulled in front of Kyle Busch, but admitted over his team radio that it was he who made a mistake and had no issue with Busch.

Speaking of Team Penske, Keselowski complained over the team radio early about the setup on his Ford Fusion, prompting crew chief Paul Wolfe to get exasperated and tell his driver that the only way to fix the issue would be to bring the car into the garage.

Casey Mears is having handling issues after the front end of his car was crunched after being hit from behind by Clint Bowyer and pushed into the back of another car.

On Lap 31, Landon Cassill – the only driver to do the weekend double (raced Saturday in the Nationwide Series race at Road America and then in Sunday’s Cup event at Sonoma) – lost his motor, bringing out a full course caution.

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Wide range of tire selections for Mexican Grand Prix

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The focus this week is on the United States Grand Prix from Circuit of The Americas in Austin, but because it’s Tuesday, the Pirelli tire selections for next week’s Mexican Grand Prix are also out.

And for once, there’s a wide variance in selections.

Both Red Bull and Ferrari have gone for a more balanced portion of supersoft and ultrasoft tires, with Red Bull only selecting six sets of ultrasoft tires.

Meanwhile all other teams have gone between eight to 10 sets of ultrasoft tires.

The full breakdown is below.