NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: Toyota/Save Mart 350

TRACK: Sonoma Raceway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #16 of 36 for the 2013 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Event Sched | Purse/Race Awards | TV / Re-airs | Radio
Practice/Qual Times | Rundown of Race/Results | Entry/Practice/Qualifying
Track/Race Info | Local Newspapers
Weather | Camping | Paint Schemes
Chassis | Goodyear Notes | Odds


Race: Sunday, June 23, 2013 in Sonoma, CA

Title Sponsor: Toyota & Save Mart

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:19pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR Pre-Race: TNT - 2:00pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: TNT, 3:00pm/et

  • In the Booth: Adam Alexander, Wally Dallenbach Jr., Kyle Petty

  • Pit Reporters: Matt Yocum, Marty Snider, Ralph Sheheen, Chris Neville

  • TNT's Pre-race show: Adam Alexander, Larry McReynolds, Kyle Petty

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 12:00 pm/et with John Roberts, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Wednesday, June 26 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    ESPN Network Schedules
    SPEED TV Schedule
    TV Racer
    Armed Forces Network - Search NASCAR


Radio Coverage


EVENT SCHEDULE
(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Friday, June 21
12:00 - 1:45 pm NSCS Practice
3:30 - 5:00 pm NSCS Final Practice

Saturday, June 22
11:05 am NSCS Qualifying (groups)

Sunday, June 23
10:15 am NSCS Pre-Race Ceremonies
10:50 am Patriot Jet Demonstration Team Air Show
11:30 am NSCS Driver Introductions
12:00 pm NSCS Race

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Times are local to the Track


PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    Friday, June 21, 4:00 - 5:45 pm/et (tape-delayed), TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, June 21, 6:30 - 8:00pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Qualifying: which will run in groups (see explaination below), for positions 1-36, Saturday, June 22 at 2:05 pm/et, TV-SPEED, no re-air scheduled.


PURSE/RACE AWARD

2013: $5,695,978
2012: $5,637,427
2011: $5,505,551
2010: $5,520,395
2009: $5,635,918
2008: $5,588,135
2007: $5,477,835
2006: $5,431,771
2005: $5,272,397
2004: $5,268,329
2003: $4,618,247
2002: $4,007,910


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specifications:
    1.99 mile Road Course with 10 turns
    Pit Road/Stalls: 16' wide by 29' long, 58' wide
    increased from 1.949 miles to 1.99 after the 2000 season
    The race distance is 218.9 miles, 110 laps [350 kilometers]
    Track opened: 1968
    Inaugural NASCAR race: 1989
    Grandstand Seating Listed: 47,000

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: NASCAR Legend Darrell Waltrip
    Command to start engines: Darrell Waltrip
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
    Invocation: Jim Boeve, Sonoma Track Chaplain
    National Anthem: American Idol star James Durbin
    Flyover: Discovery Bay's Patriots Jet Demonstration Team

  • Track Websites:
    Sonoma Raceway
    Speedway Motorsports
    Race Sonoma - Facebook
    Race Sonoma - Twitter

  • June 2012: see my Dover Race Info page

  • June 2012 Race Winner: #15-Clint Bowyer, 83.624mph, started 6th

  • Race Record: Clint Bowyer, June 2012, 83.624mph (current layout)

  • Race Record: Jeff Gordon, June 2000, 78.789mph (old layout)

  • Oldest Winner: Ricky Rudd, 45 years, 9 months, 11 days, 6/23/2002

  • Youngest Winner: Kyle Busch. 23 years, 1 months, and 20 days, 6/22/2008

  • June 2012 Pole Sitter: #9-Marcos Ambrose, 95.262mph, finished 8th

  • Track Qualifying Record: Rusty Wallace, June 2000, 99.309mph (old layout)

  • Track Qualifying Record: Marcos Ambrose, 6/22/2012, 95.262mph (current layout)

  • Oldest Pole Winner: Rusty Wallace, 43 years, 10 months, 11 days, 6/25/2000

  • Youngest Pole Winner: Joey Logano, 21 years, 1 month, 0 days, 6/24/2011

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Juan Pablo Montoya, started 32nd, 6/24/2007

  • Road Course Wins: All-Time(2 or more)
    Driver, Wins
    Jeff Gordon, 9*
    Tony Stewart, 7*
    Rusty Wallace, 6
    Bobby Allison, 6
    Richard Petty, 6
    Ricky Rudd, 6
    Darrell Waltrip, 5
    Tim Richmond, 5
    Dan Gurney, 5
    David Pearson, 4
    Mark Martin, 4*
    Ernie Irvan, 3
    Geoff Bodine, 3
    Tim Flock, 3
    Cale Yarborough, 3
    Marcos Ambrose, 2
    * active
    (8-19-2012)

  • Group qualifying debuts at Sonoma: Single-car qualifying on road courses will be shelved this week and later this summer at The Glen. Instead, cars will be assigned to one of five or six groups based on practice speeds, slowest to fastest. Within those groups, cars will be separated fastest to slowest and released at intervals. Each group will have a window in which cars can complete their qualifying - each likely receiving three laps at full speed. A car's fastest lap will count and the field will be set based upon overall qualifying speeds. The process has been used previously for NASCAR Nationwide Series road course qualifications.(NASCAR)(6-21-2013)

  • Little success for Road Course "Ringers": Road racing specialists - often dubbed "ringers" - fit the category of many being called; few if any answering. Mark Donohue was the last such competitor to score a NASCAR premier series road race victory on Jan. 21, 1973 at Riverside International Raceway. Canadian Ron Fellows heads the list of such drivers vying for a spot in Sunday's race. Fellows, who'll drive Joe Falk's #33 Chevy, has made 23 NASCAR Sprint Cup starts with a pair of second-place finishes at Watkins Glen his best performances. With six NASCAR Nationwide and Camping World Truck victories, Fellows could become the 24th to sweep all three national series - and first to do it with road race wins.(NASCAR)(6-21-2013)

  • Top 12 Driver Rating at Sonoma:
    #78-Kurt Busch................................ 107.8
    #14-Tony Stewart............................. 107.5
    #9-Marcos Ambrose....................... 106.8
    #24-Jeff Gordon.............................. 101.1
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya................... 97.8
    #48-Jimmie Johnson.......................... 96.6
    #15-Clint Bowyer............................... 93.3
    #18-Kyle Busch................................. 92.8
    #39-Ryan Newman............................. 89.9
    #99-Carl Edwards.............................. 84.9
    Elliott Sadler............................... 84.9
    #1-Jamie McMurray.......................... 84.4
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2012 races (eight total) among active drivers at Sonoma Raceway.
    Formula combining the following categories: Wins, Finishes, Top-15 Finishes, Average Running Position While on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.(NASCAR)

  • Sonoma Raceway Facts & Notes:
    The track opened as a 2.52-mile road course and drag strip in 1968.
    The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was held on June 11, 1989 - won by Ricky Rudd at a speed of 76.088 mph.
    The first nine races were 300 kilometers and switched to a 350k format in 1998.
    The track was reconfigured to 1.949 miles in 1998 with the installation of an 890-foot chute between the original Turns 4 and 7.
    The track was reconfigured to 2.0 miles in 2001 and re-measured at 1.99 miles in 2002.
    There have been 24 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Sonoma Raceway since the first race there in 1989 - one race per season.
    184 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Sonoma Raceway; 131 in more than one.
    Mark Martin and Terry Labonte lead the series in starts at Sonoma with 21 each; followed by Bobby Labonte and Jeff Gordon with 20 each.
    Rusty Wallace won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Sonoma in 1989 with a speed of 90.041 mph.
    15 drivers have Coors Light poles at Sonoma, led by Jeff Gordon with five.
    Two drivers have won consecutive Coors Light poles at Sonoma Ricky Rudd and Jeff Gordon. Ricky Rudd holds the record for most consecutive poles at Sonoma with three; fall 1990 through 1992.
    Jeff Gordon is the only active driver to have posted consecutive Coors Light poles at Sonoma: 1998-'99 and 2004-'05.
    16 different NSCS drivers have won at Sonoma Raceway, led by Jeff Gordon with five wins. Tony Stewart has the second most wins (two) among active drivers at Sonoma.
    Jeff Gordon leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in road course wins with nine (Sonoma, five; Watkins Glen, four); Tony Stewart has the second most road course wins all-time with seven (Watkins Glen, five; Sonoma, two).
    NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison holds the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series record for the most wins (six) at a single road course track - Riverside International Raceway.
    Jeff Gordon is the only driver to post consecutive wins (three total) at Sonoma Raceway (1988 and 1989 each from the pole and 2000 from the fifth starting position).
    Hendrick Motorsports has the most wins at Sonoma in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with six: Jeff Gordon (five) and Jimmie Johnson (one).
    Six different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Sonoma; led by Chevrolet with 10 victories; followed by Ford with six.
    Five of the 24 (20.8%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Sonoma have been won from the Coors Light pole; the most recent was Jeff Gordon in 2004. Gordon is the only NSCS driver to win from the pole at Sonoma more than once.
    The Coors Light pole position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more wins (five) than any other starting position at Sonoma Raceway.
    Eight of the 24 (33.3%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Sonoma have been won from the front row: five from the pole and three from second place.
    18 of the 24 (75.0%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Sonoma have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    Two of the 24 (8.3%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Sonoma have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
    The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Michigan was 32nd, by Juan Pablo Montoya in 2007.
    Mark Martin leads the series in runner-up finishes at Sonoma with four; followed by Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart with three each.
    Jeff Gordon leads the series in top-five finishes at Sonoma with 12; followed by Ricky Rudd with 10.
    Jeff Gordon leads the series in top-10 finishes at Sonoma with 16; followed by Mark Martin with 13.
    Marcos Ambrose leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Sonoma with a 5.000.
    Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Sonoma with an 8.550. Clint Bowyer (9.714) is the only other active driver with an average finish in the top 10.
    All but one of the nine active NASCAR Sprint Cup winners at Sonoma Raceway participated in at least one or more races before visiting Victory Lane. Juan Pablo Montoya won at Sonoma in his rookie season and his first appearance at the 1.99-mile track, the fewest previous starts among the active NSCS winners.
    Jimmie Johnson and Mark Martin competed at Sonoma Raceway eight times each before visiting Victory in Lane; the longest span of any the nine active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners. Johnson won in 2010 and Martin won in 1997.
    Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Sonoma Raceway was the June 27, 1999 race won by Jeff Gordon over Mark Martin with a MOV of 0.197 second.
    There have been three NASCAR Sprint Cup races resulting in a green-white-checkered finish at Sonoma Raceway (Scheduled No. of Laps/Actual No. of Laps): 2008 (110/112); 2009 (110/113) and 2012 (110/112).
    None of the 24 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Sonoma Raceway have been shortened due to weather conditions.
    Qualifying has never been cancelled in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Sonoma Raceway.
    Boris Said posted his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light pole at Sonoma Raceway (6/22/2003).
    Juan Pablo Montoya posted his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win at Sonoma Raceway (6/24/2007).
    Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Sonoma with 450 laps led in 20 starts.
    Danica Patrick will attempt to become the first female driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series to compete at Sonoma Raceway.
    Patty Moise is the only female driver to compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on a road course, running two races at Watgkins Glen in 1988 & 1989.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications)(6-18-2013)

  • For news, stats, records and more about this race track, see: Jayski's Sonoma Raceway Track News/Rumors/Links page


RACE RUNDOWN....news and links

  • Truex, Jr. wins Sonoma: #56-Martin Truex, Jr. won the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway for his 1st win of 2013, 1st road course win and 2nd career win. His win breaks a 218 race winless streak. His first win was at Dover in June of 2007. Truex, Jr. led the most laps on the day - 51 of 110.
    #24-Gordon finished 2nd followed by #99-Edwards, #78-Busch, #15-Bowyer, #5-Kahne, #9-Ambrose, #16-Biffle, #48-Johnson, and #29-Harvick.
    #42-Montoya was running 2nd when he ran out of gas on the final lap. He finished 34th.
    Pole sitter #1-McMurray finished 25th after having trouble with a broken shock late in the race.
    There were 10 lead changes among 8 drivers and 7 cautions for 19 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 76.658mph. NASCAR no longer announces the track attendance.
    See race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Sonoma Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Sonoma Penalty Report (pdf).(6-23-2013)
    For Official Results & Points, see the Official Sonoma Race and Points Report.(6-23/24-2013)

  • Race Fast Facts - Sonoma:
    Martin Truex Jr. won the 25th Annual Toyota/Save Mart 350, his second victory in 277 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. He breaks a 218-race winless streak - second longest in series history (Bill Elliott, 226, 2001, Homestead-Miami Speedway) - dating to June 4, 2007 at Dover.
    This is his first victory and seventh top-10 finish in 2013.
    This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in eight races at Sonoma Raceway. He is the track's ninth consecutive different winner and seventh different first-time road course winner at Sonoma.
    Jeff Gordon (second) posted his 17th top-10 finish in 21 races at Sonoma Raceway. It is his fifth top-10 finish in 2013.
    Carl Edwards (third) posted his fourth top-10 finish in nine races at Sonoma Raceway.
    Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (27th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Jimmie Johnson leads the point standings by 25 points over Carl Edwards.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(6-23-2013)

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Sonoma, race 16 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [3 wins], 573
    2) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 548, -25
    3) #15-Clint Bowyer, 528, -45
    4) #29-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 510, -63
    5) #20-Matt Kenseth [3 wins], 481, -92
    6) #16-Greg Biffle, 479, -94
    7) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 479, -94
    8) #18-Kyle Busch [2 wins], 461, -112
    9) #2-Brad Keselowski, 454, -119
    10) #56-Martin Truex Jr. [1 win], 453, -120
    Wild Cards:
    WC) #5-Kasey Kahne [1 win], 12th in points
    WC) #14-Tony Stewart [1 win], 15th in points
    2012 Chase drivers out of top 12
    #24-Jeff Gordon, 13th in points
    #11-Denny Hamlin, 25th [missed 4 races with injury], -83 from 20th
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf) and the owner points standings on the Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Sonoma: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: none, no one on track a lap or more down
    Caution 2: none, no one on track a lap or more down
    Caution 3: none, no one on track a lap or more down
    Caution 4: #83-Reutiman, 26th
    Caution 5: #10-Patrick, 29th
    Caution 6: #7-Marks, 30th
    Caution 7: #1-McMurray, 25th
    (6-22-2013)

  • Race Coverage of the Toyota Save-Mart 350 Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway is scheduled for Sunday, June 23, 2013.
    Television (TV): TNT at 3:00 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 2:00 pm/et; green flag approx 3:19pm/et
    Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: SPEED, Wednesday, June 26 at 12:00pm/et

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Toyota Save-Mart 350 Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway have been made.
    Pole sitter #1-McMurray chose pit stall 11, the first stall past the start finish line.
    Outside pole sitter #9-Ambrose took pit stall 1.
    #99-Edwards, who starts 3rd took the 22nd pit stall,with an opening in front of it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #47-Labonte, who starts 20th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(6-22-2013)

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
    Official Race Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Owners Points
    Penalty Resport
    Pitstalls
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Qualifying Order
    Entry List

  • NASCAR Green-White-Checkered Race Procedure: NASCAR allows a maximum of three restart attempts prior to the White Flag under NASCAR's Green-White-Checkered flag finish. If the leader has taken the White Flag and the caution flag is displayed, the field is frozen and the race will not be restarted. Previously, there was only one restart attempt. The procedure applies to all three national series. See rule and notes on the Green-White-Checker rule page.

  • Wave-around rule: The wave-around rule dictates that cars under penalty at the time of the caution are ineligible for the wave around.

  • See Jayski's - 2013 Sprint Cup Race Results Page for pole winner, race winner with speed and starting/finishing position, links to race results, drivers & owners points, pit stall selections, qualifying results/starting lineup and practice speeds as well as link to race track and race information page for each race


QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES
info, news, speeds and links

  • McMurray wins Sonoma pole: #1-Jamie McMurray won the pole for the Toyota / Save Mart 350k Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway with speed of 94.986mph for his 1st pole of 2013 and 9th of his career. #9-Ambrose is on the outside pole, followed by #99-Edwards, #16-Biffle, #15-Bowyer, #20-Kenseth, #78-Busch, #22-Logano, #18-Busch, and #24-Gordon. There are 43 cars at the track so no one missed the race. #36-Gonzalez, Jr. wrecked on his first qualifying lap. He will go to a backup car.
    See the starting lineup, pole progression, qualifying results, qualifying order, qualifying rules on the Sonoma Starting Lineup / Qualifying Page.(6-22-2013)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Sonoma:
    Jamie McMurray won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 25th Annual Toyota/Save Mart 350 with a lap of 75.422 seconds, 94.986 mph.
    This is his ninth pole in 382 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. His last pole, 81 races ago, came at Martinsville Speedway in March 2011.
    This is his first pole and fourth top-10 start in 2013.
    This is his second pole in 11 races at Sonoma Raceway. His previous pole came in 2007.
    Marcos Ambrose (second) posted his fourth top-10 start of 2013 and his sixth in six races at Sonoma Raceway.
    Carl Edwards (third) posted his first top-10 start at Sonoma Raceway. It is his seventh in 16 races this season.
    Danica Patrick (31st) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(6-22-2013)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Toyota Save-Mart 350 Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway is scheduled for Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 2:05pm/et.
    Television (TV): SPEED
    Radio: PRN, 2:00pm/et
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: none

  • New NASCAR Sprint Cup Road-Course Qualifying Procedure Announced: NASCAR announced that the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will implement the group-based road course qualifying procedure used in NASCAR Nationwide and NASCAR Touring Series competition during its road-course events at Sonoma Raceway and Watkins Glen International. Under the new procedure, cars will qualify in groups instead of the traditional single-car qualifying runs held on oval race tracks. "The change will add an exciting element to road-course qualifying," said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition. "Fans will be treated to new strategy and increased competition with several cars on track at once."
    The new qualifying rules for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at road courses are as follows:
    Cars attempting to qualify will be divided into groups. The number of groups, and amount of cars in each, will depend on the number of cars that practice for the event.
    Group assignments will be based on final practice times.
    Each qualifying group will be on-track for a set period of time, determined by the Series Director.
    A car's best lap time during the group session will be the qualifying lap time of record.
    A group's time begins when the first car receives the green flag at the start/finish line.
    "This is going to be a terrific new format for our NASCAR weekend," said Steve Page, president and general manager of Sonoma Raceway. "It will intensify the action, with multiple cars on the track at the same time. It's a very positive development for our fans."
    "The new format of qualifying at Watkins Glen International enhances the fan experience which is our top priority," said Michael Printup, president of Watkins Glen. "Qualifying on Saturday for our Cheez-ItTM 355 at The Glen is even more of a not-to-be missed aspect of a weekend of high-quality racing."
    The new format will debut with the Toyota Save-Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on June 23 and will return at Watkins Glen for the Cheez-It 355 at the Glen on August 11.(NASCAR)(4-22-2013)

  • Qualifying Order for the Toyota Save-Mart 350 Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway is posted. 43 cars/drivers are listed.
    Drivers will go out in 8 separate groups, based on speeds from the first practice session. Slower cars go out first, faster cars last.
    The first group is: #30-Stremme, #36-Gonzalez, Jr., #7-Marks, #52-Harraka, #37-Yeley, and #87-Drissi.
    The final scheduled group is: #9-Ambrose, #42-Montoya, #13-Mears, #78-Busch, and #1-McMurray
    See the full qualifying order on the Sonoma Qualifying Page.(6-21-2013)

  • Final practice for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway is over after 90 scheduled minutes, the top five fastest, slowest and notes:
    #15-Bowyer 94.556
    #1-McMurray 94.422
    #18-Busch 94.380
    #99-Edwards 94.329
    #42-Montoya 94.262
    Slowest: #52-Harraka 90.832 & #87-Drissi 88.713. No speed: #37-Yeley.
    Notes: #39-Newman did a lazy spin early but didn't hit anything. #48-Johnson also spun. #11-Hamlin slid off track and into the wall, suffering some rear end damage.The team will repair the car.
    Qualifying will be Saturday afternoon at 2:00pm/et.
    See speeds, laps run on the Sonoma Practice 2 Speeds (pdf) page.(6-21-2013)

  • First Friday practice for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway is over after 105 scheduled minutes, the top five fastest, slowest and notes:
    #9-Ambrose 94.049
    #42-Montoya 93.890
    #13-Mears 93.535
    #78-Busch 93.430
    #1-McMurray 93.421
    Slowest: #37-Yeley 88.588 & #87-Drissi 88.129.
    Notes: Several drivers spun or got off track during the session: #43-Almirola, #27-Menard, #48-Johnson, #37-Yeley, #11-Hamlin, #5-Kahne, #93-Kvapil, #29-Harvick.
    This practice will be shown on SPEED, tape-delayed at 4:00pm/et. Happy Hour (final) practice is scheduled for 6:30-8:00pm/et tonight and will be shown on SPEED. Qualifying will be Saturday afternoon at 2:00pm/et. Speeds from this session will be used to group drivers for qualifying.
    See speeds, laps run on the Sonoma Practice 1 Speeds (pdf) page.(6-21-2013)

  • Entry List for the Toyota Save-Mart 350 Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway is posted, 43 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #7-Justin Marks, #19-Alex Kennedy, #32-Boris Said, #33-Ron Fellows, #36-Victor Gonzalez Jr., #37-Yeley, #47-Labonte, #51-Jacques Villeneuve, #52-Paulie Harrake. The #98 Phil Parsons team is not entered. Since 43 cars/drivers are entered for 43 spots, no driver/team will miss the race.
    UPDATE: Tomy Drissi is now listed as the driver of the #87 for Joe Nemechek.(6-18-2013)
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Sonoma Entry List

  • For the 2013 qualifying rules and format, see my Qualifying Rules page

  • How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Michigan, race 15 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [3 wins], 538
    2) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 507, -31
    3) #15-Clint Bowyer, 489, -49
    4) #29-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 476, -62
    5) #20-Matt Kenseth [3 wins], 456, -82
    6) #18-Kyle Busch [2 wins], 452, -86
    7) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 447, -91
    8) #16-Greg Biffle, 443, -95
    9) #2-Brad Keselowski, 430, -108
    10) #14-Tony Stewart [1 win], 417, -121
    Wild Cards [11 & 12]
    WC) #5-Kasey Kahne [1 win], 12th in points
    WC) #27-Paul Mernard, 11th in points
    2012 Chase drivers out of top 12
    #56-Martin Truex Jr., 13th in points
    #24-Jeff Gordon, 16th in points
    #11-Denny Hamlin, 26th [missed 4 races with injury], -85 from 20th
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf) and the owner points standings on the Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).


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Some Chassis Selections and Notes by Teams for this race

  • Chassis selections for Sonoma: see the list of many teams and what chassis were selected by the team to run at Sonoma:
    MISSING? why are some teams missing? some teams do not report what chassis in the race previews, press releases or websites.
    #1-Jamie McMurray: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: Primary Chassis: PRS-837. Last Raced - Martinsville (finished sixth). Backup Chassis: PRS-834. Last Raced: Backup at several races (not raced)
    #5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Kenny Francis has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-802 for the Sonoma race. This is a new chassis, but Kahne tested it at Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, S.C., earlier this month.
    #7-Justin Marks chassis not reported on race preview.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: The No. 9 team prepared chassis No. 761 for Sonoma. The team tested this chassis at Sonoma in May.
    #10-Danica Patrick: Chassis No. 10-759 is a new car that has not been used previously.
    #13-Casey Mears: Chassis 660 gets the nod for primary duties at Sonoma. The road-course chassis joined the Germain Racing ranks in 2012 and is making its second appearance at Sonoma for the team.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-731: This car debuted in impressive fashion last June at Sonoma as Stewart took Chassis No. 14-731 from its 24th-place starting spot and rallied it to a strong second-place finish. Its second and final start of 2012 came at Watkins Glen in August. It qualified ninth and Stewart wheeled it up to second, but on lap 71, he spun off the final corner of the 2.45-mile, 11-turn road course and backed into the Armco barrier lining the inside of pit road, sustaining heavy damage. Several trips to the pits allowed the crew the opportunity to repair the car enough to finish the race, and that's just what Stewart did, rallying from 29th on lap 74 to finish 19th when the checkered flag dropped after lap 90. With 2013 Chevrolet SS bodywork covering it, Chassis No. 14-731 returns to site of its debut race when it competes in this weekend's Toyota/SaveMart 350k.
    #15-Clint Bowyer: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #16-Greg Biffle: RK-764 - Last ran Watkins Glen - finished 6th. Chassis RK-764 is the same car that Biffle drove a seventh-place finish a year ago at Sonoma.
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Primary Chassis: RK-816 - last raced at Watkins Glen by the No. 99 - finished 14th. Backup Chassis: RK- 758 - back-up chassis for road course races in 2012.
    #18-Kyle Busch: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #19-Alex Kennedy: chassis No. 318, which was last raced by Jason Leffler at Pocono Raceway.
    #20-Matt Kenseth: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #22-Joey Logano: Primary Chassis: PRS-835. Last Raced - Backup at several races (not raced). Backup Chassis: PRS-836. Last Raced: Backup at several races (not raced)
    #24-Jeff Gordon: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #27-Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 358 at Sonoma Raceway. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS was previously raced by Menard at Sonoma in 2011 and 2012.
    #29-Kevin Harvick: will pilot chassis No. 395 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the Save Mart 350. Most recently, the California native raced this Chevrolet to a 15th-place result at Watkins Glen International in August 2012.
    #31-Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 357 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable this weekend at Sonoma Raceway. This No. 31 Chevrolet, built during the 2011 season specifically for road course racing, was driven by Burton last season at Sonoma and Watkins Glen International where he piloted the machine to 11th and 30th-place finishes, respectively. RCR teammate Kevin Harvick also drove this chassis in 2011 at Sonoma where he finished ninth.
    #34-David Regan chassis not reported on race preview.
    #35-Josh Wise chassis not reported on race preview.
    #36-Victor Gonzalez, Jr.: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #38-David Gilliland: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #39-Ryan Newman: Chassis No. 39-545: This chassis first saw action for the No. 39 team at both road-course races in 2009. At Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway that season, Newman qualified seventh and was marching toward a top-10 finish before getting spun in the latter stages of the event. He finished 17th. At Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International, Newman qualified sixth. However, Newman's No. 39 Chevrolet was plagued with alternator issues, which caused the car to run at only about 75 percent throughout most of the race, leading to a 21st-place finish. The car also ran both road-course events in 2010. At Sonoma, it qualified 13th and finished 16th after picking up 10 laps in the final 15 laps of the event. At Watkins Glen, the team used pit strategy during the race to earn a 12th-place finish. Its most recent track activity came when the No. 39 team tested June 13 at Virginia International Raceway in Alton.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #43-Aric Almirola:: The No. 43 team has prepared chassis No. 760 for Sonoma.
    #47-Bobby Labonte: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: will drive a new chassis, No. 801, at Sonoma. Chassis No. 543 serves as the backup.
    #55-Brian Vickers:
    #56-Martin Truex Jr.: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #78-Kurt Busch: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: This weekend, crew chief Steve Letarte and the #88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-747. Earnhardt most recently raced this chassis at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International in August last year.
    #99-Carl Edwards: RK - 853 new chassis. Backup: RK - 771 last ran at Watkins Glen
    (from team PR's/sites if reported)(6-20-2013)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Road Course Radials

  • Number of Tires: 2,200

  • Set limits: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 6 sets for the race

  • Tire Code: D-4590 (same on all four tire positions)

  • Tire Circumference: 88.6 in. (2,250 mm)

  • Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 23 psi; Right Front -- 23 psi;
    Left Rear -- 20 psi; Right Rear -- 20 psi

  • Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 22 psi; Right Front -- 20 psi;
    Left Rear -- 17 psi; Right Rear -- 17 psi

  • Notes: Teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will run the same Goodyear tire code on all four tire positions at Sonoma . . . this is the first time Sprint Cup teams have run this code (D-4590) at Sonoma . . . compared to what was run at this track last season, this tire features a slight compound change and a reduction in gage (tread thickness) . . . this code is also run as the right-side tire at Martinsville . . . Sprint Cup teams will run this tire on the circuit's other road course -- Watkins Glen in August . . . as on all NASCAR road courses, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Sonoma.

  • NASCAR K&N Pro Series West: Goodyear will also supply 480 tires for the K&N Series race at Sonoma this weekend . . . this tire code (D-2265) is to be run on all four tire positions at Sonoma . . . this code is also run on all four positions at the series' other road courses, as well as on the right-side at many of the series' short tracks . . . teams are allowed three sets of tires for this weekend's event.


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