NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: Toyota / SaveMart 350(k)

TRACK: Sonoma Raceway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #16 of 36 for the 2014 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Sunday, June 22, 2014 in Sonoma, CA

Title Sponsor: Toyota / SaveMart

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


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team


Radio Coverage


EVENT SCHEDULE
(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, June 19
6:00 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, June 20
7:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS & INSPECTION BEGINS
11:00 AM NSCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
12:00 - 1:50 PM NSCS PRACTICE
3:30 - 5:00 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE
6:30 PM NSCS GARAGE CLOSES

Saturday, June 21
6:30 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
10:40 AM NSCS QUALIFYING
3:00 PM NSCS GARAGE CLOSES

Sunday, June 22
6:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
10:00 AM NSCS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING
11:30 AM NSCS DRIVERS INTRODUCTION
12:00 PM NSCS RACE 350K

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE

All times above are listed in LOCAL Time


PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    Friday, June 20, 3:00pm - 4:50 pm/et, TV-FS1

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, June 20, 6:30 - 8:00pm/et, TV-FS1

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-36, Saturday, June 21 at 1:40 pm/et, TV-FS1, re-air scheduled for 9:30pm/et on FS2; Sunday, June 22, at 4:30am/et on FS1 and 11:30am/et on FS1.


PURSE/RACE AWARD

2014: $5,743,595
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: Former MLB Pitcher Vida Blue & Hometown Hero Winners Matthew McCrea & Richard Turner
    Command to start engines: Vida Blue, Matthew McCrea, Richard Turner
    Invocation: Sonoma Raceway Track Minister Tim Boeve
    National Anthem: Singer / Actress Carrie Manolakos
    Flyover: 2 L-392s from the Patriots Jet Team

  • Track Websites and Social Media:
    Sonoma Raceway
    Speedway Motorsports
    Race Sonoma - Facebook
    Race Sonoma - Twitter
    Sonoma Raceway - Youtube

  • June 2013: see the Sonoma Race Info page

  • June 2013 Race Winner: #56-Martin Truex Jr., 76.658mph, started 14th

  • 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 2013 Pole Winner: #1-Jamie McMurray, 94.986mph, finished 25th

  • 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

  • Road Course Wins: All-Time(2 or more wins)
    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
    Kyle Busch, 3*
    Marcos Ambrose, 2*
    * active
    (8-11-2013)

  • Nine Different winners in nine last races at Sonoma: There have been nine different winners in the last nine races at Sonoma starting with Tony Stewart in 2005. Since, the winners have been Jeff Gordon, Juan Pablo Montoya (not racing this weekend), Kyle Busch, Kasey Kahne, Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch, Clint Bowyer and Martin Truex Jr.(MRN)(6-22-2014)

  • Top 10 Driver Ratings at Sonoma:
    Marcos Ambrose 108.0
    Kurt Busch 107.8
    Tony Stewart 102.4
    Jeff Gordon 101.6
    Jimmie Johnson 97.3
    Juan Pablo Montoya 95.5
    Clint Bowyer 95.2
    Kyle Busch 88.0
    Ryan Newman 88.0
    Carl Edwards 86.8
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2013 races (nine total) among active drivers at Sonoma Raceway.
    Formula combining the following categories: Win, Finish, Top-15 Finish, 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 notes: #78-Martin Truex Jr. earned his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series road-course victory when he took the checkers in Sonoma in 2013. Truex Jr. became the ninth different race winner as many years, and the seventh consecutive driver to claim his first Sprint Cup Series road-course victory. The win also marked the second consecutive Sonoma victory for Michael Waltrip Racing.... #24-Jeff Gordon is the undisputed king of Sonoma, with five victories (1998-2000, '04, '06) and five pole positions (1998-99, '01, '04, '05). Gordon also boasts 13 top-five finishes and 17 top-10 finishes - the most of any driver.... Two-time winners in Sonoma include Rusty Wallace (1990, '96), Ernie Irvan (1992, '94), Ricky Rudd (1989, 2002) and #14-Tony Stewart (2001, '05).... Gordon has completed the most laps of any NASCAR driver in Sonoma, 2,117 of 2,441 laps... Rookie and Elk Grove native #42-Kyle Larson will make his Sonoma Raceway debut. Larson has posted three top-five and six top-10 finishes and is now 10th in Sprint Cup point standings.(Sonoma Raceway)(6-22-2014)

  • NASCAR Numbers:
    4: Now that Jimmie Johnson has gotten his long-awaited victory at Michigan International Speedway, the six-time champion has reduced the number of active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tracks at which he hasn't won to four. The remaining venues-Kentucky, Watkins Glen, Chicagoland and Homestead-all lay ahead on the schedule this year.
    8: The number of years between NASCAR Nationwide Series victories for Paul Menard, who won his first race in June 2006 in his last season of full-time NNS competition. On Saturday afternoon at Michigan, Menard won the second Nationwide Series race of his career in his only start this season.
    625: The number of laps led by Jimmie Johnson in 25 races at Michigan International Speedway. That translates to 13.4 percent of the 4,662 laps Johnson has run at the two-mile track. No wonder the six-time champion was frustrated at his inability to win there-until Sunday.
    3: The number of runner-up finishes for Kevin Harvick in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this season. On Sunday, for the third time in five races, Harvick chased the eventual winner to the finish line with arguably the fastest car in the race, gaining ground in the closing laps but running out of time.
    9: In the last nine NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events at Sonoma Raceway, the number of different winners. They are: Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Juan Pablo Montoya, Kyle Busch, Kasey Kahne, Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch, Clint Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr. Of those, Stewart, Kahne, Bowyer and Truex, are prominent full-time drivers without a victory this season.(NASCAR Wire Service)(6-17-2014)

  • Sonoma Track Facts:
    The Sonoma Raceway road course features more than 160 feet of elevation change from its highest to lowest points. The highest point at Turn 3a reaches 174 feet, while the lowest point at Turn 10 is just 14 feet.
    The berms on the turns of the road course are painted blue and gold at the suggestion of raceway President and General Manager Steve Page, who attended nearby University of California, Berkeley.
    The property on which the raceway was built was a working farm called Sears Point Farm in the early 1900s.
    The raceway is home to a bustling motor-sports industrial park of more than 70 year-round businesses in 104 shops, including car preparation and restoration shops, materials fabrication, vintage car storage and race teams, to name just a few.
    In 2011, in a partnership with Panasonic Corporation of North America, the raceway completed a solar installation of nearly 1,700 solar panels, which offsets approximately 41% of the raceway's energy usage.
    Drivers who complete the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup race will make 1,100 turns around the road course. The race spans 110 laps.
    Nearly 3,000 sheep call the raceway their home throughout the year. The sheep, provided by Rocky Mountain Wooly Weeders, provide natural land care, helping to maintain the facility's grasses and fire lanes.
    Winners in Sonoma celebrate with a sip from the Champion's Goblet in the Wine Country Winner's Circle. The goblet was introduced in 2006, incorporating the raceway's rich wine country heritage and allowing the winner to toast the fans. The goblets are specially created by a local glass blower from Sonoma.(Sonoma Raceway)(6-20-2014)

  • Sonoma Notes & Facts - Sunday - race:
    191 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway; 133 in more than one.
    There have been three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races resulting with 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 Series races at Sonoma Raceway have been shortened due to weather conditions.
    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.
    17 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 is the only driver to post consecutive wins (three total) at Sonoma Raceway (1998 and 1999 each from the pole and 2000 from the fifth starting position).
    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.
    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 and Toyota with three.
    The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Michigan was 32nd, by Juan Pablo Montoya in 2007.(NASCAR)(6-22-2014)

  • Sonoma Notes & Facts - Saturday - poles:
    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.
    Five of the 25 (20%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 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 25 (32%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Sonoma have been won from the front row: five from the pole and three from second-place.
    18 of the 25 (72%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Sonoma have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    Seven of the 25 (28%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Sonoma have been won from a starting position outside the top 10.
    Two of the 25 (8%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Sonoma have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
    Qualifying has never been cancelled in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Sonoma Raceway.(NASCAR)(6-21-2014)

  • Sonoma Notes & Facts - Friday - drivers:
    Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin, Bobby Labonte and Terry Labonte lead the series in starts at Sonoma with 21 each.
    Jeff Gordon and Mark Martin leads the series in runner-up finishes at Sonoma with four; followed by Tony Stewart with three.
    Jeff Gordon leads the series in top-five finishes at Sonoma with 13; followed by Ricky Rudd with 10.
    Jeff Gordon leads the series in top-10 finishes at Sonoma with 17; followed by Mark Martin with 13.
    Marcos Ambrose leads the series in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Sonoma with a 4.500.
    Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Sonoma with an 8.238. Clint Bowyer (9.125) is the only other active driver with an average finish in the top 10.
    Jimmie Johnson and Mark Martin competed at Sonoma Raceway eight times each before visiting Victory in Lane; the longest span of any the eight active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners. Johnson won in 2010 and Martin won in 1997.
    Joe Nemechek leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Sonoma without visiting Victory Lane at 16.
    Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Sonoma with 454 laps led in 21 starts.
    Danica Patrick is the only female driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series to compete at Sonoma Raceway
    (NASCAR)(6-20-2014)

  • Sonoma Notes & Facts - Thursday - track history:
    There have been 25 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Sonoma Raceway since the first race there in 1989 - one race per season.
    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.
    (NASCAR)(6-19-2014)

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


RACE RUNDOWN....news and links

  • Edwards wins at Sonoma: #99-Carl Edwards won the Toyota / SaveMart 350(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway for his 2nd win of 2014, his 1st win at Sonoma, his first road course win and his 23rd career win.
    #24-Gordon finished 2nd followed by #88-Earnhardt Jr., pole sitter #1-McMurray, #27-Menard, #5-Kahne, #48-Johnson, #9-Ambrose, #16-Biffle and #15-Bowyer.
    #47-Allmendinger led the most laps with 35 of 110, but got involved in a wreck late in the race and finished 37th.
    #24-Gordon (1 win) keeps the points lead after finishing 2nd and extends his points lead over #48-Johnson to 20 points.
    #48-Johnson leads the Chase Grid with three wins, 2nd in points. #88-Earnhardt Jr. is second with 2 wins, 3rd in points then #99-Edwards 2 & 6th; #22-Logano 2 & 7th and #4-Harvick 2 and 9th.
    There were 11 lead changes among 9 drivers. There were 6 cautions for 19 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 76.583mph.
    See unofficial 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).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Sonoma Race & Points Report (pdf). (6-22-2014)

  • Race Fast Facts - Sonoma Raceway:
    #99-Carl Edwards won the 26th Annual Toyota/Save Mart 350, his 23rd victory in 353 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second victory and eighth top-10 finish in 2014.
    This is his first victory and fifth top-10 finish in ten races at Sonoma Raceway.
    #24-Jeff Gordon (second) posted his 18th top-10 finish in 22 races at Sonoma Raceway. It is his 12th top-10 finish in 2014.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. (third) posted his first top-10 finish in 15 races at Sonoma Raceway.
    #3-Austin Dillon (17th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    #24-Jeff Gordon leads the point standings by 20 points over #48-Jimmie Johnson.
    #99-Carl Edwards is the 10th consecutive different winner at Sonoma Raceway.(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(6-22-2014)

  • 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Championship Points Standings:
    [after Sonoma, race 16 of 36]
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon [1 win], 580
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [3 wins], 560, -20
    3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [2 wins], 555, -25
    4) #20-Matt Kenseth, 515, -65
    5) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 512, -68
    6) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 509, -71
    7) #22-Joey Logano [2 wins], 483, -97
    8) #31-Ryan Newman, 473, -107
    9) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 472, -108
    10) #42-Kyle Larson, 470, -110
    Other drivers with at least one win, out of the top 10:
    11) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win], 465, -115
    13) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 453, -127
    26) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win], 347, -233 (101 pts ahead of 31st)
    See UNOFFICIAL drivers championship points standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf).
    See the UNOFFICIAL owner points standings on the Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Sonoma Race & Points Report (pdf). (6-22-2014)

  • Current 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Seedings:
    [after Sonoma, race 16 of 36 if Chase seeding started after this race]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 3 wins, 2nd in points
    2) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2 wins, 3rd
    3) #99-Carl Edwards, 2 wins, 6th
    4) #22-Joey Logano, 2 wins, 7th
    5) #4-Kevin Harvick, 2 wins, 9th
    6) #24-Jeff Gordon, 1 win, 1st
    7) #2-Brad Keselowski, 1 win, 5th
    8) #18-Kyle Busch, 1 win, 11th
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin, 1 win, 13th
    10) #41-Kurt Busch, 1 win, 26th
    (no wins, in by points)
    11) #20-Matt Kenseth, 4th
    12) #31-Ryan Newman, 8th
    13) #42-Kyle Larson, 10th
    14) #27-Paul Menard, 12th
    15) #15-Clint Bowyer, 14th
    16) #16-Greg Biffle, 15th
    (6-22-2014)

  • Sonoma Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
    #3-Dillon, finished 17th, 11 rookie points
    #26-Whitt, 27th, 10
    #42-Larson, 28th, 9
    #23-Bowman, 29th, 8
    #7-Annett, 30th, 7
    #51-Allgaier, 33rd, 6
    #83-Truex, 41st, 5
    Kligerman, Did Not Race
    (6-22-2014)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Sonoma: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #7-Annett, 30th
    Caution 2: #95-McDowell, 24th
    Caution 3: #18-Busch, 25th
    Caution 4: #10-Patrick, 18th
    Caution 5: #2-Keselowski, 22nd
    Caution 6: #23-Bowman, 29th
    (6-22-2014)

  • Race Coverage of the Toyota / SaveMart 350(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway is scheduled for Sunday, June 22, 2014.
    Television (TV): TNT at 3:00 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 2:00pm/et; green flag approx. 3:19pm/et
    Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: none

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Toyota / SaveMart 350(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway have been made.
    Pole sitter #1-McMurray chose pit stall 11, just before the start/finish line, with opening in front of it.
    Outside pole sitter #47-Allmendinger took pit stall 1.
    #42-Larson, who starts 3rd took the 10th pit stall, the 1st stall with an opening in back of it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #10-Patrick, who starts 11th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(6-21-2014)

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
    Official Race & Points Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Owners Points
    Penalty Report
    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.

  • See Jayski's - 2014 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 Coors Light pole for the Toyota / SaveMart 350(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway with a track record speed of 96.350mph for his 1st pole of 2013, 3rd at Sonoma and 10th of his career. McMurray has never won a race from the pole out of none previous poles.
    #47-Allmendinger is on the outside pole, followed by #42-Larson, #99-Edwards, #41-Busch, #4-Harvick, #31-Newman, #55-Vickers, #27-Menard, #22-Logano, #10-Patrick and #13-Mears.
    Missing the race were: none as 43 cars entered.
    See the starting lineup, full qualifying results and more on the Sonoma Starting Lineup / Qualifying Page.(6-21-2014)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Sonoma:
    #1-Jamie McMurray won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 26th Annual Toyota/Save Mart 350 with a lap of 74.354 seconds, 96.350 mph - a new track record (the previous track record was held by Marcos Ambrose, 95.262 mph, 6/24/12)
    This is his 10th pole in 418 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first pole and sixth top-10 start in 2014.
    This is his third pole in 12 races at Sonoma Raceway.
    #47-AJ Allmendinger (second) posted his second top-10 start of 2014 and his second in six races at Sonoma Raceway.
    #42-Kyle Larson (third) posted his first top-10 start at Sonoma Raceway. It is his fifth in 16 races this season.
    Kyle Larson (third) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(6-21-2014)

  • First Round of Qualifying for the Toyoya / SaveMart 350(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway is over, after 30 minutes. 22 drivers were faster then the track record of 95.262mph, set by Marcos Ambrose in June 2012.
    #22-Logano 96.197
    #47-Allmendinger 96.111
    #41-Busch 96.091
    #31-Newman 95.965
    #1-McMurray 95.959
    The rest of the top 12, advance to round 2: 10 55 13 42 4 27 99
    Out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 2: 2 20 24 11 88 78 16 18 14 48 9 17 15 3 38 95 43 5 34 26 98 83 51 33 40 23 44 36 32 7 66
    Driver who will miss the race: none. only 43 entered.
    (6-21-2014)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Toyota / SaveMart 350(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway is scheduled for Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 1:40pm/et.
    Television (TV): FS1, 1:30pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Performance Racing Network (PRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: 9:30pm/et on FS2; June 22, 4:30am/et on FS1; June 22, 11:30am/et on FS1

  • Qualifying Order for the Toyota / SaveMart 350(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway is posted. 43 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #11-Hamlin.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #99-Edwards.
    Qualifying order is set by a random draw, held about an hour before the first practice.
    See the full qualifying order on the Sonoma Qualifying Page.(6-20-2014)

  • Happy Hour practice for the Toyota / SaveMart 350(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway is over, after 90 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #15-Bowyer 95.988
    #27-Menard 95.544
    #99-Edwards 95.465
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. 95.463
    #1-McMurray 95.463
    slowest: #66-Drissi 88.465 & #7-Annett 90.121
    no speed: #36-Sorenson.
    notes: #18-Busch spun around off turn 10, no damage reported. Timmy Hill is practicing the #40 Chevy for Landon Cassill. Cassill will be at Road America on Saturday, Hill will qualify the car and Cassill will race it on Sunday. David Mayhew is practicing the #44 Chevy for J.J. Yeley, who is at Road America for the Nationwide practice today.
    Fastest speeds, laps run, best ten lap average on the Sonoma Practice 2 Speeds page (pdf).(6-20-2014)

  • First Friday practice for the Toyota / SaveMart 350(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway is over, after 110 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #41-Busch 95.470
    #15-Bowyer 95.421
    #55-Vickers 95.080
    #78-Truex Jr. 94.978
    #42-Larson 94.825
    slowest: #40-Cassill 90.717 & #7-Annett 91.063
    no speed: #66-Drissi
    notes: David Mayhew practiced the #44 Chevy for J.J. Yeley, who is at Road America for the Nationwide race today. In the very unlikely case that qualifying is cancelled, the speeds from this practice would set the starting lineup. Two rounds of group qualifying is scheduled to be held on Saturday, June 21st at 1:40pm/et on FoxSports1 (FS1).
    Fastest speeds, laps run, best ten lap average on the Sonoma Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf).(6-20-2014)

  • Entry List for the Toyota / SaveMart 350(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway is posted, 43 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #32-Said, #33-Kennedy, #66-Tomy Drissi, #95-McDowell.
    Since only 43 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Sonoma Entry List

  • For the new group 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

  • 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Championship Points Standings:
    [after Michigan, race 15 of 36]
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon [1 win], 537
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [3 wins], 522, -15
    3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [2 wins], 514, -23
    4) #20-Matt Kenseth, 513, -24
    5) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 490, -47
    6) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 462, -75
    7) #22-Joey Logano [2 wins], 454, -83
    8) #42-Kyle Larson, 454, -83
    9) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins],447, -90
    10) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win], 446, -91
    Other drivers with at least one win, out of the top 10:
    12) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 435, -102
    27) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win], 315, -222 (104 pts ahead of 31st)
    See UNOFFICIAL drivers championship points standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf).
    See the UNOFFICIAL owner points standings on the Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Michigan Race & Points Report (pdf).(6-15-2014)

  • Current 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Seedings:
    [after Michigan, race 15 of 36 if Chase seeding started after this race]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 3 wins, 2nd in points
    2) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2 wins, 3rd
    3) #22-Joey Logano, 2 wins, 7th
    4) #4-Kevin Harvick, 2 wins, 9th
    5) #24-Jeff Gordon, 1 win, 1st
    6) #2-Brad Keselowski, 1 win, 5th
    7) #99-Carl Edwards, 1 win, 6th
    8) #18-Kyle Busch, 1 win, 10th
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin, 1 win, 12th
    10) #41-Kurt Busch, 1 win, 26th
    (no wins, in by points)
    11) #20-Matt Kenseth, 4th
    12) #42-Kyle Larson, 8th
    13) #31-Ryan Newman, 11th
    14) #27-Paul Menard, 13th
    15) #15-Clint Bowyer, 14th
    16) #16-Greg Biffle, 15th
    (6-15-2014)


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Some Chassis Selections and Notes by Teams for this race

  • Chassis selections for this weeks race: see the list of many teams [that report or post them] and what chassis were selected by the team to run in the Toyota / Save Mart 350(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway:

    #1-Jamie McMurray: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: Primary Chassis for Sonoma is PRS-901, which last raced at Martinsville and finished 38th. The Backup Chassis is PRS-853 which was last used as a backup at Dover.
    #3-Austin Dillon: will pilot Chassis No. 469 in the Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway. This is the first time that Dillon will race this Dow Powerhouse Solar Chevrolet this season. Dillon has never competed at the 10-turn, 1.99-mile road course and has never competed in a road course race on the Sprint Cup Series circuit. However, the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series Champion has six road course races to his credit in the Nationwide Series, earning two top-10 finishes, including a career-high ninth at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in 2012 and 10th at Road America in 2013.
    #4-Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis No. 873 in Sunday's race at Sonoma - a new chassis from the SHR shop. Harvick and the team tested the car last month at Virginia International Raceway, a road-course facility located in Alton, VA. Harvick has 13 prior NSCS starts at Sonoma. During that span, he has earned three top fives and five top-10 finishes and has an average start of 16.3 and an average finish of 15.6.
    #5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Kenny Francis has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-876 for Sunday's race at Sonoma. This is a brand new chassis that has never been raced before. In 10 Sprint Cup starts at Sonoma, Kahne has one win, two top-five finishes, three top-10s and has completed 98.2 percent of all laps attempted at the track (1,087 of 1,107 total). The driver of the No. 5 Great Clips Chevrolet SS has started in the top 10 six times in his last eight races at the 1.99-mile road course, including two pole positions in 2008 and 2010. Kahne visited Sonoma's Victory Lane in June 2009, when he started from the fifth position and led 37 laps en route to his sole career victory at the California track.
    #7-Michael Annett chassis not reported on race preview.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #10-Danica Patrick will pilot Chassis No. 10-759 which was first used by Patrick in June 2013 at Sonoma Raceway, where she started 31st and finished 29th. It was then used in August at Watkins Glen, where she started 35th and finished 20th.
    #11-Denny Hamlin: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #12-Ryan Blaney: Primary Chassis for Michigan is PRS-919, which is a new chassis.
    #13-Casey Mears: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-874 is a brand-new racecar. However, it was tested May 27 at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia, in preparation for this weekend's event at Sonoma. Stewart has a pole, two wins, three second-place finishes, five top-fives, nine top-10s and has led a total of 82 laps in his 15 career Sprint Cup starts at Sonoma. His average start at the 1.99-mile, 10-turn road course is 11.1, his average finish is 12.0 and he has a lap completion rate of 98.7 percent.

    #15-Clint Bowyer: Chassis No. 767 serves as the primary chassis for Bowyer at Sonoma Raceway. He raced it to a fifth-place finish at Sonoma and a sixth-place finish at Watkins Glen in 2013. Chassis No. 770 serves as the back-up chassis and hasn't been raced. Since February 2012 Clint Bowyer owns the best average finish among NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers at road courses (4.0) as well as the best average finish at Sonoma (3.0). Bowyer holds the second-best average finish among drivers, 9.1, to Jeff Gordon's 8.2.
    #16-Greg Biffle: and the Matt Puccia led #16 3M team will run chassis RK-916 which is a brand new chassis. The backup chassis RK-764 has been with the team for a few years, first hitting the track in 2011. Biffle has 11 Sprint Cup career starts at Sonoma, earning two top-five and five top-10 finishes. His average finish at Sonoma is 14.3 from an average starting position of 15.3. Biffle has finished on the lead lap in all but one start at Sonoma, and that was his very first start back in 2003.
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: and the #17 Ecopower Re-Refined Oil Ford Fusion team will be using primary chassis RK- 919 at Sonoma, which is a brand new chassis. The backup chassis is RK- 758 which was the back-up chassis for road course races in 2013. Last year despite never running a single lap at the 1.99-mile 11-turn road course, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. fought his way to a 27th-place finish in Sunday's Save-mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway. Stenhouse Jr. will have extra seat time this weekend as he will be running the #99 machine in the K&N West race.
    #18-Kyle Busch: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #20-Matt Kenseth: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #22-Joey Logano: Primary Chassis is PRS-902 for Sonoma, which last raced at Martinsville and finished 4th. The Backup Chassis is PRS-858 which was last used as a backup at Dover.
    #24-Jeff Gordon: crew chief Alan Gustafson has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 24-878 for this Sunday's race. This is a new chassis that has not been raced. The native of Vallejo, California, tops the following statistical categories at the serpentine track: wins (five), poles (five), top-five finishes (13), top-10s (17), laps led (454) and average finish (8.2). Gordon is the all-time leader in NASCAR road course victories with nine. Along with five wins at Sonoma, the four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion has visited Victory Lane four times at Watkins Glen International in New York.
    #27-Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 470 in the 218.9-mile event at Sonoma Raceway. This #27 Richmond / Menards Chevrolet SS is a new addition to the Richard Childress Racing stable in 2014. Menard has six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Sonoma Raceway. His best start of third came in 2011 and best finish of 14th came in 2013. The Wisconsin native has completed 666 of 667 laps attempted (99.9 percent).
    #31-Ryan Newman will drive chassis No. 471 on Sunday at Sonoma Raceway. Chassis No. 471 is brand new and will take to the track during Friday's two scheduled practice sessions. In 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events at the 10-turn, 1.99-mile road course, Newman owns two top-five and five top-10 finishes. He has led 11 laps and completed all 1,327 laps of competition. The South Bend, Ind., native has an average start of 13th and average finish of 13th. In the last six races at the road course, the RCR driver ranks fifth in most points earned.
    #34-David Regan chassis not reported on race preview.
    #36-Reed Sorenson chassis not reported on race preview.
    #38-David Gilliland chassis not reported on race preview.
    #41-Kurt Busch will pilot Chassis No. 661 in Sunday's SaveMart 350k at Sonoma Raceway. Chassis No. 661 served as a backup chassis at both Sonoma and Watkins Glen in 2013 as a #39 Chevrolet driven by former SHR driver Ryan Newman.
    #42-Kyle Larson: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #43-Aric Almirola:: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #47-A.J. Allmendinger chassis not reported on race preview.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: Crew chief Chad Knaus has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 48-875, which is a brand new car. The backup car is Chassis No. 48-801, which Johnson most recently raced in last season at Watkins Glen International. In 12 starts at Sonoma, Johnson has one win, four top-five finishes and seven top-10s. The driver of the No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet SS has led 85 circuits around the 1.99-mile track.
    #55-Brian Vickers: Primary 772 never raced but Vickers tested this car at Sonoma on March 25 & 26. Backup 771 never raced.
    #78-Martin Truex Jr. chassis not reported on race preview.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: 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 International in August 2013. In 14 Sprint Cup starts at Sonoma Raceway, Earnhardt has posted six top-15 finishes and completed 94.3 percent of all the laps he's attempted (1,463 laps of 1,551 total). He has scored a career-best 11th-place finish three times at the 1.99-mile road course and last recorded this result in 2010. Earnhardt most recently rallied from a 26th starting position to finish 12th at the California track in June 2013.
    #95-Michael McDowell: will drive Chassis No. PRS-834 in the Toyota / Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway. This Ford Fusion is new to the Wally Rogers-led team.
    #99-Carl Edwards the #99 Aflac Ford team will unload primary chassis RK-917 which is a new chassis. The backup chassis is RK-853 which was last run at Watkins Glen in 2013, finishing in fourth. Edwards is looking for his first win at the road course. He has a career-high finish of third in both 2011 and 2013. Edwards has 9 Sprint Cup starts at Sonoma with an average start of 17.8 and an average finish of 15.6. Edwards has finished in the top-five two times and in the top-ten four times.
    (reported from team PR's / websites)(6-19-2014)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Road Course Radials:

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

    Tire Code: D-4628 (same on all four tire positions)

    Tire Circumference: 88.50 in. (2,248 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 (D-4628) on all four tire positions at Sonoma . . . this is the first time teams will be running this code, which came out of a Goodyear test at Sonoma on March 25-26 . . . teams and drivers participating in that test were the No. 9 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford with Marcos Ambrose, No. 14 Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet with Tony Stewart, No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota with Kyle Busch, No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet with Jeff Gordon and No. 55 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota with Brian Vickers . . . compared to what was run at Sonoma last year, this tire features a compound change designed to give the cars more grip . . . as on all NASCAR road courses, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Sonoma.


Race / Cup Odds


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(this is not to promote gambling but to offer readers odds and ideas on what the 'experts' think about the upcoming race and the Sprint Cup series season)

Next Race: Daytona 500

Countdown to Race Time: 2/22/2015 ~1:20pm/et


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