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 2015 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Sunday, June 28, 2015 in Sonoma, CA

Title Sponsor: Toyota/Save Mart

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:20pm/et

TELEVISION COVERAGE

RADIO COVERAGE

ONLINE STREAMING

EVENT SCHEDULE
Sprint Cup Series

Event Schedule times are local to the track

Thursday, June 25
3:00 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, June 26
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
8:00 AM Starting of Engines is Permitted
11:00 AM NSCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
12:00 - 1:55 PM NSCS PRACTICE
3:30 - 4:55 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE

Saturday, June 27
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
8:00 AM Starting of Engines is Permitted
11:15 AM NSCS QUALIFYING

Sunday, June 28
7:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
8:00 AM Starting of Engines is Permitted
10:00 AM NSCS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING
11:30 AM NSCS DRIVERS INTRODUCTION
12:00 PM (3:00 PM) NSCS RACE 350K

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
All event schedule times above are listed in LOCAL (Pacific) track time

PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(these times in eastern time)

  • Practices:
    Friday, June 26, 3:00 - 4:55pm/et, TV-FS2

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, June 26, 6:30 - 7:55 pm/et, TV-FS2

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-36, Saturday, June 27 at 2:15 pm/et, TV-FS1, no re-air scheduled.

PURSE/RACE AWARDS

2015: $5,735,702
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 NEWS & LINKS

  • 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]
    Pit Road Speed: 40 mph
    Pace Car Speed: 45 mph
    Track opened: 1968
    Inaugural NASCAR race: 1989
    Grandstand Seating Listed: 47,000

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Climber Kevin Jorgeson
    Command to start engines: Kevin Jorgeson & Sergio Rizo, Assistant Service Manager, Fremont Toyota
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
    Honorary Pace Car Driver: Arnold Schwarzenegger
    God Bless America: Lindsay Bruce, Contestant from The Voice
    Color Guard: Travis Air Force Base Honor Guard
    Invocation: Tim Boeve, Track Minister, Sonoma Raceway
    National Anthem: Award-winning singer/songwriter Morgan Karr
    Flyover: P-40N Warhawk, three P-51D Mustangs; Vintage Aircraft, Schellville Airport, Sonoma County

  • Track Websites & Social Media:
    Sonoma Raceway
    Speedway Motorsports
    Race Sonoma - Facebook
    Race Sonoma - Twitter
    Sonoma Raceway - Youtube
    Track Stats - Racing-reference.info

  • June 2014: see the Sonoma Race Info page

  • June 2014 Race Winner: #99-Carl Edwards, 76.583mph, started 4th

  • 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 2014 Pole Winner: #1-Jamie McMurray, 96.350mph, finished 4th

  • Track Qualifying Record: Jamie McMurray, 6/21/2014, 96.350mph (current layout)

  • Track Qualifying Record: Rusty Wallace, June 2000, 99.309mph (old 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 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
    (8-10-2014)

  • Ten different winners in last ten races at Sonoma: In the last 10 years there have been 10 different winners at Sonoma Raceway: Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Juan Pablo Montoya, Kyle Busch, Kasey Kahne, Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch, Clint Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr. and Carl Edwards.(6-24-2015)

  • Top 10 Driver Ratings at Sonoma
    #41-Kurt Busch................................ 106.5
    #24-Jeff Gordon.............................. 103.4
    #14-Tony Stewart............................... 98.8
    #48-Jimmie Johnson.......................... 98.8
    #15-Clint Bowyer............................... 95.0
    #19-Carl Edwards.............................. 90.1
    #31-Ryan Newman............................. 88.4
    #1-Jamie McMurray.......................... 87.8
    #78-Martin Truex Jr............................ 86.1
    #5-Kasey Kahne.............................. 85.5
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2014 races (10 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.
    See an explanation how the Driver Rating is calculated at NASCAR.com.(NASCAR)

  • Sonoma Raceway Track Notes & History - Thursday:
    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)(6-25-2015)

  • Sonoma Raceway Driver Notes & Facts - Friday:
    18 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; eight other active drivers have a single win.
    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 (1998 and 1999 each from the pole and 2000 from the fifth starting position).
    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 14; followed by Ricky Rudd with 10.
    Jeff Gordon leads the series in top-10 finishes at Sonoma with 18; followed by Mark Martin with 13.
    Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Sonoma with a 7.955. Clint Bowyer (9.222) is the only other active driver with an average finish in the top 10.
    Carl Edwards competed at Sonoma Raceway 10 times before before visiting Victory in Lane; the longest span of any the 10 active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners.
    Matt Kenseth and Dale Earnhardt Jr. lead the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Sonoma without visiting Victory Lane at 15 each.
    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 457 laps led in 22 starts.
    Danica Patrick is the only female driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series to compete at Sonoma Raceway.
    (NASCAR)(6-26-2015)

  • Sonoma Raceway Pole Notes & Facts - Saturday:
    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.
    Three drivers have won consecutive Coors Light poles at Sonoma Ricky Rudd, Jeff Gordon (1998, '99 and 2004, '05) and Jamie McMurray (2013, '14). Ricky Rudd holds the record for most consecutive poles at Sonoma with three; fall 1990 through 1992.
    Boris Said posted his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light pole at Sonoma Raceway (6/22/2003).
    Five of the 26 (19.2%) 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 (1998, 1999 and 2004).
    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 26 (30.7%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Sonoma have been won from the front row: five from the pole and three from second-place.
    19 of the 26 (73%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Sonoma have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    Seven of the 26 (26.9%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Sonoma have been won from a starting position outside the top 10.
    Two of the 26 (7.6%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 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.
    Jeff Gordon leads the series in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Sonoma with a 7.818.
    Qualifying has never been cancelled in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Sonoma Raceway.
    (NASCAR)(6-27-2015)

  • Sonoma Raceway Race Notes & Facts - Sunday:
    There have been 26 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Sonoma Raceway since the first race there in 1989 - one race per season.
    198 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway; 137 in more than one.
    Jeff Gordon leads the series in starts at Sonoma with 22; Tony Stewart is the next active driver with 16 starts.
    There have been 10 different winners in the last 10 races at Sonoma 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 seven, Toyota (three), Dodge (three), Pontiac (two) and Buick (one).
    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 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.
    (NASCAR)(6-28-2015)

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

RACE RUNDOWN....News & Links

  • Kyle Busch wins at Sonoma: #18-Kyle Busch won the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway for his 1st win of the season, 2nd win at Sonoma, 4th road course win and 30th career win. It is crew chief Adam Stevens' first Sprint Series win as a crew chief.
    #41-Busch finished 2nd followed by #15-Bowyer, #4-Harvick, #22-Logano, #48-Johnson, #88-Earnhardt Jr., #5-Kahne, #31-Newman and #9-Hornish Jr.
    #48-Johnson led late in the race when the caution came out for #13-Mears broken axle. Most of the leaders pitted but Johnson stayed out. After the restart, #18-Busch started 7th, passing five cars before catching Johnson on lap 106 to take the lead and held off his brother, #41-Busch to win the race. Johnson finished 6th. It was the first time then Busch brothers have finished 1-2 in their Sprint Cup Series careers.
    Pole winner #47-Allmendinger led 1 lap and ran up front most of the day until having fuel problems on lap 60. Allmendinger's team made repairs and he came back out to finish 37th, 12 laps off the pace.
    Harvick increases the drivers points lead to 53 points over #78-Truex Jr. who finished 42nd after an early wreck.
    #18-Busch now has 125 points and is 37rth in drivers points. To get in the Chase, he needs to be in the top 30.
    Busch is 136 points out of 30th and needs around a 14th average finish to crack the top 30 in the 10 races before the Chase.
    There were 9 lead changes among 5 drivers. There were 5 cautions for 21 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 74.774mph.
    See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Penalty Report (pdf) and Lap Summary Report (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(6-28-2015)

  • Brother's Back-to-back wins: With #18-Kyle Busch's win at Sonoma on June 28, 2015 and #41-Kurt Busch's win the race before at Michigan, the Busch brothers have now won back-to-back races seven times, the most by any brother duo in NASCAR history:
    Back-To-Back Victories
    Kurt, Kyle Busch - 7
    Tim, Fonty Flock - 3
    Bobby, Donnie Allison - 2
    Tim and Bob Flock - 2
    Bobby, Terry Labonte - 2
    Brett, Geoff Bodine - 1
    Bob, Fonty Flock - 1
    Donald, Herb Thomas - 1.(6-28-2015)

  • Race Fast Facts - Sonoma:
    #18-Kyle Busch won the 27th Annual Toyota/Save Mart 350, his 30th victory in 370 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    With the victory, #18-Kyle Busch tied #4-Kevin Harvick for 23rd on the all-time wins list.
    This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in 2015. His last victory was 35 starts (46 races) ago, at Auto Club Speedway on March 23, 2014.
    This is his second victory and third top-10 finish in 11 races at Sonoma Raceway.
    #41-Kurt Busch (second) posted his seventh top-10 finish in 15 races at Sonoma Raceway. It is his eighth top-10 finish in 2015.
    This is the first time that the Busch brothers have finished 1-2 in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition.
    #16-Clint Bowyer (third) posted his eighth top-10 finish in ten races at Sonoma Raceway.
    #4-Kevin Harvick leads the point standings by 53 points over #78-Martin Truex Jr.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(6-28-2015)

  • 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup CHASE Standings:
    [after Sonoma, race 16 of 36]
    (by wins, then by points standings)
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 545, -70 (4th in driver points)
    2) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 616 (1st)
    3) #41-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 469, -147 (10th)
    4) #78-Martin Truex Jr. [1 win], 563, -53 (2nd)
    5) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 559, -57 (3rd)
    6) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [1 win], 545, -71 (5th)
    7) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 505, -111 (6th)
    8) #20-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 479, -137 (9th)
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 438, -178 (13th)
    10) #19-Carl Edwards [1 win], 405, -211 (17th)
    [would be in the Chase via points standings]
    11) #1-Jamie McMurray, 497, -119 (7th in driver points)
    12) #5-Kasey Kahne, 483, -133 (8th)
    13) #24-Jeff Gordon, 462, -154 (11th)
    14) #27-Paul Menard, 452, -164 (12th)
    15) #31-Ryan Newman, 435, -181 (14th)
    16) #43-Aric Almirola, 431, -185 (15th)
    [has a win but not in the top 30 in drivers points to make Chase]
    37) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win], 125, 136 pts out of 30th
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc)
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(6-28-2015)

  • Top-10 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Drivers Points Standings:
    [after Sonoma, race 16 of 36]
    1) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 616
    2) #78-Martin Truex Jr. [1 win], 563, -53
    3) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 559, -57
    4) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 546, -70
    5) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [1 win], 545, -71
    6) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 505, -111
    7) #1-Jamie McMurray, 497, -119
    8) #5-Kasey Kahne, 483, -133
    9) #20-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 479, -137
    10) #41-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 469, -147
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc)
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(6-28-2015)

  • Sonoma Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
    #33-Alex Kennedy, finished 25th, 11 rookie points
    #83-Matt DiBenedetto, finished 29th, 10 rookie points
    #26-Jeb Burton, finished 32nd, 9 rookie points
    #34-Brett Moffitt, not entered, Justin Marks ran the car
    #66-Tanner Berryhill, did not race, not entered
    See the 2015 Rookie of the Year page for rules, standings and more.(6-28-2015)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Sonoma: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #7-Bowman, 31st
    Caution 2: #40-Cassill, 36th
    Caution 3: #95-McDowell, 34th
    Caution 4: #20-Kenseth, 21st
    Caution 5: #6-Bayne, 23rd
    (6-28-2015)


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  • Race Coverage of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway is scheduled for Sunday, June 28, 2015.
    Television (TV): FoxSports1 at 3:00 pm/et; NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race show at 2:00pm/et; green flag approx. 3:20pm/et
    Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Monday, June 29 at 10:00am/et on FS1

  • Sonoma Pre-Race Schedule for Sunday June 28th: (eastern time)
    -- 1:00:00 p.m.: NSCS Driver/Crew Meeting
    -- 1:45:00 p.m.: Jeff Gordon Aerial Tribute
    -- 2:25:00 p.m.: NSCS Driver Introductions
    -- 2:45:00 p.m.: "Jeff Gordon Tribute" video
    -- 2:58:00 p.m.: God Bless America by: Lindsay Bruce, Contestant from The Voice
    -- 3:00:00 p.m.: Presentation of Colors: Travis Air Force Base Honor Guard
    -- 3:00:20 p.m.: Invocation by: Tim Boeve, Track Minister, Sonoma Raceway
    -- 3:01:00 p.m.: National Anthem by: Morgan Karr, Transcendence Theatre's Broadway Under the Stars in Sonoma Valley
    -- 3:02:45 p.m.: Fly-By TOT: 2 F-18S from VFA-22 at Lemoore Naval Air Station
    -- 3:08:00 p.m.: "Drivers, Start Your Engines" by: Kevin Jorgeson, Professional Climber & Sergio Rizo, Assistant Service Manager, Fremont Toyota
    -- 3:08:30 p.m.: Fly-by TOT: Vintage Aircraft Company flyover demonstration, Fastening Systems International (FSI)
    -- 3:20:00 p.m.: Start of Toyota/Save Mart 350
    eastern time (NASCAR.com)

  • 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 #47-Allmendinger chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #41-Busch took pit stall 11, the first pit stall with an opening behind it.
    #20-Kenseth, who starts 3rd took the 22nd pit stall, the 2nd stall with an opening behind it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #4-Harvick, who starts 17th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(6-27-2015)

  • Highlights of NASCAR's changes on pit road in 2015:
    " Number of officials on pit road during race reduced from 43 to 10.
    " 45 HD cameras will be mounted on the grandstand side of each track and directed toward pit road to monitor pit stops and officials call or clear penalties.
    " Every camera looks at two pit stalls and the cameras record 100 percent of the race.
    " Video feeds from cameras are fed to a production truck in the TV compound where eight NASCAR officials monitor stops for violations.
    " Pit road speeding penalties will still be called from race control based on scoring loops.
    " Pit stalls are laser measured
    " Missing Lug Nuts are no longer a penalty.
    " Fueling can start once car is stopped.
    " Fueling can continue until car leaves pit stall.

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
    Official Race & Points Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Owners Points
    Lap Summary Report
    Penalty Report
    Pitstalls
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Qualifying Order
    Latest / Final Entry List
    Preliminary 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 - 2015 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

  • Allmendinger wins Sonoma pole: #47-AJ Allmendinger won the Coors Light pole for the Toyota/Save Mart 350(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway with speed of 96.310mph for his 1st pole of 2015, 1st at Sonoma and 3rd pole of his career.
    #41-Busch is on the outside pole followed by #20-Kenseth, #42-Larson, #24-Gordon, #15-Bowyer, #14-Stewart, #13-Mears, #55-Ragan, #2-Keselowski, #18-Busch and #78-Truex Jr..
    #42-Larson broke the track record in the first round, running 96.568mph. The old record was 96.350mph, set by Jamie McMurray in 2014.
    Points leader #4-Harvick will start 17th and Chase leader, #48-Johnson will start 13th.
    Missing the race was: #62-Gaughan.
    See the starting lineup, qualifying results round-by-round, qualifying order and more Jayski.com's Sonoma Starting Lineup / Qualifying Page.(6-27-2015)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Sonoma:
    #47-AJ Allmendinger won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 27th Annual Toyota/Save Mart 350 with a lap of 74.385 seconds, 96.310 mph.
    This is his third pole in 243 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first pole and third top-10 start in 2015.
    This is his first pole in seven races at Sonoma Raceway. His previous best Sonoma start was second, last year.
    #41-Kurt Busch (second) posted his eighth top-10 start of 2015 and his 11th in 15 races at Sonoma Raceway.
    #20-Matt Kenseth (third) posted his eighth top-10 start at Sonoma Raceway. It is his 10th in 16 races this season.
    #83-Matt DiBenedetto (30th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(6-27-2015)

  • First Round of Qualifying for the Toyota/Save Mart 350(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway is over, after 25 scheduled minutes.
    #42-Larson 96.568 (new track record)
    #47-Allmendinger 96.524
    #14-Stewart 96.386
    #24-Gordon 96.160
    #2-Keselowski 96.035
    the rest of the top 12: 18 13 20 41 15 78 55;
    out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 2: 48 19 11 31 4 1 22 88 10 16 95 9 43 5 51 38 35 83 6 27 32 23 34 33 3 98 40 17 7 46 26 62;
    Drivers who will miss the race: #62-Gaughan.
    (6-27-2015)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway is scheduled for Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 2:15pm/et.
    Television (TV): FS1, 2:00pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Performance Racing Network (PRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: none

  • Road Course Qualifying Format: Qualifying will consist of two elimination rounds to determine the starting grid. The first elimination round will last 25 minutes and include all cars. The 12 cars that post the fastest single lap will advance to the final round. The remaining cars will be sorted based on their times posted in the first round of qualifying in descending order. The final qualifying round will last 10 minutes and the fastest single lap time will determine positions 1 through 12 in descending order. The fastest driver in the final round will earn the pole position for the race:

  • Qualifying Order for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway is posted. 44 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first of the drivers lined up on pit road is #95-Michael McDowell
    The final driver lined up on pit road is #55-David Ragan.
    Pit road lineup order is set by a random draw, held about an hour before the first practice.
    See the full qualifying order on Jayski.com's Sonoma Qualifying Page.(6-26-2015)

  • Happy Hour practice for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway is over, after 85 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and any notes:
    #18-Busch 96.175
    #19-Edwards 96.030
    #41-Busch 95.992
    #15-Bowyer 95.942
    #78-Truex Jr. 95.839
    slowest: #62-Gaughan 89.878 & #40-Cassill 91.743.
    most laps run: #6-Bayne 31.
    notes: #46-Annett stopped on the track, causing a full course yellow late in the session, broke a transmission. #62-Gaughan, slid off course, thru the dirt, but saved it and drove on. Qualifying is scheduled for Saturday, June 27th at 2:15pm/et, TV-FS1.
    See fastest speeds, laps run on the Sonoma Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf).(6-26-2015)

  • First Friday practice for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway is over, after 115 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and any notes:
    #15-Bowyer 95.547
    #47-Allmendinger 95.318
    #9-Hornish Jr. 95.091
    #10-Patrick 95.012
    #1-McMurray 94.940
    slowest: #40-Cassill 90.630 & #62-Gaughan 90.637.
    most laps run: #26-Burton 34; #6-Bayne 30
    notes: #33-Kennedy spun around, but no damage reported. #43-Almirola spun into the dirt, drove back to garage, no damage reported.
    #13-Mears run off course and thru the dirt, dusting up the area and the car. Late in practice, Mears ran out of fuel and caused a caution
    Happy Hour practice is scheduled for 6:30pm/et and will be televised on FS2. Qualifying is scheduled for Saturday, June 27th at 2:15pm/et, TV-FS1.
    See fastest speeds, laps run on the Sonoma Practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(6-26-2015)

  • Entry List for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway is posted, 44 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #32-Said, #33-Kennedy, #34-Marks, #95-McDowell.
    Drivers who need to be in the top-36 in speed and have no provisional available to them (lowest in owners points): #62-Gaughan (46th)
    Drivers who would miss the race if qualifying is canceled (least race attempts): #95-McDowell (8 attempts)
    See the full entry list on Jayski.com's Sonoma Entry List

  • For the 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

  • 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup CHASE Standings:
    [after Michigan, race 15 of 36]
    (by wins, then by points standings)
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 506, -70 (5th in driver points)
    2) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 576 (1st)
    3) #41-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 426, -150 (11th)
    4) #78-Martin Truex Jr. [1 win], 561, -15 (2nd)
    5) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 520, -56 (3rd)
    6) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [1 win], 508, -68 (4th)
    7) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 480, -96 (6th)
    8) #20-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 456, -120 (8th)
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 412, -164 (13th)
    10) #19-Carl Edwards [1 win], 401, -175 (14th)
    [would be in the Chase via points standings]
    11) #1-Jamie McMurray, 464, -112 (7th in driver points)
    12) #5-Kasey Kahne, 447, -129 (9th)
    13) #24-Jeff Gordon, 434, -142 (10th)
    14) #27-Paul Menard, 421, -155 (12th)
    15) #43-Aric Almirola, 401, -175 (15th)
    16) #31-Ryan Newman, 400, -176 (16th)
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(6-14-2015)

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CHASSIS SELECTIONS

  • 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 at the Sonoma Raceway.
    If a driver/team is not listed, the team does NOT report chassis information on pre-race press release, websites or social media:
    NOTE: Hendrick Motorsports & Michael Waltrip Racing didn't report chassis for Sonoma.
    #3-Austin Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 469 in the Sonoma 350 at Sonoma Raceway. Dillon has raced this Chevrolet SS on two previous occasions, finishing 16th at Watkins Glen International and 17th at Sonoma Raceway in 2014.
    #4-Kevin Harvick: will pilot the #4 Outback Steakhouse/Budweiser/Folds of Honor Chevrolet SS built on Chassis No. 4-873 in the Save Mart 350k NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at Sonoma Raceway. Built in 2014, Chassis No. 4-873 made its debut June 22 at Sonoma, where the car started sixth, led 23 laps and finished 20th after being collected in a late-race accident. Chassis No. 4-873 made its second appearance in August at Watkins Glen International. Harvick started fourth and finished seventh.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-874 made its race debut last year at Sonoma, where Stewart finished an uncharacteristic 19th after a pit-road speeding penalty thwarted his top-10 effort. Prior to Sonoma, Chassis No. 14-874 was tested May 27 at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia. Its second and most recent start came last August at Watkins Glen International when interim driver Regan Smith finished 37th after a late-race accident.
    #27-Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 470 this weekend at Sonoma Raceway. This Chevrolet SS will be on track for the first time this season during first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice on Friday at 3:00pm/et on Fox Sports 2.
    #31-Ryan Newman will drive chassis No. 514 in the season's first road course event at Sonoma Raceway. The Sonoma 350 marks the first time this year the #31 team will utilize this Chevrolet in competition.
    #32-Boris Said Crew Chief Clinton Cram will be bringing chassis GGR-599, which will serve as the primary car for this weekends race. This chassis previously ran in 2014 at Watkins Glen with Said finishing 25th. Chassis GGR-289 will serve as the backup car.
    #41-Kurt Busch will pilot Chassis No. 942 in Sunday's Save Mart 350k at Sonoma Raceway. Built new for 2015, Chassis 942 will see its first laps of competition this weekend.
    (from numerous team PR's/sites)

TIRE NOTES & FACTS

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Road Course Radials

    Set limits: 4 sets for practice/qualifying and 5 sets for the race

    Tire Code: D-4638 (same on all four tire positions)

    Tire Circumference: 88.66 in. (2,252 mm)

    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-4638) on all four tire positions at Sonoma . . . this is the first time teams will be running this code . . . compared to what was run at Sonoma last year, this tire features an increase in tread gage (thickness) for better wear . . . as on all NASCAR road courses, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Sonoma.

    Wet Weather Tires: This year, the NASCAR rulebook allows that Sprint Cup teams may run in wet conditions . . . Goodyear will bring its wet weather radials (D-4215) for use at Sonoma, should NASCAR decide that conditions warrant . . . teams are allowed up to three sets of "wets" for practice/qualifying and up to three sets for the race . . . this tire code has been run by NASCAR Xfinity Series teams on road courses over the past several seasons.

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