NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: Toyota / Save Mart 350(k)

TRACK: Sonoma Raceway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #16 of 36 for the 2016 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

Race: Sunday, June 26, 2016 in Sonoma, CA

Title Sponsor: Toyota / Save Mart

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

TELEVISION COVERAGE

  • NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: at 1:30pm/et on FoxSports1

  • Television Race Coverage: Foxsports 1 (FS1), 3:00pm/et

  • In the Booth: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Jeff Gordon

  • Pit Reporters: Jamie Little, Chris Neville, Vince Welch, Matt Yocum

  • In-Race Analyst: Larry McReynolds

  • Race / Hollywood Hotel Host: Chris Myers

  • Analysts / Hollywood Hotel: Jeff Gordon, Darrell and Michael Waltrip

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Monday, June 27 at 8:30am/et on FS1;
    Tuesday, June 28 at 4:00am/et on FS1

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski.com's TV Listings Page

RADIO COVERAGE

ONLINE STREAMING

EVENT SCHEDULE
Sprint Cup Series

Event Schedule times are local to the track

Thursday, June 23
3:00 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, June 24
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
11:00 AM NSCS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
12:00 - 1:55 PM NSCS 1ST PRACTICE
3:30 - 4:55 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE

Saturday, June 25
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
11:15 AM NSCS QUALIFYING

Sunday, June 26
7:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
10:00 AM NSCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
11:30 AM NSCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
12:00 PM NSCS RACE

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

PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(these times in eastern time)

  • Practices:
    Friday, June 24, 3:00 - 4:55 pm/et, TV-FS1

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, June 24, 6:30 - 7:55 pm/et, TV-FS1

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-40, Friday, June 25 at 2:15 pm/et, TV-FS1, re-air scheduled for Sunday, June 26 at 8:30am/et on FS1.

PURSE/RACE AWARDS

no longer being reported

TRACK NEWS & LINKS

  • Track Specifications:
    1.99 mile Road Course with 10 turns
    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/Stalls: 16' wide by 29' long, 58' wide
    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: Sonoma State President Ruben Armiņana
    Command to start engines: Ruben Armiņana
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
    Honorary Pace Car Driver: Actor Luke Wilson
    Invocation: Tim Bove, Track Minister, Sonoma Raceway
    National Anthem: Broadway star, Qiana "Q" Smith
    Flyover: two F-15C jets, 114th Fighter Squadron, Kingsley Field, Klamath Falls, OR, Oregon National Guard

  • June 2015: see the Sonoma Race Info page

  • June 2015 Race Winner: #18-Kyle Busch, 74.774mph, started 11th

  • 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 2015 Pole Winner: #47-AJ Allmendinger, 96.310mph, finished 37th

  • Track Qualifying Record: Kyle Larson, 6/27/2015, 96.568mph (current layout)(1st round of qualifying)

  • 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(3 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
    Kyle Busch, 4*
    Ernie Irvan, 3
    Geoff Bodine, 3
    Tim Flock, 3
    Cale Yarborough, 3
    * active

  • Six Spots Remain In Chase After Logano Becomes 10th Different Winner In 2016: Only sixth berths in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup remain with 11 races left until the playoffs. Thirteen of the currently winless drivers have captured checkered flags on at least one of the 10 tracks leading up to the playoff opener at Chicagoland Speedway: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., #14-Tony Stewart, #6-Trevor Bayne, #31-Ryan Newman, #47-AJ Allmendinger, #16-Greg Biffle, #27-Paul Menard, #5-Kasey Kahne, #7-Regan Smith, #23-David Ragan, #1-Jamie McMurray, #15-Clint Bowyer and #43-Aric Almirola. Furthermore, #24-Chase Elliott, #42-Kyle Larson and #3-Austin Dillon have shown the ability to run up front and could pop up in Victory Lane for the first time at any moment. Earnhardt is the only race winner from last season who hasn't captured a checkered flag in 2016. With just six open Chase berths and 11 races remaining until NASCAR's playoffs, drivers with a "0" in the wins column have to play the risky game of selling out for victory or maintaining a strong points position. If a driver goes for the win and wrecks or runs out of fuel, he/she could fall out of the Chase points positions. In contrast, a driver could go for the safe points finish and get jumped by a new winner outside the Chase Grid.
    The winless drivers who would make the Chase on points today are Chase Elliott (100 points above the cutoff), Dale Earnhardt Jr (+30), Austin Dillon (+28), Jamie McMurray (+21), Ryan Newman (+16) and Ryan Blaney (+11). Elliott and Blaney would become the second and third Sunoco Rookies to ever make NASCAR's playoffs. Denny Hamlin earned a Chase berth in his first full-time season (2006). Third-year competitor Austin Dillon would also take the wheel for his first Chase.
    The first driver on the outside of the Chase bubble looking in is Kasey Kahne, who lurks 11 points behind Ryan Blaney. Kahne is followed by Trevor Bayne (18th on the Chase Grid, 19 points below Blaney), AJ Allmendinger (19th, -27) and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (20th, -27).(NASCAR)(6-22-2016)

  • Top 10 driver ratings at Sonoma:
    #41-Kurt Busch 109.3
    #48-Jimmie Johnson 101.0
    #14-Tony Stewart 98.1
    #15-Clint Bowyer 96.7
    #31-Ryan Newman 88.5
    #18-Kyle Busch 88.3
    #19-Carl Edwards 88.3
    #1-Jamie McMurray 87.1
    #4-Kevin Harvick 86.9
    #5-Kasey Kahne 86.7
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2015 races (16 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 Track Notes & History:
    · 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)

  • Sonoma Driver Notes & Facts:
    · 201 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway; 144 in more than one.
    · 42 drivers made their first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Sonoma Raceway.
    · Jeff Gordon leads the series in starts at Sonoma with 23; Tony Stewart leads all active drivers with 17 starts.
    · NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace leads the series in average starting position at Sonoma with a 6.941. Kurt Busch leads all active drivers in average starting position with a 9.200.
    · Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch have the most wins among active drivers at Sonoma with two each.
    · Jeff Gordon leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in all-time 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 at a single road course track with six at 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).
    · Five of the 27 (18.5%) 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 27 (29.6%) 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 27 (70.3%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Sonoma have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    · Carl Edwards competed at Sonoma Raceway 10 times before visiting Victory Lane; the longest span of any the nine 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 16 each.
    · Juan Pablo Montoya is the only driver in series history to post his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win at Sonoma Raceway (6/24/2007).
    · Jeff Gordon leads the series in runner-up finishes at Sonoma with five. Tony Stewart leads all active drivers with three.
    · Jeff Gordon leads the series in top-five finishes at Sonoma with 14; followed by Ricky Rudd with 10. Kurt Busch leads all active drivers with seven.
    · Jeff Gordon leads the series in top-10 finishes at Sonoma with 18; followed by Mark Martin with 13. Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart lead all active drivers with nine each.
    · Jeff Gordon leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Sonoma with an 8.304. Clint Bowyer leads all active series drivers with an 8.600.
    · Jeff Gordon leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Sonoma with 457 laps led in 23 starts. Kurt Busch leads all active drivers in laps led at Sonoma with 197 in 15 starts.
    · Danica Patrick is the only female driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series to compete at Sonoma Raceway.
    (NASCAR)

  • Sonoma Pole Notes & Facts:
    · 16 drivers have Coors Light poles at Sonoma, led by Jeff Gordon with five; Jamie McMurray leads all active drivers with three.
    · Rusty Wallace won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Sonoma in 1989 with a speed of 90.041 mph.
    · 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 is the only driver in series history to post his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light pole at Sonoma Raceway (6/22/2003).
    · Chevrolet leads the series in Coors Light poles at Sonoma with 13 followed Ford (seven), Pontiac (three), Dodge (two) and Toyota (two).
    · Eight of the 27 (29.6%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Sonoma have been won from a starting position outside the top 10.
    · Two of the 27 (7.4%) 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 Sonoma is 32nd starting position, by Juan Pablo Montoya in 2007.
    · Qualifying has never been cancelled in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Sonoma Raceway.
    (NASCAR)

  • Sonoma Race Notes & Facts:
    · There have been 27 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Sonoma Raceway since the first race there in 1989 - one race per season.
    · 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 series at Sonoma; led by Chevrolet with 10 victories; followed by Ford with seven, Toyota (four), 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.
    · Four of the last 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Sonoma have ended with a margin of victory of less than a 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)

  • Toyota/Save Mart 350 Pit Notes: The following are some points of interest regarding previous NASCAR Cup races in Sonoma, as well as Sonoma Raceway track facts, in advance of this weekend's Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event.
    " Tony Stewart and Ernie Irvan will become the newest members of the raceway's Wall of Fame, joining fellow NASCAR stars Rusty Wallace (2005), Mark Martin (2005), Jeff Gordon (2006), Ricky Rudd (2007) and Rick Hendrick (2010). Their induction ceremony will be held on Friday at 2:10 p.m. in Sunoco Victory Lane.
    " Eighteen drivers have tasted victory in Sonoma: Ricky Rudd ('89, '02), Rusty Wallace ('90, '96), Davey Allison ('91), Ernie Irvan ('92, '94), Geoffrey Bodine ('93), Dale Earnhardt ('95), Mark Martin ('97), Jeff Gordon ('98-'00, '04, '06), Tony Stewart ('01, '05), Robby Gordon ('03), Juan Pablo Montoya ('07), Kyle Busch ('08,'15), Kasey Kahne ('09), Jimmie Johnson ('10), Kurt Busch ('11), Clint Bowyer ('12), Martin Truex Jr. ('13) and Carl Edwards ('14).
    " Jeff Gordon is the only driver to win five NASCAR races in Sonoma (1998 - 2000, '04, '06). There are four two-time winners: Ernie Irvan, ('92, '94), Ricky Rudd ('89, '02), Tony Stewart ('01, '05) and Rusty Wallace ('90, '96).
    " Brothers Kyle Busch and Kurt Busch finished 1-2, respectively, at Sonoma Raceway in 2015; it marked the first time the brothers ever finished 1-2 in Sprint Cup Series competition.
    " Elk Grove native Kyle Larson set the raceway's qualifying record last year at 96.568 mph (74.186). Clint Bowyer holds the record for fastest race winner with an average speed of 83.624 mph (2012).
    " Jeff Gordon holds the record for the most races led at 12. Gordon has led 22 times for a total of 440 laps, the most of any driver. He also holds the record for most laps completed in Sonoma, completing 2,227 of 2,551 laps.
    " Jeff Gordon holds the record for the most poles with five ('98, '99, '01, '04, '05).
    " The track record for the most lead changes was set in 2011, as nine drivers exchanged the lead 12 times.
    " Dale Earnhardt won his only NASCAR road-course race in Sonoma in 1995.
    " Juan Pablo Montoya holds the track record for the greatest winning improvement when he started 32nd and went on to win in 2007.
    " Juan Pablo Montoya was the first rookie ever to win a NASCAR Cup event in Sonoma.
    " The closest margin of victory occurred in 1999 when Jeff Gordon held off Mark Martin by .197 seconds.
    Terry Labonte and Michael Waltrip share the track record for the biggest improvement from qualifying to finish at 36 positions. In 2002, Labonte started 39th and finished third. Waltrip started 40th and finished fourth in 2004.
    " Ernie Irvan (1994), Mark Martin (1997) and Jeff Gordon (1998, '99 and 2004) are the only drivers to win a race starting from the pole.
    Track Facts
    " In 2016, Sonoma Raceway installed more than 5,000 square feet of high-resolution, full LED Panasonic screens. An 85-foot tall, four-sided LED scoring tower has replaced the outdated lap/leader board above Turn 1 of the road course, and an 84- x 12-foot Panasonic LED screen has been added to the front of the three-story Drag Tower building.
    " The Sonoma Raceway road course features more than 160 feet of elevation change from its highest point (Turn 3a, 174 feet) to its lowest point (Turn 10, 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 UC Berkeley.
    " The property on which the raceway was built was a working farm called Sears Point Farm in the early 1900s.
    " 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, housed at the raceway and 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 Sunoco Victory Lane. The goblet, which is handcrafted by a local glass blower from Oakland, was introduced in 2006 and incorporates the raceway's rich wine country heritage.
    " The raceway has collected more than 540 tons of materials (1,078,170 pounds) since the inception of its recycling program in 2004.
    (Sonoma Raceway)(6-26-2016)

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

RACE RUNDOWN....News & Links

  • Tony Stewart wins at Sonoma: #14-Tony Stewart won the Toyota / Save Mart 350 Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway for his 1st win of the season, 3rd win at Sonoma, 8th road course win and 49th career win. It had been 111 races and 84 races run by Stewart since his last win, at Dover in June 2013. With the win and being 9 points out of the top-30 of drivers points, Stewart has a good shot of getting in the Chase. It was the first career win for crew chief Mike Bugarewicz.
    #11-Hamlin took the lead on the final lap, went wide on the last turn, Stewart passed the #11 beat and banged with Hamlin who tagged the wall with Stewart racing to the win. Hamlin led the most laps, 33 of 110. Race favorite #47-Allmendinger finished 12th after having a late race penalty for an uncontrolled tire during a pit stop and having to restart in the rear of the field.
    #11-Hamlin finished 2nd followed by #22-Logano, #19-Edwards (pole winner), #78-Truex Jr., #4-Harvick, #18-Busch, #31-Newman, #5-Kahne and #41-Busch.
    There were 12 lead changes among 8 drivers and 4 cautions for 10 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 80.966 mph.
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    Monday, June 27 at 8:30am/et on FS1;
    Tuesday, June 28 at 4:00am/et on FS1

    See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more [NOTE: money/winnings are no longer reported] at:
    Unofficial Race Results page (pdf)
    Lap Summary Report (pdf)
    Penalty Report (pdf)
    Pit Stop Times (pdf)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Sonoma Race & Points Report (pdf).(6-26-2016)

  • Race Fast Facts - Sonoma Raceway:
    #14-Tony Stewart won the 28th Annual Toyota/Save Mart 350, his 49th victory in 598 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in 2016.
    This is his third victory and 10th top-10 finish in 18 races at Sonoma Raceway.
    Stewart's last win was at Dover on June 2, 2013. There have been 110 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races since then; Stewart has started 84 of those races.
    Stewart is now 32nd in the point standings, nine points out of 30th place and a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
    #11-Denny Hamlin (second) posted his third top-10 finish in 11 races at Sonoma Raceway. It is his seventh top-10 finish in 2016.
    #22-Joey Logano (third) posted his fourth top-10 finish in eight races at Sonoma Raceway.
    #24-Chase Elliott (21st) was the highest finishing rookie.
    #4-Kevin Harvick leads the point standings by 35 points over #41-Kurt Busch.(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(6-26-2016)

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup CHASE Standings:
    [after Sonoma, race 16 of 36, 16 drivers for the Chase]
    Set by most wins, then by points standing
    1) #18-Busch [3 wins], 9th in driver points
    2) #19-Edwards [2 wins], 3rd
    3) #2-Keselowski [2 wins], 4th
    4) #48-Johnson [2 wins], 7th
    5) #4-Harvick [1 win], 1st
    6) #41-Busch [1 win], 2nd
    7) #22-Logano [1 win], 5th
    8) #78-Truex, Jr. [1 win], 8th
    9) #20-Kenseth [1 win], 10th
    10) #11-Hamlin [1 win], 11th
    no wins, in by drivers points standings
    11) #24-Elliott, 6th in drivers points
    12) #88-Earnhardt Jr., 12th
    13) #31-Newman, 13th
    14) #3-Dillon, 14th
    15) #1-McMurray, 15th
    16) #5-Kahne, 16th
    has a win, needs to get into the top-30 of drivers points
    #14-Stewart [1 win], 32nd, 9 points out of top-30
    (6-26-2016)

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver Points (not CHASE) Standings:
    [after Sonoma, race 16 of 36]
    1) #4-Harvick [1 win], 562
    2) #41-Busch [1 win], 527, -35
    3) #19-Edwards [2 wins], 510, -52
    4) #2-Keselowski [2 wins], 506, -56
    5) #22-Logano [1 win], 493, -69
    6) #24-Elliott, 473, -89
    7) #48-Johnson [2 wins], 469, -93
    8) #78-Truex Jr. [1 win], 469, -93
    9) #18-Busch, [3 wins], 452, -110
    10) #20-Kenseth [1 win], 430, -132
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
    Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Sonoma Race & Points Report (pdf).

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Sonoma: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: none, no cars a lap down
    Caution 2: #93-Lupton, 35th
    Caution 3: #23-Ragan, 32nd
    Caution 4: none awarded
    (6-26-2016)

  • Race Coverage of the Toyota / Save Mart 350 Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway is scheduled for Sunday, June 26, 2016.
    Television (TV): FS1 at 3:00 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 1:30 pm/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 27 at 8:30am/et on FS1;
    Tuesday, June 28 at 4:00am/et on FS1

  • Sonoma Pre-Race Schedule for Sunday, June 26: (eastern time)
    1:00:00pm: NSCS Driver/Crew Chief Meeting
    2:25:00pm: NSCS Drivers Introductions
    2:58:30pm: God Bless America by: Toree McGee
    3:00:00pm: Presentation of Colors
    3:00:20pm: Invocation by Tim Bove, Track Minister, Sonoma Raceway
    3:01:00pm: National Anthem by Q Smith, Transcendence Theatre's Broadway Under the Stars in Sonoma Valley
    3:03:00pm: Fly-By: two F-15C's, 114th Fighter Squadron, Kingsley Field, Oregon
    3:08:00pm: Command to Start Engines: Ruben Arminana, Sonoma State University President
    3:20:00pm: Start of the 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 #19-Edwards chose pit stall 11, which is just before the start-finish line.
    Outside pole sitter #47-Allmendinger took pit stall 2, which is the first pit stall with an opening in front of it.
    #78-Truex Jr., who starts 3rd took the 27th pit stall, with an opening behind it.
    The final pit stall was taken by #14-Stewart, who starts 10th.
    Three pit stalls have been eliminated: 1, 22, 31; are not in play, do not count towards driving through more than three pit boxes
    #20-Kenseth's team failed a 4th inspection and lost it's choice to choose a pit stall and will be in stall 6.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.

  • Kenseth loses pit stall selection after car fails inspection: The #20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota of Matt Kenseth received its fourth inspection warning of the year Saturday at Sonoma. Per the NASCAR rulebook, as a result the team will lose its pit-stall selection for the Sunday's Save Mart/Toyota 350 and will get whatever pit stall is left after the other 39 teams chose their respective spots. Kenseth's car got the warning for a pre-qualifying inspection issue, NASCAR officials said. During time trials at Sonoma, Kenseth qualified 23rd (FoxSports), the team was left with pit stall 6. To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(6-25-2016)

  • 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
    Pit Stop Times
    Pitstalls
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Qualifying Order
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Latest / Final Entry List
    Preliminary Entry List

  • NASCAR Overtime (not called Green-White-Checkered anymore) 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 NASCAR Overtime rules/news/stats page.

  • See Jayski's - 2016 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

  • Edwards wins Sonoma pole: #19-Carl Edwards won the Coors Light pole for the Toyota / Save Mart 350(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway with speed of 95.777mph for his 3rd pole of 2016, 1st at Sonoma, 2nd road course pole and 19th of his career. Edwards has won three races from the pole in his career.
    #47-Allmendinger will start 2nd, followed by #78-Truex, Jr., #41-Busch, #42-Larson, #11-Hamlin, #22-Logano, #18-Busch, #27-Menard, #14-Stewart, #10-Patrick and #2-Keselowski.
    #19-Edwards was fastest in the first round at 96.301mph. He starts on the pole(1st).
    Drivers who will miss the race: #55-Cody Ware, was 41st fastest
    See round-by-round qualifying results on the Sonoma qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the Sonoma Starting Lineup page (pdf).(6-25-2016)

  • Sonoma Raceway - Qualifying Fast Facts:
    #19-Carl Edwards won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 28th Annual Toyota/Save Mart 350 with a lap of 74.799 seconds, 95.777 mph.
    This is his 19th pole in 425 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his third pole and 12th top-10 start in 2016.
    This is his first pole in 12 races at Sonoma Raceway.
    #47-AJ Allmendinger (second) posted his fourth top-10 start of 2016 and his fourth in eight races at Sonoma Raceway.
    #78-Martin Truex Jr (third) posted his fourth top-10 start at Sonoma Raceway. It is his 10th in 16 races this season.
    #24-Chase Elliott (16th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(6-25-2016)

  • First Round of Qualifying for the Toyota / Save Mart 350(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway is over, after 25 scheduled minutes.
    #19-Edwards 96.301
    #78-Truex Jr. 95.823
    #18-Busch 95.806
    #22-Logano 95.765
    #14-Stewart 95.621
    the rest of the top 12: 27 2 47 41 10 11 42;
    out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 2: 88 13 48 24 31 15 5 95 1 44 20 3 4 21 17 6 43 23 7 16 83 32 98 34 38 93 30 46 55
    Drivers who will miss the race: #55-Cody Ware, was 41st fastest
    (6-25-2016)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Toyota / Save Mart 350 Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway is scheduled for Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 2:15pm/et.
    Television (TV): FS1, 2:00pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Performance Racing Network (PRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: Sunday, June 26 at 8:30am/et on FS1

  • 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. 41 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first driver to be lined up on pit road will be #20-Kenseth.
    The final driver lined up on pit road will be #43-Almirola.
    The order is set by a random draw, how cars park on pit road before they qualify, held about an hour before the first practice.
    After the first round, the cars line up by speed.
    See the full qualifying order on Jayski.com's Qualifying Order Page (pdf).

  • Happy Hour practice for the Toyota / Save Mart 350(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway is over, after 85 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. 95.298
    #13-Mears 95.255
    #11-Hamlin 95.243
    #19-Edwards 95.157
    #18-Busch 95.144
    slowest: #46-Annett 90.490 & #55-Ware 91.700
    best 10 consecutive lap ave: #78-Truex Jr. 92.982
    most laps run: #16-Biffle 31; #34-Buescher 29
    Notes: The five drivers who will race for four starting spots in qualifying on Saturday: #98-Whitt was 23rd fastest, #21-Blaney was 35th, #30-Wise was 36th, #93-Lupton was 37th and #55-Ware was 40th.
    After running one lap, #18-Busch hit a rabbit on the track which did some damage to the car with the team having to replace the brake duct in the nose of the car. Busch made it back out on the track and ran 16 more laps.
    Qualifying is scheduled for Saturday, June, 25 at 2:15pm/et, TV=FS1.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, best 10 consecutive lap ave on the Sonoma Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf) (6-24-2016)

  • First Friday practice for the Toyota / Save Mart 350(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway is over, after 115 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #42-Larson 95.141
    #1-McMurray 94.544
    #78-Truex Jr. 94.498
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. 94.430
    #19-Edwards 94.319
    slowest: #55-Ware 88.472 & #46-Annett 89.158
    Notes: just as the first practice started, #7-Smith's car left oil on the track, causing about a 20 minute red flag. No damage to the engine, but took some time for the track workers to clean the track.
    Happy Hour (final) practice is scheduled for 6:30 to 7:55pm/et TV=FS1.
    Qualifying is scheduled for Saturday, June, 25 at 2:15pm/et, TV=FS1
    See fastest speeds, laps run, best 10 consecutive lap ave on the Sonoma Practice 1 speeds page (pdf) (6-24-2016)

  • Entry List for the Toyota / Save Mart 350 Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway is posted, 41 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed, including: #21-Blaney*, #30-Wise*, #32-Patrick Carpentier, #55-Cody Ware*, #93-Dylan Lupton*, #95-McDowell, #98-Whitt*.
    Drivers who are not a Charter team, an Open Team, and must get in via speed: #21-Blaney, #30-Wise, #55-Sorenson, #93-Lupton, #98-Whitt
    Driver who would miss the race if qualifying is canceled (least race attempts, then owners pts): #93-Lupton
    * Open Team (no Charter)
    See the full entry list on Jayski.com's Sonoma Entry List

  • For qualifying rules and format, see Jayski.com's 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

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup CHASE Standings:
    [after Michigan, race 15 of 36, 16 drivers for the Chase]
    Set by most wins, then by points standing
    1) #18-Busch [3 wins], 9th in driver points
    4) #2-Keselowski [2 wins], 3rd
    3) #19-Edwards [2 wins], 4th
    2) #48-Johnson [2 wins], 7th
    5) #4-Harvick [1 win], 1st
    6) #41-Busch [1 win], 2nd
    7) #22-Logano [1 win], 410, 5th
    8) #78-Truex, Jr. [1 win], 8th
    9) #20-Kenseth [1 win], 10th
    10) #11-Hamlin [1 win], 13th
    no wins, in by drivers points standings
    11) #24-Elliott, 413, 6th
    12) #88-Earnhardt Jr., 381, 11th
    13) #3-Dillon, 348, 12th
    14) #1-McMurray, 342, 14th
    15) #31-Newman, 338, 15th
    16) #21-Blaney, 340, 16th
    (6-12-2016)

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver Points (not CHASE) Standings:
    [after Michigan, race 15 of 36]
    1) #4-Harvick [1 win], 526
    2) #41-Busch [1 win], 496, -30
    3) #2-Keselowski [2 wins], 480, -46
    4) #19-Edwards [2 wins], 472, -54
    5) #22-Logano [1 win], 455, -71
    6) #24-Elliott, 453, -73
    7) #48-Johnson [2 wins], 441, -85
    8) #78-Truex Jr. [1 win], 433, -93
    9) #18-Busch, [3 wins], 417, -109
    10) #20-Kenseth [1 win], 409, -117
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
    Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Pocono Race & Points Report (pdf).

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TIRE NOTES & FACTS

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Road Course Radials:

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

    Tire Code: D-4678 (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-4678) 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 a decrease in tread gage (thickness) . . . as on all NASCAR road courses, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Sonoma.

    Wet Weather Tires: 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 was last run by NASCAR Xfinity Series teams at Road America in 2014.

  • Direction Matters when mounting tires for Sonoma is Concerned: Sonoma Raceway poses several challenges for NASCAR Sprint Cup teams, and at least one of those challenges has been taken up by The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. At Sonoma, Goodyear uses one of its "softest" tread compounds to give the cars as much grip as possible. Add to that - as with the series' other road course at Watkins Glen International - Sonoma puts an increased stress on the front tires with heavy braking into the turns and an increased stress on the rear tires with harsh acceleration off the corners. Those factors combine to put undue stress on a part of the tread that is most susceptible - the tread splice, or the area that is joined together in the manufacturing process. Because of all that, Goodyear will mount its D-4678 tires (same on all four corners of the car) for Sonoma in a directional manner, helping to insure that the tread splice is "closed" under both braking and acceleration. "The tread compound used at Sonoma is one of the most tractive used for all Sprint Cup Series events," said Greg Stucker, Goodyear's director of racing. "As such, we utilize some special techniques to prep the tires for the race. This includes the orientation in which tires are mounted. At most events, tires are mounted as either a left side tire or a right-side tire. Teams can freely interchange fronts and rears on the same side of the car. For Sonoma, we will employ directional mounting, where the left-front and right-rear are mounted the same, and the right-front and left-rear are mounted the same. This directional mounting helps to protect the beveled splice of the tread component, insuring the splice is closed under the force of braking on both front tires, and closed under the force of acceleration on both rears."
    While helping the competition on the track, this mounting procedure will provide a slightly different look for team tire specialists as they arrange their five sets of practice/qualifying tires and five sets of race tires throughout the weekend. "The right-front tire and the left-rear tire will be mounted with the 'non-serial' side facing outwards," explained Stucker. "The molded information for press position and date code on these tires will be on the inside of the assembly rather than the outside. During mounting, the tires will be marked with the positions in which they are allowed to be run - right-front/left-rear or left-front/right-rear. This will allow both tires on the front axle to have tread splices that close under braking and both tires on the rear axle to have tread splices that close under acceleration."
    To go along with all that, Goodyear's distinctive yellow lettering will be applied to both sidewalls of each tire. That way, no matter which side of the car a particular tire is mounted, the "Goodyear" and "Eagle" branding will be visible. Stucker also points out that although this mounting orientation is unique to Sonoma for the Sprint Cup Series, it is a technique that's used extensively by Goodyear in other forms of road racing. Road course racing is somewhat out of the "norm" for NASCAR teams. Drivers are asked to turn both left and right, there are more turns with varying degrees of radii, there are more radical elevation changes than on an oval, etc. Sometimes special problems require special solutions.(Goodyear Racing)(6-24-2016)

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