NASCAR - Sprint Cup - Toyota/Save Mart 350 Preview

06/17/2014 12:46 PM

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<div id="auto-racing-preview"> <div class="details"> <p> <span class="label">Date:</span> Sunday, June 22 </p> <p> <span class="label">Start Time:</span> 3 p.m. ET </p> <p> <span class="label">Site:</span> Sonoma Raceway -- Sonoma, California </p> <p> <span class="label">Track:</span> 1.99-mile, 12-turn road course </p> <p> <span class="label">Laps:</span> 110 </p> <p> <span class="label">Miles:</span> 219 (350 kilometers) </p> <p> <span class="label">Capacity:</span> N/A (Grandstand Seating) </p> <p> <span class="label">Total purse:</span> </p> <p> <span class="label">Payouts:</span> </p> <p> <span class="label">Year:</span> 26th </p> <p> <span class="label">On TV:</span> TNT </p> <p> <span class="label">Announcers:</span> </p> <p> <span class="label">On Radio:</span> Performance Racing Network (PRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio </p> <p> <span class="label">Race record:</span> Clint Bowyer, 2012 (83.624 mph) </p> <p> <span class="label">Qualifying record:</span> Marcos Ambrose, 2012 (95.262 mph) </p> </div> <div class="last-year"> <h3>2013 Finish</h3> <p> <span class="label">Defending champion:</span> Martin Truex Jr. </p> <p> <span class="label">Runner up:</span> Jeff Gordon </p> <p> <span class="label">Pole winner:</span> Jamie McMurray (94.986 mph) </p> <p> <span class="label">Top 10:</span> </p> <p>1. Martin Truex Jr (Start: 14)</p> <p>2. Jeff Gordon (10)</p> <p>3. Carl Edwards (3)</p> <p>4. Kurt Busch (7)</p> <p>5. Clint Bowyer (5)</p> <p>6. Kasey Kahne (15)</p> <p>7. Marcos Ambrose (2)</p> <p>8. Greg Biffle (4)</p> <p>9. Jimmie Johnson (19)</p> <p>10. Kevin Harvick (12)</p> <p> <span class="label">Average speed:</span> 76.658 mph </p> <p> <span class="label">Time of race:</span> 2 hrs., 51 mins., 20 secs. </p> <p> <span class="label">Margin of victory:</span> 8.133 secs. </p> <p> <span class="label">Caution flags:</span> 7 for 19 laps </p> <p> <span class="label">Lead changes:</span> 10 among 8 drivers </p> </div> <div class="past-winners"> <h3>Past winners</h3> <p> <span class="label">2013</span> Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 76.658 mph </p> <p> <span class="label">2012</span> Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 83.624 mph </p> <p> <span class="label">2011</span> Kurt Busch, Dodge, 75.411 mph </p> <p> <span class="label">2010</span> Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 74.357 mph </p> <p> <span class="label">2009</span> Kasey Kahne, Dodge, 71.012 mph </p> <p> <span class="label">2008</span> Kyle Busch, Toyota, 76.445 mph </p> <p> <span class="label">2007</span> Juan Pablo Montoya, Dodge, 74.547 mph </p> <p> <span class="label">2006</span> Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 73.953 mph </p> <p> <span class="label">2005</span> Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 72.845 mph </p> <p> <span class="label">2004</span> Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 77.456 mph </p> <p> <span class="label">2003</span> Robby Gordon, Chevrolet, 73.821 mph </p> <p> <span class="label">2002</span> Ricky Rudd, Ford, 81.007 mph </p> <p> <span class="label">2001</span> Tony Stewart, Pontiac, 75.889 mph </p> <p> <span class="label">2000</span> Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 78.789 mph </p> <p> <span class="label">1999</span> Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 70.378 mph </p> <p> <span class="label">1998</span> Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 72.387 mph </p> <p> <span class="label">1997</span> Mark Martin, Ford, 75.788 mph </p> <p> <span class="label">1996</span> Rusty Wallace, Ford, 77.673 mph </p> <p> <span class="label">1995</span> Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 70.681 mph </p> <p> <span class="label">1994</span> Ernie Irvan, Ford, 77.458 mph </p> <p> <span class="label">1993</span> Geoff Bodine, Ford, 77.013 mph </p> <p> <span class="label">1992</span> Ernie Irvan, Chevrolet, 81.412 mph </p> <p> <span class="label">1991</span> Davey Allison, Ford, 72.970 mph </p> <p> <span class="label">1990</span> Rusty Wallace, Pontiac, 69.245 mph </p> <p> <span class="label">1989</span> Ricky Rudd, Buick, 76.088 mph </p> </div> <div class="last-race"> <h3>Last race</h3> <p> <span class="label">Race:</span> Quicken Loans 400 (June 15) </p> <p> <span class="label">Site:</span> Michigan International Speedway -- Brooklyn, Michigan </p> <p> <span class="label">Miles:</span> 400 </p> <p> <span class="label">Laps:</span> 200 </p> <p> <span class="label">Finish line order:</span> Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Paul Menard, Kasey Kahne </p> <p> <span class="label">Time of Race:</span> 2 hrs., 47 mins., 19 secs. </p> <p> <span class="label">Average speed:</span> 143.441 mph </p> <p> <span class="label">Margin of victory:</span> 1.214 secs. </p> <p> <span class="label">Caution flags:</span> 8 for 36 laps </p> <p> <span class="label">Lead changes:</span> 25 among 13 drivers </p> <p> <span class="label">Lap leaders:</span> Harvick 1-18, J. Gordon 19-42, Keselowski 43-44, J. Gordon 45-56, Harvick 1-18, J. Gordon 19-42, Keselowski 43-44, J. Gordon 45-56, Harvick 57-74, Johnson 75-77, Logano 78-91, Johnson 92-104, Harvick 105-112, Keselowski 113, Harvick 114-118, Keselowski 119, Harvick 120-126, Logano, 127-141, Harvick 142-148, McMurray 149-151, Johnson152-164, McMurray 165, Earnhardt Jr 166, Ku. Busch 167-182, Kahne 183, Larson 184-185, Dillon 186-187, Stewart 188, Kenseth 189-190, Johnson 191-200. </p> </div> <div class="entry-list"> <h3>Entry list</h3> <p> <span class="label">#1 Jamie McMurray</span> (Joplin, MO) Chevrolet/Cessna </p> <p> <span class="label">#2 Brad Keselowski</span> (Rochester Hills, MI) Ford/Alliance Truck Parts </p> <p> <span class="label">#3. Austin Dillon</span> (Welcome, NC) Chevrolet/Dow </p> <p> <span class="label">#4. Kevin Harvick</span> (Bakersfield, CA) Chevrolet/Outback/Budweiser </p> <p> <span class="label">#5 Kasey Kahne</span> (Enumclaw, WA) Chevrolet/Great Clips </p> <p> <span class="label">#7 Michael Annett</span> (Des Moines, IA) Chevrolet/Pilot Flying J </p> <p> <span class="label">#9 Marcos Ambrose</span> (Launceston, Australia) Ford/DeWalt </p> <p> <span class="label">#10 Danica Patrick</span> (Roscoe, IL) Chevrolet/GoDaddy </p> <p> <span class="label">#11 Denny Hamlin</span> (Chesterfield, VA) Toyota/FedEx Freight </p> <p> <span class="label">#13 Casey Mears</span> (Bakersfield, CA) Ford/GEICO </p> <p> <span class="label">#14 Tony Stewart</span> (Columbus, IN) Chevrolet/Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops </p> <p> <span class="label">#15 Clint Bowyer</span> (Emporia, KS) Toyota/5-Hour Energy </p> <p> <span class="label">#16 Greg Biffle</span> (Vancouver, WA) Ford/3M </p> <p> <span class="label">#17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.</span> (Olive Branch, MS) Ford/EcoPower Oil </p> <p> <span class="label">#18 Kyle Busch</span> (Las Vegas, NV) Toyota/M&M's </p> <p> <span class="label">#20 Matt Kenseth</span> (Cambridge, WI) Toyota/Dollar General </p> <p> <span class="label">#22 Joey Logano</span> (Middletown, CT) Ford/Shell/Pennzoil </p> <p> <span class="label">#23 Alex Bowman</span> (Tucson, AZ) Toyota/Dr. Pepper </p> <p> <span class="label">#24 Jeff Gordon</span> (Vallejo, CA) Chevrolet/Panasonic </p> <p> <span class="label">#26 Cole Whitt</span> (Alpine, CA) Toyota/Rinnai Tankless Water </p> <p> <span class="label">#27 Paul Menard</span> (Eau Claire, WI) Chevrolet/Menards/Richmond </p> <p> <span class="label">#31 Ryan Newman</span> (South Bend, IN) Chevrolet/Caterpillar </p> <p> <span class="label">#32 Boris Said</span> (Carlsbad, CA) Ford/7-Eleven/AmeriGas </p> <p> <span class="label">#33 Timmy Hill</span> (Port Tobacco, MD) Chevrolet/Little Joe's Autos </p> <p> <span class="label">#34 David Ragan</span> (Unadilla, GA) Ford/Long John Silver's </p> <p> <span class="label">#36 Reed Sorenson</span> (Peachtree City, GA) Chevrolet/Theme Park Connection </p> <p> <span class="label">#38 David Gilliland</span> (Riverside, CA) Ford/Love's Travel Shop </p> <p> <span class="label">#40 Landon Cassill</span> (Fairfax, IA) Chevrolet/Hillman Racing </p> <p> <span class="label">#41 Kurt Busch</span> (Las Vegas, NV) Chevrolet/Haas Automation </p> <p> <span class="label">#42 Kyle Larson</span> (Elk Grove, CA) Chevrolet/Target </p> <p> <span class="label">#43 Aric Almirola</span> (Tampa, FL) Ford/Nathan's Famous </p> <p> <span class="label">#44 J.J. Yeley</span> (Phoenix, AZ) Chevrolet/Phoenix Warehouse </p> <p> <span class="label">#47 A.J. Allmendinger</span> (Los Gatos, CA) Chevrolet/Kingsford/Clorox </p> <p> <span class="label">#48 Jimmie Johnson</span> (El Cajon, CA) Chevrolet/Lowe's </p> <p> <span class="label">#51 Justin Allgaier</span> (Riverton, IL) Chevrolet/Brandt </p> <p> <span class="label">#55 Brian Vickers</span> (Thomasville, NC) Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine </p> <p> <span class="label">#66 Joe Nemechek</span> (Lakeland, FL) Toyota/Land Castle Title </p> <p> <span class="label">#78 * Martin Truex Jr.</span> (Mayetta, NJ) Chevrolet/Furniture Row </p> <p> <span class="label">#83 Ryan Truex</span> (Mayetta, NJ) Toyota/Burger King </p> <p> <span class="label">#88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.</span> (Kannapolis, NC) Chevrolet/Kelley Blue Book </p> <p> <span class="label">#95 Michael McDowell</span> (Glendale, AZ) Ford/K-Love Radio </p> <p> <span class="label">#98 Josh Wise</span> (Riverside, CA) Chevrolet/Dogecoin/Reddit.com </p> <p> <span class="label">#99 Carl Edwards</span> (Columbia, MO) Ford/Aflac </p> </div> <div class="leading-contenders"> <h3>Leading contenders</h3> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="3"> <tbody> <tr> <th align="left" class="name">Name</th> <th align="right" class="year">2005</th> <th align="right" class="year">2006</th> <th align="right" class="year">2007</th> <th align="right" class="year">2008</th> <th align="right" class="year">2009</th> <th align="right" class="year">2010</th> <th align="right" class="year">2011</th> <th align="right" class="year">2012</th> <th align="right" class="year">2013</th> </tr> </tbody> <tr> <td class="name">Martin Truex Jr.</td> <td align="right" class="year"></td> <td align="right" class="year">15</td> <td align="right" class="year">24</td> <td align="right" class="year">16</td> <td align="right" class="year">25</td> <td align="right" class="year">42</td> <td align="right" class="year">8</td> <td align="right" class="year">22</td> <td align="right" class="year">Won</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="name">Jeff Gordon</td> <td align="right" class="year">33</td> <td align="right" class="year">Won</td> <td align="right" class="year">7</td> <td align="right" class="year">3</td> <td align="right" class="year">9</td> <td align="right" class="year">5</td> <td align="right" class="year">2</td> <td align="right" class="year">6</td> <td align="right" class="year">2</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="name">Carl Edwards</td> <td align="right" class="year">38</td> <td align="right" class="year">6</td> <td align="right" class="year">18</td> <td align="right" class="year">9</td> <td align="right" class="year">13</td> <td align="right" class="year">29</td> <td align="right" class="year">3</td> <td align="right" class="year">21</td> <td align="right" class="year">3</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="name">Kurt Busch</td> <td align="right" class="year">3</td> <td align="right" class="year">5</td> <td align="right" class="year">22</td> <td align="right" class="year">32</td> <td align="right" class="year">15</td> <td align="right" class="year">32</td> <td align="right" class="year">Won</td> <td align="right" class="year">3</td> <td align="right" class="year">4</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="name">Clint Bowyer</td> <td align="right" class="year"></td> <td align="right" class="year">16</td> <td align="right" class="year">4</td> <td align="right" class="year">4</td> <td align="right" class="year">8</td> <td align="right" class="year">31</td> <td align="right" class="year">4</td> <td align="right" class="year">Won</td> <td align="right" class="year">5</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="name">Kasey Kahne</td> <td align="right" class="year">41</td> <td align="right" class="year">7</td> <td align="right" class="year">23</td> <td align="right" class="year">33</td> <td align="right" class="year">Won</td> <td align="right" class="year">4</td> <td align="right" class="year">20</td> <td align="right" class="year">14</td> <td align="right" class="year">6</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="name">Marcos Ambrose</td> <td align="right" class="year"></td> <td align="right" class="year"></td> <td align="right" class="year"></td> <td align="right" class="year">42</td> <td align="right" class="year">3</td> <td align="right" class="year">6</td> <td align="right" class="year">5</td> <td align="right" class="year">8</td> <td align="right" class="year">7</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="name">Greg Biffle</td> <td align="right" class="year">14</td> <td align="right" class="year">4</td> <td align="right" class="year">5</td> <td align="right" class="year">11</td> <td align="right" class="year">28</td> <td align="right" class="year">7</td> <td align="right" class="year">23</td> <td align="right" class="year">7</td> <td align="right" class="year">8</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="name">Jimmie Johnson</td> <td align="right" class="year">36</td> <td align="right" class="year">10</td> <td align="right" class="year">17</td> <td align="right" class="year">15</td> <td align="right" class="year">4</td> <td align="right" class="year">Won</td> <td align="right" class="year">7</td> <td align="right" class="year">5</td> <td align="right" class="year">9</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="name">Kevin Harvick</td> <td align="right" class="year">37</td> <td align="right" class="year">24</td> <td align="right" class="year">2</td> <td align="right" class="year">30</td> <td align="right" class="year">29</td> <td align="right" class="year">3</td> <td align="right" class="year">9</td> <td align="right" class="year">16</td> <td align="right" class="year">10</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="name">Joey Logano</td> <td align="right" class="year"></td> <td align="right" class="year"></td> <td align="right" class="year"></td> <td align="right" class="year"></td> <td align="right" class="year">19</td> <td align="right" class="year">33</td> <td align="right" class="year">6</td> <td align="right" class="year">10</td> <td align="right" class="year">11</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="name">Dale Earnhardt Jr.</td> <td align="right" class="year">42</td> <td align="right" class="year">26</td> <td align="right" class="year">13</td> <td align="right" class="year">12</td> <td align="right" class="year">26</td> <td align="right" class="year">11</td> <td align="right" class="year">41</td> <td align="right" class="year">23</td> <td align="right" class="year">12</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="name">Brian Vickers</td> <td align="right" class="year">34</td> <td align="right" class="year">14</td> <td align="right" class="year"></td> <td align="right" class="year">14</td> <td align="right" class="year">16</td> <td align="right" class="year"></td> <td align="right" class="year">36</td> <td align="right" class="year">4</td> <td align="right" class="year">13</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="name">Paul Menard</td> <td align="right" class="year"></td> <td align="right" class="year"></td> <td align="right" class="year"></td> <td align="right" class="year">34</td> <td align="right" class="year">21</td> <td align="right" class="year">22</td> <td align="right" class="year">17</td> <td align="right" class="year">20</td> <td align="right" class="year">14</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="name">Ryan Newman</td> <td align="right" class="year">9</td> <td align="right" class="year">2</td> <td align="right" class="year">20</td> <td align="right" class="year">7</td> <td align="right" class="year">17</td> <td align="right" class="year">16</td> <td align="right" class="year">25</td> <td align="right" class="year">18</td> <td align="right" class="year">15</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="name">Matt Kenseth</td> <td align="right" class="year">11</td> <td align="right" class="year">17</td> <td align="right" class="year">34</td> <td align="right" class="year">8</td> <td align="right" class="year">18</td> <td align="right" class="year">30</td> <td align="right" class="year">14</td> <td align="right" class="year">13</td> <td align="right" class="year">19</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="name">Brad Keselowski</td> <td align="right" class="year"></td> <td align="right" class="year"></td> <td align="right" class="year"></td> <td align="right" class="year"></td> <td align="right" class="year"></td> <td align="right" class="year">35</td> <td align="right" class="year">10</td> <td align="right" class="year">12</td> <td align="right" class="year">21</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="name">Denny Hamlin</td> <td align="right" class="year"></td> <td align="right" class="year">12</td> <td align="right" class="year">10</td> <td align="right" class="year">27</td> <td align="right" class="year">5</td> <td align="right" class="year">34</td> <td align="right" class="year">37</td> <td align="right" class="year">35</td> <td align="right" class="year">23</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="name">Jamie McMurray</td> <td align="right" class="year">13</td> <td align="right" class="year">18</td> <td align="right" class="year">37</td> <td align="right" class="year">18</td> <td align="right" class="year">14</td> <td align="right" class="year">15</td> <td align="right" class="year">15</td> <td align="right" class="year">19</td> <td align="right" class="year">25</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="name">Tony Stewart</td> <td align="right" class="year">Won</td> <td align="right" class="year">28</td> <td align="right" class="year">6</td> <td align="right" class="year">10</td> <td align="right" class="year">2</td> <td align="right" class="year">9</td> <td align="right" class="year">39</td> <td align="right" class="year">2</td> <td align="right" class="year">28</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="name">Kyle Busch</td> <td align="right" class="year">40</td> <td align="right" class="year">11</td> <td align="right" class="year">8</td> <td align="right" class="year">Won</td> <td align="right" class="year">22</td> <td align="right" class="year">39</td> <td align="right" class="year">11</td> <td align="right" class="year">17</td> <td align="right" class="year">35</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="name">Kyle Larson</td> <td align="right" class="year"></td> <td align="right" class="year"></td> <td align="right" class="year"></td> <td align="right" class="year"></td> <td align="right" class="year"></td> <td align="right" class="year"></td> <td align="right" class="year"></td> <td align="right" class="year"></td> <td align="right" class="year"></td> </tr> </table> <p /> <p /> <p /> <p /> </div> <div class="notes"> <h3>Notes</h3> <Notes> The Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway in Northern California is the 16th race on the 2014 Sprint Cup Series schedule. <P>Located about 30 miles north of San Francisco, Sonoma Raceway opened as a 2.52-mile road course and drag strip in 1968. The first NASCAR Cup Series race at this track was held on June 11, 1989 - won by Ricky Rudd. The first nine races there were 300 kilometers but the distance switched to 350 km in 1998.</P> <P>Sonoma was reconfigured to 1.949 miles in '98, with the installation of an 890-foot chute between the original turns 4 and 7. The track was reconfigured again in 2001 to 2.0 miles and then remeasured at 1.99 miles in 2002.</P> <P>This track was formerly called Sears Point Raceway (1981-2001) and Infineon Raceway (2002-12).</P> <P>There have been 25 Cup races held at Sonoma -- one each year since 1989.</P> <P>Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte, Terry Labonte and Mark Martin share the record for most starts at Sonoma with 21 each. Gordon is the only one of the four who is competing in this weekend's race there.</P> <P>Gordon leads all drivers with most wins (5), poles (5), top-5 finishes (13) and top-10s (17) at Sonoma. He's also the only driver with consecutive victories at this track -- winning three in a row from 1998-2000.</P> <P>Rick Hendrick has the most car owner wins at Sonoma with six. A driver from Hendrick Motorsports has won the last five Sprint Cup points-paying races -- Michigan (June 15).</P> <P>The race winner at Sonoma has started from the pole five times, which is more than any other starting position there. However, a race at this track has not been won from the pole since Gordon did it in 2004.</P> <P>Since NASCAR began using electronic timing and scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in a Cup race at Sonoma occurred on June 27, 1999 when Gordon beat Martin to the finish line by 0.197 seconds.</P> <P>The furthest back a driver has started and won a Cup race at Sonoma is 32nd, accomplished by Juan Pablo Montoya in 2007. Montoya is the only driver who won his first race in the series at this track. He is now a full-time competitor in the IndyCar Series.</P> <P>Boris Said (2003) is the only driver on the entry list that scored his maiden pole in the series at this track. Said, a road-course expert, is scheduled to drive the No. 32 Ford for Go FAS Racing this weekend.</P> <P>Two drivers entered in this race made their Cup debuts at Sonoma: David Gilliland (2006) and Marcos Ambrose (2008).</P> <P>Kyle Busch holds the record as the youngest driver to win a race at Sonoma. Busch took the checkered flag there on June 22, 2008 when he was 23 years, 1 month and 20 days old. When Ricky Rudd was 45 years, 9 months and 11 days old, he became the oldest driver to win at this track on June 23, 2002.</P> <P>The next race is the June 28 Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway. Matt Kenseth won last year's event there.</P> </Notes> </div> </div>

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