NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: Toyota / Save Mart 350(k)

TRACK: Sonoma

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #16 of 36 for the 2012 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race


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Race: Sunday, June 24, 2012 in Sonoma, CA

Title Sponsor: Toyota / Save Mart

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

Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR Pre-race: TNT - 2:00pm/et

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

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

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

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

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

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times: Wednesday, June 27 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    NASCAR on TV
    Race Fan TV

Radio Coverage

  • This Week - Performance Racing Network (PRN) and SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90


  • PRN Live Streaming


  • Free PRN Race Broadcasts Online: Now, you can tune in to the weekend's PRN broadcast of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from Sonoma from almost anywhere in the world online or on any iPhone, iPod, iPad, Android or Smartphone. Fans just need to visit and click on the "listen here" live streaming icon.
    This weekend's broadcast of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway represents the fifth weekend of races that will be available free via the PRN network. The response has been incredible, with fans tuning in online from all 50 states and 63 countries. In addition, millions of fans listen on more than 400 PRN affiliate stations and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Channel 90). A complete list of PRN stations with their links can be found on
    The online and radio station broadcast schedule includes (all times are ET):
    Friday, June 22 6:30 pm Sonoma Sprint Cup Qualifying Updates heard exclusively on PRN [NOT live on TV]
    Sunday, June 24 2:00 pm WIX Pre-Race Show and Toyota/Save Mart 350 Broadcast
    "The NASCAR world is still buzzing over the Dale Earnhardt, Jr. win at Michigan, so we expect interest to be high for this week's action," said Doug Rice, president of the Performance Racing Network. "It allows us to bring NASCAR fans closer to the racing experience and the stars that they love. This is a great way for PRN to expand our race coverage for race fans. We're proud to be able to offer this new addition to our race lineup."
    The PRN lineup will feature Doug Rice and Mark Garrow anchoring from the booth while a trio of turn announcers will call the action around the 1.99-mile road course. Brad Gillie and Pat Patterson will be stationed in the hills and Rob Albright will be in the always exciting Turn 11. Pit road will be covered by Jim Noble, Steve Richards, Brett McMillan and Wendy Venturini.(PRN)

(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Friday, June 22

12:00 - 1:30 pm NSCS Practice
3:40 pm NSCS Qualifying

Saturday, June 23

9:30 - 10:15 am NSCS Practice
10:45 am - 12:00 pm NSCS Final Practice

Sunday, June 24

10:35 am Toyota/Save Mart 350 Pre-Race Ceremonies
10:50 am Patriot Jet Demonstration Team Air Show
11:30 am Toyota/Save Mart 350 Driver Introductions
12:00 pm Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race


NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
Times are local to the Track

Dates / Times / TV coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    Friday, June 22, 3:00 - 4:30 pm/et, TV-SPEED
    Saturday, June 23, 12:30 - 1:15pm/et, TV-NONE

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, June 23, 1:45 - 3:00pm/et, TV-SPEED, same day delay at 11:00pm/et

  • Qualifying: 1 lap for positions 1-42, Friday, June 22 at 6:40 pm/et, TV-SPEED, NOT LIVE, same day delay at 11:00pm/et.


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

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: former MLB Manager Tony La Russa
    Command to start engines: Tony La Russa & Toyota Hometown Hero Toby Appleton
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
    Invocation: Speedway Minster, Tim Boeve
    National Anthem: University of California Straw Hat Band
    Military Flyover: 2-T-38s, 1st Reconnaissance Squadron, Beale AFB CA

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

  • June 2011: see my Sonoma Race Info page

  • June 2011 Race Winner: #22-Kurt Busch, 75.411mph, started 11th

  • Race Record: Ricky Rudd, June 2002, 81.007mph (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 2011 Pole Sitter: #20-Joey Logano, 93.258mph, finished 6th

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

  • Track Qualifying Record: Jeff Gordon, 6/24/2005, 94.325mph (current layout)

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

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

  • Road Course Wins: All-Time
    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

  • Some Sonoma stats: #24-Jeff Gordon is the only driver to win five NASCAR races in Sonoma (1998  2000, '04, '06). There have been four two-time winners: Ernie Irvan, ('92, '94), Ricky Rudd ('89, '02), Tony Stewart ('01, '05) and Rusty Wallace ('90, '96). The Toyota/Save Mart 350 has seen seven different winners over the past seven years, as well as five consecutive first-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series road-course winners. Dale Earnhardt won his only NASCAR road-course race in Sonoma in 1995. Jeff Gordon holds the record for the most poles with five ('98, '99, '01, '04, '05). 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.(Sonoma)(6-20-2012)

  • The Numbers for the Toyota/Save Mart 350:
    2 - fewest laps led by race winner (twice, most recent 5/7/95)
    2 - races won from outside a top-20 starting position (Juan Pablo Montoya - 2007, Kyle Busch - 2008)
    3 - wins by Dodge in last five races at Sonoma (Juan Pablo Montoya - 2007, Kasey Kahne - 2009, Kurt Busch - 2011)
    3 - fewest cautions (four times, most recent 6/23/02)
    3 - fewest leaders (6/11/89)
    3 - fewest lead changes (6/11/89)
    4 - drivers with more than one pole
    5 - most wins (Jeff Gordon)
    5 - most poles (Jeff Gordon)
    5 - drivers with more than one win
    7 - fewest caution laps (6/7/92)
    8 - wins from the front row; five from the pole
    9 - most cautions (6/10/90)
    9 - most leaders (three times, most recent 6/26/11)
    12 - most lead changes (twice, most recent 6/26/11)
    14 - different pole winners
    15 - different race winners in 23 races
    14 - fewest cars on lead lap at finish (twice, most recent 5/16/93)
    26 - most caution laps (6/27/99)
    32 - worst starting position for race winner (Juan Pablo Montoya - 6/24/07)
    33 - fewest cars running at finish (5/16/93)
    36 - most cars on lead lap at finish (6/21/09)
    42 - most cars running at finish (twice, most recent 6/26/05)
    92 - laps led by race winner (Jeff Gordon - 6/27/04)
    2012 Caution Update
    1 - fewest cautions this season (Fontana)
    4 - races extended beyond scheduled distance (Daytona, Martinsville, Talladega and Darlington)
    10 - most cautions this season (Daytona)
    88 - cautions in the first 15 races of 2012; includes 36 for accidents, 28 for debris and nine for spins
    472 of 4,648 - laps under caution in 2012
    652.571 of 6,033.118 - miles under caution in the first 15 races
    BONUS: Two California tracks (Sonoma and Auto Club Speedway) continue to host NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events. There have been 23 events at each track. Riverside Raceway, which was the site of 48 Sprint Cup events between 1958 and 1988, leads the list of 13 other tracks that previously hosted NASCAR's premier series.(Darnell Communications for SRT Motorsports and Dodge)(6-20-2012)

  • Statistical Advance: Analyzing The Toyota/Save Mart 350:
    The track opened as a 2.52-mile road course and drag strip in 1968.
    The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was held in 1989.
    The first nine races were 300 kilometers and switched to a 350k format in 1998.
    The track was reconfigured to 1.949 miles in 1998 with the installation of an 890-foot chute between the original Turns 4 and 7.
    The track was reconfigured to 2.0 miles in 2001 and re-measured at 1.99 miles in 2002.
    There have been 23 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Sonoma since the first race there in 1989. Rusty Wallace won the first NASCAR Sprint Cup pole. Ricky Rudd won the first NASCAR Sprint Cup race. 14 different drivers have won poles; only four have won more than one. Jeff Gordon (five) leads all pole winners. Ricky Rudd has four, including three consecutive (1990-92), Rusty Wallace and Kasey Kahne each have two. There have been consecutive pole winners three times: Ricky Rudd (1990-92) and Jeff Gordon (1998-99 and 2004-05). 15 different drivers have won races; five have multiple victories there - led by Jeff Gordon with five. Ernie Irvan, Ricky Rudd, Tony Stewart and Rusty Wallace (all with two) are the other multiple-race winners. Jeff Gordon is also the only driver with consecutive wins, winning in 1998, 1999 and 2000. Five of 23 races have been won by the pole winner, including three times by Jeff Gordon. His victory from the pole in 2004 is the most recent. The lowest starting position by a race winner was 32nd, by Juan Pablo Montoya; it also was his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win. Boris Said posted his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole. Jeff Gordon is the all-time leader in road-course victories, with nine. Tony Stewart is second, with seven. (NASCAR)(6-19-2012)

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

RACE and links

  • Bowyer wins at Sonoma: #15-Clint Bowyer won the Toyota / Save Mart 350(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma for his 1st win of the year, 6th career win, 1st win with Michael Waltrip Racing and first road course win.
    #14-Stewart finished 2nd [2nd week in a row] followed by #51-Busch, #55-Vickers, #48-Johnson, #24-Gordon, #16-Biffle, #9-Ambrose [pole sitter], #22-Allmendinger and #20-Logano.
    There were 2 cautions for 7 yellow flag laps. There were 8 lead changes among 5 drivers. The average speed was 83.624mph, a new track record for the race.
    The estimated attendence was 91,000, down slightly 92,000 in 2011.
    See race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Sonoma Race Results page (pdf) and the official rundown on the Official Race Report. (6-24/25-2012)

  • 2012 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Sonoma, race 16 of 36]
    1) #17-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 596
    2) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 585, -11
    3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [1 win], 582, -14
    4) #48-Jimmie Johnson [2 wins], 571, -25
    5) #14-Tony Stewart [2 wins], 533, -63
    6) #29-Kevin Harvick [0 wins], 532, -64
    7) #15-Clint Bowyer [1 wins], 529, -67
    8) #11-Denny Hamlin [2 wins], 523, -73
    9) #56-Martin Truex Jr. [0 wins], 520, -76
    10) #2-Brad Keselowski [2 wins], 490, -106
    Chase wild card drivers:
    WC1) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win, 12th in points], 459, -137
    WC2) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win, 13th in points], 453, -143
    #20-Joey Logano [1 win, 15th in points], 441, -155
    #5-Kasey Kahne [1 win, 17th in points], 421, -175
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Drivers Points Standings (pdf).(6-24-2012)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Kentucky:
    #36 drops to 35th but is 59 points ahead of 36th, the #33 team.
    Rank) Car#-Driver/Team, owners pts, +/-
    32) #83-Cassill/BK Racing, 227 +74
    33) #32-Said/FAS Lane Racing, 217 +64
    34) #10-Reutimann-Patrick/Baldwin, 215 +62
    35) #36-Blaney/Baldwin, 212 +59 ahead of 36th
    these teams / drivers will need to qualify by speed:
    36) #33-TBA/Childress-Falk, 153, -59 from the top 35
    37) #21-Bayne/Wood Bros., 117, -95
    38) #49-Yeley/Robinson, 117, -95
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see the Owners Points Standings (pdf).(6-24-2012)

  • Race Fast Facts - Sonoma:
    #15-Clint Bowyer won the 24th Annual Toyota/Save Mart 350, his sixth victory in 233 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first victory and ninth top-10 finish in 2012.
    This is his first victory and fifth top-10 finish in seven races at Sonoma. He is the sixth consecutive first time Sprint Cup road race winner at Sonoma and eighth consecutive different winner of the Toyota/Save Mart 350. This is Michael Waltrip Racing's third victory and first since Chicagoland Speedway in 2010.
    #14-Tony Stewart (second) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 14 races at Sonoma. It is his eighth top-10 finish in 2012.
    #51-Kurt Busch (third) posted his fifth top-10 finish in 12 races at Sonoma.
    #26-Josh Wise (30th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    #17-Matt Kenseth leads the point standings by 11 points over #16-Greg Biffle.(NASCAR Statistics)(6-24-2012)

  • Sonoma Notes-n-Nuggets:
    " The win was Clint Bowyer's sixth Cup win in his 233rd start.
    " His last win was at Talladega in Oct. 2011.
    " Bowyer's grabbed his first win at Sonoma in his seventh race.
    " His previous best finish at Sonoma was three fourth-places.
    " It was Bowyer's first road course win in his 13th start.
    " Bowyer is the eighth different winner at Sonoma in as many races.
    " He is the 16th driver to win at Sonoma in the 24th race.
    " The #15 driver is the 12th different Cup winner of 2012.
    " Bowyer's first win with MWR and crew chief Brian Pattie.
    " He moved to seventh in Cup points.
    " Bowyer led three times for 71 laps including the final 39.
    " The win was the third Cup victory for MWR, with David Reutimann notching two.
    " It's MWR's first win of 2012 and first at Sonoma.
    " Tony Stewart (second) has finished in the top-three in the last three Cup races.
    " Kurt Busch (third) had his best finish of the season.
    " Brian Vickers (fourth) posted his second top-five finish in three races in 2012.
    " Jimmie Johnson (fifth) has top-five finishes in five of the last six races.
    " Matt Kenseth (13th) leads the points by 11 over Greg Biffle.
    " Dale Earnhardt Jr (23rd) has worst finish of the season, dropping to third in points. (Racing Recall/

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Sonoma: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #29-Harvick, 16th
    Caution 2: #39-Newman, 18th

  • Race Coverage of the Toyota / Save Mart 350 Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma is scheduled for Sunday, June 24, 2012.
    Television (TV): TNT at 3:00 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 2:00 pm/et; green flag approx 3:18pm/et
    Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: on SPEED, Wednesday, June 27 at 12:00pm/et

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Toyota / Save Mart 350 Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma have been made.
    Pole sitter #9-Ambrose chose pit stall 11, the first before start/finish line and first with opening in front of it [not counting pit stall one for the opening].
    Outside pole sitter #24-Gordon took pit stall 22, the 2nd with opening behind it, but before start/finish line.
    #48-Johnson, who starts 3rd took the 23rd pit stall, the 2nd stall with an opening behind it after s/f line.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #51-Busch, who starts 7th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(6-23-2012)

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's:
    Official Race Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Owners Points
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Practice 2 Speeds
    Qualifying Order
    Practice 1 Speeds

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

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

  • See Jayski's - 2012 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, practice speeds and chase stats as well as link to race track and race information page for each race

info, news, speeds and links

  • Happy Hour practice for the Toyota / Save Mart 350(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma is over, after 75 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #24-Gordon 93.225
    #16-Biffle 93.202
    #42-Montoya 93.075
    #48-Johnson 92.995
    #22-Allmendinger 92.992
    Slowest: #33-Leicht 89.881 & #19-Cook 90.062
    No speed listed: #51-Busch [at Road America for NNS race], #98-Mayhew.
    Three drivers ran 10 consecutive laps, with the fastets being #11-Hamlin with a 10-lap average of 91.559mph.
    Happy Hour (final) Practice was not televised live but will air on SPEED tonight at 11:00pm/et.
    See the fastest speeds, laps run, best 10 laps average on the Sonoma Happy Hour Practice Speeds (pdf).(6-23-2012)

  • Saturday first practice for the Toyota / Save Mart 350(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma is over, after 45 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #24-Gordon 94.312
    #9-Ambrose 93.381
    #22-Allmendinger 93.342
    #42-Montoya 93.287
    #2-Keselowski 93.244
    Slowest: #19-Cook 89.100 & #83-Cassill 89.643
    No speed listed: #51-Busch [at Road America for NNS race], #49-Yeley
    This practice was not televised. Happy Hour (final) Practice is scheduled from 1:45-3:00pm/et, will not be televised live but will air on SPEED tonight at 11:00pm/et.
    See the fastest speeds, laps run, best 10 laps average on the Sonoma Practice 2 Speeds page (pdf).(6-23-2012)

  • Ambrose wins pole at Sonoma: #9-Marcos Ambrose won the pole for the Toyota / Save Mart 350 Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma with a speed of 95.262mph for his 2nd pole of 2012, 2nd pole in a row and 2nd career pole. #24-Gordon starts 2nd followed by #48-Johnson, #16-Biffle, #56-Truex, Jr., #15-Bowyer, #18-Busch, $51-Busch, #17-Kenseth and #39-Newman. Last weeks race winner, #88-Earnhardt Jr., starts 19th.
    Ambrose is only the third driver to ever win his first career pole then back it up with another pole the following race, joining Casey Mears [2004 Indy & Pocono] and Billy Wade [1964 Old Bridge, NJ & Bridgehampton, NY].
    The go-or-go homers who made the race (8): #95-Speed, #98-Mayhew, #7-Gordon, #87-Nemechek, #19-Cook, #49-Yeley, #26-Wise and #33-Leicht.
    The go-or-go homers who failed to qualify for the race (1): #30-Simo.
    Qualifying was not televised live but can se seen on SPEED tonight at 11:00pm/et.
    See qualifying order, qualifying results, starting lineup, pole progression, go-or-go-homers on the Sonoma Qualifying Page.(6-22-2012)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Sonoma:
    #9-Marcos Ambrose won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 24th Annual Toyota/Save Mart 350 with a lap of 75.203 seconds, 95.262 mph.
    This is his second pole in 135 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second pole and seventh top-10 start in 2012.
    This is his first pole in five races at Sonoma.
    #24-Jeff Gordon (second) posted his fifth top-10 start of 2012 and his 15th in 20 races at Sonoma.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson (third) posted his fourth top-10 start at Sonoma. It is his 10th in 16 races this season.
    #26-Josh Wise (40th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(6-22-2012)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the is scheduled for Friday, June 22, 2012 at 6:40pm/et.
    Television (TV): SPEED, NOT LIVE, same day delay at 11:00pm/et
    Radio: LIVE on Performace Racing Network Live Streaming
    Scheduled Qualifying TV Replay: none

  • Qualifying Order for the Toyota / Save Mart 350 Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma is posted. 44 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #33-Leicht, slowest in practice [if the engine change is complete].
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #24-Gordon, who was fastest in first practice.
    Qualifying order is set by the first practice session, with slowest driver going out by speed and the fastest going out last. The non-top 35 drivers are now mixed in with the top-35 in owners points, slowest to fastest.
    Drivers will run ONE lap at the road coruse, instead of the normal two laps.
    See the full qualifying order on the Sonoma Qualifying Page.(6-22-2012)

  • Friday practice is being run for the Toyota / Save Mart 350(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma is over, after 90 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #24-Gordon 94.696
    #56-Truex Jr. 94.471
    #15-Bowyer 94.411
    #20-Logano 94.379
    #18-Busch 94.348
    Slowest: #33-Leicht 89.255 (engine) & #10-Drissi 90.997
    notes: #33-Leicht lost an engine early in the session, if he makes the race [is a go-or-go homer], he will need to fall to the rear of the field on Sunday before the drop of the green flag.
    This pracitce will set the qualifying order for qualifying, which is scheduled for 6:40pm/et, which will NOT be televised LIVE on TV, but will be shown same-day-delay at 11:00pm/et on SPEED. PRN will air live qualifying radio coverage at
    See the fastest speeds, laps run, best 10 laps average on the Sonoma Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf).(6-22-2012)

  • Go-or-go homers: where did the nine cars outside the top-35 in owners points practice at Sonoma
    these drivers would make the race if the things stay the same:
    #95-Speed 19th fastest overall
    #7-Gordon 34th
    #98-Mayhew 35th
    #49-Yeley 37th
    #26-Wise 38th
    #30-Simo 39th
    #87-Nemechek 40th
    #19-Cook 41st
    if things stay the same, this driver would miss the race
    #33-Leicht 44th/last [lost an engine]

  • Rain Out Procedures: the rain-out qualifying procedure for all three NASCAR national series is as follows: If first practice is run, but qualifying is unable to take place, the starting lineup will be based on speeds from the car's fastest lap from the first practice, with top-35 cars in owner points no longer segregated from the non-top 35 cars. Previously, the top 35 cars lined up in front of all other eligible car owners.

  • The Entry List for the Toyota / Save Mart 350 Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma is posted, 44 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    Boris Said is in the #32.
    Brian Vickers is in the #55.
    Driver in the #10 is Tomy Drissi.
    #23 & #74 are not entered.
    Not in top 35 of owners points:
    #7-Robby Gordon (50/4)
    #19-Chris Cook (44/10)
    #26-Josh Wise (41/15)
    #30-Brian Simo (39/15)
    #33-Stephen Leicht (36/15)
    #49-J.J. Yeley (38/15)
    #87-Joe Nemechek (42/15)
    #95-Scott Speed (48/3)
    #98-David Mayhew (40/15)
    In the event that qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 33,30,49,98,26,87,19,7
    missing the race would be [1]: #'s 95
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Sonoma Entry List.(6-18/21-2012)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Sonoma:
    #32 drops to 35th but is 52 points ahead of 36th, the #33 team.
    Rank) Car#-Driver/Team, owners pts, +/-
    32) #83-Cassill/BK Racing, 214 +64
    33) #10-Reutimann-Patrick/Baldwin, 209 +59
    34) #36-Blaney/Baldwin, 205 +55
    35) #32-Said/FAS Lane Racing, 202 +52 ahead of 36th
    these teams / drivers will need to qualify by speed:
    36) #33-TBA/Childress-Falk, 150, -52 from the top 35
    37) #21-Bayne/Wood Bros., 117, -85
    38) #49-Yeley/Robinson, 106, -96
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see the Owners Points Standings (pdf).(6-17-2012)

  • 2012 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Michigan, race 15 of 36]
    1) #17-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 565
    2) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [1 win], 561, -4
    3) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 548, -17
    4) #48-Jimmie Johnson [2 wins], 532, -33
    5) #11-Denny Hamlin [2 wins], 514, -51
    6) #29-Kevin Harvick [0 wins], 504, -61
    7) #56-Martin Truex Jr. [0 wins], 497, -68
    8) #14-Tony Stewart [2 wins], 491, -74
    9) #15-Clint Bowyer [0 wins], 481, -84
    10) #2-Brad Keselowski [2 winss], 458, -107
    Chase wild card drivers:
    11) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win, 12th in points], 432, -133
    12) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win, 13th in points], 427, -138
    #20-Joey Logano [1 win, 15th in points], 407, -158
    #5-Kasey Kahne [1 win, 16th in points], 391, -174
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Drivers Points Standings (pdf).(6-17-2012)

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Some Chassis Selections by Teams for this race

  • Chassis selections for Sonoma: see the list of many teams and what chassis were selected by the team to run at Sonoma:
    MISSING? why are some teams missing? some teams do not report what chassis in the race previews, press releases of websites.
    #1-Jamie McMurray: Crew Chief Kevin "Bono" Manion and the #1 McDonald's team will bring Chassis #1012 to Sonoma this weekend. This road course chassis will make its third Sonoma appearance and fifth race, overall. This chassis has finished 15th at Sonoma twice, and earned sixth and 17th place finishes at Watkins Glen in 2010 and 2011, respectively.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: and the #2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger team will race chassis PRS-806 during Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma. This is a brand-new chassis to the #2 fleet.
    #5-Kasey Kahne: crew chief Kenny Francis has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-674. Mark Martin drove this car in both 2011 road course races, finishing 19th at Sonoma and 25th at Watkins Glen.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: the #9 Richard Petty Motorsports team has prepared chassis No. 772 for this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race at Sonoma. This Stanley Ford was previously tested this season at Virginia International Raceway.
    #10-Tomy Drissi will pilot chassis No. 802. David Reutimann drove the chassis at Brisol Motor Speedway this season, and Blaney drove the chassis last season at Bristol, Phoenix, Vegas, Chicago, Charlotte and Kansas. Geoffrey Bodine also drove the chassis at Homestead and Texas.
    #14-Tony Stewart: and crew chief Steve Addington are bringing Chassis No. 14-731, a brand-new racecar that has never turned a wheel on the racetrack. The Toyota/Save Mart 350k on the road course at Sonoma, Calif., will mark Chassis No. 14-731's on-track debut. Stewart has one pole, two wins, two second-place finishes, four top-fives, eight top-10s and has led a total of 82 laps in his 13 career Sprint Cup starts at Sonoma. His average start at the 1.99-mile, 10-turn road course is 10.1, his average finish is 11.5 and he has a lap completion rate of 98.5 percent. Stewart and the #14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 team prepared for Sonoma by testing May 29 at Virginia International Raceway in Alton.
    #15-Clint Bowyer: Primary chassis No. 632 previously raced as the #47 at Sonoma. Chassis No. 690 is the backup and previously raced as the No. 56 in California and Michigan in 2011.
    #16-Greg Biffle: and the Matt Puccia led #16 3M US Stationary is bringing primary chassis RK-764 which last ran at Watkins Glen in August 2011 and finished 31st.
    #17-Matt Kenseth: will run primary chassis RK-771 which last raced at Watkins Glen in 2011. Crew Chief Jimmy Fennig: "The car that we are bringing with us this weekend to Sonoma was last raced at Watkins Glen last year and we actually took it to VIR at the end of May just to shake it down. Fuel mileage is important out at Sonoma so we'll focus on that as well as just making sure that we help to give Matt a car that he can stay on the course and out of trouble with all day. Pit stops are also important for track position this weekend since it's difficult to pass there." Kenseth has an average starting position of 20.2 and an average finishing position of 21.5 at Sonoma. Kenseth will pilot the #17 Ford EcoBoost Fusion.
    #22-A.J. Allmendinger and his Todd Gordon-led Penske Racing #22 Team will be racing their "PRS-808" Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Charger at Sonoma this weekend. This is the chassis that was raced at Richmond in April. Dinger started fourth and finished 16th in that race. The "PRS-807" chassis will serve as the backup. It was in the transporter serving as the backup at Phoenix, Bristol and Martinsville, but has never seen any track time to date. "We converted this car over to be our road course car and have a lot of faith in it being a strong piece for Sonoma," crew chief Gordon offered. "We don't have a large car inventory and some of that is intentional because we will be racing the new cars next season. It is to be determined whether we also race this car at Watkins Glen in August."
    #27-Paul Menard will pilot Chassis No. 397 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Built new in 2011, this #27 Menard / Moen Chevy was last utilized in competition at the 2011 Sprint Cup Series race at the Sonoma road course. In four career Sprint Cup Series starts at the 1.99-mile road course, Menard has finished each of his contested races and completed 99.78 percent of his laps (444 of 445). He holds a 20th-place average starting position and an average finishing position of 23.5, with his best start of third coming in his most recent visit to the road course in June 2011. He also recorded his best finish in the June 2011 event when he took the checkered flag in the 17th position.
    #29-Kevin Harvick: will pilot Chassis No. 395 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. The #29 Rheem Chevy was built new for competition in 2012 and will be put through its first competitive laps this weekend at Sonoma. Throughout the course of his Sprint Cup Series career, Harvick has made 11 starts at the California-based facility collecting three top-five and four top-10 finishes. Harvick holds an average starting position of 15.8 and a 16.1 average finishing position at the at the 1.99-mile road course, collecting a best starting of third in 2006 and best finishing position of second in 2007. Harvick has completed 99.9 percent (1,216 or 1,217) of the contested laps, with 10 laps led.
    #31-Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 357 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable this weekend. This #31 Wheaties Chevy, built during the 2011 season, was driven by RCR teammate Kevin Harvick last year at Sonoma where he started 26th and finished ninth.
    #36-Dave Blaney will drive chassis No. 101 this weekend. The chassis was built in-house at TBR and made its debut at Auto Club Speedway. The chassis was converted to a road course car following a start at Texas Motor Speedway this season.
    #39-Ryan Newman Chassis No. 39-651 has just two starts to its credit  last season's road course races at Sonoma and Watkins Glen. Newman started fifth at Sonoma and was in the top-five for the race's first 25 laps. But on lap 38, while entering the final turn on the course, Newman was caught up in a multi-car accident that all but ended his chance of victory. During the accident, Newman spun in the middle of the corner and managed to stay away from the outside retaining wall. But as he was about to put the car in gear and begin driving forward, his Chevy was hit by another car attempting to dodge the melee. After substantial repairs, Newman finished 25th. At Watkins Glen, Newman started fifth. The team had a good strategy going into the race, planning to pit early, but the strategy didn't pan out. Newman recorded a 16th-place finish. After undergoing a facelift for the 2012 season, the car will make its first start this week at Sonoma.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: crew chief Chris "Shine" Heroy and the #42 Target team will bring Chassis #1014 to Sonoma this weekend. This chassis boasts a victory at Watkins Glen in 2010 and a seventh-place finish in 2011. It finished 10th and 15th at Sonoma in 2010 and 2011, respectively. Chassis #1014 has led a total of 80 laps; two of those laps were at Sonoma.
    #43-Aric Almirola:: The #43 Medallion Financial Ford team has prepared chassis No. 774 for the Sonoma race. This chassis is a new chassis. Richard Petty Motorsports tested at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) last month to help Almirola and the team prepare their #43 Ford for the twists and turns of the Sonoma track.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: Chassis No. 543 serves as the primary for Johnson at Sonoma. Chassis No. 590 serves as the backup.
    #55-Brian Vickers: will drive MWR chassis 690 the first race for this chassis in 2012. In six starts at Sonoma, Vickers owns one pole (2009) and has led 16 laps. He's finished in the top-16 three times.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: crew chief Steve Letarte and the #88 crew will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-601. Earnhardt most recently raced this chassis to a 15th-place finish at Watkins Glen International in August last year. Earnhardt has scored five top-15 finishes in 12 Sprint Cup starts at Sonoma, Calif. He has completed 93.4 percent of all the laps he's attempted (1,241 laps of 1,329 total) at the 1.99-mile California road course.
    #99-Carl Edwards the #99 Aflac Team will be unloading chassis 816 a brand new chassis. It is a new car that the team tested at VIR. Edwards will make his eighth Cup start at Sonoma this weekend. In his previous seven starts, Edwards has one top-five and three top-10 finishes, and has led 14 laps. His average start is 20.9 and his average finish is 16.6.
    (from team PR's/sites if reported)(6-20-2012)

Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Road Course Radials

    Number of Tires: 2,025

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

    Tire Code: D-4468 (same on all four tire positions)

    Tire Circumference: 88.6 in. (2,251 mm)

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

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

    Notes: Teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will run the same Goodyear tire code on all four tire positions at Sonoma . . . this is the first time Sprint Cup teams have run this code (D-4468) at Sonoma, although they did run it at the circuit's other road course at Watkins Glen in 2011 . . . Cup teams have also run this code on the right-side for the last two races at Martinsville . . . compared to what was run at this track last season, this tire features just a slight compound change . . . as on all NASCAR road courses, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Sonoma.

    NASCAR K&N Pro Series West: Goodyear will also supply 475 tires for the K&N Series race at Sonoma this weekend . . . this tire code (D-2265) is to be run on all four tire positions at Sonoma . . . this code is also run on all four positions at the series' other road courses, as well as on the right-side at many of the series' short tracks . . . teams are allowed three sets of tires for this weekend's event.


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