Monday, June 25, 2018

Martin Truex Jr wins at Sonoma for third win of 2018

Martin Truex Jr. was 4/1 co-favorite to win at Sonoma.
SONOMA (AP) — Martin Truex Jr. won the NASCAR Cup Series race in Sonoma, using a smart pit strategy to cruise to his second career victory on the challenging road course.

Truex easily held off Kevin Harvick for his second win in three weeks and his third victory of the season in his Furniture Row Racing Toyota. The defending Cup Series champion waited to pit until the 81st lap, giving him fresher tires down the stretch and allowing him to pass Harvick for the lead around the final hairpin turn with 20 laps to go.

Truex’s victory in his manufacturer’s title race was the 18th of his career. He earned his second career victory at Sonoma in 2013 for Michael Waltrip Racing, making him the only racer to win twice in the past decade at Sonoma.

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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Final Sonoma Driver Ratings: 2018 Toyota/Save Mart 350

Martin Truex Jr. quietly looking like he's got one of the best cars this weekend.
MICAH ROBERTS' 2018 MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES DRIVER RATINGS
2018 TOYOTA/SAVE MART 350
SONOMA RACEWAY
SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 2018 - 3:18 PM ET

RATING   DRIVER   ODDS                 PRAC 1   PRAC 2    QUALIFIED   
 1. Kevin Harvick (4/1)             12th        5th           6th
 2. Martin Truex Jr (4/1)            8th        3rd            2nd
 3. Clint Bowyer (6/1)                 1st       17th         19th
 4. Kurt Busch (8/1)                   14th        1st         23rd
 5. Denny Hamlin (10/1)           17th       2nd          21st
 6. Jimmie Johnson (25/1)          6th      18th            7th
 7. A.J. Allmendinger (15/1)       9th       12th           5th
 8. Kyle Busch (4/1)                   18th      19th            9th
 9. Jamie McMurray (30/1)         4th         4th            4th
10. Ryan Blaney (20/1)                2nd       24th         11th
11. Chase Elliott (30/1)              13th       15th           3rd
12. Daniel Suarez (100/1)             5th       33rd         16th
13. Brad Keselowski (20/1)        23rd         7th          10th
14. Kyle Larson (30/1)                 16th       14th           1st
15. Joey Logano (10/1)                  3rd       30th         12th

Note: Only two of 29 Cup races at Sonoma have been won from a starting position of 15th or worse and they came in back-to-back seasons with Juan Pablo Montoya (32nd) in 2007 and Kyle Busch (30th) in 2008. This is something to seriously consider when discussing possible wagers on skilled road drivers who practiced well but start a ways back. Lots of traffic with limited places to pass and more opportunities to be involved in someone else's mess. This should be factored in the odds to win and match-up prices considerably. Having said all that, I could be baited into taking more on Clint Bowyer (19th), Denny Hamlin (21st) and Kurt Busch (23rd) if the sports books jack the number up too high.

Opening odds courtesy of Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.

Micah Roberts, a former Las Vegas sports book director, has been setting auto racing odds in Las Vegas since 1994.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Clint Bowyer dominates Friday's first Sonoma practice

Clint Bowyer was 6/1 to win at Sonoma prior to Friday's practice.
Clint Bowyer posted the fastest lap in Friday's first practice session at Sonoma Raceway in preparation for Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350. He was one of the first drivers on the track and stayed on top of the speed charts during the entire 75-minute session. His fastest lap at 93.590 mph happened on the 12th of his 14 laps ran on the 11-turn road course.

Bowyer won at Sonoma in 2012 and is tied as the active leader with seven top-five finishes with Stewart Haas Racing teammate Kurt Busch. Bowyer was runner-up to his other teammate Kevin Harvick last season and is likely on his way to his first Sonoma pole during Saturday's qualifying.

In the final few moments of the session Team Penske posted the second and third fastest laps. Ryan Blaney's fastest lap at 93.546 mph came on his 15th and final lap and Joey Logano's fastest lap at 93.172 mph came on his 18th and final lap. Blaney finished ninth at Sonoma last season while Logano has top-fives in two of his last three Sonoma starts.

Jamie McMurray had the fastest Camaro of the session with the fourth fastest lap at 93.049 mph and 2010 Sonoma winner Jimmie Johnson was sixth fastest (92.661) in what was one of his best practices of the season.

Fifth-fastest was 100-to-1 long shot Daniel Suarez who grew up go-kart racing in Mexico. He was the fastest Toyota (92.746) of the session. His Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin was 17th-fastest and Kyle Busch was 18th, both surprising low on the charts considering they are two of the best road course drivers in the series. 2013 Sonoma winner Martin Truex Jr was eighth-quickest.

SHR has won the past two Sonoma races and last years winner Harvick who had the 12th-fastest lap Friday. 2011 Sonoma winner Kurt Busch had the 14th fastest lap. Aric Almirola had the 19th fastest lap (92.101) and was the only driver to run 10-consecutive laps. Bowyer led the way with the fastest 5-consecutive lap average.

In the last race at Michigan, we saw Bowyer leading and hold off Harvick on a critical restart when Harvick had a four-tire edge to Bowyer's two. I remember thinking, "Hmm, that was interesting, I haven't seen anyone hang with Harvick like that on a downforce track." Rain came and Bowyer grabbed his second win of the season. After watching practice, it looks like Bowyer has officially joined the elite club status with members Harvick, Truex and Kyle Busch who all came in as the 4-to-1 co-favorites to win. So happy for him and also NASCAR. I hope to see a couple more members added to the club before the Playoffs start.

Sonoma Practice 1 Speeds

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Sonoma NASCAR Cup Series Notes: 2018 Toyota/Save Mart 350

Kevin Harvick won at Sonoma last season and is 4/1 co-favorite to win Sunday.
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Next Race: Toyota / SaveMart 350
The Place: Sonoma Raceway
The Date: Sunday, June 24
The Time: 3 p.m. ET
TV: FS1, 1:30 p.m. ET
Radio: PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Distance: 218.9 miles (110 Laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 25),
Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 50), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 110)



Five For Busch?

Only one driver in the last decade has won multiple races at the scenic Sonoma Raceway road course nestled in the hills of California wine country. And Kyle Busch absolutely earned that impressive distinction winning his first race there 10 years ago as a 23-year old and answering that win with an incredible victory three years ago – his first of the 2015 season after missing 11 races with a leg injury suffered at Daytona during the season-opening Speedweeks.

The Sonoma win was the first of five Busch would score en route to the 2015 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship.

And Busch’s inaugural Sonoma win in 2008 was the most dominant showing of the last decade. He led 78 of the 112 laps.

A victory this Sunday in the Toyota/Save-Mart 350 (3 p.m. ET on FS1, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) would give the current championship leader and Joe Gibbs Racing driver five wins on the 2018 season. His biggest competition of the year – five-time winner Kevin Harvick – is the defending winner at Sonoma – capturing his first victory at the track and second road course trophy (he won at Watkins Glen in 2006) of his career.

Class of the Field

Not only have Harvick, Kyle Busch and two-time race winners Martin Truex Jr. and Clint Bowyer established themselves the class of the 2018 season so far, interestingly, they are also the four most recent winners among active drivers at the Sonoma Raceway road course.

Harvick won last year, Busch won in 2015, Truex won in 2013 and Bowyer in 2012. Retired drivers Tony Stewart (2016) and Carl Edwards (2014) are the only other winners in that span.

Sonoma Lap Leaders

Among the last 10 Sonoma Raceway winners, Kurt Busch holds the distinction of leading the most laps over the course of his career. The 2011 race winner has led 197 laps in 17 starts at the road course. Since his victory, he has only one finish outside the top-10, 12th-place in 2014. He has four top fives in the last seven races.

Californian Jimmie Johnson, the 2010 Sonoma winner, has led 143 laps at Sonoma and boasted a healthy string of seven top-10s from 2009-2015. Kyle Busch has the next best total of 110 laps led with two victories, followed by 2013 winner Martin Truex Jr. who has 92 laps out front. He led the most laps last year (25) but did not win. He led 51 laps in his 2013 victory.

Of the last six race winners, Kevin Harvick has led the fewest number of career total laps at Sonoma (60).

Three times since 2008, the race winner has led at least 70 of the 112 scheduled laps. Kyle Busch led 78 in his 2008 win. Kurt Busch led 76 laps in his 2011 win and Bowyer led 71 laps in his 2012 victory.

Youthful Enthusiasm

One of the primary storylines in Northern California this week will undoubtedly be whether NASCAR’s young talent breaks out to earn a toast in Sonoma’s storied Victory Lane. There is a good cause to believe in the possibility.

Both Chevrolet drivers Chase Elliott, 22, and Kyle Larson, 25, have won on the Sonoma course (the 2016 and 2014 K&N Pro Series races, respectively). And Elliott won his first-ever NASCAR national series race on a road course, the 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.

Erik Jones, 22, has already taken a Sonoma 'tutorial,' the Joe Gibbs Racing driver revealed last week, spending a full day on the course last month making laps under the guidance of a driving school coach. He was 25th in his Sonoma debut last year, but scored a 10th-place finish at Watkins Glen later in the summer.

He won the Bowmanville, Ontario, Camping World Truck Series race in 2015 but did not have a road course top-five in NASCAR Xfinity Series competition.

Rookies William Byron, 19, and Bubba Wallace, 24, bring some strong reference material as well. Byron, who is ranked 20th in the Monster Energy Series standings, scored a pair of top-10 finishes at the Watkins Glen (10th) and Road America (sixth) road course venues last year in the Xfinity Series and had a 10th-place showing at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in the Camping World Truck Series in 2016.

Wallace, who is ranked 24th and trails Byron by 30 points in the standings, has four previous road course top-10s as well – three in the Xfinity Series. He was eighth at Mid-Ohio, fifth at Road America in 2015 and ninth in 2016. He also finished fourth in the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park truck race in 2013.

‘Dinger the Ringer

For much of his NASCAR career A.J. Allmendinger has been considered the top shelf of road course racing because of his background in IndyCar and sports car racing prior to his fulltime move to stock cars.

And although Allmendinger has a win at the Monster Energy Series’ road course, in Watkins Glen, N.Y., he is still looking for one in his native California. An absolute favorite every time he shows up in Sonoma, Allmendinger has won a pole position (2015) but struggled come race time. He has only two top-10 finishes in nine starts with a best of finish of seventh in 2009. He has finished 35th or worse in three of the last four Sonoma races in the No. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet but led laps in all those outings.

Compare that to the Watkins Glen road course, where Allmendinger has a win (2015), a pole position (2015) and three top-10 finishes in the last four races there.

California Dreamin’


There are five California natives competing this weekend, including Kevin Harvick (of Bakersfield), Jimmie Johnson (of El Cajon), AJ Allmendinger (of Los Gatos), Kyle Larson (of Elk Grove) and Matt DiBenedetto (of Grass Valley).

Of those, only Harvick and Johnson have a win at Sonoma in the Monster Energy Series. Larson won the 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West there, leading every one of the 66 laps. He won the pole position in last year’s Cup race and led nine laps, but is still looking for his first top-10 finish in four career starts.

His Time

Denny Hamlin may be winless at Sonoma, but the Joe Gibbs Racing driver provided one of the most memorable finishes in history at the track. His closing laps duel with eventual winner Tony Stewart in 2016 produced one of the sport’s most dramatic checkered flags.

But Hamlin, who has led an impressive 92 laps in his career at Sonoma, is still looking for that maiden win. He is 0-for-12 despite his time out front, but has back-to-back top-five finishes in the last two races with a fourth-place last year to follow-up his career-best runner-up finish to Stewart in 2016.

He answered that 2016 Sonoma near-miss with a victory at the series’ other road course, Watkins Glen, later that summer and was fourth at The Glen last year – his two best showings at the track.

Movement in the Standings


Five positions changed among the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ top-10 points standings following the Michigan race. Four-time race winner Kyle Busch still remains on top – his fourth-place finish at Michigan helping him hold a steady and hefty 75-point edge over five-time race winner Kevin Harvick.

But Michigan winner Clint Bowyer moved up a position into fifth place in the standings and trails another “mover” Brad Keselowski in fourth place, by only four points. Martin Truex Jr., who won at Pocono two weeks ago, finished a frustrating 18th-place at Michigan. It dropped him from fourth to sixth place in the championship points standings, but he trails Bowyer by only four points.

Ryan Blaney’s eighth-place run in the Irish Hills, coupled with Larson’s 28th-place finish, meant the two young drivers swapped positions in the standings. Blaney is now in ninth with a 14-point edge over Larson in 10th.

Sonoma Betting Preview: 2018 Toyota/Save Mart 350

Let's give Sonoma two races a season. No, make it three races a season.
Grab your wine and cheese and let's go watch some NASCAR racing NorCal style. It's road racing time in beautiful Sonoma County where drivers take those big bulky stock cars and finally make some right turns after 15 races of exclusively making left turns this season. It's my favorite type of racing and a welcomed breath of fresh air from the ovals.

After a much needed weekend off for the NASCAR Cup Series, the drivers, teams, and fans come in refreshed this week for the 16th race of the season which hopefully will be sort of a reboot from the predictable happenings in the first 15 races.

This season we get a bit of a change where we'll be seeing races on three road courses or at least kind of. We'll get the traditional two road courses we're used to with Watkins Glen race happening Aug. 5, but during the Playoffs, we get a new deal with Charlotte Motor Speedway using its infield road course and part of the oval banking and calling it a "roval." It's supposed to be the best of both worlds with the required technical aspects of the road courses mixed in with the speed needed to win on an oval. The teams will be testing it next month.

We'll see how the Charlotte thing turns out, but I'll go ahead and say now that Sonoma is still my favorite of the courses because it's a more technical course with elevation changes that really test the driver's ability in ways either of the other road courses can't. Watkins Glen is a much faster track with longer straightaways.

Although Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., and Kevin Harvick have combined to win 11 of the 15 races this season and all three have won at Sonoma in the past, this race also signifies a good chance for a non-elite driver to win.

However, the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook posted those three as the 4/1 co-favorites to win, and for good reason.

“We had strong performing road course cars last year,” said Truex, who led 25 laps last year before blowing an engine late. “We had the car to beat at Sonoma. We hit on something and had a ton of speed there. Our Furniture Row Racing team has been looking forward to getting back to Sonoma to finish what we almost completed last year.”

Truex won at Sonoma in 2013 while Kyle Busch's four road course wins -- two at Sonoma -- is the most among active drivers. And the other beast, Kevin Harvick, won at Sonoma last year followed by a Truex win at Watkins Glen. Really? This race is expected to finish like 11 of the races this season with one of these guys? Just great.

I want some new blood in the winner's circle. I want a first-time winner on the season and I'm thinking about a couple just because of their road skills. They may not have the fastest car, but their skills of getting in and out of the turns fastest make up for having a slower car than Truex or Harvick. The driver means more on these road races than any other type of track, and Sonoma is the toughest. Watching drivers like Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth, Michael Waltrip and Bobby Labonte struggle so miserably at Sonoma was comical.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Kurt Busch has 6.9 average finish in past 10 road course races

Kurt Busch is 8/1 to win at Sonoma on Sunday.
Kurt Busch’s seven top-fives at Sonoma puts him in a tie with his SHR teammate Clint Bowyer for the most of all active NASCAR Cup Series drivers.

Busch’s only road-course win in the Cup Series came at Sonoma in 2011 and it was a dominant victory as he led a race-high 76 laps. He passed Denny Hamlin for the lead on lap 13 and stayed out front for the next 19 circuits around the 1.99-mile track. He relinquished the lead twice for scheduled, green-flag pit stops and took over the top spot for the final time on lap 88, then led the final 23 laps.

He’s even had success at Sonoma in the NASCAR Southwest Tour Series, finishing third in 1998 after starting 19th and winning the 1999 race after starting third. Busch is coming off a historic 1-2-3 finish for SHR two weeks ago at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. Bowyer won the event with Kevin Harvick second and Busch third. Busch is hoping he can score his first victory of 2018 this week at Sonoma. 

KURT BUSCH, Driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing: 

We used to see supposed road-course ringers show up at Sonoma and Watkins Glen, but that’s pretty rare now. Why do you think that is? 
“If you’re a good driver and you want to be in the top tier of NASCAR, you’ve got to drive well everywhere. The road courses were a bit more of a specialty back in the day and you used to be able to take advantage of the guys who didn’t put forth the full effort in the road courses, but not anymore.” 

You’ve proven to be a pretty good road-course driver. Was it something you took to right away or did you really have to work at it to enjoy the success you’ve had? 
“I really enjoyed it right off the bat. I thought it was fun and different and I worked at it to develop the skills that I have in Legends car races and Late Model races. I even went to the Bob Bondurant Driving School. My first professional type of road-course race was in the Truck Series. I jumped right in there. (Greg) Biffle won that day and I beat Ron Fellows.” 

You mentioned that racing Legends cars was how you were first introduced to road-course racing. Where did you race? 
“Legends racing was big in the mid-90s in the Desert Southwest and they would let us run on the infield road course at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, as well as the exterior road course there. We also ran road-course races at Buttonwillow (Raceway Park) and they had a street-course race in Los Angeles and they raced up in Sonoma. I was just kind of thrown into the fire with road-course racing, but I loved it from the first time I jumped on track.” 

You won the 1999 NASCAR Southwest Tour race at Sonoma. Was that your first road-course win in a stock car? Was it a pivotal victory considering NASCAR teams were there and you were able to showcase your talents to Cup Series car owners and crew chiefs? 
“That was my first win in a stock car at a road course. I’ve always believed that Saturday race was the most important stage to stand on because there wasn’t a Truck Series race or an Xfinity Series race. Back in the day, the Southwest Tour race was the support race, and my race was live on ESPN. I’ve always thought Sonoma helped springboard me into the spotlight, and I’m very thankful for that chance.” 

How important is it to have a positive mindset when you come into a road-course race? 
“I love road racing and I think it’s fun. It’s important to have a positive mindset everywhere, but it’s not problem for me at the road courses.”

What do you like best about road-course racing? 
“I just like the rhythm. I like how you use one corner to help you in the next corner. You have to be thinking three corners ahead.” 

Is there more opportunity on a road course because mistakes are magnified and because the race is more in the driver’s hands? 
“Everything seems to have a larger consequence because track position is so important. So, as soon as you have a flat tire or a fender rub or you go off track, it’s very difficult to get back the track position you once had.”

Kyle Busch is active road-course leader in wins, laps led

Kyle Busch is a 4/1 co-favorite to win Sunday at Sonoma.
HUNTERSVILLE, North Carolina (June 19, 2018) – As the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is coming off a rare off weekend, many drivers and team personnel took the time to take a much-needed vacation from the 36-race Cup Series schedule. 

Even though the Cup Series competitors and the NASCAR industry are headed back to work this weekend after their well-deserved rest, they have something to look forward to as the next stop on the tour takes them to the scenic views of Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway in Northern California’s Wine Country. 

Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 M&M’S Caramel Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), is on the record as someone who really enjoys making right and left turns on the road courses at Sonoma and Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International. To him, it feels like somewhat of a vacation as it’s a vast departure from the ovals that make up the majority of the schedule. 

The 1.99-mile Sonoma circuit is one of numerous road courses where Busch has won as he has evolved into a constant threat to win at the road courses each year. Before 2008, Busch was never mentioned as a threat to win at Sonoma or Watkins Glen. But that changed shortly after his arrival at JGR at the start of 2008, and he promptly dominated the road-course scene that year, leading 130 of the 202 road-course laps run and capturing victories at both Sonoma and Watkins Glen. 

He quickly established himself as a routine road-course contender and has been in the hunt for race wins on road courses ever since. In addition to his two wins at Sonoma in 2008 and 2015, Busch led 29 laps en route bringing home his second win at Watkins Glen in August 2013. While his road-course success is well documented, Busch’s most memorable road-course win was the 2015 Sonoma event. 

After sitting out the first 11 NASCAR Cup Series races that season because of injury, Busch and the M&M’S team had 15 races to meet two requirements in order to make the 2015 playoffs. He needed to have at least one victory, and also needed to make it into the top-30 in driver points. 

Busch’s Sonoma race that year was a turning point in his season as he sneaked past now seven-time Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson on a late-race restart to bring home an unlikely win, considering he had to deal with all the shifting and footwork that is required on the tight, twisty road course while still recovering from his injuries. It started a remarkable streak of four wins in five weeks, including three in a row at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, and the prestigious Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and the season culminated with his first Cup Series championship. 

Just 15 races into the 2018 season, Busch has already put together a championship effort with four wins – three of which came back-to-back-to-back at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway and Richmond (Va.) Raceway in the spring. His fourth victory of the season was the crown jewel Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. 

The Charlotte win made Busch the first driver in NASCAR history to win at all 23 current Cup Series tracks. Along with wins, Busch and the M&M’S Caramel team have been incredibly consistent, posting three poles, 10 top-five finishes and 12 top-10s in the first 15 races. So, as the Cup Series heads to its annual stop in Wine Country, Busch looks to continue his hot start to the season during this weekend’s “racing vacation” on the Sonoma road course, hoping it leads to more success throughout the summer. 

KYLE BUSCH, Driver of the No. 18 M&M’S Caramel Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing: 

How challenging is it to race on a road course when you don’t do that on a regular basis? 
“It’s different, for sure. There are a lot of guys out there who have the road-racing background, who know a heck of a lot more about road racing and technique than we do. The neat thing about road racing is just being able to have – it’s like – a vacation weekend. You just go out there and have fun and do the best you can and you’ll either do really well or you’ll do really badly and you just go on to the next one. We don’t have a lot of testing for it and you try to pick up on it but, with respect to who you’re racing, you can expect to race a little bit of a different crowd. I think the biggest thing you do for Sonoma is watch some film, look at things from the past few years that have worked and some things that haven’t, and look at what has made you better there. You always have to be mindful of what has made you good there and what you can improve on. Looking forward to heading out there and getting back in the M&M’S Caramel Camry and having some fun.” 

Is road-course racing something that comes naturally to you, or is it something you had to work on? 
“It’s definitely something you have to work on. With rule changes and tire changes, it’s something you work on every year. There’s always change that you have to work on to be competitive. When I was a kid back in Las Vegas in Legends cars, that’s where I was able to learn about shifting and turning left and turning right. I had the natural instincts for it and won a couple of championships in the winter series we had out there. We actually went to Sonoma back then and ran the national championship races two years in a row and finished third both times, so I had a little bit of experience on road courses as I came up through the ranks.” 

How special was your 2015 Sonoma win, and what do you remember about it? 
“That weekend was certainly a good start to our championship run. To go out there and win the race after where we were after Michigan the previous week, it all gave us the confidence that we still had a shot to win the championship. We thought getting the win would be the hardest part, but it was really not expected at Sonoma. My feet and legs were still recovering and there was a lot of shifting and it was hard on them. With 30 laps to go, it was hurting pretty bad but, when you realize you have a chance to win, it doesn’t hurt as bad. We’ve had times at Sonoma where we’ve been up front and haven’t been able to hold onto it, and other times when we had the right strategy and we were in the right place at the right time. We’ve had some bad luck at times there, as well, so we’re hoping we can get a good run with our M&M’S Caramel Camry at Sonoma and maybe finally get that win we’ve been looking for.” 

Describe what it’s like to race at Sonoma and what challenges you face there? 
“Sonoma is a neat place. It’s a cool area to go to up into Wine Country. I’ve always enjoyed road-course racing. Even when I was in Legends cars, I would enjoy going up there during the days that I raced there. Now that I’m on the Sprint Cup tour, it’s cool to go there every June. It’s a fun racetrack. The cars get grouped a lot closer together there than at Watkins Glen, so braking there is a lot tougher getting into turn four, turn seven, and especially turn 11. There are some opportunities in those corners to pass people. Forward bite seems to have become an issue as you get going there during the run. And you need to make sure you keep the rear tires underneath you because it’s really easy to burn them babies off when you try and pass somebody. You go to pass somebody and hit the gas and all your rear tires want to do is spin and you can’t get alongside that guy. So, from that respect, Sonoma can be frustrating at times, as well. We just want to get in a position to win with our M&M’S Caramel Camry, then see how the strategy plays out.”

Richard Childress Racing looking for third Sonoma win

Ryan Newman is 80/1 to win at Sonoma on Sunday.
Richard Childress Racing in Wine Country … In 69 starts at the 10-turn stadium course, Richard Childress Racing owns two wins, with Dale Earnhardt in the 1995 Save Mart Supermarkets 300 and with Robby Gordon in the Save Mart 350 in 2003, one pole award (Earnhardt, 1995), 14 top-five and 26 top-10 finishes. The Welcome, North Carolina,-based team has led 140 laps at Sonoma, completed 7,224 of the 7,270 laps contested (99.4 percent) and recorded just one DNF (Did Not Finish) over that stretch (1989-2017).

RCR in the MENCS … In 2,876 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 48 pole awards,108 wins, 487 top-five finishes and 1,055 top-10 finishes, with an average starting position of 17.8 and an average finishing position of 16.2. RCR has earned 15 total championships (six Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championships with Earnhardt in 1986, ’87, ’90, ’91, ’93 and ’94, six NASCAR Xfinity Series titles, two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series titles and one ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards title) and was the first organization to win titles in NASCAR’s three national series.

Interactive RCR …For up-to-date news and exclusive content, visit RCR’s corporate Twitter page – @RCRracing – along with the RCR Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team Twitter page – @RCRCup, and driver Twitter pages @austindillon3 and @RyanJNewman. Information about the 15-time championship winning organization can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RichardChildressRacing and at www.RCRracing.com along with official driver pages – http://www.facebook.com/austindillon3 and www.facebook.com/RyanNewmanNASCAR.

Catch the Action … The Sonoma 350 at Sonoma Raceway will be televised live Sunday, June 24 beginning at 3 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1 and will be broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

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This Week’s Dow Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Sonoma Raceway … In four previous Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Sonoma Raceway, Dillon’s best finish at the 10-turn, 1.99-mile road course is 17th, which he achieved in 2014 and 2015.

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AUSTIN DILLON QUOTES:

How do you like going to Sonoma?

“I definitely enjoy it. Sonoma is beautiful. We stay in Petaluma. It’s a trip that we like to try and go out early just to enjoy the countryside. Sonoma was really good to us last year. I love how that track kind of falls off. Really, it’s probably one of the oldest asphalts that we go to. At both Sonoma and Atlanta, you just have no grip. It’s a lot of fun and I’ve enjoyed it. Now it’s one of my favorite places to go.”

How do you prepare for Sonoma Raceway?
“A lot of simulator time. Get in the simulator and run a lot of laps. We will be finding some time to do that within the busy schedule.”

Do you find yourself doing a little bit more recreation when we are in Sonoma?

“Yeah, more just hanging out with the guys and going out with them when I can.”

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This Week’s Grainger/American Red Cross Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Sonoma Raceway
… Ryan Newman will make his 600th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start when the Series competes in the first road-course event of the season. In 16 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series events at the 10-turn, 1.99-mile road course, Newman owns two top-five and seven top-10 finishes. He has led 11 laps and completed all 1,657 laps of competition. The South Bend, Ind., native has an average start of 13.1 and average finish of 12.5. In the last 10 races at the road course, the Richard Childress Racing driver ranks fourth in most points earned.

$18 Million and Counting … Grainger has been a long-time partner of the American Red Cross (ARC) and has donated more than $18 million in cash and products to their efforts since 2001. In 2017, the U.S. saw unprecedented levels of disaster. And the need to support Red Cross disaster relief efforts continues. This is why Grainger has asked its partners, Ryan Newman and Richard Childress Racing, to help raise awareness by creating a special Red Cross paint scheme for the No. 31 Chevrolet to run at Sonoma Raceway on June 24. Race fans are welcome to donate to support disasters like hurricanes, wildfires and countless other crises by visiting grainger.com/racing or text the word “REDCROSS” to 90999.

MEDIA ALERT
… This weekend, RCR, Grainger and the American Red Cross are proud to support the track’s Sonoma Rising campaign by paying tribute to those affected by the devastating Sonoma/Napa fires, honoring first responders and lending support to the ongoing rebuilding efforts. On Friday, June 22 at 6:30 p.m. PT, RCR’s No. 31 Grainger team is inviting members of the media to participate in the assembling of American Red Cross kits for families that still need the essentials and for those locally who may need assistance during a tragic time like a home fire. The event is taking place in the Driver’s Lounge located in the back of the MENCS garage area. NASCAR Cup driver Ryan Newman, crew chief Luke Lambert, the entire 31 road crew, our friends at Grainger, the American Red Cross and the Ghigliazza family will be on hand to help and participate in interviews.

The Ghigliazza family will be guests of Grainger and RCR during the entire race weekend. John Ghigliazza is on the board of the local ARC chapter and never thought he would actually need to use the services provided by ARC. John and his family lost their home in the Sonoma/Napa fires. For their story: READ HERE.

OPEN HOUSE … The Caterpillar Visitors Center will welcome the No. 31 Caterpillar Camaro ZL1 driver Ryan Newman and team owner Richard Childress on Monday, July 2, 2018, from 10 a.m. CST until 12 p.m. CST. Tickets are needed for admission to the Newman and Childress autograph session and includes the launch of the newest exhibit, SPEED. Tickets are limited to the first 150 people and are $7 per person. Discounts do not apply to this event. For tickets and details, visit caterpillar.com/en/company/visitors-center/exhibits/speed.html.

RYAN NEWMAN QUOTES:

What is the key to being successful at Sonoma Raceway?

“The key to being successful at Sonoma Raceway is keeping your rear tires alive, not overheating them. You need to be good to your brakes and have a car that turns and rotates. You’ve got to be multi-talented because Sonoma boasts so many different types of corners. You’ve got to be able to drive through them all, mistake-free.”

Is there a corner for you that’s difficult to get right the entire time?
“I think the hardest part for me at Sonoma Raceway is really the easiest corner. It’s the esses. The corners where the car is most misbalanced are the fastest corners for whatever reason. It’s been like that for years for me. Hopefully if we can get those esses tightened up, we’ll be good.”

Martin Truex Jr is a 4/1 co-favorite to win at Sonoma

Martin Truex Jr won at Sonoma in 2013. He's 4/1 to win this week.
Furniture Row Racing Driver is a 2-Time Road Course Winner

DENVER, Colo. (June 19, 2018) – When talking about road course racing Martin Truex Jr.’s voice tends to rise a few decibels.

“I love the challenge of road racing,” Truex said. “I grew up racing go-karts on road courses (in New Jersey) and fell in love with that quickly. The excitement level definitely goes up a few notches when we compete at a road course.”

A two-time road course winner in the NASCAR Cup Series, Truex won’t have to wait much longer for a return to his grass roots form of racing. The Furniture Row Racing driver will be one of the favorites to capture Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway, the first of three road course races of the season.

Truex, who will drive the No. 78 5-hour ENERGY/Bass Pro Shops Camry at Sonoma’s 11-turn, 1.99-mile circuit, is a former Sonoma winner (2013) and also won last year’s road race at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International.

Truex was also in contention to win at Sonoma last year. He led a race high of 25 laps and was dominating the race until suffering an engine failure. He retired from the race on Lap 86 of 110.

Even when his engine started to experience power issues and was operating on seven cylinders, Truex was still running neck and neck with the race leader and eventual winner Kevin Harvick.

“We had strong performing road course cars last year,” Truex recalled. “We had the car to beat at Sonoma. We hit on something and had a ton of speed there. Our Furniture Row Racing team has been looking forward to getting back to Sonoma to finish what we almost completed last year.”

Though he has had success at Sonoma Raceway, Truex is aware of the technical difficulties of the track.

“Sonoma is more like a short track,” Truex noted. “It has a lot of slower speed corners and a lot of elevation changes. The worn out pavement causes tires to wear out fast. It’s almost like Darlington on a road course. You have to be disciplined at Sonoma. One little hiccup can knock you off the course and most likely out of the race.”

Truex, the reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion, enters the Toyota/Save Mart 300 sixth in driver points. He has two victories (Fontana, Calif. and Pocono (Pa.) Raceway) and nine top-five finishes.

His career record at Sonoma Raceway (formerly known as Sears Point Raceway and Infineon Raceway) includes: 12 starts, one win, two top fives, three top 10s and 92 laps led. His average start is 13.9 and average finish 21.0.

The stages for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 will be 25/25/60 laps for a race total of 110.

Expect a good run by Daugherty drivers at Sonoma

A.J. Allmendinger is 15/1 to win Sunday at Sonoma.
Event: Toyota/Save Mart 350
Date/Time: Sunday, June 24 at 3:00pmET
TV Network/Radio: FS1 | PRN Radio | SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90


AJ ALLMENDINGER, NO. 47 KROGER CLICKLIST CAMARO ZL1
RACING AT SONOMA RACEWAY: “I love racing at Sonoma Raceway,” Allmendinger said. “It’s a racetrack where when we go there, we feel like we always have a chance to run up front and be in the top-five, maybe win the race. Sonoma is really hard on rear tires, so that’s something we always focus on in practice. We have some good notes from last year to help set up the car to save the rear tires, but we can always make improvements on our long run speed. I think we’ll be good at Sonoma if we execute. Having a clean race and a good day on pit road will make for a great day. In these races, if you give yourself a chance, anything can happen. More than anything I focus on, winning is definitely the ultimate goal, but we have just got to go focus and execute for a whole weekend and get a great finish out of it in our Kroger ClickList Camaro ZL1. It’s a racetrack where we can really gain some points and have a good weekend.”

PRACTICING FOR A ROAD COURSE RACE: “When we get out to Sonoma and you get out on track for practice, even though I’m a road course guy, it takes a few laps to get acclimated again,” Allmendinger said. “However, I think it comes back quickly. I ran the Rolex 24-Hour race in Daytona (International Speedway), which is a very different track and car, but still a road course. Unlike a lot of other racetracks, Sonoma has a lot of breaking points that are all fairly close to the same. Even though it’s a different aero package, that comes back pretty naturally. Because of the track schedule, we really only have two practice sessions on Friday to get the Kroger ClickList Camaro ZL1 dialed in. It feels like right away when we get on the racetrack, we have to assess how it’s handling and how it’s doing on rear tires in our first runs. I think the lighter aero we get, the tighter we’re going to get, so it’s going to be critical to get that setup right on Friday.”

ROAD COURSE STAGE RACING: “With stage racing, it’s a little bit of a different approach,” Allmendinger said. “Last year was the first year we got to race with stage racing on a road course, and it really shook up the field. We got put in the back at one point during the stage, and I got aggressive and spun out. At the end of the day, it’s like any other race. You have to have a clean race, clean pit stops and execute to make sure everything we do at the racetrack is on point. We work really well together on our Kroger ClickList team, and I know we have the crew that can put together a solid weekend. It’s a challenging racetrack but I love it. It’s my home track, and it would be a big win for sure and so special for so many reasons. I’m really looking forward to getting out west and having a great weekend in front of all of our partners and hometown fans.”

CHRIS BUESCHER, NO. 37 MAXWELL HOUSE MAX CAMARO ZL1
RACING AT SONOMA RACEWAY: “I’ve only been to Sonoma Raceway twice, so I don’t have a whole lot of experience as far as that goes.” Buescher said. “I enjoy road racing. It’s not my background, but I like the change of pace. I like to do something different. I feel like I’ve adapted fairly well to it, even got a win at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on their road course in the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2014. It’s helped even more having AJ (Allmendinger) as a teammate, somebody I can really lean on when we go to road races to get some advice. That’s been awesome for me to have that person to try to teach me the fine details to make our Maxwell House Max team that much better than the rest of the field at road courses. Sonoma is a beautiful area, and we’re thrilled to have a ton of our partners attending this weekend that are our biggest supporters. It’s just a nice road course. It’ll be hot, which throws an extra curve ball at the setup. But as far as knowing much about the track, the biggest things that help me are trying to run the simulator beforehand and get on iRacing. Anything I can do to run laps and familiarize myself with breaking points and track features. When you get there for the real thing it’s different, but at least you know what corner is coming up next and you get to refresh your memory.”

LIMITED PRACTICE TIME: “Since Sonoma Raceway is so far from home, we really don’t head out there to test,” Buescher said. “We rely very heavily on watching old races, going in and getting in a simulator, or even getting behind an iRacing platform to run simulated laps and try to feel everything out. That’s the best thing I know to do right now. We were really good last year at Sonoma, earning our best qualifying effort of the season and I think between that and some tips from AJ, we’ll be in a really good spot to have a strong run in our No. 37 Maxwell House Max Camaro ZL1.”

SONOMA RACEWAY FAST FACTS

AJ ALLMENDINGER
Career Starts: 9
Career Wins: 0
Top-5 Finishes: 0
Top-10 Finishes: 2
Pole Awards: 1 – 6/28/2015
Laps Led: 60
Average Start: 11.7
Average Finish: 22.4

CHRIS BUESCHER
Career Starts: 2
Career Wins: 0
Top-5 Finishes: 0
Top-10 Finishes: 0
Laps Led: 4
Average Start: 22.5
Average Finish: 24.5

FAST FACTS – AJ ALLMENDINGER
Career Starts: 350
Wins: 1- 8/10/2014 Watkins Glen International
Top-fives: 10
Top-10s: 54
Pole Awards: 4
First Pole: 4/10/2010 ISM Raceway
Last Pole: 8/9/2015 Watkins Glen International
First Start: 3/25/2007 Bristol Motor Speedway
Best Start: 1st – 8/9/2015 Watkins Glen International (most recent)
Best Finish: 1st – 8/10/2014 Watkins Glen International
Driver DOB: 12/16/1981
Hometown: Los Gatos, CA
Crew Chief: Tristan Smith

FAST FACTS – CHRIS BUESCHER
Career Starts: 93
Wins: 1 – 8/1/2016 Pocono Raceway
Top-fives: 3
Top-10s: 7
Pole Awards: 0
First Start: 3/22/2015 Auto Club Speedway
Best Start: 9th – 6/25/2017 Sonoma Raceway
Best Finish: 1st – 8/1/2016 Pocono Raceway
Driver DOB: 10/29/1992
Hometown: Prosper, TX
Crew Chief: Trent Owens

Denny Hamlin only driver with road course top-5s in last four

Denny Hamlin is 10/1 to win Sunday at Sonoma.
Denny Hamlin
#11 FedEx Express Toyota
Joe Gibbs Racing

Race Info:

Race: Toyota / Save Mart 350
Date/Time: Sunday, June 24/3 p.m. ET
Distance: 110 Laps/218.9 Miles
Track Length: 1.99 miles
Track Shape: Road Course
Turns: 12
2017 Winner: Kevin Harvick

Express Notes:

Michigan Recap:
Denny Hamlin rebounded from his 36th-place starting spot to finish12th in the rain-shortened event at Michigan International Speedway. Hamlin qualified 10th for the 400-mile race, but he was forced to start at the back of the field following a pre-race inspection penalty for a non-compliant splitter. Hamlin worked his way up to 21st by the competition caution on lap 25, and the team’s subsequent pit strategy paid dividends as Hamlin lined up third following a two-tire stop. Hamlin finished fifth in the first Stage, but that would be the last time during the event that the FedEx Toyota would be in the top-five as Hamlin battled a loose condition and having to line up in the undesirable bottom lane for the following restarts. With inclement weather moving in, Hamlin tried to stay within the top-10, but his progress was hampered after a vibration developed late in the second Stage. Denny started the final Stage in ninth, but he found himself trapped in 12th when the race was officially called with 67 laps remaining.

Sonoma Preview: The Series heads to Sonoma Raceway for the first road course event of the season where Hamlin will look to capture his second career road course victory. Hamlin has three top-five and four top-10 finishes at the 12-turn road course including a fourth-place finish in last year’s race following a 14th-place qualifying effort.

Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares: This season, FedEx is tying the performance of the #11 FedEx Toyota on the track to its efforts to improve road safety through a new program, Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares, by donating $111 for each lap Hamlin leads and $11,000 for each race victory to Safe Kids Worldwide, a nonprofit working to protect kids on the road, at home and at play. FedEx will also contribute $111,000 to Safe Kids if the #11 team wins the 2018 NASCAR championship. New for the 2018 season, the Denny Hamlin Foundation will also match the total donation to Safe Kids Worldwide.

After 15 regular season races, Hamlin has led 235 laps resulting in an $26,085 donation to Safe Kids Worldwide which will ultimately be matched by the Denny Hamlin Foundation. Fans can track the total amount donated to date from the Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares program on the homepage of FedExRacing.com.

Press Kit: Download the 2018 FedEx Racing press materials at www.fedexracing.com/presskit, including bios for Denny Hamlin, Mike Wheeler and Joe Gibbs Racing leadership, program highlights and statistics.

Hamlin Statistics:

Track: Sonoma Raceway
Races: 12
Wins: 0
Poles: 0
Top-5: 3
Top-10: 4
Laps Led: 92
Avg. Start: 17.8
Avg. Finish: 19.4

Hamlin Conversation:

You have scored two consecutive top-five finishes in your past two starts at Sonoma. Do you think you and the #11 FedEx team have the right strategy to win this weekend?

“Last time we visited Sonoma (Raceway), we really had a great car, we just didn’t have quite enough to contend for a win at the end. If we can improve our qualifying effort (from last year) and make some slight set-up adjustments, I think we’ll be in an even better spot to go after a win this year.”

FedEx Express Operations Station in Cheyenne, Wyo., Along for the Ride at Sonoma: FedEx Express recognizes the company’s operation station in Cheyenne, Wyo., for their charitable contributions to the local community by featuring their call letters “CYSA” on the b-post of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota at Sonoma.

Kasey Kahne was winner of 2010 Sonoma Raceway race

Kasey Kahne is 100/1 to win Sunday at Sonoma.
Toyota / Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway

No. 95 Procore Camaro ZL1 Notes:


· JOIN THE PROCORE CREW: Become a member of the No. 95 crew today at www.procore.com/95crew to get your free, collectible Kasey Kahne hero card, as well as exclusive merchandise and content throughout the season thanks to our partner, Procore.

· KAHNE BY THE NUMBERS: In 14 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career starts at Sonoma, Kasey Kahne has an average start of 14.9 and an average finish of 17.9. He’s completed 1,526 of 1,547 (98.6 percent) career laps, and has led for a total of 41 laps. Kahne has earned two poles, one win (2009), two top-five and six top-10 finishes at the 1.99-mile road course.

· NEW CHIEF AT THE HELM: This weekend the No. 95 Procore team will be led by interim crew chief, Jonathan Leonard. Leonard has served as the team’s lead engineer during the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series leading up to this weekend and had also served as the team’s interim crew chief for the final five races of the 2017 season with driver Michael McDowell.

· RACE INFO: The Toyota / Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway (1.99-mile road course) begins at 3:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 24th. The race will be broadcast live on FS1, Sirius XM Channel 90 and PRN Radio.

Kahne’s Career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Stats at Sonoma:

Date Event: S F Laps Status
06/27/04 Dodge / Save Mart 350 30 31 109/110 Running
06/26/05 Dodge / Save Mart 350 26 41 92/110 Running
06/25/06 Dodge / Save Mart 350 6 31 110/110 Running
06/24/07 Toyota / Save Mart 350 8 23 110/110 Running
06/22/08 Toyota / Save Mart 350 1 33 111/112 Running
06/21/09 Toyota / Save Mart 350 5 1 113/113 Running
06/20/10 Toyota / Save Mart 350 1 4 110/110 Running
06/26/11 Toyota / Save Mart 350 6 20 110/110 Running
06/24/12 Toyota / Save Mart 350 15 14 112/112 Running
06/23/13 Toyota / Save Mart 350 15 6 110/110 Running
06/22/14 Toyota / Save Mart 350 30 6 110/110 Running
06/28/15 Toyota / Save Mart 350 26 8 110/110 Running
06/26/16 Toyota / Save Mart 350 19 9 110/110 Running
06/25/17 Toyota / Save Mart 350 21 24 109/110 Running

From the Driver’s Seat:

Kasey Kahne:
“Sonoma is a really fun track, but it can also be a tough track. Making your tires last, as well as turning in Turn 4, Turn 7, and Turn 10 are some pretty key things to focus on there. Getting off of Turn 11 is also really important, but having forward drive and keeping your tires on the car throughout the race are some of the important things we focus on at Sonoma. The restarts at Sonoma can be challenging because there’s a lot that goes on there usually with a preferred line, but it also kind of relies on the cars that are around you and how they’re able to take off up the hill and those first few corners. Everything matters at Sonoma, but the restarts are a place where you can either gain a lot, or lose a lot depending on where you’re at. You have to get off of Turn 10 really well in order to get into Turn 11 well and out brake everyone else in order to get to the inside line in that corner. A lot of times, you’ll see guys covering up that line since the field really backs up to you going into Turn 11. When you have a car that brakes really well and pulls all four tires down to suck down into the track, that’s a fun spot to try to pass and get an advantage.”

From the Pit Box:

Jon Leonard:
“This weekend is obviously our first road course race of the season. It has a lot of similarities to Martinsville with a very short track feel. Lots of brake usage, and lots of slow, low-grip corners throughout the course. Tire falloff is substantial, so tire strategy always comes into effect at Sonoma. The stages for this weekend are 25-50-110, but we can go 40 about or so laps on fuel. Cars typically pit under green much sooner than that due to such large falloff, and the opportunity to stay on the lead lap since the lap times for leaders is so long. Focuses for this weekend will be to keep it mistake-free and to keep it simple. Kasey has won here before, so he knows what he ultimately needs out of his race car. Letting him lead us in the right direction and being able to give him something he can compete with are going to be our priorities. Keeping brakes and fenders on our Procore Chevy are going to be a key to survival. The game plan for the race on Sunday will vary depending where we are running, but a top-10 will generally have a different approach than a top-20 of course. Just like any racetrack, Sonoma is all about track position, and finding ways to constantly improve track position will be important.

As for transitioning into the crew chief role, I’m excited and thankful for the opportunity. I’ve had a little experience at it before (with five races at the end of 2017 with Michael McDowell), so I can appreciate and understand what is expected and needed. A lot of my role will stay the same – set-up preparation, history analysis, and practice decisions from an engineering standpoint. Most changes are more evident at the shop pre and post-event: car/spec changes and decisions, part/component selection. A lot more work on the front and back-end of the weekends – and looking ahead – compared to mostly just week-of preparation. At the end of the day, all the decisions are going to be connected to my name. It’s not always going to be easy, and I’m sure it won’t always be right, but being able to own your mistakes, and grow from them is what is important. Being able to be a leader and bring this group together (including Kasey) will bring us success. I’m also lucky to have a great second engineer who I trust and can step into a lot of my former engineering role to help with some of my responsibilities both at the shop and at the track. Ben (Lynch) and I work well together and have a very similar background. I’m really looking forward to what this No. 95 team can achieve for the rest of the season. We have a good bunch of guys who want to compete with the big boys – and that’s what we’re here to do starting this weekend.”

About Procore Technologies:

Procore Technologies, Inc., is a leading provider of cloud-based applications for construction. Procore connects people, applications, and devices through a unified platform to help construction professionals manage risk and build quality projects, safely, on time, and within budget. The company has a diversified business model with products for Construction Project Management, Construction Financials, Quality & Safety, and Field Productivity. Headquartered in Carpinteria, California, with offices around the globe, Procore has more than 2.5 million users managing billions of dollars in annual construction volume. For more information about Procore, visit procore.com.

William Byron running K&N Pro Series at Sonoma as Cup Prep

William Byron is 200/1 to win at Sonoma in Cup debut.
William Byron on racing at Sonoma:
“I’ve done some preparation for Sonoma over the offseason, just trying to get an understanding of shifting and the blips. Really, Pocono was another good chance to practice shifting. I think the biggest things at Sonoma are getting your shifts right and your braking the way it needs to be. Trying to make speed on the entry of the corner is a lot more important than most places. On the ovals, it’s all about the exits, but on the road courses the entry is very important, and the exit is very important too, so you have to attack both parts of it.”

Byron on running the K&N race:
“I ran the K&N race there three years ago and finished fifth. The biggest thing was just trying to save your tires over the course of the race – you only had one set of tires, so it really teaches you some discipline there. It’s a good opportunity to get your rhythm down. Sonoma is obviously a pretty physical track, so you’ve got to be prepared for that when you’re running both races. But, it’s more track time and it gives me a better chance to be closer when I get to the Cup race because that’s probably going to be one of the hardest races of the year for me.”

DOUBLE DUTY: This weekend at Sonoma Raceway, Byron will pull double duty – driving his familiar No. 24 Chevy Camaro ZL1 in the Cup Series while also getting behind the wheel of the No. 27 Chevrolet for Jefferson Pitts Racing in the regional NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race on Saturday, June 23. The 64-lap Pro Series West race is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. local time. The tape-delayed race will air on NBCSN on Thursday, June 28, at 6 p.m. ET. Byron, the 2015 K&N Pro Series East champion, also ran the Pro Series West race at Sonoma in 2015, when he finished fifth.

LIBERTY U FOR TWO: The blue and red Liberty University colors will adorn the No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for the eighth time this season. Liberty is the majority primary partner of the No. 24 team with 13 races in 2018. Along with the Cup race, Liberty University will be featured on Byron’s No. 27 Chevy for Saturday’s Pro Series West race. Byron, a sophomore majoring in business communications, takes online classes at Liberty, which offers more than 250 programs online.

SONOMA STATS: Byron will make his first Cup Series start at Sonoma Raceway this weekend, but the rookie of the year contender has experience on the 1.99-mile road course in the 2015 K&N Pro Series West race – his first road course race in a stock car. He finished fifth after starting second in the 64-lap event, driving the No. 91 Liberty University Chevrolet for the HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks team. Overall, Byron has run seven road course races across three different NASCAR series – Xfinity, Truck and K&N Pro – finishing inside the top 10 in all but one of those races. His best road-course finish was the fifth-place Pro Series West result at Sonoma.

Sonoma Driver Match-ups: 2018 Toyota/Save Mart 350

Denny Hamlin is 10/1 this week.
WESTGATE LAS VEGAS SUPERBOOK
TOYOTA/SAVE MART 350
SONOMA RACEWAY
SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 2018 - 3:16 PM ET

DRIVER vs DRIVER MATCHUPS


Martin TRUEX JR - 110
Kyle BUSCH - 110 (Micah Roberts preferred match-up selection)

Martin TRUEX JR - 110
Kevin HARVICK - 110 (MR)

Martin TRUEX JR - 125
Clint BOWYER +105 (MR)

Kyle BUSCH - 110 (MR)
Kevin HARVICK - 110

Kyle BUSCH - 125 (MR)
Clint BOWYER +105

Kevin HARVICK - 125
Clint BOWYER +105 (MR)

Clint BOWYER - 135
Kurt BUSCH +115 (MR)

Kurt BUSCH - 135
Denny HAMLIN +115 (MR)

Kurt BUSCH - 145 (MR)
Joey LOGANO +125

Denny HAMLIN - 120 (MR)
Joey LOGANO EVEN

Denny HAMLIN - 130 (MR)
AJ ALLMENDINGER +110

Joey LOGANO - 120 (MR)
AJ ALLMENDINGER EVEN

Brad KESELOWSKI - 110 (MR)
Ryan BLANEY - 110

Brad KESELOWSKI - 130 (MR)
Jimmie JOHNSON +110

Ryan BLANEY - 130
Jimmie JOHNSON +110 (MR)

Jimmie JOHNSON - 120 (MR)
Chase ELLIOTT EVEN

Jimmie JOHNSON - 120 (MR)
Kyle LARSON EVEN

Chase ELLIOTT - 110 (MR)
Kyle LARSON - 110

Ryan NEWMAN - 125 (MR)
Paul MENARD +105

Kasey KAHNE - 110
Michael McDOWELL - 110 (MR)

Jimmie Johnson should be good match-up bet at Sonoma

Jimmie Johnson won at Sonoma Raceway in 2010. He's 25/1 to win this week.
Jimmie Johnson on racing at Sonoma:
“I hope everyone had a great off-weekend – I know I did. To be successful on a road course, you have to hit specific lines and marks. You have to be perfect. At Sonoma, it’s a narrow track and there are slower corner speeds. That can be tough on tires. Up until we finally broke through with a win in 2010 at Sonoma, it was one of my toughest tracks. I enjoy going there. It's always great to get back to California.”

SONOMA PERFORMANCE: Jimmie Johnson is the only driver to finish in the top 15 in each of the last nine Sonoma races. Johnson’s seven top-10 finishes in the last nine races are tied with competitor Clint Bowyer for the most in that span. His career average finish is 12.5 at the 1.99-mile road course just north of San Francisco.

BIG EARL IN THE FAN ZONE: Longtime No. 48 team spotter Earl Barban will appear in the fan zone at Sonoma Raceway for a question-and-answer session at 9:30 a.m. local time. Barban has been with the team throughout six of its seven NASCAR Cup Series championship seasons.

KNAUS AMONG THE FEW: No. 48 team crew chief Chad Knaus is one of the 11 active crew chiefs in the NASCAR Cup Series garage that has at least one win at Sonoma Raceway. Knaus, Johnson and the No. 48 crew led 55 laps at the 1.99-mile road course on June 20, 2010, for their only win to date at the track.

CALIFORNIA TIES: Julian Peña, a race engineer on the No. 48 team, is from Aliso Viego, California. Peña graduated from Aliso Niguel High School in 2002 and Stanford University in 2006 with a degree in mechanical engineering.

83 AND COUNTING: Johnson's next trip to Victory Lane will be his 84th points-paying NASCAR Cup Series win. He secured his 83rd in June 2017 to tie NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough for sixth on the all-time wins list. An 84th win would tie Hall of Famers Darrell Waltrip and Bobby Allison for fourth all-time. Johnson is currently 10 wins behind former teammate Jeff Gordon, who has 93 victories and is third on the list. Johnson has the most wins of all active drivers and Knaus has the most wins of all active crew chiefs with 81.

MICAH ROBERTS TAKE: #48 Jimmie Johnson (25/1) - He hasn't fared well in the past two seasons on road courses and his only win on them came in 2010. But between his team's upward progression and the normal edge differential with the top teams eliminated, I like him to make some precision laps and have a good day. Winning? Maybe not, but he will be a good play in driver match-ups.

 

2018 Season

  • 12th in standings
  • 15 starts
  • 0 wins
  • 0 pole positions
  • 2 top-five finishes
  • 6 top-10 finishes
  • 2 laps led
 
 

Career

  • 594 starts
  • 83 wins
  • 35 pole positions
  • 224 top-five finishes
  • 347 top-10 finishes
  • 18,665 laps led
 
 

Track Career 

  • 16 starts
  • 1 win
  • 0 pole positions
  • 4 top-five finishes
  • 9 top-10 finishes
  • 143 laps led
 

Sonoma Raceway Track Facts: 2018 Toyota/Save Mart 350

Kyle Busch leads all active drivers with four road course wins, two coming at Sonoma Raceway.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 2018 Top 16 at Sonoma Raceway
Rank
Driver
Races
Poles
Wins
Top Fives
Top 10s
DNFs
Average Finish
Driver Rating
 
 
1
Kyle Busch
13
0
2
3
5
0
17.1
90.7
 
2
Kevin Harvick
17
0
1
5
8
0
13.8
91.3
 
3
Joey Logano
9
1
0
2
4
0
12.8
83.6
 
4
Brad Keselowski
8
0
0
1
2
1
17.1
78.8
 
5
Clint Bowyer
12
0
1
7
9
1
10.7
90.1
 
6
Martin Truex Jr
12
0
1
2
3
3
21
88.6
 
7
Kurt Busch
17
1
1
7
9
0
14.1
107.5
 
8
Denny Hamlin
12
0
0
3
4
1
19.4
82.6
 
9
Ryan Blaney
2
0
0
0
1
0
16.0
75.0
 
10
Kyle Larson
4
1
0
0
0
0
20.2
82.9
 
11
Aric Almirola
6
0
0
0
0
0
23.3
59.1
 
12
Jimmie Johnson
16
0
1
4
9
1
12.5
99.6
 
13
Chase Elliott
2
0
0
0
1
0
14.5
76.8
 
14
Erik Jones
1
0
0
0
0
0
25.0
49.5
 
15
Alex Bowman
2
0
0
0
0
0
30.0
40.1
 
16
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
5
0
0
0
0
1
28.4
51.0
 
* – Based on last 13 races at Sonoma Raceway.


Loop Data Leaders: Sonoma Raceway
Monster Energy Series - Top 3 In Key Loop Data Statistics
Driver Rating

Avg. Running Position
Laps Led

Kurt Busch
107.5
Kurt Busch
9.960
Kurt Busch
166
Jimmie Johnson
99.6
Jimmie Johnson
11.428
Jimmie Johnson
143
Kevin Harvick
91.3
Kyle Larson
12.834
Kyle Busch
110
      
Fastest Laps Run
% of Laps in the Top 15

Quality Passes

Kurt Busch
88
Kurt Busch
78.6%
Jimmie Johnson
379
Jimmie Johnson
84
Jimmie Johnson
76.3%
Kurt Busch
333
Martin Truex Jr
81
Kyle Larson
68.2%
Kasey Kahne
320
Loop Data stats are from 2005 - Present


 At Sonoma Raceway:

History
·        The track opened as a 2.52-mile road course and drag strip in 1968.
·        The first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race was held on June 11, 1989 – won by Ricky Rudd at an average speed of 76.088 mph.
·        The first nine MENCS 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 29 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup races at Sonoma Raceway since the first race there in 1989 – one race per season.

Starts
·        214 drivers have competed in at least one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway; 149 in more than one.
·        Jeff Gordon leads the series in starts at Sonoma with 23 starts.
·        Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch lead all active drivers this weekend with 17 starts.
·        48 different drivers have made their first series start at Sonoma; including five last year (6/25/2017) – Alon Day, Billy Johnson, Josh Bilicki, Kevin O’Connell and Tommy Regan.
·        Kyle Larson (in four starts) leads the series in average starting position at Sonoma with a 3.250.

Poles
·        A total of 18 different drivers have won the Busch Pole Award at Sonoma, led by Jeff Gordon with five.
·        Jamie McMurray leads all active drivers in Busch poles at Sonoma with three.

·        Rusty Wallace won the inaugural Busch Pole Award at Sonoma in 1989 with a speed of 90.041 mph.  
·        Three drivers have won consecutive Busch poles at Sonoma: Ricky Rudd (1990 through 1992), Jeff Gordon (1998, ’99 and 2004, ’05) and Jamie McMurray (2013, ’14). Rudd holds the record for most consecutive poles at Sonoma with three.
·        Youngest Sonoma pole winner: Joey Logano (06/26/2011 – 21 years, 1 month, 2 days).
·        Oldest Sonoma pole winner: Rusty Wallace (06/25/2000 – 43 years, 10 months, 11 days).
·        Only one Monster Energy Series driver has posted his first Busch pole at Sonoma - Boris Said(6/22/2003).       
·        Five different manufacturers in the Monster Energy Series have won a Busch pole at Sonoma – Chevrolet (14 poles), Ford (seven), Pontiac (three), Toyota (three) and Dodge (two).
·        Four drivers have won Busch poles at Sonoma in two different manufacturers; see chart below:
Drivers
Poles
Ricky Rudd
3 (Chevrolet)
1 (Ford)
Jamie McMurray
2 (Chevrolet)
1 (Ford)
Kasey Kahne
1 (Dodge)
1 (Ford)
Rusty Wallace
1 (Ford)
1 (Pontiac)

Wins
·        A total of 19 different Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won at Sonoma Raceway, led by Jeff Gordon with five wins.
·        Seven active Monster Energy Series drivers have wins at Sonoma; led by Kyle Busch with two victories (2008 and 2015).
·        Busch is the only active driver with multiple wins; Kasey Kahne (2009), Jimmie Johnson (2010), Kurt Busch (2011) Clint Bowyer (2012), Martin Truex Jr. (2013) and Kevin Harvick (2017) each have one win.    
·        Jeff Gordon leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in road course wins with nine (Sonoma, five; Watkins Glen, four); Tony Stewart has the second most road course wins all-time with eight (Watkins Glen, five; Sonoma, three).
·        Kyle Busch leads all active MENCS drivers in road course wins with four (Sonoma, two and Watkins Glen, two) – Busch is tied with NASCAR Hall of Famers David Pearson and Mark Martin for 10th most MENCS road course wins all-time. 
·        NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison holds the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series record for the most wins (six) at a single road course track - Riverside International Raceway.
·        Kyle Busch’s two wins at Sonoma and two wins at Watkins Glen are the most by an active driver at a single road course track in the series.
·        Jeff Gordon is the only driver to post consecutive Monster Energy Series wins (three total) at Sonoma Raceway (1998 and 1999 were each from the pole and the 2000 win was from the fifth starting position).

·        Youngest Sonoma winner: Kyle Busch (06/22/2008 – 23 years, 1 month, 20 days).
·        Oldest Sonoma winner: Ricky Rudd (06/23/2002 – 45 years, 9 months, 11 days).
·        Five of the 29 (17.2%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Sonoma have been won from the Busch pole; the most recent was Jeff Gordon in 2004.
·        Jeff Gordon leads the series in wins from the pole at Sonoma with three (1998, 1999 and 2004).
·        The Busch Pole position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more wins (five) than any other starting position at Sonoma Raceway.    
·        The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Sonoma is 32nd, by Juan Pablo Montoya in 2007.
·        Only one other time has a Monster Energy Series race been won from a starting position outside the top 15 – Kyle Busch’s 2008 win; he started from 30th.
·        Juan Pablo Montoya is the only Monster Energy Series driver to post his first career win at Sonoma Raceway (2007).
·        Ryan Newman leads the series among active drivers this weekend with the most Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Sonoma without visiting Victory Lane at 16.
·        Hendrick Motorsports leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in wins at Sonoma with six victories (Jeff Gordon with five and Jimmie Johnson with one); followed by Joe Gibbs Racing with four wins (Kyle Busch with two and Tony Stewart with two). 
·        Six different manufacturers have won in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Sonoma; led byChevrolet with 11 victories; followed by Ford with eight, Toyota (four), Dodge (three), Pontiac (two) and Buick (one).
·        Four drivers have won in two different manufacturers in the Monster Energy Series at Sonoma; see chart below:
Drivers
Wins
Tony Stewart
2 (Chevrolet)
1 (Pontiac)
Ricky Rudd
1 (Buick)
1 (Ford)
Ernie Irvan
1 (Chevrolet)
1 (Ford)
Rusty Wallace
1 (Ford)
1 (Pontiac)

Additional Finishing Positions
·        A total of 18 drivers have finished runner-up in the Monster Energy Series at Sonoma; led by Jeff Gordon with five.
·        Five drivers have multiple runner-up finishes at Sonoma: Jeff Gordon (five), Mark Martin (four), TonyStewart (three), Ricky Rudd (two) and Robby Gordon (two).
·        Five active drivers are tied for the most runner-up finishes at Sonoma: Denny Hamlin, Jamie McMurray, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch and Ryan Newman each have one MENCS runner-up finish on the famous road course.
·        A total of 49 different Monster Energy Series driver have finished in the top-five at Sonoma; led by Jeff Gordon with 14 top fives; followed by Ricky Rudd with 10.
·        Kurt Busch and Clint Bowyer lead all active drivers in top-five finishes at Sonoma with seven each.  
·        A total of 73 different Monster Energy Series drivers have finished in the top-10 at Sonoma; led by Jeff Gordon with 18.
·        Clint Bowyer and Jimmie Johnson lead all active drivers in top 10s at Sonoma with nine each.
·        Jeff Gordon leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in average finishing position at Sonoma with an 8.3. Clint Bowyer leads all active drivers with a 10.7.  

All-Time Average Finish at Sonoma
Active Drivers Average Finish at Sonoma
Rank
Drivers
Average Finish
Starts
Rank
Active Drivers
Average Finish
Starts
1
Jeff Gordon
8.3
23
1
Clint Bowyer
10.7
12
2
Dale Earnhardt
8.6
12
2
Jimmie Johnson
12.5
16
3
Rick Wilson
10.5
4
3
Ryan Newman
12.5
16
4
Clint Bowyer
10.7
12
4
Joey Logano
12.8
9
5
Neil Bonnett
11.0
1
5
Kevin Harvick
13.8
17


Track Specific Stats
·        Since the advent of electronic scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the Monster Energy NASCAR 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.
·        Below are the top five closest MOVs in the MENCS at Sonoma:
Margin of Victory
Date
Race Winner
Runner-Up
0.197
6/27/1999
Jeff Gordon
Mark Martin
0.320
5/7/1995
Dale Earnhardt
Mark Martin
0.460
5/5/1996
Rusty Wallace
Mark Martin
0.532
6/28/2015
Kyle Busch
Kurt Busch
0.553
6/22/2003
Robby Gordon
Jeff Gordon

·        Qualifying has never been cancelled in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Sonoma Raceway.  
·        None of the 29 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Sonoma Raceway have been shortened due to weather conditions.  
·        None of the 29 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Sonoma Raceway have been postponed to a later date.
·        There have been three Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races resulting in NASCAR Overtime at Sonoma Raceway:
Date
Actual No. of Laps
Scheduled No. of Laps
NASCAR Overtime Laps
Race Winner
6/24/2012
112
110
2
Clint Bowyer
6/21/2009
113
110
3
Kasey Kahne
6/22/2008
112
110
2
Kyle Busch

·        Jeff Gordon leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in laps led at Sonoma with 457 laps led in 23 starts.  Kurt Busch leads all active drivers with 197 laps led at Sonoma.
·        Below are the top five Monster Energy Series lap leaders at Sonoma:  
Drivers
Laps Led
Laps Completed
% of Laps Led
Jeff Gordon
457
2343
20%
Kurt Busch
197
1862
11%
Rusty Wallace
171
1516
11%
Mark Martin
161
1975
8%
Robby Gordon
158
1499
11%


Female Competitors
·        Danica Patrick is the only female driver in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series to compete at Sonoma Raceway.
Driver
Starting Position
Finishing Position
Driver Rating
Date
Danica Patrick
6
17
66.5
6/25/2017
Danica Patrick
11
19
69.8
6/26/2016
Danica Patrick
21
24
61.6
6/28/2015
Danica Patrick
11
18
69.6
6/22/2014
Danica Patrick
31
29
43.0
6/23/2013
Averages
16.0
21.4
62.1


NASCAR in California
·        There has been a total of 200 NASCAR national series races held in the state of California among 17 different tracks.
·        Please see the chart below for a breakdown of the 200 events:
Track Name
City
Monster Energy
Xfinity
Camping World
Total Races
Auto Club Speedway
Fontana
29
29
13
71
Riverside International Raceway
Riverside
48
0
0
48
Sonoma Raceway
Sonoma
29
0
4
33
Mesa Marin Raceway
Bakersfield
0
0
9
9
Ontario Motor Speedway
Ontario
9
0
0
9
California State Fairgrounds
Sacramento
6
0
0
6
Carrell Speedway
Gardena
4
0
0
4
Ascot Stadium
Los Angeles
3
0
0
3
Bay Meadows Race Track
San Mateo
3
0
0
3
Marchbanks Speedway
Hanford
3
0
0
3
Oakland Stadium
Oakland
3
0
0
3
Redwood Speedway
Eureka
2
0
0
2
Willow Springs Speedway
Lancaster
2
0
0
2
Capitol Speedway
Sacramento
1
0
0
1
Merced Fairgrounds
Merced
1
0
0
1
Santa Clara Fairgrounds
San Jose
1
0
0
1
Saugus Speedway
Saugus
0
0
1
1
Totals

144
29
27
200

·        The first NASCAR national series event held in the state of California was a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on April 8, 1951 at Carrell Speedway. The race was won by Marshall Teague (Hudson).


California Drivers In NASCAR
·        A total of 438 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as California.
·        40 of the 438 (9.1%) Californian drivers in NASCAR have posted at least one win in one of NASCAR’s three national series. The list of winners is below:
Rank
Driver
Monster Energy
Xfinity
Camping World
1
Jeff Gordon
93
5
0
2
Jimmie Johnson
83
1
0
3
Kevin Harvick
42
47
14
4
Marvin Panch
17
0
0
5
Ernie Irvan
15
3
0
6
Dick Rathmann
13
0
0
7
Dan Gurney
5
0
0
8
Kyle Larson
5
9
2
9
Eddie Gray
4
0
0
10
Parnelli Jones
4
0
0
11
Eddie Pagan
4
0
0
12
Robby Gordon
3
1
0
13
Ray Elder
2
0
0
14
Danny Letner
2
0
0
15
Marvin Porter
2
0
0
16
AJ Allmendinger
1
2
0
17
Dick Brooks
1
0
0
18
Marvin Burke
1
0
0
19
Jim Cook
1
0
0
20
Lou Figaro
1
0
0
21
Danny Graves
1
0
0
22
Johnny Mantz
1
0
0
23
Casey Mears
1
1
0
24
Bill Norton
1
0
0
25
John Soares
1
0
0
26
Danny Weinberg
1
0
0
27
Ron Hornaday Jr
0
4
51
28
Jason Leffler
0
2
1
29
Tyler Reddick
0
2
3
30
Ryan Reed
0
2
0
31
Cole Custer
0
1
2
32
David Gilliland
0
1
0
33
Justin Marks
0
1
0
34
Joe Ruttman
0
1
13
35
Boris Said
0
1
1
36
Mike Skinner
0
1
28
37
Matt Crafton
0
0
14
38
Justin Lofton
0
0
1
39
Scott Speed
0
0
1
40
Brandon Whitt
0
0
1


2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Results
Date
Track
Busch Pole
Stage 1
Stage 2
Stage 3
Race Winner
OEM
2/18/2018
Daytona
Alex Bowman
Kurt Busch
Ryan Blaney
N/A
Austin Dillon
Chevrolet
2/25/2018
Atlanta
Kyle Busch
Kevin Harvick
Brad Keselowski
N/A
Kevin Harvick
Ford
3/4/2018
Las Vegas
Ryan Blaney
Kevin Harvick
Kevin Harvick
N/A
Kevin Harvick
Ford
3/11/2018
ISM
Martin Truex Jr
Kyle Busch
Kurt Busch
N/A
Kevin Harvick
Ford
3/18/2018
Auto Club
Martin Truex Jr
Martin Truex Jr.
Martin Truex Jr.
N/A
Martin Truex Jr
Toyota
3/26/2018
Martinsville
None-Weather
Denny Hamlin
Ryan Blaney 
N/A
Clint Bowyer 
Ford 
4/8/2018
Texas
Kurt Busch
Kevin Harvick
Kyle Busch
N/A
Kyle Busch
Toyota
4/15/2018
Bristol
Kyle Busch
Brad Keselowski
Brad Keselowski
N/A
Kyle Busch
Toyota
4/21/2018
Richmond
Martin Truex Jr.
Joey Logano
Joey Logano
N/A
Kyle Busch
Toyota
4/29/2018
Talladega
Kevin Harvick
Brad Keselowski
Paul Menard
N/A
Joey Logano
Ford
5/6/2018
Dover
Kyle Larson
Kevin Harvick
Kevin Harvick
N/A
Kevin Harvick
Ford
5/12/2018
Kansas
Kevin Harvick
Ryan Blaney
Kyle Larson
N/A
Kevin Harvick
Ford
5/19/2018
All-Star Open
N/A
Alex Bowman
Daniel Suarez
N/A
AJ Allmendinger
Chevrolet
5/19/2018
All-Star Race
Matt Kenseth
Kevin Harvick
Kyle Busch
Kevin Harvick
Kevin Harvick
Ford
5/27/2018
Charlotte
Kyle Busch
Kyle Busch
Kyle Busch
Kyle Busch
Kyle Busch
Toyota
6/3/2018
Pocono
Ryan Blaney
Martin Truex Jr
Kevin Harvick
N/A
Martin Truex Jr
Toyota
6/10/2018
Michigan
Kurt Busch
Ryan Blaney
Kevin Harvick
N/A
Clint Bowyer 
Ford
        
2018 Top Five MENCS Performers In Each Statistical Category
 
Rank
Drivers
Wins
 
Rank
Drivers
Runner-Ups
 
1
Kevin Harvick
5
 
1
Kyle Busch
3
 
2
Kyle Busch
4
 
2
Kyle Larson
3
 
3
Clint Bowyer
2
 
3
Kevin Harvick
2
 
4
Martin Truex Jr
2
 
4
Martin Truex Jr
2
 
5
Austin Dillon
1
 
5
Brad Keselowski
1
 
 
Joey Logano
1
  
Bubba Wallace
1
 
     
Chase Elliott
1
 
Rank
Drivers
Top Fives
  
Clint Bowyer
1
 
1
Kevin Harvick
11
  
Kurt Busch
1
 
2
Kyle Busch
10
     
3
Martin Truex Jr
9
 
Rank
Drivers
Top 10s
 
4
Denny Hamlin
6
 
1
Joey Logano
12
 
5
Joey Logano
5
 
2
Kevin Harvick
12
 
 
Kyle Larson
5
 
3
Kyle Busch
12
 
    
4
Brad Keselowski
9
 
Rank
Drivers
Laps Led
 
5
Kyle Larson
9
 
1
Kevin Harvick
958
  
Martin Truex Jr
9
 
2
Kyle Busch
888
     
3
Ryan Blaney
444
 
Rank
Drivers
Poles
 
4
Kyle Larson
356
 
1
Kyle Busch
3
 
5
Clint Bowyer
308
 
2
Martin Truex Jr
3
 
 
Martin Truex Jr
308
 
3
Kevin Harvick
2
 
    
4
Kurt Busch
2
 
    
5
Ryan Blaney
2
 


Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series - Milestones
STARTS
Driver: Ryan Newman
Has
Needs
Milestone:
599
1
Will become the 28th driver to make 600 or more Monster Energy Series starts.
Driver: Denny Hamlin
Has
Needs
Milestone:
449
1
Will become the 51st driver to make 450 or more Monster Energy Series starts.
Driver: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Has
Needs
Milestone:
199
1
Will become the 132nd driver to make 200 or more Monster Energy Series starts.
WINS
Driver: Jimmie Johnson
Has
Needs
Milestone:
83
1
Tie Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip for fourth on the all-time series wins list.
Driver: Kyle Busch
Has
Needs
Milestone:
47
1
Tie Herb Thomas (48) for 14th on the all-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins list.
Driver: Kevin Harvick
Has
Needs
Milestone:
42
2
Tie Bill Elliott (44) for 16th on the all-time MENCS wins list.
Driver: Matt Kenseth
Has
Needs
Milestone:
39
1
To tie Mark Martin for 19th on the all-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins list.
Driver: Denny Hamlin
Has
Needs
Milestone:
31
1
To tie Dale Jarrett for 24th on the all-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins list.
Driver: Kurt Busch
Has
Needs
Milestone:
29
2
Tie Denny Hamlin for 25th on the all-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins list.
BUSCH POLES
Driver: Ryan Newman
Has
Needs
Milestone:
51
3
Tie Bill Elliott for eighth on the all-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series poles list.
Driver: Jimmie Johnson
Has
Needs
Milestone:
35
1
To tie Rusty Wallace and Rex White for 18th on the all-time series poles list.
Driver: Kyle Busch
Has
Needs
Milestone:
30
1
To tie Fonty Flock for 23rd on the all-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series poles list.
Driver: Kasey Kahne
Has
Needs
Milestone:
27
2
To tie Kyle Busch and Ricky Rudd for 25th on the all-time Monster Energy Series poles list.


Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series - Milestones
Second-Place Finishes
Driver: Jimmie Johnson
Has
Needs
Milestone:
46
2
Tie Lee Petty for 11th on the all-time series second-place finishes list.
Driver: Kyle Busch
Has
Needs
Milestone:
43
1