Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Sonoma Raceway Track Facts: 2016 Toyota/SaveMart 350

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2016 Top 16 at Sonoma Raceway

Driver
Races
Poles
Wins
Top Fives
Top 10s
DNFs
Average Finish
Driver Rating
 
 
1
Kevin Harvick
15
0
0
4
6
0
15.1
86.9
 
2
Kurt Busch
15
1
1
7
7
0
14.8
109.3
 
3
Brad Keselowski
6
0
0
0
1
1
19.8
73.3
 
4
Carl Edwards
11
0
1
3
5
1
16.5
88.3
 
5
Joey Logano
7
1
0
1
3
0
14.3
81.1
 
6
Chase Elliott
0
0
0
0
0
0
0.0
0.0
 
7
Jimmie Johnson
14
0
1
4
9
1
12.4
101.0
 
8
Martin Truex Jr
10
0
1
1
2
2
21
83.3
 
9
Kyle Busch
11
0
2
2
3
0
19.1
88.3
 
10
Matt Kenseth
16
0
0
0
1
1
22.1
75.2
 
11
Dale Earnhardt Jr
16
0
0
1
2
1
19.4
75.2
 
12
Austin Dillon
2
0
0
0
0
0
17
65.9
 
13
Denny Hamlin
10
0
0
1
2
1
22.7
76.0
 
14
Jamie McMurray
13
3
0
2
2
0
16.2
87.1
 
15
Ryan Newman
14
0
0
2
6
0
12.6
88.5
 
16
Ryan Blaney
0
0
0
0
0
0
0.0
0.0
 
* – Based on last 11 races at Sonoma Raceway.

Sonoma Raceway Data
Season Race #: 16 of 36 (06-28-15)
TV:  FS1 at 3 p.m. ET
Track Size: 1.99-miles
Number of Turns: 12
Race Length: 110 laps / 219 miles / 350 Kilometers

Top 10 Driver Ratings at Sonoma
Kurt Busch................................ 109.3
Jimmie Johnson........................ 101.0
Tony Stewart.............................. 98.1
Clint Bowyer............................... 96.7
Ryan Newman............................ 88.5
Kyle Busch................................. 88.3
Carl Edwards.............................. 88.3
Jamie McMurray......................... 87.1
Kevin Harvick.............................. 86.9
Kasey Kahne.............................. 86.7
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2015 races (11 total) among active drivers at Sonoma Raceway.

Qualifying/Race Data
2015 pole winner:
AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet
96.310 mph, 74.385 secs. 06-27-15

2015 race winner:
Kyle Busch, Toyota
74.774 mph, (02:55:39), 06-28-15

Track qualifying record:
Kyle Larson, Chevrolet
96.568 mph, 74.186 secs. 06-27-15

Track race record:
Clint Bowyer, Toyota
83.624 mph, (02:39:55), 06-24-12
At Sonoma Raceway:
History
·         The track opened as a 2.52-mile road course and drag strip in 1968.
·         The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was held on June 11, 1989 – won by Ricky Rudd at a speed of 76.088 mph.
·         The first nine races were 300 kilometers and switched to a 350k format in 1998.
·         The track was reconfigured to 1.949 miles in 1998 with the installation of an 890-foot chute between the original Turns 4 and 7.
·         The track was reconfigured to 2.0 miles in 2001 and re-measured at 1.99 miles in 2002.
Starts
·         There have been 27 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Sonoma Raceway since the first race there in 1989 – one race per season.
·         201 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway; 144 in more than one.
·         42 drivers made their first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Sonoma Raceway.  
·         Jeff Gordon leads the series in starts at Sonoma with 23; Tony Stewart leads all active drivers with 17 starts.
·         NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace leads the series in average starting position at Sonoma with a 6.941.Kurt Busch leads all active drivers in average starting position with a 9.200.
Poles
·         16 drivers have Coors Light poles at Sonoma, led by Jeff Gordon with five; Jamie McMurray leads all active drivers with three.
·         Rusty Wallace won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Sonoma in 1989 with a speed of 90.041 mph.  
·         Three drivers have won consecutive Coors Light poles at Sonoma: Ricky Rudd, Jeff Gordon (1998, ’99 and 2004, ’05) and Jamie McMurray (2013, ’14). Ricky Rudd holds the record for most consecutive poles at Sonoma with three; fall 1990 through 1992.
Poles
·         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).
·         Boris Said is the only driver in series history to post his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light pole at Sonoma Raceway (6/22/2003).       
·         Chevrolet leads the series in Coors Light poles at Sonoma with 13 followed Ford (seven), Pontiac (three), Dodge (two) and Toyota (two).

Wins        
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Sonoma Active Winners
 
Active Winners
Wins
1
Kyle Busch
2
2
Tony Stewart
2
3
Carl Edwards
1
4
Clint Bowyer
1
5
Dale Earnhardt
1
6
Jimmie Johnson
1
7
Kasey Kahne
1
8
Kurt Busch
1
9
Martin Truex Jr
1

18 different NSCS drivers have won at Sonoma Raceway, led by Jeff Gordon with five wins.
·         Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch have the most wins among active drivers at Sonoma with two each.
·         Jeff Gordon leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in all-time road course wins with nine (Sonoma, five; Watkins Glen, four); Tony Stewart has the second most road course wins all-time with seven (Watkins Glen, five; Sonoma, two).
·         NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison holds the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series record for the most wins at a single road course track with six at Riverside International Raceway.
·         Jeff Gordon is the only driver to post consecutive wins (three total) at Sonoma Raceway (1998 and 1999 each from the pole and 2000 from the fifth starting position).
·         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).
·         Hendrick Motorsports has the most wins at Sonoma in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with six: Jeff Gordon(five) and Jimmie Johnson (one).
·         Six different manufacturers have won in the series at Sonoma; led by Chevrolet with 10 victories; followed byFord with seven, Toyota (four), Dodge (three), Pontiac (two) and Buick (one).
·         Five of the 27 (18.5%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Sonoma have been won from the Coors Light pole; the most recent was Jeff Gordon in 2004. Gordon is the only NSCS driver to win from the pole at Sonoma more than once (1998, 1999 and 2004).
·         The Coors Light pole position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more wins (five) than any other starting position at Sonoma Raceway.    
·         Eight of the 27 (29.6%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Sonoma have been won from the front row: five from the pole and three from second-place.
·         19 of the 27 (70.3%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Sonoma have been won from a top-10 starting position.

Wins
·         Eight of the 27 (29.6%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Sonoma have been won from a starting positionoutside the top 10.
·         Two of the 27 (7.4%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Sonoma have been won from a starting positionoutside the top 20.
·         The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Sonoma is 32nd starting position, by Juan Pablo Montoya in 2007.
·         Carl Edwards competed at Sonoma Raceway 10 times before visiting Victory Lane; the longest span of any the nine active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners.    
·         Matt Kenseth and Dale Earnhardt Jr. lead the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Sonoma without visiting Victory Lane at 16 each.
·         Juan Pablo Montoya is the only driver in series history to post his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win at Sonoma Raceway (6/24/2007). 

Additional Finishing Positions
·         Jeff Gordon leads the series in runner-up finishes at Sonoma with five. Tony Stewart leads all active drivers with three.
·         Jeff Gordon leads the series in top-five finishes at Sonoma with 14; followed by Ricky Rudd with 10. Kurt Busch leads all active drivers with seven.   
·         Jeff Gordon leads the series in top-10 finishes at Sonoma with 18; followed by Mark Martin with 13. Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart lead all active drivers with nine each.
·         Jeff Gordon leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Sonoma with an 8.304. Clint Bowyer leads all active series drivers with an 8.600.

Track Specific Stats
·         Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Sonoma Raceway was the June 27, 1999 race won by Jeff Gordon over Mark Martin with a MOV of 0.197 second.
·         Four of the last 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Sonoma have ended with a margin of victory of less than a second.
·         There have been three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races resulting with a green-white-checkered finish at Sonoma Raceway (Scheduled No. of Laps/Actual No. of Laps): 2008 (110/112); 2009 (110/113) and 2012 (110/112).
·         None of the 24 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Sonoma Raceway have been shortened due to weather conditions.     
·         Qualifying has never been cancelled in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Sonoma Raceway.   

Track Specific Stats
·         Jeff Gordon leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Sonoma with 457 laps led in 23 starts. Kurt Busch leads all active drivers in laps led at Sonoma with 197 in 15 starts.

Female Competitors     
·         Danica Patrick is the only female driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series to compete at Sonoma Raceway.
Driver
Starting Position
Finishing Position
Driver Rating
Date
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

NASCAR in California
·         There have been 194 NASCAR national series races held in the state of California – 140 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, 27 NASCAR XFINITY Series and 27 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
·         15 different tracks hosted the 140 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in California.
·         The first NASCAR national series race held in the state of California was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event on April 8, 1951 at Carrell Speedway in Gardena, California – the race was won by Marshall Teague (Hudson).


California Drivers In NASCAR
·         436 drivers that have made at least one start in a NASCAR national series race have their home state recorded as California.
·         Of the 436 Californian drivers 382 competed in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
·         39 of the 436 (8.9%) have won a NASCAR national series race.  


NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Milestones
    
Drivers
Has
Needs
Milestones
Tony Stewart
48
1
Break the tie with Herb Thomas to become solely 13th on all-time wins list
Kyle Busch
37
1
Break tie with Bobby Isaac and Matt Kenseth to become solely 19th on all-time wins list
Matt Kenseth
37
1
Break tie with Bobby Isaac and Kyle Busch to become solely 19th on all-time wins list
Kevin Harvick
32
1
Tie Fireball Roberts for 22nd on all-time wins list
Kurt Busch
28
1
Break tie with Rex White and become solely 25th on all-time wins list
Denny Hamlin
27
1
Tie Kurt Busch and Rex White for 25th on all-time wins list
Carl Edwards
27
1
Tie Kurt Busch and Rex White for 25th on all-time wins list
Jimmie Johnson
34
1
Tie Ned Jarrett (35) for 19th on all-time series poles list
Kasey Kahne
27
1
Break tie with Terry Labonte to become solely 25th on all-time poles list
Denny Hamlin
23
1
Tie Alan Kulwicki for 28th on all-time poles list
Kevin Harvick
47
1
Tie Lee Petty (48) for 10th on all-time 2nd-place finishes list
Jimmie Johnson
46
1
Tie Kevin Harvick for 11th on all-time 2nd-place finishes list
Tony Stewart
182
1
Break the tie with Terry Labonte to become solely 17th on all-time top-five finishes list
Dale Earnhardt Jr
148
1
Tie Jim Paschal (149) for 22nd on all-time series top-five finishes list
Kyle Busch
139
1
Tie James Hylton (140) for 25th on all-time series top-five finishes list
Jimmie Johnson
17,937
63
To become ninth NSCS driver all-time to lead 18,000 laps
Tony Stewart
12,795
205
To become 11th NSCS driver all-time to lead 13,000 laps
Kyle Busch
11,660
340
To become 14th NSCS driver all-time to lead 12,000 laps
Matt Kenseth
10,811
189
To become 16th NSCS driver all-time to lead 11,000 laps
Kurt Busch
8,844
156
To become 20th NSCS driver all-time to lead 9,000 laps
    
Track Specific Milestones

   
Drivers
Has
Needs
Milestones
Jamie McMurray
3
1
Tie Ricky Rudd (4) for second-most series poles at Sonoma
Kasey Kahne
2
1
Tie Jamie McMurray for third-most series poles at Sonoma
Kyle Busch
2
1
Break tie with Ernie Irvan, Ricky Rudd, Rusty Wallace and Tony Stewart to become solely second on all-time series wins list at Sonoma
Tony Stewart
2
1
Break tie with Ernie Irvan, Ricky Rudd, Rusty Wallace and Kyle Busch to become solely second on all-time series wins list at Sonoma
Richard Childress
2
1
Tie Robert Yates for third-most series wins all-time at Sonoma
Roger Penske
2
1
Tie Robert Yates for third-most series wins all-time at Sonoma
Jack Roush
2
1
Tie Robert Yates for third-most series wins all-time at Sonoma

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