Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California going into the Toyota / Save Mart 350 on June 12 at 4 p.m. ET on FS1, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
Sonoma Raceway — Qualifying / Race Data
Track qualifying record (2.52-miles):
Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 95.901 mph, 94.598 secs. June 22, 2019, (Set in Round 1 of 2)
Track race record (2.52-miles):
Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 83.922 mph, (02:42:09), June 23, 2019
Track qualifying record (1.99-miles):
Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 96.568 mph, 74.186 secs. June 27, 2015, (Set in Round 1 of 2)
Track race record (1.99-miles):
Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 83.624 mph, (02:39:55), June 24, 2012
2021 pole winner (last race):
Starting Lineup was decided by Metric Qualifying; Kyle Larson started from first position
2021 race winner (last race):
Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 71.445 mph, (03:14:42), June 6, 2021
At Sonoma Raceway:
Season Race #: 16 of 36 (06-12-22)
Track Size: 1.99-miles
Number of Turns: 12
Track: Multi-Elevational Paved Road Course
Race Length: 110 laps / 218.9 miles
Stage 1 Length: 25 laps
Stage 2 Length: 30 laps
Final Stage Length: 55 laps
The track known today as Sonoma Raceway, was opened as a 2.52-mile, multi-elevational paved road course and drag strip in 1968.Over the course of the existence of the facility it has held a few different names – Sears Point Raceway, Sears Point International Raceway and Infineon Raceway prior to being renamed Sonoma Raceway.The first NASCAR Cup race at Sonoma Raceway was held on June 11, 1989 and was won by Ricky Rudd driving a Buick for car owner Kenny Bernstein. Rudd ran the race at an average speed of 76.088 mph. He led 61 of 74 scheduled laps.The first nine NASCAR Cup Series races at Sonoma 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.In 2019 and 2021, the track was reconfigured back to the original 2.52-mile configuration with races being 90 laps — 226.8 miles.This season Sonoma Raceway will be returning the track configuration back to the 1.99-mile configuration with the return of the ‘chute‘.There have been 32 NASCAR Cup Series races at Sonoma Raceway since the first race there in 1989 — one race per season until the 2020 season due to the pandemic the series did not compete at Sonoma Raceway.
A total of 236 different drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway; 160 have competed in more than one.NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon leads the NASCAR Cup Series in starts at Sonoma Raceway with 23 starts.Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch lead all active drivers in the series in starts at Sonoma with 20 each.A total of 49 different drivers have made their first series start at Sonoma Raceway; the most recent was Ben Rhodes on June 6, 2021.Kyle Larson (seven starts) leads the series in average starting position at Sonoma with a 2.3.
Top 10 in Average Starting Position at Sonoma Raceway (All-Time and Active)
RankAll-Time DriversAvg. StartRacesRankActive DriversAvg StartRaces1Kyle Larson2.28671Kyle Larson2.28672William Byron4.33332William Byron4.33333Chase Elliott6.60053Chase Elliott6.60054Rusty Wallace6.941174Kurt Busch11.400205Marcos Ambrose7.14375Joey Logano11.417126Jeff Gordon7.696236Daniel Suarez12.00047Ricky Rudd9.056187Ryan Blaney12.80058Mark Martin9.952218Martin Truex Jr13.067159Alan Kulwicki10.50049Kyle Busch13.3751610Jerry Nadeau10.600510Kevin Harvick15.45020
A total of 18 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won at least one pole at Sonoma Raceway.Three active NASCAR Cup Series Sonoma pole winners are entered this weekend.Active Sonoma Pole WinnersPolesSeasonsKyle Larson42021, 2019, 2018, 2017Joey Logano12011Kurt Busch12006NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon leads the NASCAR Cup Series in poles at Sonoma Raceway with five (1998, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2005).Kyle Larson leads all active NASCAR Cup Series drivers in poles at Sonoma Raceway with three (2017, 2018, 2019).NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace won the inaugural pole at Sonoma in 1989 with a speed of 90.041 mph driving a Pontiac for car owner Raymond Beadle.Four drivers have won consecutive series poles at Sonoma: Ricky Rudd (three: 1990, 1991, 1992), Jeff Gordon (1998, 1999 and 2004, 2005), Jamie McMurray (2013, 2014) and Kyle Larson (three: 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021).Youngest series Sonoma pole winner: Joey Logano (June 26, 2011 — 21 years, 1 month, 2 days).Oldest series Sonoma pole winner: Rusty Wallace (June 25, 2000 — 43 years, 10 months, 11 days).Only one NASCAR Cup Series driver has posted his first series career pole at Sonoma – Boris Said (June 22, 2003).Four drivers have won NASCAR Cup Series poles at Sonoma in two different manufacturers; see chart below:DriversPolesRicky Rudd3 (Chevrolet)1 (Ford)Jamie McMurray2 (Chevrolet)1 (Ford)Kasey Kahne1 (Dodge)1 (Ford)Rusty Wallace1 (Ford)1 (Pontiac)Five different manufacturers in the NASCAR Cup Series have won a pole at Sonoma Raceway — Chevrolet (17 poles), Ford (seven), Pontiac (three), Toyota (three) and Dodge (two).NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip leads the series in road course poles (all-time) with nine poles — all at Riverside International Raceway (1980, three-race sweep in 1981, 1982, two races in 1983, 1985 and 1986).
A total of 20 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won at Sonoma Raceway.Five of the 20 NASCAR Cup Series active Sonoma Raceway winners are entered this weekend.Active Sonoma Race WinnersWinsSeasonsMartin Truex Jr32019, 2018, 2013Kyle Busch22015, 2008Kyle Larson12021Kevin Harvick12017Kurt Busch12011NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon leads the series in wins at Sonoma Raceway with five victories (1998, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2006).Joe Gibbs Racing‘s Martin Truex Jr. (2013, 2018, 2019) leads all active drivers in wins at Sonoma Raceway in the NASCAR Cup Series with three victories.Jeff Gordon leads the 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).Chase Elliott leads all active NASCAR Cup Series drivers in road course wins with seven victories (Watkins Glen, two; Charlotte ROVAL, two; Daytona RC, COTA and Road America).NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison holds the NASCAR Cup Series record for the most wins at a single road course track — with six victories at Riverside International Raceway.Only two drivers have posted consecutive NASCAR Cup Series wins at Sonoma Raceway:Jeff Gordon (1998 and 1999 were each from the pole and the 2000 win was from the fifth starting position).Martin Truex Jr. (2018 was from the outside front row and 2019 was from eighth starting position).Youngest series Sonoma winner: Kyle Busch (June 22, 2008 — 23 years, 1 month, 20 days).Oldest series Sonoma winner: Ricky Rudd (June 23, 2002 — 45 years, 9 months, 11 days).Six of the 32 (18.75%) NASCAR Cup Series races at Sonoma Raceway have been won from the pole or first starting position; the most recent was Kyle Larson in 2021.Jeff Gordon leads the series in wins from the pole or first starting position at Sonoma with three victories (1998, 1999 and 2004).The first starting position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more series wins (five) than any other starting position at Sonoma Raceway.
NASCAR Cup Series Wins by Starting Positions at Sonoma Raceway
Starting PositionWinsWinning %Starting PositionWinsWinning %1618.75%1013.13%2412.50%11412.50%326.25%1213.13%439.38%1313.13%526.25%1413.13%613.13%3013.13%739.38%3213.13%813.13% StatsWinning %WinsWinning from the First Starting Position:18.75%6Winning from the Front Row:31.25%10Winning from a Top-Five Starting Position:53.13%17Winning from a Top-10 Starting Position:71.88%23Winning After Starting Outside the Top 20:6.25%2The 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 NASCAR Cup Series race been won from a starting position outside the top 15 at Sonoma Raceway — Kyle Busch‘s 2008 win; he started from 30th.Juan Pablo Montoya is the only NASCAR Cup Series driver to post his first career win at Sonoma Raceway (2007).Four drivers have won in two different manufacturers in the NASCAR Cup Series at Sonoma; see chart below:DriversWinsTony Stewart2 (Chevrolet)1 (Pontiac)Ricky Rudd1 (Buick)1 (Ford)Ernie Irvan1 (Chevrolet)1 (Ford)Rusty Wallace1 (Ford)1 (Pontiac)Denny Hamlin leads the series among active drivers this weekend with the most NASCAR Cup Series starts at Sonoma without visiting Victory Lane at 15.In total 15 different organizations have won in the NASCAR Cup Series at Sonoma Raceway; eight are active this weekend.RankActive OrganizationsSonoma Wins1Hendrick Motorsports72Joe Gibbs Racing53Richard Childress Racing24Team Penske25RFK Racing26Stewart-Haas Racing2Hendrick Motorsports leads the NASCAR Cup Series in wins at Sonoma with seven victories (Jeff Gordon with five, Jimmie Johnson with one and Kyle Larson with one).Six different manufacturers have won in the NASCAR Cup Series at Sonoma; led by Chevrolet with 12 victories; followed by Ford with eight, Toyota (five), Dodge (three), Pontiac (two) and Buick (one).
ADDITIONAL FINISHING POSITIONS
A total of 20 drivers have finished runner-up in the NASCAR Cup Series at Sonoma Raceway.NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon leads the series in runner-up finishes with five.Kevin Harvick leads all active drivers in the series in runner-up finishes at Sonoma with two.
Top Five in Runner-Up Finishes at Sonoma Raceway (All-Time & Active)
RankAll-Time DriversRunner-UpsRankActive DriversRunner-Ups1Jeff Gordon51Kevin Harvick22Mark Martin42Denny Hamlin13Tony Stewart3Kurt Busch14Kevin Harvick2 Kyle Busch1Ricky Rudd2Chase Elliott1 Robby Gordon2
A total of 53 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have finished in the top-five at Sonoma.NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon leads the series in top-five finishes at Sonoma with 14 top fives.Kurt Busch leads all active series drivers in top-five finishes at Sonoma with seven.
Top Five in Top-Five Finishes at Sonoma Raceway (All-Time & Active)
RankAll-Time DriversTop FivesRankActive DriversTop Fives1Jeff Gordon141Kurt Busch72Ricky Rudd102Kevin Harvick63Rusty Wallace93Kyle Busch64Clint Bowyer84Martin Truex Jr55Kurt Busch75Denny Hamlin4 Mark Martin7
A total of 79 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have finished in the top-10 at Sonoma.NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon leads the series in top-10 finishes at Sonoma with 18.Kurt Busch leads all active Cup Series drivers in top 10s at Sonoma with 11.
Top Five in Top-10 Finishes at Sonoma Raceway (All-Time & Active)
RankAll-Time DriversTop 10sRankActive DriversTop 10s1Jeff Gordon181Kurt Busch112Mark Martin132Kevin Harvick103Ricky Rudd113Kyle Busch84Rusty Wallace114Denny Hamlin75Kurt Busch115Martin Truex Jr.6
Jeff Gordon leads the NASCAR Cup Series in average finishing position at Sonoma with an 8.3 in 23 starts.Erik Jones leads all active NASCAR Cup Series drivers in average finish at Sonoma with a 12.750 in four starts.
Top 10 in Average Finishing Positions at Sonoma Raceway (All-Time & Active)
RankAll-Time DriverAvg FinishRacesRankActive DriversAvg FinishRaces1Jeff Gordon8.304231Erik Jones12.75042Dale Earnhardt8.583122Kevin Harvick13.200203Clint Bowyer10.143143Kurt Busch13.200204Rick Wilson10.50044Joey Logano13.417125Marcos Ambrose11.28675Chase Elliott14.40056Ricky Rudd11.722186Kyle Busch14.625167Tony Stewart11.778187Daniel Suarez15.00048Mark Martin11.857218Kyle Larson15.14379Jimmie Johnson12.389189Ryan Blaney15.800510Erik Jones12.750410Brad Keselowski16.63611
A total of 74 different drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series have led at least one lap at Sonoma Raceway.Jeff Gordon leads the NASCAR Cup Series in laps led at Sonoma Raceway with 457 laps led in 23 starts.Martin Truex Jr. leads all active Cup drivers in laps led at Sonoma (second-most all-time) with 213 laps led in 15 Sonoma Raceway starts.NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon has led the most laps at Sonoma Raceway in a single NASCAR Cup Series race and won with 92 laps led of the scheduled 110 laps (83.6%) on June 27, 2004.NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin led the most laps at Sonoma Raceway in a single NASCAR Cup Series race and did not win (finished second) after leading 66 of the 74 scheduled laps (89.1%) on May 7, 1995.The fewest laps led by a NASCAR Cup Series winner at Sonoma Raceway is two laps and it has happened twice; in 1991 Davey Allison led just two laps en route to the win at Sonoma and in 1995 Dale Earnhardt led just two laps en route to the win.
Top 10 in Laps Led at Sonoma Raceway (All-Time & Active)
RankAll-Time DriversRacesLedCompleted% Led1Jeff Gordon234572,34320%2Martin Truex Jr152131,47214%3Kurt Busch202062,15410%4Rusty Wallace171711,51611%5Mark Martin211611,9758%6Robby Gordon151581,49911%7Jimmie Johnson181431,9607%8Ricky Rudd181341,6378%9Kyle Busch161151,6817%10Tony Stewart181041,9715%RankActive DriversRacesLedCompleted% Led1Martin Truex Jr152131,47214%2Kurt Busch202062,15410%3Kyle Busch161151,6817%4Denny Hamlin151021,5876%5Kevin Harvick20952,1704%6Kyle Larson7687319%7AJ Allmendinger11651,0076%8William Byron3262759%9Brad Keselowski11241,1662%10Joey Logano12231,2852%
TRACK SPECIFIC STATS
Since the advent of electronic scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the NASCAR Cup Series at Sonoma Raceway is the June 27, 1999 race won by Jeff Gordon over Mark Martin with a margin of victory of 0.197 second.
Top Five Closest Margins of Victory at Sonoma Raceway in the NASCAR Cup Series
Margin of VictoryDateRace WinnerRunner-Up0.1976/27/1999Jeff GordonMark Martin0.3205/7/1995Dale EarnhardtMark Martin0.4605/5/1996Rusty WallaceMark Martin0.5326/28/2015Kyle BuschKurt Busch0.5536/22/2003Robby GordonJeff GordonQualifying has never been cancelled in the NASCAR Cup Series at Sonoma Raceway due to weather. But last year‘s event set the starting lineups by Metric Qualifying due to the pandemic restrictions.None of the 32 NASCAR Cup Series races at Sonoma Raceway have been shortened due to weather conditions.None of the 32 NASCAR Cup Series races at Sonoma Raceway have been postponed to a later date.There have been three NASCAR Cup Series races resulting in NASCAR Overtime at Sonoma Raceway:DateActual No. of LapsScheduled No. of LapsNASCAR Overtime LapsRace Winner6/24/20121121102Clint Bowyer6/21/20091131103Kasey Kahne6/22/20081121102Kyle Busch
Danica Patrick is the only female driver in the NASCAR Cup Series to compete at Sonoma Raceway.DriverStarting PositionFinishing PositionDriver RatingDateDanica Patrick61766.56/25/2017Danica Patrick111969.86/26/2016Danica Patrick212461.66/28/2015Danica Patrick111869.66/22/2014Danica Patrick312943.06/23/2013Averages16.021.462.1
NASCAR IN CALIFORNIA
There has been a total of 209 NASCAR national series points-paying races held in the state of California among 17 different tracks.Track NameCityCupXfinityTruckTotal RacesFirst YearAuto Club SpeedwayFontana323213771997Riverside International RacewayRiverside4800481958Sonoma RacewaySonoma3204361989Mesa Marin RacewayBakersfield00991995Ontario Motor SpeedwayOntario90091971California State FairgroundsSacramento60061956Carrell SpeedwayGardena40041951Ascot StadiumLos Angeles30031957Bay Meadows Race TrackSan Mateo30031954Marchbanks SpeedwayHanford30031951Oakland StadiumOakland30031951Redwood SpeedwayEureka20021956Willow Springs SpeedwayLancaster20021956Capitol SpeedwaySacramento10011957Merced FairgroundsMerced10011956Santa Clara FairgroundsSan Jose10011957Saugus SpeedwaySaugus00111995Totals1503227209The first NASCAR national series event held in the state of California was a 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 454 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as California.43 of the 454 Californian drivers in NASCAR have posted at least one win in one of NASCAR‘s three national series. The list of winners is below:RankCalifornia DriversCupXfinityTruckCombined1Jeff Gordon9350982Jimmie Johnson8310843Kevin Harvick5847141194Kyle Larson17122315Marvin Panch1700176Ernie Irvan1530187Dick Rathmann1300138Dan Gurney50059Eddie Gray400410Parnelli Jones400411Eddie Pagan400412Robby Gordon310413AJ Allmendinger21201414Ray Elder200215Danny Letner200216Marvin Porter200217Dick Brooks100118Marvin Burke100119Jim Cook100120Cole Custer11021321Lou Figaro100122Danny Graves100123Johnny Mantz100124Casey Mears110225Bill Norton100126John Soares100127Danny Weinberg100128Tyler Reddick01031329Ron Hornaday Jr04515530Jason Leffler021331Ryan Reed020232David Gilliland010133Justin Marks010134Joe Ruttman01131435Boris Said011236Mike Skinner01282937Matt Crafton00151538Sheldon Creed008839Zane Smith006640Tyler Ankrum001141Justin Lofton001142Scott Speed001143Brandon Whitt0011Totals335115148598
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