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 11 at 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX, 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
2022 pole winner (last race):
Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 92.111 mph, 77.776 secs. June 11, 2022
2022 race winner (last race):
Daniel Suárez, Chevrolet, 78.008 mph, (02:48:22), June 12, 2022
At Sonoma Raceway Track Data & Tidbits:
Season Race #: 16 of 36 (06-11-23)
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 located just outside Sonoma, California.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 Series 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 Raceway 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.Starting last season, Sonoma Raceway returned the track configuration back to the 1.99-mile configuration with the return of the ‘chute‘.In total there have been 33 NASCAR Cup Series races at Sonoma Raceway since the inaugural 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 240 different drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway; 167 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 leads all active NASCAR Cup Series drivers in starts at Sonoma Raceway with 21 starts.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.RankFirst-Time DriversDateRankFirst-Time DriversDateRankFirst-Time DriversDate1Ben Rhodes6/6/202118Max Papis6/22/200835P.J. Jones5/16/19932Alon Day6/25/201719David Gilliland6/25/200636Rick Carelli6/7/19923Billy Johnson6/25/201720Chris Cook6/26/200537Rick Scribner6/7/19924Josh Bilicki6/25/201721Brandon Ash6/27/200438Ron Hornaday Jr6/7/19925Kevin O’Connell6/25/201722Klaus Graf6/27/200439R.K. Smith6/9/19916Tommy Regan6/25/201723Johnny Miller6/22/200340Robert Sprague6/9/19917Dylan Lupton6/26/201624Austin Cameron6/23/200241Scott Gaylord6/9/19918Alex Kennedy6/23/201325Jim Inglebright6/23/200242Butch Gilliland6/10/19909Justin Marks6/23/201326Brian Simo6/25/200043Jack Sellers6/10/199010Paulie Harraka6/23/201327Sean Woodside5/4/199744Mike Chase6/10/199011Victor Gonzalez Jr6/23/201328Tom Hubert5/4/199745Bill Cooper6/11/198912David Mayhew6/24/201229Jeff Krogh5/5/199646Darin Brassfield6/11/198913Tomy Drissi6/24/201230Larry Gunselman5/5/199647Dick Johnson6/11/198914Andy Pilgrim6/26/201131Dan Obrist5/7/199548Terry Fisher6/11/198915Jan Magnussen6/20/201032Doug George5/7/199549Troy Beebe6/11/198916Mattias Ekstrom6/20/201033Ken Pedersen5/7/199517Marcos Ambrose6/22/200834Dirk Stephens5/16/1993Kyle Larson leads the NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Sonoma Raceway with a 2.125 in eight starts.
Top 10 in Average Starting Position at Sonoma Raceway (All-Time and Active)
RankAll-Time DriversAvg. StartRacesRankActive DriversAvg StartRaces1Kyle Larson2.12581Kyle Larson2.12582Chase Elliott5.83362Chase Elliott5.83363Rusty Wallace6.941173Tyler Reddick7.50024Marcos Ambrose7.14374William Byron8.25045Tyler Reddick7.50025Daniel Suárez11.20056Jeff Gordon7.696236Joey Logano11.231137William Byron8.25047AJ Allmendinger11.455128Ricky Rudd9.056188Ryan Blaney13.00069Mark Martin9.952219Kyle Busch13.2941710Alan Kulwicki10.500410Martin Truex Jr14.00016
A total of 18 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won at least one pole at Sonoma Raceway.Three active NASCAR Cup Series Sonoma Raceway pole winners are entered this weekend.Active Pole WinnerPolesSeasonsKyle Larson42022, 2019, 2018, 2017AJ Allmendinger12015Joey Logano12011NASCAR 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 four (2017, 2018, 2019, 2022).NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace won the inaugural NASCAR Cup Series pole at Sonoma Raceway in 1989 with a speed of 90.041 mph driving a Pontiac for car owner Raymond Beadle.Four drivers have won consecutive NASCAR Cup Series poles at Sonoma Raceway: Ricky Rudd (three: 1990, 1991, 1992), Jeff Gordon (1998, 1999 and 2004, 2005), Jamie McMurray (2013, 2014) and Kyle Larson (four: 2017, 2018, 2019, 2022).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).A total of 13 different organizations have won at least one pole in the NASCAR Cup Series at Sonoma Raceway; six of the 13 are active this weekend.RankActive OrganizationsPolesSeasons1Hendrick Motorsports102022, 2005, 2004, 2001, 1999, 1998, 1996, 1992, 1991, 19902Joe Gibbs Racing32016, 2011, 20023Roush Fenway Racing22007, 19974Team Penske22006, 20005JTG Daugherty Racing120156Richard Childress Racing11993Hendrick Motorsports leads the NASCAR Cup Series in poles at Sonoma Raceway with 10 among four drivers: Jeff Gordon (five: 1998, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2005), Ricky Rudd (three: 1990, 1991, 1992), Kyle Larson (2022), Terry Labonte (1996).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; led by Chevrolet (17 poles), followed by 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).Kyle Larson (Sonoma Raceway: 2017, 2018, 2019, 2022) and William Byron (Charlotte ROVAL 2019, Road America 2021, Indy R.C. 2021, and COTA 2023) lead all active drivers in road course poles in the NASCAR Cup Series with four poles each.
A total of 21 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won at Sonoma Raceway.Five of the 21 NASCAR Cup Series active Sonoma Raceway winners are entered this weekend.Active Sonoma WinnersWinsSeasonsMartin Truex Jr32019, 2018, 2013Kyle Busch22015, 2008Daniel Suárez12022Kyle Larson12021Kevin Harvick12017NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon leads the NASCAR Cup 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 all-time 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; 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 (1971, 1973, 1975, 1979, 1981-1, 1981-3).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).A total of 15 different starting positions on the grid have led to victories in the 33 NASCAR Cup Series races at Sonoma Raceway.The first starting position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more series wins (six) than any other starting position at Sonoma Raceway.Six of the 33 (18.1%) 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.In total four different drivers have won a NASCAR Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway from the pole or first starting position. NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon leads the NASCAR Cup Series in wins from the pole or first starting position at Sonoma with three victories (1998, 1999 and 2004); followed by Ernie Irvan (1994), Mark Martin (1997) and Kyle Larson (2021).
NASCAR Cup Series Wins by Starting Positions at Sonoma Raceway
Starting PositionWinsWinning %Starting PositionWinsWinning %1618.18%1013.03%2412.12%11412.12%326.06%1213.03%439.09%1313.03%526.06%1413.03%613.03%3013.03%739.09%3213.03%826.06%StatsWinning %WinsWinning from the First Starting Position:18.18%6Winning from the Front Row:30.30%10Winning from a Top-Five Starting Position:51.52%17Winning from a Top-10 Starting Position:72.73%24Winning After Starting Outside the Top 10:27.27%9Winning After Starting Outside the Top 20:6.06%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.Two drivers have posted their first career NASCAR cup Series win at Sonoma Raceway – Juan Pablo Montoya (2007) and Daniel Suárez (2022).Denny Hamlin leads the series among active drivers this weekend with the most NASCAR Cup Series starts at Sonoma Raceway without visiting Victory Lane at 16 appearances.In total 17 different organizations have won in the NASCAR Cup Series at Sonoma Raceway.A total of seven of the 17 organizations that have won in the NASCAR Cup Series at Sonoma are active this weekend.RankActive OrganizationsSonoma WinsSeasons1Hendrick Motorsports72021, 2010, 2006, 2004, 2000, 1999, 19982Joe Gibbs Racing52019, 2015, 2008, 2005, 20013Stewart-Haas Racing22017, 20174RFK Racing22014, 19975Team Penske22011, 19966Richard Childress Racing22003, 19957Trackhouse Racing12022Hendrick Motorsports leads the NASCAR Cup Series in wins at Sonoma Raceway with seven victories among three drivers: Jeff Gordon (five: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2006), Jimmie Johnson (one: 2010) and Kyle Larson (one: 2021).Six different manufacturers have won in the NASCAR Cup Series at Sonoma; led by Chevrolet with 13 victories; followed by Ford with eight, Toyota (six), Dodge (three), Pontiac (two) and Buick (one).Chevrolet holds the record for the longest streak of consecutive NASCAR Cup Series wins at Sonoma Raceway at four straight from 2003-2006.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)
ADDITIONAL FINISHING POSITIONS
A total of 21 drivers have finished runner-up in the NASCAR Cup Series at Sonoma Raceway.NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon leads the NASCAR Cup Series in runner-up finishes at Sonoma 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 Martin42Chase Elliott13Tony Stewart3Chris Buescher14Kevin Harvick2Denny Hamlin1Ricky Rudd2Kyle Busch1Robby Gordon2
A total of 57 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have finished in the top-five at Sonoma Raceway.NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon leads the series in top-five finishes at Sonoma with 14 top fives.Kevin Harvick leads all active NASCAR Cup 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 Gordon141Kevin Harvick72Ricky Rudd102Kyle Busch63Rusty Wallace93Martin Truex Jr54Clint Bowyer84Denny Hamlin45Kurt Busch75Joey Logano3Mark Martin7Kevin Harvick7
A total of 84 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have finished in the top-10 at Sonoma Raceway.NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon leads the NASCAR Cup Series in top-10 finishes at Sonoma with 18.Kevin Harvick leads all active NASCAR 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 Gordon181Kevin Harvick112Mark Martin132Kyle Busch83Kevin Harvick113Denny Hamlin7Kurt Busch114Martin Truex Jr6Ricky Rudd115Joey Logano5Rusty Wallace11
Jeff Gordon leads the NASCAR Cup Series in average finishing position at Sonoma with an 8.3 in 23 starts.Daniel Suárez leads all active NASCAR Cup Series drivers in average finish at Sonoma with a 12.2 in five starts.
Top 10 in Average Finishing Positions at Sonoma Raceway (All-Time & Active)
RankAll-Time DriversAvg FinishRacesRankActive DriversAvg FinishRaces1Jeff Gordon8.304231Daniel Suárez12.20052Dale Earnhardt8.583122Kevin Harvick12.762213Clint Bowyer10.143143Chase Elliott13.33364Rick Wilson10.50044Joey Logano13.692135Marcos Ambrose11.28675Ryan Blaney14.16766Ricky Rudd11.722186Erik Jones14.60057Tony Stewart11.778187Chase Briscoe15.00028Mark Martin11.857218Kyle Larson15.12589Daniel Suárez12.20059Kyle Busch15.5291710Jimmie Johnson12.3891810Ross Chastain15.6673
A total of 75 different drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series have led at least one lap at Sonoma Raceway.NASCAR Hall of Famer 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 16 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 Lap Leaders RacesLedCompleted% Led1Jeff Gordon234572,34319.5%2Martin Truex Jr162131,58213.5%3Kurt Busch212062,2649.1%4Rusty Wallace171711,51611.3%5Mark Martin211611,9758.2%6Robby Gordon151581,49910.5%7Jimmie Johnson181431,9607.3%8Ricky Rudd181341,6378.2%9Kyle Busch171151,7916.4%10Tony Stewart181041,9715.3%RankActive Lap Leaders RacesLedCompleted% Led1Martin Truex Jr162131,58213.5%2Kyle Busch171151,7916.4%3Denny Hamlin161021,6976.0%4Kevin Harvick21952,2804.2%5Kyle Larson89484111.2%6AJ Allmendinger12651,1175.8%7Daniel Suárez54720223.3%8Chase Elliott6425927.1%9Brad Keselowski12271,2762.1%10Joey Logano13271,3951.9%
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 Gordon
Top Five Largest Margins of Victory at Sonoma Raceway in the NASCAR Cup Series
Margin of VictoryDateRace WinnerRunner-Up10.5136/24/2018Martin Truex JrKevin Harvick9.5605/15/1994Ernie IrvanGeoff Bodine8.1336/23/2013Martin Truex JrJeff Gordon4.1016/25/2000Jeff GordonSterling Marlin4.0976/24/2007Juan Pablo MontoyaKevin HarvickQualifying has never been cancelled in the NASCAR Cup Series at Sonoma Raceway due to weather. But the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series event, set the starting lineups by Metric Qualifying due to the pandemic restrictions.None of the 33 NASCAR Cup Series races at Sonoma Raceway have been shortened due to weather conditions.None of the 33 NASCAR Cup Series races at Sonoma Raceway have been postponed to a later date.There have been four NASCAR Cup Series races resulting in NASCAR Overtime at Sonoma Raceway:DateMOVScheduledActualDifferenceWinnerRunner-Up6/6/20210.61490922Kyle LarsonChase Elliott6/24/20120.8291101122Clint BowyerTony Stewart6/21/20090.7481101133Kasey KahneTony Stewart6/22/20081.7161101122Kyle BuschDavid Gilliland
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 213 NASCAR national series points-paying races held in the state of California among 17 different tracks.The NASCAR Cup Series has also competed at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in 2022 and 2023 – a special non-points event to start the season.Tracks in CaliforniaCityCupXfinityTruckCombinedFirst YearAuto Club SpeedwayFontana333313791997Riverside International RacewayRiverside4800481958Sonoma RacewaySonoma3305381989Mesa Marin RacewayBakersfield00991995Ontario Motor SpeedwayOntario90091971California State FairgroundsSacramento60061956Carrell SpeedwayGardena40041951Ascot StadiumLos Angeles30031957Bay Meadows Race TrackSan Mateo30031954Marchbanks SpeedwayHanford30031951Oakland StadiumOakland30031951Redwood SpeedwayEureka20021956Willow Springs SpeedwayLancaster20021956Capitol SpeedwaySacramento10011957Merced FairgroundsMerced10011956Santa Clara FairgroundsSan Jose10011957Saugus SpeedwaySaugus00111995Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles00002022Totals1523328213The 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 459 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as California.44 of the 459 Californian drivers in NASCAR have posted at least one win in one of NASCAR‘s three national series. The list of winners is below:RankDrivers From CaliforniaCupXfinityTruckCombined1Jeff Gordon9350982Jimmie Johnson8310843Kevin Harvick6047141214Kyle Larson21143385Marvin Panch1700176Ernie Irvan1530187Dick Rathmann1300138Dan Gurney50059Eddie Gray400410Parnelli Jones400411Eddie Pagan400412Tyler Reddick41031713Robby Gordon310414AJ Allmendinger21601815Ray Elder200216Danny Letner200217Marvin Porter200218Dick Brooks100119Marvin Burke100120Jim Cook100121Cole Custer11121422Lou Figaro100123Danny Graves100124Johnny Mantz100125Casey Mears110226Bill Norton100127John Soares100128Danny Weinberg100129Ron Hornaday Jr04515530Jason Leffler021331Ryan Reed020232David Gilliland010133Justin Marks010134Joe Ruttman01131435Boris Said011236Mike Skinner01282937Matt Crafton00151538Zane Smith009939Sheldon Creed008840Tyler Ankrum001141Matt DiBenedetto001142Justin Lofton001143Scott Speed001144Brandon Whitt0011Totals345122153620
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