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DATE: Sunday, June 22
SITE: Sonoma Raceway -- Sonoma, California
TRACK: 1.99-mile, 12-turn road course
ANNUAL: 26th
CAPACITY: N/A (Grandstand Seating)
TELEVISION: TNT
RADIO: Performance Racing Network (PRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 3 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Saturday June 21/1:40 p.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Martin Truex Jr.
RUNNER-UP: Jeff Gordon
POLE WINNER: Jamie McMurray (finished 25)
LAPS: 110
MILES: 219 (350 kilometers)
QUALIFYING RECORD: Marcos Ambrose, 2012 (95.262 mph)
RACE RECORD: Clint Bowyer, 2012 (83.624 mph)
 
2013 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Martin Truex Jr146Kasey Kahne15
2Jeff Gordon107Marcos Ambrose2
3Carl Edwards38Greg Biffle4
4Kurt Busch79Jimmie Johnson19
5Clint Bowyer510Kevin Harvick12
2013 Toyota/Save Mart 350 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 76.658 mph
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 51 mins., 20 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 8.133 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 7 for 19 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 10 among 8 drivers
POLE WINNER: Jamie McMurray (94.986 mph)
Past Toyota/Save Mart 350 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2013 -- Martin Truex Jr. (14) -- Toyota -- 76.658 mph
2012 -- Clint Bowyer (6) -- Toyota -- 83.624 mph
2011 -- Kurt Busch (11) -- Dodge -- 75.411 mph
2010 -- Jimmie Johnson (2) -- Chevrolet -- 74.357 mph
2009 -- Kasey Kahne (5) -- Dodge -- 71.012 mph
2008 -- Kyle Busch (30) -- Toyota -- 76.445 mph
2007 -- Juan Pablo Montoya (32) -- Dodge -- 74.547 mph
2006 -- Jeff Gordon (11) -- Chevrolet -- 73.953 mph
2005 -- Tony Stewart (7) -- Chevrolet -- 72.845 mph
2004 -- Jeff Gordon (1) -- Chevrolet -- 77.456 mph
2003 -- Robby Gordon (2) -- Chevrolet -- 73.821 mph
2002 -- Ricky Rudd (7) -- Ford -- 81.007 mph
2001 -- Tony Stewart (3) -- Pontiac -- 75.889 mph
2000 -- Jeff Gordon (5) -- Chevrolet -- 78.789 mph
1999 -- Jeff Gordon (1) -- Chevrolet -- 70.378 mph
1998 -- Jeff Gordon (1) -- Chevrolet -- 72.387 mph
1997 -- Mark Martin (1) -- Ford -- 75.788 mph
1996 -- Rusty Wallace (7) -- Ford -- 77.673 mph
1995 -- Dale Earnhardt (4) -- Chevrolet -- 70.681 mph
1994 -- Ernie Irvan (1) -- Ford -- 77.458 mph
1993 -- Geoff Bodine (3) -- Ford -- 77.013 mph
1992 -- Ernie Irvan (2) -- Chevrolet -- 81.412 mph
1991 -- Davey Allison (13) -- Ford -- 72.970 mph
1990 -- Rusty Wallace (11) -- Pontiac -- 69.245 mph
1989 -- Ricky Rudd (4) -- Buick -- 76.088 mph
 
NOTE: Formerly called Banquet Frozen Foods 300 (1989-91), The Save Mart 300
(1992), Save Mart Supermarkets 300 (1993-97), Save Mart/Kragen 350
(1998-2000).
 
Past Toyota/Save Mart 350 Pole Winners (Finish)
2013 -- Jamie McMurray -- 25
2012 -- Marcos Ambrose -- 8
2011 -- Joey Logano -- 6
2010 -- Kasey Kahne -- 4
2009 -- Brian Vickers -- 16
2008 -- Kasey Kahne -- 33
2007 -- Jamie McMurray -- 37
2006 -- Kurt Busch -- 5
2005 -- Jeff Gordon -- 33
2004 -- Jeff Gordon -- 1
2003 -- Boris Said -- 6
2002 -- Tony Stewart -- 2
2001 -- Jeff Gordon -- 3
2000 -- Rusty Wallace -- 26
1999 -- Jeff Gordon -- 1
1998 -- Jeff Gordon -- 1
1997 -- Mark Martin -- 1
1996 -- Terry Labonte -- 5
1995 -- Ricky Rudd -- 4
1994 -- Ernie Irvan -- 1
1993 -- Dale Earnhardt -- 6
1992 -- Ricky Rudd -- 4
1991 -- Ricky Rudd -- 2
1990 -- Ricky Rudd -- 3
1989 -- Rusty Wallace -- 2
Last Race Results
RACE: Quicken Loans 400 (June 15)
SITE: Michigan International Speedway -- Brooklyn, Michigan
MILES: 400
LAPS: 200
WINNER: Jimmie Johnson
RUNNER-UP: Kevin Harvick
THIRD: Brad Keselowski
FOURTH: Paul Menard
FIFTH: Kasey Kahne
POLE WINNER: Kevin Harvick (finished 2)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 47 mins., 19 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 143.441 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.214 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 8 for 36 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 25 among 13 drivers
LAP LEADERS: Harvick 1-18, J. Gordon 19-42, Keselowski 43-44, J. Gordon 45-56,
Harvick 57-74, Johnson 75-77, Logano 78-91, Johnson 92-104,
Harvick 105-112, Keselowski 113, Harvick 114-118, Keselowski 119,
Harvick 120-126, Logano, 127-141, Harvick 142-148, McMurray
149-151, Johnson152-164, McMurray 165, Earnhardt Jr 166, Ku.
Busch 167-182, Kahne 183, Larson 184-185, Dillon 186-187, Stewart
188, Kenseth 189-190, Johnson 191-200.
Toyota/Save Mart 350 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/Cessna
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Alliance Truck Parts
3.Austin Dillon (Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/Dow
4.Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Outback/Budweiser
5Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
7Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA)Chevrolet/Pilot Flying J
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/DeWalt
10Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Freight
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/GEICO
14Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops
15Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/3M
17Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS)Ford/EcoPower Oil
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/M&M's
20Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Dollar General
22Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Ford/Shell/Pennzoil
23Alex Bowman (Tucson, AZ)Toyota/Dr. Pepper
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Panasonic
26Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA)Toyota/Rinnai Tankless Water
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Richmond
31Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Caterpillar
32Boris Said (Carlsbad, CA)Ford/7-Eleven/AmeriGas
33Timmy Hill (Port Tobacco, MD)Chevrolet/Little Joe's Autos
34David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/Long John Silver's
36Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Chevrolet/Theme Park Connection
38David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/Love's Travel Shop
40Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/Hillman Racing
41Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Haas Automation
42Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA)Chevrolet/Target
43Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Ford/Nathan's Famous
44J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Chevrolet/Phoenix Warehouse
47A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA)Chevrolet/Kingsford/Clorox
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's
51Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Brandt
55Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
66Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/Land Castle Title
78 *Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
83Ryan Truex (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/Burger King
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/Kelley Blue Book
95Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Ford/K-Love Radio
98Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/Dogecoin/Reddit.com
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Aflac
 
* - defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200520062007200820092010201120122013
Martin Truex Jr.---1524162542822Won
Jeff Gordon33Won7395262
Carl Edwards38618913293213
Kurt Busch3522321532Won34
Clint Bowyer---16448314Won5
Kasey Kahne4172333Won420146
Marcos Ambrose---------4236587
Greg Biffle1445112872378
Jimmie Johnson361017154Won759
Kevin Harvick372423029391610
Joey Logano------------193361011
Dale Earnhardt Jr.422613122611412312
Brian Vickers3414---1416---36413
Paul Menard---------342122172014
Ryan Newman922071716251815
Matt Kenseth11173481830141319
Brad Keselowski---------------35101221
Denny Hamlin---121027534373523
Jamie McMurray131837181415151925
Tony StewartWon286102939228
Kyle Busch40118Won2239111735
Kyle Larson---------------------------
 
Mover of the Week
Tony Stewart - started 26 and finished 11
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Jeff Gordon
Last Week's Pick to Win (Brad Keselowski) - finished 3
 
NOTES:
The Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway in Northern California is the 16th race on the 2014 Sprint Cup Series schedule.

Located about 30 miles north of San Francisco, Sonoma Raceway opened as a 2.52-mile road course and drag strip in 1968. The first NASCAR Cup Series race at this track was held on June 11, 1989 - won by Ricky Rudd. The first nine races there were 300 kilometers but the distance switched to 350 km in 1998.

Sonoma was reconfigured to 1.949 miles in '98, with the installation of an 890-foot chute between the original turns 4 and 7. The track was reconfigured again in 2001 to 2.0 miles and then remeasured at 1.99 miles in 2002.

This track was formerly called Sears Point Raceway (1981-2001) and Infineon Raceway (2002-12).

There have been 25 Cup races held at Sonoma -- one each year since 1989.

Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte, Terry Labonte and Mark Martin share the record for most starts at Sonoma with 21 each. Gordon is the only one of the four who is competing in this weekend's race there.

Gordon leads all drivers with most wins (5), poles (5), top-5 finishes (13) and top-10s (17) at Sonoma. He's also the only driver with consecutive victories at this track -- winning three in a row from 1998-2000.

Rick Hendrick has the most car owner wins at Sonoma with six. A driver from Hendrick Motorsports has won the last five Sprint Cup points-paying races -- Kansas (May 10) - Michigan (June 15).

The race winner at Sonoma has started from the pole five times, which is more than any other starting position there. However, a race at this track has not been won from the pole since Gordon did it in 2004.

Since NASCAR began using electronic timing and scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in a Cup race at Sonoma occurred on June 27, 1999 when Gordon beat Martin to the finish line by 0.197 seconds.

The furthest back a driver has started and won a Cup race at Sonoma is 32nd, accomplished by Juan Pablo Montoya in 2007. Montoya is the only driver who won his first race in the series at this track. He is now a full-time competitor in the IndyCar Series.

Boris Said (2003) is the only driver on the entry list that scored his maiden pole in the series at this track. Said, a road-course expert, is scheduled to drive the No. 32 Ford for Go FAS Racing this weekend.

Two drivers entered in this race made their Cup debuts at Sonoma: David Gilliland (2006) and Marcos Ambrose (2008).

Kyle Busch holds the record as the youngest driver to win a race at Sonoma. Busch took the checkered flag there on June 22, 2008 when he was 23 years, 1 month and 20 days old. When Ricky Rudd was 45 years, 9 months and 11 days old, he became the oldest driver to win at this track on June 23, 2002.

The next race is the June 28 Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway. Matt Kenseth won last year's event there.

06/17 13:41:32 ET

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