THE RACE: Toyota/Save Mart 350
TRACK: Sonoma Raceway
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #16 of 36
Date: Sunday, June 25, 2017 in Sonoma, CA
Title Sponsor: Toyota/Save Mart
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:20pm/et
NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: at 1:30pm/et on FoxSports1(FS1)
Television Race Coverage: FS1, 3:00pm/et
Friday, June 23, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm/et, TV-FS1;
Saturday, June 23, 11:30 am - 6:30 pm/et, TV-FS1
Qualifying for positions 1-40, Saturday, June 24 at 2:45 pm/et, TV-FS1;
re-air scheduled: none
In the Booth: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Jeff Gordon
Pit Reporters: Jamie Little, Chris Neville, Matt Yocum
In-Race Analyst: Larry McReynolds
Race Hosts: Chris Myers & Michael Waltrip
Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
Monday, June 26 at 9:00am/et on FS1
Tuesday, June 27 at 8:00pm/et on FS2
TV Listings, Links and Info:
see the TV Listings and Links page
Thursday, June 22
2:00 PM-4:00 PM MENCS HAULERS ENTER (EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)
Friday, June 23
9:00 AM-4:00 PM MENCS REGISTRATION OPEN
9:30 AM-7:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
11:00 AM MENCS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
12:00 PM-1:55 PM MENCS 1ST PRACTICE
3:30 PM-4:55 PM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE
Saturday, June 24
7:00 AM-4:30 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
11:45 AM (2:45 PM/ET) MENCS QUALIFYING
Sunday, June 25
7:00 AM MENCS GARAGE OPENS
10:00 AM MENCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
11:20 AM MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
12:00 PM (3:00 PM/ET) MENCS RACE
MENCS = Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
All event schedule times above are listed in LOCAL track time
June 2016: see the Sonoma Race Info page
1.99 mile Road Course with 10 turns
increased from 1.949 miles to 1.99 after the 2000 season
The race distance is 218.9 miles, 110 laps [350 kilometers]
Stages: stage 1 ends lap 25; stage 2 ends lap 50; final stage ends lap 110 (unless OT)
Pit Road/Stalls: 16' wide by 29' long, 58' wide
Pit Road Speed: 40 mph
Pace Car Speed: 45 mph
Track opened: 1968
Inaugural NASCAR race: 1989
Grandstand Seating Listed: 47,000
Grand Marshal: Cristela Alonzo
Command to start engines: Cristela Alonzo
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
Honorary Pace Car Driver: John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios
Color Guard: Travis Air Force Base Honor Guard
Invocation: Tim Boeve, track minister
National Anthem: Broadway star Natalie Gallo
Flyover: two F-15's, 173rd Fighter Wing, Kingsley Field, Oregon
some notes of interest in advance of this weekend's Toyota/Save Mart 350 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event at Sonoma Raceway, June 23-25 on the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Pit Notes
a look at many new, notes and story lines for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway, see the stats on the NASCAR National Series News & Notes -- Sonoma Raceway
a look at some of the top statistical performers and top-10 driver ratings at Sonoma Raceway, see the stats on the Statistical Advance - Analyzing Sonoma page
Harvick sweeps Sonoma weekend with Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Kevin Harvick won Saturday afternoon's NASCAR K&N Pro Series West event at Sonoma Raceway That was like taking candy from babies. But Harvick mixed it up with the big boys in Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350, and the outcome was the same. Executing an ideal strategy for the long green-flag run that consumed the second half of the race-minus roughly 200 yards-Harvick won a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event for the first time this season, the first time at Sonoma and the first time in a Ford, after Stewart-Haas Racing made an offseason switch from Chevrolet. In winning for the 36th time in 590 career starts, Harvick took the checkered flag under caution after Kasey Kahne's Chevrolet clobbered the concrete Jersey barriers near the start/finish line. By then, Harvick had a comfortable lead of more than eight seconds-and just enough fuel in the tank of the #4 Ford Fusion to complete a celebratory burnout on the frontstretch. "I'm so excited," Harvick said in Victory Lane. "I think, as you look at it, getting our first win with Ford, this has been a great journey for us as an organization and team. (Teammate) Kurt (Busch) winning the Daytona 500, and we have run well. It's a great day. It finally all came together, and we were able to not have any cautions there at the end. Rodney had great strategy, and I was able to take care of the car and get out front. I felt like the 78 (Martin Truex Jr.) was the car we had to race, and then he had problems and from there we were in control." Five drivers made their Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debuts on Sunday. Subbing for injured Aric Almirola, Billy Johnson ran 22nd in the #43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford. Israeli driver Alon Day was 32nd, Kevin O'Connell 33rd, Tommy Regan 34th and Josh Bilicki 36th.(NASCAR Wire Service)[Read More Here](6-25-2017)
#4-Kevin Harvick won the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway for his 1st win of 2017, 1st win at Sonoma and 36th career win.
It was Harvick's first Cup win in a Ford.
#14-Bowyer (with a beat up car) finished 2nd followed by #2-Keselowski, #11-Hamlin, #18-Busch, #88-Earnhardt Jr., #41-Busch, #24-Elliott, #21-Blaney & #1-McMurray.
Pole winner #42-Larson had a few incidents during the race, causing damage to his car and finished 26th.
#78-Truex Jr. led the most laps with 25 but had an engine sour late in the race, finishing 37th.
The race ended under caution when #5-Kahne was involved in an accident that left his car crumpled against the wall.
There were five Cup debuts (the most in one race since 1989): #15-O'Connell finished 33rd; #23-Day 32nd, #43-Johnson 22nd, #51-Bilicki 36th & #55-Regan 34th.
Stage 1 was won by #78-Truex Jr.
Stahe 2 was won by #48-Joshnon (his first stage win).
#42-Larson maintains the Driver Points lead by 13 points over #78-Truex Jr.
There were 13 lead changes among 10 drivers and 6 cautions for 12 yellow flag laps
The average speed of the race was: 78.710mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
Cumulative Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
Pit Stop Times (pdf)
Race Fast Facts - Sonoma Raceway
#4-Kevin Harvick won the 29th Annual Toyota/Save Mart 350, his 36th victory in 590 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races.
This is his first victory and 10th top-10 finish in 2017.
This is his first victory and eighth top-10 finish in 17 races at Sonoma Raceway.
#14-Clint Bowyer (second) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 12 races at Sonoma Raceway. It is his sixth top-10 finish in 2017.
#2-Brad Keselowski (third) posted his second top-10 finish in eight races at Sonoma Raceway.
#19-Daniel Suarez (16th) was the highest finishing rookie.
#42-Kyle Larson leads the point standings by 13 points over #78-Martin Truex Jr.
Stewart-Haas Racing has finished 1-2 three times in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: this weekend at Sonoma, Richmond (April, 2015) and New Hampshire (July, 2011).
Harvick is the 11th different winner this season.
With his win at Sonoma today, Harvick has won at every active track except Pocono, Texas and Kentucky.
Today's race set new series records at Sonoma in lead changes (13) and leaders (10) - the previous records at Sonoma for lead changes was 12 (three-times: most recent was 2016) and leaders was nine (four-times: most recent 2014).
(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(6-25-2017)
2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Driver Standings:
[after Sonoma, race 16 of 36]
1) #42-Kyle Larson [2 wins], 659
2) #78-Martin Truex Jr , 636, -13
3) #4-Kevin Harvick , 548, -111
4) #18-Kyle Busch, 542, -117
5) #2-Brad Keselowski , 519, -140
See full standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
Top-Ten Stage 2 Results (lap 50) of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway (lap 50/110):
#48-Johnson, 10pts, 1 playoff point
#88-Earnhardt Jr., 5pts
Top-Ten Stage 1 Results (lap 25) of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway (lap 25/110):
#78-Truex Jr., 10pts, 1 playoff point
Lucky Dogs, drivers that got a lap during the cautions (and their finish):
Caution 1: no driver a lap down
Caution 2: no driver a lap down
Caution 3: no driver a lap down
Caution 4: no driver a lap down
Caution 5: no driver on track a lap down
Caution 6: no driver on track a lap down
See the starting lineup for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway on the Starting Lineup Page (pdf).
To the back: #20-Kenseth (engine change); #23-Alon Day (missed driver meeting)
Sonoma Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Pre-Race Schedule for Sunday, June 25: (eastern time)
-3:00pm: Presentation of colors by Travis Air Force Base Honor Guard
-3:00:20pm: Invocation by Tim Boeve, track minister
-3:01pm: National anthem by Natalie Gallo, Transcendence Theatre Company's Broadway Under the Stars
-3:02:30pm: Fly-By, 173rd Fighter Wing, Kingsley Field, Oregon
-3:08pm Command to start engines: Cristela Alonzo, voice of Cruz Ramirez in Disney/Pixar's Cars 3 & Mr. Renee' Doss, Toyota Master Diagnostic Technician
-3:20pm Scheduled Green flag
NASCAR Overtime (not called Green-White-Checkered anymore) Race Procedure: NASCAR allows a maximum of three restart attempts prior to the White Flag under NASCAR's Green-White-Checkered flag finish. If the leader has taken the White Flag and the caution flag is displayed, the field is frozen and the race will not be restarted. Previously, there was only one restart attempt. The procedure applies to all three national series. See rule and notes on the NASCAR Overtime rules/news/stats page.
Wave Around: how the wave around rule works: All vehicles between the leader and the caution vehicle at the start/finish line when the "one to go" signal is given by the starter are considered "Wave Around" eligible. "Wave Around" vehicles will not be permitted to enter pit road at any time during this yellow flag/caution period. "Wave Around" vehicles must receive the green flag on the race track before being permitted to enter pit road without a penalty. Vehicles under a penalty and the "Free Pass" vehicle will not be eligible to receive a "Wave Around".
Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway have been made.
With the field downsized to 40 cars and only 38 in the race, five pit stalls (1,7,15,22,31) have been eliminated or not used, three are not in play and don't count towards driving through more than three pit boxes.
Pit stalls 7 & 15 were available but not chosen since there are 38 cars, so they are in play and count towards driving through more than three pit boxes.
Pole sitter #42-Larson chose pit stall 2, the first stall available [as do most pole sitters].
Outside pole sitter #1-McMurray took pit stall 11, with an opening in front of it.
#78-Truex Jr., who starts 3rd, took the 32nd stall, with an opening in front of it.
The final pit stall was taken by #10-Patrick, who starts 6th.
To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(6-24-2017)
Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
Cumlative Race Report
Happy Hour Practice Speeds
Practice 1 Speeds
Latest / Final Entry List
Preliminary Entry List
#42-Kyle Larson won the Coors Light pole for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway with speed of 95.295mph for his 3rd pole of 2017, 1st at Sonoma and 4th of his career. Larson has won 2 races from the 3 previous poles.
#1-McMurray will start 2nd followed by #78-Truex Jr., #18-Busch, #47-Allmendinger, #10-Patrick, #21-Blaney, #24-Elliott, #37-Buescher, #88-Earnhardt Jr., #19-Suarez & #4-Harvick.
#24-Elliott was fastest in the first round with a speed of 95.371mph, will start 8th
Driver(s) who will miss the race: none as 38 were entered for 40 spots
See round-by-round qualifying results on the Qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the Starting Lineup page (pdf).(6-24-2017)
Sonoma Raceway - Qualifying Fast Facts:
Kyle Larson won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 29th Annual Toyota/Save Mart 350 with a lap of 75.177 seconds, 95.295 mph.
This is his fourth pole in 127 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races.
This is his third pole and 11th top-10 start in 2017.
This is his first pole in four races at Sonoma Raceway.
Jamie McMurray (second) posted his 12th top-10 start of 2017 and his sixth in 15 races at Sonoma Raceway.
Martin Truex Jr. (third) posted his fifth top-10 start at Sonoma Raceway. It is his 13th in 16 races this season.
Daniel Suarez (11th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
Danica Patrick (sixth) posts her third-best starting position in her Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career, and the best start in the series by a female competitor at Sonoma Raceway; previous best was Patrick's 11th starting position in 2016 and 2014.
First Round of Qualifying for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway is over, after 20 scheduled minutes.
#78-Truex Jr. 95.265
the rest of the top 12: 4 10 47 42 21 19 88
out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 2: 14 11 27 95 41 22 3 31 5 17 2 48 6 43 32 38 72 77 34 23 51 33 13 15 55 20
Drivers who will miss the race: none, 38 entered
Coverage of Qualifying for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway is scheduled for Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 2:30pm/et.
Television (TV): FS1, 2:30pm/et
Radio: Live online at Performance Racing Network (PRN)
Road Course Qualifying Format: Qualifying for the road courses consist of two elimination rounds to determine the starting grid. The first elimination round will last 25 minutes and include all cars, setting starting spots 13-40. Then there will be a ten-minute break. The 12 cars that post the fastest single lap will advance to the final round. The final qualifying round will last 10 minutes, include all cars and the fastest single lap time will determine positions 1 through 12. The fastest driver in the final round will earn the pole position for the race.
Road Course Events Qualifying Format: (Sonoma Raceway & Watkins Glen International)
a) Qualifying will consist of two scheduled rounds.
b) The first Qualifying round is twenty-five (25) minutes in duration, unless otherwise authorized by the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Managing Director.
c) Upon completion of the first Qualifying round, eligibility for the forty (40) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starting grid positions will be determined. Each Charter Team will be eligible for one of the available forty (40) starting grid positions. Open Teams will be eligible for the next available starting grid positions based on the fastest single lap speed posted to each Open Team's Designated Vehicle in the first Qualifying round.
d) The twelve (12) eligible Designated Vehicles that post the fastest single lap speed from the first Qualifying round will advance to the final Qualifying round.
e) The remaining eligible Designated Vehicles will be assigned starting grid positions 13th - 40th based on their fastest single lap speed posted in the first Qualifying round in descending order in accordance with the rules book.
f) There will be a ten-minute break after the completion of the first Qualifying round and the twelve (12) remaining Designated Vehicles that advance to the final Qualifying round will have their previously posted speed reset.
g) The final Qualifying round is ten minutes in duration and the fastest single lap speed posted in the final Qualifying round will be used to assign starting grid positions 1st - 12th in descending order.
Qualifying Order for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway is posted.
The first driver to be lined up on pit road will be #24-Elliott.
The final driver lined up on pit road will be #41-Busch.
The order is set by a random draw, how cars park on pit road before they qualify, held about an hour before the first practice.
After the first round, the cars lined up by speed.
For the qualifying order, see the Qualifying Order page (pdf).(6-23-2017)
Happy Hour practice for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway is over, after 85 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
#88-Earnhardt Jr. 94.242
slowest: #55-Regan 87.541 & #15-O'Connell 89.371
most laps run: #42-Larson, 30
best 10 consecutive lap ave #42-Larson 91.817 (9 drivers)
notes: #77-Jones spun in turn 11 and hit the tire barrier, doing enough damage to warrant a back-up car. #72-Whitt had a oil cooler break in turn 2 and spun in to the grass, the team made repairs and Whitt got back on track. #23-Alon Day got off course but saved the car and drove back to the gargae, Day ended up 23rd fastest. Towards the end of practice, #24-Elliott spun off turn 10 and hit the concrete barrier hard, tearing most of the front of the car off, Elliott will go to a backup car.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf) (6-23-2017)
Friday practice for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway is over, after 115 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
#78-Truex Jr. 94.587
#17-Stehnouse Jr. 93.684
#88-Earnhardt Jr. 93.514
best 10 consecutive lap ave: #18-Busch 91.852 (only 5 drivers)
slowest: #55-Regan 85.419 & #15-O'Connell 88.248
most laps run: #3-Dillon 32
notes: #20-Kenseth had engine problems and the team will have to change it.
a few drivers got off the course and into the grass: #43-Johnson, #13-Dillon, #24-Elliott
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Practice 1 speeds page (pdf) (6-23-2017)
Entry List for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway is posted, 38 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
36 teams with Charters are guaranteed to make the field. The rest* need to make the field via qualifying / qualifying races / rules book (owners attempts/points).
Some of the drivers entered include: #15-Kevin O'Connell, #23-Alon Day, #33-Boris Said, #43-Billy Johnson, #51-Josh Bilicki*, #55-Tommy Regan*
#83-BK Racing is not entered.
Since only 38 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
See the full entry list on the Entry List (pdf)
For qualifying rules and formats, see the Qualifying Rules page
How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Road Course Radials
Set limits: 4 sets for practice, 1 set for qualifying and 5 sets for the race
Tire Code: D-4678 (same on all four tire positions)
Tire Circumference: 88.66 in. (2,252 mm)
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 22 psi; Right Front -- 20 psi;
Left Rear -- 17 psi; Right Rear -- 17 psi
Storyline - Hard on Brakes + Hard on Throttle = Hard on Tires at Sonoma: Going from slow speed corners and back hard to the throttle will create difficult handling conditions for Monster Energy NASCAR Cup cars at Sonoma Raceway this weekend. That deceleration and acceleration is also a challenge for Goodyear as such harsh changes puts an increased stress on the front tires with heavy braking into the turns and an increased stress on the rear tires with harsh acceleration off the corners. Those factors combine to put undue stress on the tread splice, the area of the tread that is joined together in the manufacturing process. Because of all that, Goodyear will mount its D-4678 tires (same on all four corners of the car) for Sonoma in a directional manner, helping to insure that the tread splice is "closed" under both braking and acceleration.
"For Sonoma, we will employ directional mounting, where the left-front and right-rear tires are mounted the same, and the right-front and left-rear are mounted the same," said Greg Stucker, Goodyear's director of racing. "This directional mounting helps to protect the beveled splice of the tread component, insuring the splice is closed under the force of braking on both front tires, and closed under the force of acceleration on both rears."
While helping the competition on the track, this mounting procedure will provide a slightly different look for team tire specialists as they arrange their tire sets this weekend.
"The right-front tire and the left-rear tire will be mounted with the 'non-serial' side facing outwards," said Stucker. "The molded information for press position and date code on these tires will be on the inside of the assembly rather than the outside. During mounting, the tires will be marked with the positions in which they are allowed to be run - right-front/left-rear or left-front/right-rear. This will allow both tires on the front axle to have tread splices that close under braking and both tires on the rear axle to have tread splices that close under acceleration."
To go along with all that, Goodyear's distinctive yellow lettering will be applied to both sidewalls of each tire. That way, no matter which side of the car a particular tire is mounted, the "Goodyear" and "Eagle" branding will be visible.
Notes: Teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will run the same Goodyear tire code (D-4678) on all four tire positions at Sonoma . . . this tire debuted at Sonoma in 2016 . . . this is the only track at which teams in NASCAR's three national touring series will run this tire code . . . as on all NASCAR road courses, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Sonoma.
Wet Weather Tires: Goodyear will bring its wet weather radials (D-4215) for use at Sonoma, should NASCAR decide that conditions warrant . . . teams are allowed up to three sets of "wets" for practice/qualifying and up to three sets for the race . . . this tire code was last run by NASCAR Xfinity Series teams at Mid-Ohio last season.
Race and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship