THE RACE: Toyota/Save Mart 350
TRACK: Sonoma Raceway
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #16 of 36
Date: Sunday, June 24, 2018 in Sonoma, CA
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:13 pm/et
NASCAR RaceDay: TBA on FS1
NASCAR Sunday Pre-Race Show: TBA on FS1
Television Race Coverage: FS1, 3:00pm/et
Friday, June 22, 2:40pm-3:55pm/et, TV-FS1;
Friday, June 22, 5:40-6:55pm/et, TV-FS1
Qualifying for positions 1-40, Saturday, June 23 at 2:45 pm/et, TV-FS1;
re-air scheduled: None
In the Booth: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Jeff Gordon
Pit Reporters: Jamie Little, Regan Smith, Vince Welch, Matt Yocum
In-Race Analyst: Larry McReynolds
Race / Hollywood Hotel Host: Chris Myers
Analysts / Hollywood Hotel: Jeff Gordon, Darrell and Michael Waltrip
Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
Sunday, June 24 at 11:00 pm/et on FS1
TV Listings, Links and Info:
see the TV Listings and Links page
Thursday, June 21
2:00 PM-4:00 PM MENCS HAULERS ENTER (EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)
Friday, June 22
8:30 AM-6:30 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
10:30 AM MENCS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
11:40 AM-12:55 PM MENCS 1ST PRACTICE
2:40 PM-3:55 PM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE
Saturday, June 23
7:00 AM-1:30 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
11:45 AM MENCS QUALIFYING IMPOUND (MULTI-VEHICLE / TWO ROUNDS)
Sunday, June 24
8:00 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 (110 LAPS, 218.9 MILES)
MENCS = Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
June 2017: see the Sonoma Race Info page
Grand Marshal: Jonny Moseley
Command to start engines: Jonny Moseley
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Mark Poston, Lucky's Store Manager from Santa Rosa
Honorary Pace Car Driver: Scott Pruett
Color Guard: Cal-Fire Honor Guard
National Anthem: Broadway star Meggie Cansler
Flyover: F-15 Fighter Jets from the Oregon Air National Guard
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A look at many news, notes and story lines for the 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 Raceway page
NASCAR Overtime Race Procedure: 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".
Coverage of Qualifying for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway is scheduled for Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 2:45pm/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 #20-Jones
The final driver lined up on pit road will be #13-Dillon.
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).(6-22-2018)
Happy Hour (final) practice for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway is over, after 75 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#78-Truex, Jr. 93.718
best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 14 drivers): #4-Harvick 91.468
slowest: #52-Ware 89.719 & #00-Drissi 89.607
notes: #78-Truex, Jr. received some front end damage after running into the back of #43-Wallace late in practice.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf) (6-22-2018)
First practice for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway is over, after 75 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
most laps run: 23 laps by #24-Byron, #2-Keselowski, and #3-Dillon.
#10-Almirola was the only driver to run 10 consecutive laps. His average speed was 89.710. Fox Sports reported that Bowyer had the fastest 5 lap average. NASCAR does not release that info.
slowest: #52-Ware 88.119, #00-Drissi 86.764
notes: A few minor incidents during the session, but nothing major -- #95-Kahne spun, #21-Menard hit a tire barrier in turn 11 causing right front damage, #52-Ware lost a brake hose.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Friday Practice speeds (pdf) (6-22-2018)
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.
Some of the drivers entered include: #00-Drissi, #6-Bayne, #15-Marks, #51-Cook, #52-Ware, #72-Whitt, #96-Kligerman
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 Sonoma(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph
Sonoma Goodyear Tire Notes See complete tire information for the race weekend across all series on the [Goodyear Tire Notes - Sonoma Raceway page.(6-20-2018)
Race and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship