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NASCAR Statistical Advance: Analyzing the Toyota/Save Mart 350

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 23. TNT’s coverage begins at 2 p.m. (ET).
 
SONOMA-SPECIFIC STATISTICS
Marcos Ambrose (No. 9 DeWALT Ford)
·         Two top fives, five top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 11.8
·         Average Running Position of 10.5, second-best
·         Series-best Driver Rating of 108.0
·         58 Fastest Laps Run, third-most
·         Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 89.904 mph
·         544 Laps in the Top 15 (81.6%), ninth-most
·         207 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), seventh-most
Clint Bowyer (No. 15 5-Hour ENERGY Toyota)
·         One win, five top fives, six top 10s
·         Average finish of 9.1
·         Average Running Position of 14.1, seventh-best
·         Driver Rating of 95.2, seventh-best
·         35 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most
·         530 Green Flag Passes, second-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 89.543 mph, sixth-fastest
·         216 Quality Passes, fifth-most
 
Kurt Busch (No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet)
·         One win, six top fives, six top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 16.0
·         Series-best Average Running Position of 10.0
·         Driver Rating of 107.8, second-best
·         56 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 89.869 mph, third-fastest
·         Series-high 761 Laps in the Top 15 (76.3%)
·         201 Quality Passes, eighth-most
Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M’s Pretzel Toyota)
·         One win, one top five, two top 10s
·         Average finish of 20.4
·         Driver Rating of 88.0, eighth-best
·         50 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 89.529 mph, seventh-fastest
·         518 Laps in the Top 15 (52.0%), 11th-most
Carl Edwards (No. 99 Aflac Ford)
·         Two top fives, four top 10s
·         Average finish of 15.6
·         Average Running Position of 15.5, 10th-best
·         Driver Rating of 86.8, 10th-best
·         27 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-most
·         Series-high 548 Green Flag Passes
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 89.482 mph, eighth-fastest
·         544 Laps in the Top 15 (54.6%), ninth-most
·         196 Quality Passes, ninth-most
Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Panasonic Chevrolet)
·         Five wins, 13 top fives, 17 top 10s; five poles
·         Average finish of 8.2
·         Average Running Position of 12.6, sixth-best
·         Driver Rating of 101.6, fourth-best
·         64 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
·         493 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 89.707 mph, fourth-fastest
·         666 Laps in the Top 15 (66.8%), fourth-most
·         230 Quality Passes, fourth-most
Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet)
·         One win, four top fives, seven top 10s
·         Average finish of 13.4
·         Average Running Position of 12.5, fifth-best
·         Driver Rating of 97.3, fifth-best
·         52 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 89.470 mph, 10th-fastest
·         717 Laps in the Top 15 (71.9%), third-most
·         240 Quality Passes, second-most
Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Great Clips Chevrolet)
·         One win, two top fives, three top 10s; two poles
·         Average finish of 20.4
·         Average Running Position of 16.1, 11th-best
·         Driver Rating of 84.3, 12th-best
·         32 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most
·         552 Laps in the Top 15 (55.4%), eighth-most
·         210 Quality Passes, sixth-most
Ryan Newman (No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet)
·         Two top fives, five top 10s
·         Average finish of 13.1
·         Average Running Position of 14.4, eighth-best
·         Driver Rating of 88.0, eighth-best
·         507 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 89.464 mph, 11th-fastest
·         572 Laps in the Top 15 (57.4%), sixth-most
·         185 Quality Passes, 10th-most
Tony Stewart (No. 14 Mobil 1 / Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet)
·         Two wins, five top fives, nine top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 12.0
·         Average Running Position of 11.0, third-best
·         Driver Rating of 102.4, third-best
·         Series-high 79 Fastest Laps Run
·         475 Green Flag Passes, 12th-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 89.881 mph, second-fastest
·         740 Laps in the Top 15 (74.2%), second-most
·         Series-high 261 Quality Passes
 
Martin Truex Jr. (No. 78 Furniture Row Chevrolet)
·         One win, one top five, two top 10s
·         Average finish of 19.1
·         Driver Rating of 86.5, 11th-best
·         42 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most
·         487 Green Flag Passes, 10th-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 89.559 mph, fifth-fastest
   

Sonoma Raceway Data

Season Race #: 16 of 36 (06-12-14)
Track Size: 1.99-miles
Number of Turns: 12
Race Length: 110 laps / 219 miles / 350 Kilometers
Top 10 Driver Ratings at Sonoma
Marcos Ambrose………………….. 108.0
Kurt Busch………………………….. 107.8
Tony Stewart……………………….. 102.4
Jeff Gordon………………………… 101.6
Jimmie Johnson…………………….. 97.3
Juan Pablo Montoya………………. 95.5
Clint Bowyer…………………………. 95.2
Kyle Busch…………………………… 88.0
Ryan Newman……………………….. 88.0
Carl Edwards………………………… 86.8
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2013 races (nine total) among active drivers at Sonoma Raceway.
Qualifying/Race Data
2013 Coors Light Pole winner:
Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet
94.986 mph, 75.422 secs. 06-21-13
 
2013 race winner:
Clint Bowyer, Toyota
76.658 mph, (02:51:20), 06-23-13
 
Track qualifying record:
Marcos Ambrose, Ford
95.262 mph, 75.203 secs. 06-22-12
 
Track race record:
Clint Bowyer, Toyota
83.624 mph, (02:39:55), 06-24-12
 
At Sonoma Raceway:
History
·         The track opened as a 2.52-mile road course and drag strip in 1968.
·         The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was held on June 11, 1989 – won by Ricky Rudd at a speed of 76.088 mph.
·         The first nine races 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.
Notebook
·         There have been 25 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Sonoma Raceway since the first race there in 1989 – one race per season.
·         191 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway; 133 in more than one.
·         Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin, Bobby Labonte and Terry Labonte lead the series in starts at Sonoma with 21 each.
·         Rusty Wallace won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Sonoma in 1989 with a speed of 90.041 mph. 
·         15 drivers have Coors Light poles at Sonoma, led by Jeff Gordon with five.
·         Two drivers have won consecutive Coors Light poles at Sonoma Ricky Rudd and Jeff Gordon. Ricky Ruddholds the record for most consecutive poles at Sonoma with three; fall 1990 through 1992.
·         Jeff Gordon is the only active driver to have posted consecutive Coors Light poles at Sonoma: 1998-‘99 and 2004-’05. 
·         Youngest Sonoma pole winner: Joey Logano (06/26/2011 – 21 years, 1 month, 2 days).
·         Oldest Sonoma pole winner: Rusty Wallace (06/25/2000 – 43 years, 10 months, 11 days).
·         17 different NSCS drivers have won at Sonoma Raceway, led by Jeff Gordon with five wins. Tony Stewart has the second most wins (two) among active drivers at Sonoma.
·         Jeff Gordon leads the NASCAR Sprint 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 seven (Watkins Glen, five; Sonoma, two).
·         NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison holds the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series record for the most wins (six) at a single road course track – Riverside International Raceway.
·         Jeff Gordon is the only driver to post consecutive wins (three total) at Sonoma Raceway (1998 and 1999 each from the pole and 2000 from the fifth starting position).
·         Youngest Sonoma winner: Kyle Busch (06/22/2008 – 23 years, 1 month, 20 days).
·         Oldest Sonoma winner: Ricky Rudd (06/23/2002 – 45 years, 9 months, 11 days).
·         Hendrick Motorsports has the most wins at Sonoma in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with six: Jeff Gordon(five) and Jimmie Johnson (one).
·         Six different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Sonoma; led by Chevrolet with 10 victories; followed byFord with six and Toyota with three.
·         Five of the 25 (20%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Sonoma have been won from the Coors Light pole; the most recent was Jeff Gordon in 2004. Gordon is the only NSCS driver to win from the pole at Sonoma more than once.
·         The Coors Light pole position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more wins (five) than any other starting position at Sonoma Raceway.   
·         Eight of the 25 (32%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Sonoma have been won from the front row: five from the pole and three from second-place.
·         18 of the 25 (72%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Sonoma have been won from a top-10 starting position.
·         Seven of the 25 (28%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Sonoma have been won from a starting position outside the top 10.
·         Two of the 25 (8%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Sonoma have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
·         The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Michigan was 32nd, by Juan Pablo Montoya in 2007.
·         Jeff Gordon and Mark Martin leads the series in runner-up finishes at Sonoma with four; followed by TonyStewart with three.
·         Jeff Gordon leads the series in top-five finishes at Sonoma with 13; followed by Ricky Rudd with 10.  
·         Jeff Gordon leads the series in top-10 finishes at Sonoma with 17; followed by Mark Martin with 13.
·         Marcos Ambrose leads the series in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Sonoma with a 4.500.
·         Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Sonoma with an 8.238. Clint Bowyer (9.125) is the only other active driver with an average finish in the top 10.
·         Jimmie Johnson and Mark Martin competed at Sonoma Raceway eight times each before visiting Victory in Lane; the longest span of any the eight active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners. Johnson won in 2010 and Martin won in 1997.  
·         Joe Nemechek leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Sonoma without visiting Victory Lane at 16.
·         Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Sonoma Raceway was the June 27, 1999 race won by Jeff Gordon over Mark Martin with a MOV of 0.197 second.
·         There have been three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races resulting with a green-white-checkered finish at Sonoma Raceway (Scheduled No. of Laps/Actual No. of Laps): 2008 (110/112); 2009 (110/113) and 2012 (110/112).
·         None of the 24 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Sonoma Raceway have been shortened due to weather conditions.    
·         Qualifying has never been cancelled in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Sonoma Raceway.  
·         Boris Said posted his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light pole at Sonoma Raceway (6/22/2003).       
·         Juan Pablo Montoya posted his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win at Sonoma Raceway (6/24/2007). 
·         Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Sonoma with 454 laps led in 21 starts.   
·         Danica Patrick is the only female driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series to compete at Sonoma Raceway.
Driver
Starting Position
Finishing Position
Date
Danica Patrick
31
29
6/23/2013
 
NASCAR in California
·         There have been 134 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at 15 tracks in California.
Track Name
City
NSCS
Riverside International Raceway
Riverside
48
Auto Club Speedway
Fontana
25
Sonoma Raceway
Sonoma
25
Ontario Motor Speedway
Ontario
9
California State Fairgrounds
Sacramento
6
Carrell Speedway
Gardena
4
Ascot Stadium
Los Angeles
3
Bay Meadows Race Track
San Mateo
3
Marchbanks Speedway
Hanford
3
Oakland Stadium
Oakland
3
Redwood Speedway
Eureka
2
Willow Springs Speedway
Lancaster
2
Capitol Speedway
Sacramento
1
Merced Fairgrounds
Merced
1
Santa Clara Fairgrounds
San Jose
1
·         429 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as California.
Driver
NSCS
NNS
NCWTS
Jeff Gordon
89
5
0
Jimmie Johnson
68
1
0
Kevin Harvick
25
41
14
Marvin Panch
17
0
0
Ernie Irvan
15
3
0
Dick Rathmann
13
0
0
Dan Gurney
5
0
0
Eddie Gray
4
0
0
Parnelli Jones
4
0
0
Eddie Pagan
4
0
0
Robby Gordon
3
1
0
Ray Elder
2
0
0
Danny Letner
2
0
0
Marvin Porter
2
0
0
Dick Brooks
1
0
0
Marvin Burke
1
0
0
Jim Cook
1
0
0
Lou Figaro
1
0
0
Danny Graves
1
0
0
Johnny Mantz
1
0
0
Casey Mears
1
1
0
Bill Norton
1
0
0
John Soares
1
0
0
Danny Weinberg
1
0
0
Ron Hornaday Jr
0
4
51
AJ Allmendinger
0
2
0
Kyle Larson
0
2
1
Jason Leffler
0
2
1
David Gilliland
0
1
0
Joe Ruttman
0
1
13
Boris Said
0
1
1
Mike Skinner
0
1
28
Matt Crafton
0
0
5
Justin Lofton
0
0
1
Scott Speed
0
0
1
Brandon Whitt
0
0
1

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Statistical Advance: Analyzing the Toyota/Save Mart 350
 
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 16, 2014) – 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 23. TNT’s coverage begins at 2 p.m. (ET).
 
SONOMA-SPECIFIC STATISTICS
Marcos Ambrose (No. 9 DeWALT Ford)
·         Two top fives, five top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 11.8
·         Average Running Position of 10.5, second-best
·         Series-best Driver Rating of 108.0
·         58 Fastest Laps Run, third-most
·         Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 89.904 mph
·         544 Laps in the Top 15 (81.6%), ninth-most
·         207 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), seventh-most
Clint Bowyer (No. 15 5-Hour ENERGY Toyota)
·         One win, five top fives, six top 10s
·         Average finish of 9.1
·         Average Running Position of 14.1, seventh-best
·         Driver Rating of 95.2, seventh-best
·         35 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most
·         530 Green Flag Passes, second-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 89.543 mph, sixth-fastest
·         216 Quality Passes, fifth-most
 
Kurt Busch (No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet)
·         One win, six top fives, six top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 16.0
·         Series-best Average Running Position of 10.0
·         Driver Rating of 107.8, second-best
·         56 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 89.869 mph, third-fastest
·         Series-high 761 Laps in the Top 15 (76.3%)
·         201 Quality Passes, eighth-most
Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M’s Pretzel Toyota)
·         One win, one top five, two top 10s
·         Average finish of 20.4
·         Driver Rating of 88.0, eighth-best
·         50 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 89.529 mph, seventh-fastest
·         518 Laps in the Top 15 (52.0%), 11th-most
Carl Edwards (No. 99 Aflac Ford)
·         Two top fives, four top 10s
·         Average finish of 15.6
·         Average Running Position of 15.5, 10th-best
·         Driver Rating of 86.8, 10th-best
·         27 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-most
·         Series-high 548 Green Flag Passes
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 89.482 mph, eighth-fastest
·         544 Laps in the Top 15 (54.6%), ninth-most
·         196 Quality Passes, ninth-most
Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Panasonic Chevrolet)
·         Five wins, 13 top fives, 17 top 10s; five poles
·         Average finish of 8.2
·         Average Running Position of 12.6, sixth-best
·         Driver Rating of 101.6, fourth-best
·         64 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
·         493 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 89.707 mph, fourth-fastest
·         666 Laps in the Top 15 (66.8%), fourth-most
·         230 Quality Passes, fourth-most
Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet)
·         One win, four top fives, seven top 10s
·         Average finish of 13.4
·         Average Running Position of 12.5, fifth-best
·         Driver Rating of 97.3, fifth-best
·         52 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 89.470 mph, 10th-fastest
·         717 Laps in the Top 15 (71.9%), third-most
·         240 Quality Passes, second-most
Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Great Clips Chevrolet)
·         One win, two top fives, three top 10s; two poles
·         Average finish of 20.4
·         Average Running Position of 16.1, 11th-best
·         Driver Rating of 84.3, 12th-best
·         32 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most
·         552 Laps in the Top 15 (55.4%), eighth-most
·         210 Quality Passes, sixth-most
Ryan Newman (No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet)
·         Two top fives, five top 10s
·         Average finish of 13.1
·         Average Running Position of 14.4, eighth-best
·         Driver Rating of 88.0, eighth-best
·         507 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 89.464 mph, 11th-fastest
·         572 Laps in the Top 15 (57.4%), sixth-most
·         185 Quality Passes, 10th-most
Tony Stewart (No. 14 Mobil 1 / Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet)
·         Two wins, five top fives, nine top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 12.0
·         Average Running Position of 11.0, third-best
·         Driver Rating of 102.4, third-best
·         Series-high 79 Fastest Laps Run
·         475 Green Flag Passes, 12th-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 89.881 mph, second-fastest
·         740 Laps in the Top 15 (74.2%), second-most
·         Series-high 261 Quality Passes
 
Martin Truex Jr. (No. 78 Furniture Row Chevrolet)
·         One win, one top five, two top 10s
·         Average finish of 19.1
·         Driver Rating of 86.5, 11th-best
·         42 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most
·         487 Green Flag Passes, 10th-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 89.559 mph, fifth-fastest
   

Sonoma Raceway Data

Season Race #: 16 of 36 (06-12-14)
Track Size: 1.99-miles
Number of Turns: 12
Race Length: 110 laps / 219 miles / 350 Kilometers
Top 10 Driver Ratings at Sonoma
Marcos Ambrose………………….. 108.0
Kurt Busch………………………….. 107.8
Tony Stewart……………………….. 102.4
Jeff Gordon………………………… 101.6
Jimmie Johnson…………………….. 97.3
Juan Pablo Montoya………………. 95.5
Clint Bowyer…………………………. 95.2
Kyle Busch…………………………… 88.0
Ryan Newman……………………….. 88.0
Carl Edwards………………………… 86.8
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2013 races (nine total) among active drivers at Sonoma Raceway.
Qualifying/Race Data
2013 Coors Light Pole winner:
Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet
94.986 mph, 75.422 secs. 06-21-13
 
2013 race winner:
Clint Bowyer, Toyota
76.658 mph, (02:51:20), 06-23-13
 
Track qualifying record:
Marcos Ambrose, Ford
95.262 mph, 75.203 secs. 06-22-12
 
Track race record:
Clint Bowyer, Toyota
83.624 mph, (02:39:55), 06-24-12
 
At Sonoma Raceway:
History
·         The track opened as a 2.52-mile road course and drag strip in 1968.
·         The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was held on June 11, 1989 – won by Ricky Rudd at a speed of 76.088 mph.
·         The first nine races 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.
Notebook
·         There have been 25 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Sonoma Raceway since the first race there in 1989 – one race per season.
·         191 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway; 133 in more than one.
·         Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin, Bobby Labonte and Terry Labonte lead the series in starts at Sonoma with 21 each.
·         Rusty Wallace won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Sonoma in 1989 with a speed of 90.041 mph. 
·         15 drivers have Coors Light poles at Sonoma, led by Jeff Gordon with five.
·         Two drivers have won consecutive Coors Light poles at Sonoma Ricky Rudd and Jeff Gordon. Ricky Ruddholds the record for most consecutive poles at Sonoma with three; fall 1990 through 1992.
·         Jeff Gordon is the only active driver to have posted consecutive Coors Light poles at Sonoma: 1998-‘99 and 2004-’05. 
·         Youngest Sonoma pole winner: Joey Logano (06/26/2011 – 21 years, 1 month, 2 days).
·         Oldest Sonoma pole winner: Rusty Wallace (06/25/2000 – 43 years, 10 months, 11 days).
·         17 different NSCS drivers have won at Sonoma Raceway, led by Jeff Gordon with five wins. Tony Stewart has the second most wins (two) among active drivers at Sonoma.
·         Jeff Gordon leads the NASCAR Sprint 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 seven (Watkins Glen, five; Sonoma, two).
·         NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison holds the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series record for the most wins (six) at a single road course track – Riverside International Raceway.
·         Jeff Gordon is the only driver to post consecutive wins (three total) at Sonoma Raceway (1998 and 1999 each from the pole and 2000 from the fifth starting position).
·         Youngest Sonoma winner: Kyle Busch (06/22/2008 – 23 years, 1 month, 20 days).
·         Oldest Sonoma winner: Ricky Rudd (06/23/2002 – 45 years, 9 months, 11 days).
·         Hendrick Motorsports has the most wins at Sonoma in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with six: Jeff Gordon(five) and Jimmie Johnson (one).
·         Six different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Sonoma; led by Chevrolet with 10 victories; followed byFord with six and Toyota with three.
·         Five of the 25 (20%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Sonoma have been won from the Coors Light pole; the most recent was Jeff Gordon in 2004. Gordon is the only NSCS driver to win from the pole at Sonoma more than once.
·         The Coors Light pole position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more wins (five) than any other starting position at Sonoma Raceway.   
·         Eight of the 25 (32%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Sonoma have been won from the front row: five from the pole and three from second-place.
·         18 of the 25 (72%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Sonoma have been won from a top-10 starting position.
·         Seven of the 25 (28%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Sonoma have been won from a starting position outside the top 10.
·         Two of the 25 (8%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Sonoma have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
·         The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Michigan was 32nd, by Juan Pablo Montoya in 2007.
·         Jeff Gordon and Mark Martin leads the series in runner-up finishes at Sonoma with four; followed by TonyStewart with three.
·         Jeff Gordon leads the series in top-five finishes at Sonoma with 13; followed by Ricky Rudd with 10.  
·         Jeff Gordon leads the series in top-10 finishes at Sonoma with 17; followed by Mark Martin with 13.
·         Marcos Ambrose leads the series in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Sonoma with a 4.500.
·         Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Sonoma with an 8.238. Clint Bowyer (9.125) is the only other active driver with an average finish in the top 10.
·         Jimmie Johnson and Mark Martin competed at Sonoma Raceway eight times each before visiting Victory in Lane; the longest span of any the eight active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners. Johnson won in 2010 and Martin won in 1997.  
·         Joe Nemechek leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Sonoma without visiting Victory Lane at 16.
·         Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Sonoma Raceway was the June 27, 1999 race won by Jeff Gordon over Mark Martin with a MOV of 0.197 second.
·         There have been three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races resulting with a green-white-checkered finish at Sonoma Raceway (Scheduled No. of Laps/Actual No. of Laps): 2008 (110/112); 2009 (110/113) and 2012 (110/112).
·         None of the 24 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Sonoma Raceway have been shortened due to weather conditions.    
·         Qualifying has never been cancelled in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Sonoma Raceway.  
·         Boris Said posted his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light pole at Sonoma Raceway (6/22/2003).       
·         Juan Pablo Montoya posted his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win at Sonoma Raceway (6/24/2007). 
·         Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Sonoma with 454 laps led in 21 starts.   
·         Danica Patrick is the only female driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series to compete at Sonoma Raceway.
Driver
Starting Position
Finishing Position
Date
Danica Patrick
31
29
6/23/2013
 
NASCAR in California
·         There have been 134 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at 15 tracks in California.
Track Name
City
NSCS
Riverside International Raceway
Riverside
48
Auto Club Speedway
Fontana
25
Sonoma Raceway
Sonoma
25
Ontario Motor Speedway
Ontario
9
California State Fairgrounds
Sacramento
6
Carrell Speedway
Gardena
4
Ascot Stadium
Los Angeles
3
Bay Meadows Race Track
San Mateo
3
Marchbanks Speedway
Hanford
3
Oakland Stadium
Oakland
3
Redwood Speedway
Eureka
2
Willow Springs Speedway
Lancaster
2
Capitol Speedway
Sacramento
1
Merced Fairgrounds
Merced
1
Santa Clara Fairgrounds
San Jose
1
·         429 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as California.
Driver
NSCS
NNS
NCWTS
Jeff Gordon
89
5
0
Jimmie Johnson
68
1
0
Kevin Harvick
25
41
14
Marvin Panch
17
0
0
Ernie Irvan
15
3
0
Dick Rathmann
13
0
0
Dan Gurney
5
0
0
Eddie Gray
4
0
0
Parnelli Jones
4
0
0
Eddie Pagan
4
0
0
Robby Gordon
3
1
0
Ray Elder
2
0
0
Danny Letner
2
0
0
Marvin Porter
2
0
0
Dick Brooks
1
0
0
Marvin Burke
1
0
0
Jim Cook
1
0
0
Lou Figaro
1
0
0
Danny Graves
1
0
0
Johnny Mantz
1
0
0
Casey Mears
1
1
0
Bill Norton
1
0
0
John Soares
1
0
0
Danny Weinberg
1
0
0
Ron Hornaday Jr
0
4
51
AJ Allmendinger
0
2
0
Kyle Larson
0
2
1
Jason Leffler
0
2
1
David Gilliland
0
1
0
Joe Ruttman
0
1
13
Boris Said
0
1
1
Mike Skinner
0
1
28
Matt Crafton
0
0
5
Justin Lofton
0
0
1
Scott Speed
0
0
1
Brandon Whitt
0
0
1

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