Toyota/Save Mart 350 Fact Sheet
June 24-26, 2016
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series visits Sonoma Raceway for the 28th consecutive year at the Toyota/Save Mart 350. This marks the first of two road-course events on the schedule.
The Toyota/Save Mart 350 is a 10-turn, 1.99-mile road course. The race distance is 218.9 miles or 110 laps around the 1.99-mile road course.
- Kyle Busch kicked off an historic run for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship in Sonoma in 2015, capturing an emotional first victory after an 11-race absence. It was his second Sonoma victory and the fourth for Toyota in wine country.
- Busch finished 1-2 with his older brother, Kurt Busch, edging him out by.532 seconds at the finish line. It marked the first time the brothers finished 1-2 in Sprint Cup Series competition.
- Sonoma Raceway has hosted 10 different winners over the past 11 years. In 2015, Busch became the first repeat Sonoma winner in eight years.
- San Jose native AJ Allmendinger nabbed his first pole position in Sonoma in 2015.
- Two-time winners in wine country include Rusty Wallace (1990, ‘96), Ernie Irvan (1992, ‘94), Ricky Rudd (1989, 2002), Tony Stewart (2001, ‘05) and Kyle Busch (2008, ’15).
Qualifying: Jamie McMurray, June 21, 2014, 96.350 mph, 1:14.354
Race: Clint Bowyer, June 24, 2012, 83.624 mph
NOTES OF INTEREST:
- In 2016, Save Mart Supermarkets and Sonoma Raceway celebrate 25 years of partnership at the wine county NASCAR event. Save Mart Supermarkets’ status as either the event title or co-title sponsor in Sonoma is one of the longest running in all of NASCAR Cup racing.
- Tony Stewart and Ernie Irvan will become the newest members of the raceway’s Wall of Fame during race weekend, joining fellow NASCAR stars Rusty Wallace (2005), Mark Martin (2005), Jeff Gordon (2006), Ricky Rudd (2007) and Rick Hendrick (2010).
- The weekend will also feature the 64-lap Chevys Fresh Mex 200 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race on Saturday, June 25 at 1 p.m. (Pacific). Sprint Cup Series regular Chase Elliott is expected to compete.
- Sonoma State president Ruben Armiñana, who will retire as the longest-tenured president of the California State University system on June 30, has been named Grand Marshal.
- Sonoma Raceway will debut 5,000 square feet of Panasonic LED digital signage, including an 85-foot, four-sided LED scoring pylon.
- A new era in NASCAR shopping will officially launch with the new "Trackside Superstore" inside the Turn 10 island.
- Featured concession items throughout the weekend include the debut of the Crab Cake Corn Dog, Philly Cheese Steak Waffle-Wich, Char Sui Pork Waffle-Wich by Levy Restaurants and Chevys Fresh Mex food options.
- Race fans will also be treated to a 25-minute air show by Byron’s Patriots Jet Team, the nation's only civilian aerobatic jet team, for a 10th straight year during pre-event ceremonies.
SEASON TO DATE:
Kevin Harvick currently leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings by 30 points over Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Kurt Busch. This season has generated some of the closest racing in years through the first 15 races. Highlights include three races setting track records for green flag passes for the lead, as well as two races featuring the seventh-closest margin of victory in NSCS history (since the advent of electronic scoring in 1993). Ten different drivers have posted victories so far this season, with defending Sonoma race and Cup series champion Kyle Busch claiming three wins and Brad Keselowski, Carl Edwards and Jimmie Johnson each claiming two.
Qualifying will consist of two elimination rounds to determine the starting grid. The first elimination round will last 25 minutes and include all cars. The 12 cars that post the fastest single lap will advance to the final round. The remaining cars will be sorted based on their times posted in the first round of qualifying in descending order. The final qualifying round will last 10 minutes and the fastest single lap time will determine positions 1 through 12 in descending order. The fastest driver in the final round will earn the pole position for the race.
Call 800-870-7223, visit SonomaRaceway.com/NASCAR or ticketmaster.com.
SCHEDULE (All times Pacific):
10:50 - 11:50 a.m. Chevys Fresh Mex 200 NASCAR West Practice
12:00 - 1:55 p.m. Great Clips Fast Friday NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Chevys Fresh Mex 200 NASCAR West Final Practice
3:30 - 4:55 p.m. Great Clips Fast Friday NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Final Practice
9:45 a.m. Chevys Fresh Mex 200 NASCAR West Qualifying, 9:45 a.m.
11:15 a.m. Drive for Safety NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying, 11:15 a.m.
1:00 p.m. Chevys Fresh Mex 200 NASCAR Pro Series West Race (64 Laps), 1 p.m.
12:00 p.m. Toyota/Save Mart 350 (110 laps)
TELEVISION (All times Pacific):
- Friday: Great Clips Fast Friday NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice, noon (Fox Sports 1); Great Clips Fast Friday NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Final Practice, 3:30 p.m. (Fox Sports
- Saturday: Drive for Safety NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying, 11:15 a.m. (Fox Sports 1).
- Sunday: Toyota/Save Mart 350, Noon (Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes)
LOCAL RADIO COVERAGE (provided by PRN):
- KNBR 1050 AM (San Francisco)
- NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying. Saturday, June 25 – 11:00 a.m.
- Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, June 26 – 11:00 a.m.
Event hashtag: #TSM350
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