Statistical Advance: Analyzing The Toyota/Save Mart 350

 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 18, 2012) – Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Sonoma in Sonoma, California going into the Toyota/Save Mart 350 on June 24.

 

SONOMA-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

Marcos Ambrose (No. 9 Stanley Ford)

  • Two top fives, three top 10s
  • Average finish of 14.0
  • Average Running Position of 11.2, fourth-best
  • Series-best Driver Rating of 108.8
  • 45 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
  • Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 89.877 mph
  • 150 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), 10th-most

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clint Bowyer (No. 15 5-hour Energy Toyota)

  • Three top fives, four top 10s
  • Average finish of 11.2
  • Average Running Position of 16.7, 11th-best
  • Driver Rating of 85.1, 11th-best
  • Series-high 455 Green Flag Passes
  • 166 Quality Passes, seventh-most

 

 

 

 

 

Kurt Busch (No. 51 Phoenix Construction Services Inc. Chevrolet)

  • One win, four top fives, four top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 18.3
  • Series-best Average Running Position of 10.0
  • Driver Rating of 106.1, third-best
  • 23 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 89.551 mph, third-fastest
  • 593 Laps in the Top 15 (76.5%), second-most
  • 170 Quality Passes, sixth-most

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M’s Toyota)

  • One win, one top five, two top 10s
  • Average finish of 18.9
  • Driver Rating of 92.1, eighth-best
  • 45 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 89.479 mph, fifth-fastest

 

 

 

 

Carl Edwards (No. 99 Aflac Ford)

  • One top five, three top 10s
  • Average finish of 16.6
  • Average Running Position of 16.0, ninth-best
  • Driver Rating of 85.8, 10th-best
  • 22 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most
  • 433 Green Flag Passes, second-most
  • 162 Quality Passes, eighth-most

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet)

  • Five wins, 12 top fives, 15 top 10s; five poles
  • Average finish of 8.7
  • Average Running Position of 13.4, sixth-best
  • Driver Rating of 99.1, fifth-best
  • 47 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
  • 406 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 89.444 mph, sixth-fastest
  • 482 Laps in the Top 15 (62.2%), fifth-most
  • 187 Quality Passes, third-most

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robby Gordon (No. 7 MAPEI Dodge)

  • One win, three top fives, four top 10s
  • Average finish of 21.4
  • Driver Rating of 83.8, 13th-best
  • 50 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
  • 431 Green Flag Passes, third-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 89.311 mph, eighth-fastest
  • 352 Laps in the Top 15 (45.4%), 13th-most
  • 133 Quality Passes, 12th-most

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet)

  • One win, three top fives, five top 10s
  • Average finish of 14.7
  • Average Running Position of 14.1, seventh-best
  • Driver Rating of 94.1, sixth-best
  • 48 Fastest Laps Run, third-most
  • 513 Laps in the Top 15 (66.2%), fourth-most
  • 191 Quality Passes, second-most

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jamie McMurray (No. 1 McDonald’s Chevrolet)

  • One top five, one top 10; one pole
  • Average finish of 16.9
  • Average Running Position of 16.9, 13th-best
  • Driver Rating of 86.6, ninth-best
  • 15 Fastest Laps Run, 13th-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 89.291 mph, ninth-fastest
  • 379 Laps in the Top 15 (48.9%), 11th-most

 

 

 

 

 

 

Juan Pablo Montoya (No. 42 Target Chevrolet)

  • One win, one top five, four top 10s
  • Average finish of 9.0
  • Average Running Position of 10.7, third-best
  • Driver Rating of 104.0, fourth-best
  • 17 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 89.540 mph, fourth-fastest
  • 448 Laps in the Top 15 (80.7%), seventh-most
  • 179 Quality Passes, fourth-most

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ryan Newman (No. 39 Quicken Loans/Children’s Tumor Foundation Chevrolet)

  • Two top fives, five top 10s
  • Average finish of 12.4
  • Average Running Position of 12.4, fifth-best
  • Driver Rating of 93.5, seventh-best
  • 387 Green Flag Passes, 10th-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 89.382 mph, seventh-fastest
  • 551 Laps in the Top 15 (71.1%), third-most
  • 177 Quality Passes, fifth-most

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tony Stewart (No. 14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet)

  • Two wins, four top fives, eight top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 11.5
  • Average Running Position of 10.1, second-best
  • Driver Rating of 107.9, second-best
  • Series-high 73 Fastest Laps Run
  • 374 Green Flag Passes, 13th-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 89.829 mph, second-fastest
  • Series-high 603 Laps in the Top 15 (77.8%)
  • Series-high 220 Quality Passes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

Chase Contenders

 

Following Race 15 of 36

Driver Points    Wins       Poles         Rank Last Week  Season Driver Rating
1. Matt Kenseth              565       1           0               1           105.9 565 1 0 1 105.9
2. Dale Earnhardt Jr.     561       1           0               2           103.2 561 1 0 2 103.2
3. Greg Biffle                  548       1           2               3           107.0 548 1 2 3 107.0
4. Jimmie Johnson  532 2 0 5 107.7
5. Denny Hamlin  514 2 1 4 98.8
6. Kevin Harvick  504 0 0 6 94.9
7. Martin Truex Jr.  497 0 1 7 95.0
8. Tony Stewart   491 2 0 8 93.6
9. Clint Bowyer  481 0 0 9 88.8
10. Brad Keselowski 458 2 0 10 91.9


ADDITIONAL DRIVERS

11. Carl Edwards                  456         30. David Gilliland            246   
12. Kyle Busch (1win)            432         31. Travis Kvapil              220
13. Ryan Newman (1 win)      427          32. Landon Cassill          214
14. Paul Menard                   421         33. Dave Blaney              212
15. Joey Logano (1 win)         407         34. David Reutimann        198
16. Kasey Kahne (1 win)        391         35. J.J. Yeley                  106
17. Marcos Ambrose             388         36. David Stremme          103
18. Jamie McMurray             377         37. Michael McDowell        83
19. Juan Pablo Montoya        377         38. Brian Vickers               66
20. Jeff Gordon                    375         39. Tony Raines                61
21. Jeff Burton                     375         40. Ken Schrader               60
22. Aric Almirola                   372         41. Brendan Gaughan         50
23. Mark Martin                    341         42. Josh Wise                   45
24. AJ Allmendinger              330         43. Terry Labonte             42
25. Regan Smith                   326         44. Stephen Leicht            34
26. Bobby Labonte                316         45. Scott Riggs                27
27. Kurt Busch                     289         46. Michael Waltrip            26
28. Casey Mears                  267         47. Hermie Sadler III          13
29. David Ragan                   261         48. Scott Speed                12                                      

Note: The first 26 races of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season determine which 12 drivers qualify for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, contested over the final 10 races of the season. After race No. 26, the top 10 earn a berth in the Chase. Spots 11 and 12 – the Wild Cards – will go to those drivers outside the top 10 with the most wins, provided they are in the top 20.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2012 Top 12 atSonoma

 

Driver

Races

Poles

Wins

Top Fives

Top 10s

DNFs

Average Finish

Driver Rating

 
 

1

Matt Kenseth

12

0

0

0

1

0

21.5

71.8

 

2

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

12

0

0

0

0

1

22.2

65.4

 

3

Greg Biffle

9

0

0

2

3

1

15.8

78.4

 

4

Jimmie Johnson

10

0

1

3

5

1

14.7

94.1

 

5

Denny Hamlin

6

0

0

1

2

0

20.8

83.2

 

6

Kevin Harvick

11

0

0

3

4

0

16.1

82.7

 

7

Martin Truex Jr.

6

0

0

0

1

1

21.7

73.6

 

8

Tony Stewart

13

1

2

4

8

1

11.5

107.9

 

9

Clint Bowyer

6

0

0

3

4

0

11.2

85.1

 

10

Brad Keselowski

2

0

0

0

1

1

22.5

72.4

 

11

Carl Edwards

7

0

0

1

3

0

16.6

85.8

 

12

Kyle Busch

7

0

1

1

2

0

18.9

92.1

 

* – Based on last seven races at Sonoma.

 

Wild Card Standings Following:

Michigan International Speedway

 

Pos.

Driver

Wins

Pts. Pos.

Points

Pts. From 10th

 

1

Kyle Busch

1

12

432

-26

 

2

Ryan Newman

1

13

427

-31

 

3

Joey Logano

1

15

407

-51

 

4

Kasey Kahne

1

16

391

-67

 

5

Carl Edwards

0

11

456

-2

 

6

Paul Menard

0

14

421

-37

 

7

Marcos Ambrose

0

17

388

-70

 

8

Jamie McMurray

0

18

377

-81

 

9

Juan Pablo Montoya

0

19

377

-81

 

10

Jeff Gordon

0

20

375

-83

 

The top-10 drivers will make the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.  Positions 11 and 12 in the 12-driver Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup are Wild Cards, and will go to drivers outside the top 10 with the most wins, as long as they are ranked in the top 20 in points. If multiple drivers outside the top 10 tie for wins, the tie-breaker will go to the race winner with the highest points position.

 
 
 
 

 

At Sonoma:

History

  • The track opened as a 2.52-mile road course and drag strip in 1968.
  • The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was held in 1989.
  • 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 23 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Sonoma since the first race there in 1989.
  • Rusty Wallace won the first NASCAR Sprint Cup pole.
  • Ricky Rudd won the first NASCAR Sprint Cup race.
  • 14 different drivers have won poles; only four have won more than one.
  • Jeff Gordon (five) leads all pole winners. Ricky Rudd has four, including three consecutive (1990-92), Rusty Wallace and Kasey Kahne each have two.
  • There have been consecutive pole winners three times: Ricky Rudd (1990-92) and Jeff Gordon (1998-99 and 2004-05).
  • 15 different drivers have won races; five have multiple victories there – led by Jeff Gordon with five. Ernie Irvan, Ricky Rudd, Tony Stewart and Rusty Wallace (all with two) are the other multiple-race winners.
  • Jeff Gordon is also the only driver with consecutive wins, winning in 1998, 1999 and 2000.
  • Five of 23 races have been won by the pole winner, including three times by Jeff Gordon. His victory from the pole in 2004 is the most recent.
  • The lowest starting position by a race winner was 32nd, by Juan Pablo Montoya; it also was his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win.
  • Boris Said posted his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole.
  • Jeff Gordon is the all-time leader in road-course victories, with nine. Tony Stewart is second, with seven.
  • Youngest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sonoma winner: Kyle Busch (06/26/2008 – 21 years, 1 month, 2 days).
  • Oldest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sonoma winner: Ricky Rudd (06/23/2002 – 45 years, 9 months, 11 days).

 

Sonoma Data

  • Race #: 16 of 36 (06-24-12)
  • Track Size: 1.99 miles
  • Race Length: 110 laps / 219 miles/ 350 Kilometers
  • Number of Turns: 12

 

Top 12 Driver Rating at Sonoma

  1. Marcos Ambrose………………….. 108.8
  2. Tony Stewart……………………….. 107.9
  3. Kurt Busch………………………….. 106.1
  4. Juan Pablo Montoya…………….. 104.0
  5. Jeff Gordon………………………….. 99.1
  6. Jimmie Johnson…………………….. 94.1
  7. Ryan Newman……………………….. 93.5
  8. Kyle Busch…………………………… 92.1
  9. Jamie McMurray…………………….. 86.6
  10. Carl Edwards………………………… 85.8
  11. Clint Bowyer…………………………. 85.1
  12. Elliott Sadler…………………………. 84.9

Note: Driver Rating compiled from 2005-2011 races (seven total) at Sonoma.

 

Qualifying/Race Data

  • 2011 pole winner: Joey Logano, (93.256 mph, 76.821 seconds)
  • 2011 race winner: Kurt Busch, (75.411 mph, 2:54:10, 06-26-11)
  • Track qualifying record:  Jeff Gordon, (94.325 mph, 75.950 seconds, 06-24-05)
  • Track race record: Ricky Rudd, (81.007 mph, 2:42:08, 06-23-02)


Driver Ratings for Winners

Driver

Year

Driver Rating

Series Driver Rating Rank

Kurt Busch

2011

100.0

5th

Jimmie Johnson

2010

80.4

18th

Kasey Kahne

2009

58.7

30th

Kyle Busch

2008

90.6

10th

Juan Pablo Montoya

2007

N/A

1st race at Sonoma

Jeff Gordon

2006

77.2

19th

* Pre-Race Driver Ratings of the year the driver won at Sonoma (last six races).

 

NASCAR in California

There have been 132 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in California:

Track Name

City

NSCS

Auto Club Speedway

Fontana

23

Sonoma

Sonoma

23

Ascot Stadium

Los Angeles

3

Bay Meadows Race Track

San Mateo

3

California State Fairgrounds

Sacramento

6

Capitol Speedway

Sacramento

1

Carrell Speedway

Gardena

4

Marchbanks Speedway

Hanford

3

Merced Fairgrounds

Merced

1

Oakland Stadium

Oakland

3

Ontario Motor Speedway

Ontario

9

Redwood Speedway

Eureka

2

Riverside International Raceway

Riverside

48

Santa Clara Fairgrounds

San Jose

1

Willow Springs Speedway

Lancaster

  • 418 drivers from NASCAR’s three national series (all-time) have their home state recorded as California.
  • There have been 34 race winners from California in NASCAR three national series:

 

Driver

NSCS

NNS

NCWTS

Jeff Gordon

85

5

0

Jimmie Johnson

57

1

0

Kevin Harvick

18

37

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

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

2

Justin Lofton

0

0

1

Scott Speed

0

0

1

Brandon Whitt

0

0

1

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