Crunching The Numbers: 2017 Toyota Save Mart 350

The Toyota Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway is the first time this season that the drivers will visit a road course. Who will have what it takes to master the left and right turns for the first time this season? Will another first time winner this season prevail?

Sonoma Raceway Track Specs

  • Track Configuration: 1.99 Mile Road Course
  • Scheduled Laps: 160 (400 miles)
    • Stage 1 End Lap: 25
    • Stage 2 End Lap: 50
  • 10 Turns

Toyota Save Mart 350 Trends of the Race

2013 saw a large margin of victory of 8.133 seconds

  • Overtime: 3 (2008, 2009, & 2012)
  • Caution Finishes: 0
  • Rain Shortened: 0

Trending of the past 5 Spring races:

  • Margin of Victory 2.142 seconds
  • 5 cautions
    • First Caution: Lap 31
    • Final Caution: Lap 95 (15 laps to go)
  • 30 drivers on the lead lap

Trending of the past 10 Spring races:

  • Margin of Victory 2.306 seconds
  • 6 cautions
    • First Caution: Lap 26
    • Final Caution: Lap 96 (14 laps to go)
  • 31 drivers on the lead lap

Toyota Save Mart 350 Pole Sitters

  • Pole winners have an average finish of 16.1
  • Average laps lead: 19.3 laps (17.8% of the race)
  • 15.4% of pole winners find their way to victory lane
  • Most laps led by a pole sitter is 92 (83.6% of the race) by Jeff Gordon in 2004
    • He went on to win that race

Toyota Save Mart 350 Winners

  • The average race winner’s starting position is 10.3
    • Juan Pablo Montoya started from P32 in 2005, the furthest back a race winner has started
    • The mode of race winner’s starting position is P1 & P11
  • 38.5% of the winners have come from starting in the top 5
  • 61.5% of the winners have come from starting in the top 10
  • Winning drivers have lead an average of 46.2 laps (42.0% of the race)
    • Fewest laps led by race winner: Juan Pablo Montoya lead 7 laps (6.4% of the race) in 2007
    • Most laps led by a race winner: Jeff Gordon led 92 laps (83.6% of the race) in 2004
  • There have been 10 different race winners from 8 different teams since 2004
    • Kurt Busch & Kyle Busch lead the field with 2 wins a piece
    • Joe Gibbs Racing leads the field with 3 wins

Toyota Save Mart 350 Team & Manufacturer Statistics

Kyle Larson nabbed his second victory of the season and continues to make himself a title contender. When it comes to the Toyota Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway, Stewart Haas Racing has the best average finish, followed closely by Hendrick Motorsports, and Richard Childress Racing.

Toyota Save Mart 350 Predictions & Analysis

Clint Bowyer rises to the top for the 2017 Toyota Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway. With his amazing average finish and only 1 DNF, Bowyer will look to capture his first victory of the season and earn his way into the Playoffs in a few short months.

Ashley Hobbs

Birthday: 9 March 1989 (so I do not have to update my age each year)
Location: Florida (Jersey native, born and raised)

What better way to combine 2 of my favorite things, NASCAR and statistics, than providing y’all with an analytical report each weekend during the NASCAR season.

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