Crunching The Numbers: Sonoma Raceway Toyota SaveMart 350

The Toyota SaveMart 350 from Sonoma Raceway is the first of three road course races the NASCAR drivers will see this season. Last year’s winner, Kevin Harvick, is the best guy on track this season. Most recent race winner, Clint Bowyer, is always good out at Sonoma. Will it be one of these Stewart Haas Racing drivers; or will another driver spoil the party?

Sonoma Raceway Track Specs

  • Track Configuration: 1.99 Mile Road Course
  • Scheduled Laps: 110 (218.9 miles/350 kilometers)
    • Stage 1 End Lap: 25
    • Stage 2 End Lap: 50
  • Turns: 12

Toyota SaveMart 350 Trends of the Race

  • Overtime: 1 (2017)
  • Caution Finishes: 3 (2008, 2009, & 2012)
  • Rain Shortened: 0
  • 2017 Toyota SaveMart 350 Winners
    • Stage 1 Winner: Martin Truex Jr.
      • Finished P37
    • Stage 2 Winner: Jimmie Johnson
      • Finished P13
    • Race Winner: Kevin Harvick

Trending of the past 5 Toyota SaveMart 350 races:

  • Margin of Victory 2.470 seconds
  • 6 cautions
    • First Caution: Lap 17
    • Final Caution: Lap 96 (14 laps to go)
  • 30 drivers on the lead lap

Trending of the past 10 Toyota SaveMart 350 races:

  • Margin of Victory 2.107 seconds
  • 6 cautions
    • First Caution: Lap 27
    • Final Caution: Lap 100 (10 laps to go)
  • 30 drivers on the lead lap

Toyota Save Mart 350 Pole Sitters

  • Pole winners have an average finish of 16.8
  • Average laps lead: 18.9 laps (17.1% of the race)
  • 14.3% 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 14.0
    • Juan Pablo Montoya (driving for Chip Ganassi Racing w/ Felix Sabates) started from P32 in 2007, the furthest back a race winner has started
    • The median starting position of the race winner is 8.5
    • The mode of race winner’s starting position is P1 & P11
  • 35.7% of the winners have come from starting in the top 5
  • 57.1% of the winners have come from starting in the top 10
  • Winning drivers have lead an average of 44.6 laps (40.5% of the race)
    • Fewest laps led by race winner: Juan Pablo Montoya (driving for Chip Ganassi Racing w/ Felix Sabates) led 7 laps (6.4% of the race) in 2007
    • Most laps led by a race winner: Jeff Gordon (driving for Hendrick Motorsports) led 92 laps (83.6% of the race) in 2004
  • There have been 11 different race winners from 8 different teams since 2004
    • The Busch Brothers lead the field with 2 wins each
    • Joe Gibbs Racing leads the field with 3 wins
  • Fun Facts
    • No driver has had back-to-back victories in the Toyota SaveMart 350

Toyota SaveMart 350 Team & Manufacturer Statistics

We know the story this season is about the Fords and Toyotas, so the fact that Ford has the least wins at Sonoma Raceway means, well, not a whole lot for this weekend’s race. Kevin Harvick is the defending race winner, and he is the most dominate driver this season; and that is not expected to end. However, for Chevrolet, they are really looking to stop the party of their competition.

 

Toyota SaveMart 350 Predictions

Clint Bowyer has not one, but two victories this season. The last time he had multiple victories in a season was 2012; that was three victories. And wouldn’t you know it – 2012 was when Clint Bowyer won the Toyota SaveMart 350 at Sonoma Raceway. He has some momentum heading into the weekend with his victory at Michigan International Speedway, and he has the best average finish in the Toyota SaveMart 350. That puts him at the top of the charts, and the one to beat!

Let’s gear up for some left turns, and right turns, and see who comes out on top in wine country, also known as Sonoma, California!

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