Thursday, June 21, 2012

Sonoma Driver Statistics

Not all teams announce their weekly race previews'. Here is a list of those teams that do reveal the information in the teams race preview: 

#1- Jamie McMurray - This weekend’s race will be McMurray’s 10th start at Sonoma.  McMurray has been nearly perfect in Northern California, completing 993 laps out of a possible 994 laps.  He has one top-five, one top-10 and five top-15 finishes.  The driver of the No. 1 Chevrolet qualified on the pole in 2007, and led 30 laps.  His best finish at the track is second in 2004.

#2- Brad Keselowski - In two starts at sonoma, Brad has one top ten and one DNF.

#5- Kasey Kahne - In eight NASCAR Sprint Cup starts at Sonoma, Calif., Kasey Kahne has one win and two top-five finishes. He has earned two pole positions and started in the top 10 in his last six races at the 1.99-mile road course. Kahne has completed 97.7 percent of all laps attempted at the track (865 of 888 total) and led a total of 41 laps.

#9- Marcos Ambrose - Ambrose has four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at the 1.99-mile road course and his best starting and finishing positions (third) came in 2009. He also has two top fives, three top 10s and an average finish of 14.0.

#14-Tony Stewart - Stewart has one pole, two wins, two second-place finishes, four top-fives, eight top-10s and has led a total of 82 laps in his 13 career Sprint Cup starts at Sonoma. His average start at the 1.99-mile, 10-turn road course is 10.1, his average finish is 11.5 and he has a lap completion rate of 98.5 percent.

#15- Clint Bowyer - Bowyer will make his seventh NSCS start at Sonoma on Sunday. In his previous six starts Bowyer has three top-five and four top-10 finishes. His best finish is fourth, which he has done three times including his most recent trip in 2011. Bowyer has led two laps in his six starts, averages a 19th place starting position and finish of 11th. Bowyer has completed all 165 possible laps raced over his career. Bowyer has scored 693 points at Sonoma – fourth most of any driver during the last six seasons.

#16- Greg Biffle - In 9 races at Sonoma, Biffle has earned two top 5's and three top 10's with only one DNF. Biffle's best finish at Sonoma was 4th in 2006.

#17- Matt Kenseth - Kenseth has an average starting position of 20.2 and an average finishing position of 21.5 at Sonoma.  Kenseth’s best finish at Sonoma came in 2008 when he earned a top-10 finish at the road course.

#18- Kyle Busch - Busch has one win, one top-five, one top-10, and has led a total of 88 laps in seven career Sprint Cup starts at Sonoma. His average Sonoma finish is 18.9

#22- A J Allmendinger - In four career races on the Sonoma road course, Allmendinger has one top-10 finish, with an average start of 19.5 and an average finish of 17.5. He has only three unfinished laps (442 of 445=99.326 percent completion average). Add his stats from Watkins Glen International (four starts, one top-5 & two top-10s, with no uncompleted laps) and Dinger's eight-race Cup road course career boasts one top-five finish and three top-10s. He has a 17.4 average start and 13.3 average finish on the road courses. He has a 99.628 percent lap completion average (804 of 807) on road courses entering this weekend.

#24- Jeff Gordon - Gordon leads most performance statistics at the 1.99-mile track. In 19 starts, his five wins are three more than any other driver while he ranks first in poles (five), top-five finishes (12), top-10’s (15) and laps led (437). In fact, Gordon has eight more top-fives than any driver competing in Sunday’s race and he has led 266 more laps than anyone else at the 10-turn track.

#27- Paul Menard - Menard has four starts at Sonoma with a best finish of 11th last year.

#29- Kevin Harvick - In 11 races at Sonoma, Harvick has three top 5's and four top 10's with a best finish of second in 2007.

#31- Jeff Burton - This weekend’s 110-lap event marks Burton’s 19th start at the 1.99-mile facility and 635th-career Sprint Cup Series entry. Burton garnered one top-five and five top-10 finishes at the track. He also led three laps at the Sonoma, Calif.-based 

#36- Dave Blaney - Blaney is winless in eleven starts at Sonoma, with a best finish on 19th in 2005. Blaney has three DNF's at the road course.

#39- Ryan Newman - The Toyota/Save Mart 350K will mark Newman’s 384th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and his 11th Sprint Cup start on the road course at Sonoma, Calif. Newman has two top-five finishes and five top-10s in 10 starts at the 1.99-mile circuit.

#42- Juan Pablo Montoya - The date of this year’s race at Sonoma marks the five year anniversary of Montoya’s first NSCS win on June 24, 2007.  Montoya worked his way up from 32nd to lead seven laps of the 110 possible laps on his way to victory. He also has one top five and four top ten's at Sonoma.

#43- Aric Almirola - Almirola has only one previous Cup start at Sonoma, finishing 28th on the course in 2008.  He brings additional left-and-right-turn experience from his Nationwide Series career, in which he made four road/street-course starts and earned a top finish of eighth (Watkins Glen, 2011).

#48- Jimmie Johnson - Johnson at Sonoma: One win in 10 starts. No poles. Three top-five finishes (30 percent) and five top-10s (50 percent). Average finish of 14.7. One DNF in June 2002.

#55- Brian Vickers - Vickers has one pole in six starts at Sonoma and is still searching for a top ten finish. His best finish was 14t in 2006 and 2008.

#88- Dale Earnhardt Jr - Earnhardt has scored five top-15 finishes in 12 Sprint Cup starts at Sonoma, Calif. He has completed 93.4 percent of all the laps he's attempted (1,241 laps of 1,329 total) at the 1.99-mile California road course.

#99- Carl Edwards - Edwards will make his eighth Cup start at Sonoma this weekend.  In his previous seven starts, Edwards has one top-five and three top-10 finishes, and has led 14 laps. His average start is 20.9 and his average finish is 16.6.

- Reported in Team News/Press Releases

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