Wednesday, June 19, 2013

NASCAR Driver Statistics - Save Mart 350 at Sonoma

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 11th start at Sonoma Raceway.  McMurray has completed 1106 out of a possible 1107 laps and has zero DNF’s (did not finish) at the track.  He has one top-five and one top-10 finish.  The driver of the No. 1 Cessna Chevrolet SS qualified on the pole in 2007, and led 30 laps.  His best finish at the track is second in 2004. McMurray’s driver rating of 84.4 ranks him the 12th-best among active drivers. In his 10 previous starts McMurray ranks 10th in green flag passes with 441, and has an average finish of 17.1 at Sonoma Raceway. 

#2- Brad Keselowski - Keselowski has 3 starts at Sonoma, scoring 1 top 10 in June of 2011 and 1 DNF in June of 2010. Brad has an average start of 21.333 and an average finish of 19.000 at the road course.

#5- Kasey Kahne - In nine Sprint Cup starts at Sonoma, Kahne has one win and two top-five finishes. He has earned two pole positions and started in the top 10 six times in his last seven races at the 1.99-mile road course. Kahne has completed 98 percent of all laps attempted at the track (977 of 997 total) and led a total of 41 laps. Kahne’s one win at Sonoma came in 2009, when he started fifth and led 37 laps.

#9- Marcos Ambrose - Ambrose has five starts at the road course. Beside a transmission failure in his first start, the road course veteran has finished in the top-10 in all events, including a best finish of third (2009). A win has been elusive, however, making Ambrose and the No. 9 Stanley Ford team thirsty for Victory Lane in wine country.

#10-Danica Patrick - Patrick has never started a stock-car event at Sonoma, but competed in seven IZOD IndyCar Series races with three top-10 finishes, including a fifth-place result in 2008. Of note, the IndyCar Series used two different layouts during those seven years, neither of which is the one currently in use by the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

#11- Denny Hamlin - Hamlin is making his eighth-career start at Sonoma this Sunday, and has two top-10 finishes to his credit at the track. His best result came in his fourth start at Sonoma, driving from a 24th-place starting position to finish fifth in 2009, leading 33 laps. He also finished 10th at Sonoma in 2007. Last year, he was running among the leaders when contact from behind in Turn 11 caused suspension damage to the #11 FedEx Toyota and extensive repairs in the garage, ending the team’s day early. Hamlin has led 48 laps at Sonoma in his career.

#14-Tony Stewart - Stewart has one pole, two wins, three second-place finishes, five top-fives, nine top-10s and has led a total of 82 laps in his 14 career Sprint Cup starts at Sonoma. His average start at the 1.99-mile, 10-turn road course is 11.1, his average finish is 10.9 and he has a lap completion rate of 98.6 percent.

#15- Clint Bowyer -  In seven races, Bowyer has one win (2012), four top-five and five top-10s. Bowyer has scored 741 points in his seven races at Sonoma, second only to Jeff Gordon’s  775 points during that same span. His average starting position is 17th and average finish is ninth. He has led 73 laps, including 71 laps in 2012. 

#16- Greg Biffle - Biffle has 10 Sprint Cup career starts at Sonoma, earning two top-five and four top-10 finishes. His average finish at Sonoma is 14.9 from an average starting position of 16.4. Biffle has finished on the lead lap in all but one start at Sonoma, and that was his very first start back in 2003. Biffle finished in the top 10 at both road course races in 2012.

#17- Ricky Stenhouse Jr - Stenhouse will make his debut at Sonoma Raceway this weekend; the Sprint Cup rookie has never raced in any series at this road course. Last year in the three road course races on the Nationwide schedule, Stenhouse finished 12th or better.

#18- Kyle Busch - The Toyota/Save Mart 350k will mark Kyle Busch’s 309th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and his ninth Sprint Cup start at Sonoma Raceway. Busch has one win, one top-five and two top-10s, and has led a total of 88 laps in eight career Sprint Cup starts at Sonoma. His average Sonoma finish is 18.6.

#20- Matt Kenseth -  In 13 Sprint Cup Series career starts at Sonoma, Matt Kenseth has an average starting position of 19.4, an average finish of 20.8, and has finished within the top 15 in his last two races.  Kenseth has completed 1,418 of 1,441 (98.4 percent) career laps at the 1.99-mile road course earning one top-10 finish (8th in 2008). 

#22- Joey Logano - In 4 prior Cup starts at Sonoma, Logano has 1 pole, 2 top 10's and no DNF's. His best finish was 6th place in June of 2011. His average start is 11.750 and average finish is 17.000. In June of 2011 Logano became the youngest pole winner at Sonoma at 21 years, 1 month, 2 days.

#24- Jeff Gordon - Along with his record five victories in 20 starts, Gordon also tops these categories at the 1.99-mile track: pole positions (five), top-five finishes (12), top-10s (16) and laps led (450). But he has yet to race the new Generation-6 car at the serpentine track.

#27- Paul Menard - Menard has five starts at Sonoma Raceway. His best start of third and best finish of 17th both came in 2011. The Wisconsin native has completed 556 of 567 laps attempted (99.8 percent) at the 1.99-mile road course.

#29- Kevin Harvick - Harvick has made 12 starts at the 10-turn road course dating back to the 2001 season. During that time, the RCR veteran has collected three top-five and four top-10 finishes. He holds a 16.7 average starting position coupled with a 16.1 average finishing position, has completed 99.9 percent (1,328 of 1,329) of the laps contested and is credited with 10 laps led. 

#31- Jeff Burton -  This weekend's 110-lap event marks Burton's 20th start at the 1.99-mile facility and 671st-career Sprint Cup Series entry. Burton garnered one top-five and five top-10 finishes at the Sonoma, Calif.-based race track with his best start coming in 2002 (third) and best finish coming in 2007 (third).

#39- Ryan Newman - In 11 Sprint Cup starts at Sonoma, Newman has two top five finishes and five top 10's. Additionally, the 35-year-old from South Bend, Ind., has an average starting position of 10.9 and an average finish of 12.9 at the 10-turn, 1.99-mile road course. 

#42- Juan Pablo Montoya - This weekend will be Montoya’s seventh start at Sonoma Raceway. In his six races at Sonoma, he has one win, one top-five and four top-10s. His average start at the road-course is 18.8 with an average finish of 13.2. He has led a total of nine laps at Sonoma seven of them coming from the year he won in 2007. In his first year with EGR, he scored his first NSCS victory on the road-course.

#43- Aric Almirola - Almirola has two starts at the 1.99-mile road course and finished 28th in both events. After a two-day test with teammate Marcos Ambrose earlier this season, Almirola feels he can top his best road course finish of 18th, which he tallied at Watkins Glen last season. Veteran Crew Chief Todd Parrott has 15 starts at the 10-turn track. He has posted two top-fives, seven top-10s, one pole and has an average finish of 15.1 in those 10 starts. Dale Jarrett posted Parrott’s best finish of fourth in 1997.

#47- Bobby Labonte - Bobby Labonte returns to the No. 47 Kingsford Toyota Camry at Sonoma Raceway and has made 20 starts at the venue. The 2000 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion has two top-five and five top-10 finishes at the road course. Labonte’s best finish is fourth-place and that has occurred twice (6/25/00 and 6/28/98). His average start is 18.1 and average finish is 20.1. There have been 24 races at Sonoma Raceway with 16 race winners and 15 pole winners.

#48- Jimmie Johnson - In 11 races at Sonoma, Johnson has 1 win, june of 2010, 4 top 5's, 6 top 10's and only 1 DNF. He has led 85 laps and has an average start of 16.000 and an average finish of 13.818. 

#55- Brian Vickers - In seven starts Vickers has one pole, one top-five (June 2012) and has led 16 laps at Sonoma.

#88- Dale Earnhardt Jr -  Earnhardt has scored five top-15 finishes in 13 Sprint Cup starts at Sonoma, Calif. He has completed 93.9 percent of all the laps he's attempted (1,353 laps of 1,441 total) at the 1.99-mile California road course. He has scored a career-best 11th-place finish three times there and most recently recorded this result in 2010.

#99- Carl Edwards - Carl Edwards enters Sonoma second in the Sprint Cup point standings.  In 15 Cup Series starts in 2013, he has accumulated one win, five top-five, eight top-10 finishes and one pole.  Edwards will make his ninth Cup start at Sonoma this weekend.  In his previous eight starts, Edwards has one top-five and three top-10 finishes, and has led 14 laps. His average start is 19.6 and his average finish is 17.1.

- Reported in Team News/Press Release

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