NASCAR Starting Lineup for Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway

Kyle Larson earns third straight Sonoma pole

For once, NASCAR drivers are going to need to turn left and right this weekend. The winding 2.52-mile road course of Sonoma Raceway is the first of three such tracks on the schedule for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. It's also the first time we've seen the larger course out on display in wine country since way back in 1997; this 11-turn version features the famous Carousel, a tweak which should produce more side-by-side action and passing opportunities.

 

None of the drivers running this weekend took part in that event, making this weekend a fresh challenge for everyone. But it doesn't matter for Kyle Larson what course he runs. Larson earned his third straight Sonoma pole in a squeaker, edging out William Byron by a little over four hundredths of a second.

 

Thirty-eight cars attempted to qualify for 40 spots at Sonoma, meaning all drivers made the race. The Cup Series has only had 40 or more cars attempt to qualify for four of 16 races this season.

 

1. Kyle Larson

2. William Byron

3. Joey Logano

4. Chase Elliott

5. Daniel Suarez

6. Denny Hamlin

7. Kyle Busch

8. Martin Truex Jr.

9. Ryan Blaney

10. Chris Buescher

11. Jimmie Johnson

12. Alex Bowman

13. Michael McDowell

14. Clint Bowyer

15. Aric Almirola

16. Kurt Busch

17. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

18. David Ragan

19. Matt DiBenedetto

20. Ryan Preece

21. Ryan Newman

22. Brad Keselowski

23. Kevin Harvick

24. Paul Menard

25. Daniel Hemric

26. Austin Dillon

27. Corey Lajoie

28. Matt Tifft

29. Parker Kligerman (i)

30. Bubba Wallace

31. Ty Dillon

32. Erik Jones

33. Justin Haley (i)

34. Cody Ware (i)

35. Landon Cassill (i)

36. JJ Yeley

37. Kyle Weatherman (i)

38. Reed Sorenson

 

(i) - Ineligible to collect Cup Series points

 

Failed To Qualify

None

 

QUALIFYING NOTES

  • Larson earned the eighth pole of his Cup Series career and first of 2019. Three of his eight career poles have now come at Sonoma Raceway.
  • Byron (second) has earned a top-3 starting spot in five of the last six races.
  • Joey Logano (third) had his best qualifying result on a road course since 2011.
  • Daniel Suarez (fifth) posted his fourth straight top-10 qualifying effort. He’s got an average finish of 10.0 in the last three races.
  • Denny Hamlin (sixth) was the highest qualifying Toyota.
  • Michael McDowell (13th) has his best starting spot since Talladega.
  • Ryan Preece (20th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
  • Parker Kligerman (29th) is running his first race since Charlotte with Gaunt Brothers Racing. They’re continuing their limited schedule of about a dozen races this year.
  • Justin Haley (33rd) is making his second start for Spire Motorsports’ No. 77 and first since Talladega.
  • Cody Ware (34th) is making his first start since Charlotte for his family-owned Rick Ware Racing organization.
  • JJ Yeley (36th) is making his second start in three races with the RWR program. He shifts to the No. 51 this week.
  • Kyle Weatherman (37th) qualified the Premium Motorsports car but Ross Chastain is expected to race it Sunday after his Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Gateway.
  • Reed Sorenson (38th) makes his ninth start of the year in an unchartered Premium Motorsports car (the No. 27).

 

NASCAR RACE BREAKDOWN

Race: Toyota/Save Mart 350

Track: Sonoma Raceway (Sonoma, Calif.)

Date: Sunday, June 23

Time: 3 p.m. ET

TV: FOX Sports 1

Radio: PRN, SIRIUS XM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 90 laps (Approx. 227 miles)

Stage 1: 20 Laps

Stage 2: 20 Laps

Final Stage: 50 Laps

 

PRE-RACE ANALYSIS

Jeremy Clements of NASCAR’s Xfinity Series stops by to chat during the Cup Series off week before Dustin Albino and Mike Neff set up Sonoma in the latest edition of the Frontstretch podcast.

Event Date: 
Sunday, June 23, 2019 - 15:00
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