NASCAR Sonoma Sunday, June 18, 2017

NASCAR MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES SONOMA STATS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Most Sonoma races: 23 Jeff Gordon
  • Most Sonoma wins: 5 Jeff Gordon
  • Most Sonoma 2nd-place finishes: 5 Jeff Gordon
  • Most Sonoma top 3 finishes: 13 Jeff Gordon
  • Most Sonoma top 5 finishes: 14 Jeff Gordon
  • Most Sonoma top 10 finishes: 18 Jeff Gordon
  • Best Sonoma average finish: 8.3 Jeff Gordon
  • Most Sonoma laps led: 457 Jeff Gordon (Kurt Busch 2nd with 197)
  • Clint Bowyer: 5 Top 10 finishes last 6 Sonoma races – Finished 40th last year
  • Kurt Busch: Finished 12th or better last 6 Sonoma races – 5 Top 10 finishes
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Finished 12th or better last 4 Sonoma races – 2 Top 10 finishes
  • Denny Hamlin: 1 Top 15 finish last 7 Sonoma races – Finished 2nd last year
  • Jimmie Johnson: 7 Top 10 finishes last 8 Sonoma races – Finished 13th last year
  • Kasey Kahne: 4 Straight Sonoma top 10 finishes – Longest current streak
  • Ryan Newman: Finished 11th or better last 3 Sonoma races – 2 Straight top 10 finishes
  • 18 Different winners in 28 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Sonoma races
  • 8 Different winners last 8 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Sonoma races
  • Kyle Busch only repeat winner last 11 Sonoma races (2 Wins) – 9 Others 1 win each
  • Oldest winner last season: Tony Stewart 45-years-old (Sonoma)
  • Fewest caution laps in a race last season: 10 – Sonoma
  • Most lead lap finishers in a race last season: 35 – Sonoma
  • High temperature 2016 Sonoma race: 89 Degrees
  • 8 of last 10 winners scored their first career road course win at Sonoma
  • 15 Scored first win of season at Sonoma including 5 of last 6 winners
  • 4 California drivers won 9 Sonoma races
  • First Sonoma win for 8 of last 10 winners
  • Only win of season for 6 Sonoma winners including Tony Stewart last season
  • Only 1 scored first career win at Sonoma – Juan Pablo Montoya (2007)
  • Most laps led from start of Sonoma race: 37 – Jeff Gordon (1998)
  • Most laps led to Sonoma finish: 53 – Ricky Rudd (1989)
  • Leader of most laps failed to win last 3 Sonoma races
  • Denny Hamlin led most laps last Sonoma race (33) – Finished 2nd
  • Juan Pablo Montoya only Rookie of the Year contender to finish top 5 in Sonoma race – 2007 Winner
  • Longest green flag run at Sonoma: 82 Laps 1-82 (2012)
  • Longest green flag run to finish Sonoma: 41 Laps (1992 & ’07)
  • Final green run 9 laps or less 16 Sonoma races
  • 3 Sonoma overtime finishes – Leader at scheduled distance won all 3
  • Jeff Gordon leads all with 9 road course wins
  • Tony Stewart 2nd all-time with 8 road course wins – 3 at Sonoma
  • 4 Drivers Swept Sonoma & Watkins Glen in same year:
  • Jeff Gordon (‘98 & ’99), R. Gordon (’03), Stewart (’05) & Kyle Busch (’08)
  • 5 of 28 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Sonoma races won from pole – Jeff Gordon won from pole 3 times
  • No winner from pole last 12 Sonoma races – Last winner from pole: Jeff Gordon 2004
  • 8 of 28 Sonoma winners started outside top 10
  • Pole finished 6th or better 20 of 28 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Sonoma races
  • Drivers starting in top 5 won 15 of 28 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Sonoma races
  • 2 Won Sonoma in first try – Ricky Rudd 1989 & Juan Pablo Montoya 2007
  • Most tries before first Sonoma win – Kurt Busch won in 11th try in 2011
  • Leader of most laps won 15 of last 21 Sonoma races
  • Best road course come-from-behind win: Juan Pablo Montoya started 32nd Sonoma 2007
  • Drivers starting top 10 won 101 of 121 road course races
  • What manufacturer won the first NASCAR Road Course Race in 1954? Jaguar (Al Keller 6/13 Linden, NJ)
  • 18 States represented first Sonoma race in 1989 – 8 From California
  • 6 Hendrick Motorsports Sonoma wins (Most all-time) – Jeff Gordon 5 & Jimmie Johnson 1
  • 4 Joe Gibbs Racing Sonoma wins – Kyle Busch 2 & Tony Stewart 2
  • 2 Richard Childress Racing Sonoma wins – Dale Earnhardt 1995 & Robby Gordon 2003
  • 2 Roush Fenway Racing Sonoma wins – Mark Martin 1997 & Carl Edwards 2014
  • 2 Team Penske Sonoma wins – Rusty Wallace 1996 & Kurt Busch 2011
  • 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Sonoma win – Juan Pablo Montoya 2007
  • 1 Richard Petty Motorsports Sonoma wins (First win) – Kasey Kahne 2009
  • 1 Stewart-Haas Racing Sonoma win – Tony Stewart 2016