Toyota Save Mart 350 Starting Lineup and Stats for NASCAR Cup Series Race


After running the longest race of their season , the NASCAR Cup Series drivers and teams will turn their attention back to road racing this weekend. The action heads out to the west coast as Sonoma Raceway is set to host its first NASCAR race since 2019 this Sunday. Unlike the last two weeks, there will be no live practice or qualifying this week. As such, the performance metrics formula is once again responsible for generating the Toyota Save Mart 350 starting lineup.

This article contains all kinds of vital information to get you set for this weekend’s action at Sonoma Raceway. Read on for the Toyota Save Mart 350 starting lineup, start time, race facts and NASCAR stats.
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NASCAR Cup Series at Sonoma Raceway

Toyota Save Mart 350
Date: Sunday, June 6, 2021
Start Time: 4 p.m. EST
Track: Sonoma Raceway — Sonoma County, CA
Coverage: FS1
Pole Sitter: Kyle Larson
Defending Champion : Martin Truex Jr. (2019)

Toyota Save Mart 350 Race Details

Distance: 217.48 miles (350 kilometers)
Laps: 90
Lap Length: 2.52 miles
Stages: Three (Laps 1-20; 21-40; 41-90)
Surface: Asphalt
Turns: 12

Toyota Save Mart 350 Starting Lineup

See below for a breakdown of qualifying.

Starting Position Driver Car Number Team Manufacturer
1 Kyle Larson 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
2 Chase Elliott 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
3 William Byron 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
4 Denny Hamlin 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
5 Kyle Busch 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Ford
6 Austin Dillon 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
7 Alex Bowman 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
8 Kevin Harvick 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
9 Brad Keselowski 2 Team Penske Ford
10 Tyler Reddick 8 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
11 Ryan Blaney 12 Team Penske Ford
12 Chris Buescher 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford
13 Joey Logano 22 Team Penske Ford
14 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
15 Bubba Wallace 23 23XI Racing Toyota
16 Daniel Suarez 99 Trackhouse Racing Chevrolet
17 Matt DiBenedetto 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford
18 Erik Jones 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet
19 Martin Truex Jr. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
20 Christopher Bell 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
21 Michael McDowell 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford
22 Corey LaJoie 7 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet
23 Cole Custer 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
24 Ryan Newman 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford
25 Chase Briscoe 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
26 Aric Almirola 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
27 Ryan Preece 37 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
28 Anthony Alfredo 38 Front Row Motorsports Ford
29 Ross Chastain 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
30 Kurt Busch 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
31 Ben Rhodes 77 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet
32 James Davison 15 Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet
33 Quin Houff 00 StarCom Racing Chevrolet
34 Garrett Smithley 53 Petty Ware Racing Ford
35 Scott Heckert 78 Live Fast Motorsports Ford
36 Josh Billicki 52 Rick Ware Racing Ford
37 Cody Ware 51 Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet

NASCAR Cup Series Qualifying Overview

Following the interruption to racing last season, NASCAR did away with practice and qualifying runs at the majority of races. A combination of grouped draws and a performance-metrics formula were used to determine starting grids. That same formula remains in place for the majority of races on the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season, including this weekend’s Toyota Save Mart 350 starting lineup.

So, what exactly is involved in the performance-metrics formula? Well, it draws on a number of factors including individual race performances and seaosn-long results. The following breakdown illustrates the weighted grades associated with each component of NASCAR’s metrics formula:

NASCAR Cup Series Metrics Formula Breakdown

  • 35 percent: Team owner points ranking
  • 25 percent: Driver’s finishing position from the previous race
  • 25 percent: Car owner’s finishing position from the previous race
  • 15 percent: Fastest lap from the previous race
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Toyota Save Mart 35 0 Race History and NASCAR Stats

  • This race has utilized four different Sonoma Raceway layouts over the years. The first-ever running in 1989 was held on the full 2.52-mile course. It remained that way until 1998 when NASCAR switched to running on the 1.949-mile layout.
  • In 2019, NASCAR made the decision to revert to the original 2.52-mile layout. This marked the first time in 22 years that the ‘Carousel’ section of Sonoma Raceway was included in the race.
  • From 1989-2001, the course only had 34 pit stalls. Race teams were actually required to share pit boxes in the first dozen editions of the Toyota Save Mart 350!
  • This race was not held last season due to virus-related restrictions in the state of California. NASCAR moved it to Charlotte as a result.
  • Jeff Gordon tops the all-time driver wins list in this race with five career victories, good for two more than any other driver in history.
  • Among active NASCAR Cup Series drivers, Martin Truex Jr. holds the most victories in this race with three. Truex has won each of the last two runnings in 2018 and 2019.
  • Hendrick Motorsports leads all race teams with six prior wins in the Toyota Save Mart 350. Of course, five came courtesy of Gordon and the most recent HMS win came all the way back in 2010. Joe Gibbs Racing is just behind with five prior wins.
  • Chevrolet holds an 11-8 advantage over Ford for the most wins in this race among NASCAR Cup Series manufacturers.

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