All you need to know about Sonoma (aka Infineon) and its history
The track opened as a 2.52-mile road course and drag strip in 1968.
The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was held in 1989.
The first nine races were 300 kilometers and switched to a 350k format in 1998.
The track was reconfigured to 1.949 miles in 1998 with the installation of an 890-foot chute between the original Turns 4 and 7.
The track was reconfigured to 2.0 miles in 2001 and re-measured at 1.99 miles in 2002.
There have been 23 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Sonoma since the first race there in 1989.
Rusty Wallace won the first NASCAR Sprint Cup pole.
Ricky Rudd won the first NASCAR Sprint Cup race.
14 different drivers have won poles; only four have won more than one.
Jeff Gordon (five) leads all pole winners. Ricky Rudd has four, including three consecutive (1990-92), Rusty Wallace and Kasey Kahne each have two.
There have been consecutive pole winners three times: Ricky Rudd (1990-92) and Jeff Gordon (1998-99 and 2004-05).
15 different drivers have won races; five have multiple victories there – led by Jeff Gordon with five. Ernie Irvan, Ricky Rudd, Tony Stewart and Rusty Wallace (all with two) are the other multiple-race winners.
Jeff Gordon is also the only driver with consecutive wins, winning in 1998, 1999 and 2000.
Five of 23 races have been won by the pole winner, including three times by Jeff Gordon. His victory from the pole in 2004 is the most recent.
The lowest starting position by a race winner was 32nd, by Juan Pablo Montoya; it also was his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win.
Boris Said posted his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole.
Jeff Gordon is the all-time leader in road-course victories, with nine. Tony Stewart is second, with seven.
Youngest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sonoma winner: Kyle Busch (06/26/2008 – 21 years, 1 month, 2 days).
Oldest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sonoma winner: Ricky Rudd (06/23/2002 – 45 years, 9 months, 11 days).
Race #: 16 of 36 (06-24-12)
Track Size: 1.99 miles
Race Length: 110 laps / 219 miles/ 350 Kilometers
Number of Turns: 12
Top 12 Driver Rating at Sonoma
Marcos Ambrose....................... 108.8
Tony Stewart............................. 107.9
Kurt Busch................................ 106.1
Juan Pablo Montoya................. 104.0
Jeff Gordon................................ 99.1
Jimmie Johnson.......................... 94.1
Ryan Newman............................. 93.5
Kyle Busch................................. 92.1
Jamie McMurray.......................... 86.6
Carl Edwards.............................. 85.8
Clint Bowyer............................... 85.1
Elliott Sadler............................... 84.9
Note: Driver Rating compiled from 2005-2011 races (seven total) at Sonoma.
2011 pole winner: Joey Logano, (93.256 mph, 76.821 seconds)
2011 race winner: Kurt Busch, (75.411 mph, 2:54:10, 06-26-11)
Track qualifying record: Jeff Gordon, (94.325 mph, 75.950 seconds, 06-24-05)
Track race record: Ricky Rudd, (81.007 mph, 2:42:08, 06-23-02)
NASCAR in California
418 drivers from NASCAR’s three national series (all-time) have their home state recorded as California.
There have been 34 race winners from California in NASCAR three national series:
Some of the top statistical performers at Sonoma
Marcos Ambrose (No. 9 Stanley Ford)
Two top fives, three top 10s
Average finish of 14.0
Average Running Position of 11.2, fourth-best
Series-best Driver Rating of 108.8
45 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 89.877 mph
150 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), 10th-most
Clint Bowyer (No. 15 5-hour Energy Toyota)
Three top fives, four top 10s
Average finish of 11.2
Average Running Position of 16.7, 11th-best
Driver Rating of 85.1, 11th-best
Series-high 455 Green Flag Passes
166 Quality Passes, seventh-most
Kurt Busch (No. 51 Phoenix Construction Services Inc. Chevrolet)
One win, four top fives, four top 10s; one pole
Average finish of 18.3
Series-best Average Running Position of 10.0
Driver Rating of 106.1, third-best
23 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most
Average Green Flag Speed of 89.551 mph, third-fastest
593 Laps in the Top 15 (76.5%), second-most
170 Quality Passes, sixth-most
Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M’s Toyota)
One win, one top five, two top 10s
Average finish of 18.9
Driver Rating of 92.1, eighth-best
45 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
Average Green Flag Speed of 89.479 mph, fifth-fastest
Carl Edwards (No. 99 Aflac Ford)
One top five, three top 10s
Average finish of 16.6
Average Running Position of 16.0, ninth-best
Driver Rating of 85.8, 10th-best
22 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most
433 Green Flag Passes, second-most
162 Quality Passes, eighth-most
Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet)
Five wins, 12 top fives, 15 top 10s; five poles
Average finish of 8.7
Average Running Position of 13.4, sixth-best
Driver Rating of 99.1, fifth-best
47 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
406 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most
Average Green Flag Speed of 89.444 mph, sixth-fastest
482 Laps in the Top 15 (62.2%), fifth-most
187 Quality Passes, third-most
Robby Gordon (No. 7 MAPEI Dodge)
One win, three top fives, four top 10s
Average finish of 21.4
Driver Rating of 83.8, 13th-best
50 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
431 Green Flag Passes, third-most
Average Green Flag Speed of 89.311 mph, eighth-fastest
352 Laps in the Top 15 (45.4%), 13th-most
133 Quality Passes, 12th-most
Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet)
One win, three top fives, five top 10s
Average finish of 14.7
Average Running Position of 14.1, seventh-best
Driver Rating of 94.1, sixth-best
48 Fastest Laps Run, third-most
513 Laps in the Top 15 (66.2%), fourth-most
191 Quality Passes, second-most
Jamie McMurray (No. 1 McDonald's Chevrolet)
One top five, one top 10; one pole
Average finish of 16.9
Average Running Position of 16.9, 13th-best
Driver Rating of 86.6, ninth-best
15 Fastest Laps Run, 13th-most
Average Green Flag Speed of 89.291 mph, ninth-fastest
379 Laps in the Top 15 (48.9%), 11th-most
Juan Pablo Montoya (No. 42 Target Chevrolet)
One win, one top five, four top 10s
Average finish of 9.0
Average Running Position of 10.7, third-best
Driver Rating of 104.0, fourth-best
17 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-most
Average Green Flag Speed of 89.540 mph, fourth-fastest
448 Laps in the Top 15 (80.7%), seventh-most
179 Quality Passes, fourth-most
Ryan Newman (No. 39 Quicken Loans/Children’s Tumor Foundation Chevrolet)
Two top fives, five top 10s
Average finish of 12.4
Average Running Position of 12.4, fifth-best
Driver Rating of 93.5, seventh-best
387 Green Flag Passes, 10th-most
Average Green Flag Speed of 89.382 mph, seventh-fastest
551 Laps in the Top 15 (71.1%), third-most
177 Quality Passes, fifth-most
Tony Stewart (No. 14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet)
Two wins, four top fives, eight top 10s; one pole
Average finish of 11.5
Average Running Position of 10.1, second-best
Driver Rating of 107.9, second-best
Series-high 73 Fastest Laps Run
374 Green Flag Passes, 13th-most
Average Green Flag Speed of 89.829 mph, second-fastest
Series-high 603 Laps in the Top 15 (77.8%)
Series-high 220 Quality Passes