Sonoma Raceway

At Sonoma Raceway:

History
· The track opened as a 2.52-mile road course and drag strip in 1968.
· The first NASCAR Winston Cup race was held on June 11, 1989 – won by Ricky Rudd at an average speed of 76.088 mph.
· The first nine NASCAR 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 28 NASCAR Series races at Sonoma Raceway since the first race there in 1989 – one race per season.

Starts
· 206 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Seriesup Series race at Sonoma Raceway; 146 in more than one.
· Jeff Gordon leads the series in starts at Sonoma with 23 starts.
· Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads all active drivers with 17 starts.
· 43 different drivers have made their first series start at Sonoma; none are currently active.
· Rusty Wallace leads the series in average starting position at Sonoma with a 6.941.
· Kurt Busch leads all active drivers in average starting position with an 8.875.

Poles
· 17 drivers have Coors Light poles at Sonoma, led by Jeff Gordon with five.
· Jamie McMurray leads all active drivers in Coors Light poles at Sonoma with three.

· Rusty Wallace won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Sonoma in 1989 with a speed of 90.041 mph.
· Three drivers have won consecutive Coors Light poles at Sonoma: Ricky Rudd (1990 through 1992), Jeff Gordon (1998, ’99 and 2004, ’05) and Jamie McMurray (2013, ’14). Rudd holds the record for most consecutive poles at Sonoma with three.
· Youngest Sonoma pole winner: Joey Logano (06/26/2011 – 21 years, 1 month, 2 days).
· Oldest Sonoma pole winner: Rusty Wallace (06/25/2000 – 43 years, 10 months, 11 days).
· Five different manufacturers in the MENCS have won a pole at Sonoma – Chevrolet (13 poles), Ford (seven), Pontiac (three), Toyota (three) and Dodge (two).
· Only one MENCS driver has posted his first Coors Light pole at Sonoma - Boris Said (6/22/2003).

Wins
· 18 different Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won at Sonoma Raceway, led by Jeff Gordon with five wins.
· Six active MENCS drivers have wins at Sonoma; led by Kyle Busch with two victories (2008, 2015). Busch is the only active driver with multiple wins; Kasey Kahne (2009), Jimmie Johnson (2010), Kurt Busch (2011) Clint Bowyer (2012) and Martin Truex Jr. (2013) each have one win.
· Jeff Gordon leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in road course wins with nine (Sonoma, five; Watkins Glen, four); Tony Stewart has the second most road course wins all-time with eight (Watkins Glen, five; Sonoma, three).
· Kyle Busch leads all active MENCS drivers in road course wins with four (Sonoma, two and Watkins Glen, two) – Busch is tied with NASCAR Hall of Famers David Pearson and Mark Martin for 10th most MENCS road course wins all-time.
· NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison holds the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series record for the most wins (six) at a single road course track - Riverside International Raceway.
· Jeff Gordon is the only driver to post consecutive MENCS wins (three total) at Sonoma Raceway (1998 and 1999 were each from the pole and the 2000 win was from the fifth starting position).
· Youngest Sonoma winner: Kyle Busch (06/22/2008 – 23 years, 1 month, 20 days).
· Oldest Sonoma winner: Ricky Rudd (06/23/2002 – 45 years, 9 months, 11 days).
· Hendrick Motorsports leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in wins at Sonoma with six victories (Jeff Gordon with five and Jimmie Johnson with one); followed by Joe Gibbs Racing with four wins (Kyle Busch with two and Tony Stewart with two).
· Six different manufacturers have won in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Sonoma; led by Chevrolet with 11 victories; followed by Ford with seven, Toyota (four), Dodge (three), Pontiac (two) and Buick (one).

· Five of the 28 (17.8%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Sonoma have been won from the Coors Light pole; the most recent was Jeff Gordon in 2004.
· Jeff Gordon leads the series in wins from the pole at Sonoma with three (1998, 1999 and 2004).
· The Coors Light pole position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more wins (five) than any other starting position at Sonoma Raceway.
· Eight of the 28 (28.5%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Sonoma have been won from the front row: five from the pole and three from second starting position.
· 20 of the 28 (71.4%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Sonoma have been won from a top-10 starting position.
· Eight of the 28 (28.5%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Sonoma have been won from a starting position outside the top 10.
· Two of the 28 (7.1%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Sonoma have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
· The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Sonoma is 32nd, by Juan Pablo Montoya in 2007.
· Juan Pablo Montoya is the only MENCS driver to post his first career win at Sonoma Raceway (2007).
· Matt Kenseth and Dale Earnhardt Jr. lead the series among active drivers with the most Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Sonoma without visiting Victory Lane at 17 each.

Additional Finishing Positions
· Jeff Gordon leads the series in runner-up finishes at Sonoma with five; followed by Mark Martin with four and Tony Stewart with three.
· Five active drivers are tied for the most runner-up finishes at Sonoma: Denny Hamlin, Jamie McMurray, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch and Ryan Newman each have one MENCS runner-up finish on the famous road course.
· Jeff Gordon leads the series in top-five finishes at Sonoma with 14; followed by Ricky Rudd with 10. Kurt Busch leads all active drivers with seven.
· Jeff Gordon leads the series in top-10 finishes at Sonoma with 18; followed by Mark Martin with 13. Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers with nine.
· Jeff Gordon leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in average finishing position at Sonoma with an 8.304. Clint Bowyer leads all active drivers with a 11.455.

Track Specific Stats
· Since the advent of electronic scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Sonoma Raceway was the June 27, 1999 race won by Jeff Gordon over Mark Martin with a MOV of 0.197 second.
· Below are the top five closest MOVs in the MENCS at Sonoma:

Margin of Victory
Date
Race Winner
Runner-Up
0.197
6/27/1999
Jeff Gordon
Mark Martin
0.320
5/7/1995
Dale Earnhardt
Mark Martin
0.460
5/5/1996
Rusty Wallace
Mark Martin
0.532
6/28/2015
Kyle Busch
Kurt Busch
0.553
6/22/2003
Robby Gordon
Jeff Gordon
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