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Date: Sunday, June 22

Start Time: 3 p.m. ET

Site: Sonoma Raceway -- Sonoma, California

Track: 1.99-mile, 12-turn road course

Laps: 110

Miles: 219 (350 kilometers)

Capacity: N/A (Grandstand Seating)

Total purse:

Payouts:

Year: 26th

On TV: TNT

Announcers:

On Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio

Race record: Clint Bowyer, 2012 (83.624 mph)

Qualifying record: Marcos Ambrose, 2012 (95.262 mph)

2013 Finish

Defending champion: Martin Truex Jr.

Runner up: Jeff Gordon

Pole winner: Jamie McMurray (94.986 mph)

Top 10:

1. Martin Truex Jr (Start: 14)

2. Jeff Gordon (10)

3. Carl Edwards (3)

4. Kurt Busch (7)

5. Clint Bowyer (5)

6. Kasey Kahne (15)

7. Marcos Ambrose (2)

8. Greg Biffle (4)

9. Jimmie Johnson (19)

10. Kevin Harvick (12)

Average speed: 76.658 mph

Time of race: 2 hrs., 51 mins., 20 secs.

Margin of victory: 8.133 secs.

Caution flags: 7 for 19 laps

Lead changes: 10 among 8 drivers

Past winners

2013 Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 76.658 mph

2012 Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 83.624 mph

2011 Kurt Busch, Dodge, 75.411 mph

2010 Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 74.357 mph

2009 Kasey Kahne, Dodge, 71.012 mph

2008 Kyle Busch, Toyota, 76.445 mph

2007 Juan Pablo Montoya, Dodge, 74.547 mph

2006 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 73.953 mph

2005 Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 72.845 mph

2004 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 77.456 mph

2003 Robby Gordon, Chevrolet, 73.821 mph

2002 Ricky Rudd, Ford, 81.007 mph

2001 Tony Stewart, Pontiac, 75.889 mph

2000 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 78.789 mph

1999 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 70.378 mph

1998 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 72.387 mph

1997 Mark Martin, Ford, 75.788 mph

1996 Rusty Wallace, Ford, 77.673 mph

1995 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 70.681 mph

1994 Ernie Irvan, Ford, 77.458 mph

1993 Geoff Bodine, Ford, 77.013 mph

1992 Ernie Irvan, Chevrolet, 81.412 mph

1991 Davey Allison, Ford, 72.970 mph

1990 Rusty Wallace, Pontiac, 69.245 mph

1989 Ricky Rudd, Buick, 76.088 mph

Last race

Race: Quicken Loans 400 (June 15)

Site: Michigan International Speedway -- Brooklyn, Michigan

Miles: 400

Laps: 200

Finish line order: Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Paul Menard, Kasey Kahne

Time of Race: 2 hrs., 47 mins., 19 secs.

Average speed: 143.441 mph

Margin of victory: 1.214 secs.

Caution flags: 8 for 36 laps

Lead changes: 25 among 13 drivers

Lap leaders: Harvick 1-18, J. Gordon 19-42, Keselowski 43-44, J. Gordon 45-56, Harvick 1-18, J. Gordon 19-42, Keselowski 43-44, J. Gordon 45-56, Harvick 57-74, Johnson 75-77, Logano 78-91, Johnson 92-104, Harvick 105-112, Keselowski 113, Harvick 114-118, Keselowski 119, Harvick 120-126, Logano, 127-141, Harvick 142-148, McMurray 149-151, Johnson152-164, McMurray 165, Earnhardt Jr 166, Ku. Busch 167-182, Kahne 183, Larson 184-185, Dillon 186-187, Stewart 188, Kenseth 189-190, Johnson 191-200.

Entry list

#1 Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO) Chevrolet/Cessna

#2 Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI) Ford/Alliance Truck Parts

#3. Austin Dillon (Welcome, NC) Chevrolet/Dow

#4. Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA) Chevrolet/Outback/Budweiser

#5 Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA) Chevrolet/Great Clips

#7 Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA) Chevrolet/Pilot Flying J

#9 Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia) Ford/DeWalt

#10 Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL) Chevrolet/GoDaddy

#11 Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA) Toyota/FedEx Freight

#13 Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA) Ford/GEICO

#14 Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN) Chevrolet/Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops

#15 Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS) Toyota/5-Hour Energy

#16 Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA) Ford/3M

#17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS) Ford/EcoPower Oil

#18 Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Toyota/M&M's

#20 Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI) Toyota/Dollar General

#22 Joey Logano (Middletown, CT) Ford/Shell/Pennzoil

#23 Alex Bowman (Tucson, AZ) Toyota/Dr. Pepper

#24 Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA) Chevrolet/Panasonic

#26 Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA) Toyota/Rinnai Tankless Water

#27 Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI) Chevrolet/Menards/Richmond

#31 Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN) Chevrolet/Caterpillar

#32 Boris Said (Carlsbad, CA) Ford/7-Eleven/AmeriGas

#33 Timmy Hill (Port Tobacco, MD) Chevrolet/Little Joe's Autos

#34 David Ragan (Unadilla, GA) Ford/Long John Silver's

#36 Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA) Chevrolet/Theme Park Connection

#38 David Gilliland (Riverside, CA) Ford/Love's Travel Shop

#40 Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA) Chevrolet/Hillman Racing

#41 Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Chevrolet/Haas Automation

#42 Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA) Chevrolet/Target

#43 Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL) Ford/Nathan's Famous

#44 J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ) Chevrolet/Phoenix Warehouse

#47 A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA) Chevrolet/Kingsford/Clorox

#48 Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA) Chevrolet/Lowe's

#51 Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL) Chevrolet/Brandt

#55 Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC) Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine

#66 Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL) Toyota/Land Castle Title

#78 * Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ) Chevrolet/Furniture Row

#83 Ryan Truex (Mayetta, NJ) Toyota/Burger King

#88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC) Chevrolet/Kelley Blue Book

#95 Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ) Ford/K-Love Radio

#98 Josh Wise (Riverside, CA) Chevrolet/Dogecoin/Reddit.com

#99 Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO) Ford/Aflac

Leading contenders

Name 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Martin Truex Jr. 15 24 16 25 42 8 22 Won
Jeff Gordon 33 Won 7 3 9 5 2 6 2
Carl Edwards 38 6 18 9 13 29 3 21 3
Kurt Busch 3 5 22 32 15 32 Won 3 4
Clint Bowyer 16 4 4 8 31 4 Won 5
Kasey Kahne 41 7 23 33 Won 4 20 14 6
Marcos Ambrose 42 3 6 5 8 7
Greg Biffle 14 4 5 11 28 7 23 7 8
Jimmie Johnson 36 10 17 15 4 Won 7 5 9
Kevin Harvick 37 24 2 30 29 3 9 16 10
Joey Logano 19 33 6 10 11
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 42 26 13 12 26 11 41 23 12
Brian Vickers 34 14 14 16 36 4 13
Paul Menard 34 21 22 17 20 14
Ryan Newman 9 2 20 7 17 16 25 18 15
Matt Kenseth 11 17 34 8 18 30 14 13 19
Brad Keselowski 35 10 12 21
Denny Hamlin 12 10 27 5 34 37 35 23
Jamie McMurray 13 18 37 18 14 15 15 19 25
Tony Stewart Won 28 6 10 2 9 39 2 28
Kyle Busch 40 11 8 Won 22 39 11 17 35
Kyle Larson

Notes

The Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway in Northern California is the 16th race on the 2014 Sprint Cup Series schedule.

Located about 30 miles north of San Francisco, Sonoma Raceway opened as a 2.52-mile road course and drag strip in 1968. The first NASCAR Cup Series race at this track was held on June 11, 1989 - won by Ricky Rudd. The first nine races there were 300 kilometers but the distance switched to 350 km in 1998.

Sonoma was reconfigured to 1.949 miles in '98, with the installation of an 890-foot chute between the original turns 4 and 7. The track was reconfigured again in 2001 to 2.0 miles and then remeasured at 1.99 miles in 2002.

This track was formerly called Sears Point Raceway (1981-2001) and Infineon Raceway (2002-12).

There have been 25 Cup races held at Sonoma -- one each year since 1989.

Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte, Terry Labonte and Mark Martin share the record for most starts at Sonoma with 21 each. Gordon is the only one of the four who is competing in this weekend's race there.

Gordon leads all drivers with most wins (5), poles (5), top-5 finishes (13) and top-10s (17) at Sonoma. He's also the only driver with consecutive victories at this track -- winning three in a row from 1998-2000.

Rick Hendrick has the most car owner wins at Sonoma with six. A driver from Hendrick Motorsports has won the last five Sprint Cup points-paying races -- Michigan (June 15).

The race winner at Sonoma has started from the pole five times, which is more than any other starting position there. However, a race at this track has not been won from the pole since Gordon did it in 2004.

Since NASCAR began using electronic timing and scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in a Cup race at Sonoma occurred on June 27, 1999 when Gordon beat Martin to the finish line by 0.197 seconds.

The furthest back a driver has started and won a Cup race at Sonoma is 32nd, accomplished by Juan Pablo Montoya in 2007. Montoya is the only driver who won his first race in the series at this track. He is now a full-time competitor in the IndyCar Series.

Boris Said (2003) is the only driver on the entry list that scored his maiden pole in the series at this track. Said, a road-course expert, is scheduled to drive the No. 32 Ford for Go FAS Racing this weekend.

Two drivers entered in this race made their Cup debuts at Sonoma: David Gilliland (2006) and Marcos Ambrose (2008).

Kyle Busch holds the record as the youngest driver to win a race at Sonoma. Busch took the checkered flag there on June 22, 2008 when he was 23 years, 1 month and 20 days old. When Ricky Rudd was 45 years, 9 months and 11 days old, he became the oldest driver to win at this track on June 23, 2002.

The next race is the June 28 Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway. Matt Kenseth won last year's event there.

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