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The 2018 Toyota/Save Mart 350 was a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race held on June 24, 2018 at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. Contested over 110 laps on the 1.99-mile (3.20 km) road course, it was the 16th race of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.

2018 Toyota/Save Mart 350
Race details[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9]
Race 16 of 36 in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Date June 24, 2018 (2018-06-24)
Location Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California
Course Permanent racing facility
1.99 mi (3.2 km)
Distance 110 laps, 218.9 mi (352 km)
Average speed 82.882 miles per hour (133.386 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Chip Ganassi Racing
Time 75.732
Most laps led
Driver Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing
Laps 62
Winner
No. 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing
Television in the United States
Network FS1
Announcers Mike Joy, Jeff Gordon and Darrell Waltrip
Nielsen Ratings 1.4/1.6 (Overnight)[10]
Radio in the United States
Radio PRN
Booth Announcers Doug Rice and Mark Garrow
Turn Announcers Pat Patterson (2, 3 & 3a), Brad Gillie (4a & 7a) and Rob Albright (10 & 11)

Contents

ReportEdit

BackgroundEdit

 
Layout of Sonoma Raceway, the track where the race was held.

Sonoma Raceway, formerly Sears Point Raceway and Infineon Raceway is a 2.52-mile (4.06 km) road course and drag strip located on the landform known as Sears Point in the southern Sonoma Mountains in Sonoma, California, USA. The road course features 12 turns on a hilly course with 160 feet (49 m) of total elevation change. It is host to one of only three Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races each year that are run on road courses (the others being Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, New York and the road course layout for the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway). It is also host to the Verizon IndyCar Series and several other auto races and motorcycle races such as the American Federation of Motorcyclists series. Sonoma Raceway continues to host amateur, or club racing events which may or may not be open to the general public. The largest such car club is the Sports Car Club of America.

Entry listEdit

No. Driver Team Manufacturer
00 Tomy Drissi StarCom Racing Chevrolet
1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford
3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford
9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford
13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet
14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
15 Justin Marks (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford
18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford
22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
23 Gray Gaulding BK Racing Toyota
24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford
34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford
37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford
41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet
47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
51 Chris Cook Rick Ware Racing Ford
52 Cody Ware Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet
72 Cole Whitt TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet
78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota
88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
95 Kasey Kahne Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet
96 Parker Kligerman (i) Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota
Official entry list

PracticeEdit

First practiceEdit

Clint Bowyer was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 76.547 seconds and a speed of 93.590 mph (150.619 km/h).[11]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 76.547 93.590
2 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 76.583 93.546
3 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 76.890 93.172
Official first practice results

Final practiceEdit

Kurt Busch was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of 76.163 seconds and a speed of 94.061 mph (151.377 km/h).[12]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 76.163 94.061
2 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 76.203 94.012
3 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 76.442 93.718
Official final practice results

QualifyingEdit

Kyle Larson scored the pole for the race with a time of 75.732 and a speed of 94.597 mph (152.239 km/h).[13]

Qualifying resultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer R1 R2
1 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 76.447 75.732
2 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 76.019 75.822
3 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 76.237 75.841
4 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 76.434 76.029
5 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 75.828 76.274
6 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 76.416 76.330
7 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 76.433 76.356
8 24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 76.226 76.411
9 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 76.507 76.474
10 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 76.354 76.695
11 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 76.469 76.740
12 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 76.337 77.609
13 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 76.657
14 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 76.658
15 21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford 76.671
16 19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 76.725
17 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 76.812
18 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 76.813
19 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 76.824
20 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 76.833
21 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 76.875
22 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 76.928
23 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 76.938
24 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 76.978
25 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 77.012
26 95 Kasey Kahne Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 77.018
27 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 77.090
28 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 77.457
29 23 Gray Gaulding BK Racing Toyota 77.536
30 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford 77.625
31 13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 77.664
32 72 Cole Whitt TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 77.747
33 15 Justin Marks (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 77.903
34 96 Parker Kligerman (i) Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota 78.276
35 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 78.571
36 51 Chris Cook Rick Ware Racing Ford 79.129
37 00 Tomy Drissi StarCom Racing Chevrolet 79.726
38 52 Cody Ware Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 80.296
Official qualifying results

RaceEdit

Stage ResultsEdit

Stage 1 Laps: 25

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 10
2 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 9
3 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 8
4 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 7
5 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 6
6 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 5
7 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 4
8 19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 3
9 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 2
10 95 Kasey Kahne Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 1
Official stage one results

Stage 2 Laps: 25

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 10
2 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 9
3 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 8
4 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 7
5 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 6
6 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 5
7 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 4
8 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 3
9 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 2
10 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 1
Official stage two results

Final Stage ResultsEdit

Stage 3 Laps: 60

Pos Grid No Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 2 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 110 40
2 6 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 110 35
3 19 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 110 34
4 3 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 110 49
5 9 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 110 32
6 23 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 110 31
7 20 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 110 30
8 24 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 110 38
9 17 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 110 32
10 21 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 110 37
11 7 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 110 42
12 25 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 110 29
13 10 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 110 40
14 1 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 110 29
15 16 19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 110 25
16 27 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 110 21
17 30 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford 110 20
18 18 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 110 19
19 12 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 110 18
20 26 95 Kasey Kahne Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 110 18
21 22 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 110 19
22 28 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 109 15
23 28 96 Parker Kligerman (i) Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota 109 0
24 14 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 109 19
25 8 24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 109 12
26 15 21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford 109 11
27 13 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 109 10
28 33 15 Justin Marks (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 109 0
29 35 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 109 8
30 29 23 Gray Gaulding BK Racing Toyota 109 7
31 36 51 Chris Cook Rick Ware Racing Ford 109 6
32 37 00 Tomy Drissi StarCom Racing Chevrolet 108 5
33 31 13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 106 4
34 11 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 104 9
35 32 72 Cole Whitt TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 57 2
36 38 52 Cody Ware Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 42 1
37 4 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 33 1
38 5 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 33 11
Official race results

Race statisticsEdit

  • Lead changes: 7 among different drivers
  • Cautions/Laps: 3 for 8
  • Red flags: 0
  • Time of race: 2 hours, 38 minutes and 28 seconds
  • Average speed: 82.882 miles per hour (133.386 km/h)

MediaEdit

TelevisionEdit

Fox NASCAR televised the race in the United States on FS1 for the fourth consecutive year. Mike Joy was the lap-by-lap announcer, while six-time Sonoma winner Jeff Gordon and Darrell Waltrip were the color commentators. Jamie Little, Regan Smith and Matt Yocum reported from pit lane during the race. This is also Fox Sports' last Cup race for their portion of the season as NBC Sports takes over NASCAR broadcasts for the rest of the season.

FS1 Television
Booth announcers Pit reporters
Lap-by-lap: Mike Joy
Color-commentator: Jeff Gordon
Color commentator: Darrell Waltrip
Jamie Little
Regan Smith
Matt Yocum

RadioEdit

Radio coverage of the race was broadcast by Performance Racing Network. PRN's broadcast of the race was simulcasted on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio. Doug Rice and Mark Garrow announced the race in the booth while the field was racing on the pit straight. Pat Patterson called the race from a stand outside of turn 2 when the field was racing up turns 2, 3 and 3a. Brad Gillie called the race from a stand outside of turn 7a when the field was racing through turns 4a and 7a. The field came back into the view of the booth in turns 8 and 9. Rob Albright called the race from a billboard outside turn 11 when the field was racing through turns 10 and 11. Heather Debeaux, Brett McMillan and Jim Noble reported from pit lane during the race.

PRN
Booth announcers Turn announcers Pit reporters
Lead announcer: Doug Rice
Announcer: Mark Garrow
Turns 2, 3 & 3a: Pat Patterson
Turns 4a & 7a: Brad Gillie
Turns 10 & 11: Rob Albright
Heather Debeaux
Brett McMillan
Jim Noble

Standings after the raceEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2018 schedule". Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. May 5, 2017. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  2. ^ "Sonoma Raceway". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. January 3, 2013. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  3. ^ "Entry List". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. June 18, 2018. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  4. ^ "First Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. June 22, 2018. Retrieved June 22, 2018.
  5. ^ "Final Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. June 22, 2018. Retrieved June 22, 2018.
  6. ^ "Qualifying Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. June 23, 2018. Retrieved June 23, 2018.
  7. ^ "Toyota/Save Mart 350 Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. June 24, 2018. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  8. ^ "Points standings" (PDF). Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. June 25, 2018. Retrieved June 25, 2018.
  9. ^ "Manufacturer standings" (PDF). Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. June 25, 2018. Retrieved June 25, 2018.
  10. ^ "Sonoma final TV ratings". Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN. Retrieved 21 July 2018.
  11. ^ Utter, Jim (June 22, 2018). "Clint Bowyer leads first practice at Sonoma as Ford sweeps top three". Motorsport.com. Sonoma, California: Motorsport Network. Retrieved June 22, 2018.
  12. ^ Utter, Jim (June 22, 2018). "Kurt Busch fastest in final NASCAR Cup practice at Sonoma". Motorsport.com. Sonoma, California: Motorsport Network. Retrieved June 22, 2018.
  13. ^ Beacham, Greg (June 23, 2018). "Larson wins pole at home track in Sonoma; Truex to start 2nd". Associated Press. Sonoma, California: AP Sports. Associated Press. Retrieved June 23, 2018.


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