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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.

NASCAR Cup Series Toyota Save Mart 350 starting lineup stats Sonoma Raceway
Credit: Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat

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 PositionDriverCar NumberTeamManufacturer
1Kyle Larson5Hendrick MotorsportsChevrolet
2Chase Elliott9Hendrick MotorsportsChevrolet
3William Byron24Hendrick MotorsportsChevrolet
4Ryan Blaney12Team PenskeFord
5Kurt Busch1Chip Ganassi RacingChevrolet
6Denny Hamlin11Joe Gibbs RacingToyota
7Cole Custer41Stewart-Haas RacingFord
8Christopher Bell20Joe Gibbs RacingToyota
9Kevin Harvick4Stewart-Haas RacingFord
10Joey Logano22Team PenskeFord
11Brad Keselowski2Team PenskeFord
12Martin Truex Jr.19Joe Gibbs RacingToyota
13Kyle Busch18Joe Gibbs RacingToyota
14Matt DiBenedetto21Wood Brothers RacingFord
15Alex Bowman48Hendrick MotorsportsChevrolet
16Ross Chastain42Chip Ganassi RacingChevrolet
17Daniel Suarez99Trackhouse RacingChevrolet
18Aric Almirola10Stewart-Haas RacingFord
19Ryan Newman6Roush Fenway RacingFord
20Tyler Reddick8Richard Childress RacingChevrolet
21Ricky Stenhouse Jr.47JTG Daugherty RacingChevrolet
22Chase Briscoe14Stewart-Haas RacingFord
23Austin Dillon3Richard Childress RacingChevrolet
24Corey LaJoie7Spire MotorsportsChevrolet
25Bubba Wallace2323XI RacingToyota
26Chris Buescher17Roush Fenway RacingFord
27Erik Jones43Richard Petty MotorsportsChevrolet
28Michael McDowell34Front Row MotorsportsFord
29Justin Haley77Spire MotorsportsChevrolet
30Anthony Alfredo38Front Row MotorsportsFord
31Ryan Preece37JTG Daugherty RacingChevrolet
32B.J. McLeod78Live Fast MotorsportsFord
33Cody Ware51Petty Ware RacingChevrolet
34Joey Gase53Rick Ware RacingChevrolet
35Quin Houff00StarCom RacingChevrolet
36David Starr13MBM MotorsportsToyota
37Josh Bilicki52Rick Ware RacingChevrolet
38Garrett Smithley15Rick Ware RacingChevrolet
39Timmy Hill66MBM MotorsportsToyota

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
Martin Truex Jr. NASCAR Cup Series Toyota Save Mart 350 starting lineup stats Sonoma Raceway
Credit: HHP/Andrew Coppley

Toyota Save Mart 350 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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