NASCAR in Sonoma, Live Race Updates, Results, Toyota Save Mart 350 Highlights
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to its third of seven road courses for the 2021 season on Sunday as riders prepare to take on Sonoma Raceway for the Toyota Save Mart 350.
Chase Elliott is the favorite heading into Sunday’s race, having won five of the last six road courses, including the most recent, the Circuit of the Americas, on May 23. He is also the active NASCAR leader in road wins with six. Yet despite his recent streak of success, Elliott has yet to win at Sonoma.
Additionally, Martin Truex Jr. is the reigning two-time champion in Sonoma, having last won the event in 2019 (the 2020 event has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic). He won his first race there in 2013, making him the active leader in track wins.
Will Elliott or Truex win on Sunday, or will another runner take the crown in Sonoma? There’s NASCAR Cup Series points leader Denny Hamlin, who, despite having no wins this year, has 11 top-10 placements, including nine in the top-five. Then there’s Kyle Larson, whose dominance at Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte, NC, only made him the second driver with multiple wins this season (the other being Truex, with three wins). .
Sporting News follows live updates and highlights at Sonoma Raceway for the Toyota Save Mart 350:
NASCAR in Sonoma Live Updates, Toyota Save Mart 350 Highlights
This section will be updated as the Green Flag wave approaches.
4:34 p.m .: This nifty move helped Hamlin take the lead ahead of the competition warning:
4:31 p.m.: Attention 1 (Round 10). And there is the prudence of competition. Denny Hamlin took the lead after several stands. He is followed by Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Blaney and Cole Custer in the top five. Larson drops to six, followed by Chase Elliott, James Davison, WIlliam Byron and Kyle Busch in the top 10.
4:24 p.m .: It’s a slightly sharper turn than what drivers are usually used to:
4:19 p.m .: Kyle Larson picks up where he left off, leading each of Sonoma’s first five laps.
4:14 p.m .: And here they are!
4:08 p.m .: Anthony Alfredo (body panel violation, ejected crew chief) and Scott Heckert (unapproved adjustments) were moved to the back of the roster.
4:06 p.m .: Great energy from the 49ers head coach:
4:04 p.m .: Sunday’s 90-lap, 226.8-mile race will feature three stages, ending at 20, 40 and 90 laps. There is also a 10 round competition warning.
3:53 p.m .: NASCAR, wine and Guy Fieri, that’s what California does.
NASCAR start time today
The green flag for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., Is expected to be waved at 4:14 p.m. ET.
Pilots can expect to race in good weather. the National weather service forecasts calls for sunny skies and temperatures in the low 70s on the road course. Wind could become a problem with gusts of up to 32 mph.
NASCAR starting eleven in Sonoma
Here’s the full NASCAR starting lineup for Sunday’s Sonoma Raceway, the Toyota Save Mart 350:
|Pos. starting||Driver||Car number||Team|
|1||Kyle larson||5||Hendrick Motorsports|
|2||Chase Elliott||9||Hendrick Motorsports|
|3||Guillaume Byron||24||Hendrick Motorsports|
|4||Denny hamlin||11||Joe gibbs racing|
|5||Kyle busch||18||Joe gibbs racing|
|6||Austin dillon||3||Richard Childress Racing|
|7||Alex Bowman||48||Hendrick Motorsports|
|8||Kevin harvic||4||Stewart-Haas Race|
|9||Brad Keselowski||2||Penske team|
|ten||Tyler reddick||8||Richard Childress Racing|
|11||Ryan blaney||12||Penske team|
|12||Chris Buescher||17||Roush Fenway Racing|
|13||Joey logano||22||Penske team|
|14||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||JTG Girls Race|
|15||Bubba wallace||23||23XI Race|
|16||Daniel Suarez placeholder image||99||Trackhouse Racing Team|
|17||Matt DiBenedetto||21||Wood brothers racing|
|18||Erik Jones||43||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|19||Martin Truex Jr.||19||Joe gibbs racing|
|20||Christophe bell||20||Joe gibbs racing|
|21||Michael mcdowell||34||Motorsports in the first row|
|22||Corey LaJoie||7||Spire Motorsports|
|23||Cole custer||41||Stewart-Haas Race|
|24||Ryan newman||6||Roush Fenway Racing|
|25||Chase Briscoe||14||Stewart-Haas Race|
|26||Aric almirola||ten||Stewart-Haas Race|
|27||Ryan precece||37||JTG Girls Race|
|28||Anthony Alfredo||38||Motorsports in the first row|
|29||Ross chastain||42||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|30||Kurt busch||1||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|31||Ben rhodes||77||Spire Motorsports|
|32||James davison||15||Rick ware racing|
|33||Quin Houff||00||StarCom Race|
|34||Garrett smithley||53||Rick ware racing|
|35||Scott Heckert||78||Experience fast motorsports|
|36||Josh bilicki||52||Rick ware racing|
|37||Cody ware||51||Small items shopping|