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2017 Toyota/Save Mart 350
2017 Toyota/Save Mart 350
Race details[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9]
Race 16 of 36 in the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Toyota-Save Mart 350 logo.png
Date June 25, 2017 (2017-06-25)
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 78.710 miles per hour (126.671 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Chip Ganassi Racing
Time 75.177
Most laps led
Driver Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing
Laps 25
Winner
No. 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing
Television in the United States
Network FS1
Announcers Mike Joy, Jeff Gordon and Darrell Waltrip
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)

The 2017 Toyota/Save Mart 350 is a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race held on June 25, 2017 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 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.

Report

Background

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 two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races each year that are run on road courses (the other being Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, New York). 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 list

No. Driver Team Manufacturer
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
5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford
10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
13 Ty Dillon (R) Germain Racing Chevrolet
14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
15 Kevin O'Connell Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford
18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
19 Daniel Suárez (R) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
21 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Ford
22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
23 Alon Day BK Racing Toyota
24 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford
33 Boris Said Circle Sport - The Motorsports Group Chevrolet
34 Landon Cassill 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 Billy Johnson Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
51 Josh Bilicki (i) Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet
55 Tommy Regan Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
72 Cole Whitt TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet
77 Erik Jones (R) Furniture Row Racing Toyota
78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota
88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
95 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet
Official entry list

Practice

First practice

Martin Truex Jr. was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 75.740 seconds and a speed of 94.587 mph (152.223 km/h).[10]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 75.740 94.587
2 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 76.158 94.068
3 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 76.470 93.684
Official first practice results

Final practice

Kyle Larson was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of 75.899 seconds and a speed of 94.389 mph (151.904 km/h).[11]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 75.899 94.389
2 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 75.935 94.344
3 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 76.017 94.242
Official final practice results

Qualifying

Kyle Larson scored the pole for the race with a time of 75.177 and a speed of 95.295 mph (153.362 km/h).[12]

Qualifying results

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer R1 R2
1 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 75.645 75.177
2 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 75.366 75.249
3 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 75.201 75.453
4 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 75.229 75.459
5 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 75.587 75.553
6 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 75.515 75.591
7 21 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Ford 75.646 75.637
8 24 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 75.117 75.781
9 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 75.370 75.904
10 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 75.696 75.914
11 19 Daniel Suárez (R) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 75.686 75.961
12 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 75.508 76.098
13 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 75.698 --
14 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 75.946 --
15 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 76.000 --
16 95 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 76.009 --
17 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 76.040 --
18 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 76.104 --
19 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 76.126 --
20 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 76.140 --
21 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 76.167 --
22 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 76.189 --
23 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 76.219 --
24 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 76.248 --
25 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 76.278 --
26 43 Billy Johnson Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 76.308 --
27 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford 76.509 --
28 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 76.511 --
29 72 Cole Whitt TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 76.605 --
30 77 Erik Jones (R) Furniture Row Racing Toyota 76.647 --
31 34 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford 76.781 --
32 23 Alon Day BK Racing Toyota 77.007 --
33 51 Josh Bilicki (i) Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 77.102 --
34 33 Boris Said Circle Sport - The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 77.109 --
35 13 Ty Dillon (R) Germain Racing Chevrolet 77.394 --
36 15 Kevin O'Connell Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 79.980 --
37 55 Tommy Regan Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 81.826 --
38 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 0.000 --
Official qualifying results

Race

First stage

Kyle Larson led the field to the green flag at 3:22 p.m. With Sonoma Raceway being a more technical (rhythm) road course, brake usage is rather heavy, especially going into the 90° hairpin Turn 11. A few drivers locked up the brakes going into the turn in the early laps, including Daniel Suárez, who was making his first ever start at Sonoma. He flat-spotted his tires on the second lap and made an unscheduled stop the following lap to replace them. Two laps later, teammate Kyle Busch did the same. By the ninth lap, Martin Truex Jr. caught Larson and set him up for a pass heading into Turn 11 to take the race lead. Caution flew for the first time on lap 14 when Dale Earnhardt Jr. locked up his brakes and his car spun counter-clockwise, sending him through the hairpin and into the path of cars ahead, causing slight damage to Danica Patrick.[13] Larson also suffered minor damage when he clipped Earnhardt. Chris Buescher took over the race lead because he opted not to pit under the caution.

The race restarted on lap 17 and Buescher led for another lap before teammate A. J. Allmendinger, on fresher tires, out-braked him going into Turn 10 to take the lead. Truex worked his way up to him, passed him entering Turn 11 to retake the lead and drove on to win the first stage on lap 25. Caution flew moments later for the completion of the stage.

Second stage

A lap after the ensuing restart on lap 30, Patrick (outside), Earnhardt (middle) and Larson (inside) tried to round Turn 4a three-wide, sending Earnhardt into the right-rear corner of Patrick and spinning her out into the path of Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who t-boned the drivers-side of her car.[14] This brought out the third caution.

The race resumed on lap 33. Going into Turn 11 on the same lap, Allmendinger was clipped by Larson and spun in the hairpin. He was clipped by Clint Bowyer, but the race remained green. A caution did fly five laps later, however, for a piece of sheet metal in Turn 11.

Returning to green on lap 40, a number of cars - including race leader Truex - opted to short-pit the end of the second stage to set them up for the end of the race and because they didn't pit under the first stage break. This handed the race lead to Jimmie Johnson, who drove on to win the second stage. Caution flew moments later for the completion of the stage. Denny Hamlin assumed the race lead by electing not to pit.

Final stage

The race restarted with 56 laps to go. With 47 to go, Busch took advantage of Hamlin's slip into Turn 11 to take the lead, only to allow Kevin Harvick to pass him unchallenged on the frontstretch two laps later. With 43 to go, Truex caught Harvick and out-braked him entering Turn 11 to retake the lead. On the following lap, cars were hitting pit road to make their final stop of the race. Truex did so with 40 to go, and a slow stop shuffled him behind Harvick in the running order. Jamie McMurray assumed the lead with 39 to go before pitting the next time around, handing the lead to Brad Keselowski, who was hoping for a caution.

Shortly after his slow stop, Truex reported he was losing a cylinder (engine was failing).[15] He was fading at first, but then reported the problem had subsided. He worked his way up to third before making an unscheduled stop with 24 to go and subsequently to the garage for an engine failure.[16]

With 24 to go, Harvick had closed the gap to Keselowski to 1.3 seconds. Two laps later, Harvick made the race-winning pass on Keselowski rounding Turn 7a and set sail. On the final lap, Kasey Kahne slammed the barriers on the frontstretch as Harvick was coming to the line.[17] This ended the race under caution and Harvick, who had a nine-second lead over second-place Bowyer, drove on to victory.[18]

Race results

Stage results

Stage 1 Laps: 25

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 10
2 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 9
3 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 8
4 21 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Ford 7
5 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 6
6 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 5
7 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 4
8 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 3
9 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 2
10 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 1
Official stage one results

Stage 2 Laps: 25

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 10
2 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 9
3 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 8
4 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 7
5 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 6
6 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 5
7 21 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Ford 4
8 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 3
9 24 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 2
10 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 1
Official stage two results

Final stage results

Laps: 60

Pos Grid No Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 12 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 110 40
2 13 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 110 36
3 23 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 110 43
4 14 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 110 46
5 4 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 110 32
6 10 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 110 36
7 17 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 110 30
8 8 24 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 110 31
9 7 21 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Ford 110 39
10 2 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 110 27
11 15 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 110 26
12 18 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 110 36
13 24 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 110 34
14 16 95 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 110 23
15 20 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 110 23
16 11 19 Daniel Suárez (R) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 110 21
17 6 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 110 20
18 19 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 110 25
19 9 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 110 18
20 38 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 110 25
21 29 72 Cole Whitt TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 110 16
22 26 43 Billy Johnson Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 110 15
23 27 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford 110 14
24 21 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 109 15
25 30 77 Erik Jones (R) Furniture Row Racing Toyota 109 12
26 1 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 109 19
27 25 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 109 14
28 35 13 Ty Dillon (R) Germain Racing Chevrolet 109 9
29 34 33 Boris Said Circle Sport - The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 109 8
30 31 34 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford 109 7
31 28 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 109 6
32 32 23 Alon Day BK Racing Toyota 108 5
33 36 15 Kevin O'Connell Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 108 4
34 37 55 Tommy Regan Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 107 3
35 5 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 104 11
36 33 51 Josh Bilicki (i) Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 100 0
37 3 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 86 11
38 22 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 30 1
Official race results

Race statistics

  • Lead changes: 10 among different drivers
  • Cautions/Laps: 6 for 12
  • Red flags: 0
  • Time of race: 2 hours, 46 minutes and 52 seconds
  • Average speed: 78.710 miles per hour (126.671 km/h)

Media

Television

Fox NASCAR televised the race in the United States on FS1 for the third 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, Chris Neville and Matt Yocum reported from pit lane during the race.

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

Radio

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. Jeff Hammond, Brett McMillan, Jim Noble and Wendy Venturini 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
Jeff Hammond
Brett McMillan
Jim Noble
Wendy Venturini

Standings after the race

References

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  5. ^ "Final Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. June 23, 2017. Retrieved 2017. 
  6. ^ "Qualifying Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. June 24, 2017. Retrieved 2017. 
  7. ^ "Toyota/Save Mart 350 Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. June 25, 2017. Retrieved 2017. 
  8. ^ "Points standings" (PDF). Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. June 26, 2017. Retrieved 2017. 
  9. ^ "Manufacturer standings" (PDF). Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. June 26, 2017. Retrieved 2017. 
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  11. ^ Spencer, Lee (June 23, 2017). "Larson tops final Sonoma practice; Elliott and Jones crash". Motorsport.com. Sonoma, California: Motorsport Network. Retrieved 2017. 
  12. ^ Fryer, Jenna (June 24, 2017). "Larson and McMurray make it 1-2 for Chip Ganassi at Sonoma". Associated Press. Sonoma, California: AP Sports. Associated Press. Retrieved 2017. 
  13. ^ Segal, Davey (June 25, 2017). "Dale Earnhardt Jr. Earns 3rd Sonoma Top 10 in 4 Years". Frontstretch.com. Sonoma, California: Fronststretch. Retrieved 2017. 
  14. ^ Pockrass, Bob (June 25, 2017). "Danica Patrick twice collected in crashes involving Dale Earnhardt Jr". ESPN.com. Sonoma, California: ESPN Inc. Retrieved 2017. 
  15. ^ Carter, Lori (June 25, 2017). "Kevin Harvick wins Toyota/Save Mart race at Sonoma Raceway". The Press Democrat. Sonoma, California: Sonoma Media Investments. Retrieved 2017. 
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  17. ^ Bruce, Kenny (June 25, 2017). "Kasey Kahne sustains hard hit on final Sonoma lap". NASCAR.com. Sonoma, California: NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved 2017. 
  18. ^ Fryer, Jenna (June 25, 2017). "Kevin Harvick wins at Sonoma for 1st victory of season". Associated Press. Sonoma, California: AP Sports. Associated Press. Retrieved 2017. 



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