2013 Toyota/Save Mart 350
|Race 16 of 36 in the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series|
|Date||June 23, 2013|
|Location||Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, California, United States|
Permanent racing facility|
1.99 mi (3.2 km)
|Distance||110 laps, 218.9 mi (352.3 km)|
|Weather||Clear with a high temperature around 85 °F (29 °C); wind out of the SW at 16 miles per hour (26 km/h).|
|Average speed||76.658 mph (123.369 km/h)|
|Driver||Earnhardt Ganassi Racing|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Martin Truex, Jr.||Michael Waltrip Racing|
|No. 56||Martin Truex, Jr.||Michael Waltrip Racing|
|Television in the United States|
|Announcers||Adam Alexander, Wally Dallenbach, Jr. and Kyle Petty|
|Nielsen Ratings||3.0/7 (4.660 million viewers)|
The 2013 Toyota/Save Mart 350 was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race held on June 23, 2013, at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California, United States. Contested over 110 laps on the 1.99-mile (3.2 km) road course, it was the sixteenth race of the 2013 Sprint Cup Series championship, and the first of two road course competitions on the schedule. Martin Truex, Jr. of Michael Waltrip Racing won the race, breaking a 218-race winless streak stretching back to June 2007, while Jeff Gordon finished second. Carl Edwards, Kurt Busch, and Clint Bowyer rounded out the top five. The top rookie of the race was Ricky Stenhouse Jr who finished 27th.
Sonoma Raceway is one of two road courses to hold NASCAR races, the other being Watkins Glen International. The standard road course at Sonoma Raceway is a 12-turn course that is 2.52 miles (4.06 km) long; the track was modified in 1998, adding the Chute, which bypassed turns 5 and 6, shortening the course to 1.95 miles (3.14 km). The Chute was only used for NASCAR events such as this race, and was criticized by many drivers, who preferred the full layout. In 2001, it was replaced with a 70-degree turn, 4A, bringing the track to its current dimensions of 1.99 miles (3.20 km). Clint Bowyer was the defending race winner after winning the race in 2012.
Seven teams chose to temporarily replace their regular drivers with road course ringers. Humphrey Smith Racing chose Alex Kennedy to drive the No. 19 Toyota, while Circle Sport chose Ron Fellows to drive their No. 33 Chevrolet. Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) selected Victor Gonzalez, Jr. to drive the No. 36 Chevrolet, making Gonzalez, Jr. the first Caribbean driver to race in the Sprint Cup Series. TBR also chose Justin Marks to drive the No. 7. Brian Keselowski chose Drive for Diversity graduate Paulie Harraka to drive the No. 52 Ford, while NEMCO-Jay Robinson Racing selected Tomy Drissi to drive their No. 87 car, replacing Joe Nemechek. Boris Said competed during the race in the No. 32 FAS Lane Racing Ford. Jacques Villeneuve, the 1995 Indianapolis 500 winner and 1997 Formula One World Champion, was selected by Phoenix Racing to drive the No. 51 as well. Jason Bowles was tabbed by Michael Waltrip Racing to pilot the No. 55 in place of Brian Vickers in practice and qualifying due to Vickers participating in the Johnsonville Sausage 200 at Road America.
Before the race, Jimmie Johnson was leading the Drivers' Championship with 538 points, while Carl Edwards stood in second with 507 points. Bowyer followed in the third with 489, thirteen points ahead of Kevin Harvick and thirty-three ahead of Matt Kenseth in fourth and fifth. Kyle Busch, with 452, was in sixth; five ahead of Dale Earnhardt, Jr., who was scored seventh. Eighth-placed Greg Biffle was thirteen points ahead of Brad Keselowski and twenty-six ahead of Tony Stewart in ninth and tenth. Paul Menard was eleventh with 415, while Kasey Kahne completed the first twelve positions with 407 points. In the Manufacturers' Championship, Chevrolet was leading with 107 points, fifteen points ahead of Toyota. Ford was third after recording only 79 points before the race.
For the first time, Amtrak ran a special train from Sacramento to the race on trackage that had never seen a passenger train. The train was run using Capitol Corridor equipment. 500 fans total rode the train.
Practice and qualifying
Two practice sessions were held on June 21 in preparation for the race. The first session was 105 minutes, while second session was 90 minutes long.
During the first practice session, Marcos Ambrose, for the Richard Petty Motorsports team, was quickest ahead of Juan Pablo Montoya in second and Casey Mears in third. Kurt Busch was scored fourth, and Jamie McMurray managed fifth. Biffle, Keselowski, Bowyer, Martin Truex, Jr., and Joey Logano rounded out the top ten quickest drivers in the session. Bowyer had the quickest ten consecutive lap average with an average speed of 92.404 miles per hour (148.710 km/h). In the final practice session for the race, Bowyer was quickest with a time of 75.765 seconds. McMurray followed in second, ahead of Kyle Busch and Edwards in third and fourth. Montoya, who was second quickest in second practice, could only manage fifth.
Starting with this race, NASCAR changed qualifying procedures for Sprint Cup races held on the road courses. Rather than having one car attempt to qualify at a time, groups of either five or six cars were released in five-second intervals and had a five-minute time limit to complete their runs. McMurray clinched his ninth career pole position, with a lap time of 75.422 seconds and a speed of 94.986 miles per hour (152.865 km/h). He was joined on the front row of the grid by Ambrose. Edwards qualified third, Biffle took fourth, and Bowyer started fifth. Kenseth, Kurt Busch, Logano, Kyle Busch, and Jeff Gordon completed the first ten positions on the grid.
|1||1||Jamie McMurray||Earnhardt Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||75.422||94.986|
|2||9||Marcos Ambrose||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||75.471||94.924|
|3||99||Carl Edwards||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||75.586||94.779|
|4||16||Greg Biffle||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||75.592||94.772|
|5||15||Clint Bowyer||Michael Waltrip Racing||Toyota||75.620||94.737|
|6||20||Matt Kenseth||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||75.711||94.623|
|7||78||Kurt Busch||Furniture Row Racing||Chevrolet||75.750||94.574|
|8||22||Joey Logano||Penske Racing||Ford||75.788||94.527|
|9||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||75.933||94.346|
|10||24||Jeff Gordon||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||75.943||94.334|
|11||14||Tony Stewart||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||76.010||94.251|
|12||29||Kevin Harvick||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||76.039||94.215|
|13||42||Juan Pablo Montoya||Earnhardt Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||76.039||94.215|
|14||56||Martin Truex, Jr.||Michael Waltrip Racing||Toyota||76.200||94.016|
|15||5||Kasey Kahne||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||76.401||93.768|
|16||27||Paul Menard||Richard Childress Racing||Ford||76.464||93.691|
|17||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||76.465||93.690|
|18||2||Brad Keselowski||Penske Racing||Ford||76.470||93.684|
|19||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||76.471||93.683|
|20||47||Bobby Labonte||JTG Daugherty Racing||Toyota||76.483||93.668|
|21||13||Casey Mears||Germain Racing||Ford||76.555||93.580|
|22||51||Jacques Villeneuve||Phoenix Racing||Chevrolet||76.576||93.554|
|23||34||David Ragan||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||76.592||93.535|
|24||32||Boris Said||FAS Lane Racing||Ford||76.642||93.474|
|25||33||Ron Fellows||Circle Sport||Chevrolet||76.650||93.464|
|26||88||Dale Earnhardt, Jr.||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||76.686||93.420|
|27||31||Jeff Burton||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||76.784||93.301|
|28||30||David Stremme||Swan Racing||Toyota||76.819||93.258|
|29||38||David Gilliland||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||76.829||93.246|
|30||39||Ryan Newman||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||76.878||93.187|
|31||10||Danica Patrick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||76.922||93.133|
|32||43||Aric Almirola||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||77.001||93.038|
|33||93||Travis Kvapil||BK Racing||Toyota||77.169||92.835|
|34||55||Brian Vickers||Michael Waltrip Racing||Toyota||77.224||92.769|
|35||35||Josh Wise||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||77.240||92.750|
|36||7||Justin Marks||Tommy Baldwin Racing||Chevrolet||77.360||92.606|
|37||17||Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||77.445||92.504|
|38||83||David Reutimann||BK Racing||Toyota||77.590||92.331|
|39||19||Alex Kennedy||Humphrey Smith Racing||Toyota||78.271||91.528|
|40||52||Paulie Harraka||Brian Keselowski Motorsports||Ford||78.367||91.416|
|41||87||Tomy Drissi||NEMCO-Jay Robinson Racing||Toyota||79.051||90.625|
|42||36||Victor Gonzalez, Jr.||Tommy Baldwin Racing||Chevrolet||N/A||N/A|
|43||37||J. J. Yeley||Tommy Baldwin Racing||Chevrolet||80.143||89.390|
|1||14||56||Martin Truex, Jr.||Michael Waltrip Racing||Toyota||110||51||48|
|2||10||24||Jeff Gordon||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||110||4||43|
|3||3||99||Carl Edwards||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||110||0||41|
|4||7||78||Kurt Busch||Furniture Row Racing||Chevrolet||110||15||41|
|5||5||15||Clint Bowyer||Michael Waltrip Racing||Toyota||110||0||39|
|6||15||5||Kasey Kahne||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||110||0||38|
|7||2||9||Marcos Ambrose||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||110||18||38|
|8||4||16||Greg Biffle||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||110||0||36|
|9||19||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||110||0||35|
|10||12||29||Kevin Harvick||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||110||0||34|
|11||8||22||Joey Logano||Penske Racing||Ford||110||10||34|
|12||26||88||Dale Earnhardt, Jr.||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||110||0||32|
|13||34||55||Brian Vickers||Michael Waltrip Racing||Toyota||110||3||–|
|14||16||27||Paul Menard||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||110||0||30|
|15||30||39||Ryan Newman||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||110||0||29|
|16||21||13||Casey Mears||Germain Racing||Ford||110||0||28|
|17||33||93||Travis Kvapil||BK Racing||Toyota||110||0||27|
|18||24||32||Boris Said||FAS Lane Racing||Ford||110||0||26|
|19||6||20||Matt Kenseth||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||110||0||25|
|20||32||43||Aric Almirola||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||110||0||24|
|21||18||2||Brad Keselowski||Penske Racing||Ford||110||7||24|
|22||25||33||Ron Fellows||Circle Sport||Chevrolet||110||0||22|
|23||17||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||110||0||21|
|24||29||38||David Gilliland||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||110||0||20|
|25||1||1||Jamie McMurray||Earnhardt Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||110||2||20|
|26||38||83||David Reutimann||BK Racing||Chevrolet||110||0||18|
|27||37||17||Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||110||0||17|
|28||11||14||Tony Stewart||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||110||0||16|
|29||31||10||Danica Patrick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||110||0||15|
|30||36||7||Justin Marks||Tommy Baldwin Racing||Chevrolet||110||0||14|
|31||27||31||Jeff Burton||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||110||0||13|
|32||35||35||Josh Wise||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||110||0||12|
|33||23||34||David Ragan||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||110||0||11|
|34||13||42||Juan Pablo Montoya||Earnhardt Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||110||0||10|
|35||9||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||109||0||9|
|36||28||30||David Stremme||Swan Racing||Toyota||109||0||8|
|37||42||36||Victor Gonzalez, Jr.||Tommy Baldwin Racing||Chevrolet||109||0||7|
|38||41||87||Tomy Drissi||NEMCO-Jay Robinson Racing||Toyota||108||0||6|
|39||40||52||Paulie Harraka||Brian Keselowski Motorsports||Ford||89||0||5|
|40||39||19||Alex Kennedy||Humphrey Smith Racing||Toyota||30||0||4|
|41||22||51||Jacques Villeneuve||Phoenix Racing||Chevrolet||19||0||3|
|42||43||37||J. J. Yeley||Tommy Baldwin Racing||Chevrolet||7||0||PE|
|43||20||47||Bobby Labonte||JTG Daugherty Racing||Toyota||0||0||1|
Standings after the race
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