|Race 16 of 36 in the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series|
|Date||June 22, 2014|
|Location||Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, California|
Permanent racing facility|
1.99 mi (3.2 km)
|Distance||110 laps, 218.9 mi (352.3 km)|
|Weather||Sunny with a high temperature around 79 °F (26 °C); wind out of the SW at 11 miles per hour (18 km/h).|
|Average speed||76.583 mph (123.248 km/h)|
|Driver||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||A. J. Allmendinger||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|No. 99||Carl Edwards||Roush Fenway Racing|
|Television in the United States|
|Network||TNT & PRN|
Adam Alexander, Wally Dallenbach, Jr. and Kyle Petty (Television)|
Doug Rice and Mark Garrow (Booth)
Rob Albright (2, 3, 3a), Wendy Venturini (4a, 7, 7a), Brad Gillie (8, 8a, 9, 10) (Turns) (Radio)
4.676 Million viewers
The 2014 Toyota/Save Mart 350 was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race that was held on June 22, 2014, 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 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and the first of two road course competitions on the schedule. Carl Edwards won the race, his second win of the season and first on a road course in Sprint Cup competition. Jeff Gordon finished second, while Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Jamie McMurray, and Paul Menard rounded out the top five. The top rookies of the race were Austin Dillon (17th), Cole Whitt (27th), and Kyle Larson (28th).
Previous week's race
Jimmie Johnson took the lead with ten laps to go to win the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway. This was his first career win at Michigan. "We had figured out every way to lose this race," Johnson said after winning at Michigan for the first time in 25 tries. "And today we were able to get it done. "We really were in a win-win situation," he added. "Those guys still had to come to pit road to make it to the end. Once I got an idea of how the race was unfolding, I knew we were in the catbird seat and were able to take advantage of it. When it came down to strategy in the end, which we all knew it would at Michigan, Chad nailed the strategy."
The course, 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). Martin Truex, Jr. was the defending race winner from 2013.
Two teams elected to replace their standard drivers with road course ringers. Boris Said took over the Go FAS Racing No. 32 Ford, while Tomy Drissi drove the No. 66 Toyota for Identity Ventures Racing.
The entry list for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 was released on Monday, June 15, 2014 at 1:03 p.m. Eastern time. Forty-three drivers were entered for the race.
Kurt Busch was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 75.039 and a speed of 95.470 mph (153.644 km/h).
|1||41||Kurt Busch||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||75.039||95.470|
|2||15||Clint Bowyer||Michael Waltrip Racing||Toyota||75.078||95.421|
|3||55||Brian Vickers||Michael Waltrip Racing||Toyota||75.347||95.080|
|Official first practice results|
Clint Bowyer was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of 74.634 and a speed of 95.988 mph (154.478 km/h).
|1||15||Clint Bowyer||Michael Waltrip Racing||Toyota||74.634||95.988|
|2||27||Paul Menard||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||74.981||95.544|
|3||99||Carl Edwards||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||75.043||95.465|
|Official final practice results|
Jamie McMurray won the pole with a new track record time of 74.354 and a speed of 96.350 mph (155.060 km/h). "This race is about having good strategy and having a little bit of luck," McMurray said. "It's about not getting run into in Turn 4 or Turn 7 on a restart. I've run enough races here that I've had every issue you could have with running out of gas ... to getting wrecked in Turn 7 on a restart because someone from 15th dive-bombed me into the corner with no chance of making it." "Well that wasn't what we expected," Bowyer said. "We were fast all day (Friday), just didn't have enough grip and missed Turn 4. We will just have to pass a few more cars (Sunday)."
|1||1||Jamie McMurray||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||74.657||74.354|
|2||47||A. J. Allmendinger||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet||74.539||74.557|
|3||42||Kyle Larson (R)||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||74.802||74.670|
|4||99||Carl Edwards||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||74.917||74.736|
|5||41||Kurt Busch||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||74.554||74.856|
|6||4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||74.813||74.894|
|7||31||Ryan Newman||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||74.652||74.925|
|8||55||Brian Vickers||Michael Waltrip Racing||Toyota||74.751||74.958|
|9||27||Paul Menard||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||74.851||74.994|
|10||22||Joey Logano||Team Penske||Ford||74.472||75.081|
|11||10||Danica Patrick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||74.711||75.083|
|12||13||Casey Mears||Germain Racing||Chevrolet||74.791||75.152|
|13||2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford||74.924||—|
|14||20||Matt Kenseth||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||74.933||—|
|15||24||Jeff Gordon||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||74.975||—|
|16||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||75.032||—|
|17||88||Dale Earnhardt, Jr.||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||75.046||—|
|18||78||Martin Truex, Jr.||Front Row Motorsports||Chevrolet||75.054||—|
|19||16||Greg Biffle||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||75.069||—|
|20||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||75.112||—|
|21||14||Tony Stewart||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||75.167||—|
|22||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||75.176||—|
|23||9||Marcos Ambrose||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||75.215||—|
|24||17||Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||75.303||—|
|25||15||Clint Bowyer||Michael Waltrip Racing||Toyota||75.376||—|
|26||3||Austin Dillon (R)||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||75.388||—|
|27||38||David Gilliland||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||75.417||—|
|28||95||Michael McDowell||Leavine Family Racing||Ford||75.433||—|
|29||43||Aric Almirola||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||75.492||—|
|30||5||Kasey Kahne||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||75.518||—|
|31||34||David Ragan||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||75.575||—|
|32||26||Cole Whitt (R)||BK Racing||Toyota||75.622||—|
|33||98||Josh Wise||Phil Parsons Racing||Chevrolet||75.755||—|
|34||83||Ryan Truex (R)||BK Racing||Toyota||75.760||—|
|35||51||Justin Allgaier (R)||HScott Motorsports||Chevrolet||75.817||—|
|36||33||Alex Kennedy||Circle Sport||Chevrolet||76.094||—|
|37||40||Landon Cassill[N 1]||Circle Sport||Chevrolet||76.203||—|
|38||23||Alex Bowman (R)||BK Racing||Toyota||76.321||—|
|39||44||J. J. Yeley[N 1]||Xxxtreme Motorsports||Chevrolet||76.423||—|
|40||36||Reed Sorenson||Tommy Baldwin Racing||Chevrolet||76.622||—|
|41||32||Boris Said||Go FAS Racing||Ford||76.721||—|
|42||7||Michael Annett (R)||Tommy Baldwin Racing||Chevrolet||77.632||—|
|43||66||Tomy Drissi||Identity Ventures Racing||Toyota||78.626||—|
|Official qualifying results|
The race was scheduled to start at 3:15 p.m. Eastern time, but started seven minutes later, with Jamie McMurray leading the field to the green. A. J. Allmendinger put pressure on him for the first few laps but was unable to take the lead. Defending race winner Martin Truex, Jr. made an unscheduled stop on lap seven for a vibration, while Allmendinger wrested the lead from McMurray on lap nine. Kyle Busch nicked Brad Keselowski in turn 11, which forced Keselowski down the order by 8 spots. While describing his car as "bad", Keselowski reckoned he "deserved to get spun out". Kevin Harvick took the lead from Allmendinger on lap 22, before the first caution of the race came out on lap 31 after Landon Cassill blew an engine. During pit stops under the caution, Allmendinger retook the lead. Allmendinger led the field to the green on the restart on lap 35. Casey Mears got boxed in at turn 7a and sustained heavy damage that forced him to make an unscheduled pit stop the next lap, while Kasey Kahne also sustained damage.
McMurray retook the lead from Allmendinger on lap 54, before he pulled off to pit and handed the lead to Jeff Gordon. Harvick was able to take the lead from Gordon, when Gordon pitted on lap 58. The second caution of the race occurred on lap 61, as Ryan Truex stalled in the esses. Most of the cars on the lead lap stayed out, with Harvick leading the field to the restart on lap 65. Jimmie Johnson took the lead from Harvick exiting turn 4, before the third caution of the race came out on lap 71 for debris. Joey Logano stayed out during the cycle of pit stops under caution to take the lead. The race restarted on lap 75 with Clint Bowyer taking the lead from Logano, going into turn 7a. The fourth caution flew for a hard wreck in the esses. Dale Earnhardt, Jr.'s car hopped over a curb, and collided with Matt Kenseth and sent him head on into the tire barriers. He was able to extricate himself from his wrecked car.
The race restarted on lap 80 with Bowyer leading the field but he surrendered the lead to Marcos Ambrose in turn 1. Johnson also passed Bowyer for second, going into turn 11. Bowyer was then turned around by McMurray and was then hit by Harvick. Harvick's stranded car forced the race to go under caution for the fifth time. The race restarted with 25 laps to go with Ambrose leading the way but he lost the lead to Carl Edwards. Earnhardt, Jr. pinned Allmendinger into the wall coming to the line, causing substantial damage to Allmendinger's car. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. was hit by Brian Vickers to bring out the sixth caution, with 20 laps to go.
The race was restarted 16 laps to go and Edwards held off a last lap charge by Gordon to win for the first time on a road course, in NASCAR. He later described his race as "real tough", and his victory as "very special". Gordon stated that he had been "overdriving" his car, and he wished he "had just stayed smooth and stuck with it", while chasing Edwards towards the end.
|1||4||99||Carl Edwards||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||110||47|
|2||15||24||Jeff Gordon||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||110||43|
|3||17||88||Dale Earnhardt, Jr.||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||110||41|
|4||1||1||Jamie McMurray||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||110||41|
|5||9||27||Paul Menard||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||110||39|
|6||30||5||Kasey Kahne||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||110||38|
|7||22||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||110||38|
|8||23||9||Marcos Ambrose||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||110||37|
|9||19||16||Greg Biffle||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||110||35|
|10||25||15||Clint Bowyer||Michael Waltrip Racing||Toyota||110||35|
|11||7||31||Ryan Newman||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||110||33|
|12||5||41||Kurt Busch||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||110||32|
|13||12||13||Casey Mears||Germain Racing||Chevrolet||110||31|
|14||8||55||Brian Vickers||Michael Waltrip Racing||Toyota||110||30|
|15||18||78||Martin Truex, Jr.||Furniture Row Racing||Chevrolet||110||29|
|16||10||22||Joey Logano||Team Penske||Ford||110||29|
|17||26||3||Austin Dillon (R)||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||110||27|
|18||11||10||Danica Patrick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||110||26|
|19||21||14||Tony Stewart||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||110||25|
|20||6||4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||110||25|
|21||27||38||David Gilliland||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||110||23|
|22||13||2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford||110||22|
|23||29||43||Aric Almirola||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||110||21|
|24||28||95||Michael McDowell||Leavine Family Racing||Ford||110||20|
|25||20||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||110||19|
|26||16||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||110||18|
|27||32||26||Cole Whitt (R)||BK Racing||Toyota||110||17|
|28||3||42||Kyle Larson (R)||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||110||16|
|29||38||23||Alex Bowman (R)||BK Racing||Toyota||110||15|
|30||42||7||Michael Annett (R)||Tommy Baldwin Racing||Chevrolet||110||14|
|31||24||17||Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||109||13|
|32||40||36||Reed Sorenson||Tommy Baldwin Racing||Chevrolet||109||12|
|33||35||51||Justin Allgaier (R)||HScott Motorsports||Chevrolet||109||11|
|34||39||44||J. J. Yeley||Xxxtreme Motorsports||Chevrolet||109||0|
|35||41||32||Boris Said||Go FAS Racing||Ford||109||9|
|36||31||34||David Ragan||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||109||8|
|37||2||47||A. J. Allmendinger||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet||108||9|
|38||43||66||Tomy Drissi||Identity Ventures Racing||Toyota||108||6|
|39||36||33||Alex Kennedy||Circle Sport||Chevrolet||104||5|
|40||33||98||Josh Wise||Phil Parsons Racing||Chevrolet||95||4|
|41||34||83||Ryan Truex (R)||BK Racing||Toyota||91||3|
|42||14||20||Matt Kenseth||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||74||2|
|43||37||40||Landon Cassill||Circle Sport||Chevrolet||29||0|
- Lead changes: 11 among different drivers
- Cautions/Laps: 6 for 19
- Red flags: 0
- Time of race: 2 hours, 51 minutes and 30 seconds
- Average speed: 76.583 miles per hour (123.248 km/h)
|Booth announcers||Pit reporters|
|Lap-by-lap: Adam Alexander
Color-commentator: Wally Dallenbach, Jr.
Color commentator: Kyle Petty
|Booth announcers||Turn announcers||Pit reporters|
|Lead announcer: Doug Rice
Announcer: Mark Garrow
|Turns 2, 3 & 3a: Rob Albright
Turns 4a, 7 & 7a: Wendy Venturini
Turns 8, 8a, 9 & 10: Brad Gillie
Standings after the race
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