The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will turn to its third of seven road courses for the 2021 season on Sunday as racers 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 NASCAR’s active leader in road course victories with six. Yet despite his run of recent success, Elliott has not yet won at Sonoma.
Moreover, Martin Truex Jr. is the two-time defending champion at Sonoma, having last won the event in 2019 (the 2020 event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic). He won his first race there in 2013, making him the active leader in wins at the track.
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Will either of Elliott or Truex win on Sunday, or will another racer take the crown at Sonoma? There’s NASCAR Cup Series points leader Denny Hamlin, who despite having no victories this year has 11 top-10 finishes, including nine in the top five. Then there’s Kyle Larson, whose dominance at the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte, N.C., made him only the second driver with multiple wins this season (the other being Truex, with three wins).
Sporting News is tracking live updates and highlights at Sonoma Raceway for the Toyota Save Mart 350:
NASCAR at Sonoma live updates, highlights from Toyota Save Mart 350
This section will be updated closer to the waving of the green flag.
NASCAR start time today
The green flag for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., is scheduled to wave at 4:14 p.m. ET.
Drivers can expect to race in good weather. The National Weather Service forecast calls for sunny skies and temperatures in the low 70s at the road course. Wind could become an issue with gusts up to 32 mph possible.
NASCAR starting lineup at Sonoma
Here is the complete NASCAR starting lineup for Sunday’s race at Sonoma Raceway, the Toyota Save Mart 350:
|Start pos.||Driver||Car No.||Team|
|1||Kyle Larson||5||Hendrick Motorsports|
|2||Chase Elliott||9||Hendrick Motorsports|
|3||William 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 Harvick||4||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|9||Brad Keselowski||2||Team Penske|
|10||Tyler Reddick||8||Richard Childress Racing|
|11||Ryan Blaney||12||Team Penske|
|12||Chris Buescher||17||Roush Fenway Racing|
|13||Joey Logano||22||Team Penske|
|14||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|15||Bubba Wallace||23||23XI Racing|
|16||Daniel Suarez||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||Christopher Bell||20||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|21||Michael McDowell||34||Front Row Motorsports|
|22||Corey LaJoie||7||Spire Motorsports|
|23||Cole Custer||41||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|24||Ryan Newman||6||Roush Fenway Racing|
|25||Chase Briscoe||14||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|26||Aric Almirola||10||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|27||Ryan Preece||37||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|28||Anthony Alfredo||38||Front Row Motorsports|
|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 Racing|
|34||Garrett Smithley||53||Rick Ware Racing|
|35||Scott Heckert||78||Live Fast Motorsports|
|36||Josh Bilicki||52||Rick Ware Racing|
|37||Cody Ware||51||Petty Ware Racing|
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