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  • jt77316

    Sonoma Raceway
    Schedule — all times are Eastern Time (ET)

    Friday, June 22
    2:40-3:55 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice, FS1
    5:40-6:55 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series final practice, FS1

    Saturday, June 23
    2:45 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Busch Pole Award qualifying, FS1

    PRESS PASS (Watch live)
    3:45 p.m.: Post-Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying

    Sunday, June 24
    3 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350, FS1

    Race Details

    — 110 Laps – 218.9 Miles
    — Stage 1: Lap 1 – 25; Stage 2: Lap 26-60; Stage 3: Lap 61-110

    Sonoma Raceway–

    — 1.99 mile 12 turn road course
    Pit Road/Stalls: 16′ wide by 29′ long, 58′ wide
    Pit Road Speed: 40 mph
    Pace Car Speed: 45 mph

    Sonoma-
    Recent Winners
    Kevin Harvick
    Tony Stewart
    Kyle Busch
    Carl Edwards
    Martin Truex, Jr.

    Last Five (5) DK Pt Leaders

    — 06/23/2013: Martin Truex, Jr. SP:14 FP:1 Fast Laps: 10 Laps Led 51 (76.75 DK Pts) Kurt Busch SP:7 FP:4 Fast Laps: 21 Laps Led: 15 (57.25 DK Pts)
    — 06/22/2014: Kasey Kahne SP:30 FP:6 Fast Laps: 5 Laps Led: 0 (64.5 DK Pts) Jeff Gordon SP:15 FP:2 Fast Laps: 6 Laps Led: 3 (58.75 DK Pts)
    — 06/28/2015: Kurt Busch SP:2 FP:2 Fast Laps: 20 Laps Led: 43 (62.75 DK Pts) Kyle Busch SP:11 FP:1 Fast Laps: 4 Laps Led: 17 (62.25 DK Pts)
    — 06/26/2016: Tony Stewart SP:10 FP:1 Fast Laps: 8 Laps Led: 22 (64.5 DK Pts) Kevin Harvick SP:25 FP:6 Fast Laps:7 Laps Led:3 (61.25 DK Pts)
    — 06/25/2017: Brad Keselowski. SP:24 FP:3 Fast Laps: 5 Laps Led: 17 (67.75 DK Pts) Kevin Harvick SP:12 FP:1 Fast Laps:5 Laps Led: 24 (65.50 DK Pts)

    Last Five (5) FanDuel Pt Leaders

    — 06/23/2013: Martin Truex, Jr. – (65.6 Pts) Jeff Gordon (55.4 Pts)
    — 06/22/2014: Kasey Kahne – (59 Pts) Carl Edwards (58.1 Pts)
    — 06/28/2015: Kyle Busch – (60.7 Pts) Kevin Harvick (55.5 Pts)
    — 06/26/2016: Tony Stewart – (60.7 Pts) Kevin Harvick (56.8 Pts)
    — 06/25/2017: Kevin Harvick – (61.9 Pts) Brad Keselowski (61.7 Pts)

    Data from Last 5 Sonoma Races

    Driver Rating:
    1. Kurt Busch – 107.1
    2. Kevin Harvick – 106
    3. Jimmie Johnson – 104.4
    4. Martin Truex, Jr. – 102.9
    5. AJ Allmendinger – 94.1

    Laps Led:
    1. Martin Truex, Jr. – 76
    2. AJ Allmendinger – 60
    3. Kurt Busch – 58
    4. Jimmie Johnson – 58
    5. Kevin Harvick – 50

    Fastest Laps:
    1. Kurt Busch – 53
    2. Martin Truex Jr. – 49
    3. Kevin Harvick – 33
    4. Jimmie Johnson – 32
    5. AJ Allmendinger – 25

    Race Data, News, Information, and Weather

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    Stephen Young – Rotogrinders Lead NASCAR Analyst
    Kevin Roth – Rotogrinders Chief Meteorologist

  • gje627

    @wormworth said...

    Question: If I enter 150 lineups and a few lineups win does that make me a NASCAR guru? I only do 2 lineups a week, and I’m thinking about stepping it up to 150.

    Is this a real question? Or are you making a point…. Seems sarcastic to me.

  • Cooper08

    • Blogger of the Month

    @gje627 said...

    Made beer money and enough for a few tires on my new truck…. Lost too much sleep working on lineups…. Weird race. Generally, you can’t count on an exciting finish for the win at Sonoma…. Not some guy 20 to 30 seconds out front, on cruise control, humming old Barry Manilow tunes and waiting for the checker-flag….

    Sonoma’s generally a great race.

    Not today…..

    That was actually worse than anything else.

    Totally agree…just curious but why do you need new tires for a new truck..sounds like you spent some money on a new truck a few months ago and then when you placed first and second you did some MTJ burn outs after winning..😉

  • wormworth

    It is very sarcastic Stevie. :) !!!

  • gje627

    @Cooper08 said...

    Totally agree…just curious but why do you need new tires for a new truck..sounds like you spent some money on a new truck a few months ago and then when you placed first and second you did some MTJ burn outs after winning..😉

    No burn-outs…. (:

    Just getting better tires is all for the snow and back-country roads when I’m not doing “big city”….

    Regardless of today, I’m still getting ALL new tires…. :)

  • jt77316

    I got destroyed today. Think I made smart plays (same cash lineup as Stevie) but things didn’t go my way. On to Chicagoland!

  • depalma13

    Finally a great day! Lots of top 10’s in gpps and lost of 1’s in double ups.

    Although finishing first in almost every double up is kind of disappointing. All those 1’s and it’s still just 2x the money. Not that I’m complaining.

  • gje627

    One closing thought on the quality of racing yesterday….. Stage racing has no place on road courses.

    For my reasons why? Maybe someday in a longer post I’ll articulate my thoughts much more coherently, but for now suffice to say it:

    1. Creates artificially bad pit strategies (see Allmendinger, Johnson, etc. virtually sacrificing any chance to win by racing for stage points early on)….

    2. Spreads-out the field far too much (Sonoma ranks 1st of all 23 tracks for the number of drivers finishing on the lead lap…. based on averages, 27 to 28 of the drivers in a 38 car field yesterday, should have finished on the lead lap… but only 21 drivers finished lead lap)….

    3. Creates terrible finishes (historically Sonoma is known for almost all-out brawls to the finish, with 1st and 2nd place frequently being separated by fractions of a second….yesterday the margin was more than 10 seconds… and with 5 laps to go it was more than 20 seconds, and even up to 30 seconds near the end of the race…. as there was absolutely no doubt who would win with 40 minutes remaining in the race)….

    And, this weekend we can look forward to Chicagoland…. The absolute single most boring race each and every year…. And relatively speaking, that’s quite an accomplishment by NASCAR since each and every year the quality of racing at all the tracks seems to get worse-and-worse !!!

    Way to go Brian France !!!

    Think this Sunday I’ll just go to my local 4-H club and watch turtle racing….

    YEE-FRICKIN’-HAW !!!

  • icowpres

    I used to hate the 1.5s. Then DK NASCAR happened. Boring is predictable. Predictable is money. I’ll keep raking in the boring. NASCAR needs more short tracks. Agree completely that stage racing ruins road courses, same effect at Pocono honestly.

    gje, nothing but respect for you. All the other sports have 1,000 guys spouting their “expert opinions” and 10,000 guys who know what they’re doing. DFS NASCAR is the wild, wild, west. At this point everyone thinks they know what they’re doing, but only a few do. There are no experts, and those who are, they don’t talk much. I respect the hell out of you feeding quality, hard information to the masses where it’s generally nowhere to be found otherwise.

    When I found out the 2nd New Hampshire race was no longer on the schedule, a single teardrop rolled down my face. The more boring, the more predictable. Bad for NASCAR. Good for those of us who are the NASCAR DFS chalk.

  • gje627

    @icowpres said...

    I used to hate the 1.5s. Then DK NASCAR happened. Boring is predictable. Predictable is money. I’ll keep raking in the boring. NASCAR needs more short tracks. Agree completely that stage racing ruins road courses, same effect at Pocono honestly.

    gje, nothing but respect for you. All the other sports have 1,000 guys spouting their “expert opinions” and 10,000 guys who know what they’re doing. DFS NASCAR is the wild, wild, west. At this point everyone thinks they know what they’re doing, but only a few do. There are no experts, and those who are, they don’t talk much. I respect the hell out of you feeding quality, hard information to the masses where it’s generally nowhere to be found otherwise.

    When I found out the 2nd New Hampshire race was no longer on the schedule, a single teardrop rolled down my face. The more boring, the more predictable. Bad for NASCAR. Good for those of us who are the NASCAR DFS chalk.

    Thanks for your kind words and I agree with almost everything you say, with one very small exception….

    That being, the more NASCAR chalk the better (yes I inferred this, primarily from your very last sentence, so please correct me if I’m wrong AND I sincerely apologize if I am….).

    In this regard, the more chalk the more ties in NASCAR DFS…. The more ties, the less money for the “winner.”

    NASCAR chalk is tough…. This year, NOT including the wild-card plate tracks, Kyle Busch, Harvick, Truex, and Bowyer have dominated and/or won each and every race…. Thus, even on Bowyer wins, you would have needed one of the other top three drivers in your lineup to take down a GPP…..

    Therefore, in my opinion anyways, having the top-spot locked by one of three drivers, and only using skill for the other five drivers on DK creates more overlap in lineups, ESPECIALLY because this year we’re seeing the smallest field sizes in the history of NASCAR…. Really, 35 or 36 drivers in a race, with eight to 10 drivers who absolutely suck?

    Also, and it sounds like you know me…. Yes, I’ll admit I have a strong (and even unhealthy) obsession with short tracks … wish NASCAR Cup would eliminate plate tracks and add four dirt track races each year instead… or even replace ALL 1.5-mile tracks with dirt…. :)

    Anyways, I generally like to stay away from sports I really like (my favorite sport is hockey, and don’t play hockey DFS) as DFS makes me “root” for players/teams I really don’t like… but I’m a sucker for NASCAR DFS…..

    If NASCAR would do me just one small favor, and bring back Rockingham… I will never complain again !!! :)

    Finally, regarding the boring 1.5-mile “cookie-cutter” tracks…. They all suck but Chicagoland is really, really bad…. By far the single-worst track on the circuit…..

    Nonetheless, this is all OPINION and I absolutely respect anyone and everyone who has different opinions than myself….

    So really, even though we only disagree on one very small point…. There is no disagreement at all as it really is just a matter of preferences….

    Thanks again !!!

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