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K&N Pro Series West Stat Advance: Sonoma

Analyzing The Sonoma 200 At Sonoma Raceway
By John Tejeda, NASCAR
June 17, 2014 - 3:59pm

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.  – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West visits the road course of Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway on Saturday, June 21. Below is a statistical look at the recent performance of the series and selected drivers at Sonoma, as well as some other statistical trends:

Sonoma Race Setup

• With five top-five finishes in five events, including a win his last time out, Greg Pursley holds an 18-point lead over David Mayhew in the championship standings, 216 to 198. 

• The Sonoma event is the sixth event on a 14-race series schedule and the first of two road course events in 2013. 

• Greg Pursley is the only driver on the entry list with victories in the series’ last 10 trips to a road course. 

At Sonoma Raceway


• Sonoma has hosted 24 series races since 1978. In addition, the series participated in nine combination events with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at the Northern California road course between 1989 and 1997.The facility sits on 120 acres southwest of Bakersfield, Calif.

Stat Pack
Carneros 200 Trackside Report

• The Sonoma track, located near the intersection of Highways 37 & 121, opened as Sears Point Raceway in 1968, with its inaugural event on Dec. 1, 1968. The road course was initially a 2.52-mile layout, but reconfigurations in 1998 and 2001 resulted in the current 1.99-mile design for NASCAR events.

• The Sonoma road course features more than 160 feet of elevation change from its highest to lowest points. The highest point at Turn 3a reaches 174 feet, while the lowest point at Turn 10 is just 14 feet.

• Fifteen different drivers have visited Victory Lane in series action at Sonoma. Three drivers – Hershel McGriff (1983, 1985, 1987), Jim Insolo (1978, 1979, 1980) and Bill Schmitt (1981, 1988, 1989) – lead the list of winners, with three wins each.

• Other multiple winners at Sonoma include Butch Gilliland, who scored back-to-back wins on the historic road course in 1996 and 1997, and his son, David Gilliland, who notched wins in 2007 and 2012. Jason Bowles had consecutive wins in 2008 and 2009.

• Of the 14 drivers who won series races at Sonoma, 12 won NASCAR championships. Ten of those were NASCAR K&N Pro Series titles.


• NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers won two of the past three K&N West events at Sonoma – Joey Logano in 2011 and David Gilliland in 2012. Four Sprint Cup Series drivers are on the entry list for this event.

• No previous winners are entered in this year's event.

• Seventeen drivers have qualified on the pole. While Hershel McGriff leads with three poles at Sonoma – Butch Gilliland, Jim Bown, Roy Smith and Tim Williamson each had won two poles there.

• Five of the 24 series races were won from the pole position. Seven were won by the driver who started second on the grid. Jim Insolo came from the furthest back, charging from 19th to win in 1978.

• Last season’s race had seven caution periods for 14 laps.

Sonoma Data

Race: #6 of 14 (6/21/14)

Track Layout: 1.99-mile road course

Race Length: 64 laps (127.36 miles)

Sonoma Qualifying/Race Data

2013 Pole Winner: Cameron Hayley, Ford, 92.150 mph (77.743 seconds)

2013 Race Winner: Derek Thorn, Ford, 64.295 mph (2 hours, 2 minutes, 34 seconds)

1-Lap Qualifying Record: Greg Pursley, 77.331 seconds, 92.641 mph, June 23, 2012

64-Lap Race Record: Andrew Ranger, 1 hour 50 min 30 seconds, 67.595 mph, June 19, 2010

Sonoma Leaders


Jim Insolo … 3

Hershel McGriff … 3

Bill Schmitt … 3

Jason Bowles … 2

Butch Gilliland … 2

David Gilliland … 2

 (9 different drivers) 1

Jim Bown, Doug George, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Andrew Ranger, Jim Robinson, Roy Smith, Derek Thorn , Brian Vickers. 


Hershel McGriff … 3

Jim Bown … 2

Butch Gilliland … 2

Roy Smith … 2

Tim Williamson … 2

(13 different drivers) 1

Bob Bondurant, Jason Bowles, Brandon Davis, Scott Gaylord, David Gilliland, Cameron Hayley, Eric Holmes, Ron Hornaday Jr., Patrick Long, Greg Pursley, Bill Sedgwick, Glen Steurer, Brian Vickers

Selected Driver Highlights:

Justin Allgaier (No. 83 Grigg Brothers/BRANDT Chevrolet)

• Will attempt to make his NASCAR K&N Pro Series debut

• Has run 14 road-course races in NASCAR Nationwide Series with one win (Montreal, 2012), two top fives and eight top 10s.

• Runs full-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

• Has three wins, four poles, 29 top fives and 84 top 10s in 174 NASCAR Nationwide Series starts

James Bickford (No. 66 Sunrise Ford/Lucas Oil/Eibach Springs Ford)

• Has one top five and three top-10 finishes in just five career K&N West starts.

• Is seventh in the championship standings.

• Looking to make Sonoma Raceway debut.

• Earned a top-five finish (fourth) among West entries on May 17 at Iowa Speedway; recorded first career top 10 (10th) on May 3 at Stockton 99 Speedway.

• Won NASCAR Whelen All-American Series late model track championship at All American Speedway last season. 

Cole Custer (No. 00 NAPA Filters Chevrolet)

• Has one win, two poles, one top five and two top 10s in three career K&N West starts 

• Won the 2014 season opening event at Phoenix International Raceway 

• Has three wins, two poles, six top fives and seven top 10s in 17 career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East events 

• Is a member of the 2014-2015 NASCAR Next class

Rich DeLong III (No. 84 Country Girl Saloon/Ron’s Rear Ends Chevrolet)

• Has seven career K&N West starts to his credit.

• 12th position in the season standings.

• Recorded his best career finish, 12th, at Kern County Raceway Park  on May 24, 2014 

Austin Dillon (No. 21 Golden Gate/RCR Chevrolet)

• Has one win, one pole, seven top fives and 12 top 10s in 15 career NASCAR K&N Pro Series West starts 

• Finished 15th in his only K&N West start (Phoenix, April 2009)

• 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion and 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series Champion

• Currently runs full-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 

• Has run four road course races in the Nationwide Series with only one finish in the top 10 (10th at Road America, June 2013) 

Anthony Giannone (No. 54 MGP Connecting Rods Toyota)

• Has three top-10 finishes in 15 career K&N West starts.

• Sits ninth in the driver standings. 

• Best career finish on a road course is 16th and came at Brainerd International Raceway on May 25, 2013

• Best career finish of seventh came in the May visit to Iowa Speedway.

Kyle Larson (No. 34 Clorox Chevrolet)

• Will attempt to make his NASCAR K&N Pro Series West debut

• 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Champion and Rookie of the Year

• Has two wins, one pole, eight top fives and 12 top 10s in 14 K&N East events

• Runs full-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series

• Has three top fives and seven top 10s in 19 career Sprint Cup Series events

• Has two wins, one pole, seven top fives and 11 top 10s in 45 Nationwide Series starts

• He has three career road-course starts in NASCAR Nationwide Series with one top 10 (seventh at Road America, 2013)

• 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year

• NASCAR Drive for Diversity and NASCAR Next alum

Dylan Lupton (No. 9 Sunrise Ford/Go Pro/Lucas Oil Ford)

• One win, seven top fives, 17 top 10s in 23 career K&N West starts.

• Is third in the championship driver standings. 

• Finished eighth in last season’s Sonoma event.

• Was 2013 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Sunoco Rookie of the Year.

• Picked up first series win in August 2013 at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Wash.

• Is a member of the 2014-15 NASCAR Next class.

Thomas Martin (No. 5 MedActive Oral Care Chevrolet)

• Has one top five and two top 10s in 21 career K&N West starts.

• Is sixth in championship standings.

• Made series debut in June 2005 with a 12th place finish at Sonoma. Will attempt to make his second series start at this track

• Best career series finish of fifth on May 3, 2014 at Stockton.

David Mayhew (No. 17 MMI/Ron’s Rear Ends Chevrolet)

• Six wins, nine poles, 38 top fives and 56 top 10s in 77 career K&N West starts.

• Ranks second in points 

• Has two top fives and three top 10s in six series events at Sonoma. 

• Finished fourth in last year’s Sonoma race.

• Best career finish at Sonoma is runner-up finish recorded in July 2009

• Has also competed in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

• Won 2013 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model title at Kern County Raceway Park.

Brandon McReynolds (No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota)

• Four top fives and six top 10s in seven career K&N West starts.

• Occupies the fourth position in the season standings. 

• Making first appearance at Sonoma Raceway.

• Competing fulltime in K&N West this season with Bill McAnally Racing. 

• Three top fives and eight top 10s in 14 career K&N East starts.

• Is a member of the 2014-15 NASCAR Next class.

Greg Pursley (No. 26 Gene Price Motorsports/Star Nursery/Real Water Chevrolet)

• 19 wins, 18 poles, 52 top fives, 67 top 10s in 90 career K&N West starts.

• Leads championship standings by 18 points over David Mayhew.

• Best-career finish at Sonoma is third, recorded in August 2012.

• Three of his 19 series wins have come on a road course (Miller Motorsports Park 2010-2012)

• Won 2011 series championship.

• Led series with five wins a season ago; has 16 victories dating back to the start of the 2011 campaign.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (No. 99 Roush Performance Parts Ford)

• Will be making his NASCAR K&N Pro Series West debut 

• Runs full-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 

• 2013 Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year 

• Finished 27th in last year’s Sprint Cup Series event at Sonoma 

• Has one pole, two top fives and six top 10s in 56 career Sprint Cup Series starts

• Has eight wins, eight poles, 39 top fives and 62 top 10s in 107 NASCAR Nationwide Series events 

• On road courses, has eight Nationwide starts (one top five, two top 10s with a best of fourth at Watkins Glen in 2012) and two Sprint Cup starts (best of 18th at Watkins Glen in 2013)

Luis Tyrrell (No. 74 Rodan Builders Chevrolet)

• One top five, four top 10s in 10 career K&N West starts.

• Sits eighth in the championship standings after five events.

• Best career series finish of fourth, at Stockton in May 2013.

Up To Speed In The West

• The 2014 season is the 61st for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.

• The 2014 schedule features 14 races at 11 different tracks across seven states.

• Cole Custer won the season opener at Phoenix from the pole.

• Patrick Staropoli collected his first career win at Irwindale while Brandon McReynolds nabbed his first career pole award.

• David Mayhew returned to Victory Lane for the first time since March 2012 at Phoenix with a win from the pole at Stockton.

• Mayhew collected his second straight series win by being the top-finishing K&N West driver in the combination event with the K&N Pro Series East at Iowa Speedway. Staropoli was the top-qualifying West competitor.