Importance of starting up front at Sonoma

Starting up front is important at Sonoma. This race has been won from the pole 20% percent of the time. It’s important to point out the last win from the pole was a decade ago in 2004. The driver who starts in 2nd has won this race 12% percent of the time. 72% percent of all Sonoma races have been won from a top ten starting position. Only twice has this race been won from a starting position outside the top twenty. Kyle Busch won from 30th in 2008 and Juan Pablo Montoya won from 32nd in 2007.

The average starting position of the winner over the last five years is 7.6.

Starting Position Of The Last Five Infineon Toyota / Save Mart 350 Winnners

2013 – Martin Truex Jr. – 14th

2012 – Clint Bowyer – 6th

2011 – Kurt Busch – 11th

2010 – Jimmie Johnson – 2nd

2009 – Kasey Kahne – 5th