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Pre-Race Notes and Quotes: Sonoma

Hendrick Motorsports | Race Preview Published 6/19/2014

RACE: Toyota / Save Mart 350
DATE: Sunday, June 22, 2014
TRACK: Sonoma Raceway
LENGTH: 1.99-mile road course
TV: TNT (Coverage begins at 3 p.m. ET)
RADIO: PRN (Coverage begins at 3 p.m. ET)

News & Notes

KELLEY BLUE BOOK: Kelley Blue Book, the vehicle valuation and information source trusted and relied upon by both consumers and the automotive industry, will adorn the hood of Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s No. 88 Chevrolet SS this weekend at Sonoma Raceway.

POINTS AFTER MICHIGAN: After finishing seventh at Michigan International Speedway on June 15, Earnhardt ranks third in the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings. He trails leader and teammate Jeff Gordon by 23 points.

SEASON-TO-DATE STATS: In the first 15 Cup events of 2014, Earnhardt has scored two wins, seven top-five finishes, 10 top-10s and led 202 laps. The driver of the No. 88 Kelley Blue Book Chevrolet SS is tied with one other driver for most top-five results this season.

HENDRICK STREAKS: Jimmie Johnson’s performance at Michigan marked Hendrick Motorsports’ fifth consecutive points-paying Sprint Cup win of 2014. Gordon kicked off the current streak with his Kansas Speedway victory on May 10, which was followed by Johnson winning on May 25 at Charlotte Motor Speedway and June 1 at Dover International Speedway. Earnhardt kept the trend going with his first-place finish at Pocono Raceway on June 8. It is the third time Hendrick Motorsports teams have combined to win at least five consecutive points races, including the 2007 Sprint Cup season when the organization posted separate win streaks of five races and a NASCAR modern era (1972-present) record of six races. The all-time NASCAR record of 16 consecutive Cup-level points victories was recorded in 1956 by car owner Carl Kiekhaefer with a combination of four different drivers.

EARNHARDT AT SONOMA: In 14 Sprint Cup starts at Sonoma Raceway, Earnhardt has posted six top-15 finishes and completed 94.3 percent of all the laps he's attempted (1,463 laps of 1,551 total). He has scored a career-best 11th-place finish three times at the 1.99-mile road course and last recorded this result in 2010. Earnhardt most recently rallied from a 26th starting position to finish 12th at the California track in June 2013.

CHASSIS CHOICE: This weekend, crew chief Steve Letarte and the No. 88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-747. Earnhardt most recently raced this chassis at Watkins Glen International in August 2013.

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS AT SONOMA: In 86 starts at Sonoma, Hendrick Motorsports leads the competition with six victories, nine pole positions, 28 top-five finishes, 42 top-10s and 589 laps led. Gordon owns five of the organization’s wins there, while Johnson most recently took the checkered flag at the 1.99-mile track in June 2010.

30TH ANNIVERSARY: In 2014, Hendrick Motorsports is celebrating its 30th anniversary in NASCAR. The organization began in 1984 with five employees and 5,000 square feet of work space. It has grown to more than 500 employees with a 430,000-square-foot facility that sits on 140 acres. Driver Geoff Bodine won the Martinsville Speedway spring race on April 29, 1984, marking Hendrick Motorsports’ first victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

After Ford EcoBoost 400
Rank +/- Driver Points Behind
1 +3 Kevin Harvick 5043 0
2 +1 Ryan Newman 5042 -1
3 -2 Denny Hamlin 5037 -6
4 -2 Joey Logano 5028 -15
5 -- Brad Keselowski 2361 -2682
6 -- Jeff Gordon 2348 -2695
7 -- Matt Kenseth 2334 -2709
8 +2 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2301 -2742
9 -- Carl Edwards 2288 -2755
10 -2 Kyle Busch 2285 -2758
11 +2 Jimmie Johnson 2274 -2769
12 +2 Kurt Busch 2263 -2780
Full Standings