TOYOTA/SAVE MART 350
WHERE: Sonoma raceway, Highways, 37 & 121, Sonoma
WHAT: The 16th race on the 36-race NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule; 110 laps
THE COURSE: 10-turn, 1.99-mile road course
SCHEDULE: Friday -- Sprint Cup Series practice noon-1:30 p.m., NASCAR Pro Series West Race qualifying, 1:50 p.m., Sprint Cup Series qualifying, 3:40 p.m. Saturday -- Sprint Cup Series practice, 9:30-10:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.-noon; NASCAR Pro Series West Race, 12:45 p.m.; Legends Race, 3:15 p.m. Sunday -- Toyota/Save Mart 350, noon
TV: SPEED -- Friday, Sprint Cup Series practice, noon, Sprint Cup Series qualifying, 8 p.m. (tape delay); Saturday, Sprint Cup Series final practice, 8 p.m. (tape delay); TNT -- Sunday, Toyota/Save Mart 350, noon.
LAST YEAR: Kurt Busch earned his first Sprint Cup Series road-course victory in Sonoma in 2011. Busch was the seventh different winner in seven years and the fourth consecutive driver to claim his first Cup Series road-course victory. Using a two-stop strategy, Busch led 76 of 110 laps to earn his first victory in 11 Cup starts in Sonoma. He qualified 11th but had the lead after 13 laps. ... Vallejo native Jeff Gordon was second, and Carl Edwards was third. ... The 2011 Cup race featured plenty of contact between cars, most notably on the 87th lap when Brian Vickers spun Tony Stewart's car from behind, leaving Stewart with his two rear
NOTES: Entering this Sunday's race, Matt Kenseth, this year's Daytona 500 winner, led the Cup standings with 565 points, four ahead of second-place Dale Earnhardt Jr. ... Earnhardt's four-year winless streak was snapped Sunday in the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Raceway. Earnhardt has been one of the most consistent drivers in the Cup series this season with 12 top-10 finishes in the first 15 races. ... Busch's victory was the third for Dodge in five years in Sonoma after Juan Pablo Montoya won in 2007 and Kasey Kahne in 2009.
-- Curtis Pashelka