Toyota Save Mart 350 2013: Start Time, Lineup, TV Schedule and More

Alex Ballentine@Ballentine_AlexFeatured ColumnistJune 23, 2013

SONOMA, CA - JUNE 22:  Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 CESSNA Chevrolet, drives during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on June 22, 2013 in Sonoma, California.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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NASCAR's biggest stars are set to descend upon Sonoma Raceway for the 2013 Toyota/Save Mart 350 on Sunday. 

The 220-mile race is always one of the most interesting of the season. Paired with Watkins Glen, it's one of only two annual road circuit races on the Sprint Cup schedule. Last year, Clint Bowyer dominated the unique track en route to one of his three wins of the season. 

Bowyer has yet to win a race in 2013 but should be a favorite to earn his first of the year after qualifying fifth. 

With the season nearing the halfway point, every race is important, and this one gives drivers yet another opportunity to climb in the standings. Here's a look at all the important information about Sunday's race. 

When: Sunday, June 23, at 2 p.m. ET

Where: Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.


Starting Lineup

1 Jamie McMurray 1 Chevrolet
2 Marcos Ambrose 9 Ford
3 Carl Edwards 99 Ford
4 Greg Biffle 16 Ford
5 Clint Bowyer 15 Toyota
6 Matt Kenseth 20 Toyota
7 Kurt Busch 78 Chevrolet
8 Joey Logano 22 Ford
9 Kyle Busch 18 Toyota
10 Jeff Gordon 24 Chevrolet
11 Tony Stewart 14 Chevrolet
12 Kevin Harvick 29 Chevrolet
13 Juan Pablo Montoya 42 Chevrolet
14 Martin Truex Jr. 56 Toyota
15 Kasey Kahne 5 Chevrolet
16 Paul Menard 27 Chevrolet
17 Denny Hamlin 11 Toyota
18 Brad Keselowski 2 Ford
19 Jimmie Johnson 48 Chevrolet
20 Bobby Labonte 47 Toyota
21 Casey Mears 13 Ford
22 Jacques Villeneuve 51 Chevrolet
23 David Ragan 34 Ford
24 Boris Said 32 Ford
25 Ron Fellows 33 Chevrolet
26 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 88 Chevrolet
27 Jeff Burton 31 Chevrolet
28 David Stremme 30 Toyota
29 David Gilliland 38 Ford
30 Ryan Newman 39 Chevrolet
31 Danica Patrick 10 Chevrolet
32 Aric Almirola 43 Ford
33 Travis Kvapil 93 Toyota
34 Jason Bowles* 55 Toyota
35 Josh Wise 35 Ford
36 Justin Marks 7 Chevrolet
37 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 17 Ford
38 David Reutimann 83 Toyota
39 Alex Kennedy 19 Toyota
40 Paulie Harraka 52 Ford
41 Tomy Drissi 87 Toyota
42 Victor Gonzalez Jr. 36 Chevrolet
43 J.J. Yeley 37 Ford

*Driving for Brian Vickers

Drivers to Watch

Clint Bowyer

As previously mentioned, this is the best opportunity for Bowyer to get into the win column this year. He dominated this race in 2012, leading 71 laps before taking the checkered flag. 

Besides failing to net a win this season, Bowyer is having a fantastic season. He's No. 3 in the current Sprint Cup standings, and the only one without a win in the top five. 

Throw in the fact that he ran the fastest time in the final practice round and Bowyer has to be the favorite. 

Jeff Gordon

Jeff Gordon isn't having the greatest season this year. He's just 16th in the Sprint Cup standings, but he can't be discounted at Sonoma regardless of how he's doing right now. 

His five wins on the track makes him the all-time leader, and he finished sixth in last year's race. 

An early crash forced him to a disappointing 39th-place finish in his last start at the Quicken Loans 400. However, this is the perfect track for him to get back in the mix. 

Jimmie Johnson

Jimmie Johnson has reached must-watch status in every race this year. He leads the Sprint Cup standings both in total points with 538, but he also leads in total wins at three. 

Johnson was closing in on the lead in the final 10 laps at the Quicken Loans 400 last time out, but a blown tire forced him to a 28th-place finish. 

A win at Sonoma would make his lead atop the standing even more commanding. 


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