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NASCAR at Sonoma 2019: Start Time, Ticket Info, Lineup, TV Schedule and More

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistJune 22, 2019

BROOKLYN, MICHIGAN - JUNE 10: Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, poses with the winner's sticker after the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway on June 10, 2019 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Stacy Revere/Getty Images

Joey Logano leads the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series standings by nine points and has travelled to Sonoma Raceway in California for Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350 hoping to increase his advantage.

The defending champion won the FireKeepers Casino 400 in Brooklyn, Michigan, on June 10 and is out to win successive Cup Series races for the first time in nearly four years.

Second-place Kyle Busch has experience winning this race at Sonoma—something Logano doesn't—and both drivers have been in electric form.

Joe Gibbs Racing star Busch has four wins to his name this season—more than any other driver in the series—and sits more than 60 points in front of third-place Brad Keselowski as he seeks to close the gap to Logano.

           

Date: Sunday, June 23

LocationSonoma Raceway, Sonoma, California

TV Info: FS1 (U.S.)

TicketsStubHub

           

Upcoming NASCAR TV Schedule

Saturday, Feb. 23

Monster Energy Cup Series qualifying, 3:10 p.m. ET (FS1, TSN)

Gander Outdoors Truck Series qualifying, 6:35 p.m. ET (FS2)

Gander Outdoors Truck Series CarShield 200, 10 p.m. ET (FS1)

       

Sunday, Feb. 24

Monster Energy Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350, 3 p.m. ET (FS1, TSN)

                

Preview

No driver has successfully defended a NASCAR Cup Series title since Jimmie Johnson won the crown five times in a row between 2006 and 2010, but Logano remains on course to repeat as champion.

The frequent turns at Sonoma promise to make things interesting, but Logano is in the mood to get back to winning races if his triumph in the FireKeepers Casino 400 was much to go by. Footage courtesy of Fox (U.S. only):

FOX: NASCAR @NASCARONFOX

Joey Logano held off Kurt Busch for his 3rd career win at Michigan. https://t.co/1dfs8mW2Up

Logano ended a run of 11 events without a first-placed finish at Michigan International Speedway.

That win saw Logano record a first among NASCAR drivers this season. Reporter Bob Pockrass shared the 29-year-old's reaction after capitalizing upon his pole position:

Bob Pockrass @bobpockrass

Joey Logano is the first Cup driver to win from the pole this year. His reaction to that and thoughts on why: #nascar ⁦@NASCARONFOX⁩ https://t.co/Z1WwkRi3u6

Busch has two career victories in the Toyota/Save Mart 350 (2008, 2015) while older brother Kurt has one Sonoma win to his name.

However, the introduction of a carousel section between Turns 4 and 7 has added a complication. The official NASCAR website explained this alteration increases the track from 1.99 miles to its original 2.52-mile length.

The No. 18 Toyota driver came across a handful of issues during Friday's final practice and went off track at the carousel:

Nevertheless, Busch will dust himself down and still be in contention for the top prize come Sunday afternoon, having finished only one of his 15 races in 2019 outside the top 10.

Sonoma has a reputation for producing fireworks, and Fox highlighted some of the most memorable moments at this track:

FOX: NASCAR @NASCARONFOX

Some of the biggest and wildest moments at Sonoma Raceway https://t.co/NO0ukOdrTX

Martin Truex Jr., sixth in the Cup Series standings, took first place at the Toyota/Save Mart 350 last year and will also be one to watch come Sunday.

He also has two career wins at Sonoma (2013, 2018) and has three Cup Series victories from the past seven races, not to mention he finished third in Michigan last time out.

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