NASCAR is in California this weekend. On Saturday, Cup Series drivers ran qualifying laps at Sonoma Raceway ahead of Sunday’s Save Mart 350.
Kyle Larson is the defending race winner, and he entered qualifying seeking his fifth pole in the past six races at Sonoma and his fourth pole via qualifying.
Thirty-six drivers competed in the qualifying session on the 11-turn, 1.99-mile road course.
Sporting News has the results of Saturday’s qualifying and the starting order for Sunday’s Save Mart 350 (4:14 pm ET green flag; FS1, TSN5, PRN).
Save Mart 350 qualifying results
Final group results
|Finish||Driver||Lap time (sec.)|
Who won the pole for the NASCAR race at Sonoma?
Kyle Larson, the 2021 Save Mart 350 winner and a native of Elk Grove, Calif., came away with the pole position for the 2022 edition of the race.
He ALWAYS sends it! pic.twitter.com/JjnQHLnTfK
—NASCAR (@NASCAR) June 11, 2022
This is the fifth time Larson has earned the pole position at Sonoma.
“It was good. I was a bit surprised I ran that 70-something that I ran because I felt like I gave up a lot of time in Turn 4 and 7. Had I had those two corners back, I feel like I could’ ve gone quite a bit faster,” Larson told FS2’s Jamie Little.
—Jamie Little (@JamieLittleTV) June 11, 2022
Starting lineup for Sonoma race
The starting order for the Save Mart 350 was set by the results from Saturday’s qualifying. The 36 cars that made qualifying runs will line up for the race Sunday.
Hendrick Motorsports teammates Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott will be on the front row for the start of the race.
|Starting pos.||Driver||Car No.||Team|
|1||Kyle Larson||5||Hendrick Motorsports|
|2||Chase Elliott||9||Hendrick Motorsports|
|3||Chris Buescher||17||Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing|
|4||Michael McDowell||34||Front Row Motorsports|
|5||Tyler Reddick||8||Richard Childress Racing|
|6||Cole Custer||41||Stewart Haas Racing|
|7||Ross Chastain||1||Trackhouse Racing|
|8||Daniel Suarez||99||Trackhouse Racing|
|9||Joey Logano||22||Team Penske|
|10||Denny Hamlin||11||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|11||Kurt Busch||45||23XI Racing|
|12||Kyle Busch||18||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|13||Austin Dillon||3||Richard Childress Racing|
|14||ryan blaney||12||Team Penske|
|15||Chase Briscoe||14||Stewart Haas Racing|
|17||Joey Hand||15||Rick Ware Racing|
|19||Alex Bowman||48||Hendrick Motorsports|
|20||William Byron||24||Hendrick Motorsports|
|21||Aric Almirola||10||Stewart Haas Racing|
|22||Brad Keselowski||6||Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing|
|23||Kevin Harvick||4||Stewart Haas Racing|
|24||Todd Gilliland||38||Front Row Motorsports|
|25||Austin Cindric||2||Team Penske|
|26||Harrison Burton||21||Wood Brothers Racing|
|27||Bubba Wallace||23||23XI Racing|
|28||Martin Truex Jr.||19||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|29||Josh Bilicki||77||Spire Motorsports|
|30||Corey LaJoie||7||Spire Motorsports|
|31||Christopher Bell||20||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|32||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|33||Erik Jones||43||Petty GMS Motorsports|
|34||Ty Dillon||42||Petty GMS Motorsports|
|35||Scott Heckert||78||Live Fast Motorsports|
|36||Cody Ware||51||Rick Ware Racing|