NASCAR is in California this weekend. On Saturday, drivers in the Cup Series raced qualifying laps at Sonoma Raceway ahead of Sunday’s Save Mart 350.
Kyle Larson is the defending race champion and he entered qualifying to claim his fifth pole in the last six races at Sonoma and his fourth pole through qualifying.
36 drivers competed in qualifying on the 1.99-mile street circuit with 11 corners.
Sporting News has the results of Saturday’s qualifying and the starting order for Sunday’s Save Mart 350 (4:14 p.m. ET green flag; FS1, TSN5, PRN).
Save Mart 350 qualification results
Final group results
|Finished||driver||Lap time (sec)|
Who won the pole for the NASCAR race in Sonoma?
Kyle Larson, the 2021 Save Mart 350 winner and a native of Elk Grove, California, took 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 claimed pole position at Sonoma.
“It was good. I was a bit surprised that I ran that 70-year race because I felt like I gave up a lot of time in turns 4 and 7. Had I had those two turns back, I would have felt like that , I could.” I went a lot faster,” Larson told FS2’s Jamie Little.
Speaking to Kyle Larson after winning his fourth career pole position in the NASCAR Cup Series at Sonoma:@NASCARonFOX | https://t.co/TJB4JEtFcJ pic.twitter.com/EN1xxefU3E
— Jamie Little (@JamieLittleTV) June 11, 2022
Starting grid for Sonoma races
The starting order for the Save Mart 350 was determined by the results of Saturday’s qualifying. The 36 cars that did qualifying heats will line up for race Sunday.
Hendrick Motorsports teammates Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott will start the race on the front row.
|start pos.||driver||car no||team|
|1||Kyle Larson||5||Henrik Motorsport|
|2||Chase Eliot||9||Henrik Motorsport|
|3||Chris Buescher||17||Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing|
|4||Michael McDowell||34||Motorsport in the front row|
|5||Tyler Reddick||8th||Richard Childress Racing|
|6||Cole Custer||41||Stewart-Haas race|
|7||Ross Chastain||1||Trackhouse race|
|8th||Daniel Suarez||99||Trackhouse race|
|9||Joey Logano||22||Team Penke|
|10||Denny Hamlin||11||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|11||Kurt Busch||45||23XI race|
|12||Kyle Bush||18||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|13||Austin Dillon||3||Richard Childress Racing|
|14||Ryan Blaney||12||Team Penke|
|fifteen||Hunt Briscoe||14||Stewart-Haas race|
|16||AJ Allmendinger||16||Kaulig Racing|
|17||joey hand||fifteen||Rick Ware Racing|
|18||Justin Haley||31||Kaulig Racing|
|19||Alex Bowman||48||Henrik Motorsport|
|20||William Byron||24||Henrik Motorsport|
|21||Aric Almirola||10||Stewart-Haas race|
|22||Brad Keselowski||6||Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing|
|23||Kevin Harvick||4||Stewart-Haas race|
|24||death Gilland||38||Motorsport in the front row|
|25||Austin Cinderic||2||Team Penke|
|26||Harrison Burton||21||Wood Brothers race|
|27||Bubba Wallace||23||23XI race|
|28||Martin Truex Jr.||19||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|29||Josh Bilicki||77||Spire Motorsport|
|30||Corey LaJoie||7||Spire Motorsport|
|31||Christopher Bell||20||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|32||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|33||Eric Jones||43||Small GMS Motorsports|
|34||Ty Dillon||42||Small GMS Motorsports|
|35||Scott Heckert||78||Live fast motorsport|
|36||CodyWare||51||Rick Ware Racing|