Thursday, July 31, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

New qualifying format the talk of the track at Sonoma Raceway

21B1JamieMcMurray(color)40p

Jamie McMurray, the 2013 pole winner at Sonoma Raceway, comes over the hill at the top of Turn 3A during practice, Friday. (Pat Brandon/Special to the Daily Republic)

By
From page B1 | June 21, 2014 |

SONOMA — There was plenty of buzz around Sonoma Raceway, Friday.

It wasn’t all about who was the fastest, or even who would win Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350.

It was all about the new qualifying format, and it’s not to the liking of more than a few drivers.

NASCAR implemented a new way to qualify on tracks 1.25 miles or longer, which includes the 10-turn circuit in Sonoma, which is 1.99 miles long.

The first qualifying elimination will be 30 minutes long, which includes all the cars trying to make the field of 43. The 24 fastest cars with the single fastest lap will advance.

The remaining cars will be sorted on their times and continue qualifying in descending order.

In the second round, over a 10-minute period, the fastest 12 cars will advance to the final round of qualifying.

The last round will be just 5 minutes long and the fastest single lap will earn the pole, with the other 11 qualifying 2-12 with the fastest times in descending order.

Defending NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson has a basic idea of what it’s going to take to earn the 2014 in Wine Country.

“This track has a high wear aspect (for tires) so I think keeping the laps down is going to be key, especially to get the pole,” Johnson said. “The variable that we can’t control is cars on their out lap and the cars on their in lap.

“We do it in practice and we are able to accommodate each other and take care of things. Hopefully, everybody is plenty polite and spotters are on top of it sending word down where a fast car is.”

Ford Racing’s Joey Logano’s thoughts were similar to Johnson’s.

“It’s tough here,” he said. “It’s probably going to be the hardest place we’ve come to so far on how we’re going to do this because a car is going to be rolling out of the pits, probably with not a whole bunch of speed, and there will be cars on their flying laps that are going to catch them. . . . So there’s a bigger chance here than anywhere else we’ve gone so far on getting a lap screwed up by someone rolling out slow.”

Added Team Chevy’s Jamie McMurray, who won the pole here in 2007 and 2013, “I think it’s the talk of the garage right now. There are some unknowns. . . . This is one of those tracks where somebody could get in your way and really kill your lap.

“And for the first run, the sticker tires are going to be worth a lot versus going out on scuffs. I don’t think you’ll see anybody go out on scuffs and knock anyone out because the tires are so important here.”

NOTES: Kurt Busch was the fastest in the morning Sprint Cup practice, turning a lap of 75.039 seconds at 95.470 mph. Clint Bowyer was second fastest in the morning at 75.078, 95.421, with Brian Vickers was third at 75.347, 95.080. Fan favorite Dale Earnhardt. Jr was atop the leaderboard midway through the first round, but faded to seventh at 75.644, 94.707. . . . Bowyer was the fastest in the afternoon practice session at 74.634, 95.988 mph, with Paul Menard (74.981, 95.547) second, Carl Edwards (75.043, 95.465) third, McMurray (75.045, 95.563) fourth and Earnhardt Jr. (75.045, 95.663) fifth. . . . Sonoma’s defending champion, Martin Truex Jr., was fourth fastest in the first practice session (75.428, 94.978) and seventh in 75.201 seconds at 95.265 mph in the second session.

Reach Brian Arnold at 427-6969 or barnold@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/barnolddr.

Brian Arnold

Brian Arnold

1992 graduate of San Francisco State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism.
LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

.

Solano News

Cities dealing with state drought rules

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Muralist helps locals ready for some painted wall history

By Susan Winlow | From Page: A1 | Gallery

It’s ‘camping for 30′ at the Solano fair

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Richardson to run for Fairfield-Suisun school board

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A3

 
Highway 12 crash sends 2 to hospital

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A3 | Gallery

Fairfield man back in court after sixth arrest

By Jess Sullivan | From Page: A4

 
Police release name of Vallejo homicide victim

By Glen Faison | From Page: A4 | Gallery

Mall to host Ultimate Army Throw Down

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A4

 
Price will seek re-election as Fairfield mayor

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A4

Fairfield police log: July 29, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

 
Suisun City police log: July 29, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

.

US / World

Peace Corps evacuates over Ebola as 2 isolated

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

 
Pipe break that flooded UCLA dumps 20M gallons

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4 | Gallery

AP Analysis: Amid war, endgames in Gaza emerge

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
2 women survive ordeal along Indiana rail bridge

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

Ex-IRS official called conservatives ‘crazies

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Dissent quieted with most Israelis behind Gaza war

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

Deadly Israeli strikes hit UN school, market area

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5 | Gallery

 
Obama takes tougher line against Gaza casualties

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead

By The Associated Press | From Page: A12

 
Congress cooperates – and fights – as recess nears

By The Associated Press | From Page: A12

Powell maybe not told early about CIA techniques

By The Associated Press | From Page: A12

 
Crews work to keep Yosemite fire from sequoias

By The Associated Press | From Page: A12

Sanctions will damage Russia if not lifted quickly

By The Associated Press | From Page: A12

 
Clashes prevent experts from reaching bodies

By The Associated Press | From Page: A12

.

Opinion

 
Why ‘compassionate conservatism’ is still dead

By Ramesh Ponnuru | From Page: A11

What happened to the US?

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A11, 9 Comments

 
.

Living

Community Calendar: July 31, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

 
I want to change my daughters last name to my maiden name

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: A9

.

Entertainment

Commentary: ‘Orphan Black,’ Emmy snubs and questions of identity

By Los Angeles Times | From Page: A6 | Gallery

 
Allison Williams headed skyward as NBC’s Peter Pan

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

Contract dispute delays ‘Big Bang’ production

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

 
.

Sports

Lloyd’s film watching impresses 49ers teammates

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Complete game shutout lifts Expos to State Tournament win

By Marcus Lomtong | From Page: B1 | Gallery

SF benefits from Pirates’ blunder, ends skid at 6

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Hammel fails again for Athletics in loss to Astros

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Ray Guy’s long wait for Hall of Fame comes to end

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Raiders owner confirms talks with San Antonio

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Stanford star Ty Montgomery rehabbing shoulder

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
Greg Ives to crew chief Earnhardt in 2015

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3 | Gallery

Pipe break that flooded UCLA dumps 20M gallons

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

 
Steelers to retire Hall of Famer Greene’s No. 75

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

Fairfield-Suisun 6U Bobby Sox win titles

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B4

 
Usain Bolt in controversy at Commonwealth Games

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

Indians trade pitcher Masterson to Cardinals

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

 
Riley speaks out, insists Heat will be competitive

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

Nadal out of 2 tournaments because of right wrist

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

 
.

Business

A more vigorous US economy appears to be emerging

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

 
US judge slaps $1.3B fine on Bank of America

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5, 1 Comment

Overhaul approved for troubled California refinery

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

 
Judge says Crystal CEO should testify in lawsuit

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7, 1 Comment

.

Obituaries

Louise Scholten

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

 
Ronald Witt Escue Sr.

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

Clifford C. Hemler

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4, 1 Comment

 
Scott Allen Shaver

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

.

Comics

Pickles

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Beetle Bailey

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Frank and Ernest

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Wizard of Id

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Garfield

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Dilbert

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Cryptoquote

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

 
Word Sleuth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

Crossword

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9