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NASCAR weekend begins at Sonoma Raceway

Spectators in the Turn 7 Terrace watch the Toyota/Save Mart 350 action unfold last year at Sonoma Raceway. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Spectators in the Turn 7 Terrace watch the Toyota/Save Mart 350 action unfold last year at Sonoma Raceway. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

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The Valley’s most attended motorsports event has arrived, and the action is underway at Sonoma Raceway, as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series makes its 26th annual stop with the Toyota/Save Mart 350 weekend taking place today and running through tomorrow, Saturday, June 21, before concluding Sunday, June 22.

Defending champion Martin Truex Jr., who was the ninth different Toyota/Save Mart 350 winner in as many years, will attempt to repeat last year’s achievement on the famous 12-turn, 2.52-mile Valley road course and join the impressive list of former multi-winners at Sonoma Raceway.

With Vallejo’s Jeff Gordon alone atop the group of Sonoma champions with five titles (1998-2000, ’04, ’06), a Truex Jr. victory on Sunday would make him a double NASCAR winner along with Rusty Wallace (1990, ’96), Ernie Irvan (1992, ’94), Ricky Rudd (1989, 2002) and Tony Stewart (2001, ’05).

The Saturday on-track schedule includes the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West 200 (64 laps, 127.36 miles) race (12:30 p.m.), and the Lean1 Pole Day NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying, televised on Fox Sports 1.

On Sunday, the featured NASCAR Toyota/Save Mart 350 race, which covers 110 laps, and 218.9 miles, begins at noon.

Tickets for NASCAR’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 weekend are $25 to $140 for a single day, and $95 to $180 for the weekend, with parking free, and kids ages 12-and-under get free admission on Friday (June 20). Discounts are available for military.

The Valley raceway is also offering new levels of value for the Toyota/Save Mart 350, as tickets start at $49 for race day, and for the first time, the raceway is offering kids’ pricing for NASCAR weekend. Children ages 12-and-under are admitted free on Friday, June 20; for $10 on Saturday, June 21; and for half the price of regularly-priced tickets ($69 and above) for the Toyota/Save Mart 350.

The best Sonoma Raceway ticket package is the 2014 Track Pass, which includes tickets to all major events.

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Former Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giants pitching great Vida Blue will be honored at tonight’s Children’s Champions Grand Marshal’s Banquet at Cline Cellars in Sonoma, which is a fundraiser for the Sonoma Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities.

As grand marshal of NASCAR’s Toyota/Save Mart 350, Blue will also take part in pre-race activities on Sunday, June 22.

For more details or to purchase a seat for the Grand Marshal’s Banquet, contact Cheri Plattner at 933-3950 or visit sonoma.speedwaycharities.org/events/grand_marshal_banquet.

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For tickets, including the all-encompassing Track Pass and the Buy-Early-and-Save options for all four of the major event weekends, or for general Sonoma Raceway information, call 800-870-RACE (7223), or visit racesonoma.com, racesonoma.com/nascar, or ticketmaster.com. Camping is also available around the facility.

 

INFINEON’S NASCAR SCHEDULE/TV-RADIO COVERAGE

• Today, June 20: Legends practice, 9 to 10:20 a.m.; NASCAR K&N Pro Series West practice, 10:30 to 11:50 a.m.; Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, noon to 1:50 p.m. (TV-Fox Sports 1); NASCAR K&N Pro Series West final practice, 2 to 3:20 p.m.; Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice, 3:30 to 5 p.m. (Fox Sports 1).

• Saturday, June 21: Legends final practice, 8:10 to 8:50 a.m.; NASCAR K&N Pro Series West qualifying, 9 a.m.; Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying, 10:40 a.m. (Radio-Performance Racing Network (PRN) and SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90); NASCAR K&N Pro Series West 200K (64 laps, 127.36 miles) race, 12:30 p.m.; Lean1 Pole Day NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying, 1 p.m. (Fox Sports 1); Legends races, 3 to 4 p.m.

• Sunday, June 22: Toyota/Save Mart 350K (110 laps, 218.9 miles), noon, (TV-TNT, Radio-Performance Racing Network (PRN) and SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90).