Open Race Thread: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 | Sonoma, CA

SONOMA, CA - JUNE 22: Pole sitter Marcos Ambrose drives the #9 Stanley Ford during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma on June 22, 2012 in Sonoma, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Oh Boy, its Sonoma time! If last year's race is any indication, then we are in for one heck of a race today!

The wave of Dale Jr. mania has hit this week with his win last week at MIS, but I don't expect to see him win today on this road course. If he comes out with a top 10 it will be a good day for Jr., but I'm thinking a top 15 will be a more realistic goal for the 88 team - anything else will be bonus.

Something of a more pressing issue is whether or not Jeff Gordon will have a good day. Gordon has had some good runs this year, but has faced some bad luck along the way. Will the stars align for a second week in a row and give the Hendrick organization another win? A win by Gordon will give Rick Hendircik a win from each of his Cup teams - something that hasn't happened in years.

This race could also significantly change the wild-card position in the standings depending on who wins - look for strong runs from Montoya and Ambrose for sure.

Before we head on to the starting line-up I just want to let you know that #WeWantRightTurns is the official Ranting and Raving hashtag of choice to lobby for more road courses in NASCAR, and we invite you to help us get this trending over the weekend. This will be the second year in a row of trending if we are successful. When using that hashtag make sure you let NASCAR know what you want by including their own hashtag #NASCAR in your tweets!

Starting line up is after the jump, see you in the comments.

POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Stanley 95.262 75.203 Leader
2 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger 95.067 75.357 -0.154
3 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's 94.795 75.574 -0.371
4 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M / US Stationary 94.722 75.632 -0.429
5 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 94.686 75.661 -0.458
6 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-hour Energy 94.679 75.666 -0.463
7 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M's 94.632 75.704 -0.501
8 51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Phoenix Construction Services 94.557 75.764 -0.561
9 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Ford EcoBoost 94.524 75.790 -0.587
10 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Quicken Loans / Childrens Tumor Foundation 94.509 75.802 -0.599
11 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 94.503 75.807 -0.604
12 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 94.319 75.955 -0.752
13 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 94.269 75.995 -0.792
14 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 94.209 76.044 -0.841
15 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Farmers Insurance 94.206 76.046 -0.843
16 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Ground 94.199 76.052 -0.849
17 22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 94.184 76.064 -0.861
18 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota Clorox 94.103 76.129 -0.926
19 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Diet Mountain Dew / National Guard / 7-Eleven 94.026 76.192 -0.989
20 13 Casey Mears Ford GEICO 93.991 76.220 -1.017
21 55 Brian Vickers Toyota RKMotorsCharl
otte.com
93.949 76.254 -1.051
22 195 Scott Speed Ford Leavine Family Racing 93.913 76.283 -1.080
23 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Menards / Moen 93.840 76.343 -1.140
24 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobil 1 93.824 76.356 -1.153
25 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald's 93.732 76.431 -1.228
26 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Rheem 93.728 76.434 -1.231
27 38 David Gilliland Ford 1-800LoanMart 93.524 76.601 -1.398
28 32 Boris Said Ford HendrickCars.com 93.268 76.811 -1.608
29 34 David Ragan Ford Green 1 High Performance Green 93.166 76.895 -1.692
30 43 Aric Almirola Ford Medallion Financial 93.153 76.906 -1.703
31 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row / Farm American 93.064 76.979 -1.776
32 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing 92.964 77.062 -1.859
33 98 David Mayhew Ford Phil Parsons Racing 92.833 77.171 -1.968
34 7 Robby Gordon Dodge MAPEI / SaveMart Supermarkets 92.563 77.396 -2.193
35 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Wheaties 92.459 77.483 -2.280
36 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota AM / FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves 92.140 77.751 -2.548
37 119 Chris Cook Toyota Humphrey Smith Racing 92.076 77.805 -2.602
38 249 J.J. Yeley Toyota America Israel Racing / JPO Absorbents 91.927 77.931 -2.728
39 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota Burger King / Dr Pepper 91.836 78.009 -2.806
40 26 Josh Wise* Ford MDS Transport 91.729 78.100 -2.897
41 10 Tomy Drissi+ Chevrolet Ice Age Continental Drift 90.579 79.091 -3.888
42 83 Landon Cassill+ Toyota Burger King / Dr Pepper 89.341 80.187 -4.984
43 33 Stephen Leicht* Chevrolet Little Joes
Autos.com
91.686 78.136 -2.933
Did Not Qualify
44 30 Brian Simo Toyota Inception Motorsports 91.078 78.658 -3.455
+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie
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