Jimmie Johnson has one win (June 2010), four top-five finishes (36.4 percent) and six top-10s (54.5 percent) in 11 starts at Sonoma Raceway.
Kyle Busch entered the Geico 500 with a 26-point cushion over the elimination bubble and as such was the most likely driver to advance to the Eliminator round on points. He raced conservatively in the back of the pack for most of the race, but was run over from behind on lap 104 when Aric Almirola and JJ Yeley triggered a 10-car accident. Busch finished 40th.
Landon Cassill earned his first career top-10 in the NASCAR Cup series after finishing fourth in the Geico 500. His previous best result was an 11th, also scored on this track in the spring.
It was the worst finish of the season for Doug Coby. But in the end, it didn't matter, as the Milford, Connecticut driver lifted the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour trophy for the second time in three seasons Sunday.
The semi-final race of the 2014 NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series gave fans everything they could have hoped for, drama, lead changes, lots of passing and in the end it was Rubén Rovelo who found his way to Victory Lane.
Ryan Newman’s Chevrolet failed post-race inspection after finishing fifth in the Geico 500. His car’s rear end was too low.
Last week Matt Kenseth had Brad Keselowski in a headlock after the Bank of America 500 following post-race contact in their cars. This week, he found himself in a position where pushing Keselowski was his best opportunity to advance in the Chase. Kenseth finished second in the Geico 500.
Brad Keselowski was in a must win situation entering the Geico 500 and he survived two green-white-checkered attempts to take the checkers first and advance to the Eliminator round. He led only 12 laps total.
Woody Pitkat’s breakout campaign continues in the season finale as he secured the Coors Light Pole Award for the Sunoco World Series 150 presented by Xtra Mart in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour action at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.
Joe Nemechek had his time disallowed by NASCAR because of an oil tank encasement that was improperly sealed. Reed Sorenson was the first driver who failed to make the show, so Nemechek’s disqualification elevates the No. 36 into to the field.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Justin Allgaier, and Reed Sorenson failed to qualify for the Geico 500. In the new style of qualification, the timing of one’s final lap is crucial and these three drivers failed to cross under the flag stand in time for their last lap to count.