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NASCAR’s roots may be in moonshine, but it thinks wine country is just fine.
The Cup Series returns to Sonoma Raceway in Northern California on Sunday, June 8, for the Toyota Save Mart 350 road course race.
But it’s not the same track as last year.
From 1998 until 2018, NASCAR used a different layout than other series that eliminated a series of turns known as “The Carousel” and replaced them with a straight called “The Chute” that connected turns 4 and 7.
NASCAR tried using the Carousel in 2019 and 2021 (2020 was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic), but the drivers said they preferred the Chute layout, so it was brought back this year.
Chase Elliott is the current favorite to win, followed by his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kyle Larson and road course ace and former IndyCar driver A.J. Allmendinger.
Allmendinger competes full time in the Xfinity Series, where he is the current points leader, but is running all the Cup Series road course events for Kauling Racing.
Allmendinger is followed by Kyle Busch and his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Martin Truex Jr., who was the last to win on the chute layout in 2018, while Larson is the defending champ from 2021.
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The Toyota Save Mart 350 is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on FS1 and the FOX Sports app.