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NASCAR Cup Series heads to Sonoma Raceway this weekend with local competitors in the mix

The two races on June 5 and 6 will have fans in the stands for the first time in 714 days.

SONOMA, Calif. — Start your engines!

This weekend, the NASCAR Cup Series has speeds through Sonoma Valley at the Toyota/SaveMart 350. This will be the 32nd time Sonoma Raceway will host the historic event.

Just in case you’re wondering, the length of the race is just over 217 miles and this course here is about 2.5 miles a lap. Drivers will be doing 90 laps on Sunday. 

The course also has 12 turns, and is described on the raceway website as "one of the most difficult road courses in the country."

Local talent will be showing up in full force. Grass Valley-native Matt DiBenedetto will be making his presence known in the race this weekend, as well as Elk Grove’s Kyle Larson. 

Larson will start from the pole for the fourth consecutive race and he actually holds the track’s qualifying record. He also recently ended six years of struggles at Charlotte Motor Speedway, winning the Coca-Cola 600 in dominating fashion to give team owner Rick Hendrick a record-setting victory. 

Granite Bay’s Cole Moore, who is making his debut appearance at Sonoma Raceway, was out at the track early Friday morning to share his excitement about race weekend with ABC10. 

"It's an awesome racetrack," Moore said. "Some great competitors, and we got fans in stands, so I'm really excited to make my first appearance here at Sonoma Raceway."

Also, the behind-the-scenes crew will be representing the local area. New Sonoma raceway general manager, Jill Gregory, happens to be a native of Modesto.

Bringing more big names to the race this weekend, San Francisco 49ers Head Coach Kyle Shanahan has been named Grand Marshal of this Sunday’s race.  

All eyes will be on the leading active winner at Sonoma Raceway Martin Truex Jr., who has three total victories, and has taken home the top price at the last two events there. He will be gunning for a third straight win this weekend. 

Watch or listen to Sunday's Toyota/SaveMart 350 race at 1 p.m. PT on FS1, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

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