Minute-by-Minute: Sonoma, Road America updates

June 21, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com

Keep up with the latest buzz trackside at Sonoma and Road America

6:37 p.m. ET: Final Sprint Cup practice is underway! Follow along.

6:35 p.m. ET: Our drivers get to give their takes on road courses.


5:59 p.m. ET: Definitely something to watch for this weekend.

Alan Cavanna @CopaCavanna
"After all that's happened it's hard to have respect for a driver like that," @DanicaPatrick said of Villeneuve. The 2 had issues in N'wide

5:54 p.m. ET: "Hey, Harv. Check out the NASCAR Mobile '13 app. It's awesome."

Sonoma Raceway@RaceSonoma
Caption this: pic.twitter.com/V7FtMjFnTG #TSM350

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5:36 p.m. ET: Awesome.

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Danica Patrick does an interview with Kimberly, an 8th grader, who writes for Kid Scoop. instagram.com/p/a1hPNEG8ys/

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5:34 p.m. ET: Qualifying order for tomorrow's Nationwide race has been announced. Check it out.

5:27 p.m. ET: Tune in to Press Pass to catch up on what your favorite drivers have to say.

4:45 p.m. ET: First practice has wrapped up at Sonoma Raceway. Top five: Marcos Ambrose, Juan Pablo Montoya, Casey Mears, Kurt Busch, Jamie McMurray. Drivers will hit the track again at 6:30 p.m. ET for the final practice.

4:37 p.m. ET: A strong prediction by our loop data analyst.

4:30 p.m. ET: Some shakeup in the top five. Juan Pablo Montoya takes the top spot with 93.890 mph;  Joey Logano moves into fifth.

4:25 p.m. ET: Full results for the Nationwide practices are up here.

4:22 p.m. ET: Some teams seeing struggles in California today.

4:15 p.m. ET: Owen Kelly, Billy Johnson, AJ Allmendinger, Michael McDowell, Sam Hornish Jr. top the charts in Nationwide practice.

4:09 p.m. ET: Denny Hamlin hasn't had a finish better than 34 in the past three years, but he's running fifth in practice. Ambrose still leads, with Bowyer and Kurt Busch behind.

3:58 p.m. ET: Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. are both making their first outing at Sonoma, running 37th and 34th, respectively.

3:50 p.m. ET: The track's ready for the Toyota/Save Mart 350.

3:40 p.m. ET: Last year's Coors Light Pole winner Marcos Ambrose returns to the top of the speed charts as the No. 24 heads to the track.

3:32 p.m. ET: Currently running 26th in practice.

3:25 p.m. ET: Some bad news at Road America for Elliott Sadler.

3:20 p.m. ET: Team strategy talk.

3:15 p.m. ET: With an hour left in Nationwide practice, Cole Whitt leads. Michael McDowell is second and Mike Wallace third.

3:11 p.m. ET: Almirola and Johnson have already gotten turned around.

3:07 p.m. ET: Teams are rolling onto the track at Sonoma.

3 p.m. ET: Sprint Cup practice is live now at Sonoma Raceway. Follow the live leaderboard here.

2:54 p.m. ET: Cars switching over from rain tires to race tires soon at Road America.

2:50 p.m. ET: Nationwide practice update: Mike Wallace, Billy Johnson, Owen Kelly, Parker Kligerman and Nelson Piquet Jr. lead the practice board.

2:44 p.m. ET: So many turns!

2:37 p.m. ET: Parker Kligerman currently leading practice with Nelson Piquet Jr. and AJ Allmendinger just behind.

2:28 p.m. ET: Get inside the garage in five minutes, or head over to GarageCam now to get your requests in early.

2:24 p.m. ET: Only a few cars on the track so far, with Michael McDowell atop the speed chart. Drivers are slowly making their way out.

2:20 p.m. ET: In case you missed it, Clint Bowyer is speaking live now in Press Pass.

2:02 p.m. ET: Something you don't see too often!

1:47 p.m. ET: There's sunny Sonoma, and then there's this.

1:42 p.m. ET: Things are looking a little brighter on the West Coast.

1:37 p.m. ET: Cars will be heading to the track shotly.

1:23 p.m. ET: Teams are keeping busy during the delay... mostly by tweeting pictures of their haulers.

12:59 p.m. ET: Tires will be working hard today.

12:51 p.m. ET: Lots of eyes on the radar at the track.

12:48 p.m. ET: Thankful for those tents, I bet.

12:43 p.m. ET: Official tweet update from NASCAR.

12:31 p.m. ET: Weather conditions are 65 and stormy in Wisconsin, keeping cars off the track for now.

12:16 p.m. ET: Teams are going to have a hard time staying dry today, but cars will run in the rain.

12:12 p.m. ET: Keep up with practice laps using our live leaderboard. Here, you'll see what's going on in social media as cars hit the track.

12:06 p.m. ET: Thanks for joining for today's practices at Sonoma and Road America. First up on track is Nationwide Series practice at 12:30 p.m. ET, where the track is seeing some rain.