For something a little different on this Friday, RacerViews photographer, Jeff Kapic went to Sonoma for the Toyota/Save Mart 350
Jimmy Johnson would come home 9th – a decision to change tyres late in the race would drag him up from outside the top 15
Australian, Marcos Ambrose – a road course specialist would take an important top 10, coming home in 7th – his season best
Greg Biffle would stave off Johnson to take 8th
Jeff Burton would have no luck, finishing in 31st
It would also be a difficult race for Brad Kesolowski who would come home in 21st
The race in brief (Courtesy of NASCAR)
SONOMA, Calif. — For Martin Truex Jr., a welcome oasis called Sonoma Raceway at long last ended one of the longest droughts in NASCAR racing.
With a convincing victory in Sunday’s Toyota Save Mart 350, Truex ended a winless streak of 218 races dating to June 4, 2007 at Dover, where he finished 7,355 seconds ahead of runner-up Ryan Newman.
On Sunday at Sonoma, Truex beat second-place Jeff Gordon by an even bigger margin — 8.133 seconds — as Juan Pablo Montoya dropped from the second position after running out of fuel on the next-to-last lap.
Truex set a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series record for the largest number of races between a driver’s first and second victories. It was the second longest streak between any two Cup wins. When Bill Elliott triumphed at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2001, the victory snapped a winless streak of 226 races.
Carl Edwards ran third Sunday, followed by Kurt Busch, who rallied from consecutive pit road speeding penalties to score his fourth top-five of the season. Clint Bowyer, last year’s winner, came home fifth, followed by Kasey Kahne and Marcos Ambrose. Greg Biffle, series leader Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick completed the top 10. Montoya, who was running second with two laps left, fell to 34th at the finish after running out of fuel.
Photos by Jeff Kapic, June 2013
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