Bowyer dominates Sonoma as Ambrose struggles

Clint Bowyer

Clint Bowyer

Clint Bowyer has taken a dominant victory at the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma today.

The Toyota driver led 71 of the 112 laps and held off Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch in a green/white chequered finish.

The win was Bowyer’s first on a road course, his first for 2012 and the sixth of his career.

Brian Vickers had a solid run into fourth place, ahead of Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Greg Biffle.

For pole-sitter Marcos Ambrose, it was a frustrating day. The Tasmanian led the opening laps but spent the rest of the day struggling to stay in the top 10 due to handling issues.

A late pace car allowed Ambrose to pick up a bunch of spots in the final laps, seeing him placed eighth overall.

AJ Allmendinger and Joey Logano rounded out the top 10.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup returns to oval track competition next weekend with a Saturday night race at Kentucky Speedway.

Results, Sonoma

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FIN ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-hour Energy 48/2 112 Running
2 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobil 1 42/0 112 Running
3 51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Phoenix Construction Services 42/1 112 Running
4 55 Brian Vickers Toyota RKMotorsCharlotte.com 40/0 112 Running
5 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 39/0 112 Running
6 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger 39/1 112 Running
7 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M / US Stationary 37/0 112 Running
8 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Stanley 37/1 112 Running
9 22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 35/0 112 Running
10 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 34/0 112 Running
11 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Wheaties 33/0 112 Running
12 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 32/0 112 Running
13 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Ford EcoBoost 31/0 112 Running
14 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Farmers Insurance 30/0 112 Running
15 13 Casey Mears Ford GEICO 29/0 112 Running
16 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Rheem 28/0 112 Running
17 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s 27/0 112 Running
18 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Quicken Loans / Childrens Tumor Foundation 26/0 112 Running
19 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald’s 25/0 112 Running
20 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Menards / Moen 24/0 112 Running
21 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 23/0 112 Running
22 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 23/1 112 Running
23 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Diet Mountain Dew / National Guard / 7-Eleven 21/0 112 Running
24 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota Clorox 20/0 112 Running
25 195 Scott Speed Ford Leavine Family Racing 19/0 112 Running
26 38 David Gilliland Ford 1-800LoanMart 18/0 112 Running
27 34 David Ragan Ford Green 1 High Performance Green 17/0 112 Running
28 43 Aric Almirola Ford Medallion Financial 16/0 110 In Pit
29 32 Boris Said Ford HendrickCars.com 15/0 110 Running
30 26 Josh Wise * Ford MDS Transport 14/0 110 Running
31 83 Landon Cassill Toyota Burger King / Dr Pepper 13/0 110 Running
32 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row / Farm American 12/0 109 Running
33 249 J.J. Yeley Toyota America Israel Racing / JPO Absorbents 11/0 107 Running
34 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 10/0 107 Running
35 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Ground 9/0 98 In Pit
36 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota Burger King / Dr Pepper 8/0 92 Running
37 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing 7/0 84 In Pit
38 10 Tomy Drissi Chevrolet Ice Age Continental Drift 6/0 78 In Pit
39 7 Robby Gordon Dodge MAPEI / SaveMart Supermarkets 5/0 73 In Pit
40 98 David Mayhew Ford Phil Parsons Racing 0 25 In Pit
41 33 Stephen Leicht * Chevrolet Little Joes Autos.com 3/0 22 In Pit
42 119 Chris Cook Toyota Humphrey Smith Racing 2/0 13 In Pit
43 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota AM / FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves 0 1 Out of Race

 

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