Truex breaks drought with Sonoma win

Not since 2007 has Martin Truex Jr won in the Sprint Cup

Not since 2007 has Martin Truex Jr won in the Sprint Cup

Martin Truex Jr has won his first race in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series since 2007 with victory in the Toyota/Save Mart 350 on the road course at Sonoma.

Truex led a total of 51 of the 110 laps with his Toyota finding the ultra combination of speed, economy and balance to easily win from Jeff Gordon and Carl Edwards.

The sunny conditions which teams faced in practice and qualifying were replaced with cooler overcast skies, and even a brief shower which brought out a caution period.

Truex and his car responded to the conditions and he was more than pleased to score his first win in 218 races.

“Today was our day and there’s been plenty of times when that was not the case,” said Truex Jr.

“The car was faultless and didn’t worry about what was happening behind and focus on winning. We are going to get a bunch more – I can tell you that much.

“The tyres were falling off so bad in practice and we knew our fuel mileage was good, so we tried to play our options there,” said Truex Jr.

“The weather cooled off and the car was just awesome.

Marcos Ambrose finished seventh after leading the opening 18 laps. The Australian then spent the rest of the race fighting lack of grip, especially on the final 25 lap run to the flag.

“We were fast early on there when the track was greasy, but we set our car up for a lot hotter track conditions than what we had today,” said Ambrose.

“We just fought the car for lateral grip and forward drive all day.

“We had a really fast car in qualifying, so on all a positive weekend but certainly not the result we were looking for.”

Ambrose is now 23rd in the standings and just 23 points from the important 20th position which keeps his hopes alive a ‘wild card’ entry in the final 10-race Chase for the Cup.

The real heartbreak of the race was Juan Pablo Montoya who was sitting second heading into the last lap when he ran out of fuel. He was classified 34th.

RESULTS: Toyota/Save Mart 350 – Sonoma 

POS

Driver 

Car # 

MFG 

Start

Laps

Laps Led 

Final Status

Points/Bonus

1

Martin Truex Jr 56 Toyota 14 110 51 Running 48/5

2

Jeff Gordon 24 Chevrolet 10 110 4 Running 43/1

3

Carl Edwards 99 Ford 3 110 0 Running 41/0

4

Kurt Busch 78 Chevrolet 7 110 15 Running 41/1

5

Clint Bowyer 15 Toyota 5 110 0 Running 39/0

6

Kasey Kahne 5 Chevrolet 15 110 0 Running 38/0

7

Marcos Ambrose 9 Ford 2 110 18 Running 38/1

8

Greg Biffle 16 Ford 4 110 0 Running 36/0

9

Jimmie Johnson 48 Chevrolet 19 110 0 Running 35/0

10

Kevin Harvick 29 Chevrolet 12 110 0 Running 34/0

11

Joey Logano 22 Ford 8 110 10 Running 34/1

12

Dale Earnhardt Jr 88 Chevrolet 26 110 0 Running 32/0

13

Brian Vickers 55 Toyota 34 110 3 Running 0/0

14

Paul Menard 27 Chevrolet 16 110 0 Running 30/0

15

Ryan Newman 39 Chevrolet 30 110 0 Running 29/0

16

Casey Mears 13 Ford 21 110 0 Running 28/0

17

Travis Kvapil 93 Toyota 33 110 0 Running 27/0

18

Boris Said 32 Ford 24 110 0 Running 26/0

19

Matt Kenseth 20 Toyota 6 110 0 Running 25/0

20

Aric Almirola 43 Ford 32 110 0 Running 24/0

21

Brad Keselowski 2 Ford 18 110 7 Running 24/1

22

Ron Fellows 33 Chevrolet 25 110 0 Running 22/0

23

Denny Hamlin 11 Toyota 17 110 0 Running 21/0

24

David Gilliland 38 Ford 29 110 0 Running 20/0

25

Jamie McMurray 1 Chevrolet 1 110 2 Running 20/1

26

David Reutimann 83 Toyota 38 110 0 Running 18/0

27

Ricky Stenhouse Jr 17 Ford 37 110 0 Running 17/0

28

Tony Stewart 14 Chevrolet 11 110 0 Running 16/0

29

Danica Patrick 10 Chevrolet 31 110 0 Running 15/0

30

Justin Marks 7 Chevrolet 36 110 0 Running 14/0

31

Jeff Burton 31 Chevrolet 27 110 0 Running 13/0

32

Josh Wise 35 Ford 35 110 0 Running 0/0

33

David Ragan 34 Ford 23 110 0 Running 11/0

34

Juan Pablo Montoya 42 Chevrolet 13 110 0 Running 10/0

35

Kyle Busch 18 Toyota 9 109 0 Running 9/0

36

David Stremme 30 Toyota 28 109 0 Running 8/0

37

Victor Gonzalez Jr 36 Chevrolet 42 109 0 Running 7/0

38

Tomy Drissi 87 Toyota 41 108 0 Running 6/0

39

Paulie Harraka 52 Ford 40 89 0 Running 0/0

40

Alex Kennedy 19 Toyota 39 30 0 Accident 4/0

41

Jacques Villeneuve 51 Chevrolet 22 19 0 Engine 3/0

42

J.J. Yeley 37 Chevrolet 43 7 0 Transmission 0/0

43

Bobby Labonte 47 Toyota 20 0 0 Engine 1/0

 

STANDINGS: 

Rank

Driver

Points

Behind

Wins

Starts

Top 5 

Top 10 

DNF

1

Jimmie Johnson 573 0 3 16 7 10 0

2

Carl Edwards 548 25 1 16 6 9 0

3

Clint Bowyer 528 45 0 16 5 9 1

4

Kevin Harvick 510 63 2 16 4 8 2

5

Matt Kenseth 481 92 3 16 3 8 3

6

Greg Biffle 479 94 1 16 3 7 0

7

Dale Earnhardt Jr 479 94 0 16 4 9 2

8

Kyle Busch 461 112 2 16 7 9 3

9

Brad Keselowski 454 119 0 16 5 8 1

10

Martin Truex Jr 453 120 1 16 4 7 1

11

Kasey Kahne 445 128 1 16 5 7 2

12

Paul Menard 445 128 0 16 0 4 0

13

Jeff Gordon 441 132 0 16 4 5 4

14

Joey Logano 439 134 0 16 4 7 2

15

Tony Stewart 433 140 1 16 3 5 0

16

Aric Almirola 428 145 0 16 0 4 2

17

Kurt Busch 425 148 0 16 4 6 2

18

Ryan Newman 418 155 0 16 2 7 4

19

Ricky Stenhouse Jr 406 167 0 16 0 0 0

20

Jeff Burton 403 170 0 16 1 3 1

21

Jamie McMurray 395 178 0 16 0 3 0

22

Marcos Ambrose 380 193 0 16 0 3 1

23

Juan Pablo Montoya 371 202 0 16 2 3 0

24

Casey Mears 333 240 0 16 0 0 2

25

Denny Hamlin 320 253 0 12 3 4 2

26

Mark Martin 314 259 0 13 1 4 1

27

Danica Patrick 292 281 0 16 0 1 2

28

David Gilliland 281 292 0 16 1 1 3

29

David Ragan 276 297 1 16 1 1 3

30

Bobby Labonte 257 316 0 16 0 0 4

31

Dave Blaney 245 328 0 15 0 0 3

32

David Reutimann 232 341 0 16 0 0 4

33

David Stremme 217 356 0 15 0 0 2

34

J.J. Yeley 213 360 0 16 0 1 5

35

Travis Kvapil 205 368 0 16 0 0 5

36

AJ Allmendinger 158 415 0 6 0 0 0

37

Michael McDowell 83 490 0 14 0 1 12

38

Timmy Hill 80 493 0 8 0 0 1

39

Scott Speed 75 498 0 8 0 1 6

40

Michael Waltrip 63 510 0 2 1 1 0

41

Terry Labonte 52 521 0 3 0 0 1

42

Ken Schrader 39 534 0 4 0 0 1

43

Boris Said 26 547 0 1 0 0 0

44

Ron Fellows 22 551 0 1 0 0 0

45

Justin Marks 14 559 0 1 0 0 0

46

Scott Riggs 10 563 0 5 0 0 5

47

Victor Gonzalez Jr 7 566 0 1 0 0 0

48

Tomy Drissi 6 567 0 1 0 0 0

49

Brian Keselowski 4 569 0 1 0 0 1

50

Alex Kennedy 4 569 0 1 0 0 1

51

Jacques Villeneuve 3 570 0 1 0 0 1

52

Jason Leffler 1 572 0 1 0 0 1

53

Regan Smith 0 573 0 6 0 2 0

54

Brian Vickers 0 573 0 6 0 2 1

55

Austin Dillon 0 573 0 5 0 0 0

56

Trevor Bayne 0 573 0 6 0 0 1

57

Josh Wise 0 573 0 16 0 0 4

58

Landon Cassill 0 573 0 13 0 0 3

59

Joe Nemechek 0 573 0 14 0 0 5

60

Sam Hornish Jr 0 573 0 1 0 0 1

61

Paulie Harraka 0 573 0 1 0 0 0

62

Elliott Sadler 0 573 0 1 0 0 1

63

Mike Bliss 0 573 0 9 0 0 9

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