It may have been the first road course race of the season but for Martin Truex Jr., it was his first time back to familiar territory.
At the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway Truex, he ended his 218-race winless streak to capture his first of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Truex’s win at Sonoma also gives him his first road course win and Michael Waltrip Racing’s second consecutive win at the California road course. Truex’s last win dates back to the 2007 season at Dover.
After a bad race at Michigan, Jeff Gordon went on to recover and captured a second-place finish. Carl Edwards finished in third followed by Kurt Busch, Clint Bowyer, Kasey Kahne, Marcos Ambrose, Greg Biffle, Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick to close out the top 10.
Juan Pablo Montoya went into Sonoma as one of the race favorites to win. He managed to pass several cars throughout the day and he was in second place, just six seconds behind Truex in the final laps. What looked like a great day for Montoya ended when he ran out of fuel in the final lap and ended his day with a 34th-place finish.
The race at Sonoma may have ended a winless streak for Truex, but the day got off to a wild start even before the green flag went in the air.
Prior to the green flag, Paulie Harraka slammed into Alex Kennedy before making it out of pit road. Bobby Labonte barely made it to the green flag due to an oil line failure and Jacques Villeneuve suffered a mechanical issue.
Kurt Busch was one of the only drivers to recover his day after some early-race trouble. Busch had been penalized twice for entering too fast on pit road, and one of those penalties was given when he was trying to serve his prior penalty.
The road course action is over for the moment as the Cup Series heads to Kentucky next week. After what occurred in Sonoma, it will leave some waiting to see what the next road course race will have to offer.