Sonoma Raceway’s road course saw a lot of side-by-side action on Sunday as NASCAR’s Toyota Mart-Save 350 Sprint Cup race took place. Despite a credible second-place finish, Jeff Gordon complained about his Gen 6 car’s road course performance and not being able to turn right effectively.
In fact, Gordon’s second-place was gifted to him when Juan Pablo Montoya’s No. 52 car ran out of fuel on the final lap.
They weren’t the only drivers to experience problems as Go Daddy! driver Danica Patrick ran off the track twice, her second ‘off’ due to hitting a barrier and cutting her tire. This caused some damage to Stewart-Hass Racing’s No. 10 Chevrolet SS and although it came at lap 64 out of 110, Patrick managed to bring it home in 29th position.
This comes as disappointing news for the most successful woman in NASCAR as despite qualifying in 37th position at Michigan Speedway last week, Patrick managed to claw her way up to eventually finished 13th in that race, one of the best results of her Sprint Cup campaign.
It seemed Patrick suffered a similar problem to Gordon this time out. “It was a long day – a long weekend,” Patrick told the press post race. “We just couldn’t get the car to point where I was comfortable with it.”
After praising her team for their hard work, she hoped they would have a better race at Kentucky’s Quaker State 400 next week. Despite beating her partner and fellow rookie Ricky Stenhouse Jr. at Michigan in the fight for NASCAR ‘Rookie Of The Year’, Stenhouse Jr. took the honors at Sonoma, placing 27th.