Truex Finally Wins
Martin Truex Jr. dominated the field during a race that was dominated by pit strategy. Truex led 51 of the 110 laps raced. He beat Jeff Gordon to the line by a margin of over eight seconds.
Truex last saw victory lane at Dover International Speedway back in June of 2007. That was Truex's only win until Sunday on the road course of Sonoma.
Most wouldn't expect a Modified racer from the Northeast to win on a road course. They'd expect Marcos Ambrose, Juan Pablo Montoya, or even Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart to be in victory lane. Gordon came close with his second place finish, but it was a battle for the four-time champion to get there.
Gordon was as far back as 37th early in the race, because he tried to pit just before the caution came out. He just missed it by about one second and was sent to the rear by NASCAR. That caused the no. 24 team to change their strategy in an attempt to salvage their day.
Ambrose led early for a total of 18 laps, but he never really contended for the win like most would expect him to. Montoya was very fast, but he ran out of fuel with one lap to go while running in second. Montoya finished 34th as a result.
Kurt Busch was up front early in the race and looking very strong before his first pit stop. He was caught speeding and had to come down pit road for a pass-through. Busch was caught speeding on pit road a second time and was eventually put a lap down. But all was not lost for Busch who was able to battle back to a fourth place finish.
Martin Truex Jr.