banner

NASCAR

more stats

Truex Jr.'s long winless streak ends at Sonoma



Sonoma, CA (Sports Network) - Martin Truex Jr. is finally in victory lane again in the Sprint Cup Series.

Truex ended a 218-race winless drought in NASCAR's premier series after leading 51 of 110 laps and crossing the finish line 8.13 seconds ahead of Jeff Gordon in Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway. It was the second career win for the 32-year-old Mayetta, N.J. native. His first win in the series came in June 2007 at Dover International Speedway, his home track.

After his win at Dover, Truex had finished in the runner-up spot six times before his victory at Sonoma.

"We've been close a lot, but it feels damn good to finally get one," Truex said.

Truex's winless streak was the second longest in series history. Bill Elliott, the 1988 Cup champion, had been without a victory for 226 races before he ended it in November 2001 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Truex also became the ninth different winner in the last nine races at this 1.99-mile road course in Northern California.

With the win, Truex moved up three positions to 10th in the point standings. There are 10 races remaining before the Chase for Sprint Cup championship begins in September. Truex made the Chase last year, finishing 11th in points.

"We've had cars really fast all year long, but we've had some tough luck," he said. "That's just part of racing. I'm just really proud of these guys (No. 56 team) for sticking behind me and working hard. They give me race cars like this."

Truex capitalized on fuel strategy by opting not to pit during the final round of stops under caution. That allowed him to take the lead for good with 28 laps to go.

It's the second straight year a driver from Michael Waltrip Racing has won at Sonoma. Clint Bowyer took the checkered flag here in 2012.

"Today was just our day," Truex said. "We've had a lot of days when it wasn't our day. It was our time, and the car was flawless. I was just trying to forget about what was behind me and focus on winning. We're going to get a bunch of them now, I can tell you that much."

Juan Pablo Montoya was running in second until the final lap when he ran out of fuel, allowing Gordon to take the position. Gordon rebounded from a 39th- place finish last week at Michigan after he crashed early in that race.

"This is one of those crazy types of races where pit strategy goes all over the place, and you never know what might happen," Gordon said. "I knew that I could probably never get to the No. 56 (Truex), but boy, I was sure having fun coming up through there."

Montoya ended up finishing 34th, the last car on the lead lap, after he barely managed to coast his car across the finish line.

Carl Edwards finished third, while Kurt Busch took the fourth spot after he bounced back from a pair of pit-road speeding penalties. Busch led 15 laps in the early going. The penalties had dropped him to 38th in the running order.

"I was fast, even on pit road, twice," Busch said. "I messed-up, flat-out. I didn't hit my tachometer right, and I was speeding both times."

Kasey Kahne, Marcos Ambrose, Greg Biffle, who won at Michigan, Jimmie Johnson, the current points leader, and Kevin Harvick completed the top-10. Ambrose passed Jamie McMurray, the pole sitter, on the opening lap and led the first 18 laps before Busch overtook him for the position.

Johnson's lead is now 25 points over Edwards.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. ran strong for most of the race in hopes of getting his first top-10 finish at Sonoma, but Earnhardt faded in the closing laps and wound up placing 12th.

Danica Patrick, who became the first female to compete in a Sprint Cup race at Sonoma, finished 29th after starting 31st. Patrick spun off course and into the tire barrier in turn 10 after she cut a tire on lap 64.

06/23 20:43:46 ET

Other Stories

  • The Logan Zone

    Tomorrow at 11:30 am on WRAL-TV

  • NHL: Hurricanes at Colorado

    Tonight at 9:00 on 99.9 The Fan

  • CBB: Duke vs. Stanford

    Tonight at 9:30 on 620am

Scoreboard
Local
Final
NCCU 21
NCA 14
 
Final
DAVID 72
UNC 90
Final
ECU 34
TULA 6
 
9:00pm Tonight
COL
CAR
9:30pm Tonight
DUKE
STAN
Half
ORL 46
MIA 49
 
Half
IND 48
PHO 55
 
2nd
NYK 31
PHI 17
 
2nd
CLE 38
TOR 26
 
1st
HOU 9
DAL 9
 
1st
MIN 4
SAC 4
 
8:30pm Tonight
SAN
BRK
8:30pm Tonight
MIL
WAS
9:00pm Tonight
UTA
NOP
Final
UGA 55
CHSO 9
 
Final
UF 52
EKU 3
Final
OSU 42
IND 27
Final
OKLA 44
KU 7
 
Final
UAB 18
MARS 23
Final
NEB 24
MINN 28
 
Final
PURD 14
NW 38
 
Final
ILL 16
PSU 14
Final
MSU 45
RUTG 3
 
Final
UCF 53
SMU 7
 
Final
SCAR 37
SALABAMA 12
Final
WKENT 45
TXSANANTO 7
 
Final
WAKE 6
VT 3
 
Final
ODU 30
LATU 27
 
Final
ARST 52
WASU 31
 
Final
CMICH 20
WMICH 32
 
Final
COLST 58
NMU 20
Final
LALAF 16
APPST 35
 
Final
BST 45
EMICH 30
 
Final
HOU 38
TULSA 28
Final
UTAH 10
ARZ 42
 
Final
FSU 20
BC 17
 
Final
UNT 17
FIU 14
 
Final
CLEM 28
GASTATE 0
 
Final
ND 28
LOU 31
 
Final
MICH 16
MD 23
 
Final
ARK 30
MISS 0
 
Final
PITT 30
SYR 7
 
Final
ISU 31
TTU 34
 
Final
ECU 34
TULA 6
 
Final
IOWA 24
WISC 26
 
Final
MEM 31
SFLA 20
 
Final
CAL 17
STAN 38
 
Final
NMST 17
LAMON 30
 
Final
ALA 48
WCAR 14
 
Final
OREG 44
COL 10
 
2nd
MTST 14
FATL 17
 
2nd
UVA 10
MIAMI 7
 
2nd
AUB 7
SAMF 7
 
1st
TENN 3
MIZZ 7
 
1st
BAY 14
OKST 7
 
1st
MSST 13
VANDY 0
 
1st
UCONN 0
CIN 0
 
1st
UCLA 0
USC 0
 
10:15pm Tonight
WYO
BSU
10:30pm Tonight
NEV
FRES
10:30pm Tonight
WASH
ORST
11:00pm Tonight
HAW
UNLV
Final
PRIN 68
INCWORD 79
 
Final
UMASS 68
ND 81
Final
GEOR 80
RMU 66
 
Final
LAS 59
PETE 50
Final
VT 63
APP 65
 
Final
IUPUI 71
BST 69
 
Final
WMICH 91
DRAK 75
 
Final
RICH 80
HIGH 56
 
Final
MSST 71
UTST 63
 
Final
CAMP 48
COL 53
 
Final
DAVID 72
UNC 90
Final
NIOWA 66
UNF 49
 
Final
CSNO 79
SAMF 72
 
Final
YALE 61
MLOWELL 63
 
Final
NEV 50
CLEM 59
 
Final
PROV 80
FSU 54
 
Final
MARQ 89
NEOM 97
 
Final
DET 66
SALA 53
 
Final
TXSA 80
TXST 67
 
Final
CHIST 75
TRINCHRIS 52
 
Final
UMO 63
LIB 52
 
Final
BONA 59
CAN 53
 
Final
SAV 87
CLST 83
 
Final
NW 68
ELON 67
 
Final
RFLSH 57
MDES 53
 
Final
CARK 68
SEMIZ 74
 
Final
AFA 90
WSCO 60
 
Final
YOUNG 82
LONG 72
 
Final
MTST 66
SOUTH 48
 
Final
ARKLR 73
UMKC 68
 
Final
ABCHRIST 81
DUQ 102
 
Final
WEBER 58
LSU 72
 
Final
BUT 80
GHND 39
 
Final
CSFU 70
SJST 66
 
Final
WOFF 72
SD 68
 
Final
NORST 76
TXSOU 66
 
Final
COOK 42
TOWS 63
 
Final
SILL 46
YALE 53
 
Final
KNST 83
ALCOR 80
 
Final
MAN 78
BING 63
 
Final
JVST 88
MILES 71
 
Final
CSOU 79
WRST 86
 
Final
CITA 81
BOBJONES 50
 
Final
INDST 78
BRO 66
 
Final
WYO 56
COL 33
 
Final
GSOUT 97
FCCOL 41
 
Final
CCAR 76
PIED 33
 
2nd
LATU 42
AMER 32
 
Half
MAR 41
ARMY 41
 
2nd
TENT 26
CHAT 43
 
2nd
EKENT 73
CLERMONT 28
 
2nd
SMU 56
EWASH 41
 
Half
NIAG 30
HART 25
 
Half
PENN 30
LAF 45
 
2nd
UCSB 58
MASTERS 22
 
2nd
BUCK 50
MNTER 45
 
2nd
VMI 45
UNCW 51
 
2nd
RIU 21
NEB 23
 
2nd
NKENTUCKY 66
OHMWSTRN 23
 
Half
GTDNS 35
QUIN 26
 
2nd
EMICH 32
UNCG 27
 
2nd
ETST 53
UNCA 42
 
2nd
TEMPL 27
UNLV 24
 
Half
STJOE 36
VERM 32
 
Half
MON 31
CCST 23
 
1st
KSU 42
ILLCH 27
 
Half
FAIR 33
SHSU 35
 
1st
LIP 28
TRANSYLVAN 20
 
1st
FUR 21
UCD 26
 
1st
WKENT 12
BEL 5
 
8:00pm Tonight
NDST
HAMP
 
1st
IND 23
LAM 16
 
1st
TTU 5
MIZST 6
 
1st
HOU 6
MRGST 4
 
1st
NAVY 9
NE 9
 
1st
ALAAM 0
OAKW 0
 
1st
WILL 5
SELA 2
 
1st
TULA 9
SONO 2
 
1st
TXPA 14
A 15
 
1st
RICE 3
WMARY 13
 
8:30pm Tonight
TXARL
HOUB
 
8:30pm Tonight
MINN
UMBC
 
1st
UTEP 0
NMST 0
 
9:00pm Tonight
GONZ
STTHOM
9:00pm Tonight
SUTAH
WLVRN
 
9:30pm Tonight
PBY
MORE
9:30pm Tonight
DUKE
STAN
10:00pm Tonight
WISC
BSU
10:00pm Tonight
PORT
SIUE
Final
OTT 2
STL 3
 
2nd
WAS 0
BUF 0
 
2nd
PHI 2
CLB 1
 
2nd
TOR 1
DET 0
 
2nd
TAM 0
MIN 1
 
2nd
BOS 0
MON 1
 
2nd
NYI 0
PIT 1
 
1st
NAS 0
FLA 0
 
8:00pm Tonight
DAL
LOS
9:00pm Tonight
COL
CAR
10:00pm Tonight
EDM
CHI
10:00pm Tonight
CAL
NJD
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
ARI
Final
NCCU 21
NCA 14