Harry C. Risher
Greensburg Daily News
Sonoma, Calif. —
Martin Truex Jr. broke a 218-race winless streak by driving to victory in Sunday's Save Mart 350 on the Sonoma, California Road Course.
Truex held off a fast-closing Jeff Gordon to capture only his second NASCAR Sprint Cup career victory.
Carl Edwards finished third and closed to within only 25 points of Sprint Cup points leader Jimmie Johnson, who wound up a distant ninth.
Early race-leader Kurt Busch was penalized twice for speeding on pit road, which forced him to restart at the end of the field. A determined Busch made dramatic late race charge through the field to notch a hard-earned fourth.
Last season's Sonoma winner, Clint Bowyer, rounded out the top five.
An elated Truex commented from victory lane on his first road course win.
"I can't even put it into words! We've had really fast cars all year long...We've been so close, and it feels damn good to finally get one,” said Truex. “The car was just awesome...Today was just our day!"
Jimmie Johnson, fast-closing points challenger Carl Edwards, and the rest of the NASCAR Sprint Cup stars, now head next weekend to Kentucky Speedway for their annual Saturday night race, the Quaker State 400, on the ultra-competitive, 1.5-mile tri-oval.