Martin Truex Jr. Captures Sonoma Win

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Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, CA — June 23, 2019

The first short track of the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series kicked off with Kyle Larson(42) and William Byron(24) on the front row. The two young guns hope to lead the 90 laps that make up the Save Mart 350.

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Stages for the 2.52-mile road course are 20/20/50 laps. Martin Truex Jr. won the race last year, he rolls off 8th today.

Stage 1

Byron grabbed the lead away from Larson after taking the green flag on Lap 1. He looked to be the dominant car as he led every lap in Stage 1. Byron finished over two seconds ahead of Denny Hamlin(11). With Joey Logano, the winner at MIS in 3rd. Pole sitter Larson finished 4th.

Stage 1 Results

Car Driver Stage Points
24 Willian Byron 10
11 Denny Hamlin 9
22 Joey Logano* 8
42 Kyle Larson 7
10 Aric Almirola* 6
37 Chris Buescher 5
88 Alex Bowman 4
4 Kevin Harvick* 3
21 Paul Menard* 2
48 Jimmy Johnson 1

* Ford Mustang Drivers

Stage 2

Chase Elliott(9) and Martin Truex Jr.(19) led the field to green to start Stage 2. They had stayed on track during the Stage ending caution. Truex led until pitting with two laps to go in the stage. Denny Hamlin inherited the lead and picked up the Stage 2 win.

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Stage 2 Results

Car Driver Stage Points
11 Denny Hamlin 10
2 Brad Keselowski* 9
24 William Byron 8
22 Joey Logano* 7
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.* 6
42 Kyle Larson 5
19 Martin Truex Jr. 4
9 Chase Elliott 3
18 Kyle Busch 2
43 Bubba Wallace 1

* Ford Mustang Drivers

The Final Stage

Truex took the top spot at the start of the Final Stage and held on until he pitted out of the lead with 26 laps to go. With 23 to go, pit stops had cycled through and Truex was back in the lead. Kyle Busch closed to within a second of Truex as the laps wound down. The Joe Gibbs Racing teammates finished one-two as Truex was able to hold off Busch. It was the 4th win of the year for the 2017 NASCAR Champion.

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This was the final race for the Fox broadcast season. Darrell Waltrip retires from the broadcast booth, an all-star stock car driver and an all-star broadcaster. Best Wishes Darrell.

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Next week the Series visits Chicagoland Speedway for the Camping World 400.

 

 

Results of the Save Mart 350 From Sonoma Raceway

Position Car Driver Laps
1 19    Martin Truex, Jr. 90
2 18    Kyle Busch 90
3 12    Ryan Blaney 90
4 95    Matt DiBenedetto 90
5 11    Denny Hamlin 90
6 4    Kevin Harvick 90
7 6    Ryan Newman 90
8 20    Erik Jones 90
9 10    Aric Almirola 90
10 42    Kyle Larson 90
11 14    Clint Bowyer 90
12 48    Jimmie Johnson 90
13 1    Kurt Busch 90
14 88    Alex Bowman 90
15 8    Daniel Hemric 90
16 37    Chris Buescher 90
17 41    Daniel Suarez 90
18 2    Brad Keselowski 90
19 24    William Byron 90
20 38    David Ragan 90
21 17    Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. 90
22 21    Paul Menard 90
23 22    Joey Logano 90
24 3    Austin Dillon 90
25 34    Michael McDowell 89
26 43    Bubba Wallace 89
27 13    Ty Dillon 89
28 36    Matt Tifft 89
29 47    Ryan Preece 89
30 96    Parker Kligerman 89
31 0    Landon Cassill 89
32 32    Corey LaJoie 89
33 15    Ross Chastain 89
34 77    Justin Haley 88
35 27    Reed Sorenson 88
36 52    Cody Ware 64
37 9    Chase Elliott 60
38 51    J.J. Yeley 53

 

Points / Playoff Standings

Rank Driver Points Wins
1 Joey Logano* 643 2
2 Kyle Busch 642 4
3 Kevin Harvick* 573 0
4 Brad Keselowski* 569 3
5 Martin Truex Jr. 543 4
6 Denny Hamlin 542 2
7 Chase Elliott 535 1
8 Kurt Busch 509 0
9 Ryan Blaney* 468 0
10 Alex Bowman 460 0
11 Aric Almirola* 460 0
12 Clint Bowyer* 430 0
13 Daniel Suarez* 421 0
14 William Byron 419 0
15 Kyle Larson 408 0
16 Ryan Newman* 391 0
Playoff Cut Line
17 Jimmie Johnson 390 0
18 Erik Jones 386 0
19 Paul Menard* 353 0
20 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.* 348 0