Martin Truex Jr. Breaks Long Winless Streak on Sonoma Road Course
NASCAR Wire Service: For Martin Truex Jr., a welcome oasis called Sonoma Raceway at long last ended one of the longest droughts in NASCAR racing. With a convincing victory in Sunday’s Toyota Save Mart 350, Truex ended a winless streak of 218 races dating to June 4, 2007 at Dover, where he finished 7.355 seconds ahead of runner-up Ryan Newman. On Sunday at Sonoma, Truex beat second-place Jeff Gordon by an even bigger margin -- 8.133 seconds -- as Juan Pablo Montoya dropped from the second position after running out of fuel on the next-to-last lap. Truex set a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series record for
the largest number of races between a driver’s first and second victories. It was
also the second longest streak between any two Cup wins. When Bill Elliott triumphed at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2001, the victory snapped a
winless streak of 226 races. Truex had finished second six times since his 2007
win. Carl Edwards ran third Sunday, followed by Kurt Busch, who rallied from
consecutive pit road speeding penalties to score his fourth top-five of the season.
Clint Bowyer, last year’s winner, came home fifth.
Up Next: Kentucky
Race: Quaker State 400 - Race 17 of 36
Race Length: 400 miles - 267 laps
Track: Kentucky Speedway - 1.5 mile
2012 Winner: Brad Keselowski
Radio: Performance Racing Network -
Saturday, June 23 - 5:30 pm CDT
TV: TNT - Saturday, June 23 - 5:30 pm CDT
Notes: Kentucky Speedway is the only track where Jeff Gordon has not been to
Victory Lane. This will be the third Sprint Cup race at Kentucky
A.J. Allmendinger Wins First NASCAR Race
AJ Allmendinger won the first NASCAR Nationwide Series race of his career, surviving a grinding, thrilling race at Road America that saw leaders and contenders get wiped out in a variety of factors throughout the afternoon and into the evening. Allmendinger emerged from a spirited battle with a handful of drivers in a finish that included two attempts at green-white-checkered finish. The initial green-white-checkered finish was stopped via a caution flag when Michael Annett spun out into the grass, and couldn’t get his car back onto the course. It also wreaked havoc on the meticulously planned fuel strategies. The late-race fireworks led to bumping, banging and passing in a frenetic finish that extended past the advertised distance. Engine issues, spinouts and empty fuel cells all contributed to an unpredictable race on the 4.048-mile road course, the longest on the NASCAR Nationwide Series circuit. Rounding out the top five were Justin Allgaier, Parker Kligerman, Owen Kelly and Sam Hornish Jr.
Who's Hot: Brad Keslowski
Last year’s Kentucky winner, Brad Keselowski is one of just five drivers with Top-10 finishes in the two races that have been held at the track. His
average finish of 4th is the best in the Sprint Cup Series.
Who's Not: Clint Bowyer
Clint Bowyer has not had the same luck. His two-race average finish at
Kentucky is 25.5. That ranks him 30th out of all Sprint Cup drivers.
1 JIMMIE JOHNSON
2 Carl Edwards -25
3 Clint Bowyer -45
4 Kevin Harvick -63
5 Matt Kenseth -92
6 Greg Biffle -94
7 Dale Earnhardt Jr. -94
8 Kyle Busch -112
9 Brad Keselowski -119
10 Martin Truex Jr. -120
WC Kasey Kahne 1 Win
WC Tony Stewart 1 Win