Martin Truex Jr. helped give Michael Waltrip their second consecutive road course win in Sonoma this past weekend.
Truex found victory lane at Dover, 218 races ago. A bunch of runner ups since, Truex finally took the checkered flag again, after leading most of the second half of the race.
A caution flew on lap 82, when Truex decided to stay out for the final 28 laps. He never looked back. He became the ninth different winner in the past nine races at Sonoma. Jeff Gordon would race his way up to second place, and Carl Edwards would finish third.
Kurt Busch seemed to have the fastest car on the day, but unfortunately it was too fast, as he was caught speeding on pit road and had to serve a driver though penalty, in which he was too fast again, putting him one lap down. He raced his way back on the lead lap and would eventually finish fourth on the day. Last years winner, Clint Bowyer would round out the top five.
Juan Montoya appeared to be having a top five run, when he ran out of gas as the leader took the white flag, Montoya would fall all the way back to the final car on the lead lap in 34th place.
Point leader Jimmie Johnson brought home a top 10 finish, running 9th at the stripe.
*** News and Notes ***
Jeff Gordon is looking to win this weekend at Kentucky, as it is the only track on the circuit he is winless at. He will also push his consecutive start streak to 706, the most among active drivers. Bobby Labonte is currently at 704, but that looks to end, as he is not entered in this weekends race. There is a chance that he may find a fill-in ride before the green flag drops to continue that streak.
*** Kentucky ***
Kentucky speedway takes center stage this weekend, as all three series will run there. This marks just the third Cup race at the 1.5 mile oval speedway. This week I like Brad Keselowski to shake off the dust and find victory lane. Keselowski won the race last year and has been taking a bunch of heat this week about the possibility of making the chase. If you remove the penalties their team incurred, he would actually be in fifth place in the overall standings. Kyle Busch also seems to run strong here, winning the inaugural race. Busch will also be running all three series this weekend, so he will have plenty of time to figure this track out before Sunday.