Another Toast to Martin Truex Jr.
Martin Truex Jr. was refreshed with another win and another glass of wine in victory lane at Sonoma Raceway. Capturing his second consecutive win at Sonoma and his fourth win of the season, Truex Jr. dominated stage three and held off Kyle Busch to claim the victory.
The points standings remain the same after this weekend’s race. Although he finished 23rd due to battery issues, Joey Logano continues to lead in points. Kyle Busch now lingers behind Logano by just one point after his second-place finish. Kevin Harvick is standing third in points, followed by Brad Keselowski. This weekend’s winner, Truex Jr. closes out the top five.
Top 5 Surprises
Aside from Truex Jr. and Busch, the top five yielded unprecedented results. Among the top five was Ryan Blaney, finishing third. Matt DiBenedetto captured his career-best finish of fourth place. Denny Hamlin finished fifth.
Although he did not finish well, William Byron delivered a notable performance in the beginning laps, dominating Stage 1 and earning his first stage win of his career.
Below Average Finishes
A number of predicted frontrunners for this race did not perform as well as anticipated.
Among the favored was Kevin Harvick, who fell short of the top five and finished sixth.
Clint Bowyer finished 11th on Sunday, which is only his fourth finish outside of the top 10 at this track. Loose wheels contributed to his subpar finish.
Finishing 13th, Kurt Busch was unable to obtain his first win of the season at Sonoma. Perhaps his hope can be restored at Chicagoland this weekend.
Up next, the drivers of the NASCAR Monster Energy Series will travel to Chicago, IL, where the Camping World 400 will take place at Chicagoland Raceway. Then, they will return to the East Coast and Daytona International Speedway for the Coke Zero Sugar 400.