Martin Truex Jr Edges Kyle Busch in Toyota SaveMart 350

SONOMA, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 23: Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota, crosses the finish line to win the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on June 23, 2019, in Sonoma, California. Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returned to the west coast for a one race stint at Sonoma Raceway. This year the road course incorporated the carousel to add more difficulty. This change also features a hairpin turn coming off the carousel and adds another challenging breaking zone, as drivers struggle with overusing their brakes at Sonoma.

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Martin Truex Jr. Holds Off Kyle Busch in Dominant Sonoma Victory

SONOMA, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 23: Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota, poses with the trophy in Victory Lane after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on June 23, 2019 in Sonoma, California. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

SONOMA, Calif. – Dominant in defense of last year’s victory in the Toyota/Save Mart 350, Martin Truex Jr. held off Kyle Busch, his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, to win Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event at Sonoma Raceway.

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Opportunity Awaits Several Drivers at Sonoma Raceway

SONOMA, CA – JUNE 24: Kyle Busch, driving the (18) Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing and Joey Logano, driving the (22) Ford for Team Penske head up the 2nd wave of cars around turn 4a after a restart on Sunday, June 24, 2018 at the NASCA Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 Race at Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, CA Photo by Douglas Stringer/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – New venue, new winner. First stop. First win. That’s certainly what a substantial portion of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series field is hoping for this weekend at the season’s first road course event at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California.

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Kevin Harvick Says Sonoma Fake-Out Didn’t Determine Outcome

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The big story in Martin Truex Jr.’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory at Sonoma Raceway was a pit stop bluff that convinced Kevin Harvick’s crew chief, Rodney Childers, to bring his driver to pit road earlier than planned during the final stage of the Toyota/Save Mart 350. Continue reading

Martin Truex Jr Holds on to Win at Sonoma

Martin Truex Jr., the driver of the #78 5-hour ENERGY/Bass Pro Shops Toyota, crosses the finish line to win the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on June 24, 2018, in Sonoma, California. Photo – Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

After the break, the Cup Series headed out west to race at the road course of Sonoma Raceway. It’s a well-deserved switch up halfway through the season for drivers to get a taste for a different style of racing. The hills and curves of this track definitely challenge the drivers, as a course difficult to manage. Continue reading