NASCAR Mon­ster Se­ries Shakes The Wine Coun­try

The Oakdale Leader - - SPORTS - By MIKE BURGHARDT Rac­ing Correspondent

The 30th an­nual Toy­ota/ Save Mart 350 this past week­end in Sonoma was dom­i­nated by Martin Truex Jr. and his #78 Fur­ni­ture Row Toy­ota. Truex had qual­i­fied sec­ond and quickly marched to the front of the field, as pole sit­ter Kyle Lar­son fal­tered and fell off the pace. Lar­son had qual­i­fied num­ber one with his DC So­lar Chevro­let, but could not keep pace on race day, fin­ish­ing 14th.

Kevin Har­vick and his Mo­bil 1 Ford were the only real threat to Truex, lead­ing 25 laps. But Har­vick could not hold off Truex, as ex­ces­sive tire wear hin­dered his ef­forts through­out the 110-lap race, even though he was able to turn in the faster lap. Truex uti­lized a smooth con­sis­tency through­out the event to cap­ture the check­ered flag by a 10.513 sec­ond mar­gin. Truex has now won two events this sea­son, hav­ing won the event in Fon­tana, Cal­i­for­nia ear­lier in the sea­son. The win also is the 18th NASCAR Mon­ster En­ergy Se­ries event vic­tory of his ca­reer. He was the 2017 NASCAR Mon­ster En­ergy Drink Se­ries Cham­pion last sea­son, hav­ing won eight races in that year.

Har­vick fin­ished sec­ond in his #4 Mo­bil 1 Chevro­let. Clint Boyer in his #14 One Cure Ford cap­tured third, fol­lowed by Chase El­liot in the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevro­let and Kyle Busch in the #18 M&M’s Caramel Toy­ota. Both of the Busch brothers had a good race day, as Kurt Busch fin­ished sixth in his #41 Haas Au­to­ma­tion Ford. The av­er­age speed of the event was 82.882 mph, with the 110-lap race be­ing com­pleted in two hours, 38 min­utes and 29 sec­onds.

The next event on the NASCAR Mon­ster En­ergy Drink Se­ries sched­ule is on July 1 at Chicagoland Speed­way.

PHOTO BY MIKE BURGHARDT

Martin Truex Jr. took the check­ered flag at Sonoma Race­way this past week­end af­ter qual­i­fy­ing sec­ond for the Toy­ota/Save Mart 350.

PHOTO BY MIKE BURGHARDT

Ul­ti­mately fin­ish­ing sec­ond at Sonoma, Kevin Har­vick and his Mo­bil 1 Ford led for 25 of the 110 laps of the race.

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