The Gen 6 race car visited a road course for the first time, a driver that had not seen victory lane since 2007 won, another driver that needed a good finish at a road course ran out of fuel — just a few of the story lines from last weekends Toyota Save Mart 350k at Sonoma Raceway. Here is this weeks take on Winners and Losers from Sonoma.
Martin Truex Jr.
Martin Truex Jr. was not one of the drivers most were expecting to hit victory lane on Sunday, his victory at Sonoma was refreshing for a driver that had seen 24 top five finishes since his win at Dover in 2007. Truex Jr’s win gained him three spots in the point standings – moving him from 13th to inside the top ten, in 10th position.
Jeff Gordon had a solid, second place finish at Sonoma. His finish moved him up three spots in the point standings, from 16th to 13th. If Gordon keeps compiling top finishes, his bid for the Chase looks likely.
Greg Biffle finished 8th at Sonoma, moving up two more positions in the standings. He now sits 6th in the points with one win, and quite a few tracks that he finishes well at coming up on the schedule.
Kurt Busch was a huge loser last week, losing four spots in the points. At Sonoma, he made up for that by gaining three of the four point positions back, moving up to 17th from 20th. Busch is still going to need a win and some really good finishes if he wants to prove that the No.78 team can contend with the big guys.
Juan Pablo Montoya
Sonoma is one track that Juan Pablo Montoya at the very least must contend at. Instead, he did just the opposite. Montoya finished the race in XX position after running out of fuel.
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Tony Stewart was having a great run the last few weeks, picking up point positions finishing in the top five. What happened at Sonoma? Stewart finished 28th – losing FIVE point positions. Going from 10th in the points to 15th. Stewart currently still holds the No. 2 Wild Card spot.