MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
Toyota/Save Mart 350
Sonoma Raceway – Sonoma, Calif.
Sunday, June 24, 2018
Race Winner: Martin Truex Jr.
Team: No. 78 – 5-hour ENERGY/Bass Pro Shops Toyota
Owner: Furniture Row Racing
Crew Chief: Cole Pearn
IN THE WORDS OF THE WINNER – “No, that’s all Cole (Pearn, crew chief). That’s all him. That was amazing. I’m cool with whatever he wants to do. I tell him all the time, like you know win, lose or draw, we do it together and I just got a lot of trust in him. I don’t even say anything when he says pit or don’t pit. I just did what he wants to do, so awesome job by him today.”
-- Martin Truex Jr. on late race pit strategy
Martin Truex Jr. won the 30th annual Toyota/Save Mart 350 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) race at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday. For Truex, it was his 18th win in 457 career MENCS starts, including his third this year in 16 races. It is his second victory in the last three races.
For Truex, it was his tenth top-10 and top-5 showing of 2018.
Today’s victory marked Truex’s second in 13 career MENCS starts at Sonoma.
For Truex, it was his third career win on a road course and his second in-a-row as he also won at Watkins Glen in August 2017. These three wins are second-most among current drivers, trailing only Kyle Busch (4).
Kevin Harvick was second while Clint Bowyer was third. It was Harvick’s 13th top-10 finish and 12th top-5 showing in 16 races this year. It was his tenth top-10 in the last 11 races. It was Bowyer’s ninth top-10 finish this year.
AJ Allmendinger won Stage 1 of the race while Denny Hamlin claimed Stage 2.
William Byron (25th) was the highest finishing rookie.
With wins to their credit this year, Austin Dillon, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr., Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch and Joey Logano have clinched spots in the 2018 MENCS playoffs, which culminates with the Ford EcoBoost 400 championship race on Sunday, November 18 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
In 13 career starts at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Martin Truex Jr. has finished in the top-10 eight times and the top-5 on four occasions. This includes a victory in the 2017 Ford EcoBoost 400 when he claimed the first Cup title of his career.
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES
The NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) was off this weekend and will return to action on June 30 at Chicagoland Speedway.
With wins to their credit this season, rookie Tyler Reddick, Ryan Preece, Christopher Bell and Justin Allgaier have clinched spots in the NXS playoffs, which concludes with the Ford EcoBoost 300 championship race on Saturday, November 17 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES
Justin Haley won the 5th annual Villa Lighting delivers the Eaton 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race Saturday night at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill. It was Haley’s first victory in 37 career NCWTS starts.
It was Haley’s sixth top-10 finish and fourth in the top-5 in 10 NCWTS races this year.
Rookie Todd Gilliland was second while series points leader Johnny Sauter was third. For Sauter, who has collected a series-best four wins this year, it was his ninth top-10 and top-5 finish in 10 races this year.
With wins this year, NCWTS regulars Johnny Sauter, Brett Moffitt, Noah Gragson and Justin Haley have secured spots in the NCWTS playoffs, which concludes with the Ford EcoBoost 200 championship race on Friday, November 16 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
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