Sonoma Raceway played host to the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series over the weekend. The series made its annual visit to wine country and the twists and turns of the 12-turn road course with the main event on Sunday, June 24.
Elk Grove native Kyle Larson in his DC Solar Chevrolet looked to be the favorite to win the race as he qualified on the pole for the second year in a row. It was not to be, though, as much like last year’s event Larson would only lead the first pair of laps before quickly falling behind last season’s series champion Martin Truex Jr.
Truex qualified second in his 5-Hour Energy/Bass Pro Shops Toyota and once he took over the lead, he held it for 65 of the 110-lap race including the final lap of the competition. Truex was able to hold off last year’s event winner Kevin Harvick in his Mobil 1 Ford, who did lead 25 laps but due to pit stop cycles and lack of cautions, he finished more the 10 seconds behind Truex.
This was Truex’s 18th career victory and second on the road course in Sonoma.
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
The drivers now make their way down Highway 80 to Chicago for their next event, set at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday, July 1.