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Truex Takes Sonoma, First Win Since 2007

10:33 PM, Jun 23, 2013   |    comments
  • NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr. races through turn eight during the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma (Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports)
  • NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr. celebrates with the Napa Auto Parts team after winning the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway (Ed Szczepanski, USA TODAY Sports)
  • Martin Truex Jr. crosses the finish line to win the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway (Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports)
    
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SONOMA, Calif. (AP) - Martin Truex Jr. snapped a 218-race winless streak with an easy victory Sunday on the road course at Sonoma Raceway.

It was just the second win of Truex's career, first since Dover in 2007. It put Michael Waltrip Racing in Victory Lane for the second year in a row after Clint Bowyer won here last season.

Truex worked his way to the front and used strategy to stay with the leaders. He then pulled away after the final restart and built a healthy lead of more than six seconds over Juan Pablo Montoya.

Jeff Gordon finished second a week after he was wrecked six laps into the race at Michigan.

Carl Edwards was third, followed by Kurt Busch, who climbed back from a pair of speeding penalties.

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