Aftera typical road course race at Sonoma that saw typical road course drivers like AJ Allmendinger dominate early on, Carl Edwards, who had never won at a road course, ended up in Victory Lane!
The real surprise of Sonoma came in the form of how well drivers like Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kevin Harvick ran. Harvick specifically was fast all day, and led the race at one point. The 4 team continues to run well at any track they go to and continue to stand out as championship contenders.
Dale Jr. was as high as second at one point which is huge for the driver considering how much he hated Sonoma back in 2010. Dale has improved greatly as a driver in the last four years and his performance at Sonoma was proof of how far he's come.
Jamie McMurray also led several laps and was fast throughout the day.
Different drivers tried different strategies, but the first three cautions that came out put an end to anyone who basically had some type of strategy in mind.
Harvick and Clint Bowyer were both solid contenders to win at Sonoma, but as the race started to get closer to the end, Jamie McMurray got into the back of Bowyer and spun him out. Harvick had nowhere to go and collided into the 15, ending both their chances at a road course win.
Of all the drivers at Sonoma it was Carl Edwards who took the race lead late, and was able to hold off both Jamie McMurray and Jeff Gordon to get his first win at Sonoma.
Edwards would win his first road course race and was the 10th consecutive different winner at Sonoma.
Winner of the Save Mart 350: Carl Edwards
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