Jimmie Johnson Scores First Road Course Win at Infineon Raceway

Dustin H.Correspondent IJune 20, 2010

SONOMA, CA - JUNE 20:  Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, celebrates with the checkered flag after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway on June 20, 2010 in Sonoma, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Jimmie Johnson scored his first career road course win on Sunday, coming in first in the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma.

Johnson took the lead early in the race, but Marcos Ambrose would make his way to the front. Both drivers had dominant runs on Sunday, but Ambrose would make a critical mistake when he shut his car off going up the hill during a late race caution with seven laps to go.

Ambrose couldn't get the car restarted and several cars past him. Under the rule book NASCAR made Ambrose restart in seventh position thanks to his inability to keep pace, and Johnson never looked back, taking his first win at Sonoma.


Robby Gordon took his #7 Monster Energy Drink Toyota to a second place finish in the race, holding off points leader Kevin Harvick. Kasey Kahne, the pole sitter, was fourth and Jeff Gordon finished fifth.

Several drivers had a bad day at Infineon, starting on lap 11 when AJ Allmendinger made contact with Clint Bowyer and collected Jamie McMurray, who suffered damage to the hood of his car, and Kyle Busch, who had to go to the garage for repairs.

Denny Hamlin had the hood of his race car come up on the #11 FedEx Camry following a on track incident and despite making it to pit road was never in contention. Jeff Gordon seemed to get into a lot of drivers Sunday, most notably Martin Truex Jr. Truex wasn't too happy, but that's a product of road course racing.


The Nascar Sprint Cup Series heads to Loudon, New Hampshire at the magic mile for a weekend of racing next week. Kevin Harvick is still the Sprint Cup Points Leader.


Toyota/Save Mart 350 Race Results From Infineon Raceway, Sonoma, California

  1. Jimmie Johnson
  2. Robby Gordon
  3. Kevin Harvick
  4. Kasey Kahne
  5. Jeff Gordon
  6. Marcos Ambrose
  7. Greg Biffle
  8. Boris Said
  9. Tony Stewart
  10. Juan Pablo Montoya
  11. Dale Earnhardt Jr
  12. Jan Magnussen


Nascar Sprint Cup Series Point Standings After Sonoma.

  1. Kevin Harvick "Leader"
  2. Jimmie Johnson -140
  3. Kyle Busch -141
  4. Denny Hamlin -151
  5. Jeff Gordon -192

With only about 12 weeks until the cutoff with the Chase race at Richmond, several drivers are on the outside looking in. These drivers listed below come into New Hampshire outside the top 12.

           13. Dale Earnhardt Jr

           14. Clint Bowyer

           15. Ryan Newman

           16. Jamie McMurray

           17. Joey Logano

           18. Kasey Kahne

Now, some of these drivers may move back into the top 12 in the point standings. But anyone else beyond 18th more than likely is done. These drivers will look to make their move as the series goes to New Hampshire and Daytona the next two weekends.