|Clint Bowyer celebrates his first road course win (Courtesy Getty Images)|
On lap 24, Martin Truex Jr. became the first driver to pull off the track and pit for green-flag pit stops. On lap 25, Clint Bowyer ran down Jeff Gordon and made a pass for the lead. By lap 37, the green-flag pit stops had cycled around, and Martin Truex Jr. was the new leader. Truex had pitted about ten laps before everyone else and inherited the lead when his MWR Teammate Clint Bowyer pitted.
On lap 49, Truex Jr. gave up the lead to Clint Bowyer to make his second pit stop of the day. Truex and AJ Allmendinger were one of the few on a three-pit stop race strategy, while most of the field was only going to have to make two pit stops. On lap 69, Carl Edwards hit pit road to begin another round of green-flag pit stops. While everyone was pitting, Kevin Harvick and Jeff Gordon ran out of gas before they could make it to pit road.
|Marcos Ambrose leads Jeff Gordon (Courtesy Getty Images)|
On lap 87, Clint Bowyer led Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, and Martin Truex Jr. on the restart. Clint Bowyer was able to stay ahead of Kurt Busch following the restart. On lap 88, Jamie McMurray spun, but was able to keep going without a caution. On lap 94, Denny Hamlin was spun by his teammate Joey Logano.
With 14 laps to go, Kurt Busch was able to close up to the back bumper of Clint Bowyer's car. Busch continued to stay right behind Bowyer, bumping him every time they went through Turn 11. With seven laps to go, Bowyer began to pull away from Busch. At the same time, Tony Stewart was able to get around Jimmie Johnson for third place.
|Bowyer leads Kurt Busch (51) late in the race (Courtesy Getty Images)|
Tony Stewart didn't have enough time to catch Bowyer, and he had to settle for second. Kurt Busch finished third after breaking something in the rear of the car. Brian Vickers, who stepped in for Mark Martin this weekend, finished fourth. Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon finished fifth and sixth, respectively. Greg Biffle, Marcos Ambrose, AJ Allmendinger, and Joey Logano rounded out the Top 10. Brad Keselowski finished 12th, and Kyle Busch finished 17th following his wreck that brought out the last caution. Carl Edwards finished 21st after a tough day. Martin Truex Jr., who led early, was spun on the last lap and finished 22nd. Dale Earnhardt Jr. got into a wreck with two laps to go and finished 23rd. Juan Pablo Montoya, who many though would fight for the victory, finished 34th, five laps down.
Clint Bowyer won Michael Waltrip Racing's first race of the season at Sonoma. The race wasn't very exciting for the majority of the race, but two cautions at the end tightened up the racing and made for an exciting finish. Next week, the Sprint Cup Series heads to Kentucky Speedway, for the track's second Sprint Cup Series race. The Quaker State 400 will be Saturday night at 6:30, only on TNT.
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