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By Amanda Vincent, The Sports Xchange June 23, 2013 7:00 PM
SONOMA, Calif. -- Martin Truex dominated the second half of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday. Truex took the lead for good by staying out during a caution on lap 82 of the 110-lap race and drove away from the field. It was Truex's first victory since his first win at Dover (Del.) International Speedway in 2007, 218 races ago. Pit strategy early in the race put Jeff Gordon toward the back of the race field, but he was able to drive back up toward the front to take second, and Carl Edwards finished third. Marcos Ambrose took the lead from pole sitter Jamie McMurray on lap one and led the way until he was passed by Kurt Busch a few laps after a restart that followed a lap six caution. Busch looked to have the fastest car on the track for a time, but his race seemed to go south when he was caught speeding two different times on pit road. Busch hit pit road soon after the race went back to green following a caution on lap 32. He sped down pit road on his way to have his car serviced and then was caught speeding again when he had to go back down pit road to serve the penalty. Busch was able to recover, though, and wound up finishing fourth. Truex took the race lead for the first time on lap 41 and pulled away, building a cushion of nearly four seconds on then-second-place Brian Vickers by lap 50. Ten laps later, his lead was nearly 10 seconds. Truex gave up his large lead to pit a few laps later. After the fourth caution of the race came out on lap 63, Truex restarted second behind Jamie McMurray, but he lost a few positions because of pit strategy when he opted to head down pit road when the yellow flag waved again only a few laps later. Gordon moved into the lead on lap 78 and led the way until Truex got back up front following the lap 82 caution. Gordon headed down pit road under the caution, but was able to race his way past drivers such as Matt Kenseth, Juan Montoya and Greg Biffle, who, like Truex, stayed out. Montoya seemed to be on his way to a top-five finish, but ran out of gas just before the leader took the while flag. As a result, Montoya wound up 33rd. Clint Bowyer rounded out the top-five. NOTES: Martin Truex's victory was the second straight at Sonoma for Michael Waltrip Racing, as Truex's teammate, Clint Bowyer, won the race last year. ... Sunday's race was the 25th for the Sprint Cup Series at Sonoma, as the circuit began racing there yearly in 1989. ... Truex is the ninth different winner in the last nine races at Sonoma.