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Cup: Somona - Race results

Clint Bowyer won his first race since moving to Michael Waltrip Racing - and the first road course race of his career - in the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Somona.
Clint Bowyer was basking in vindication after his self-admitted risky change of teams over the winter reaped dividends on Sunday afternoon, with victory for Bowyer and Michael Waltrip Racing in the unlikely setting of the Somona Raceway.

It was sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup series win in his 233rd start, his first on a road course in 13 outings and his first visit to victory lane since Talladega 2011 when he was still with his former longtime Cup team Richard Childress Racing. It's his first win at Somona in seven attempts, his previous record having featured three fourth place finishes.

It's MWR's first win at Sonoma, and only the third in the team's history - their first since David Reutimann's victory for the team at Chicago in July 2010.

Race result

1. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 112 laps 2hrs 39mins 55secs (48/5 pts)
2. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 112 laps + 0.829s (42/0 pts)
3. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 112 laps + 1.093s (42/1 pts)
4. #55 Brian Vickers Toyota 112 laps + 1.625s (40/0 pts)
5. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 112 laps + 2.692s (39/0 pts)
6. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 112 laps + 3.650s (39/1 pts)
7. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 112 laps + 3.878s (37/0 pts)
8. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 112 laps + 4.246s (37/1 pts)
9. #22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge 112 laps + 4.418s (35/0 pts)
10. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 112 laps + 5.131s (34/0 pts)
11. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 112 laps + 5.329s (33/0 pts)
12. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 112 laps + 5.776s (32/0 pts)
13. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 112 laps + 6.402s (31/0 pts)
14. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 112 laps + 6.596s (30/0 pts)
15. #13 Casey Mears Ford 112 laps + 6.788s (29/0 pts)
16. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 112 laps + 7.147s (28/0 pts)
17. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 112 laps + 7.415s (27/0 pts)
18. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 112 laps + 7.670s (26/0 pts)
19. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 112 laps + 8.318s (25/0 pts)
20. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 112 laps + 8.618s (24/0 pts)
21. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 112 laps + 9.592s (23/0 pts)
22. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 112 laps + 13.049s (23/1 pts)
23. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 112 laps + 38.632s (21/0 pts)
24. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 111 laps + 1 lap (20/0 pts)
25. #195 Scott Speed Ford 111 laps + 1 lap (19/0 pts)
26. #38 David Gilliland Ford 111 laps + 1 lap (18/0 pts)
27. #34 David Ragan Ford 111 laps + 1 lap (17/0 pts)
28. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 110 laps + 2 laps (16/0 pts)
29. #32 Boris Said Ford 110 laps + 2 laps (15/0 pts)
30. #26 Josh Wise * Ford 110 laps + 2 laps (14/0 pts)
31. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 110 laps + 2 laps (13/0 pts)
32. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 109 laps + 3 laps (12/0 pts)
33. #249 J.J. Yeley Toyota 107 laps + 5 laps (11/0 pts)
34. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 107 laps + 5 laps (10/0 pts)
35. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 98 laps Suspension (9/0 pts)
36. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 92 laps + 20 laps (8/0 pts)
37. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 84 laps Suspension (7/0 pts)
38. #10 Tomy Drissi Chevrolet 78 laps Accident (6/0 pts)
39. #7 Robby Gordon Dodge 73 laps Steering (5/0 pts)
40. #98 David Mayhew Ford 25 laps Brakes (4/0 pts)
41. #33 Stephen Leicht * Chevrolet 22 laps Brakes (3/0 pts)
42. #119 Chris Cook Toyota 13 laps Brakes (2/0 pts)
43. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 1 laps Engine (0pts)

Practice 3

1. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 76.846s (Leader) 93.225 mph
2. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 76.865s (-0.019) 93.202 mph
3. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 76.970s (-0.124) 93.075 mph
4. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 77.036s (-0.190) 92.995 mph
5. #22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge 77.039s (-0.193) 92.992 mph
6. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 77.040s (-0.194) 92.991 mph
7. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 77.072s (-0.226) 92.952 mph
8. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 77.079s (-0.233) 92.944 mph
9. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 77.118s (-0.272) 92.897 mph
10. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 77.171s (-0.325) 92.833 mph
11. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 77.201s (-0.355) 92.797 mph
12. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 77.226s (-0.380) 92.767 mph
13. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 77.252s (-0.406) 92.735 mph
14. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 77.264s (-0.418) 92.721 mph
15. #55 Brian Vickers Toyota 77.291s (-0.445) 92.689 mph
16. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 77.308s (-0.462) 92.668 mph
17. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 77.458s (-0.612) 92.489 mph
18. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 77.467s (-0.621) 92.478 mph
19. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 77.476s (-0.630) 92.467 mph
20. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 77.486s (-0.640) 92.455 mph
21. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 77.517s (-0.671) 92.418 mph
22. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 77.544s (-0.698) 92.386 mph
23. #7 Robby Gordon Dodge 77.660s (-0.814) 92.248 mph
24. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 77.706s (-0.860) 92.194 mph
25. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 77.707s (-0.861) 92.192 mph
26. #13 Casey Mears Ford 77.731s (-0.885) 92.164 mph
27. #38 David Gilliland Ford 77.739s (-0.893) 92.155 mph
28. #34 David Ragan Ford 77.828s (-0.982) 92.049 mph
29. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 77.833s (-0.987) 92.043 mph
30. #195 Scott Speed Ford 77.890s (-1.044) 91.976 mph
31. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 77.923s (-1.077) 91.937 mph
32. #32 Boris Said Ford 78.150s (-1.304) 91.670 mph
33. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 78.428s (-1.582) 91.345 mph
34. #26 Josh Wise* Ford 78.611s (-1.765) 91.132 mph
35. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 78.734s (-1.888) 90.990 mph
36. #249 J.J. Yeley Toyota 78.866s (-2.020) 90.838 mph
37. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 78.905s (-2.059) 90.793 mph
38. #10 Tomy Drissi Chevrolet 79.057s (-2.211) 90.618 mph
39. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 79.218s (-2.372) 90.434 mph
40. #119 Chris Cook Toyota 79.545s (-2.699) 90.062 mph
41. #33 Stephen Leicht* Chevrolet 79.705s (-2.859) 89.881 mph

Practice 2

1. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 75.961s (Leader) 94.312 mph
2. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 76.718s (-0.757) 93.381 mph
3. #22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge 76.750s (-0.789) 93.342 mph
4. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 76.795s (-0.834) 93.287 mph
5. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 76.831s (-0.870) 93.244 mph
6. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 76.859s (-0.898) 93.210 mph
7. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 76.883s (-0.922) 93.180 mph
8. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 76.963s (-1.002) 93.084 mph
9. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 77.006s (-1.045) 93.032 mph
10. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 77.056s (-1.095) 92.971 mph
11. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 77.086s (-1.125) 92.935 mph
12. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 77.192s (-1.231) 92.808 mph
13. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 77.281s (-1.320) 92.701 mph
14. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 77.314s (-1.353) 92.661 mph
15. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 77.365s (-1.404) 92.600 mph
16. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 77.374s (-1.413) 92.589 mph
17. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 77.401s (-1.440) 92.557 mph
18. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 77.451s (-1.490) 92.497 mph
19. #55 Brian Vickers Toyota 77.477s (-1.516) 92.466 mph
20. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 77.511s (-1.550) 92.426 mph
21. #13 Casey Mears Ford 77.528s (-1.567) 92.405 mph
22. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 77.546s (-1.585) 92.384 mph
23. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 77.651s (-1.690) 92.259 mph
24. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 77.653s (-1.692) 92.257 mph
25. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 77.668s (-1.707) 92.239 mph
26. #195 Scott Speed Ford 77.817s (-1.856) 92.062 mph
27. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 77.847s (-1.886) 92.027 mph
28. #38 David Gilliland Ford 77.848s (-1.887) 92.025 mph
29. #98 David Mayhew Ford 78.082s (-2.121) 91.750 mph
30. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 78.369s (-2.408) 91.414 mph
31. #7 Robby Gordon Dodge 78.376s (-2.415) 91.406 mph
32. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 78.406s (-2.445) 91.371 mph
33. #32 Boris Said Ford 78.593s (-2.632) 91.153 mph
34. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 78.877s (-2.916) 90.825 mph
35. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 78.880s (-2.919) 90.822 mph
36. #34 David Ragan Ford 78.957s (-2.996) 90.733 mph
37. #26 Josh Wise* Ford 79.179s (-3.218) 90.479 mph
38. #10 Tomy Drissi Chevrolet 79.357s (-3.396) 90.276 mph
39. #33 Stephen Leicht* Chevrolet 79.471s (-3.510) 90.146 mph
40. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 79.917s (-3.956) 89.643 mph
41. #119 Chris Cook Toyota 80.404s (-4.443) 89.100 mph
42. #249 J.J. Yeley Toyota
43. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet

* Denotes Rookie



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