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Bowyer dominant in Sonoma win

10:59 PM, Jun 24, 2012   |    comments
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Sonoma, CA (Sports Network) - Clint Bowyer won his first road-course race in the Sprint Cup Series with a dominating performance in Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma.

Bowyer, who is in his first year as driver of the No. 15 Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing, led 71 of the 112 laps on Sonoma's 1.99-mile, 12-turn road course.

The race featured just two cautions, but the last one set up a green-white- checkered finish. Bowyer finished 0.83 seconds ahead of Tony Stewart to earn his sixth career win in the series.

Kurt Busch, the defending race winner, chased down Bowyer and made several attempts to take the lead from him in the closing laps, but Busch experienced a mechanical issue with his car prior to the two-lap overtime finish. He ran in second for the final restart, but Stewart passed him for the position on the last lap.

Busch, who was suspended for the Pocono race two weeks ago for violating his probation, wound up third, while Bowyer's teammate, Brian Vickers, and Jimmie Johnson rounded out the top-five.

Despite a 13th-place finish, Matt Kenseth remained atop the point standings. Kenseth holds an 11-point advantage over his Roush Fenway Racing teammate, Greg Biffle, who placed seventh.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., who ended a four-year winless streak last weekend at Michigan, fell 14 points behind Kenseth after finishing 23rd. Earnhardt Jr. got spun around while running in a tight pack of traffic on the penultimate lap. He has yet to post a top-10 finish at Sonoma.


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