Sprint Cup drivers are doing some road course racing for the first time ever at season in wine country at the Toyota Save Mart 350. It will be 100 laps on the twisty, almost 2 mile racetrack. Kasey Kahne get his first ever poll on a road course race while Tony Stewart who is great at this type of track gets to start in the back due to a poor qualifying effort.
The road course ringers are out today and drivers like Marcos Ambrose, Ron Fellows, and Boris Said out to steel a victory.
At the drop of the green flag it went a long time before the first caution comes out. That is something you do not regularly see at this track. Kasey Kahne led the first four laps then in turn 11 Jimmie Johnson was able to get the lead of the race. Jimmie then started to bust out a four second lead. Cars that were making a move to the front included Carl Edwards, Juan Pablo Montoya, Kyle Busch and Tony Stewart. Kahne was moving straight to the back.
Around lap 20 and Boris Said was complaining of a major brake problem.
Green flag racing still was going on and on lap 26 Greg Biffle made the first green flag pit stop of the day. Other drivers coming in early were Kevin Harvick, Juan Pablo Montoya, and Tony Stewart.
The caution finally comes out on lap 29 for the cars of David Ragan and Joe Nemechek at turn 11. They somehow got a tire barrier dislodged in the deal as well.
This put Greg Biffle in the lead of the race with Juan in second and Kyle Busch in third. The green flag drops on the lap 32 and then in turns one and two Greg spins out. That causes Juan to slow up giving Kyle the lead of the race. He then starts to bust out an over 10 second plus lead.
With 43 laps to go a bunch of drivers started to make green flag pit stops. Tony Stewart winds up stalling his car on pit road. With 41 laps to go the caution comes out as Robby Gordon gets spun out by Kurt Busch and then gets hit by Max Papis.
After the caution came out Kasey Kahne got held at the end of pit road. Robby Gordon winds up getting back to pit road, but stalls out in the entrance to it.
At the drop of the green flag Kyle Busch is in the lead with Juan Montoya in second. Green Flag racing lasted almost one full lap and at turn 11 Juan Pablo Montoya gets spun out with some help from Marcos Ambrose. Juan only falls back to fifteenth though.
At the drop of the green flag Jamie McMurray got a good restart and was able to get second place from Marcos Ambrose. At lap 83 Marcos spins out with some help from Elliott Sadler. That wound up ending his day. “We actually broke a gear,” said Marcos. “Sad end to a great day.” He also stated that he just could not stop the car fast enough when he hit Juan.
With 20 laps go Kyle Busch is the leader with Jamie McMurray in second and David Gilliland in third. With 11 laps left Jimmy Johnson spins out with some help from Greg Biffle.
The next caution finally comes out with 9 laps left as David Reutimann smacks it really hard into the tire barrier.
The green flag dropped with six laps left with Kyle Busch in the lead. In turns one and two Tony Stewart got good position and took over second place. Then later on in the lap Kevin Harvick takes out Jamie McMurray who spins out Tony Stewart and also getting involved was Ron fellows. This brought out another caution.
In second place after the wreck was David Gilliland and in third place was Jeff Gordon. The green flag drops with three laps left. Denny Hamlin is the first car to spin out in the lap and later on in the lap the caution comes out at Scott Pruett and Denny Hamlin crash. Then the red flag comes out for this due to fluids left by Scott Pruett on the racetrack.
After a lengthy red flag the cars started up again. Elliott Sadler at this time has a flat tire, but is going to attempt to finish the race under the green/white checker finish. Kyle Busch winds up getting a good restart and goes on to win his first ever Sprint Cup road course race ever.
Kyle Busch stated that the car was junk after they loaded it off the truck and that it is phenomenal to be here.
“It’s incredible,” said David Gilliland who finished in second. “Really proud of the team.”
“I’m excited,” said Jeff Gordon. He stated that he missed it at the beginning of the race and that at the end he “had nothing for the cars upfront.”
At the end of the race Kyle Busch leads Jeff Burton by 103 points and Dale Jr. is 152 back in third.