Carl Edwards is not a name that comes to mind for most when you talk about the road course at Sonoma. But the fact of the matter is the 99 team has been pretty good there. Edwards finished third at Sonoma two of the past three seasons. He finally finished the deal on Sunday, passing road course specialist Marcos Ambrose late and then holding off the all-time winningest NASCAR driver on the road courses Jeff Gordon, to pick up his second win of the season.
"The end was real tough and that last lap was just ugly. I grew up watching Jeff Gordon win here so to see him in my rearview mirror was just scary," said Edwards.
Gordon finishes second, with Dale Earnhardt, Jr. third, Jamie McMurray in a car sponsored by Wichita based Cessna fourth and Paul Menard fifth.
Kansas native Clint Bowyer had a shot at the win late in the race, but at lap 81 he had a tire going down and as he slowed McMurray spun the 15 car. Kevin Harvick then slammed into Bowyer. Despite falling to the back of the field, Bowyer rebounded to pick up his sixth top 10 of the season.
“We got ourselves in position and had a flat -- it's was that,” said Bowyer. “It was going down and I was all over the place. Jamie (McMurray) just kind of finished me up and got me out of the way, I guess. Bad luck, man. The way our season has been, we’ve been the lap closer here lately and if they keep bringing cars like that to the race track, we’ll be just fine.”
Bowyer remains 14th in the points, clinging on to the final spot in the Chase for the Championship standings.