Edwards takes Toyota Save Mart 350

Mayor_Rouse_&_Vida_BlueSonoma Mayor Tom Rouse and baseball pitching great Vida Blue take in the action at Sunday’s Toyota Save Mart 350. For the 10th straight year, a different NASCAR driver won at Sonoma Raceway as Carl Edwards held off Jeff Gordon to take the flag.

The victory, Edwards’ second of the season, was the 23rd win of his career, and first Sprint Cup win on a road course. Gordon finished second, .591 seconds behind. Dale Earnhardt Jr. ran third, his best-ever road course result.

Edwards said he grew up watching Gordon dominate road races, “so to be able to hold him off like that means a lot.”

“That’s a moment I’ll never forget, to be standing in Victory Lane and to have held off Jeff Gordon, with all the success he’s had here and in our sport,” Edwards told reporters. “It’s just really, really special.

The next finishers were pole winner Jamie McMurray and Paul Menard. Kasey Kahne, Jimmie Johnson, Marcos Ambrose, Greg Biffle and Clint Bowyer completed the top 10.

Photos by Scott Knight

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