(SONOMA, Calif.) — The wait has finally ended for Martin Truex Jr. as he snapped a 218-race winless streak, winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Sonoma Speedway on Sunday.
This was only the second-career win for Truex Jr., his last win coming back in 2007 when he won at Dover.
Jeff Gordon finished second in the race, followed by Carl Edwards, Kurt Busch, and Clint Bowyer.
“We’ve got such a great race team right now,” an emotional Truex Jr. said after the win. “Just so glad to get this out of way because we’ve been so close, and I feel like now that we’ve got this one out of the way we can do it a bunch more.”
Truex Jr. had raced at Sonoma seven times previously, but never finished higher than eighth, which was back in 2007.
The win also helped Truex Jr. in the point standings. In 16 races so far, Truex Jr. has four top-five finishes and two other top-10 finishes as well.
With the win, he also climbed back into the top-10 in the points standings.
Truex Jr. has only made the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship two times, in 2007 and 2012.
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