Nascar held the Toyota Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday, but the race had very little impact on the overall standings as the season keeps marching along. Martin Truex visited Victory Lane for the first time since June of 2007, which allowed him to leapfrog three racers and make his way into the top 10.
The Hendrick’s roster of racers had an excellent day at Sonoma, as Jeff Gordon cruised to a second place finish, Kasey Kahne finished in sixth place and Five Time Jimmie Johnson ended the race in ninth place. The lowest of the Hendrick’s drivers was Dale Earnhardt Jr. and he only finished in 12th place, rounding out the Hendrick’s field.
Gordon has been riding a wave of decent race results lately, continuing his climb up the standings. He does not have a win in 2013, although that could very well change based on the way he has been racing. After the Sonoma race he moves up three spots to 13th place, just outside of the top 10 cutoff that he will need to reach if he is unable to win any races.
Carl Edwards, on the strength of a third place finish, stays in second place and actually moves a couple points closer to Johnson for first place overall. Edwards is now looking at a 25 point deficit that he must climb if he wants to catch up to Johnson before the Chase begins. That doesn’t mean as much unless he is able to win some races to close the gap with Johnson’s three race wins.
Next week the Nascar circuit will hold the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway, which was won by Brad Keselowski last year.