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Bowyer Holds on for Road-Course Victory at Sonoma

Clint Bowyer led 71 laps to win at Sonoma (Getty Images)

A dominating day by Clint Bowyer at Sonoma – leading 71 of 112 laps to win his first race of the season and for the first time on a road course. It’s Bowyer’s first win since last October and his first win with Michael Waltrip Racing. Bowyer had to walk to victory lane though because he ran out of gas doing his victory lap.

Defending champion Kurt Busch was in it to the end. Driving an unsponsored car, Busch had a great chance to win it, but Tony Stewart got around him on the last lap to place second for the second straight week. Busch had to settle for third, but still his best finish of the season.

Brian Vickers and Jimmie Johnson completed the top five. Johnson has finished in the top-five in five of the last six races.

Matt Kenseth came in 13th and held on to the points lead.

From riches to rags for Dale Earnhardt, Junior. After his first win in four years last week at Michigan, Junior finished 23rd for his worst finish of the season. It dropped him to third in the standings.

Next up is a Saturday night date at Kentucky.

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