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Toyota Racing driver Martin Truex Jr. celebrates his second career victory in the Toyota / Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway.
No. 48 Chevrolet finishes sixth after caution foils strategy RELATED: Full race results " Updated series standings SONOMA, Calif. -- Jimmie Johnson 's bid for just his second-ever victory on a road course seemed to be gaining traction in the late stages Sunday at Sonoma Raceway. The team's slightly different pit strategy and his track position up front were in alignment, all until a late yellow flag altered the plan. From there, the traction went away, both for the Hendrick Motorsports driver's momentum and from his much older Goodyear tires. Johnson stayed on the race track during the race's final caution period, temporarily keeping the lead but eventually fading to sixth place after Sunday's Toyota / Save Mart 350 . Johnson held off his challengers for part of the seven-lap dash to the finish, but surrendered the lead to eventual race winner Kyle Busch on Lap 106 of 110. After crew chief Chad Knaus opted to leave the No. 48 Chevrolet out while the majority of drivers behind him pitted, Johnson wondered over the team radio whether he was a sitting duck for the final shootout. "I kind of thought so," said Johnson, who led a race-high 45 laps. "Looked like so many guys came to pit road, but then there were more that stayed out. I was just surprised how fast they got through traffic and got to my bumper. Tires were definitely the call, but we had a strategy that we were going to stick to and one caution away from working it just right." Just four other drivers remained on the track to set up for the final restart, putting Clint Bowyer sixth and Busch seventh as the foremost drivers on fresh tires. When Bowyer's progress was halted somewhat by contact with Matt Kenseth on the frenzied restart, it opened the door for Busch to close on Johnson, who grasped the lead as long as he could before finally giving way Despite the outcome, Knaus said the strategy call was a simple one to make. "The decision was easy," Knaus said. "If I had to do it again, I'd do it again. … The decisions are made behind us. I did what I wanted to do." Johnson's pit stop on Lap 67 essentially cut the race into two more green-flag runs for the No. 48 team, a strategy that unraveled when the late-race caution flew for Casey Mears ' rear axle failure. Johnson may have missed out on the traditional Victory Lane goblet of wine, but wasn't necessarily questioning either the performance or the team's game plan. "Road course races are just so hard to get right," Johnson said. "They're just so inconsistent. Strategy and when to pit, when not to pit, track position, how many cars pit -- all that pays such dividends on the race track. I really feel like we did the right strategy. If we came back and raced again tomorrow, we'd run the same strategy." I thought we were sipping wine today! Awesome job from the entire @LowesRacing team. — Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) June 28, 2015 FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Martin Truex Jr. passes Brad Keselowski for the lead in the Toyota / Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway