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NASCAR results at Sonoma: Martin Truex Jr.'s team uses tricky strategy to win

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57   //    25 Jun 2018, 03:37 IST
Martin Truex Jr. leads the field at Sonoma Raceway
Martin Truex Jr. leads the field at Sonoma Raceway

NASCAR races are as often won with great pit strategy as they are speed and driving ability. And no one played the strategy game better Sunday at Sonoma Raceway than crew chief Cole Pearn and the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing team.

Pearn's clever pit call midway through Stage 3 of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 helped Martin Truex Jr.,  to his third victory of the season. The defending Monster Energy NASCAR Cup champion has 18 career victories.

Here's how Pearn did it: Just before the midway point of Stage 3, the No. 78 crew got ready for a pit stop, and Pearn told Truex to "Pit now, pit now." But after leader Harvick pitted, Truex stayed out on the track.

Harvick's crew chief, Rodney Childers radioed Harvick, “Basically the 78 faked us out and decided to run seven or eight more laps. Kinda screwed us a little bit."

"That's all Cole. That's all him," Truex told FS1. "That was amazing. I tell him all the time, win, lose or draw, we do it together."

Truex eventually gave up the lead to pit on lap 81 of 110. When he returned to the track, he had eight fewer laps on his tires than Harvick and quickly began reeling in the Stewart-Haas Racing driver.

Truex caught Harvick on lap 91 and sailed into the lead, with victory in sight.

Harvick and teammate Clint Bowyer, running in third, pitted on lap 93, hoping for a late caution that would bunch the field and negate Truex's lead on the road course.

But the race stayed green to the end, and Truex claimed the checkered flag. Harvick and Bowyer finished second and third, respectively, followed by Chase Elliott and Kyle Busch.

Sonoma Raceway results

1. Martin Truex Jr.
2. Kevin Harvick
3. Clint Bowyer
4. Chase Elliott
5. Kyle Busch
6. Kurt Busch
7. Erik Jones
8. Aric Almirola
9. Alex Bowman
10. Denny Hamlin
11. Jimmie Johnson
12. Chris Buescher
13. Brad Keselowski
14. Kyle Larson
15. Daniel Suarez
16. Austin Dillon
17. Matt DiBenedetto
18. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
19. Joey Logano
20. Kasey Kahne
21. Michael McDowell
22. David Ragan
23. Parker Kligerman
24. Ryan Newman
25. William Byron
26. Paul Menard
27. Trevor Bayne
28. Justin Marks
29. Bubba Wallace
30. Gray Gaulding
31. Chris Cook
32. Tommy Drissi
33. Ty Dillon
34. Ryan Blaney
35. Cole Whitt
36. Cody Ware
37. Jamie McMurray
38. AJ Allmendinger

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