Jimmie Johnson leads midway through the Toyota / Save Mart 350 at Sonoma
After 55 laps, Jimmie Johnson leads the field in the Toyota / Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway.
Johnson, who started 13th, took the lead on Lap 54 during green flag pit stops. Johnson assumed the point position after race leader Kurt Busch oitted.
Kurt Busch led the first 22 laps of the 110 lap race after starting second. After two cautions and a brief red flag period, Busch retook the lead from his brother, Kyle Busch, on Lap 41. Kurt Busch led 35 laps before pitting
The top 10 after 55 laps is: Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards, Clint Bowyer, Joey Logano, Greg Biffle, Tony Stewart, Kyle Larson, Justin Allgaier and Kurt Busch.
The first caution of the race came on Lap 23 when David Gilliland lost a front tire and slammed into a tire barrier exiting Turn 10. During pits stops, AJ Allmendinger, the polesitter, was the first off pit road but eight cars chose to stay out, giving Clint Bowyer the lead for the Lap 26 restart.
Kyle Busch took the lead from Bowyer on Lap 28 when the second caution of the day came out two laps later. David Ragan and Martin Truex Jr were fighting for position when Ragan hit Truex’s left-rear quarter, spinning the No. 78 around and into a tire barrier.
Repairs to the tire barrier caused a 10 minute and 30 second red flag period.
Kyle Busch would lead 12 laps before Kurt Busch regained the lead.