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Martin Truex falls short on Sonoma three-peat

He ran up front for much of the race, but Martin Truex Jr. fell short in his bid to capture three straight Cup Series victories at Sonoma Raceway.

Truex and his No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing team finished third Sunday (June 6) in the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at the California road course after winning at the track in 2018 and 2019.

“I think the really long runs was really our only chance there,” Truex said. “All of those cautions at the end killed any chance we had.”

Truex started the race 19th and earned seven stage points in the race.

Despite restarting on the second row in NASCAR Overtime behind race winner Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott, the 2017 series champion said he did not have anything for the top-two finishers.

“The restarts were not my thing,” Truex said. “My only chance was really long runs and as I’ve been saying, once we started getting those cautions there in stage three, we were up against an uphill battle.”

Through the first 16 races, Truex has won three races and is sixth overall in point standings.

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