Thursday, March 5, 2015
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Edwards holds off Gordon to win Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway

23B1RaceCar(color)40p

By
From page B1 | June 23, 2014 |

SONOMA — Another year, another different NASCAR winner at Sonoma Raceway.

Carl Edwards held off a late push by Jeff Gordon to become the 10th winner of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 in the last 10 years after nearly giving up the lead in the last corner, Sunday.

It was a strong run by Gordon at the end, but Edwards was up to the task for one last lap.

“I kind of felt that he would be right there,” Edwards said of Gordon. “I made a couple of mistakes on the final lap. My tires were really worn out. I was having a hard time trying to turn. If I didn’t do everything perfectly, he would close on me and he did.

“I just wanted to get down into 11, get stopped, get turned without getting hit. I’m glad it’s a 110-lap race, not 111. It would have been a tough last lap if it would have had to go one more.”

Gordon said he tried to get by Edwards in the last turn with all he had, getting within a half-car length before Edwards held him off.

“On that last lap, I gave it my best effort and closed up on him, but I drove into (Turn) 11 as hard as I could,” Gordon said. “We weren’t good in 11 anyway. He didn’t overdrive it. I was hoping he might slide up and I’d get a run underneath him.

“On that move, you just want to make the guy overdrive the corner because if you miss the bottom down there, there is a real opportunity for someone to get inside of you. . . . I would have liked to have been a little bit closer to have a shot at him going into 11 on that last lap.”

Gordon also said he probably would have gotten by Edwards if not for a few problems.

“I wish I could have had those last five laps to do over again,” he said. “I started overdriving it a little bit trying to catch him and I made a few mistakes. I had one that really cost me. I thought I could have put a little more pressure on Carl (if I didn’t make those mistakes).”

Edwards, who led the final 26 laps, likes getting the win but also likes the way his team performed on a tough road course.

“It means a lot to me – a lot,” Edwards said. “My road racing progression, it’s been a pretty long climb . . . To be able to come here and win this race 10 years later is really special. A lot of hard work has gone into this and to be locked in the Chase is huge.”

Dale Earnhardt Jr., Gordon’s Hedrick Motorsports’ teammate, had a good car all three days in the Wine Country and wound up third.

“We had a fast car all weekend,” Earnhardt Jr. said. “We thought our opportunity to run well here was to pit and get new tires more often than anybody else. With the two wins (earlier) in the season, that allowed us to gamble and get out there in the mess and have newer tires and it paid off. . . . It was a fun day.”

NOTES: With his second-place finish, Gordon upped his points lead over Jimmie Johnson to 580-560. Edwards is sixth with 509, just three behind Brad Keselowski. . . . Pole winner Jamie McMurray wound up in fourth place. . . . Last year’s winner, Martin Truex Jr., was 15th. . . There were a total of six cautions for 19 of the 110 laps. . . .Edwards spent the third-least amount of time on pit road behind Denny Hamlin and Marcos Ambrose. . . . The total purse for Sunday’s race was $5,743,595. . . . Kyle Larson, who won Saturday’s K&N Pro West Series Carneros 200, suffered mechanical problems and finished 28th after starting third. . . . This was Edward’ second win of the season and eighth Top-10 finish. . . . Gordon posted his 18th Top-10 finish at Sonoma in 22 races, including five victories. . . . Austin Dillon (17th) was the highest finishing rookie. . . . AJ Allemdinger led the most laps (35) but ended up 37th. . . . Danica Patrick was 18th after starting 11th.

Reach Brian Arnold at 427-6969 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/barnolddr.

Brian Arnold

Brian Arnold

1992 graduate of San Francisco State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism.
LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • Recent Articles

  • Enter your email address to subscribe and receive notifications of new posts by email.

  • .

    Solano News

     
    Show resilience in the face of adversity

    By Mayrene Bates | From Page: A2

     
    Real McCoy II Ferry set for maintenance

    By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A3

     
    Vacaville police slate annual awards ceremony

    By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A3

    Limited damage to apartment from carport fire

    By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A3 | Gallery

     
    Students sample industry choices during school career fair

    By Glen Faison | From Page: A3 | Gallery

     
    National Red Cross Month celebrates heroes

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

     
    Il Fiorello schedules citrus class

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4, 1 Comment

    Jury convicts ex-con who served as own lawyer

    By Jess Sullivan | From Page: A4

     
    Red Carpet Gala to benefit theater foundation

    By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A4

    Pet remembrance event set in Vallejo

    By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A4

     
    Friday concert benefits Families Helping Families

    By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A4

     
    Vallejo police arrest 4 in connection with 3 killings

    By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A4

     
    Suisun City police log: Tuesday, March 3, 2015

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A10

    Fairfield police log: Tuesday, March 3, 2015

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A10

     
    .

    US / World

     
    Justices sharply divided over health care law subsidies

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

    ‘It was him': Defense admits Tsarnaev bombed Boston Marathon

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

     
    California lawmaker pushes child care worker vaccinations

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

     
    Children in Southern California breathing easier, study says

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A4 | Gallery

    Failures by 3 governments preceded homeless man’s death

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A4 | Gallery

     
    Second Los Angeles hospital reports ‘superbug’ infections

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

    Obama signs Homeland Security funding bill into law

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

     
    House panel issues subpoena for Clinton’s personal emails

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

     
    Feds: Evidence backs Ferguson officer’s account in shooting

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

    A defiant Alabama regains ground against gay marriage

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

     
    How much sugar is in that? 7 foods with added sugar

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5 | Gallery

     
    Microsoft co-founder says he found sunken Japan WWII warship

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

     
    Coal mine blast kills at least 24 in war-torn east Ukraine

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A6 | Gallery

    .

    Living

    Today in History: March 5, 2015

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    Community Calendar: March 5, 2015

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

    Horoscopes: March 5, 2015

    By Holiday Mathis | From Page: A9

     
    I can’t tell if I still want to be married, or just don’t want to be alone

    By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: A9

    .

    Entertainment

    Glen Campbell children fighting wife’s control of affairs

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B4 | Gallery

     
    DiCaprio partners with Netflix for series of documentaries

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

    ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ tops MTV Movie Awards nominations

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

     
    .

    Sports

     
    Posey has 2-run double in Giants’ 9-2 loss to A’s

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

     
    Local report: Vanden softball slips by Rodriguez with late run

    By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B1

    Curry shoots Warriors to 102-93 victory over Bucks

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

     
    MLS, players agree in principle to 5-year deal

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    Prosecutors can’t bring up Florida shooting in ex-NFLer case

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    Vikings agree to trade Cassel to Bills

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    Scott opens a season of change at Doral

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    ‘It WAS him': Defense admits Tsarnaev bombed Boston Marathon

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    With Peterson’s status in question, Vikings pay a visit

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    NFL stadium supporters in LA suburb file ballot paperwork

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    Alex Johnson, AL batting champ in 1970, dies at age 72

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    Goodell: NFL responsible for Super Bowl seating problems

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    Former player Nate Jackson calls for NFL to allow marijuana

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    Phoenix to install tire barriers before NASCAR visit

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    Pirelli sticks with same tire choices for first 4 F1 races

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    AP Source: Peyton Manning returning for 18th NFL season

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    NCAA reports big jump in home runs with new flat-seam ball

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    .

    Business

    .

    Obituaries

    Aaron D. Malave

    By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

     
    Thelma A. Roche

    By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

    Cesar Luis Garcia-Regalado

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

     
    Rodolfo Landabora Porquez

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4, 1 Comment

    .

    Comics

    Sally Forth

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

     
    Peanuts

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

    Pickles

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

     
    Baldo

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

    Dilbert

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

     
    Baby Blues

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

    Beetle Bailey

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

     
    Frank and Ernest

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

    B.C.

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

     
    Garfield

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

    Rose is Rose

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

     
    For Better or Worse

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

    Zits

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

     
    Blondie

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

    Wizard of Id

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

     
    Get Fuzzy

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

    Word Sleuth

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

     
    Sudoku

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

    Cryptoquote

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

     
    Crossword

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

    Bridge

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9