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Sonoma Report

Joey Logano led Joe Gibbs Racing with a 10th-place finish in today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 from Sonoma, CA.

Meanwhile late-race damage from contact on the tight corners of the 1.99-mile race track left Kyle Busch to finish 17th and created a part failure for Denny Hamlin that resulted in a 35th-place finish.

Joey Logano started the No. 20 Home Depot Toyota in 14th and raced just outside the top ten through much of the first half of what proved to be a mostly caution free race. He would enter the top ten by lap 75 and remain among the leaders the remainder of the race. Tight racing over the final laps would hamper his ability to gain additional positions on the track and he would go on to finish 10th.

Kyle Busch started his No. 18 M&Ms Toyota in seventh and raced the majority of the day inside the top five. He would restart fourth on lap 85 and contact from those around him would shuffle him back a few positions and cause damage to his M&Ms Camry. Busch still managed to battle inside the top ten but on lap 94 his teammate Logano would not be able to slow enough entering a hairpin turn causing him to wheel hop and momentarily lose control of his car. Logano would accidently make contact with Hamlin causing a spin that in turn created contact with Busch. Busch would do well to hold onto as many positions as possible despite the damage to his car. He would finish 17th.

Denny Hamlin started his No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota in 16th and raced near his starting position through the first half of the race as there were no cautions and he battled a loose handling race car. The FedEx team would make the necessary adjustments over the course of the race and Hamlin suddenly was racing inside the top ten. Unfortunately when his teammate Logano was unable to slow driving into the track’s hairpin turn it caused him to wheel hop and momentarily lose control of his car creating contact with Hamlin. The contact would cause Hamlin to spin and although he managed to regain control and continue he would lose several positions on the track. Unfortunately a few laps later Hamlin would have to bring his Camry to the garage with a part failure ending his day early. He would have to settle with a disappointing 35th-place finish.

Clint Bowyer captured the win, while Tony Stewart was second, Kurt Busch third, Brian Vickers and Jimmie Johnson rounded out the top five. There were only two cautions for a total of seven laps with eight lead changes among five different drivers.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be in Kentucky for a Saturday night race on June 30. Coverage of the race from Kentucky will be broadcast live by TNT starting at 7 PM ET (pre-race show starts at 6:30 PM ET). You can also keep track of all the action by following @joegibbsracing on twitter.

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