Sonoma: A recap entirely in GIFs
By Steve Luvender | Monday, June 24, 2019
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We recap the twists and turns of the season's first road course in GIFs.
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Sunday marked the first road course of the season -- time to turn left and right in Wine Country!
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Darrell Waltrip, in his final race broadcast, gave us one final "Boogity, boogity, boogity."
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William Byron quickly grabbed the lead from polesitter Kyle Larson, then took off with the lead -- his first laps led on a road course.
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This tire rub for Kurt Busch worked itself out quickly -- no smoke after a few laps, luckily for Busch.
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Kevin Harvick sent Michael McDowell for a spin late in Stage 1.
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William Byron swept a perfect Stage 1, leading all 20 laps. All that iRacing on Sonoma Raceway's carousel layout paid off.
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Keep all four tires on the track, Aric!
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Defending race winner Martin Truex Jr. looked quick in the race's second 20-lap stage, piling up the laps at the top of the scoring pylon.
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Aric, what did we JUST tell you?
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Ross Chastain went off course in Stage 2. Perhaps he's scouting a new spot for the family's watermelon farm -- yeah, in the middle of Wine Country. Fruit is fruit, right?
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Michael McDowell's eventful day continued when he tagged Paul Menard in Turn 11, sending the No. 21 spinning.
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After race leaders pitted late in Stage 2, Denny Hamlin led the final two laps to win the stage -- at the expense of track position to restart the final stage. Hey, a playoff point's a playoff point.
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This attempt to remove tape from the No. 24's nose wasn't successful, though valiant.
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"Thanks, DW." -- Mike Joy
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Darrell Waltrip -- err, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. -- sent Ryan Preece for a spin in Turn 11.
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Michael McDowell was probably ready to head home after his third incident of the afternoon.
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Chase Elliott's day ended abruptly when the No. 9's engine expired.
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An uncontrolled tire penalty soured a top-five run for Daniel Suarez and the No. 41 team.
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In the closing run of the race, Kyle Busch, down radio communication -- and an ice pack -- pitted several laps after leader and teammate Martin Truex Jr.
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Following the final round of pit stops, Kyle Busch was tasked with chasing down Truex in the run to the finish.
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It was a challenge at times for the leaders, who often caught slower lapped cars in the chase to the checkered flag.
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In the end, Martin Truex Jr. was too hot for Kyle Busch. Truex held on for his third win at Sonoma. Enough to earn the title of road course master?
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Good heads-up driving by Ryan Preece to dodge a celebrating Truex on the cool-down lap.
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What made the difference between the No. 18 and the No. 19 at the end? Beats us.