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SONOMA, Calif. - Jimmie Johnson can now add a road course win to his already impressive NASCAR Sprint Cup racing resume.

Johnson took advantage of a costly mistake by Marcos Ambrose under the race’s seventh and final caution flag to win the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway.

Ambrose switched off his car, in an attempt to save fuel, while in the lead and was forced to restart seventh after six cars passed him under the yellow. Once the field went back to green, Johnson cruised to his 51st career victory.

"Unfortunate for him, he was the fastest car at the end," Johnson said. "I know he's kicking himself for whatever went wrong there.

"This feels so good. I've been working really hard to get better as a road-course driver."

Johnson was surprised about the location that Ambrose stalled the car, which made him think that Ambrose had a problem.

"Normally guys shut the car off downhill coasting to save fuel," Johnson said. "I didn't think at first that he had shut the car off going up the hill. That's just the last place you would probably do it. So I thought maybe he ran out of fuel or had an electrical problem, you know, something major, because the car just came to a stop. I'm like, 'Wow.'"

Both Johnson and Ambrose had the cars to beat on Sunday, combining to lead 90 of the 110 laps. Johnson led 55 circuits around the 1.99-mile road course for his first win in 17 combined starts on the road courses – Infineon and Watkins Glen.

Ambrose, who was trying to score his first career Cup win, was obviously disappointed with the turn of events.

"I'm disappointed," Ambrose said. "It's NASCAR's house and I'll always play by the rules. I don't agree with it, I don't like it and that's only because I lost the race."

Robby Gordon finished second for his best finish, and fourth top five, as an owner-driver.

"We came here to win the race," Gordon said. "Second place is pretty darn close to winning it.

"My team needs a little bit of morale here and there. This will boost morale back at the workshop. I will say that we will come to Watkins Glen guns blazing."

Kevin Harvick was third with Kasey Kahne and Jeff Gordon rounding out the top five.

Ambrose, Greg Bifle, Boris Said, Tony Stewart and Juan Pablo Montoya completed the first 10 finishers.

Harvick now leads the standings by 140 over Johnson, who jumped four spots with the win.

It was a tough day for Joe Gibbs Racing team. All three drivers were involved in incidents on the track with Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch finishing 33rd, 34th and 39th, respectively.

Busch and Hamlin each dropped one spot in the standings.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series now heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for next Sunday's Lenox Industrial Tools 301.

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