Harvick Heads for Victory Lane in Sonoma


The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series points leader, Kyle Larson, struggled during the Toyota/Save Mart 350 on Sunday and was never a factor in the last two stages of the race. The three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion has retired from the NASCAR racing scene.

Having the four new tires, Harvick was able to make up time on the leaders on the track. "It was interesting listening to some of the (Joe) Gibbs (Racing) drivers and the gamesmanship they were playing as they pitted and came back out and then immediately started screaming debris on the racetrack", said winning auto owner Tony Stewart in the media center at Sonoma.

"I knew we were going to win again just for the fact that our cars were running good", Harvick said. Team New Zealand has won six races but began with a negative point because Oracle won the qualifiers.

"It's a big thing in Israel because there's nearly no motorsports there", Day said.

Truex made the comment over his team radio after successfully passing Harvick for the lead on Lap 67 of 110. He now gets to attempt the road course in the #14 auto that Tony Stewart wheeled to victory here a year ago.

Harvick was excited to score his first win at Sonoma after many years of trying.

Is Kevin Harvick the best prospect to bring Ford a championship this year? Matt DiBenedetto - who has since moved on to Go Fas Racing - finished seventh at Bristol a year ago and the celebration was similar to a win for most teams. This year, the manufacturer has wins from Penske, Roush-Fenway Racing, The Wood Brothers and SHR. It's hard for me to put that into words because I don't know what that is going to feel like.

"I think the hardest part of the road course is kind of containing your emotions because you are falling behind in so many corners because you can not pass", said Ryan Newman. The driver from Bakersfield, Calif., believes the Stewart-Haas team is just hitting its stride after a busy off season conversion from Chevy entries to Ford.

Martin Truex Jr. led 25 laps but suffered an engine failure and finished 37th.

Many on the outside would think that with five top-5s in the first 15 races of 2017, that would serve as enough motivation for him to finally break into the win column, no matter the race track.

Johnson then cruised to the stage win.

While, at first, it may sound as though she was at fault for her 17th place overall finish, the collisions really weren't all her fault or really her doing at all. The balance of the top-12 qualifiers in order were: Jamie McMurray, Truex, Kyle Busch, AJ Allmendinger, Danica Patrick, Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott, Chris Buescher, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Daniel Suarez and Kevin Harvick. (Teammate) Kurt (Busch) winning the Daytona 500, and we have run well.

Ryan Blaney was seventh and followed by Chase Elliott, who is in a backup vehicle following a Friday wreck.

"At road courses, you only have to have about a fifth place vehicle to win".

There were also several different strategies when it came to pitting, but Jimmie Johnson chose to stay out longer than most other drivers to finish first in Stage 2. The British driver's 66th pole moved him one ahead of Formula One great Ayrton Senna and two behind Michael Schumacher's all-time record of 68.

"We'll see", he said with a smile.

Kyle Larson wound up finishing in 26th place when the checkered flag flew.

Castroneves beat out teammate Will Power by.06 seconds to take the pole. His 11.2 average on the season ranks third-best, and he's fourth in laps led.