Kevin Harvick showcases usual form, returns to Victory Lane — NASCAR Sonoma recap

Denny Hamlin has hilarious response to trivia question about past winners at Sonoma

Larson is coming off his second win of the season at MI, and he finished a respectable 12 at Sonoma previous year. Now sitting third in the points standings, Harvick leads Ford in almost every category except wins - Brad Keselowski has two - but no spot in the playoffs is guaranteed without a win. Trevor Bayne (6) is 18th, but 90 points out of the last qualifying position.

Johnson stealthily made his way through the field from mid-pack in stage two, and when a debris caution came out on lap 39, crew chief Chad Knaus made the call to leave his driver out when the leaders pitted, and the #48 Hendrick Motorsports driver was never headed for the remainder of the second stage after restarting in the lead. At fifth in points, Elliott remains winless but has five top-5 finishes to show for it.

It seems odd to say, especially since the Cup cars only race twice a year on road courses (it will be three next year), but watching a NASCAR road course race is off the charts better than watching a Formula One or IndyCar race on the road course. His last victory here came two seasons ago in 2015. Busch has led laps in the last two Sonoma races and finished seventh in this event a year ago.

Harvick may have earned his first win in Sonoma, but he's hardly been an afterthought this season. But, who you are as a person never gets forgotten. Luckily we were able to make it through the first round. I was surprised to see the lap time that I ran pop up on my dash but we'll take it.

INDYCAR: Scott Dixon won the Kohler Grand Prix at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., edging Josef Newgarden by 0.57 seconds, his first victory at the course. Wallace drove last week at Brooklyn, Mich., but will not be at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday.

He has started on the pole three times at Sonoma.

After earning a 31st-place finish in the Carneros 200 in 2015, Inglebright and his pit crew went back to the drawing board and were optimistic with their brand new auto and motor built by Rick Carelli. Ben Beshore had been filling in for Adam Stevens, who is in the middle of a four-race suspension after Busch's tire fell off after a pit stop at Dover. The victor was selected by Byrnes' colleagues on the FOX NASCAR broadcast team, of which he was a member since the network's first race broadcast in February 2001. "We did our best and we'll get better".

Early in Stage 2, Ricky Stenhouse Jr spun while racing 3 wide with Kyle Larson and Dale Jr. That's nearly 13 miles per hour faster than the race record, set by 2012 victor Clint Bowyer with an average speed of 83.624 miles per hour.

Bill Silvester got hooked on racing when the North Carolina legislature banned dog tracks in the state, and the track in Currituck County transitioned from greyhounds to stock cars. Make sure you pick him. Allmendinger has, at least in the past, been known as a road course ringer and should soak up a ton of ownership in the $9K range this week. Later in the season, Hamlin took a win of his own at Watkins Glen. And it didn't hurt that NASCAR officials reined in their trigger finger on the caution light and didn't flip it for debris or spinning cars over the final 10 laps until a hard hit by Kasey Kahne on the final circuit around the 1.99-mile road course. Eventually he had to pull off the track, and finished 37th of 38 cars. Both of those events were held at Daytona. He is third in the standings and now has that win after just 14 starts.

Bell, who finished fourth in his debut at Charlotte, won the pole and the first stage. He led nine laps in that race. His driver rating at this track is 87.5, which ranks eighth in the series. It will also be the third restrictor plate race of the season.

By then, Harvick had a comfortable lead of more than eight seconds-and just enough fuel in the tank of the No. 4 Ford Fusion to complete a celebratory burnout on the frontstretch. He enters this track with the best numbers, as he is a former victor of this rack with seven top-5 finishes.

Newman is now riding a four-race top-15 streak, which includes a fourth-place finish at Dover three weeks ago. It all went right for him on Sunday afternoon.

Over the past four Sonoma races, Menard has an average finish of 12th. The qualifying and the race to the first turn when the green flag drops to start the race are often the most exciting moments.


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