Kevin Harvick lifts team with Sonoma win
Kevin Harvick came into Sonoma without a victory this season and on a 20-race winless streak. With a switch from Chevrolet to Ford in the offseason, he knew growing pains were inevitable. After a big win Sunday, results are finally meeting potential.
Harvick's victory puts him in elite company.
Ricky Craven takes us through Kevin Harvick's first win of the season and Danica Patrick's sixth race in which she did not finish. With the victory at Sonoma, there's only three tracks Harvick hasn't won a race.
'Dive-bombing' derails Danica's day at Sonoma
Danica Patrick was frustrated by the "dive-bombing" technique employed by several drivers, including Dale Earnhardt Jr., that helped derail her day at Sonoma.
Harvick dominates Sonoma for 1st win of '17
Winless in 20 races since Kansas last fall, Kevin Harvick returned to victory lane for the first time this season with a dominant run Sunday on the road course at Sonoma Raceway.
Kyle Busch interim crew chief Ben Beshore faces a one-race suspension for Busch's fifth-place car having two loose lug nuts after the race at Sonoma. Beshore was filling in for the suspended Adam Stevens, who missed the third race of a four-suspension for a wheel coming off a car at Dover. NASCAR will make a final decision by Wednesday.
Martin Truex Jr. won a stage and led 21 laps but his engine expired with about 25 laps remaining at Sonoma. Kevin Harvick, looking for his first win of the season, leads with 20 laps to go on the 1.99-mile road course.
With drivers on different fuel strategies, Martin Truex Jr. and Jimmie Johnson won the opening stages at Sonoma. There are 60 laps left in the race on the 1.99-mile road course.
Less than 40 laps into the race at Sonoma, it has been a long day for Danica Patrick. Dale Earnhardt Jr. spun into her, causing a little damage, and later had contact with her, causing Patrick to spin into the path of her boyfriend, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., ending his day. Patrick had been able to continue in her wounded car.
Almirola hopes to return to racing in 3-5 weeks
Aric Almirola will have a scan on his broken back Wednesday and hopes to test a NASCAR Cup car in the next two weeks in anticipation of his return to racing in three to five weeks.
Kyle Busch is the only driver in the NASCAR Cup field today with more than one career win at Sonoma. He won at the track in 2008 and then used the win in 2015 to spark his championship run. Winless in his last 31 Cup starts, Busch starts fourth today.
Aric Almirola said the next bone scan on his broken back is Wednesday, and he expects to test a NASCAR Cup car in the next two weeks. He said the scan should tell him whether he could be back in three weeks at New Hampshire. He was in a shaker rig last week, where the team simulated a bumpy race track as well as dropping the jack. Almirola had no soreness. Almirola: "I'm a racer, and I'm very competitive, and it kills me to watch other people drive my race car."
Matt Kenseth didn't run a full lap in qualifying Saturday at Sonoma for good reason – he blew an engine in practice Friday and would have had to start today at the rear of the field anyway. Kenseth is looking for his first win in 35 road-course Cup races.
A lap in the pace car around Sonoma Raceway gives a view of the elevation changes and where drivers use the curb. NASCAR Cup pace-car driver Brett Bodine is behind the wheel and narrates:
Byron wins in Iowa for first Xfinity victory
Rookie William Byron grabbed the lead with just over 20 laps to go and won the NASCAR Xfinity race at Iowa Speedway on Saturday night for his first series victory.
Kyle Larson, who grew up about 80 miles from Sonoma, says winning the pole for the race Sunday was special. He won the pole last week at Michigan, a 2-mile oval that obviously is quite different than the 1.99-mile Sonoma road course.
Jamie McMurray will start second beside pole-sitter/Ganassi teammate Kyle Larson in the NASCAR Cup race Sunday at Sonoma. McMurray is seventh in the standings but is winless this year. He evaluates his season, especially with the success of Larson, who has two wins and leads the Cup standings.
Larson, McMurray make up Ganassi front row
Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray swept the front row in Saturday qualifying at Sonoma Raceway to give Chip Ganassi Racing a 1-2 start on the wine country road course.
Danica Patrick will have the third-best starting spot of her NASCAR Cup career Sunday at Sonoma as she qualified sixth on the 1.99-mile road course. Her 2013 Daytona 500 pole and her staring fourth for the 2014 600-mile race at Charlotte are her two best qualifying performances.
Kyle Larson won his second consecutive pole as he posted the best time in the final round of qualifying Saturday at Sonoma. His Chip Ganassi Racing teammate will start beside him Sunday on the 1.99-mile road course.
Edwards: 'I haven't even considered coming back'
Carl Edwards says he misses the people and misses getting behind the wheel occasionally, but he says "I haven't even considered coming back."
Dale Jr.'s final ride: Sonoma
As the second half of the Cup season winds down, so do the number of tracks that Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be driving at for the last time. Bob Pockrass takes a look at how NASCAR's most popular driver has fared on the California road course.
Brad Keselowski's car is being crew chiefed by engineer Brian Wilson this weekend at Sonoma as crew chief Paul Wolfe's wife gave birth Friday. Everyone is healthy, but Wolfe opted to skip the entire weekend to be with his family. Wilson has served as a substitute crew chief when Wolfe was suspended earlier this year for a postrace measurements violation.
Carl Edwards said he has had no talks about returning to a NASCAR Cup car in 2018. In Sonoma to fulfill a sponsor commitment, Edwards said, "I haven't even considered coming back."
Riding a wave of motorsports momentum
Kyle Larson, the Cup series points leader, capped off his whirlwind week of winning sprint car races by leading the final practice at Sonoma Raceway.
Nemechek claims second straight trucks win
John Hunter Nemechek raced to his second straight NASCAR Camping World Truck victory, taking the lead with six laps left Friday night at Iowa Speedway.
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