Wednesday, 20 June, 2018


Start Your Engines: NASCAR Takes the Track at Sonoma

Start Your Engines: NASCAR Takes the Track at Sonoma Start Your Engines: NASCAR Takes the Track at Sonoma
Noah Ferguson | 26 June, 2017, 10:33

Larson posted a best lap of 95.295 miles per hour around the 1.99-mile road course in California wine country.

NASCAR heads to Sonoma Raceway for the first road race of the season, the Toyota Save Mart 350. Instant place differential value for a driver who I was probably going to fade at the start of the week due to his poor track history.

Harvick, who grew up about 300 miles south of Sonoma in Bakersfield, California, completed a weekend sweep after winning Saturday's K&N Pro Series race the track.

"I'm not familiar with the auto, with the drivers, with the championship, with the truck, so try to get in easy, and as I said, try to get a good result". "I think, for me, that was kind of like, 'All right, you've got to do something yourself to get better.'".

"I'm just trying to do the best I can in the equipment that I'm driving and have the best result".

The race ended under the checkered and yellow flags after Kasey Kahne crashed on the final lap.

Christopher Bell led 152 laps in just his second career start in the series before a late wreck cost relegated him to 16th. Bowyer won at Sonoma in 2012 and he's driving for the #14 team that won this race previous year with Tony Stewart. Harvick had driven a Chevy for his entire career, but switched to the Stewart-Haas Ford team this year.

The 19-year-old Byron drives the No. 9 Chevrolet for JR Motorsports. This week, he won races Monday and Tuesday night in OH on his way to California, bringing his sprint auto season total to 10 victories. He led 24 laps throughout the race, more than any other driver not named Martin Truex Jr., leading to his first victory of the season.

Bowyer might seem overpriced, but his finishing average of 11.5 in 11 Sonoma starts is the best among active drivers, and that's counting his dead-last finish from past year. Martin Truex Jr. had a vehicle that looked like it was going to compete for the win, but it ended up having mechanical failures that cost him a sixth straight top 6 finish.

Larson is coming off a Cup win last week at MI - where he also started from the pole - and is looking to make it two consecutive wins. Truex set the pace early on and led 25 laps for the event. The topsy turvy finish in Saturday's XFINITY Series event saw young William Byron score his first career finish followed by a top-five featuring the likes of unheralded drivers like Ryan Sieg, Dakoda Armstrong and Ross Chastain.

Kurt Busch is the driver to beat in my mind.

Asked after the race how much it may have helped his team's cause by Truex making a premature exit from the race, Childers quipped, "Well, are you talking about before or after he said, 'Tell Harvick to kiss my ass?"

Dixon edged Josef Newgarden by 0.57 seconds to claim his first victory at Road America. Clint has mastered this track and now that he is back in top equipment, he will go into this weekend expecting a win. "With Chip Ganassi, there's always the chance I might have that opportunity". Ganassi teammate Jamie McMurray qualified second and will start next to Larson in the first row. He has three straight front row starts, including the pole in 2015. Helio Castroneves, the pole sitter, and Will Power rounded out the top five.

FORMULA ONE: Daniel Ricciardo profited from chaos to win the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku. The third podium place when to Canadian Lance Stroll, whose Williams was edged in a photo-finish by Bottas.

Vettel steered his Ferrari into fourth, just ahead of Hamilton's Mercedes.

Silvester's wife usually accompanies him on his journeys to race tracks-if she doesn't have to fly.

Hamilton appeared to stop his vehicle right in front of Vettel, causing Vettel to collide into him. Vettel then accelerated alongside Hamilton and appeared to deliberately swerve back into him.

Vettel was given a 10-second stop-go penalty, but Hamilton lost valuable time changing a loose headrest at the same time that Vettel served his time penalty. Kalita finished at 3.736 at 331.36.

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