Kevin Harvick wins at Sonona for 1st victory of season

Kevin Harvick wins at Sonona for 1st victory of season

Kevin Harvick wins at Sonona for 1st victory of season

Kevin Harvick returned to victory lane for the first time this season with a dominating run Sunday on the road course at Sonoma Raceway in Sonona, Calif.

It was the first win on the winding wine country road course in 17 tries for the Bakersfield, California, driver. Also, remember that all the playoff points a driver earns - through stage wins (one point) and race wins (five points) - will stay with them through the first three rounds of the post-season should they advance.

The past six weeks have been better, and Harvick said that is just part of the growing pains. He had a fast auto Sunday, but started the final 60-lap segment in 32nd position after a series of mishaps, including a spin, contact by A.J.

For Harvick, it was his first victory in a Ford.

Harvick and Kurt Busch will be in the playoffs by virtue of their race wins. It finally all came together, and we were able to not have any cautions there at the end.

"It was an awesome day", said Stewart-Haas team co-owner Tony Stewart. "That's how you win at Sonoma". "I think, as you look at it, getting our first win with Ford, this has been a great journey for us as an organization and team". "But, long after your career — guys come along and win races and some of your accomplishments on the track sort of get forgotten". Vettel accused Hamilton of "check braking" him on a restart, causing Vettel to run into the back of Hamilton's then-leading auto. When Truex hit pit road, Johnson inherited the lead.

"I had mixed emotions about how the year was going to go just because of the fact that we had a lot on our plate to switch over", Harvick said. The vehicle was really fast, but she got beat up.

There was a wreck on the final lap as Kasey Kahne went into the wall, but the caution flag did not come out until Harvick passed under the chequered flag.

For the second consecutive week, Kyle Larson started his No. 42 Target Chevrolet on the pole and was joined by his Chip Ganassi teammate No. 1 Jamie McMurray.

Meanwhile, Harvick was moving steadily through the field - reaching sixth place by the ninth lap.

Truex passed pole-sitter Larson for the lead on lap 10.

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The leader, Truex Jr. pitted under the caution to get four fresh tires which handed the lead over to seven-time champion No. 48 Jimmie Johnson.

Next up for NASCAR: A return to Daytona for a 400 mile race, July 1.

Dixon edged Josef Newgarden by 0.57 seconds to claim his first victory at Road America.

Again Harvick moved up near the lead. Clint Bowyer's position is more precarious, as he'd be the last driver in on points if the season ended right now, but he's run well enough to figure he's got a real shot.

The issue handed the lead over to No. 4 Kevin Harvick with a lead just over nine seconds.

But with fresher tires, it was just a matter of time before Harvick chased him down.

"It was fun", Keselowski said.

Spithill was slow to the starting line ahed of Race 7 and that's all Burling, 26, needed to put his 50-foot foiling catamaran ahead for good, winning by 12 seconds. He led for 23 laps and scored the win. Seizing on the opportunity before him, Harvick capitalized by running down and catching leader Brad Keselowski, then leading the final 22 laps to win the Toyota/Save Mart 350.

After starting the race in the 13 position, Bowyer fell all the way to the back of the pack after hitting AJ Allmendinger's vehicle.

"When he wasn't working a race he had a hard time being there", Earnhardt said. By the time I got done tearing the hell out of my auto, I was out of tires.

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