Harvick breaks season duck with win at Sonoma

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Monday 26th June, 2017 - 10:23am

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Kevin Harvick celebrates victory at Sonoma

Kevin Harvick has finally broken through for his first win of the NASCAR season with victory on the road course at Sonoma just outside San Francisco.

In what was his first win with Ford, first victory at Sonoma as well as the 36th of his career, Harvick stretched his fuel over the final 40 laps to beat home fellow Stewart-Haas Racing driver Clint Bowyer.

Harvick led the final 24 of the 110 laps after first passing long-time leader Martin Truex Jr. in the final pit stop cycle and went to the front when Brad Keselowski tried stayed out on track until he had to stop for fuel.

Keselowski was the driver to watch over the final stages as he charged back to third place at the finish.

“I am so excited. I think as you look at it, getting our first win with Ford, this has been a great journey for us as an organisation and team,” said Harvick.

“It is a great day. It finally all came together and we were able to not have any cautions there at the end. I was able to take care of the car and get out front.

“To finally check this one off the list. I feel like we have been close a couple times but never put it all together. Being so close to home and having raced here so much, this was one that was on the top of the list and today we were able to check that box.”

Truex Jr. led a race-high 25 laps, but was sidelined by engine trouble with 34 laps remaining. Truex did have the bonus of winning the first stage, his series-best 11th stage victory of the season.

Jimmie Johnson, who led 12 laps and wound up as the 13th-place finisher, took Stage 2.

Several cars pressed on after sustaining damage in the eventful opening stages. Pole-starter Kyle Larson was among those collected in a Lap 14 incident that involved Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Danica Patrick.

Those same three drivers were tangled up in a Lap 30 wreck that sent Patrick spinning and was collected by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Patrick managed to fight back to a 17th-place finish, while Stenhouse finished last in the 38-car field.

A road course favourite, AJ Allmendinger, had a difficult day after he had rear-end damage after contact from Clint Bowyer. Allmendinger lost plenty of ground in the race’s final stage, stopping for a battery change. His day ended in 35th place, six laps off the pace.

As always, the race at Sonoma attracted a range of road course specialists, but none really figured.

Five drivers in all were making their Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut.

The top finisher among them was Billy Johnson, who was driving in place of the injured Aric Almirola who finished in 22nd.

From road course racing the series switches back to Superspeedway attack with the Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway.

VIDEO: Race recap

VIDEO: Victory Lane

RESULTS: Toyota – Save Mart 350

Cla # Driver Make Laps Laps Led
1 4  Kevin Harvick Ford 110 24
2 14  Clint Bowyer Ford 110
3 2  Brad Keselowski Ford 110 17
4 11  Denny Hamlin Toyota 110 11
5 18  Kyle Busch Toyota 110 3
6 88  Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 110
7 41  Kurt Busch Ford 110
8 24  Chase Elliott Chevrolet 110
9 21  Ryan Blaney Ford 110
10 1  Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 110 1
11 27  Paul Menard Chevrolet 110
12 22  Joey Logano Ford 110
13 48  Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 110 12
14 95  Michael McDowell Chevrolet 110
15 19  Daniel Suarez Toyota 110
16 31  Ryan Newman Chevrolet 110
17 10  Danica Patrick Ford 110
18 3  Austin Dillon Chevrolet 110
19 37  Chris Buescher Chevrolet 110 4
20 20  Matt Kenseth Toyota 110
21 72  Cole Whitt Chevrolet 110
22 43  Billy Johnson Ford 110
23 32  Matt DiBenedetto Ford 110
24 5  Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 109
25 77  Erik Jones Toyota 109
26 42  Kyle Larson Chevrolet 109 9
27 6  Trevor Bayne Ford 109
28 13  Ty Dillon Chevrolet 109
29 33  Boris Said Chevrolet 109
30 34  Landon Cassill Ford 109
31 38  David Ragan Ford 109
32 23  Day Alon Toyota 108
33 15  Kevin O’Connell Chevrolet 108
34 55  Tommy Regan Chevrolet 106
35 47  A.J. Allmendinger Chevrolet 104 4
36 51  Josh Bilicki Chevrolet 100
37 78  Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 86 25
38 17  Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 30

STANDINGS

Rank
Driver
Pts
Behind
Wins
Starts
Top 5’s
Top 10’s
Poles
1
Kyle Larson
659
Leader
2
16
7
10
3
2
Martin Truex Jr.
646
-13
2
16
5
11
0
3
Kevin Harvick
548
-111
1
16
6
10
3
4
Kyle Busch
542
-117
0
16
6
9
2
5
Brad Keselowski
519
-140
2
16
9
11
1
6
Chase Elliott
509
-150
0
16
5
10
1
7
Jimmie Johnson
483
-176
3
16
3
6
0
8
Jamie McMurray
477
-182
0
16
2
10
0
9
Denny Hamlin
476
-183
0
16
4
8
0
10
Joey Logano
434
-225
1
16
7
9
1
11
Clint Bowyer
427
-232
0
16
3
6
0
12
Matt Kenseth
423
-236
0
16
3
6
1
13
Ryan Blaney
415
-244
1
16
3
6
1
14
Kurt Busch
389
-270
1
16
2
8
0
15
Ryan Newman
367
-292
1
16
2
5
0
16
Erik Jones
358
-301
0
16
1
3
0
17
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
355
-304
1
16
3
6
1
18
Trevor Bayne
337
-322
0
16
0
2
0
19
Daniel Suarez
334
-325
0
16
0
4
0
20
Austin Dillon
322
-337
1
16
2
2
0
21
Kasey Kahne
305
-354
0
16
2
3
0
22
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
293
-366
0
16
1
4
0
23
Ty Dillon
273
-386
0
16
0
0
0
24
Paul Menard
259
-400
0
16
1
2
0
25
Chris Buescher
223
-436
0
16
0
0
0
26
Michael McDowell
223
-436
0
16
0
0
0
27
AJ Allmendinger
213
-446
0
16
1
2
0
28
Danica Patrick
196
-463
0
16
0
1
0
29
David Ragan
191
-468
0
16
0
1
0
30
Aric Almirola
188
-471
0
11
2
3
0
31
Cole Whitt
183
-476
0
16
0
0
0
32
Matt DiBenedetto
160
-499
0
16
0
1
0
33
Landon Cassill
160
-499
0
16
0
0
0
34
Corey LaJoie
98
-561
0
14
0
0
0
35
Gray Gaulding
82
-577
0
13
0
0
0
36
Reed Sorenson
72
-587
0
13
0
0
0
37
Jeffrey Earnhardt
65
-594
0
15
0
0
0
38
Michael Waltrip
29
-630
0
1
0
1
0
39
Derrike Cope
26
-633
0
9
0
0
0
40
Billy Johnson
15
-644
0
1
0
0
0
41
Boris Said
8
-651
0
1
0
0
0
42
Alon Day
5
-654
0
1
0
0
0
43
Kevin O’Connell
4
-655
0
1
0
0
0
44
Cody Ware
4
-655
0
3
0
0
0
45
Tommy Regan
3
-656
0
1
0
0
0
46
D.J. Kennington
1
-658
0
1
0
0
0
47
Brendan Gaughan
0
-659
0
2
0
0
0
48
Elliott Sadler
0
-659
0
2
0
0
0
49
Darrell Wallace Jr.
0
-659
0
2
0
0
0
50
Ross Chastain
0
-659
0
1
0
0
0
51
Joey Gase
0
-659
0
2
0
0
0
52
Regan Smith
0
-659
0
2
0
0
0
53
JJ Yeley
0
-659
0
2
0
0
0
54
Ryan Sieg
0
-659
0
2
0
0
0
55
Timmy Hill
0
-659
0
10
0
0
0
56
Carl Long
0
-659
0
1
0
0
0
57
Josh Bilicki
0
-659
0
1
0
0
0

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