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Kevin Harvick wins at Sonona for 1st victory of season

A twist this year at Sonoma is NASCAR's new three-stage format, which awards series points not just for the final result but for the top 10 finishers of two additional stages during race.

Seven cars stayed out on the track when the leaders went to the pits, putting Harvick into eighth place on the re-start.

The win also was his first win on the road course.

Sonoma was one of just four active tracks where Harvick had never before scored a Cup victory. Larson has also finished second five times this season along with a runner-up showing in the All-Star Race. "These cars are incredibly hard to drive but I think that's the way it should be". There was some technical strategy that you've got to try to play and get track position, and then, all of a sudden, you're on the bad side of tires trying to hold guys off and you're blocking.

But Truex developed engine trouble on the 85 lap of the 110-lap race over Sonoma's 3.18-mile, 11 turn road course.

Bowyer, driving the entry Tony Stewart used for his final victory a year ago at the track, was second and Brad Keselowski third as Ford Fusions went 1-2-3. Since joining Stewart-Haas Racing in 2014, never has the 41-year-old gone this late into the season without paying a visit to victory lane.

The Furniture Row driver has notched up a massive 21 Play-Off points - thanks to two race wins, and a whopping 11 stage wins - five more points than his closest rival, and stage two victor at Sonoma, Jimmie Johnson, who recently signed a contract extension to stay at Hendrick, who has 16.

The victory was the first of the season for Harvick and it came under caution as Kasey Kahne wrecked on the final lap. This year, the manufacturer has wins from Penske, Roush-Fenway Racing, The Wood Brothers and SHR.

"Who wanted us, what kind of job they want me for, and we are sort of in the middle of understanding that, and that just goes along the lines of doing due diligence on everything".

"I hope people just thought I was good and honest and represented the sport well".

AJ Allmendinger was fifth for JTG Daugherty Racing, and Danica Patrick was sixth for Stewart-Haas Racing in her best qualifying run of the season.

Martin Truex Jr.: If you've followed any of the races this season, you should be familiar with Truex now.

Johnson claimed his first stage win of the season by running up front at lap 50, the end of the second 25-lap stage.

Kyle Larson was the pole sitter and got off to a fast start ahead of Jamie McMurray and Truex.

Pole-sitter and last week's race victor Kyle Larson finished 26th.

The race's second stage featured a odd moment when Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Danica Patrick, NASCAR's most-famous couple off the track, had a hard collision.

Kurt Busch: A Daytona 500 victory can go a long way.

Then came Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney, who along with Larson are part of the newest faces of NASCAR.

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.

Before Truex started to experience the power issue with his Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Toyota, he was leading Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series race when he came in for his final pit stop on Lap 70. The recently retired driver, who earned the last of his 49 career NASCAR victories at Sonoma in 2016, felt as satisfied as if had piloted Harvick's vehicle himself.

Ganassi had a chance for a weekend sweep.

Castroneves beat out teammate Will Power by.06 seconds to take the pole.

Lead Changes: 13 among 10 drivers. The third podium place when to Canadian Lance Stroll, whose Williams was edged in a photo-finish by Bottas. There was a time when it seemed he was going to be the driver to bring the No. 5 auto back into vogue for Hendrick Motorsports and make it not just competitive, but title contending worthy.


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