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Kevin Harvick wins at Sonona for 1st victory of season

29 June 2017
Kevin Harvick wins at Sonona for 1st victory of season

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Larry Warbasse emerged from a three-rider breakaway to win the USA road national championship on Sunday, while Amber Neben added the women's title to her time trial gold from the previous day.

He also understood that Harvick was eventually going to get a win.

4 Odds and ends: Kyle Busch could lose his interim crew chief to a one-race suspension after two loose lug nuts were discovered on his vehicle during postrace inspection. I certainly don't have the finishes for the way that we've run throughout the races.

Bell, who finished fourth in his debut at Charlotte, won the pole and the first stage. The driver from Bakersfield, Calif., believes the Stewart-Haas team is just hitting its stride after a busy off season conversion from Chevy entries to Ford.

"It means a ton to finally check this one off the list", said Harvick.

Even 17 seasons into his career at NASCAR's top level, Kevin Harvick keeps finding ways to do new things. In today's race, Kevin Harvick (4) became the eighth different driver to pull a Ford into Sonoma's Victory Lane. "Kurt winning the Daytona 500 and we have run well".

Penske team qualifies for first two rows: Team Penske will have a stranglehold on the first two rows of the IndyCar race at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. One of Keselowksi's two victories came in Atlanta, where Harvick led 292 laps but got caught speeding on his last pit stop.

Once qualifying was done, Harvick competed in the K&N Pro Series West race to get some extra laps around this 1.99-mile road course. They're going to have to find a way later in the playoffs to fix that.

"I think I've got the best fans in NASCAR because I have a wide spread of fans from dirt track racing and my NASCAR fans as well", says Larson, a top qualifier. Then when 78 (Martin Truex Jr.) fell out, I felt like we were in control of the race.

Rookie William Byron grabbed the lead with just over 20 laps and won the NASCAR Xfinity race at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa.

Clint Bowyer has 9/1 odds to win today.

The victory was one example of how the transition to Ford has turned into a positive change.

"At road courses, you only have to have about a fifth place auto to win". We got an early showing of the movie as an industry. "I think that was the biggest thing". And it nearly took a few weeks to realize, man, these guys are on it. They started where they qualified, because they had already gone to backups by qualifying. If SHR gets three playoff drivers, that's a quarter of the field, so it can't be ignored. John Lasseter from Disney PIXAR drove the pace vehicle to start the race. Allmendinger, a pit road speeding penalty and unscheduled stops for repairs. "We were in the wrong place at the wrong time a couple of times". So, I spent a lot of time in Napa Valley hanging out with (fellow racer) Rico Abreu and the Abreu family, so, always love coming to Sonoma. "We didn't have quite enough at the end".

BOWYER'S BIG DAY: He couldn't catch teammate Harvick for the win, but Bowyer still finished a season-best second.

Joey Logano: Wait a minute, didn't he win at Richmond? It just didn't figure to be at Sonoma, where he had never won before. It was the first stage win for a man who has three race wins this year.

There's no doubt now that Harvick has the stamina to go the distance in the championship. He returned to race stock cars in Europe, and on June 11, he won the American SpeedFest at Brands Hatch Circuit in England.

Boris Said is a pretty awesome driver who has raced all kinds of cars, yet he had some serious issues keeping the No. 33 on the track, especially late in the race. "Not the spring chicken anymore".

Truex was 14th and out of the pole-shootout round after his initial lap in the first of two qualifying sessions. The problem with Kahne though is he can't be having a lot of fun, considering how his season has gone.