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Harvick's crew chief: "I don't think (Truex) was going to win anyway"

Harvick's crew chief:

In addition to his first win of the season, Sunday marked Kevin Harvick's first career win at Sonoma Raceway. McMurray is seeking his first win of the season.

But the sometimes-ornery Harvick wasn't stressing out over a winless 2017.

It was Ford's seventh victory of the season.

The top three were shuffled outside the top 10, though, when the yellow flag waved for the first time on lap 15 for an incident involving Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Danica Patrick that resulted in slight damage to Larson's vehicle. Busch has been a great road course driver and he should be itching for a chance to showcase his skills today.

"Let's face it, you're not going to keep that team that's won a championship, won all these races in the last five years, you're not going to keep them out of winning", Bowyer said.

"Your first year as a crew chief, it's got to be nerve-wracking", Stewart said.

"I get the best of both worlds", Stewart said. 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. 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. We're 10 races from the cutoff race at Richmond, and look at the names that haven't won a race yet: Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, Joey Logano (whose only win was encumbered, which is NASCAR-ese for doesn't count toward the playoffs) and Matt Kenseth.

When ... did Martin Truex Jr.'s luck go down the drain this time?

The guaranteed cautions at the end of stages haven't outweighed the benefits of stage racing at most tracks, but at Sonoma, they were a bummer, encouraging pit strategy gambits at predictable times and slowing things down.

Stewart-Haas' co-owner Tony Stewart, who as a driver past year celebrated a thrilling victory by overtaking Denny Hamlin on the final lap, said this team victory is even more satisfying. I was there that day and it was the most emotional part of any sport I had ever been involved with. It's real slick down there, and I just locked up the rear tires.

Their resolve combined the speed they've shown is why even if he hadn't won Sunday, Harvick fully believed a victory would've materialized sooner rather than later.

Students from 33 North Bay schools participated in the soapbox derby-style event, a partnership with Sonoma Raceway, Kid Scoop News and Friedman's Home Improvement that focuses on educating students about the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). It's hard for me to put that into words because I don't know what that is going to feel like.

"I don't think Danica knew that [Larson] had went to the inside of that one, and we all sandwiched together."

"There's still a lot of room for growth", Harvick said. I certainly don't have the finishes for the way that we've run throughout the races. "We stuck with what we know and it's working".

Bowyer leads all drivers in the field in career track history average finish (11.5) which includes a win, six Top 5's and eight Top 10 finishes in 11 career races here at Sonoma. In today's race, Kevin Harvick (4) became the eighth different driver to pull a Ford into Sonoma's Victory Lane.

A seven-time victor past year in the Truck Series, Byron, broke through just a week after an agonizingly close loss to Denny Hamlin at MI.

Boris Said, Alon Day and Billy Johnson are among those in Sunday's race. "It gave us a lot of momentum going into this week".

Tyler Reddick was third, followed by Ross Chastain and Dakoda Armstrong. His 11.2 average on the season ranks third-best, and he's fourth in laps led.

With 43 laps remaining in the final stage, Truex Jr. regained the lead. He's also the first Israeli driver to compete previous year in both the Camping World Truck Series and Xfinity Series.

Truex Jr. led the field to green after winning the first stage but just three laps in, Danica Patrick spun out and interestingly enough, collected her boyfriend No. 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and he suffered major damage to the front-right side of the auto. Despite loosing an engine on lap 86 and finishing 37th, Truex remains second in the standings.



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