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"You only need about a top-5 auto to win", he said. The series points leader's Chip Ganassi Racing No. 42 Chevrolet will start first in Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350.
In a race that saw only six cautions, including two predetermined for stage breaks in the 110-lap race, no yellow flags interrupted the final 56 laps, save for a final caution on the final lap.
Brad Keselowski, who led for 17 laps, finished third, notching his second top 10 finish in eight races in Sonoma. Every point will matter this week. Sunday's stop was the first for the series on a road course this year, and the two stage breaks came after Lap 25 and Lap 50.
"I've qualified really well here".
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 vehicle. Only ten races remain before the cutoff and ten drivers already have at least one qualifying win this year (Joey Logano's win at Richmond does not count toward playoff qualification because of post-race inspection problems).
Harvick and Kurt Busch will be in the playoffs by virtue of their race wins. That's nearly 13 miles per hour faster than the race record, set by 2012 victor Clint Bowyer with an average speed of 83.624 miles per hour. I think this is Denny Hamlin's week to shine as his Sonoma record is pretty good too with two top five finishes and three top tens. Place differential will be important in finding our value this week but no driver in the last four races here has finished Top 5 after starting outside of the 20th starting position. Harvick had gotten out to the race lead, but Rodgers had a faster vehicle and was able to run him down.
INDYCAR: Scott Dixon won the Kohler Grand Prix at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., edging Josef Newgarden by 0.57 seconds, his first victory at the course.
Kyle Larson began the race in the lead after winning yet another pole, but the first stage went just as so many others have this season. Harvick sits third in the points, Bowyer 11th, Busch 14th and Danica Patrick 28th.
The road courses are always some of the most interesting because of the strategy and because of the aggressive racing once only reserved for the short tracks.
After earning a 31st-place finish in the Carneros 200 in 2015, Inglebright and his pit crew went back to the drawing board and were optimistic with their brand new vehicle and motor built by Rick Carelli. He would only be in play for me if he were to qualify back in the field where he could pick up some place differential. That 1.5 average finish at road courses last season led all drivers. McMurray isn't known as a good road-course driver, but he is and the #1 driver could wind up in Victory Lane this weekend.
"After he said that, I don't think he was going to win anyway". While they did make a lot of right turns, still along with some left ones, things didn't go right a lot of times. Clint Bowyer, driving in what was previously defending race victor Tony Stewart's No. 14 auto, will start 13th. To be fair he did take a $700 salary increase this week but is still under $8K.
"Our in-car cameras are a great platform and are very telling about the sport, but a visor camera moves with the head movement of the driver and is as close to being behind the wheel as we've ever seen before".