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Parks Pit Report: Toyota/Save Mart 350

Bakersfield’s Kevin Harvick earned his first win of the NASCAR 2017 season with a dominating performance at Sonoma in the Toyota/Save Mart 350.Truex will line up the No. 78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Toyota Camry on the inside of Row 2 for the 110-lap race after posting a pole-shootout round lap of 75.453 seconds at 94.947 miles per hour on the 11-turn, 1.99-mile road course.In addition to his first win of the season, Sunday marked Kevin Harvick’s first career win at Sonoma Raceway. Harvick had spent 16 years in a Chevrolet.”As a race-car driver, I’m not going to change”, Almirola said. 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. To get a finish like that, you can’t give up.”They were three-wide in front of us trying to go through turn four, which never works”, Stenhouse said.HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) – Emirates Team New Zealand’s Peter Burling wheeled his 50-foot catamaran into controlling position in the prestart of Race 8 of the America’s Cup and then gave a quick wave with his right hand to Jimmy Spithill and the boys on Oracle Team USA. The latest accomplishment takes place in a single week that saw him maintain his series point lead with a victory in MI last Sunday. Those stages, you know, I mean, obviously this is the first crack at it. I just wish I could run this race again I think I might have had better vehicle than driver today and I learned a lot. Bowyer won at Sonoma in 2012 and he’s driving for the #14 team that won this race past year with Tony Stewart. Johnson, who led 12 laps, finished in 13th.”I just got some wheel hop and then got loose and hit the fence”, Jones said.”Every time you get there, you think you’ve heard the good stories, and you’ve heard the success stories over the years, and you don’t really think that you’re going to hear something new, but I always leave with a good heartwarming story that I didn’t expect”, Ragan told the NASCAR Wire Service.Looking at the career numbers, no one is happier that Jeff Gordon (5 career wins at Sonoma) and Tony Stewart (3 career wins at Sonoma) are retired than Clint Bowyer. The legendary course should be much more familiar to the top drivers as they try to climb up the standings. Of the non-winners, McMurray is third, one point ahead of Denny Hamlin and fifty ahead of Bowyer, who is sixteenth and last in the playoff points. Michael’s father, Mario, is second with fifty-one. I think I ran out of gas in my first or second year on the last lap. “We got the long run, we just hard to start dead last to get it”. But, instead of holding it on the same track they run the Coca-Cola 600 on, they decided to make the Playoffs one that fans and drivers will be entertained with. In the last dozen years, the two road races in NASCAR’s top division have produced a wealth of winners. “Go out there and take the challenge to them, as will Dixie, (and) see what happens”.Two more Penske drivers will start in the second row after Josef Newgarden finished third and Simon Pagenaud came in fourth. Power won the race previous year at the rural Wisconsin road course.Matt Kenseth failed to post a qualifying time and will start last on Sunday, however, Kenseth was already starting in the back after he broke an oil pump in Friday practice session.The highest qualifying Ford was Danica Patrick in the sixth position which is the best qualifying position in her Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career and the best start in series history by a female competitor at Sonoma Raceway.