Friday, 24 November, 2017

Kevin Harvick wins at Sonona for 1st victory of season

Lasseter to pilot NASCAR pace car Denny Hamlin has hilarious response to trivia question about past winners at Sonoma
Lillian Steele | 26 June, 2017, 02:11

This year, Elk Grove native Kyle Larson is racing in the Toyota/Save Mart 350. He has started in the top five in all three of his Cup races at the track but has finished 28th, 15th and 12th.

"This is cool to get a pole on a road course at my home state", Larson said. "Like I said, he's a family man, he's a good kid". It will be best to balance our lineups this week with a mix of guys starting up with a chance to lead some laps and pick up some bonus points with some guys who qualified poorly and showed some speed in practice. On turn 11 of the 12-turn track, Larson wheel-hopped his right rear tire resulting in the loss of precious milliseconds. "To go out there and win the race after where we were after MI the previous week, it gave us all the confidence that we still had a shot to win the (playoffs)". So, I was surprised and I was happy about that.

Larson turned a lap at 95.295 miles per hour Saturday and just nipped his teammate, who ran his qualifying lap at 95.204 in the Ganassi Chevrolet.

It's Larson's first career pole at Sonoma.

"I think momentum is big in everything". I feel like I can feel the auto better at these places. There wasn't a corner that stuck out. "But like I said in January, I would talk to Coach first and I haven't had any conversations about that".

Martin Truex Jr., the most consistent driver this season, qualified third, and Kyle Busch was fourth.

"I was just going to try to make up a little bit everywhere". But if you don't push it 100 percent here you lose a lot of time. Luckily we were able to make it through the first round.

Team Penske will have a stranglehold on the first two rows in today's IndyCar race at Road America in Elkhart, Wisconsin.

In 2015, Kyle Busch arrived at Sonoma Raceway just four races back from the serious leg injuries he had suffered in Daytona. Didn't get the finish that we deserved past year, but always run up front.

For Patrick, her qualifying effort will be her best starting position this season.

"I think the hardest part of the road course is kind of containing your emotions because you are falling behind in so many corners because you can not pass", said Ryan Newman. I didn't do a ideal job out there.

The No. 42 auto was looking up at Elliott in the first round of qualifying.

"I kind of missed some things the second round".

Buescher's start is his best in 58 career Cup races.

Bottas led qualifying and then set an even quicker time on his final lap - only for Hamilton to beat him by almost half a second. There's one more first-time Cup driver entered, but his story goes beyond his road-racing chops ...

Matt Kenseth did not complete a lap in qualifying after the team changed an engine yesterday.

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