Sunday, June 25, 2017

Harvick Wins at Sonoma

Originally written for CLNS Media.

Kevin Harvick won the Toyota/Save-Mart 350 from Sonoma Raceway on Sunday afternoon.

Harvick led 24 of 110 laps, but he had to save some fuel over the final run to make it to victory lane.  Harvick thanked his team in victory lane for using a successful strategy to get their first win of the season.
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“Just really proud of everybody, they had a great strategy,” Harvick said.  “We were able to make it happen.”

Harvick won his first race with Ford on Sunday, after an offseason manufacturer switch for Stewart-Haas Racing saw them switch from Chevrolet to Ford.  Harvick said he’s happy to finally see his team’s hard work pay off with a victory.

“I want to thank everyone from…Stewart-Haas Racing for everything that they’ve done,” Harvick said.  “It’s been a lot of work…and it’s paying off.  We’ve been competitive, we just haven’t gotten to victory lane.”

“We’ve had a couple opportunities to get there, we just came up a little bit short.”

Harvick’s teammate Clint Bowyer finished second on Sunday after an eventful race.  His car, held together with duct tape, looked like it had no business running up front.  Bowyer said he and his team kept working through adversity at a track where he normally runs well.

“I tore the hell out of it, there’s no way around it,” Bowyer said.  “That’s road racing; you’ve got to keep digging no matter what.  You’re not down and out until you’re out.”

“To get a finish like that, you just can’t give up.  Things turned around there on that long run; that’s always my strong suit here.”

Unofficial results:
1. Kevin Harvick
2. Clint Bowyer
3. Brad Keselowski
4. Denny Hamlin
5. Kyle Busch
6. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
7. Kurt Busch
8. Chase Elliott
9. Ryan Blaney
10. Jamie McMurray
11. Paul Menard
12. Joey Logano
13. Jimmie Johnson
14. Michael McDowell
15. Ryan Newman
16. Daniel Suarez
17. Danica Patrick
18. Austin Dillon
19. Chris Buescher
20. Matt Kenseth
21. Cole Whitt
22. Billy Johnson
23. Matt DiBenedetto
24. Kasey Kahne
25. Erik Jones
26. Kyle Larson
27. Trevor Bayne
28. Ty Dillon
29. Boris Said
30. Landon Cassill
31. David Ragan
32. Alon Day
33. Kevin O’Connell
34. Tommy Regan
35. AJ Allmendinger
36. Josh Bilicki
37. Martin Truex Jr.
38. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

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