Dixon takes first win of season at Road America

  • Dixon takes first win of season at Road America

Dixon takes first win of season at Road America

Harvick had driven a Chevy for his entire career, but switched to the Stewart-Haas Ford team this year. He hasn't been good at Watkins Glen but has been very consistent here at Sonoma with finishes of 8th last year and 9th the year before. That's a joke. But I am really comfortable here. It is a great day.

In fact, Truex led a race-high 25 laps to Harvick's 24 and won the first stage of the race, but the engine in the No. 78 Toyota dropped a cylinder and finally expired, relegating Truex to a 37th-place finish.

Having missed four races after being injured in the May 13 race at Kansas, Almirola admitted he has had difficulty watching substitute drivers Regan Smith, Darrell Wallace Jr. and Billy Johnson in the No. 43 vehicle.

Erik Jones, competing in his first Cup road race, finished 25th in the Furniture Row Racing's No. 77 5-hour ENERGY Toyota. All three suffered minor damage. Patrick remained in contention and finished 17th.

Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Jamie McMurray is right beside him, making one wonder if that team has found a little something that others have not.

Harvick was on cruise control and conserving fuel in the race that ended under caution after Kasey Kahne had a hard accident on the final lap.

Meantime, Chase Elliott is still search of that elusive first career win. Junior's best chance to clinch a playoff spot could come in next week's Coke Zero 400 at Daytona, a track where he's won four times in his Cup Series career.

So Busch settled for third, but some of the insights he gained with respect to racing at Sonoma still hold true.

(2) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 93.992 miles per hour.

Before an electrical issue just five laps into last season's Sonoma race, Bowyer had a five race top-10 streak, one that included a win in 2012.

The former Joe Gibbs Racing driver said he had to be briefed prior to talking to the media about the speculation of whether he could replace Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Hendrick Motorsports, or possibly join another organization for a return in 2018. Other short odds to win are Kyle Busch (11/2), while Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch each have 15/2 odds.

(27) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 94.263 miles per hour.

Ryan Newman ($7,900) - My favorite value play this week. Danica Patrick 18. Austin Dillon 19.

(37) Chris Buescher, Chevrolet, 94.382 miles per hour.

(43) Billy Johnson, Ford, 93.883 miles per hour.

(5) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 94.056 miles per hour.

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.

(6) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 93.920 miles per hour. Boris Said 30. Landon Cassill 31.

Alon Day, driver of the #71 FLwaterfront.com Chevrolet, poses in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 23, 2016 in Loudon, New Hampshire. Kevin O'Connell 34. Tommy Regan 35.

(47) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 94.821 miles per hour.