Taking a break from a customary oval track, NASCAR drivers on Sunday will navigate the 12-turn road course at Sonoma Raceway.
The green flag will drop on the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at 3:20pm.
Beckman raced to his 26th career victory and second of the season, beating Robert Hight with a 4.073 pass at 311.85 in a Dodge Charger R/T. Points leader Butner had his third victory of year, topping teammate Greg Anderson with a 6.601 at 210.50 in a Chevrolet Camaro.
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Martin Truex Jr. qualified third in a Toyota for Furniture Row Racing, and Kyle Busch was fourth in a Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing. "It's a huge undertaking, and I think it says a lot about our people at Stewart-Haas Racing".
Day will drive for BK Racing in No. 23 Toyota.
A seven-time victor previous year in the Truck Series, Byron broke through just a week after an agonizingly close defeat to Monster Energy Cup star Denny Hamlin at MI. The good news was the final stage saw a long green flag run to the finish and Bowyer said he was able to nurse what was left of his auto. This is definitely one of his best chances to get one. She was also the highest qualifying Ford. Don't count out Clint Bowyer this weekend.
While McMurray is seeking his first win of the season, Larson is coming off a Cup win last week at MI - where he also started from the pole.
By J.D. HellmanIf you're a NASCAR Cup driver, you've gotta get it right at Sonoma Raceway. "Go out there and take the challenge to them, as will Dixie, (and) see what happens".
Clint Bowyer, a former Sonoma victor, wound up on the short end of the first round of qualifying, missing the 12-driver cut to advance to the last of two rounds of qualifying by.002 seconds. He took the lead on Lap 71 and held on for 17 circuits before his tires wore out and Harvick passed him for the point. Not that Truex needs extra bonus points, since he already has racked up 20 and leads the series. "Even when I've been home, I've had more time to play with my kids and racing [son] Alex up the street, I don't let him win". He's listed at 7-1 odds this week and once again should be one of the drivers to watch.
"I'm so excited", Harvick said in Victory Lane. Almirola said everything went well and he felt no soreness.
With 12 laps remaining in the second stage, the third caution came out for debris.
Larson is fresh off his second cup victory of the season in MI last weekend. The good news is that the rules have changed this season and AJ has a good shot at scoring some Stage points. And of course next year brings the great Charlotte Motor Speedway road course debut for the playoffs in October.
(19) Daniel Suarez #, Toyota, 94.312 miles per hour.
Whether there will be more road racing in the future or if fans eventually grow exhausted of the discipline remains to be seen. The best finisher of this group was Johnson, who finished 22nd while subbing for Aric Almirola. He was able to maintain that lead and go on to win his first race of the year and first career win at Sonoma. Gordon, now in the booth with Fox, was a five-time victor of this event.
Can any of the road course ringers contend for a win? . Almirola and RPM were on a great run, prior to his back injury, and the team will look to continue that success with Johnson this weekend.