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Playing into the hands of Harvick and crew chief Rodney Childers, the race went green from the Lap 55 restart after the second stage (won by Jimmie Johnson) until the final caution after Kahne's wreck as Harvick approached the finish line. More important this week will be finishing position and place differential. Even though he has two bad finishes in the last three runs at Sonoma, he has led the most laps in those races combined. Every point will matter this week.

With strategy playing a huge role in the race - the first road course race to contain stages - the running order was constantly being shuffled, as some drivers chose to pit two or three laps before the end of a stage, those in with a sniff of stage points electing to stay on track until the stage ended, and others not pitting at either time.

"I thought that was real convenient on their part". Bowyer is 11 in the overall point standings. However, Busch's performance is not to be overlooked. "I felt like our auto was good enough to not chase stage points and go after the win today and it all worked out".

The culprits: Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray of Chip Ganassi Racing. Ricky Rudd won the first Cup race held at Sonoma in 1989.

All four drivers felt they had top-10 cars, and Harvick, Bowyer and Busch (seventh) proved it, while Patrick got collected in two accidents, neither of which arguably were not of her own doing, and still wound up 17th.

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Much of the talk coming into Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 250 was about Californian Kyle Larson, who leads the series in points and earned the pole on Saturday. His only other road-course victory in NASCAR's top series came in 2006 at Watkins Glen.

The Furniture Row driver has notched up a massive 21 Play-Off points - thanks to two race wins, and a whopping 11 stage wins - five more points than his closest rival, and stage two victor at Sonoma, Jimmie Johnson, who recently signed a contract extension to stay at Hendrick, who has 16. Busch is sitting pretty at fourth in the points but hasn't won a race this the 2016 Brickyard 400.

The Nascar Whelen Euro Series includes races at six road courses and at just one oval, a half-mile track, Raceway Venray in the Netherlands, so Day got limited experience on the top series' most common configuration. He would only be in play for me if he were to qualify back in the field where he could pick up some place differential.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. had just completed a satisfying sixth-place finish at Sonoma Raceway when he was stopped by the Fox Sports cameras in what might have been his final post-race interview with the network. Keep an eye on his practice speeds and qualifying position. Those stages, you know, I mean, obviously this is the first crack at it. Daniel Suarez, 25, a rookie for Joe Gibbs Racing, is the first driver from Mexico to compete full time in the top series.

Clint Bowyer ($9,400) - Both he and A.J. Allmendinger saw huge salary jumps this week of over $2K and it creates an interesting scenario this week.

Last season, Hamlin was king at the two road courses. Bowyer will need to be better than his average 14.2 finish at Daytona this week if he wants to stay in the hunt. In NASCAR, unlike traditional professional sports where the team pays the athlete to compete, race vehicle drivers are required to pay their teams for the costs associated with their race cars, crew, and support facilities.