Harvick's crew chief: "I don't think (Truex) was going to win anyway"

Jamie McMurray: Here is one of those drivers that hasn't accumulated any playoff points or wins but has been solid all year. "Somehow, I got the opportunity to test in European NASCAR and it went the best way (it could), and two and a half years later, I'm doing my first race ever in the Cup". Get started for free by clicking the button below.

"We want to represent everybody", O'Donnell said.

Kevin Harvick didn't think we would've been able to beat Martin Truex Jr., who had the fastest vehicle during Sunday's Monster Energy Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway.

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. The third podium place when to Canadian Lance Stroll, whose Williams was edged in a photo-finish by Bottas.

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. Every point will matter this week.

Martin Truex Jr. experienced as many ups and downs Sunday at Sonoma Raceway as there were corners. While he hasn't won at Daytona in a Cup Series race, he has won two races at Daytona's sister track Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. Look for Busch to run up front and take the win this weekend. Then came Kevin Harvick in the No. 4 and Kurt Busch in the No. 41 during the 2014 season. "To come to Sonoma for so many years, and to win yesterday coming back to the K&N Series, and come back here today..." It was the first stage win for a man who has three race wins this year.

In those 15 races, McMurray has qualified first three times but has yet to be able to win thus far. He slipped back to second in series points, settling in behind race victor Kyle Larson.

The result leaves Bowyer 11th in points, four ahead of 12th-place Matt Kenseth, who is also winless through the season's first 16 races.

Martin won the first two stages of the race last weekend at MI, but ultimately came up short during the final stage, finishing sixth. Bowyer has stuck around the top 10 all season in points and earned his third top five and sixth top 10 of the season on Sunday in Sonoma.

Denny Hamlin's teammate, Kyle Busch, is going to be the first victor on the Joe Gibbs Racing team this season.

He'll be marked as starting eighth, but will officially start in the rear of the field. Infineon Raceway is a 2.52-mile track with 12 turns and a whopping 160 feet in elevation change.

"We've been through good stretches and bad stretches, and I think that's the great part about our team", Harvick said. "It's the best of both worlds".

When Stage 3 began on Lap 54, it was time to run for the money.

Like Bowyer, A.J. There was tape covering a decent portion of the front of his No. 14 Ford after some early damage, but Bowyer charged to second in the closing laps and had the best pass differential of anybody in the 38-car field. John Lasseter from Disney PIXAR drove the pace auto to start the race. We didn't have a very good auto that run before.

A seven-time victor a year ago in the Truck Series, Byron, broke through just a week after an agonizingly close loss to Denny Hamlin at MI. Hopefully, that translates to a qualifying position that is favorable for some place differential value.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Like Busch, Stenhouse Jr. secured his spot at one of NASCAR's biggest tracks in May when he took home the checkered flag at Talladega.

NHRA: Steve Torrence raced to his fourth Top Fuel victory of the season, beating Doug Kalita in the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio.

If you have any questions scroll down to the comment section and join the conversation.Good Luck everyone! FOX Sports is back in February with live coverage of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series seasons from Daytona. He lives in Saskatchewan, Canada with his wife and two daughters.

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