Surprises Like Danica, Buescher and Earnhardt Jr. Having Good Weekends at Sonoma

Danica Patrick may consider road courses a strong suit for her, but Chris Buescher and Dale Earnhardt Jr. don’t. Danica, ran well at Sonoma last year, but was just a bit off strategy to nab a win. So far this weekend, she’s been quietly strong. Patrick, was 13th and 12th respectively in the two practice sessions on Friday. That gave her some high hopes to make the second and final round of Coors Light Pole qualifying from the California road course on Saturday. She never thought though that she’d turn…

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Kyle Larson Earns Toyota/Save Mart 350 Pole, Ganassi Sweeps Front Row

Kyle Larson is on a roll. After winning last weekend’s race at Michigan, Larson backed that up with his second straight Coors Light Pole Award with earning the pole for Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 (3 p.m. ET/FS1/PRN) at Sonoma on Saturday. Larson, turned a lap of 95.195 mph in his No. 42 Chevrolet in Wine Country, which was his third Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series pole of the season. 

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Truex/Larson Lead Cup Practices at Sonoma, Elliott/Jones Crash Will Go to Backup Cars

For the first time of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, the drivers will be making left AND right hand turns this weekend. This is the annual trip to the Sonoma Raceway, as the drivers on Friday had two practice sessions on the Wine Country road course to prepare for Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 (3 p.m. ET/FS1/PRN). With this being such an added importance now, it’s not surprising the top two drivers in the points standings led the practice sessions on Friday. 

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Mobil 1 The Grid Previews Dale Earnhardt Jr. “Last Hurrah”

After 17 years at NASCAR’s premiere level, Dale Earnhardt Jr. decided that this would be his last season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Following in the footsteps of Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart before him, NASCAR’s most popular driver is the latest in a long line of the sport’s iconic figures to announce his plans to step down from racing. With 2017 set to be his final season, Mobil 1 The Grid has another phenomenal video as they spoke to ‘Junior’, driver of the Hendrick Motorsports No. 88 car,…

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Billy Johnson to Make Cup Debut This Weekend in Famed No. 43 Ford at Sonoma

Since Darrell Wallace Jr. doesn’t have a ton of road racing experience, Richard Petty Motorsports is using a road racing ace for their replacement for Aric Almirola in the famed No. 43 Ford this weekend at Sonoma. RPM called on Billy Johnson to drive their car on the California road course. Johnson, a former Roush/Fenway Racing driver, made five XFINITY Series starts. His best result was an eight place effort at Montreal in 2012. Johnson, currently drives for Chip Ganassi Racing and their sports car program, with him recently competing…

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Is This The Year AJ Allmendinger Finally Gets to Victory Lane at Sonoma

After a big penalty at the beginning of the season, AJ Allmendinger knows that he realistically needs to get his No. 47 Chevrolet victory lane in order to be playoff bound for the second time of his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career. Currently, the JTG-Daugherty Racing driver sits 26th in the Cup points standings, some 202 points out of the final playoff spot. That’s a ton of ground he would need to make up over the next 10 races if he doesn’t win on Sunday at Sonoma. With that…

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Clint Bowyer a Big Sleeper To Win This Weekend in Sonoma

At Sonoma, it’s hard to pinpoint a favorite to win there. Road course races are extremely difficult to give an educated guess on what would happen. But, the usual suspects will be brought up this weekend anyways. One driver though that most will overlook and can easily come in and not just win on Sunday, but steal a playoff berth as well is Clint Bowyer. It’s no secret, this year has been much better for Bowyer. After two miserable years with Michael Waltrip Racing, then one dismal year last year…

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