Mobil 1 Drivers Nabs First Win at Sonoma, First of 2017 and First with Ford
Date: June 25, 2017
Event: Save Mart 350k (Round 16 of 36)
Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway (1.99-mile road course)
Format: 110 laps, broken into three stages (25 laps/25 laps/60 laps)
Start/Finish: 12th/1st (Running, completed 110 of 110 laps)
Point Standing: 3rd (548 points, 111 out of first)
Race Winner: Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)
Stage 1 Winner: Martin Truex Jr. of Furniture Row Racing (Toyota)
Stage 2 Winner: Jimmie Johnson of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)
Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-25):
Stage 2 Recap (Laps 26-50):
Final Stage Recap (Laps 51-110):
Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Mobil 1 Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing:
“I’m so excited. I think as you look at it, getting our first win with Ford, this has been a great journey for us as an organization and team – Kurt (Busch) winning the Daytona 500, and we’ve run well; everybody from Busch, Jimmy John’s and Mobil 1, Outback, Hunt Brothers. It’s a great day. It finally all came together and we were able to not have any cautions there at the end. Rodney (Childers, crew chief) had great strategy and I was able to take care of the car and get out front. I felt like the 78 (Martin Truex Jr.) was the car we had to race, and then he had problems, and from there we were in control.
“Right off the bat, I think you knew you were going to have some fenders caved in. That is just how it is going to go with the short stages trying to get points. I felt like our car was good enough to not chase stage points and go after the win today, and it all worked out.
“This is a bunch of great people that believe in each other. The last three years and even this year have shown that. I love every one of them and we are in this journey together, and it has been a lot of fun.
“It means a ton to finally check this one off the list. I feel like we have been close a couple times but never put it all together. Being so close to home and having raced here so much, this was one that was on the top of the list, and today we were able to check that box.”
The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Coke Zero 400 on Saturday, July 1 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. The race starts at 7:30 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBC.