I would love to be in the room when Kevin Harvick’s team reviews their race performance. It seems like time after time this season Harvick has been in the position for a win or a top finish and his crew falters on a pit stop. Harvick actually led laps at the wine country road course, but a mediocre pit stop dropped him back in the field and put him in a position to get caught up in someone else’s problem, running into a spun out Clint Bowyer. Harvick finished 20th, when before the pit stop he had a top five car.
Despite a mistake that sent Matt Kenseth hurtling into a tire barrier, Dale Earnhardt Jr. managed his first ever top five finish at Sonoma, finishing 3rd behind Edwards and teammate Jeff Gordon. Once again Hendrick Racing showed off their 2014 prowess with all four teams finishing in the top seven yesterday.
Kenseth was lucky to walk away from his lap 74 crash. Running on the inside of Kenseth, Earnhardt hit a curb, moving him into the right rear quarter panel of Kenseth, causing Kenseth to spin off the track into a tire barrier. Kenseth had no time to slow before hitting the barrier, and the hit tore off the front end of his Toyota. Despite the crash, Kenseth remains 4th in Sprint Cup standings, though he needs a win to cinch a spot in The Chase. Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, and Earnhardt are 1-2-3 in point standings.
Next up for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is a visit to Kentucky Speedway for a Saturday night race. Kenseth won the 400 mile race in 2013.
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