Sunday, June 25, 2017

Harvick Wins the K&N Pro Series West Race in Sonoma

Harvick Wins the K&N Pro Series West Race in Sonoma
Kevin Harvick Wins the K&N Pro Series West Race in Sonoma #NASCAR

Kevin Harvick  won the trophy yesterday as he made his NASCAR K&N Pro Series West return. However, that was not a surprise to most. In fact, Rookie Will Rodgers who won pole and record his best finish, (second) had a feeling.

"For some funny reason, I had a feeling as far back as four weeks ago that it was going to be me and Kevin coming into turn 11 on the last lap," Rodgers said.

"And sure enough, there we were. He ran a really good race, I learned a lot from him. We were able to lead some laps there in the beginning. It doesn't feel too bad to finish second today."

Harvick’s goal was not just to win this event:

"It always feels good to win no matter what it is," said Harvick. "The main objective was to come have fun, shine a little light on the series and shine a little light on how much talent is in the series. This particular series did a lot for me and to come back and be a part of it, see the health of it and see the young guys racing was the main objective.

Harvick, who emerged from Bakersfield, and Rodgers, who is a Murrieta boy, represented their state well in the sixty-four lap road race.

"It's always fun to race in front of your home state fans. It's been a long time since I raced in this particular series here, so it was a fun weekend."

Top-Ten Finisher

  • Kevin Harvick
  • Will Rodgers *
  • David Mayhew
  • Michael Self
  • Derek Kraus *
  • Todd Gilliland
  • Blaine Perkins
  • Todd Souza
  • Sheldon Creed *
  • Chris Eggleston

* - Denotes Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender

Race Statistics

Fastest Qualifier: Will Rodgers *, Time: 77.949 Seconds, Speed: 91.906 mph
Time of Race: 2 hrs., 8 mins, 43 secs Average Speed: 59.368 mph Margin of Victory: .530 Seconds
Caution Flags: 
  1. 14-16 (#38 hit wall----Free Pass #11); 
  2. 18-21 (#14 stopped T2..No Free Pass); 
  3. 23-26 (#43 stopped T4 ---Free Pass #54); 
  4. 34-37 (Break----Free Pass #88); 
  5. 39-40 (#84 stopped T2----Free Pass #38); 
  6. 55-57 (#88 stopped T11----Free Pass #11).
                          6 for 20 laps.
Lap Leaders: Will Rodgers * 1-26, Michael Self 27-41, Kevin Harvick 42-64.
Total Laps Led: Will Rodgers * 26, Kevin Harvick 23, Michael Self 15. 2 changes involving 3 drivers.

Top 10 Driver Points:
  1. Todd Gilliland 354
  2. Chris Eggleston 343
  3. Derek Kraus * 298
  4. Will Rodgers * 286
  5. Michael Self 272
  6. Kody Vanderwal * 272
  7. Todd Souza 266
  8. Blaine Perkins 261
  9. Nicole Behar 258
  10. Matt Levin 258

Kevin Harvick Wins the K&N Pro Series West Race in Sonoma #NASCAR

The Carneros 200 will air on NBCSN on Thursday, June 29 at 11 p.m. ET.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will return to the track on July 28 for the annual combination race with the K&N Pro East at Iowa Speedway.

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