However, as he's gotten older and the opposing drivers have seemingly gotten younger, the biggest part of his race plan preparation boils down to hydration.
Denny Hamlin fared the best on the road courses previous year, finishing a close second here and winning at Watkins Glen. He'll start 13th in the first of two road-course events of the season. Hamlin and all of Joe Gibbs Racing for that matter need a win badly and Sunday is Hamlin's best shot to pull it off so far. "But I mean really, the people who run good, the people who are putting themselves in position are going to win".
His visit to Sonoma was the first time he's been to a NASCAR track in three months.
Day will drive for BK Racing in No. 23 Toyota. The only current driver with multiple wins in Sonoma is Kyle Busch, who won this race in 2008 and 2015. Well, he needs to win again, maybe not right now, but hey there is no time like the present. In May, Takuma Sato became the first Japanese driver to win the Indianapolis 500.
"I thought our auto was fast to win at the end of the race", said Harvick.
But that dominating drive was no more impressive than Busch's third-place finish a year later in a auto fielded by owner James Finch. This is definitely one of his best chances to get one. She was also the highest qualifying Ford.
"It was a wild race out there today", said Bowyer. Martin Truex Jr. had a auto that looked like it was going to compete for the win, but it ended up having mechanical failures that cost him a sixth straight top 6 finish.
NASCAR is roaring into Sonoma this weekend as it does every June. Truex Jr. racked up more stage and playoff points on Sunday and as the regular season rolls on, he's building up a cushion that could end up in a very comfortable race through the playoffs to the Championship Four in Miami.
Points leader Scott Dixon will start fifth, with Graham Rahal sixth.
The victory was the 36th of Harvick's career. "I thought we were decent on the long run, just trying to get there".
"There's still a lot of room for growth", Harvick said.
Larson posted a best lap of 95.295 miles per hour around the 1.99-mile road course in California wine country. Truex handed the series lead back to Kyle Larson, who started on the pole but faded to 26th at the finish, one lap down, after a series of run-ins on the asphalt. He also leads current drivers with 197 laps led.
Starting from the No. 12 position, Harvick quickly showed he had enough vehicle to be considered a favorite. Hamlin won the most recent Cup Series road-course race, the 2016 race at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) global.
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The No. 14 Ford looked like it had been through a demolition derby following 110 laps at the 12-turn road course.
He once said he'd like to blow this track up, consistently struggling with the road course.