NOTE: This post is a recap of what happened in 2017 at Sonoma

Sonoma Top Ten Starters

  1. Kyle Larson
  2. Jamie McMurray
  3. Martin Truex Jr.
  4. Kyle Busch
  5. AJ Allmendinger
  6. Danica Patrick
  7. Ryan Blaney
  8. Chase Elliott
  9. Chris Buescher
  10. Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Sonoma Full Starting Lineup

Sonoma Pre-race Notes

Sonoma Stage #1 Top Ten (Lap 25): 78,47,42,21,11,22,6,3,5,14

Sonoma Stage #2 Top Ten (Lap 50): 48,2,20,11,22,88,21,3,24,31

Matt Kenseth started in the rear of the field.

Sonoma Race Notes

Kyle Larson who started on the pole shot to an early lead and led the opening 9 laps.

Notable Moment: On lap 3 Daniel Suarez flat spotted a tire and made an unexpected pit stop. It dropped him from 17th to 38th.

Notable Moment: Around lap 6 Kyle Busch made an unexpected pit stop of for a tire issue.

Running order on lap 7: 42,78,47,1,10,88,4,24,21,14 … 37,11,95,41,48,22,27,2,31,3 … 5,17,20,43,72,6,77,38,32,23 … 33,13,51,15,34,18,55,19

Martin Truex Jr. had a fast car over long runs. On lap 10 he took the lead and proceeded to lead the next 5 laps.

Running order on lap 12: 78,47,42,4,1,10,88,21,11,14 … 24,48,95,37,41,2,27,22,3,20 … 5,31,17,43,72,77,38,32,6,23 … 33,13,51,18,34,15,19,55

Big Moment: On lap 13 Dale Earnhardt Jr. spun in turn 11. He clipped Kyle Larson who was in 3rd and Danica Patrick ran into him. This brought out the first caution and ten drivers elected not to pit.

Running order on lap 18: 37,47,18,2,78,20,42,6,1,27 … 21,4,14,17,19,48,11,95,33,31 … 41,10,24,22,3,43,51,77,32,5 … 23,72,88,13,34,15,38,55

With 3 laps to go in Stage #1 Clint Bowyer spun. He didn’t appear to get any notable damage and he didn’t lose that many positions. When Stage #1 ended he finished 10th.

With 2 laps to go in Stage #1 Martin Truex Jr. passed AJ Allmendinger for the lead.

Notable Moment: Kyle Busch pitted near the end of Stage #1, but he was caught speeding on pit road.

Notable Moment: Near the end of Stage #1, Michael McDowell and Kurt Busch both got penalties for pitting when pit road was closed.

Sonoma Stage #1 Top Ten (Lap 25): 78,47,42,21,11,22,6,3,5,14

Big Moment: On lap 31, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. wrecked. Danica Patrick spun and he ran into her. Stenhouse Jr. was in 22nd at the time.

Notable Moment: On lap 38 AJ Allmendinger spun. He was running in the top five at the time. After his problem he radioed his team and said he killed it. Kyle Larson clipped him. Both of them had to come down pit road for repairs. This caused Ty Dillon to come to a stop on the track. In an accordion effect to this wreck Kyle Busch damaged the nose of his car.

Running order on lap 39: 78,21,11,22,48,1,3,4,20,5 … 37,2,72,27,31,32,19,42,77,88 …. 24,14,43,41,95,38,34,18,51

On lap 40 a caution came out for debris. Lots of pit strategy ensued during this stop.

Running order on lap 42: 48,4,20,1,2,27,24,41,37,19 … 43,77,10,11,95

Running order on lap 46: 48,4,20,2,1,41,27,11,22,24 … 78,37,88,21,10,3,95,31,42,43 … 14,5,72,77,34,13,33,38,32,51 … 6,15,23,18,55,19,47,17

Sonoma Stage #2 Top Ten (Lap 50): 48,2,20,11,22,88,21,3,24,31

During the Stage #2 caution tons of drivers didn’t pit. Johnson who just won the Stage was in 22nd.

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