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Kurt Busch started 17th on the grid and finished seventh in Sunday's Toyota Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway, stewarthaasracing.com reports.

Impact

The effort was a typical road course performance by Busch and his No. 41 SHR team. It was a big day for the team with Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer finishing 1-2 for the SHR stable. However, Busch's performance is not to be overlooked. He would race from the back to the front more than once Sunday afternoon, and pick off 10 spots over the final 17 laps to secure the Top-10 finish. It was Busch's eighth Top 10 of the season and he remains 14th overall in the championship driver standings.

To start Sunday's race at Sonoma Raceway, both Chase Elliott and Dale Earnhardt Jr. were inside the Top 10, and that's where they would finish it, as well. Earnhardt led the Hendrick Motorsports teammates to the checkered flag, earning a sixth-place result. Elliott was just behind him in eighth-place, hendrickmotorsports.com reports.

Impact

It was a surprising finish in light of how much Elliott struggled in this race one year ago, and his practice crash on Friday that put him into the backup car. Elliott showed tremendous improvement in his road racing skills as he would battle through traffic all afternoon, and make several quality passes on the 12-turn road course. He extended his current Top-10 streak to four heading to Daytona this week.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

To start Sunday's race at Sonoma Raceway, both Chase Elliott and Earnhardt Jr. were inside the Top 10, and that's where they would finish it, as well. Earnhardt led the Hendrick Motorsports teammates to the checkered flag, earning a sixth-place result, hendrickmotorsports.com reports.

Impact

Despite a couple errors on the race track, including a pit road speeding penalty, Earnhardt would rally back and crack the Top 10 at Sonoma Raceway. He would display his strong road racing skills in driving back up through the field on a couple of occasions. It was Earnhardt's fourth Top-10 finish of the season and third Top 10 in his last four starts at Sonoma Raceway.

Helio Castroneves finished third in Sunday's Kohler Grand Prix behind Honda's Scott Dixon and teammate Josef Newgarden after starting from pole.

Impact

Castroneves and his Penske Racing teammates were dominant in practice and qualifying, but missed out on the top spot in Sunday's race. Castroneves finished on the third step of the podium, which was his second podium finish after he came home in the runner-up spot in the Indy 500.

Simon Pagenaud fourth third behind Scott Dixon and teammates Josef Newgarden and Helio Castroneves in Sunday's Kohler Grand Prix.

Impact

The Penske Racing teammates appeared ready to to dominate Sunday's race, but it was Scott Dixon's Honda that led 24 of the final 25 laps to score the win. Pagenaud's finish narrowly missed a second consecutive podium after he finished third in Texas two weeks ago.

Josef Newgarden finished second behind Scott Dixon in Sunday's Kohler Grand Prix at Road America.

Impact

The runner-up finish was his second consecutive roadcourse podium after finishing runner-up in the second Detroit race three weeks ago. He led the Penske Racing teammates in Sunday's finish, but did not have as much in the bag as Honda's Scott Dixon who was able to fend off the Penske charge for the race win.

Scott Dixon held off the Penske Racing juggernaut to score his 41st career IndyCar victory at Road America on Sunday.

Impact

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver credited Honda's fuel mileage and power as giving him the edge he needed to knock the Penske drivers off of the top step of the podium after the Cevrolet-powered team dominated practice and qualifying.

Truex Jr. suffered an engine failure and finished 37th in the Toyota Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway Sunday afternoon.

Impact

It was a tough afternoon at the track for the Furniture Row Racing star. Truex set the pace early on and led 25 laps for the event. It looked like he would contend for the win entering the final stages of the race, but on lap 86 the engine in his No. 78 Toyota Camry would turn sour. The damage would retire him to the garage area with the DNF, his second of the season. Truex remains second overall in the championship driver standings after Sonoma.

Kyle Busch finished fifth in the Toyota Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway Sunday afternoon.

Impact

While Busch would endure some setbacks and battle poor track position late in the race, he'd still mount a considerable rally. He led 3 laps during green flag pit stops, but then would have to battle to get back to the front. It would be a tough task and Busch would make headway. He couldn't reel-in the leaders, but would fight back to fifth by lap 110. It was his sixth Top-5 finish of the season, and Busch slips one spot to fourth-place in the point standings.

Denny Hamlin finished fourth in the Toyota Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway Sunday afternoon.

Impact

The Joe Gibbs Racing star followed up his strong Sonoma outing of last year with another great performance Sunday in the Toyota Save Mart 350. Hamlin led 11 laps mid-race and would race inside the Top 10 most of the afternoon at the 12-turn road course. The driver of the No. 11 Toyota couldn't hold off faster cars in the closing laps and would slip from second- to fourth-place at the wave of the checkered flag. However, it was his fourth Top 5 of the season and third in the last five races. Hamlin remains ninth in the championship driver standings heading to Daytona next weekend.

Brad Keselowski finished third in the Toyota Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway Sunday afternoon.

Impact

The Penske Racing star put on his best-career Sonoma performance Sunday afternoon in the Toyota Save Mart 350. Keselowski would come from deep in the field at 23rd-starting spot on the grid and would charge quickly to the front. During the final green-flag pit stops, he would take the lead and hold it for 17 laps. Keselowski couldn't match Kevin Harvick's pit strategy or speed, and would cede the point to him in the closing laps. It was his ninth Top-5 finish of the season and first-career Top-5 finish at Sonoma in 8 starts. Keselowski climbs one spot to fifth-place overall in the championship standings after Sonoma.

Clint Bowyer finished second in the Toyota Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway Sunday afternoon.

Impact

It was a very eventful race for the driver of the No. 14 SHR Ford. Bowyer would get into more than one tangle on the track and cause some light damage to his car. The veteran driver would mount a comeback mid-race and charge from near the rear of the field to the front. In the closing laps he would get around Denny Hamlin, but couldn't reel in Kevin Harvick. It was Bowyer's third Top 5 of the season and seventh-career Sonoma Top-5 finish. He moves up one spot to 11th-place overall in the driver point standings.

Kevin Harvick won the Toyota Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway Sunday afternoon.

Impact

Harvick had come so close many times in the past, but Sunday he finally cashed in at the California road course. The driver of the No. 4 Ford had the right fuel and pit strategy and took the lead from Brad Keselowski on the final green-flag run. Harvick would lead the final 22 laps and hold off Clint Bowyer to capture his first win of the season and first-career Sonoma victory. He moves up one spot to third-place in the championship point standings as a result.

Lance Stroll earned his first podium finish in Sunday's Azerbaijan Grand Prix after a chaotic race enabled him to move forward through the field from his eighth-spot starting position.

Impact

A second-place finish was within Stroll's grasp, but Valtteri Bottas narrowly grabbed that spot at the finish line as Stroll claimed a third-place finish for the Williams Martini Racing team. The young Canadian drove a mistake-free race on Sunday, which was what enabled him to take the impressive finish as most of the other top contenders either had contact or failures that dropped them out of contention for the top three finishing positions. He is now the second-youngest podium finish in Formula 1 history.

Botta passed Lance Stroll in the final inches of Sunday's Azerbaijan Grand Prix to finish second for his second consecutive runner-up finish.he

Impact

Sunday's race was chaotic and saw Bottas have contact in the first turn that dropped him to the back of the field and make a stop for repairs. Problems and contact for other drivers along with multiple safety car periods and a red flag enabled him to work his way back into contention for a podium finish, and did just enough to get by Stroll in the final inches before the finish line.

Daniel Ricciardo won Sunday's Azerbaijan Grand Prix for his fifth career Formula 1 victory and third consecutive podium finish.

Impact

The Red Bull Racing machine cycled to the front as chaos enveloped the early leaders, and he grabbed that opportunity to cruise to Sunday's win. He started the afternoon in 10th position, but took advantage of the contact and mistakes of cars ahead of him to work his way forward to claim the top spot despite losing the early weekend speed advantage to Mercedes and Ferrari.

William Byron won the American Ethanol E15 250 Xfinity Series race at Iowa Speedway Saturday night.

Impact

It was sweet revenge for the JR Motorsports rookie. Byron made up for his near-miss of victory lane at Michigan the prior week with a great performance. The driver of the No. 9 Chevrolet took the lead with 20 laps to go and cruised to his first-career win in the Xfinity Series. The victory comes in just his 14th series start, and Byron remains third overall in the championship standings after Iowa.

Christopher Bell won the pole for the American Ethanol E15 250 Xfinity Series race at Iowa Speedway Saturday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 133.305 mph.

Impact

Bell is doing double duty this weekend at Iowa Speedway, and making a rare start in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Toyota. He edged teammate Kyle Benjamin to grab the pole position in knockout qualifying. This is Bell's first-career pole in this racing series in just his second start. He looks like a Top-5 threat for Saturday night's 250-lap race at Iowa Speedway.

Josef Newgarden qualified third for Sunday's Kohler Grand Prix behind teammates Helio Castroneves and Will Power.

Impact

Newgarden finished second in the second of the two Detroit races, and claims his first top starting position since he qualified third for the Grand Prix of Indianapolis. He won the Grand Prix of Alabama earlier this season, but will have to battle his teammates to stand on the podium this weekend in Elkhart Lake.

Will Power will start second alongside teammate Helio Castroneves in Sunday's Kohler Grand Prix.

Impact

The Australian driver was narrowly pipped by teammate Castroneves, but still remained on the front row in a Penske Racing whitewash. The four teammates locked out the first two rows for Sunday's race.