Josh Wise to drive No. 98 for Phil Parsons Racing
Phil Parsons Racing signs former Front Row Motorsports driver, switches to Chevrolet SS
Jimmy John's re-ups with Stewart-Haas Racing , Harvick
RELATED: Drivers on the move in 2017 Stewart-Haas Racing announced Thursday that Jimmy John's has renewed its partnership with its No. 4 Chevrolet team and driver Kevin Harvick in a multiyear agreement. With the extension, Jimmy John's will be the primary sponsor of the No. 4 Chevy in 16 races, including the season-opening Daytona 500 . The Illinois-based sandwich chain will serve as a major associate sponsor in the remaining 22 events. Jimmy John's has been associated with Harvick as a primary sponsor in NASCAR's top division since 2011. Jimmy John's followed Harvick from Richard Childress Racing to Stewart-Haas in 2014, expanding its backing of his racing efforts. "We are fortunate to partner with Kevin for many years in a very meaningful way," restaurant founder Jimmy John Liautaud said in a release provided by the team. "On and off the track, Kevin and (wife) DeLana Harvick are winners in all they do, and Stewart-Haas Racing has proven to be an excellent home for them and for Jimmy John's." Said Harvick: "I've known Jimmy since 2009 and I've personally seen how driven he is and how his work ethic is embraced by Jimmy John's franchise owners. He wants to be the best, period. And he'll out-work everyone to be the best. That's the same mindset we have in racing . I'm proud to continue this partnership with Jimmy John's at Stewart-Haas Racing ." Jimmy John's also sponsored Harvick's efforts as an owner/driver from 2009-10 in what is now known as the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
Spencer Gallagher moving up to XFINITY with GMS Racing
Statesville, N.C. (December 1, 2016) – Statesville-based GMS Racing (GMS) announced that, beginning in 2017, the team will compete full-time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) with driver Spencer Gallagher . The Las Vegas native will continue to the pilot the No. 23, a number that he has raced since 2006 in honor of former NASCAR driver TJ Clark and his son, Spencer Clark. Gallagher began racing at the age of 12 in Legends Cars at the Las Vegas Bullring to kick off his climb through the racing circuit. Gallagher has been with GMS since 2014, first competing in the ARCA Racing Series and most recently the NCWTS. Over three seasons and 58 starts, Gallagher earned three top-fives, 15 top-10 finishes, and two pole awards. The 27-year-old made his NXS debut this past season, earning a best finish of eighth place at Daytona International Speedway in July. The team debuted the GMS Chevrolet Camaro at Phoenix International Speedway with a goal of building the program in preparation of running a full-time season in 2017. "I am really excited about running full-time in the XFINITY Series," said Gallagher. "I made my XFINITY debut this year and we learned a lot as an organization. Though I have raced against some of these drivers, I know the competition is going to be much more competitive so I need to be focused and on my "A" game all year. For next year my plan is to continue and grow this program, be consistent and make the Chase." Additional details regarding sponsorship and crew chief will be announced at a later date. </p>
Parsons' 10-step list finally complete after Hall's call
RELATED: Five legends unveiled for 2017 Hall of Fame Class CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- When Benny Parsons had learned that his recent cancer diagnosis was a terminal one, he made a plan for his wife, Terri, to carry out after his death in January 2007. On Wednesday, May 25 -- Voting Day for the NASCAR Hall of Fame -- Terri Parsons checked the last box on that 10-item list. "I know when Benny knew that he wasn't going to make it, his biggest fear was he was going to be forgotten. And I think this cements that," Terri Parsons said. "He will never be forgotten now, and I think his final wish ... he gave me a list of 10 things to do, and as of today, all 10 are done." Benjamin Stewart Parsons will forever be remembered as a NASCAR champion, a Daytona 500 winner and a blue-collar competitor behind the wheel. But he'll also be known as a brilliant, engaging commentator for stock-car racing from the TV booth. After Wednesday, if either of those memories were ever to fade, he'll now be forever known as a NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee. Mostly, Parsons will also be known simply as Benny, an everyman ambassador for the sport known as much for his driving and broadcasting skills as for his ability to bond with fans in the stands. That enduring popularity is what produced a groundswell of fan support on social media and an overwhelming show of approval by the 54-member voting panel, which named him on 85 percent of its ballots, leading all 20 Hall of Fame nominees. "It always meant a lot to Benny what people thought of him because Benny loved everybody," said Phil Parsons , Benny's younger brother and himself a longtime TV broadcaster. "From the fans to the competitors to the owners, sponsors, NASCAR, ARCA, whoever it might've been, they always meant a lot to him. So it was important that people liked him because he genuinely liked everybody in return. And I think he would be very pleased today knowing that this honor was bestowed upon him." Fellow Hall of Famer Ned Jarrett, whose bond with Parsons dates back to his earliest experience in NASCAR, shared the sentiment. Parsons made his first start in NASCAR's top divison in August 1964 at Asheville-Weaverville Speedway in western North Carolina. Jarrett won that Sunday in dominating fashion, but took time out of the race weekend to welcome the newcomer. That first chance meeting forged a friendship that extended beyond their driving careers and into television, where the two often shared a role as color commentator. "To have worked with him for so long on television and to see his dedication to the sport and the love for the fans, and the reaction of the fans over the years -- he was a people person," Jarrett said. "People could relate to him because he was one of them, just a down-to-earth type of individual who wanted the best for them, and they sensed that. With all of that, we became great friends." Jarrett said he had a strong gut feeling about Parsons on Wednesday, pointing also to the support he received in the voting room. Terri Parsons had a similar feeling, one that was somehow different than the previous seven votes -- all of which she faithfully attended. Maybe it was the overwhelming response she said she received from her persistent campaigning for her husband, reminding people every day to participate in fan balloting. Maybe it was her welcome upon her arrival at the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Wednesday afternoon. "There was a man waiting for me at the parking place that said, 'Are you Mrs. Parsons ? Hurry, hurry,' " she said with a laugh. "I felt a little different about that. They didn't care last year if I had a parking place or not." Benny Parsons now has a permanent place, one that will become official with his enshrinement in January 2017, close to the 10-year mark since his passing at age 65. "Somewhere tonight he's saying 'fantastic,' I'm sure, and we all know the smile that he'd have on his face, and there's certainly one on mine because I've been here for nine years waiting for this," Terri Parsons said, noting the time it's taken to cross the last item from her list. "All I can say is thank you, thank you, thank you."
Ty Dillon to drive No. 13 Germain Racing Chevy in 2017
Germain Racing announced Monday that Ty Dillon will jump full-time into NASCAR's premier series next season, taking the reins of its No. 13 Chevrolet. Dillon replaces Casey Mears , who had driven the No. 13 GEICO-sponsored entry since the second half of the 2010 season. The 24-year-old Dillon has made 18 Sprint Cup starts over the last three years, including a relief stint for the injured Tony Stewart during the early stages of last season. In a Monday morning appearance on SiriusXM NASCAR's Radio's "The Morning Drive" program, Dillon indicated that an agreement with Germain Racing came together earlier in the year. The challenge, he said, was staying mum until this week. "The questions kept coming and coming," Dillon told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. "The cool thing is that I knew what I was doing; I just didn't say anything. It's kind of like having an awesome secret that you want everyone to know, but you kind of had to hold it back. I guess all good things are worth waiting for. I'm just excited for what's to come."
Chris Buescher joins expanding JTG Daugherty Racing for 2017
RELATED: Driver and team changes for 2017 JTG Daugherty Racing officials have confirmed that the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series organization will expand to two full-time teams in 2017 with the addition of driver Chris Buescher . JTG Daugherty, co-owned by Tad and Jodi Geschickter and Brad Daugherty, has fielded a single full-time car in the series since 2009. A.J. Allmendinger, the team's primary driver since 2014, will remain with the organization as driver of the No. 47 Chevrolet. "We can confirm at this time that JTG Daugherty Racing is currently in the process of starting a second team in the NASCAR premier series," Tad Geschickter said. "We would also like to confirm and welcome Chris Buescher to the team as our driver for the second car." Buescher, the 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series champion while at Roush Fenway Racing , spent the 2016 season competing for Front Row Motorsports . According to a release from RFR, Buescher and the organization's charter for its No. 16 team have been "leased" to JTG Daugherty for the upcoming season. "I'm thankful for the opportunity and look forward to competing for a spot in the Chase," Buescher, 24, said. Buescher qualified for the 2016 Chase for the Sprint Cup after scoring his first career premier series win, at Pocono Raceway . While he failed to advance out of the first round of the 10-race elimination-style format, he finished 16th in points, a career best for a Front Row Motorsports team. Allmendinger finished a career-best 13th in points in 2014 when he qualified for the Chase. The No. 47 team ended the '16 season with two top fives and nine top-10 finishes and Allmendinger 19th in points. He scored the organization's lone victory to date in the premier series, winning at Watkins Glen in 2014. </p>
Ty Dillon to drive for Germain Racing in 2017
NASCAR.com's Jonathan Merryman gets you caught up on the news about Ty Dillon replacing Casey Mears in the No. 13 in NASCAR's Premier series for Germain Racing in 2017.
Betty Jane France named Myers Brothers Award Recipient
RELATED: Full schedule for Champion's Week DARLINGTON, S.C. (Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016) – Betty Jane France, whose philanthropic endeavors away from the race track rivaled those of the well-known family business of NASCAR, has been chosen as the 2016 recipient of the National Motorsports Press Association's prestigious Myers Brothers Award. France, who passed away Aug. 29, 2016, is the mother of NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France and International Speedway Corporation CEO Lesa France Kennedy. She was the widow of former NASCAR Chairman and CEO William C. France. While auto racing has been the cornerstone of the family profession, Betty Jane France's reach far exceeded the boundaries of the track. Kind and compassionate, France was the guiding force behind the formation of the NASCAR Foundation, the charitable arm of the sanctioning body that seeks to improve the lives of children most in need. She served as chairwoman of the Foundation upon its inception more than a decade ago and was later named chairwoman emeritus. In 2011, the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award, presented by Nationwide, was established in her honor. Each year, the award recognizes outstanding charitable and volunteer efforts of NASCAR fans. Active in her Daytona Beach community as well as abroad, France also helped establish the Speediatrics children's care unit at Halifax Health in Daytona Beach as well as Homestead Hospital in Homestead, Fla. The Myers Brothers Award is named in honor of former NASCAR competitors Billy and Bobby Myers. Determined by a vote of the NMPA membership, it recognizes individuals and/or groups who have provided outstanding contributions to the sport of stock car racing . It has been presented annually since 1958. Myers Brothers Award Winners 2016, Betty Jane France; 2015, Darlington Raceway ; 2014, Dale Earnhardt Jr .; 2013, Tony Stewart ; 2012, Jeff Gordon ; 2011, Drs. Joseph & Rose Mattioli; 2010, Jim Hunter; 2009, Barney Hall; 2008, T. Taylor Warren; 2007, Bill France Jr.; 2006, Benny Parsons ; 2005, Rusty Wallace; 2004, Kyle and Patti Petty; 2003, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.; 2002, Mike Helton; 2001, Dale Earnhardt; 2000, Kyle Petty; 1999, Junie Donlavey; 1998, T. Wayne Robertson; 1997, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.; 1996, Rick Hendrick; 1995, TNN: The Nashville Network; 1994, Brickyard 400/ Indianapolis Motor Speedway ; 1993, Goody's Manufacturing Co.; 1992, Richard and Lynda Petty; 1991, Harry Gant; 1990. Dick Beaty; 1989, Bill France Jr.; 1988 Richmond International Raceway ; 1987, ESPN; 1986, Hayride 500; 1985, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.; 1984, Charlotte Motor Speedway ; 1983, CBS-TV; 1982, MRN; 1981, Junior Johnson; 1980, STP & Champion Spark Plug Co.; 1979, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.; 1978, Busch Beer; 1977, First National City Travelers Checks; 1976, Junior Johnson; 1975, Bill France Sr.; 1974, H. Clay Earles; 1973, Wood Brothers; 1972, Winston Cigarettes; 1971, Richard Petty; 1970, Richard Howard; 1969, David Pearson; 1968, Wood Brothers; 1967, Richard Petty; 1966, Norris Friel; 1965, Ned Jarrett; 1964, Richard Petty; 1963, Marvin Panch; 1962, Hank Schoolfield; 1961, Ned Jarrett; 1960, Russ Catlin; 1959, Lee Petty; 1958, Bob Colvin. Here is the complete list of Thursday’s award winners from the NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Awards Luncheon : · NMPA Myers Brothers Award: Betty Jane France · Buddy Shuman Award: Jack Roush · NASCAR Marketing Achievement Award: Comcast XFINITY · Chevrolet Cross Flags Award: Tony Stewart · American Ethanol Green Flag Restart Award: Kevin Harvick · Coors Light Pole Award: Carl Edwards · Duralast Brakes "Brake in the Race" Award: Kyle Busch · Goodyear NASCAR Series Champion Award: Jimmie Johnson · Ingersoll Rand Power Move Award: Dave Rogers, Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19 Crew Chief · MAHLE Clevite Engine Builder of the Year Award: Scott Vester, Hendrick Engines No. 4 team · Mechanix Wear Most Valuable Pit Crew Award: Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 team · Mobil 1 Driver of the Year Award: Kyle Busch · MOOG Steering & Suspension Problem Solver of the Year Award: Alan Gustafson, crew chief No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports team · Sherwin-Williams Fastest Lap Award: Kyle Busch · Sunoco Diamond Performance Award: Jimmie Johnson · Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award: Chase Elliott · Champion Sponsor Award: Lowe's · Champion Crew Chief Award: Chad Knaus · Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award Presented by Nationwide: Andy Hoffman &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
The Rundown: Talladega
News and notes for the entire 43-car field from the GEICO 500 RELATED: Full race results " Series standings " Latest Chase Grid 1. Dale Earnhardt Jr ., No. 88 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Earnhardt led a race-high 67 laps to earn his sixth career Talladega victory and tie teammate Jeff Gordon for second on the Superspeedway's all-time wins list. It was an emotional win for Earnhardt, who needs four more wins at the Alabama track to catch his Daddy, the legendary Dale Earnhardt. " Watch: Junior adds to the family legacy 2. Jimmie Johnson , No. 48 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Johnson led 50 laps, but stuck behind his teammate in the closing laps. He improves to third in the points on the strength of his fourth straight top-three finish. " Watch: Johnson discusses finish 3. Paul Menard , No. 27 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Menard, whose entire pit crew opted to wear full-face helmets during stops, recorded his best finish this season after spending the majority of Sunday's race running inside the top 15. 4. Ryan Blaney , No. 21 Ford, Wood Brothers Racing . In his third career restrictor-plate outing, Blaney notched his first career top-five result. " More: Blaney proves tough under Talladega pressure 5. Martin Truex Jr ., No. 78 Chevrolet, Furniture Row Racing . Truex managed his ninth top-10 result of the season despite dealing with a vibration for a majority of Sunday's 188-lap event. 6. Sam Hornish Jr ., No. 9 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Hornish, who was on pit road when the final caution flag was waved, restarted fourth with 25 laps to go and held on to record his best 2015 finish. 7. Ryan Newman , No. 31 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Despite an early flare-up while pitting under caution, Newman ticked off 11 places in the final 19 laps to record his first top-10 finish in the spring Talladega event since 2009. 8. Kevin Harvick , No. 4 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Harvick led one lap en route to his ninth top-10 finish this season. He has paced the field in all but one race this season and needs to lead 47 more laps to reach 1,000 total for the second time in his career. 9. Denny Hamlin , No. 11 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Hamlin led five laps and was running fourth when he attempted to make a run on leader Dale Earnhardt Jr . coming to the checkered flag. 10. Josh Wise , No. 98 Ford, Phil Parsons Racing . Wise mostly flew under the radar on Sunday and led Lap 93 en route to his best career Cup finish. 11. Jamie McMurray , No. 1 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. The two-time Talladega victor picked up 12 spots in the closing 19 laps and narrowly missed his fifth top-10 of the year. 12. Kurt Busch , No. 41 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Busch led a lap during the second caution period and overcame an alternator issue to close 20 positions in the final 19 laps to be the best closer of the race. 13. Cole Whitt , No. 35 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Whitt didn't pit during the sixth caution flag so he led the field to green on the Lap 162 restart, and he held on to snag his best career finish. 14. J.J. Yeley, No. 23 Toyota, BK Racing . Yeley was briefly knocked off the lead lap after being penalized for a fallen window net and subsequently speeding on pit road. He rallied to improve 13 places in the final 19 laps. 15. Aric Almirola , No. 43 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Almirola guided his car across the finish line despite receiving contact on the last lap to his left-front fender. 16. Alex Bowman , No. 7 Chevrolet, Tommy Baldwin Racing . Bowman wasn't terribly impacted after being involved in the Lap 47 crash and held on to record his best Talladega finish. 17. AJ Allmendinger , No. 47 Chevrolet, JTG Daugherty Racing . Allmendinger's team resolved a severe vibration mid-race as he attempted the strategy of laying back until the final laps of the race. 18. Matt DiBenedetto , No. 83 Toyota, BK Racing . DiBenedetto, in his restrictor-plate debut in the Sprint Cup Series, rebounded from the Lap 47 incident to earn his highest 2015 result. 19. Tony Stewart , No. 14 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Stewart led six laps on Sunday, but couldn't get enough help down the stretch when he attempted to break out of the long parade running the top line. 20. David Gilliland , No. 38 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Running 28th, Gilliland attempted to help Tony Stewart run the bottom line and challenge the leaders in the closing laps. 21. Danica Patrick , No. 10 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Patrick reported a transmission issue around the Lap 115 caution for debris and spent the final third of the race running in fourth gear due to a broken shifter. 22. Brad Keselowski , No. 2 Ford, Team Penske . Keselowski restarted fifth with 26 laps to go and was eyeing his fourth Talladega victory until he was shuffled back. 23. Justin Allgaier , No. 51 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Allgaier was one of 15 cars impacted by the first big crash of the day on Lap 47, and he lost a support pit member, who handled a fuel can without a helmet or head sock. 24. Chris Buescher , No. 34 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Buescher started the race 38th and showed great patience and poise during his restrictor-plate debut in the top series. 25. Matt Kenseth , No. 20 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . With fewer than 20 laps to go, Kenseth tried to join Jeff Gordon as the duo fell out of the top line and unsuccessfully tried to run the bottom. 26. Ricky Stenhouse Jr ., No. 17, Roush Fenway Racing . Stenhouse was the beneficiary of the free pass on a Lap 56 caution after being knocked off the lead lap as a result of the Lap 47 wreck and caution. 27. Bobby Labonte , No. 32 Ford, Go FAS Racing . Labonte made his second start of the year on Sunday (both have been at restrictor-plate tracks) and led the 22nd lap while the field was under the first caution flag. 28. Casey Mears , No. 13 Chevrolet, Germain Racing . Mears was one of 15 drivers to lead Sunday's race and paced Lap 116 when the leaders hit pit road during a caution for debris. 29. Michael Annett , No. 46 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Annett rolled off the grid 40th and ran as high as third during his third Talladega outing. 30. Clint Bowyer , No. 15 Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing . Bowyer, running ninth with 15 laps to go, predicted chaos in the final laps and he was one of several drivers to sustain contact on the last lap. 31. Jeff Gordon , No. 24 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . The pole winner led 47 laps but was mired in traffic during the closing laps after being penalized for speeding on pit road just prior to the Lap 158 caution. " More: Gordon's day ruined by penalty, late damage 32. Carl Edwards , No. 19 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Edwards posted the fastest lap of the race (Lap 46 at 204.801 mph) and was one of the few drivers willing to attempt to run the bottom in the closing laps. He spun on the final lap as the competition sped by. " Watch: Edwards discusses what happened to him late in the race 33. Joey Logano , No. 22 Ford, Team Penske . Logano had minor damage after the Lap 47 dust-up, but earned the beneficiary of the free pass twice, including when the final caution flag was waved. 34. Kasey Kahne , No. 5 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Kahne, the outside pole sitter, paced the field briefly before becoming collateral damage in the Lap 47 incident. 35. Austin Dillon , No. 3 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Dillon was running 16th when the right-front of his car erupted into flames, likely due to an engine issue, to bring out the sixth and final caution flag of the day. " Watch: Dillon's car catches fire 36. Michael Waltrip , No. 55 Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing . The team owner and former Talladega victor was in the wrong place at the wrong time on Sunday when he ran into a spinning Brian Scott on Lap 19. 37. Greg Biffle , No. 16 Ford, Roush-Fenway Racing . Biffle, involved in the Lap 47 multi-car mashup, spent quite a bit of time in the garage for repairs before returning around Lap 90. " Watch: See the 15-car incident 38. David Ragan , No. 18 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Ragan's 300th Cup start was derailed when he was collected in the multi-car incident on Lap 47. Next week, Ragan will take the wheel of Michael Waltrip Racing 's No. 55 as a permanent substitute for Brian Vickers . 39. Landon Cassill , No. 40 Chevrolet, Hillman Smith Motorsports. Cassill started 30th and was running inside the top 15 when he was involved in the 15-car accident on Lap 47. 40. Brendan Gaughan , No. 62 Chevrolet, Premium Motorsports. Gaughan, making his first Talladega start since 2004, made hard contact with the Turn 2 wall on Lap 91. 41. Trevor Bayne , No. 6 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Bayne ran as high as third on Sunday before losing the handle on his Ford in traffic and triggering the "Big One" on Lap 47. " Watch: See the 15-car pileup Bayne was involved in 42. Kyle Larson , No. 42 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. Larson lined up for the race 13th – his best Talladega start – but was sidelined after being collected in the Lap 47 multi-car crash. 43. Brian Scott , No. 33 Chevrolet, Circle Sport. Scott spun shortly after his Chevy started smoking and he inadvertently collected Michael Waltrip in the accident. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
The Rundown: Sonoma
Full field analysis of all 43 cars in the Toyota/Save Mart 350 MORE: Full race results " Series standings " Chase Grid 1. Kyle Busch , No. 18 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Busch, running on fresh tires, chased down Jimmie Johnson in the final five laps to earn his first victory of the 2015 season and become Chase eligible, assuming he finishes the regular season in the top 30 in points. " WATCH: Pit strategy critical to win 2. Kurt Busch , No. 41 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . The outside pole sitter followed his little brother across the finish line for the first time in a Cup race. " MORE: Brotherly 1-2 finish a 'special moment' 3. Clint Bowyer , No. 15 Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing . Bowyer, the fastest driver in the first practice session, hit pit road under caution with 11 laps to go to get fresh tires for the final restart. 4. Kevin Harvick , No. 4 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Harvick bounced back from an early pit miscue to earn his fourth top-five at Sonoma. 5. Joey Logano , No. 22 Ford, Team Penske . Logano slipped by a slowing competitor to hit pit road at just the right time on Lap 66 and held on for his ninth top-five this season. 6. Jimmie Johnson , No. 48 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Johnson led a race-high 45 laps and initially paced the field on the final restart before being overwhelmed by competitors who took fresh tires during the previous stop. " MORE: No second-guessing for Johnson 7. Dale Earnhardt Jr ., No. 88 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Earnhardt rallied from his 20th starting spot to crack the top 10 by Lap 20 and earned his 10th top-10 of the year. 8. Kasey Kahne , No. 5 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Kahne overcame an early vibration and picked up four spots on pit road with 10 laps to go. 9. Ryan Newman , No. 31 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Newman claimed his seventh top-10 at Sonoma after avoiding a wreck on Lap 78. 10. Sam Hornish Jr ., No. 9 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Hornish’s team addressed an early brake issue and he went on to earn his second top-10 of the season. 11. Jamie McMurray , No. 1 Chevrolet. Chip Ganassi Racing . McMurray was running 16th within the first five laps when he reported a serious vibration, the result of a delaminated left-rear. 12. Tony Stewart , No. 14 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . “I’m loose because I’m getting hit,” radioed Stewart, who struggled to make up ground after the final restart. 13. Paul Menard , No. 27 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Menard started from the rear after an engine change and worked with his team all race long to find grip. 14. Aric Almirola , No. 43 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . The late-race decision to stop for tires didn’t hurt Almirola, who earned his first top-15 at a road course. 15. Kyle Larson , No. 42 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing . The Elk Grove, California, native lost one spot after pitting for fresh tires during the final caution period of the race. 16. Jeff Gordon , No. 24 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . It was a disappointing day for the sport’s winningest road course driver and nearby Vallejo native who made a late-race setup change to match his teammates Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr . " MORE: Gordon reflects on final race at Sonoma 17. Austin Dillon , No. 3 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Dillon slipped by a wrecking David Gilliland on Lap 22 and continued to climb through the field as his team helped him get more forward drive and side bite. 18. Denny Hamlin , No. 11 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . A loose right-rear wheel prompted Hamlin to make an unscheduled pit stop while running in the top 20 on Lap 17. 19. Brad Keselowski , No. 2 Ford, Team Penske . Keselowski started 10th for the first time at Sonoma, but couldn’t rally after getting loose and slipping in Turn 7 on Lap 43. 20. Ricky Stenhouse Jr ., No. 17 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Stenhouse lined up fourth for the final restart after staying out, but couldn’t hold off the teams on fresher tires. 21. Matt Kenseth , No. 20 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Kenseth was running 17th when he shredded his left-rear tire on Lap 45 and limped his way to pit road. 22. Cole Whitt , No. 35 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Whitt followed up his best Sonoma start with his best Sonoma finish. 23. T revor Bayne, No. 6 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Bayne, a Sonoma newcomer, returned to the lead lap after getting the Lucky Dog pass on the final caution period. 24. Danica Patrick , No. 10 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Patrick spun with seven laps to go and slipped from 22nd. 25. Alex Kennedy , No. 33 Chevrolet, Circle Sport . In his third Sonoma start, Kennedy stayed out of trouble on the way to his best finish at the California road course. 26. Boris Said , No. 32 Ford, Go FAS Racing . The road course ringer bounced around the middle of the field all day for the No. 32 team. 27. Greg Biffle , No. 16 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Biffle lined up 17th for the final restart but had to return to pit road for right-side tires after contact flattened his right-front. 28. Josh Wise , No. 98 Ford, Phil Parsons Racing . In his fourth Sonoma start, Wise claimed his best finish at the road course. 29. Matt DiBenedetto , No. 83 Toyota, BK Racing . The Sonoma newbie was trying to get into his pit stall during the final caution period when he was weirdly turned around by one of the track sweepers. " MORE: Learn more about the incident 30. Justin Marks , No. 34 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . The Rocklin, California, native earned his best Sonoma start in just his second career Cup outing. 31. Alex Bowman , No. 7 Chevrolet, Tommy Baldwin Racing . A tight-handling condition turned into a tire concern for Bowman, who made an unscheduled green-flag stop at Lap 18. 32. Jeb Burton , No. 26 Toyota, BK Racing . It was an educational day for the rookie, who improved his position after rolling off the grid 43rd. 33. Michael Annett , No. 46 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Annett started from the rear of the field after making an engine change and worked on the handling of his car en route to his best Sonoma finish. 34. Michael McDowell , No. 95 Ford, Leavine Family Racing . McDowell spun off-course in Turn 7 during the final three laps, but saved his car to keep the caution flag from coming out. 35. Justin Allgaier , No. 51 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Allgaier’s best career Sonoma start was dampened around Lap 65 when he ran out of fuel. 36. Landon Cassill , No. 40 Chevrolet, Hillman Smith Motorsports. Cassill was awarded the Lucky Dog pass during the second caution period, but struggled to keep pace around Sonoma’s tight turns. 37. AJ Allmendinger , No. 47 Chevrolet, JTG Daugherty Racing . The pole winner was running eighth on Lap 52 when he radioed his team about an engine issue. "Don’t worry about (lap) times. We ain’t going to make it much longer. … I have no speed." " For more in-car audio, sign up for Scanner today 38. Casey Mears , No. 13 Chevrolet, Germain Racing . Mears was sidelined by a broken rear axle housing while running 15th on Lap 99. " WATCH: See what happened to Mears 39. David Ragan , No. 55 Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing . Ragan was trying to keep Carl Edwards from winning seventh when Edwards lost control and hit Ragan, wrecking both competitors. " WATCH: Tough day for Ragan 40. Carl Edwards , No. 19 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Edwards was battling for seventh place when he hopped over the bumps and into the side of David Ragan , sending both competitors into the Turn 8 tire barrier. " MORE: Edwards tears up car in wreck with Ragan 41. J.J. Yeley, No. 23 Toyota, BK Racing . Yeley, in his seventh Sonoma start, spun exiting Turn 10 to bring out the caution flag on Lap 74. 42. Martin Truex Jr ., No. 78 Chevrolet, Furniture Row Racing . Truex’s string of top-10s came to a halt after contact from David Ragan sent him spinning into the Turn 8 tire barrier on Lap 29. " MORE: Truex not happy with Ragan 43. David Gilliland , No. 38 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . After lining up 28th, Gilliland sustained a flat left-front tire and spun in Turn 10 on Lap 22. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule