Sometimes in the middle of the season when a big name takes the win, it’s surprising that they hadn’t won to that point yet during the year. Such was the case for five different racers across five different racing divisions last weekend.
Toyota/Save Mart 350 - Kevin Harvick
Kevin Harvick entered Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 in fourth place in the points with five top-5 finishes already to his name in 2017. However, the California native had not taken a win since the 2016 Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway in October last year. Harvick finally made it back there on Sunday though, winning by 8.036 seconds over Clint Bowyer.
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Azerbaijan Grand Prix - Daniel Ricciardo
Daniel Ricciardo picked up his fifth Formula One career victory at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Sunday from 10th on the grid. Ricciardo had made an aggressive pass on a restart to move up into third place, and then was gifted the lead when the head rest on race leader Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes came loose and Sebastian Vettel - who had inherited the lead - was forced to serve a 10-second stop-and-go penalty for hitting Hamilton under the safety car.
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Kohler Grand Prix - Scott Dixon
Scott Dixon held a handy points lead heading into the Kohler Grand Prix at Road America, thanks to six top-five finishes in the opening nine races of the season. However, the four-time series champion had yet to make it to the winner’s circle until Sunday, when he crossed the line 0.5779 seconds ahead of Josef Newgarden.
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Assen TT - Valentino Rossi
Seven-time premier class MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi has had an up-and-down year in 2017, which opened for him with three podium finishes. However, following that Rossi struggled in a couple of rounds and dropped back in the points, but on Sunday won again after a late-race battle with Danilo Petrucci in the wet. Rossi now sits just seven points back of points leader Andrea Dovizioso.
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American Ethanol E15 250 - William Byron
The thing that makes William Byron’s win at Iowa Speedway stand out in this list is that this was his first career win in his respective series. Byron had taken three top-five finishes entering the 0.875-mile circuit, including a close runner-up finish to Denny Hamlin one week ago in Michigan. Saturday night, Byron finally got the job done after Christopher Bell - who led most of the race - was involved in a late-race incident.