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Sonoma and Mid-Ohio checkered, black flags

The winners and losers from the weekend’s racing at Sonoma Raceway and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

CHECKERED FLAGS

Kyle Larson

The Hendrick Motorsports driver is as hot as the summer weather. Larson scored his second straight win Sunday taking the checkered flag in the Toyota SaveMart 350 at Sonoma Raceway. He swept all stages as he did the week before in his Coca-Cola 600 win and is closing ground on the series point lead as well.

Hendrick Motorsports

Chase Elliott followed Larson across the finish line Sunday to give Hendrick its fourth straight 1-2 finish, tying the record set by Carl Keikhafer Racing in 1956. Hendrick is by far the best in the Cup Series right now.

Chip Ganassi Racing

Both CGR drivers finished in the top 10 with Kurt Busch (sixth) and Ross Chastain (seventh). The run was a much-needed positive for an organization that has been struggling throughout most of the 2021 season.

AJ Allmendinger

He turned in a clinic Saturday at Mid-Ohio as Allmendinger raced his way from a pit road penalty back to the front of the field and the lead in no time. His victory led a 1-2 finish for Kaulig Racing with Justin Haley finishing second.

Josh Berry

He drove Jordan Anderson’s car home to an eighth-place finish Saturday at Mid-Ohio to continue Berry’s amazing Xfinity Series season that has seen his success lead to more opportunities.

BLACK FLAGS

Brad Keselowski

A very untimely penalty for equipment over the wall too soon on a pit stop derailed Keselowski’s hopes of a good finish at Sonoma. It was the latest chapter in a rough stretch for the Team Penske driver.

JTG Daugherty Racing

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. had trouble that handed him a last-place finish and Ryan Preece was involved in an incident late Sunday at Sonoma to deal the JTG group a tough blow.

Michael McDowell

It looked like he was headed for a top-10 finish until late contact from Daniel Suarez sent the Front Row Motorsports around and out of contention. The Daytona 500 winner was credited with a 28th-place finish.

Harrison Burton

A rough outing for Burton at Mid-Ohio that added up to finishing 38th. Burton and the No. 20 JGR team are looking for a better stretch ahead in the summer schedule.

Noah Gragson

Speaking of looking for better things, Gragson definitely makes the list. An off-track excursion on Lap 1at Mid-Ohio led to enough damage to knock out the JR Motorsports driver and hand him his sixth DNF of the season.