CALIFORNIA CONNECTION: How our Cali Drivers Fared in Michigan

Several NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers have California connections, including 4-time Champion Jimmie Johnson who hails from El Cajon. Below begins a weekly roundup of how each Californian fared beginning with the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 at Michigan International Speedway.


San Bernardino County, Calif. (June 14, 2010) - California drivers, Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson finished in the top 10, and Kevin Harvick’s 19th place finish kept him in first in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings as several California drivers made their mark in the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 Sunday at Michigan International Speedway. 

Below are how the Golden State drivers competed in this past weekend's Sprint Cup event:
No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet  
Hometown: Vallejo  
7th in points    
4th PLACE FINISH:  Starting from the sixth position he moved his way up to finish fourth at MIS.  “It was a challenging day, but it wouldn’t have taken but a few more things to make this great and a chance to win.  We’re real happy with today to get a top-five.  It was a good points day, and we know that we are way behind that 11, and we’ve got some work to do there.”

No. 48 Lowes Chevrolet  
Hometown: El Cajon  
6th in points

6th PLACE FINISH:  Johnson had a nice week of racing.  He started third at Michigan and finished in top-10 (6th).  This followed his wire-to-wire-win in the Prelude to the Dream charity race held at Eldora Speedway in New Weston, Ohio.

No. 43 Insignia HDTV/ Best Buy Ford 
Hometown: Los Gatos   
22nd in points

11th PLACE FINISH:  After starting 26th, Allmendinger was able to move up to 15th in the first two laps. Unfortunately, he had some setbacks due to slow pit stops and fell to the back of the pack. He rallied after a late yellow flag to have his best career finish at Michigan.

No. 29 Shell/Pennzoil Chevrolet 
Hometown: Bakersfield   
1st in points

19th PLACE FINISH:  Harvick was able to hold on to the driver points standings lead despite his 19th place finish.  “We just missed the setup on our Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet today.  It was either way too tight or way too loose.  Gil Martin and our crew tried just about everything during our pit stops today, but we couldn’t dial it in.  I am looking forward to going to Sonoma to see some family and friends, and getting our 29 car back up front where we belong.”

No. 82 Red Bull Toyota  
Hometown: Manteca     
26th in points

28th PLACE FINISH:  Speed finished 28th at Michigan.  He had a run-in with teammate Casey Mears on lap 100 when they were both running at the back of the pack.  This was a major setback, but he was able to finish the race one lap behind the winner.

No. 7 SpeedFactory.TV Toyota 
Hometown: Orange  
34th in points

33nd PLACE FINISH:  Gordon finished 33rd at Michigan.  Gordon was fortunate to pick up five bonus points for leading a lap (lap 49).

No. 37 Taco Bell Ford    
Hometown: Riverside  
35th in points 

35th PLACE FINISH:  Gilliland finished 35th at Michigan.

No. 83 Red Bull Toyota  
Hometown: Bakersfield  
42nd in points

36th PLACE FINISH:  Mears started in the 32nd position.  His race day came to an end when he got caught up in an accident on lap 100 with teammate Scott Speed.

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