CALIFORNIACONNECTION: How our Cali NASCAR Drivers fared at Sonoma
Several NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers have California connections, including 4-time consecutive Champion Jimmie Johnson who hails from El Cajon. Below is a roundup of how each Californian fared in the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.
San Bernardino County, Calif. (June 21, 2010) - California drivers, Jimmie Johnson, Robby Gordon and Kevin Harvick finished first, second and third, and Jeff Gordon and Boris Said were in the top-10 as several California drivers made their mark in the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sunday at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.
Below are how the Golden State drivers competed in this past weekend's Sprint Cup event:
No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet
Hometown: El Cajon
2nd in points
1st PLACE FINISH: Starting from the second position Johnson led 55 of the 110 laps. He was the leader three times and took the lead for the final time on lap 104 when Marcos Ambrose lost power during a caution. This was his first road race win in his career.
No. 7 Monster Energy Toyota
2nd PLACE FINISH: Gordon was able to make a good day of racing at Infineon when he started 16th and moved all the way up to finish second. He also picked up the Mobil 1 Command Performance Driver of the Race award.
No. 29 Shell/Pennzoil Chevrolet
1st in points
3rd PLACE FINISH: Harvick helped himself with his third place finish. He was consistent after starting fourth. His points lead is now 140 points over Jimmie Johnson.
No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet
5th in points
5th PLACE FINISH: Gordon started fifth and finished fifth. He had some tough battles out on the road course that kept him from being able to move up farther. His car was good on the long runs but on the short runs he struggled to keep up with the rest of the leaders.
No. 26 Air Guard/gtgps.com Ford
45th in points
8th PLACE FINISH: In his fifth start of the season Said gained his first top-10 of 2010. He started 17th and moved all the way up to lead the race for two laps.
No. 43 Insignia HDTV/ Best Buy Ford
Hometown: Los Gatos
22nd in points
13th PLACE FINISH: Allmendinger was consistent in his racing. He finished 13th after starting 15th. His day got off to a rough start when he got caught up in an early race accident with three other cars.
No. 82 Red Bull Toyota
26th in points
18th PLACE FINISH: Speed was able to move from his starting position of 23rd to finish 18th.
No. 38 Taco Bell Ford
35th in points
19th PLACE FINISH: Gilliland had a good day going after starting 26th. With 12 laps left in the race Carl Edwards got into the back of him and spun him around. He recovered enough to finish the road race in 19th place.
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