CALIFORNIACONNECTION: How our Cali NASCAR Drivers fared at Chicago
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 Lifelock.Com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway, Saturday July 10.
San Bernardino County, Calif. (July 12, 2010) - Jeff Gordon was the only California driver to finish in the top 10 in the Lifelock.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway over the weekend. Points leader and Bakersfield native Kevin Harvick finished 34th as Gordon closed the gap in the points standings.
Below are how the Golden State drivers competed in this past weekend's Sprint Cup event:
No. 29 Shell/Pennzoil Chevrolet
1st in points
34th PLACE FINISH: Starting from the 27th position Harvick was not able to gain ground and ended up in 34th place. He had fuel pressure issues that hampered his day in Chicago. “We had a fuel pressure issue, and we had to go to the garage to make repairs to the fuel pump assembly, so that ended our chance at salvaging a good finish. But, we missed the setup on our Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet, too. We were just extremely loose for most of the race. It was a tough night for us, but we have a strong race team and we will bounce back at Indy.”
No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet
3rd PLACE FINISH: Starting his 600th race, Gordon was able to stay consistent and finish in third place after starting sixth. He led the race twice for a total of 47 laps. In speaking about being around for 600 races Gordon said, “I was joking with somebody earlier that I was looking at some of the stats because I was being reminded of 600 races, all the things that happened over the years. You know, there was a few years when we were winning every third or fourth race. Now we win three every 100. I'd like to get back to some winning ways. We've done some amazing things over those 600. I'm proud of it. I'm proud 600 in we're still competitive enough to win races like we were tonight.”
No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet
Hometown: El Cajon
25th PLACE FINISH: Johnson started from the second position. He was the leader in laps with 92, but unfortunately he spun out on lap 138 and was never able to get his way back to the front. Johnson also had trouble coming into the pits during a green flag pit stop and was not able to get onto pit road before the commitment cone. That meant he had to go back around and attempt the pit stop again. He finished in 25th place. In other Johnson news, he and wife Chandra named their newborn daughter Genevieve Marie.
No. 43 Geek Squad/Best Buy Ford
Hometown: Los Gatos
14th PLACE FINISH: Allmendinger finished the race in almost the exact spot he started, starting 13th and finishing in 14th place.
No. 82 Red Bull Toyota
30th PLACE FINISH: Speed did not have the luck in Chicago that he had in Daytona when he was able to take advantage of a late-race crash to finish in 10th. Starting in 39th he was able to move up nine spots and finish in 30th place.
No. 7 MAPEI/Menards Toyota
38th PLACE FINISH: Due to an accident on lap 174 with Bill Elliott, Gordon’s day ended early. He started and finished in 38th place.
No. 37 Taco Bell Ford
32nd PLACE FINISH: Gilliland was able to get the Taco Bell Ford moved up a few positions. He started 40th and made it up to 32nd.
No. 36 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet
40th PLACE FINISH: Mears started 35th but had to leave the race after only 49 laps completed. He had brake problems that forced and early exit.
Current top-12 contenders for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs are:
Pos, Driver, Points, Ldr
1, Kevin Harvick, 2745, 0
2, Jeff Gordon, 2642, -103
3, Jimmie Johnson, 2557, -188
4, Denny Hamlin, 2542, -203
5, Kurt Busch, 2524, -221
6, Kyle Busch, 2488, -257
7, Jeff Burton, 2465, -280
8, Matt Kenseth, 2446, -299
9, Tony Stewart, 2389, -356
10, Carl Edwards, 2345, -400
11, Greg Biffle, 2292, -453
12, Clint Boyer, 2286, -459
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