CALIFORNIACONNECTION: How our Cali NASCAR drivers fared at Indy
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 Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Sunday July 25.
San Bernardino County, Calif. (July 26, 2010) – Kevin Harvick posted his seventh top-ten finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the last ten races there with a second-place finish on the afternoon. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points leader and Bakersfield native finished 1.391 seconds behind winner Jamie McMurray and continues to lead Vallejo native Jeff Gordon by 184 points in the driver 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
2nd PLACE FINISH: In his 300th consecutive start, Harvick starting from the 9th position, passed winner Jaime McMurray late in the race, but couldn’t do it a second time near the finish on a restart. “It was a good day. We had a solid top five car,” he said. “We’ve won a couple of times this year and been a contender to win a few more.”
No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet
23rd PLACE FINISH: Despite starting in the top ten (qualified 8th), Gordon’s No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet couldn’t find the right formula throughout the day, finishing at the famed Brickyard in 23rd position. Said Gordon, “As a group (Hendrick Motorsports), we’ll go back and review everything and try to see what we’re missing and we’ll pay attention to the competition. This is a unique place and we all want to win here.”
No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet
Hometown: El Cajon
22nd PLACE FINISH: The No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet couldn’t find its rhythm throughout the day despite starting in second position. “We had real high expectations for the day,” said El Cajon native who is a three-time Brickyard winner. “We just had a really bad under steer problem on corner entry and to the center that we couldn’t get out of it. We made some attempts during caution flags and made some big changes on pit road but nothing really woke the car up,” Johnson added. “So we’ll have to dig in and find out what happened.”
No. 43 Valvoline Ford
Hometown: Los Gatos
16th PLACE FINISH: Allmendinger finished the race in the exact spot he started, starting 16th and finishing in 16th place.
No. 82 Red Bull Toyota
25th PLACE FINISH: Moving up from his 30th starting position, Speed picked up 88 points in the driver standings, finishing in 25th place on the day.
No. 7 SpeedFactory.TV Toyota
36th PLACE FINISH: Vibration problems ended Gordon’s day after only 68 laps, putting the Orange native in 36th place after starting the day in 21st.
No. 37 Taco Bell Ford
Gilliland failed to qualify and dropped to 35th in the drivers points.
No. 36 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet
Mears failed to qualify and dropped to 43rd in drivers points.
Current top-12 contenders for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs are:
Position, Driver, Points, Leader Points
1, Kevin Harvick, 2920, 0
2, Jeff Gordon, 2736, -184
4, Denny Hamlin, 2660, -260
3, Jimmie Johnson, 2659, -261
5, Kurt Busch, 2658, -262
6, Kyle Busch, 2630, -290
7, Jeff Burton, 2615, -305
8, Matt Kenseth, 2573, -347
9, Tony Stewart, 2544, -376
10, Carl Edwards, 2496, -424
11, Greg Biffle, 2462, -458
12, Clint Bowyer, 2446, -474
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