CALIFORNIACONNECTION: How our Cali NASCAR drivers fared at Watkins Glen

Several NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers have California connections, including four-time consecutive Champion Jimmie Johnson who hails from El Cajon. Below is a roundup of how each Californian fared in the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen at Watkins Glen International Sunday, August 8.


SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, CALIF. (August 9, 2010) – AJ Allmendinger (4th) and Jeff Gordon (10th) finished in the top-10 as the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup season continued at Watkins Glen International Sunday in the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen.  Gordon was able to gain four points on Series Points leader Kevin Harvick who finished 11th.

Below are how the Golden State drivers competed in this past weekend's Sprint Cup event:

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

11th PLACE FINISH:  Harvick was able to improve from the 20th starting position, finishing 11th.  He lost four points to second place Gordon in the driver standings.  “We had a good day.  Our Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet was extremely fast, and I was just taking care of it until the end of the race.  We had a car capable of winning.  We just needed better track position.  We got a flat tire at the end and I had to hang on to the car to finish.  All in all, it was a good day and our car was fast.  I am proud of our guys.”


Jeff Gordon  
No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet  
Hometown: Vallejo  
2nd (-185)    

10th PLACE FINISH:  With his top-10 finish one position ahead of Harvick, Gordon was able to cut into his deficit by four points.  “I think we had a top-10 car. At the end, it was definitely much better.  We had a rough start to the weekend when we struggled during practice on Friday. This DuPont team never gave up, and we were able to fight through it and have a decent finish today.”

 

Jimmie Johnson 
No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet  
Hometown: El Cajon  
5th (-328)

28th PLACE FINISH:  Johnson was running well until losing control of his car and hitting the SAFER barrier on lap 72.  Things got worse when Denny Hamlin could not get by and hit him due to the cloud of tire smoke that shrouded Johnson. “I think we overcame a lot throughout the weekend,” said Johnson. “I know the result doesn’t show it, but we unloaded and had a lot of troubles.  We got the car turned around and qualified ninth.  Then I had an early flat tire and rebounded from that and drove all the way through the field back to ninth again … It sounds like maybe the 18 (Kyle Busch) was racing with (Jeff Burton) and they got in a situation … and they were bouncing off of one another. I was up ahead of them and I was the next guy in line for the contact.  One of those racing deals.  Hate that it happened, but what do you do?”


AJ Allmendinger 
No. 43 Insignia HDTV Ford  
Hometown: Los Gatos   
22nd (-823)

4th PLACE FINISH:  Allmendinger remained consistent throughout the day at The Glen.  He started from the fourth position and finished exactly in the same place, fourth.


Scott Speed  
No. 82 Red Bull Toyota  
Hometown: Manteca    
27th (-1165)

43rd PLACE FINISH:  Speed’s day ended early on lap 28 when he encountered engine problems. He did earn 34 points for his effort.


Robby Gordon  
No. 7 SpeedFactory.TV Toyota 
Hometown: Orange     
33rd (-1717)

36th PLACE FINISH:  After starting 15th, Gordon finished 36th after succumbing to engine problems.  He gained 55 points for his day’s efforts.

 

David Gilliland  
No. 43 Taco Bell Ford    
Hometown: Riverside  
35th (-1795)

27th PLACE FINISH:  Gilliland moved up 16 spots from his last place start.  He ended the race in 28th place and earned 82 driver points.

 

Casey Mears       
Hometown: Bakersfield  
42nd (-2556)

Mears did not compete in Sunday’s event.

 

Boris Said  
No. 83 Red Bull Toyota  
Hometown: Carlsbad  
47th (-2762)

38th PLACE FINISH:  Said made a return to racing when NASCAR came to the road course at The Glen.  He was running well when he tangled with Tony Stewart late in the race.  Unfortunately, this ended Said’s day due to major damage to his car.  He finished 38th after starting 13th.  "Me and Tony Stewart, he was doing his deal, I was doing my deal and our deals collided."


Current top-12 contenders for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs are:

Pos, Driver,  Points, Ldr
1, Kevin, Harvick, 3210, 0 
2, Jeff Gordon, 3025, -185
3, Jeff Burton, 2895, -315
4, Kurt Busch, 2892, -318
5, Jimmie Johnson, 2882, -328
6, Denny Hamlin, 2872, -338
7, Kyle Busch, 2866, -344 
8, Tony Stewart, 2865, -345 
9, Carl Edwards, 2821, -389
10, Matt Kenseth, 2806, -404 
11, Greg Biffle, 2743, -467 
12, Mark Martin, 2641, -569

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