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:
No. 29 Shell/Pennzoil Chevrolet
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.”
No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet
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.”
No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet
Hometown: El Cajon
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?”
No. 43 Insignia HDTV Ford
Hometown: Los Gatos
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.
No. 82 Red Bull Toyota
43rd PLACE FINISH: Speed’s day ended early on lap 28 when he encountered engine problems. He did earn 34 points for his effort.
No. 7 SpeedFactory.TV Toyota
36th PLACE FINISH: After starting 15th, Gordon finished 36th after succumbing to engine problems. He gained 55 points for his day’s efforts.
No. 43 Taco Bell Ford
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.
Mears did not compete in Sunday’s event.
No. 83 Red Bull Toyota
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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