CaliConnection: How our California drivers fared in Kansas

Several NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers have California connections, including 5-time Champion Jimmie Johnson who hails from El Cajon. Below is a roundup of how each California driver fared at the STP 400 at Kansas Speedway.


SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, Calif. (June 6, 2011) – It all came down to fuel in America’s Heartland as Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge, picked up the first win of 2011 for Penske Racing at the Inaugural STP 400 at Kansas Speedway.  Below is how our Golden Staters fared in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event in Kansas:

Jimmie Johnson  
No. 48 Lowe’s/KOBALT Tools Chevrolet  
Hometown: El Cajon  
2nd in points

7th PLACE FINISH: After a disappointing qualifying spot of 31st, Johnson fought his way to the front and crossed the finish line in 7th place. His run enabled him to gain two spots in the points, propelling him to second place, 40 points behind leader Carl Edwards.

Kevin Harvick    
No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet  
Hometown: Bakersfield    
4th in points

11th PLACE FINISH: After starting in the 10th position, Harvick remained in the Top-10 for the majority of the race.  Although he had to pit near the end for fuel, his consistent run enabled him to come home in the 11th spot. “We fought it up and down; tight and loose. We had a decent car; not a great car. We gambled a little bit and just had to come in there for gas. But that’s what they’re supposed to do, gamble.”

Jeff Gordon                 
No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet     
Hometown: Vallejo  
13th in points    
4th PLACE FINISH:  Gordon started the day in the 22nd position and never looked back.  His determination to race his way to the front paid off with a 4th place finish.  He now sits in 13th in the points standings, a mere 18 points out of the Top-10. "Well it is an awesome run for our Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet,” said Gordon. “They (the crew) did an awesome job. We had a great race car all weekend long. We unloaded great and it showed up in the race all day long today.”

AJ Allmendinger  
No. 43 STP Ford   
Hometown: Los Gatos  
16th in points

27th PLACE FINISH:  With the hope to bring his STP Ford to victory lane, Allmendinger started in the 26th spot and although he worked his way up to the 15th position, he fell back and eventually finished in 27th.  Allmendinger lost three spots in the points and now sits in 16th place.

David Gilliland   
No. 34 Taco Bell Ford           
Hometown: Riverside            
30th in points 

33rd PLACE FINISH:  After dropping to the rear of the field due to a transmission change, Gilliland gained 10 spots even though he ran out of fuel near the end of the race, finishing in 33rd place.  He currently stands in 30th position in points. “We had an alright day. We definitely made the car a lot better and kept adjusting on it through the race and put ourselves in position to have a decent finish before we ran out of gas at the end. It is a disappointing end to a halfway decent day.”

Casey Mears   
No. 13 GEICO Toyota    
Hometown: Bakersfield 
32nd in points

37th PLACE FINISH:  Mears started his day in the 33rd position and eventually had to retire from the race due to an ignition problem on lap 100.   His finish enabled him to remain in the top-35 in points (32nd).

Robby Gordon   
No. 7 SPEED Energy Dodge  
Hometown: Orange  
33rd in points

Gordon did not compete in STP 400.

Mike Skinner   
No. 60 Big Red Toyota   
Hometown: Susanville  
49th in points

40th PLACE FINISH:  An ignition problem caused Skinner, who qualified in the 43rd position, to take it to the garage on Lap 34 where he was done for the day.


NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver Leaders:

Position, Driver, Points
5, KYLE BUSCH, 425
6, KURT BUSCH, 414
10, RYAN NEWMAN, 382
12, GREG BIFFLE, 377


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