CaliConnection: How our California NASCAR drivers fared at Indy

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 Brickyard 400 Presented by BigMachineRecords.com at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway over the weekend.

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, Calif. (August 1, 2011) – It was a historic day for Paul Menard, driver of the No. 27 Nibco/Menards Chevrolet, as he was not only able to kiss the bricks, an elite ceremony for race winners, but he also became the first driver to pick up his first career victory at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Below is how our Golden Staters fared in this past weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event:

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

19th PLACE FINISH: Johnson was on a run that looked to be worthy of winning the race, but contact with the wall late in the day ended his hope for a win. He remains second in the points and sits just 11 back from point leader Carl Edwards.


Kevin Harvick   
No. 29 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet 
Hometown: Bakersfield 
3rd in points

11th PLACE FINISH: Harvick started 19th on the day and drove his way to an 11th place finish. He gained one position in the points, leaving him in 3rd place in the Sprint Cup Points Standings, 12 points behind leader Carl Edwards.


Jeff Gordon   
No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet 
Hometown: Vallejo  
7th in points    

2nd PLACE FINISH: After leading four times for a total of 36 laps and consistently running in the Top 10, Gordon was able to bring home a second place finish. His run enabled him to remain in the 7th place in points. “What an incredible Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet. Right from the drop of the green flag this was a lot of fun day and I had a blast driving. The car was awesome.”


AJ Allmendinger  
No. 43 Best Buy Ford   
Hometown: Los Gatos  
17th in points

22nd PLACE FINISH:  A stellar starting spot of sixth set a victory within Allmendinger’s reach, but he fell back late in the race and crossed the finish line in 22nd.  Allmendinger lost one spot in the points and now sits in 17th place in the Driver standings – only 37 points behind 12th place Clint Bowyer. 


David Gilliland   
No. 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford 
Hometown: Riverside  
30th in points 

33rd PLACE FINISH:  After qualifying 37th, Gilliland fought his way to gain four positions, finishing the race in 33rd. His finish allowed him to remain in the Top 35 in points.


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

29th PLACE FINISH:  A front pack starting spot and consistent run allowed Mears to bring home a 29th place finish.  Mears remains 32nd in the point standings.


Mike Skinner   
No. 60 Big Red Toyota     
Hometown: Susanville  
55th in points

40th PLACE FINISH:  After qualifying 38th, Skinner experienced electrical issues forcing him behind the wall only 16 laps into the race. 


Robby Gordon   
No. 7 SPEED Energy Dodge  
Hometown: Orange  
34th in points

43rd PLACE FINISH: Engine trouble on lap five forced Gordon to retire from the race. “Just a bummer.  The motor felt like it misfired a little bit in qualifying and it looks like we may have lost an engine early.”

 

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver Leaders:

Position, Driver, Points
1, CARL EDWARDS, 682
2, JIMMIE JOHNSON, 671
3, KEVIN HARVICK , 670
4, KYLE BUSCH, 666
5, MATT KENSETH, 666
6, KURT BUSCH, 664
7, JEFF GORDON, 630
8, RYAN NEWMAN , 618
9, TONY STEWART, 609
10, DALE EARNAHRDT JR., 606
11, DENNY HAMLIN, 587
12, CLINT BOWYER, 574


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