CaliConnection: How Our California NASCAR Drivers Fared at Charlotte
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 Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday.
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, Calif. (Oct. 17, 2011) – Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 17 Fluidmaster Ford, proved he was the king of restarts and took home his third victory of the year and his first victory in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday.
Below is how our Golden Staters fared on Saturday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event.
No. 29 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet
2nd in points
6th PLACE FINISH: Harvick started the day in 14th and his crew worked diligently to battle an ill-handling racecar. He rebounded with a Top-10 finish. Harvick took the checkered flag in sixth place and remains second in the points, just five behind leader Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 99 Aflac Ford. “We have had a lot of goals that we wanted to achieve this year and that was one of the goals we wanted to achieve was to get through these first five races, with not too much damage, so five points, if you would have told me we would come out of Charlotte with a only a five point deficit going into the next five races, I would be really happy."
No. 48 Lowe’s/Chevy 100th Anniversary Chevrolet
Hometown: El Cajon
8th in points
34th PLACE FINISH: Although Johnson ran in the top pack for the majority of the race, a wreck with 18 laps to go ended his quest for victory. Johnson lost five spots in the points and now sits eighth, 35 behind leader Edwards. "I am ok, that one stung for sure, just thankful to have safe racecars, safe walls, softer walls and everything did its job. Pretty big impact. Unfortunate that we wrecked.”
No. 24 Drive to End Hunger/Chevy 100th Anniversary Chevrolet
11th in points
21st PLACE FINISH: Gordon qualified 23rd, but could never make his way to the front. Adding insult to injury, Gordon was involved in a wreck on lap 292 and finished in the 21st spot. He lost one spot in the points and is now 11th in the standings.
No. 43 Best Buy Ford
Hometown: Los Gatos
14th in points
7th PLACE FINISH: After starting 4th, Allmendinger worked hard to remain in the Top-15 during the race and eventually crossed the finish line in 7th place. “The result was good. It was a good night for points. To win these things we’ve just got to be a little bit better.”
No. 34 Tasty Kake Ford
30th in points
36th PLACE FINISH: Gilliland started the race in 33rd, but never contended for the win due to contact on a restart. He ended his day in 36th place. "It's obviously disappointing that we didn't really get to race after we suffered the damage on that restart. The five car (Mark Martin) checked up and everyone behind him just wound up in a pile-up. There was nothing we could do."
No. 13 GEICO Toyota
31st in points
32nd PLACE FINISH: Mears qualified 24th, but had to retire from the race on lap 323 due to an engine failure.
No. 7 SPEED Energy Dodge
34th in points
38th PLACE FINISH: Robby Gordon qualified 43rd and was never able to gain momentum. After only completing 33 laps, Gordon left the race with vibration issues, finishing in 38th.
No. 46 ordergreenstuff.com Ford
67th in points
Speed failed to qualify for the Bank of America 500.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver Leaders:
Position, Driver, Points
1, CARL EDWARDS, 2203
2, KEVIN HARVICK , 2198
3, MATT KENSETH, 2196
4, KYLE BUSCH, 2185
5, TONY STEWART, 2179
6, BRAD KESELOWSKI, 2178
7, KURT BUSCH, 2176
8, JIMMIE JOHNSON, 2168
9, DALE EARNHARDT, JR, 2143
10, RYAN NEWMAN, 2142
11, JEFF GORDON, 2137
12, DENNY HAMLIN, 2117
NEXT RACE: Sunday, Oct. 23 – Good Sam Club 500 at Talladega Superspeedway
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