CaliConnection: How our California drivers fared this weekend

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, Calif. (July 30, 2012) – Jimmie Johnson won the 19th Annual Crown Royal Presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard, which was his third victory of 2012 and 58th career victory in just 383 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) races.  With the win, the driver of the No. 48 Lowe’s/KOBALT Tools Chevrolet joins an elite group of only five drivers who have won at Indianapolis Motor Speedway four times on the oval: Jeff Gordon, Al Unser Sr., A.J. Foyt, and Rick Mears.

Below is how our California drivers fared this weekend.

Jimmie Johnson 
No. 48 Lowe’s/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet  
CaliConnection: El Cajon 
4th in points

1st PLACE FINISH: “To come here and win is a huge honor, then to have four wins I’m at a loss for words.  I can tell you this I’m so proud of my team.  I’m so proud of everybody at Hendrick Motorsports, Lowe’s, KOBALT Tools and Chevrolet.  (Crew Chief) Chad Knaus gave me one heck of a race car today and pit road was awesome too.  It was a total team effort and we put it on them today that was nice.”

Kevin Harvick  
No. 29 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet 
CaliConnection: Bakersfield 
6th in points

13th PLACE FINISH:  "We were junk all weekend. No matter if we were turning left or going straight. That pretty much summed up today."

Jeff Gordon  
No. 24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet   
CaliConnection: Vallejo 
15th in points    

5th PLACE FINISH:  “I don’t think we could have passed him (Jimmie Johnson). Those guys were definitely the class of the field today and had the track position. They’re a strong team. They deserve that win today. They did everything. Jimmie did his job on the track and the team did their job in the pits. And they had a good car.”

Casey Mears  
No. 13 GEICO Ford   
CaliConnection: Bakersfield 
28th in points

34th PLACE FINISH:  Qualifying 25th, the Bakersfield native finished 137 laps and in 34th place.

David Gilliland  
No. 38 Big Machine Records Ford 
CaliConnection: Riverside 
30th in points 
27th PLACE FINISH:  Starting 31st, Gilliland was only able to move up throughout the day, ending the day in 27th position. 

Josh Wise  
No. 26 Taco Bell Chevrolet  
CaliConnection: Riverside  
40th in points 

40th PLACE FINISH:  The Sonoco Rookie of the Year Contender finished 35th, facing brake problems 19 laps into the event.

Scott Speed  
No. 95 Leavine Family Racing Ford   
CaliConnection: Manteca  
46th in points

38th PLACE FINISH:  After only 23 laps into the race, break issues took Speed out of the race.

Mike Skinner  
No. 52 Toyota    
CaliConnection: Susanville 
55th in points

42nd PLACE FINISH:  Issues with his rear gear took Skinner out of the Shaver 400, leaving him with a 42nd place finish.



NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver Leaders:

Position, Driver, Points
1, DALE EARNHARDT, JR., 731 
2, MATT KENSETH, 717
3, GREG BIFFLE, 709
4, JIMMIE JOHNSON, 704 
5, DENNY HAMLIN, 667
6, KEVIN HARVICK, 653
7, MARTIN TRUEX, JR., 653
8, TONY STEWART, 652  
9, BRAD KESELOWSKI, 649 
10, CLINT BOWYER, 643  
11, KYLE BUSCH, 588
12, CARL EDWARDS, 582

NEXT NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES RACE: Sunday, Aug. 5 @ Pocono.

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SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, Calif. (July 30, 2012) – The INDYCAR Series took the weekend off as they prepare for its next event at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Aug. 5.

Oriol Servia 
No. 22 Panther/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Chevrolet    
CaliConnection: Santa Monica 
11th in points

Charlie Kimball 
No. 83 NovoRapid FlexTouch Honda 
CaliConnection: Camarillo 
14th in points

JR Hildebrand 
No. 4 National Guard Panther Racing Chevrolet  
CaliConnection: Sausalito 
15th in points

IZOD IndyCar Series Driver Leaders:

Position, Driver, Points
1, RYAN HUNTER-REAY, 362
2, HELIO CASTRONEVES, 339  
3, WILL POWER, 336
4, SCOTT DIXON, 301   
5, JAMES HINCHCLIFFE, 286
6, TONY KANAAN, 279 
7, SIMON PAGENAUD, 276
8, DARIO FRANCHITTI, 258
9, RYAN BRISCOE, 241
10, GRAHAM RAHAL, 237

NEXT IZOD INDYCAR SERIES RACE: Sunday, Aug. 5 @ Mid –Ohio Sports Car Course.

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SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, Calif. (July 30, 2012) –  NASCAR recently identified several drivers in their weekly and touring series that they have identified as young up and coming stars who represent the next wave of young talent set to make an impact on the national series scene.  One of those drivers is Kyle Larson from Elk Grove, Calif. who competes in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, the highest level of NASCAR's developmental race series.  We’ll keep up with Larson’s progress as he makes his way to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

The Series took the week off this week, preparing for its event in Aug. 3 at Iowa Speedway.

Kyle Larson  
No. 6 Rev Racing Toyota   
CaliConnection: Elk Grove 
3rd in points

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Driver Leaders:

Position, Driver, Points
1, BRETT MOFFITT, 352
2, CHASE ELLIOTT, 330
3, KYLE LARSON, 329
4, COREY LAJOIE, 319
5, BRANDON GDOVIC, 311
6, BEN KENNEDY, 309
7, BRYAN ORTIZ, 307
8, EDDIE MACDONALD, 304
9, SERGIO PENA, 280
10, DARRELL WALLACE, JR., 278

NEXT NASCAR K&N Pro Series East RACE: Friday, Aug. 3 @ Iowa Speedway.

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