CaliConnection: How our California NASCAR Drivers Fared at New Hampshire

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, Calif. (Sept. 24, 2012) – Hendrick Motorsports driver and California native Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet) didn’t get the win but took over the points lead with a solid second-place finish Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s Sylvania 300, the second of the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.  Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota) took the checkered flag as NASCAR heads to Dover next week. 

Below is how our California drivers fared this weekend.

Jimmie Johnson 
No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet   
CaliConnection: El Cajon 
1st in points

2nd PLACE FINISH:  "We had a great race car, just not an amazing car like the No. 11 (Denny Hamlin) had. We were best in class today; did a great job. We really expected the No. 11 to be tough here today, and he was. I was telling the guys on the radio on the way in, to only leave seven points on the table in two races is pretty good. We missed that win last week, and this week, and we didn't lead the most this weekend, but it is probably seven total. That's not bad. Very proud of this Lowe's team."

Kevin Harvick  
No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet  
CaliConnection: Bakersfield 
8th in points

11th PLACE FINISH: Harvick started the day in 16th position but was unable to crack the top 10 on the day.  

Jeff Gordon  
No. 24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet   
CaliConnection: Vallejo 
12th in points    

3rd PLACE FINISH:  "It was a really solid effort. It's such a shame what happened to us in Chicago last weekend because I think we would have back-to-back top-fives. Great fight. We didn't quite have the car today, so to come home third, that's just a total team effort from pit stops, to adjustments. The car was the best it had been all day right there at the end. Just a great fight. I am really proud of this Drive To End Hunger team."

David Gilliland  
No. 38 Taco Bell Ford   
CaliConnection: Riverside 
27th in points 

32nd PLACE FINISH:  Starting 37th, Gilliland was able to move up five positions to finish the day in 32nd. 

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

36th PLACE FINISH:  Starting 30th on the day, Mears battled vibration problems throughout the day, completing only 100 days before retiring from the race.

Josh Wise  
No. 26 MDS Transport Ford  
CaliConnection: Riverside  
39th in points

Wise failed to qualify for the event.

Scott Speed  
No. 95 Jordan Truck Sales Ford   
CaliConnection: Manteca  
42nd in points

38th PLACE FINISH:  Suspension problems ended Speed’s day on lap 88.

Mike Skinner       
CaliConnection: Susanville 
53rd in points

Skinner did not compete in the weekend’s event.


NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver Leaders:

Position, Driver, Points Behind
1, JIMMIE JOHNSON, Points Leader
2, BRAD KESELOWSKI, -1
3, DENNY HAMLIN, -7
4, TONY STEWART, -10  
5, KASEY KAHNE, -15
6, CLINT BOWYER, -15  
7, DALE EARNHARDT, JR,  -26 
8, KEVIN HARVICK, -31
9, GREG BIFFLE, -33
10, MARTIN TRUEX, JR., -34
11, MATT KENSETH, -35
12, JEFF GORDON, -45

NEXT NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES RACE: Sunday Sept. 30 @ Dover

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