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.
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."
No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet
8th in points
11th PLACE FINISH: Harvick started the day in 16th position but was unable to crack the top 10 on the day.
No. 24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet
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."
No. 38 Taco Bell Ford
27th in points
32nd PLACE FINISH: Starting 37th, Gilliland was able to move up five positions to finish the day in 32nd.
No. 13 GEICO Ford
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.
No. 26 MDS Transport Ford
39th in points
Wise failed to qualify for the event.
No. 95 Jordan Truck Sales Ford
42nd in points
38th PLACE FINISH: Suspension problems ended Speed’s day on lap 88.
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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