California Connection: How our California NASCAR Drivers Fared at Kentucky

Several NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and IZOD IndyCar Series drivers have California connections, including 5-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson who hails from El Cajon. Below is a roundup of how each California driver fared at their respective races this weekend.

 

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, Calif. (July 1, 2013) – About the only thing that could cast a cloud over Matt Kenseth's fourth victory of the season was the hard hit Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin suffered in Sunday's Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway, a race postponed from Saturday because of rain.  But Hamlin recovered quickly, and Kenseth had cause to celebrate after the driver of the No. 20 Toyota took advantage of a spin by the race's dominant car — Jimmie Johnson's No. 48 Chevrolet — on a restart on Lap 247 of 267.  Kenseth, who got the lead by taking no tires during a pit stop on Lap 242, collected the 28th victory of his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career. 

Below is how our California NASCAR drivers fared in Kentucky.

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

9th PLACE FINISH:    "I don't know. We were kind of in an awkward situation in that restart there. And then we were like three and four wide going in the corner, then something happened with the air and just kind of turned me around. Unfortunate, but at least we rallied back for a good finish.  The No. 20 (Matt Kenseth) broke the pace car speed, which you aren't supposed to, but, they aren't calling guys on that so I need to start trying that in the future."

Kevin Harvick
No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet
CaliConnection: Bakersfield
4th in points

10th PLACE FINISH:  "We were loose in and fairly free through the corners for most of the day.  Kentucky Speedway is a great place to race, but gave us all we could handle on getting our Budweiser Chevrolet to grip the turns.
 

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

8th PLACE FINISH:  “We had an awesome fast Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet that is for sure.  I think we passed more cars than anybody.  These pit stops just aren’t going our way.  If we try to stretch it doesn’t work our way.  If we try to pit early it doesn’t work our way.  I don’t know, you just have to keep working hard at it and hope they fall your way eventually.  Pit stops were great when we had them.  The car was awesome on the race track.  It took a little while for it to come in and that last restart I kind of timed it and the No. 18 (Kyle Busch) spun his tires and stacked us up, then cars were four-wide.  That didn’t certainly work out in our favor.”

Casey Mears
No. 13 Valvoline NextGen Ford
CaliConnection: Bakersfield
24th in points

18th PLACE FINISH:  Mears was able to move up 14 spots on the day.

David Gilliland 
No. 38 Long John Silver’s Ford
CaliConnection: Riverside
28th in points

28th PLACE FINISH:   Gilliland was able to move up six spots on the day.

AJ Allmendinger 
No. 47 Scott Products Toyota
CaliConnection: Los Gatos
36th in points

22nd PLACE FINISH:  Allmendinger fell from 17th at the start to 22 at the end of Sunday’s race.

Scott Speed
CaliConnection: Manteca
39th in points

Speed did not compete in Sunday’s race.

Josh Wise
No. 35 MDS Transport Ford
CaliConnection: Riverside
56th in points

39th PLACE FINISH:  The Riverside native was only able to move up two spots on the day.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver Leaders:

Position, Driver, Points
1, JIMMIE JOHNSON, 610
2, CARL EDWARDS, 572
3, CLINT BOWYER, 569
4, KEVIN HARVICK, 544
5, MATT KENSETH, 528
6, DALE EARNHARDT, JR., 512
7, KYLE BUSCH, 500 
8, MARTIN TRUEX JR, 490
9, GREG BIFFLE, 489
10, JOEY LOGANO, 479
11, KASEY KAHNE, 478
12, JEFF GORDON, 477

NEXT NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES RACE: Saturday, July 6 @ Daytona.

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SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, Calif. (July 1, 2013) – The IZOD IndyCar Series has the weekend off as it prepares for this weekend’s event in Pocono, the second leg of the Fuzzy’s Triple Crown.

The three-race oval track set featuring the Indianapolis 500 (May 26), Pocono IndyCar 400 (July 7) and the MAVTV 500 INDYCAR World Championship race at Auto Club Speedway (October 19) will award a $1 million payout to the driver who wins all three prestigious events in 2013.  In addition to the $1 million bonus, a driver who wins two of the three races will receive $250,000 from Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka.  After winning the Indianapolis 500, INDYCAR driver Tony Kanaan is well positioned to bring home the Fuzzy’s Triple Crown trophy.

Ryan Hunter-Reay
No.  1 DHL Chevrolet
CaliConnection: Dana Point
2nd in points

Charlie Kimball
No.  83 NovoLog FlexPen Honda
CaliConnection: Camarillo
18th in points

Charlie Kimball
No.  83 NovoLog FlexPen Honda
CaliConnection: Camarillo
18th in points

Oriol Servia
No. 4 National Guard
Panther Racing Chevrolet
CaliConnection: Santa Monica
28th in points

AJ Allmendinger 
No. 2 IZOD Team Penske Chevrolet 
CaliConnection: Los Gatos



IZOD IndyCar Series Driver Leaders:

Position, Driver, Points
1, HELIO CASTRONEVES, 332
2, RYAN HUNTER-REAY, 323
3, MARCO ANDRETTI, 277
4, JAMES HINCHCLIFFE, 266
5, TONY KANAAN, 253
6, SIMON PAGENAUD, 241
7, SCOTT DIXON, 240
8, TAKUMA SATO, 233
9, JUSTIN WILSON, 227
10, WILL POWER, 209 
 

NEXT IZOD INDYCAR SERIES RACE: Sunday, July 7 @ Pocono.

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