Posts tagged: California

Mar 02 2009

Auto Club 500 Videos

Here are some videos from the Auto Club 500 in California.

Feb 22 2009

Matt Kenseth Wins in California

Matt Kenseth did something I believe has only happened three other times, he has won the first two races of the season, first winning the rain shortened Daytona 500 and tonight winning the Auto Club 500 in California. Not sure of the total number, but Matt’s pit crew helped him gain at least 10 or 12 positions on pit road, keeping him in front or near the front the final half of the race, and putting him out in front when it counted the most. Jeff Gordon said they made an adjustment on the final stop that hurt them a little, keeping him from being able to pass Kenseth when he was on his bumper during that final run.

“It’s such a great team,” Kenseth said. “I just thank these guys [on the crew]. They gave me a great stop and got me in clean air and that’s just a huge difference.”

“It was a lot of fun,” Gordon said. “This is a new team and they showed it tonight. We’ve still got a little bit of work to do. I’m so excited on one side because we ran so well and we started out the season so great, but I’m still mad on the other side because I felt like we had what it took to win tonight.” Source: Kenseth keeps Gordon at bay for victory at Fontana

Kyle Busch had already made history by winning the Nationwide Series race and the Camping World series truck race in the same day, and was hoping to sweep all the Nascar events this weekend, and while he ran well, he didn’t have enough for Kenseth or Gordon in the end. But, if anyone can do it, Kyle Busch can.

“It’s never been done before, so you know it’s a challenge,” Busch said after finishing third. “The last one’s always the hard one to get. It’s on Sunday and it’s the biggest show. Maybe one day.”

Greg Biffle had the best quote of the night after the race, on the previous stop he had slid past his mark and ended up on the tire changers hose and had to back up, costing them 9 positions in the pits.

“They should fire me,” said Biffle, one of four Kenseth teammates. “You just can’t make mistakes like that.”

You are a hell of a racecar drive Greg; I don’t think you’ll have to worry about being fired. I think tonight’s race was a good start to the rest of the season, especially after the rained out Daytona 500, let’s hope the racing, lead changes and competition remains the same for the rest of the season.

Here is how they finished:
1 24 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Carhartt 195/10 250 Running
2 6 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 175/5 250 Running
3 10 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Interstate Batteries 165/0 250 Running
4 5 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 165/5 250 Running
5 4 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 160/5 250 Running
6 23 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight 150/0 250 Running
7 25 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 151/5 250 Running
8 11 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Old Spice / Office Depot 147/5 250 Running
9 2 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s / Kobalt Tools 143/5 250 Running
10 1 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 134/0 250 Running
11 15 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 135/5 250 Running
12 22 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 127/0 250 Running
13 38 12 David Stremme Dodge Penske Racing 129/5 250 Running
14 7 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 121/0 250 Running
15 42 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA 118/0 250 Running
16 3 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal 115/0 250 Running
17 13 6 David Ragan Ford UPS 112/0 250 Running
18 37 28 Travis Kvapil Ford Farmers Insurance 109/0 250 Running
19 21 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios / Hamburger Helper 106/0 248 Running
20 16 96 Bobby Labonte Ford Ask.com 103/0 248 Running
21 14 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Little Debbie / Kingsford / Clorox 100/0 248 Running
22 17 43 Reed Sorenson Dodge Charter Comm. 97/0 248 Running
23 26 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Auto Club 94/0 248 Running
24 29 07 Casey Mears Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 91/0 248 Running
25 20 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Best Buy 88/0 248 Running
26 34 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 85/0 248 Running
27 33 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 82/0 248 Running
28 28 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Haas Automation 79/0 248 Running
29 8 44 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Charter Comm. 76/0 247 Running
30 12 7 Robby Gordon Toyota Jim Beam 73/0 247 Running
31 40 34 John Andretti Chevrolet WindowWorld.com 75/5 247 Running
32 41 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 67/0 247 Running
33 32 171 David Gilliland Chevrolet TRG Motorsports 64/0 246 Running
34 39 41 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota All Sport 61/0 245 Running
35 31 8 Aric Almirola Chevrolet Guitar Hero 58/0 242 In Pit
36 36 36 Scott Riggs Toyota Red Bank Outfitters 55/0 240 Running
37 27 98 Paul Menard Ford Quaker State / Menards 52/0 221 Running
38 19 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 49/0 207 Running
39 35 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Amp Energy / National Guard 46/0 205 Out of Race
40 18 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Carquest / Kellogg’s 48/5 179 Out of Race
41 9 82 Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull 40/0 172 Out of Race
42 30 66 Dave Blaney Toyota Prism Motorsports 37/0 50 In Pit
43 43 187 Joe Nemechek Toyota NEMCO Motorsports 34/0 36 In Pit

Here are the current top 12 drivers by points:
1. — Matt Kenseth 385 Leader
2. +10 Jeff Gordon 304 -81
3. +8 Kurt Busch 294 -91
4. +3 Tony Stewart 294 -91
5. +15 Greg Biffle 268 -117
6. -2 Clint Bowyer 266 -119
7. +1 Michael Waltrip 264 -121
8. -2 David Ragan 262 -123
9. +9 Carl Edwards 260 -125
10. +4 Juan Montoya 256 -129
11. -6 Elliott Sadler 248 -137
12. +1 David Reutimann 248 -137

Of course there will be at least four of these drivers who won’t be in the chase for the cup, but I’ve been wrong before. :)

Feb 26 2008

Carl Edwards Wins in California

Slow posting this I know, but I didn’t get to watch hardly any of it, so, I’m in no rush, even with Gordon finishing third. With all of the delays for weepers, rain, etc, I think I only saw about 20 laps of this race, I changed channels after they quit covering it, so I missed whatever laps they ran Sunday evening, and work knocked me out of seeing it on Monday as well. Apparently, Carl Edwards ran well, as did Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon.

The difference was night and day.

Under blue skies Monday, some 21 hours after the race had started, Carl Edwards put the finishing touches on the rain-delayed Auto Club 500 at beleaguered Auto Club Speedway.

After caution flew on the final lap for Dale Jarrett’s spin, Edwards crossed the finish ahead of runner-up Jimmie Johnson and Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon, who atoned for disappointing finishes in the Feb. 17 Daytona 500.

Kyle Busch claimed the Sprint Cup points lead with a fourth-place finish in his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, and Matt Kenseth, who had won the previous two February races at the 2-mile track, ran fifth. Martin Truex Jr., Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne and Daytona 500 winner Ryan Newman completed the top 10. Source: Edwards wins at Fontana on a sunny California day

Kyle Busch claimed the points lead, I don’t think this is his first time leading the points, but I’m not sure off the top of my big melon head. Gordon said his car blew in turn 2 of the final lap, so, thanks to Dale Jarrett for bringing out the caution on the final lap to freeze the field.

Here is how they finished:

1 9 99 Carl Edwards Ford Dish Network 190/5 250 Running 340,500
2 1 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 180/10 250 Running 252,336
3 2 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont Cromax Pro 170/5 250 Running 214,186
4 22 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Interstate Batteries 165/5 250 Running 154,050
5 4 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Carhartt 160/5 250 Running 169,841
6 11 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 150/0 250 Running 144,308
7 6 20 Tony Stewart Toyota The Home Depot 146/0 250 Running 158,061
8 10 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 147/5 250 Running 148,761
9 20 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 143/5 250 Running 133,616
10 13 12 Ryan Newman Dodge Samsung HDTV / ALLTEL 139/5 250 Running 143,625
11 39 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 130/0 250 Running 98,700
12 8 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility 132/5 250 Running 142,258
13 36 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 124/0 250 Running 92,800
14 24 6 David Ragan Ford AAA Insurance So. Cal. 121/0 250 Running 104,850
15 14 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 123/5 250 Running 104,350
16 16 8 Mark Martin Chevrolet Principal Financial Group / Mark Martin’s 700th start 115/0 250 Running 128,208
17 32 38 David Gilliland Ford FreeCreditRep
ort.com 112/0 250 Running 111,508
18 28 7 Robby Gordon Dodge Jim Beam 114/5 250 Running 116,708
19 3 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet DIRECTV 106/0 250 Running 106,150
20 21 42 Juan Montoya Dodge Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit 103/0 250 Running 121,508
21 31 66 Scott Riggs Chevrolet Haas Automation 100/0 250 Running 104,708
22 18 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal 102/5 250 Running 97,850
23 40 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 94/0 249 Running 101,758
24 27 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge U2 3D / Best Buy 91/0 249 Running 114,770
25 19 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Hamburger Helper “My Hometown Helper” 88/0 249 Running 125,136
26 38 21 Bill Elliott Ford Little Debbie 85/0 249 Running 105,345
27 29 15 Paul Menard Chevrolet Quaker State / Menards 82/0 248 Running 94,300
28 41 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA AUTO PARTS 79/0 248 Running 92,247
29 25 96 J.J. Yeley Toyota DLP HDTV 76/0 248 Running 93,500
30 34 22 Dave Blaney Toyota CAT Paving Products 73/0 248 Running 85,250
31 17 01 Regan Smith * Chevrolet Coors Light 70/0 248 Running 91,575
32 26 40 Dario Franchitti * Dodge Target 72/5 248 Running 89,875
33 37 44 Dale Jarrett Toyota UPS 69/5 247 Running 82,600
34 43 78 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Furniture Row
/ DenverMattress.com 61/0 246 Running 81,450
35 42 34 John Andretti Chevrolet Front Row Motorsports 63/5 245 Running 81,225
36 30 28 Travis Kvapil Ford Yates Racing 55/0 242 Running 108,289
37 23 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Energizer e2 Lithium 52/0 240 Running 108,064
38 35 45 Kyle Petty Dodge Wells Fargo 49/0 236 Running 80,600
39 33 70 Jeremy Mayfield Chevrolet Haas Automation 46/0 231 Running 80,480
40 15 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet AMP Energy / National Guard 43/0 203 Running 88,325
41 12 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight 40/0 193 Running 115,191
42 5 5 Casey Mears Chevrolet CARQUEST / Kellogg’s 37/0 20 Accident 98,110
43 7 77 Sam Hornish Jr. * Dodge Mobil 1 34/0 20 Accident 125,539

Here are the top 12 in points so far this year:
1 +3 Kyle Busch 335 Leader 2 0 0 2 2
2 -1 Ryan Newman 329 -6 2 0 1 1 2
3 — Tony Stewart 316 -19 2 0 0 1 2
4 -2 Kurt Busch 299 -36 2 0 0 1 1
5 +13 Carl Edwards 296 -39 2 0 1 1 1
6 — Kasey Kahne 294 -41 2 0 0 0 2
7 +6 Kevin Harvick 268 -67 2 0 0 0 1
8 +17 Jimmie Johnson 267 -68 2 1 0 1 1
9 — Greg Biffle 262 -73 2 0 0 0 1
10 +1 Jeff Burton 261 -74 2 0 0 0 0
11 +1 Brian Vickers 257 -78 2 0 0 0 0
12 +7 Martin Truex Jr. 253 -82 2 0 0 0 1

That top 12 is pretty solid, it’s only missing Jeff Gordon, who is in 14th, Denny Hamlin, who is in 31st, and possibly Dale Earnhardt Jr., who is in 23rd.

Sep 06 2007

Jimmie Johnson Wins Fifth Race in California

Jimmie Johnson wins fifth race of 2007 season in California
Anybody else think this is a bad time for most drivers if Jimmie Johnson and crew get on a roll again? With one race left until the Chase, Jimmie Johnson breaks the four month winless drought to be the driver who will start at the top when the Chase starts. Yes, I know Gordon could tie him this week and they could start out tied for the Chase, but I read something the other day that said Gordon and team were preparing for the Chase and not worrying about these other races. Which could be good and bad, extra preparation is definitely good, but being on a hot streak is a lot better if you ask me. I would rather go in on a winning note and already have the confidence built up in me and my team, but, if anyone has been consistent this year, it is Jeff Gordon, so I’m sure they are aware of what they are doing.

Johnson dominated the second half of the race, with Edwards and Kyle Busch running up front as well, Dale Earnhardt Jr. gained 30 points on 12th place, the last spot to get into the Chase, but is still 128 points behind. It’s not looking too good for him right now, but all that needs to happen is for one of the four drivers in front of him to have a real bad day with Dale running up front. I saw an article that said every year since they started the Chase for the Cup, at least one driver has fallen out at Richmond with someone else taking his place. That bodes will for Jr., but it is going to be a tough race to pull off, hopefully he can knock Kurt Busch out, although I’m not sure if he can get knocked out as I haven’t checked all of the various scenarios.

“We’ve been close,” Johnson said of the long victory drought. “We’ve been running good. But it was nice to get the job done tonight.

“Historically, we start the season strong, have a little bit of a struggle when we get to the warm weather and then get it going again. It seems like that’s the way it’s going and I’m just glad to be back in Victory Circle.”

This win was particularly important, with NASCAR awarding a 10-point bonus for each win this season in seeding the 12 drivers who will compete in the Chase. If the Chase began next week, Johnson would be the top seed, with 10 more points than Hendrick Motorsports teammate and series points leader Jeff Gordon, who has four wins.

“We’re fortunate to be in that situation,” Johnson said. “That’s very satisfying. The season is all about a championship, especially when you get in the Chase. It’s time for the pressure to pick up and the hard work to start. And my guys are ready for it.” Source: Johnson wins at California for fifth victory of season

We already have a bunch of race videos posted from last weekends California race, check out the latest below.

Here is how they finished:

1 2 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s / Jimmie Johnson Foundation 190/5 250 Running 289,411
2 19 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot Worklife Rewards 170/0 250 Running 185,450
3 5 5 Kyle Busch Chevrolet Cheez-It / CARQUEST 175/10 250 Running 163,225
4 15 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing 165/5 250 Running 163,491
5 7 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Budweiser 160/5 250 Running 180,433
6 8 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 155/5 250 Running 135,345
7 36 17 Matt Kenseth Ford R+L Carriers 146/0 250 Running 158,941
8 17 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 147/5 250 Running 102,975
9 1 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 143/5 250 Running 146,308
10 3 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW 134/0 250 Running 148,216
11 11 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios / Totino’s Pizza Rolls 135/5 250 Running 138,361
12 33 6 David Ragan * Ford AAA Insurance 127/0 250 Running 137,475
13 22 20 Tony Stewart Chevrolet The Home Depot 129/5 250 Running 143,286
14 12 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 121/0 250 Running 141,836
15 13 25 Casey Mears Chevrolet National Guard / GMAC 123/5 250 Running 111,525
16 38 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Sharp AQUOS / 3M Vikuiti 115/0 250 Running 104,275
17 10 16 Greg Biffle Ford Aflac 112/0 250 Running 109,325
18 18 84 A.J. Allmendinger * Toyota Red Bull 109/0 249 Running 90,275
19 9 11 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet FedEx Express 106/0 249 Running 108,600
20 24 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet DIRECTV 103/0 249 Running 103,900
21 31 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target / Memorex 100/0 249 Running 119,083
22 16 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont Cromax Pro 97/0 249 Running 135,011
23 32 66 Jeff Green Chevrolet Best Buy 94/0 249 Running 115,533
24 20 15 Paul Menard * Chevrolet Johns Manville / Menards 91/0 249 Running 91,850
25 14 38 David Gilliland Ford M&M’s 88/0 249 Running 118,189
26 26 21 Bill Elliott Ford Motorcraft 90/5 248 Running 109,589
27 34 96 Tony Raines Chevrolet DLP HDTV 82/0 248 Running 97,825
28 39 45 Kyle Petty Dodge Wells Fargo 84/5 248 Running 103,758
29 23 18 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Interstate Batteries 76/0 248 Running 117,308
30 41 70 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet Haas Automation 78/5 248 Running 89,750
31 40 01 Aric Almirola Chevrolet U.S. Army 70/0 248 Running 97,200
32 28 00 David Reutimann * Toyota Burger King 72/5 247 Running 100,308
33 42 42 Juan Montoya * Dodge Wrigley’s Big Red 64/0 247 Running 121,625
34 21 40 David Stremme Dodge Target 61/0 245 Running 86,050
35 6 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW 58/0 245 Running 104,345
36 27 36 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota 360 OTC 55/0 229 Accident 85,950
37 43 49 John Andretti Dodge Paralyzed Veterans of America 57/5 203 Accident 95,447
38 30 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar 49/0 201 Engine 93,850
39 4 12 Ryan Newman Dodge Kodak think: 51/5 194 Engine 117,875
40 37 88 Ricky Rudd Ford Snickers Generation Max 43/0 179 Accident 116,783
41 35 7 Robby Gordon Ford Original Roadhouse Grill / Jim Beam 40/0 159 Running 85,705
42 25 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 37/0 38 Accident 85,640
43 29 78 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing 34/0 9 Engine 85,008

Sep 02 2007

Kurt Busch Gets Pole, Gibbs Moves to Toyota

I haven’t been able to watch qualifying much lately so I don’t have much to say, I am listing the starting order below.

The other big news, is Joe Gibbs racing is moving to Toyota in 2008. This is great news for Toyota, an experienced and good racing organization like the Joe Gibbs operation will make these Toyota cars catch up to everyone else a lot faster than Michael Waltrip and his cronies have. I am kind of surprised though.

Busch said Friday at California Speedway that team officials have told him the organization’s long-awaited move from Chevrolet to Toyota is official. “They finally made their decision, and they called me,” said the current Hendrick Motorsports driver, who is moving into Gibbs’ No. 18 car next season.

“I feel fine with it,” he said. “I think it’s something that’s going to take Joe Gibbs Racing a step forward in the right direction. They have a great reputation for being able to produce winning racecars year in and year out, and championship teams. I think they’re going to be just fine. This is a business decision that they felt was right. I guess now I have to talk to Five Star Race Bodies to make me a late model that’s a Camry.”

Toyota’s move into Nextel Cup has been fraught with difficulty, beginning even before the season-opening Daytona 500 when Michael Waltrip’s team was busted for an illegal fuel additive. While there have been a few bright spots — Dave Blaney’s pole at New Hampshire and Brian Vickers’ fifth-place finish at Charlotte foremost among them — the manufacturer’s first season in Cup has been defined by struggles just to make races on Friday.

So is the chance of Gibbs taking a competitive step back in its first season under the Toyota banner. For a Gibbs car to make the Chase next year in a Camry, it would require a dramatic leap in performance. The highest-ranking Toyota driver this year is Blaney, who sits 33rd in points. Source: Busch says Gibbs move to Toyota in ’08 is a done deal

Which is what I am saying, Gibbs will help Toyota a lot more than this will help Joe Gibbs racing, and if they start falling down and having trouble like the Waltrip organization has, how long will it be before Tony, Denny and Kyle are ready to leave?

Here is how they qualified:

1 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 182.398 39.474 Leader
2 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s / Jimmie Johnson Foundation 182.394 39.475 -0.001
3 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW 182.020 39.556 -0.082
4 12 Ryan Newman Dodge Kodak think: 181.415 39.688 -0.214
5 5 Kyle Busch Chevrolet Cheez-It / CARQUEST 181.342 39.704 -0.230
6 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW 181.333 39.706 -0.232
7 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Budweiser 181.132 39.750 -0.276
8 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 180.818 39.819 -0.345
9 11 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet FedEx Express 180.805 39.822 -0.348
10 16 Greg Biffle Ford Aflac 180.605 39.866 -0.392
11 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios / Totino’s Pizza Rolls 180.596 39.868 -0.394
12 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 180.542 39.880 -0.406
13 25 Casey Mears Chevrolet National Guard / GMAC 180.542 39.880 -0.406
14 38 David Gilliland Ford M&M’s 180.533 39.882 -0.408
15 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing 180.338 39.925 -0.451
16 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont Cromax Pro 180.185 39.959 -0.485
17 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 180.144 39.968 -0.494
18 84 A.J. Allmendinger* Toyota Red Bull 180.085 39.981 -0.507
19 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot Worklife Rewards 179.937 40.014 -0.540
20 15 Paul Menard* Chevrolet Johns Manville / Menards 179.856 40.032 -0.558
21 40 David Stremme Dodge Target 179.721 40.062 -0.588
22 20 Tony Stewart Chevrolet The Home Depot 179.502 40.111 -0.637
23 18 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Interstate Batteries 179.497 40.112 -0.638
24 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet DIRECTV 179.417 40.130 -0.656
25 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 179.332 40.149 -0.675
26 21 Bill Elliott Ford Motorcraft 179.305 40.155 -0.681
27 36 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota 360 OTC 179.207 40.177 -0.703
28 00 David Reutimann* Toyota Burger King 179.202 40.178 -0.704
29 78 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing 179.024 40.218 -0.744
30 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar 178.904 40.245 -0.771
31 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target / Memorex 178.824 40.263 -0.789
32 66 Jeff Green Chevrolet Best Buy 178.594 40.315 -0.841
33 6 David Ragan* Ford AAA Insurance 178.576 40.319 -0.845
34 96 Tony Raines Chevrolet DLP HDTV 178.545 40.326 -0.852
35 7 Robby Gordon Ford Original Roadhouse Grill / Jim Beam 178.372 40.365 -0.891
36 17 Matt Kenseth Ford R+L Carriers 178.297 40.382 -0.908
37 88 Ricky Rudd Ford Snickers Generation Max 178.258 40.391 -0.917
38 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Sharp AQUOS / 3M Vikuiti 178.024 40.444 -0.970
39 45 Kyle Petty+ Dodge Wells Fargo 176.796 40.725 -1.251
40 01 Aric Almirola+ Chevrolet U.S. Army 175.204 41.095 -1.621
41 70 Johnny Sauter+ Chevrolet Haas Automation 174.757 41.200 -1.726
42 42 Juan Montoya+* Dodge Wrigley’s Big Red – - -
43 49 John Andretti Dodge Paralyzed Veterans of America 178.722 40.286 -0.812

Did Not Qualify
44 10 Scott Riggs Dodge Sears Auto Center / Valvoline / Stanley 178.709 40.289 -0.815
45 4 Ward Burton Chevrolet Lucas Oil / State Water Heaters 177.993 40.451 -0.977
46 44 Dale Jarrett Toyota UPS 177.405 40.585 -1.111

Feb 28 2007

Auto Club 500 Videos

Here are some of the videos that have been posted from the Auto Club 500 in Fontana, California.

Feb 26 2007

Kenseth Wins Auto Club 500 in California

Matt Kenseth completes the sweep, winning the Nascar Auto Club 500 in California, the day after winning the Busch Series race at the same track. I don’t understand why more cup drivers don’t race the Busch series, I know it helps them race on Sunday, look at Kevin Harvick, he raced every Busch race that he could last year, and what happens? Fighting for the Cup at the end of the year, and he’s starting the season with a bang so far this year. If he had not had that tire go down, he would be leading the points right now and not Mark Martin.

“It’s a special win,” an emotional Kenseth said after bouncing back from a disappointing Daytona 500 with his second victory of the weekend and second Nextel Cup win at California Speedway. “It’s not without Robbie though. He spent the week at home while we were at Daytona building this car. Robbie built this team.”
A year ago, it was Jimmie Johnson whose team overcame the loss of crew chief Chad Knaus to get off to a strong start on the way to a championship.

“Those guys didn’t let some bad luck stop them or slow them down,” Kenseth said. “Everybody on this team knows what Robbie would expect them to do, whether he is here or not.” Source: Kenseth puts Daytona behind him with win

It really looked like Harvick had a shot at Kenseth, but, after the tire went down he lost quite a few positions to finish 17th. Several cars blew up, no one has determined whether the new unleaded fuel had anything to do with it, but I am sure the race teams will have plenty of data to pass out soon. Gordon finished 2nd, getting the jump on Burton after he spun the tires on that last restart, to put him in third place in the points race, behind Burton and Martin. Here is the finishing order in Fontana.

1 Matt Kenseth
2 Jeff Gordon
3 Jimmie Johnson
4 Jeff Burton
5 Mark Martin
6 Clint Bowyer
7 Kurt Busch
8 Tony Stewart
9 Kyle Busch
10 Brian Vickers
11 Denny Hamlin
12 Ryan Newman
13 J.J. Yeley
14 Joe Nemechek
15 Greg Biffle
16 David Ragan
17 Kevin Harvick
18 Johnny Sauter
19 David Stremme
20 Paul Menard
21 Robby Gordon
22 Kyle Petty
23 Tony Raines
24 Elliott Sadler
25 David Gilliland
26 Juan Montoya
27 Ricky Rudd
28 Bobby Labonte
29 Carl Edwards
30 Jeff Green
31 Casey Mears
32 Dale Jarrett
33 David Reutimann
34 John Andretti
35 Sterling Marlin
36 Ken Schrader
37 Jamie McMurray
38 Kasey Kahne
39 Dave Blaney
40 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
41 Scott Riggs
42 Martin Truex Jr.
43 Reed Sorenson

Little too early to be worried about it, but here are the top ten in points after Fontana.

1. Mark Martin 335 Leader
2. Jeff Burton 330 -5
3. Jeff Gordon 309 -26
4. Kevin Harvick 307 -28
5. David Ragan 270 -65
6. Clint Bowyer 264 -71
7. Joe Nemechek 259 -76
8. J.J. Yeley 251 -84
9. Kyle Busch 239 -96
10. David Stremme 236 -99

Feb 23 2007

Qualifying for the Auto Club 500 in California

Gordon wins pole in California
I hope everyone gets tired of reading me say this this season, Go, Go Gordon, Gordon, Go, Go, Go! Sung to the Go-Go Gophers theme song, as Running Board would say, “Him say, Gordon gettum pole!” I just caught the end of qualifying today, so I didn’t get to watch his actual lap, but I expected it would be a good one, Gordon usually runs well in California, and it sounds like he’s happy with his car.

“It feels good to me just to get out from restrictor-plate racing [at Daytona] and have a car that has downforce and be able to drive it through the corners and work with the teams on the handling,” said Gordon, who crashed on the last lap Sunday in the Daytona 500 and finished 10th.

“This is really where the championship is going to be made, on the downforce tracks,” the four-time series champion and three-time California winner added. “If we can put a good racecar on the track this weekend, I’m going to be pretty excited about the type of year we’re going to have.” Source: Gordon wins pole for California Cup race

Here is how they qualified:
1 24 Jeff Gordon
2 9 Kasey Kahne
3 01 Mark Martin
4 29 Kevin Harvick
5 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
6 07 Clint Bowyer
7 1 Martin Truex Jr.
8 31 Jeff Burton
9 42 Juan Montoya
10 25 Casey Mears
11 20 Tony Stewart
12 5 Kyle Busch
13 16 Greg Biffle
14 22 Dave Blaney
15 83 Brian Vickers
16 66 Jeff Green
17 11 Denny Hamlin
18 2 Kurt Busch
19 12 Ryan Newman
20 41 Reed Sorenson
21 99 Carl Edwards
22 15 Paul Menard
23 48 Jimmie Johnson
24 40 David Stremme
25 17 Matt Kenseth
26 13 Joe Nemechek
27 14 Sterling Marlin
28 43 Bobby Labonte
29 18 J.J. Yeley
30 10 Scott Riggs
31 70 Johnny Sauter
32 37 John Andretti
33 00 David Reutimann
34 88 Ricky Rudd
35 26 Jamie McMurray
36 21 Ken Schrader
37 45 Kyle Petty
38 19 Elliott Sadler
39 6 David Ragan
40 38 David Gilliland
41 96 Tony Raines
42 7 Robby Gordon
43 44 Dale Jarrett

Michael Waltrip, Ward Burton, Jeremy Mayfield, A.J. Allmendinger, Brandon Whitt, Mike Bliss, Kenny Wallace, and Kevin Lepage did not qualify. Continuing the troubles for Toyota in the Cup, only four of the seven Toyota cars qualified for the race, Jarrett did not make it on speed, he got in on a past champion provisional. Michael Waltrip did not make it in the race and could be close to 400 points behind the leader at the end of this race, he’s 27 in the hole now after the penalty, so you’d think he would be at least 350 behind. Hopefully, he won’t be teaming up with his brother announcing this weekend, I can only take so much Waltrip per race.

Toyota’s highest finishing car in this years Daytona 500 was the UPS car driven by Dale Jarrett, with Michael Waltrip finishing 30th, Dave Blaney 34th and David Reutimann 40th. But, in the trucks, the exact opposite has been happening, as they have won the two Craftsman truck series races so far, with many other cars in the top ten and twenty. There were three more penalties handed out at Daytona Friday, this time in the truck series.

NASCAR announced on Friday that one Craftsman Truck Series crew member has been fined and suspended and two crew chiefs penalized due to rule violations leading up to and during the Chevy Silverado HD 250 at Daytona International Speedway. Source: Two NCTS crew chiefs fined for violations

Some of the races in California have been boring in the past, just because all the cars get strung out and there are, usually, few cautions, but it’s always good to be at tracks that Gordon likes. Here are my top 5 predictions for the Auto Club 500.
1. Jeff Gordon
2. Dale Earnhardt Jr
3. Greg Biffle
4. Kyle Busch
5. Kevin Harvick

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