Jason Bowles won the NASCAR Camping World Series West race at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma on Saturday, but he gives all the credit to teammate Patrick Long.
Long, a driver from Thousand Oaks who races regularly in the Camping World Series East and has won the 24 Hours of Le Mans twice, won the pole for the NASCAR race in Sonoma and led the first 19 laps.
He was involved in a crash with Joey Logano, who worked his way to the led, during the final laps of the race. Logano spun, Long was penalized for rough driving and Bowles inherited the win.
“Actually, the real winner here today is my teammate Patrick Long,” Bowles said. “I was just the beneficiary of some rough driving. We were in the right place at the right time at the end.”
Bowles, a driver fron Ontario, won the West Series race in Sonoma for the second year in a row. Long wound up in 23rd place, the last driver on the lead lap.
The race featured a number of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers, including Logano, driver of the No. 20 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing. Logano was 17th in the West Series race.
David Gilliland, a driver from Riverside who also races in the Sprint Cup Series, was 31st. Boris Said, a road-course specialists from Carlsbad who will start ninth in today’s Sprint Cup race in Sonoma, was fourth in the West Series race.
Eric Holmes of Escalon, the leader in the West Series standings, was third in the race. Bowles is second in the West Series standings and trails Holmes by 16 points.
Kyle Kelly from Huntington Beach was 10th. Greg Pursley, a Canyon High graduate, was
Jason Bowles leads Joey Logano and most of the field in the NASCAR Camping World Series West race at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma. (Photo Credit: Getty Images for NASCAR)