Thursday, July 2, 2009
Borneman will attempt cross country NASCAR adventure
NASCAR driver Johnny Borneman has a busy weekend scheduled for the Fourth of July.
He will attempt to qualify for two races on two coasts over three days.
He is a regular in the NASCAR Camping World Series West and will be in the race at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale on Saturday night.
He is also attempting to run in a handful of NASCAR Nationwide Series races. He will be at Daytona International Speedway in Florida on Friday night to qualify for the Nationwide Series race.
“It’s a little stressful,” said the 32-year-old Borneman, a driver from Ramona, Calif., of qualifying for the Daytona event. “It’s a real tough show to make in Daytona. You really don’t know what you’ve got until qualifying is over.”
He attempted to qualify for the season-opening Nationwide Series race at Daytona in February, but did not make the starting field.
He did qualify for the Nationwide Series race at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama and finished 26th.
“I think we have a real good shot at making it,” Borneman said about the race in Daytona. “Chances are real good, but you really can’t breathe until qualifying is over with. Everybody steps up their game.”
Borneman has won three West Series in his career and has been running regularly in the series since 2000. He has recruited the services of NASCAR Super Late Model driver John Manke to run practice laps for him at Irwindale in the event Borneman doesn’t make it to the track on time.
“I’m going to have him practice the car at Irwindale,” Borneman said. “We should be there in time for qualifying.”