Saturday, July 4, 2009

Jason Bowles wins NASCAR West Series race at Irwindale

Jason Bowles won his third NASCAR Camping World Series West race at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale and took over the lead in the West Series standings.
Racing a car that won at Irwindale last year, Bowles, a driver from Ontario, won the pole and led 133 laps in the King Taco 200, the Fourth of July race at Irwindale.
It was his second win in row and his third West Series win of the season. He won at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma two weeks ago and won the race at Phoenix International Raceway in April.
Bowles was driving the same car at Irwindale that won the race at Phoenix. It is the same car his team brought to the Toyota All-Star Showdown in January. He crashed the car in the Showdown race and his team had to repair it for the Fourth of July race at Irwindale.
Jeff Barkshire of Auburn, Wash., was second, followed by Paulie Haraka of Fairlawn, N.J., in third.
Eric Holmes of Escalon, the reigning West Series champion, entered the Irwindale race as the leader in the West Series standings. He finished sixth and lost his lead in the West Series standings.
Patrick Long, a driver from Thousand Oaks, was fourth. He was driving a car prepared by Sunrise Ford, the same team for Bowles. Long was making his first West Series start at Irwindale. He was in the West Series race at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma and will be entered in the West Series race at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah on Aug. 1.
Greg Pursley finished fifth in the Irwindale race. Pursley won a NASCAR Whelen All American Racing Series national championship while racing at Irwindale in 2004. He also won the West Series season opener in Kyle, Texas.
Johnny Borneman, a driver from Ramona, was 13th. Borneman was entered in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway on Friday night. He finished 25th in Daytona then flew to California for the race at Irwindale.
Andrew Myers, a driver from Carlsbad, was 11th in the West Series race at Irwindale. Keith Spangler, a driver from Chatsworth, was 21st and last, completing only three laps.
Tim Huddleston of Agoura Hills won the NASCAR Late Model race and moved into a tie for first place in the Late Model standings.
Huddleston won his second race in a row and his fifth in the past six Late Model races at the track. The reigning Late Model champion at Irwindale is tied with Nick Joanides of Woodland Hills for the lead in the Late Model standings.
Joanides was second in the Late Model race. He was followed by rookie Beau Debard of Reno, Nev., in third, Brandon Loverock from Highland in fourth and Travis Motley of Tucson, Ariz., in fifth.
Luis Martinez Jr. of Long Beach won the S-2 race. It was the debut of the new S-2 stock car at the track. Seven drivers ran a 12-lap exhibition race at the track. Kyle Longmore of Camarillo was second, followed by Andrew Johnson of Lancaster in third.
Larry Cerquettini of Redlands, the leader in the NASCAR Super Stocks standings at Irwindale, was fourth. R.J. Johnson, a driver from Canyon Country and winner of four NASCAR Super Trucks races at the track, was sixth.

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