Monday, September 7, 2009
Mayhew wins NASCAR West Series race at Iowa Speedway
David Mayhew, a driver from Atascadero, won the NASCAR Camping World Series West race at Iowa Speedway on Friday night.
It was Mayhew’s first win of the season and earned him a spot in the Toyota All-Star Showdown at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale in January.
Mayhew’s team had to play some catch-up to prepare for the race. The team’s truck and equipment arrived at the track late.
“The day started off a little shaky, with our truck not making it here in time for the first practice,” Mayhew said. “We had all kinds of trouble getting to the track. As soon as we put the car on the track, the car was awesome. All the guys at the shop did a great job of prepping everything. We qualified third, in our 10th lap on the track all day and then got lucky with a move to the front row, with Greg moving to the back.”
Greg Pursley, a Canyon High graduate and driver for Gene Price Motorsports, set fast-time in qualifying and won the second pole of his West Series career, but had to start from the back of the 27-car field because his team had to switch engines after the first practice.
“The crew was flawless in changing the engine,” Pursley said. “All we really lost was some track time as the car was really good.”
Pursley was seventh in the race, his 10th top-10 finish of the season.
Jason Bowles, a driver from Ontario, was second. Bowles leads the West Series standings by 78 points over Eric Holmes of Escalon with one race remaining in the West Series schedule.
The race also featured Brian Ickler of San Diego, Patrick Long of Thousand Oaks and Brian Wong of Newport Beach. Ickler was eighth, Wong was 14th and Long was 15th.
The season-finale race is Sept. 26 at All American Speedway in Roseville.
Photo: Greg Pursley displays the Coors Light Pole Award he won at Iowa. (Photo Credit: David Purdy/Getty Images for NASCAR)