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Jesus Hernandez Grabs Top-10 Finish in Iowa "Drive For Diversity" Graduate Continues To Impress Huntersville, N.C. (May 18, 2009) -- One of NASCAR's most successful Drive for Diversity graduates, Jesus Hernandez, continues to show strength in...

Jesus Hernandez Grabs Top-10 Finish in Iowa
"Drive For Diversity" Graduate Continues To Impress

Huntersville, N.C. (May 18, 2009) -- One of NASCAR's most successful Drive for Diversity graduates, Jesus Hernandez, continues to show strength in NASCAR's development series. Hernandez, driving the Chivas/Telmex/Z-Line Designs Dodge owned by Troy Williams in substitution for Antonio Perez, finished eighth in Sunday's Long John Silver's 200 at the Iowa Speedway. The event was an East-West Series combination race won by Kyle Busch.

Last year, Hernandez finished third in the NASCAR Camping World East Series with six top-five finishes racing for Dale Earnhardt Inc. For the 27-year-old developmental driver, Iowa Speedway marked his second start of the season for Troy Williams with Sean Watts Racing. The team is based in Buffalo, New York.

"Right now, it feels great to be back in a car and racing," said Hernandez. "This is a strong team in the Camping World East Series. They asked me to step in for Antonio who had an obligation back in Mexico. We raced together at Greenville Pickens Speedway earlier this season, so it wasn't difficult to get up to speed."

Hernandez and the team qualified 11th, was forced into an early spin, but raced as high as fourth before finishing eighth. Hernandez now continues to explore all his options moving forward.

"Yea, this team has a commitment to Antonio," continued Hernandez. "I was fortunate to have the opportunity to step in and help out twice, but this seat belongs to Antonio. Still, with a little help from a sponsor, I know a second car is possible. That will give me a chance to complete the season. This team has great partners already in the Hispanic community with Chivas, Telmex and even Z-Line Designs. It's a great combination and we have proved we can run up front."

-credit: jhPR

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Jesus Hernandez , Kyle Busch
Teams Williams