CAMRY DRIVERS SWEEP NASCAR REGIONAL SERIES TITLES Holmes Wins West Crown and Truex Best in the East
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Dec. 10, 2010) -- Camry driver Eric Holmes won the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West (NKNPSW) championship with a 16th-place finish in the recent race at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR), to help Toyota sweep the NASCAR regional series titles in 2010. Earlier this year, Ryan Truex was crowned the champion of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE).
Holmes won five of 12 events during the season, including victories at Phoenix International Raceway, Oregon's Douglas County Speedway, Montana Raceway Park, Colorado National Speedway and California's All-American Speedway, to win the championship by 124 points over second-place David Mayhew.
"I'm just so proud to be part of this series and it's special to win a third championship," said Holmes. "I love the history of the West Series and remember watching races as a kid. It means a lot to be associated with these great drivers."
Driving the Bill McAnally Racing (BMR) No. 20 Camry, Holmes recorded eight top-five finishes and 10 top-10 results in 2010 to earn his third series title. The 36-year-old Escalon, Calif.-native previously won NKNPSW championships in 2006 and 2008.
Holmes joins two-time defending NKNPSE champion Truex to become the first Camry drivers to sweep the NASCAR regional series titles in the same season since the manufacturer joined each series in 2007.
Truex had two wins and nine top-10 finishes in 10 NKNPSE races. The 18-year-old Mayetta, N.J.-native posted both of his victories at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the Michael Waltrip Racing No. 00 Camry en route to his title.
"Both Eric and Ryan have demonstrated the ability to run consistently at the front of the field, competing for race wins and championships," said Lee White, president of TRD, U.S.A. (Toyota Racing Development. "NASCAR's regional series provide a great opportunity for drivers of all ages and experience. On behalf of everyone at Toyota, I would like to congratulate both Eric and Ryan for their outstanding championship seasons."
The duo has combined for all four of Toyota's regional series championships.
A pair of current Toyota drivers in the upper levels of NASCAR competition previously won regional series championships. Brendan Gaughan, who competed for Rusty Wallace Racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) in 2010, won the NKNPSW title in 2000 and 2001. Joe Gibbs Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) driver Joey Logano was the 2007 NKNPSE champion.
-source: toyota motorsports