WILD LAST LAP LEAVES DAVID WITH ALTAMONT WIN IN NASCAR GRAND NATIONAL DIVISION, WEST SERIES TRACY, Calif. (April 28, 2007) - Mike David charged from third to first place as the two leaders tangled on the final lap in NASCAR Grand National ...
WILD LAST LAP LEAVES DAVID WITH ALTAMONT WIN IN NASCAR GRAND NATIONAL DIVISION, WEST SERIES
TRACY, Calif. (April 28, 2007) - Mike David charged from third to first place as the two leaders tangled on the final lap in NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series action at Altamont Motorsports Park on Saturday.
A fierce last-lap battle for the lead between Johnny Borneman and Justin Lofton ended in a spectacular turn three crash, leaving David to lead his only lap of the race and score his fifth career series win.
"I saw them beating and banging," David said. "I didn't know they would be that aggressive with each other. The last lap and last corner . they were both wanting to win real bad. It worked out good for us."
David, who had faded to ninth just past the midway point of the race, admitted that he did not think late in the event that he had a shot at the victory on what he now considers his home track. "I was going for a top five," said the series veteran from Modesto, Calif. "Then we got up there and got a yellow and I was thinking maybe fourth or third. Then (Mike) Duncan made a pit stop. And they said the (No.) 44 was having tranny trouble or something. I was thinking we had a good shot at third. I didn't know those guys were going to take each other out like that."
David's win on the semi-banked half-mile track, which netted him $7,250, came despite a possible carburetor problem with his Bennett Lane Winery Ford. "I don't know if we had the carb too fat or what, but it just wasn't crisp," he said in reference to the jetting and adjustments on the carburetor. "It wouldn't run good off the corner. It made it look like we had handling trouble, but actually the car handled well."
"The whole team just kept focused," David said of dealing with the situation. "At halftime we improved the car a little bit. The whole team never gave up. The spotter and crew chief kept me pumped up on the radio. Like I said, it's a team effort and this is a win for our team."
Andrew Myers of Newport Beach, Calif., finished second in the Toyota of Escondido Chevrolet. He was followed by Tim Woods III of Chino Hills, Calif., in the Ford sponsored by Chino Hills Ford. Gaining a career-best finish in fourth was second-year driver Eric Hardin of Anaheim, Calif., in the Alta Dena Dairy Chevrolet. He was followed by series rookies Jason Bowles of Ontario, Calif., in the Sunrise Ford/Turbo Torq Ford and Jamie Dick of Albuquerque, N.M. in the Motorway Motorsports/MRG Chevrolet. Lofton was able to limp his Ford across the finish line in seventh - while Borneman was credited with a ninth-place finish, one lap down. Mike Duncan, who led much of the first half of the race and was in contention in the closing stages, darted into the pits two laps from the finish with a flat tire. He returned to finish 10th.
David - who extended his early lead in the standings to 70 points over Woods, with three of 13 championship races complete - becomes the third driver in West Series action this season to lock up a spot in this year's NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown by winning a race. Only Grand National Division race winners and the champions of the NASCAR Developmental Series will earn starting positions in this year's prestigious post-season event. All others must race their way in under the new format.
Next up for competitors in the West Series are back-to-back, first-ever combination races with the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series at Elko (Minn.) Speedway on May 18 and Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa, on May 20.