BOWLES RETAINS NASCAR CAMPING WORLD WEST SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD IN COLORADO Sunrise Ford driver leads before blown tire results in first finish outside the top-10 DACONO, COLO. (August 17, 2009) -- While Jason Bowles did not enjoy the sort...
BOWLES RETAINS NASCAR CAMPING WORLD WEST SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD IN COLORADO
Sunrise Ford driver leads before blown tire results in first finish outside the top-10
DACONO, COLO. (August 17, 2009) -- While Jason Bowles did not enjoy the sort of result desired on Saturday night (August 15) at Colorado National Speedway, the talented American exited Round 11 of the NASCAR Camping Word West Series continuing to lead the championship standings. Bowles finished 13th in the NAPA/Toyota 150 following a late race tire failure.
Returning to short oval competition following three road courses in the past four races, Bowles was the driver to beat early on. The No. 6 Sunrise Ford/Oakley/Joe Gibbs Racing Oil/GS 610/RPM 12/Justice Brothers/Bell/Ford was quickest in the opening practice session on the 0.375-mile oval and second quickest in the final session prior to qualifying.
Things however did not go quite according to plan in single-car qualifying later in the day, as the championship leader only managed the seventh fastest time, earning a row four starting position.
When Bowles returned to the driver's seat of his Sunrise Ford under lights for Round 11, the goal early on was to conserve the car and remain among the lead pack. The former junior formula car and karting star did just that, steadily working his way forward. Just prior to lap 100 of the 150-lap race, Bowles took over the lead. The three-time 2009 race winner retained the top-spot for 10 laps, before losing pressure in the right front tire. Staying out in order to gain the best finishing position possible, Bowles hopes of a top result vanished when the tire blew. Bowles in the end was classified 13th, ending his run of finishing among the top-10 in every round.
"Although the weekend didn't turn out quite the way we were hoping we still have the points lead," stated Bowles. "The car was good in practice and we just had some radio issues there towards the end of the session so we were not able to make the last couple changes we were hoping to. I think in qualifying I left a lot on the table and cost us a good starting position. I was happy we were able to lead a few laps and get the bonus points and I think we were gonna be able to hang on for a top three finish, my car was working real good around the top. I just picked something up from a earlier caution. I could tell we had a problem, but I was just hoping to hang on and the tire finally let go 15 laps from the end. My guys did a great job getting me back out on the track. I have to hand it to the whole Sunrise Ford team for the job they have done up to this point in the season. We are going to go to Iowa and just focus on winning and let the rest of the cards fall where they fall."
Bowles, despite the low point scoring result, continues to lead the NASCAR Camping World West Series standings by 37 points, with two races remaining on the 2009 series calendar.
The Sunrise Ford driver returns to action on September 4, with Round 12 held at the Iowa Speedway. Bowles finished fifth out of the west series competitors in Round Five at the 0.875-mile oval.
Additional information on Bowles 2009 season can be obtained from the