WS: Colorado: Jonathon Gomez preview

Jonathon Gomez Rolling into Rocky Mtn. Mile High Event Gomez Has Momentum on his Side Heading to First Ever First To CNS TWIN FALLS, IDAHO (August 12, 2010) Jonathon Gomez of Twin Falls, Idaho will experience another in a long list of firsts...

Jonathon Gomez Rolling into Rocky Mtn. Mile High Event
Gomez Has Momentum on his Side Heading to First Ever First To CNS

TWIN FALLS, IDAHO (August 12, 2010) Jonathon Gomez of Twin Falls, Idaho will experience another in a long list of firsts this season as his Heritage Cattle Co. sponsored team heads to Colorado National Speedway outside Denver. Gomez has never laid eyes on CNS but that has not been a problem this season for the 27-year competitor, as he has met every challenge so far this season and finds himself in contention for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series championship heading into the final four races of the season.

Gomez is coming off a stellar run last weekend in Montana (another track he visited for the first time) where he finished in the fourth position. His finish at Montana was perhaps his best run of the season as he held on to finish in the top five for the third time this season despite a rear-end housing that was coming apart at the end of the race.

"We were lucky to hang on," offered John Gomez (car owner). "We thought we had a car that could win and then over the final 25-laps the rear-end started to whine and Jonathon had to back it down just enough to save it for the end."

With essentially only two on-track finishes outside the top ten (11th at Infineon and 12th at Portland) Gomez might well be in the point lead if not for a penalty in the opening race of the season that negated a second place performance. "We have had a great year no matter what happens from here on out," Jonathon Gomez said. "The team has worked really hard and we have adapted to every new track and feel that we are in a great position to win a race this season."

His first series win could easily come at Colorado National Speedway this weekend. The wide and fast 3/8-mile paved oval has been the site of several first time winners in the series. Craig Raudman (crew chief) prepared the track qualifying record holder car for Brain Ickler several years ago and knows the team is peaking at the right time. "I really believe that this team is ready to win and Jonathon has proven that he can get it done," Raudman said.

The race this weekend will be Gomez' 19th race this season as he continues his ambitious schedule racing not only in NASCAR, but the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour, CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series, and selected other Late Model events around the region.

"I am looking forward to Colorado," Gomez said. "I hear it is a fun place to race and the crowds are amazing."

Gomez sits in the third position in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series-West standings, 83-points out of second place and 162-points behind the series leader. After eight races he has scored three top five and five top ten performances with his best finish this season of second place at Iowa Speedway back in May. In the SRL Southwest Tour, Gomez is second in the standings just seven points out of the lead on the strength of two dominating wins this season.

-source: jonathon gomez PR

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Craig Raudman , Jonathon Gomez