WS: Evergreen: Goodyear Racing race notes

DUNCAN BESTS GILLILAND IN NASCAR WEST RACE AT EVERGREEN MONROE, Wash. (Aug. 2, 2005) -- Mike Duncan battled David Gilliland for most of the way and finally won the Coors Light 200 race in the NASCAR Grand National ...

DUNCAN BESTS GILLILAND IN NASCAR WEST RACE AT EVERGREEN

MONROE, Wash. (Aug. 2, 2005) -- Mike Duncan battled David Gilliland for most of the way and finally won the Coors Light 200 race in the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series race at Evergreen Speedway.

Goodyear is the exclusive tire supplier for the Grand National Division. The GND includes the Busch North Series. Goodyear splits tires into groupings designed to fit the track size and tire usage and both series use tires from all groupings. All tires built for GND racing are bias-ply.

Duncan led 110 laps of the 200-lap event. Gilliland led 83 laps and Sarah Fisher, the popular former IndyCar racer, led seven laps. It was the first time since 1982 that the Bud Pole Award winner won a 200-lap West Series race on Evergreen's famed .646-mile oval.

Scott Lynch finished third, Tim Woods III was fourth and Andrew Lewis came home fifth. Duncan's margin of victory was 1.6 seconds, but Gilliland hounded him through the second half of the race.

There were 19 starters in the field and the winner's average speed was 68.085 mph. Duncan's pole-winning lap averaged 99.232 mph.

Lynch leads the championship standings with 1,009 points. Duncan is second with 961. Steve Portenga, who won the last West Series race and started the Evergreen event second in points, finished 18th at Evergreen and dropped to fourth in the standings.

The Evergreen race marked the debut of a new procedure for the West Series. On restarts, the cars start double file with the leaders up front and lapped cars in back. The procedure has been used in the Busch North Series.

The next race for the West Series will be Aug. 13 and Stockton 99 Speedway.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Andrew Lewis , Steve Portenga , Tim Woods , Scott Lynch