FONTANA, Calif. -- Jason Bowles scored his second straight road course win in the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series with a victory in the California 125 at California Speedway on Saturday. The win by the 24-year-old series rookie gave...
FONTANA, Calif. -- Jason Bowles scored his second straight road course win in the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series with a victory in the California 125 at California Speedway on Saturday.
The win by the 24-year-old series rookie gave his car owner, Bob Bruncati, a sweep of the three series road course events this season -- with David Gilliland driving a team entry to victory at Sonoma in June and Bowles taking the win at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah in July prior to his California quest.
After notching his first career Bud Pole, Bowles went on to lead 20 of 42 laps en route to his win in the inaugural NASCAR event on the road course at California Speedway.
"This was actually the most difficult one by far," Bowles said in comparing the three road courses on this year's schedule. "The tire that we have to run here, due to the high speeds on the oval, is really, really hard. It seems to lose grip really, really quick. It makes it very difficult. That's why it's huge to take care of your equipment for so long. Some of the guys locked front tires up several times early in the race. That's the kind of thing you've got to avoid and make sure it's good at the end."
Bowles took the lead for the third and final time on lap 33 and went on to win by 2.197 seconds over Brian Ickler. David Mayhew was third, followed by Jim Inglebright and Mike Duncan. The race featured nine lead changes among seven drivers.
Mike David saw his lead in the championship standings trimmed slightly, after finishing 11th. David leads Duncan by 95 markers -- 1,848 to 1,753 -- with one race remaining to decide the title.