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Gomez Returns to Camping World Series at Iowa Twin Falls, Idaho Native Jonathon Gomez Excited About Iowa Race TWIN FALLS, IDAHO (September 1, 2009) Jonathon Gomez of Twin Falls, Idaho will return to the NASCAR Camping World Series-West this ...

Gomez Returns to Camping World Series at Iowa
Twin Falls, Idaho Native Jonathon Gomez Excited About Iowa Race

TWIN FALLS, IDAHO (September 1, 2009) Jonathon Gomez of Twin Falls, Idaho will return to the NASCAR Camping World Series-West this Friday at Iowa Speedway for the Central Iowa Building and Construction Trades "125" at the ultra-fast and smooth 7/8-mile oval in Newton, Iowa. Back in May Gomez finished 11th (West) in the annual combination race with the East series and is ready to contend for a top finish this time around.

Gomez, a 26-year successful business entrepreneur in rural Idaho, has continued to excel behind the wheel of a stock car this season. But for Gomez, the business comes first. This time of year in rural America is harvest time and that means plenty of long days out in the field. "The business has always come first," Gomez offers. "I love racing but in order to pay the bills we need to work the fields. We put in a lot of long days in order to be able to go to the track and this is our busiest time of year."

Gomez got his start in racing like many others, competing at their local short track. Gomez began his career on the tricky 1/3-mile paved oval of Magic Valley Speedway in his hometown of Twin Falls, Idaho before graduating to touring series' in the region. "I love racing on tracks like Iowa Speedway," Gomez said. "When we raced at Iowa in May it was incredible. The track is just awesome and a blast to drive."

Gomez will be driving a new car prepared at Thompson Motorsports in Jerome, Idaho by veteran crew chief Craig Raudman. "The car is essentially brand new even though it was race a couple of times last season," Gomez said. "It has a brand new body and a completely brand new suspension. I am really looking forward to getting the car on track and running up front. Since we are not running for points it is all about competing for a win and I know we have a car that will race very well. I have really enjoyed working with Craig this season. He has taught me a lot and I have a lot of confidence when I climb behind the wheel knowing he is working on the car."

Jonathon Gomez is in his fourth year of competitive racing having won local track titles at Magic Valley Speedway in Twin Falls. He has started seven NASCAR Camping World Series races with three top ten finishes and is currently fifth in the point standings in the CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series (a regional late model touring series) on the strength of four top five finishes this season. Plans call for Gomez to continue to gain experience and seat time in various series' throughout the United States the rest of the year.

-credit: jgr

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Craig Raudman , Jonathon Gomez