WS: Iowa: Jonathon Gomez race report

Gomez Nets 8th Place Finish in NASCAR K&N Pro Series Event in Iowa Jonathon Gomez 8th Overall and 2nd Among West Drivers Gomez NEWTON, IOWA (May 23, 2010) Jonathon Gomez rallied Sunday afternoon at Iowa Speedway to post an eighth place effort in...

Gomez Nets 8th Place Finish in NASCAR K&N Pro Series Event in Iowa Jonathon Gomez 8th Overall and 2nd Among West Drivers

Gomez NEWTON, IOWA (May 23, 2010) Jonathon Gomez rallied Sunday afternoon at Iowa Speedway to post an eighth place effort in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series Goodyear Dealer's of Iowa "200". The fourth annual event brought the top talent together from across the country for an all-star race of sorts for competitors in NASCAR top developmental series.

The game plan was simple for the 27-year old competitor from Twin Falls, Idaho; save the tires, and avoid the big one. The big one never happened and fresh tires would be a premium as the event wore on. Gomez qualified 12th out of the 49 competitors on hand for the 200- lap race.

Gomez took the slow and steady approach most of the race and was running 14th at the lap 50 mark. By lap 75 he had moved up to the 11th position with his sights set on the top ten. A caution at lap 79 bunched up the field and many of the leaders opted to pit for tires. Gomez stayed out and restarted the race in the fourth position.

As Gomez crossed the start/finish line at the mid-way point of the race he was running fifth; still on his original set of tires. The Heritage Motor Sports team opted to pit during the caution on lap 127 giving him fresher rubber than the leaders. He restarted tenth setting up a 70-lap sprint to the finish.

Two more cautions bunched up the field but Gomez maintained his position in the top ten. He never fell lower than tenth and survived two late restarts and a green white checkered finish to score an 8th place finish overall and a second place performance among the drivers in the West.

"It was a really good run for us but the car just kept getting tighter the longer we ran," Gomez said. "I passed everyone in the West but Mayhew and everybody out there ran a clean race. It is the first time I finished the race without a scratch. Junior Joiner and everyone on the crew did a great job this weekend filling in for Craig (Raudman) so I could not be happier."

Gomez moved up to fourth in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series-West standings after three races just four points out of third place and 81 points out of first. " I know we are really close winning one of these race and finishes like this at Iowa give us a lot of confidence heading into the next race at Roseburg (OR)," Gomez offered. "This was a great points day for us and we are making back the points we lost at All American."

It was a great effort for Gomez and the team after receiving their new car for the race on Friday evening from KHI. "We had a lot of final prep to do on the car all day Saturday," Gomez said. "It didn't have any stickers or graphics on it but it was fast. Junior (Joiner) had a really good setup and I know the more we work with the car the better we can get it."

-source: jonathon gomez PR

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