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Harraka at Montana Raceway Park Disbelief of race results Antelope, CA -- Paulie Harraka and the No. 12 NAPA Gold Filters Toyota team from Bill McAnally Racing come away from the inaugural Toyota/NAPA AUTO PARTS "150" at Montana Raceway Park...

Harraka at Montana Raceway Park
Disbelief of race results

Antelope, CA -- Paulie Harraka and the No. 12 NAPA Gold Filters Toyota team from Bill McAnally Racing come away from the inaugural Toyota/NAPA AUTO PARTS "150" at Montana Raceway Park with an 11th place finish.

Harraka and the No. 12 NAPA Gold Filters Toyota team came to Montana with a brand new Toyota Camry. The car was quick in all three of the practices with two top-five times on the charts. He went on to qualify on the outside of row three.

Thirty laps into the 150-lap race, Harraka had moved into the top-five. He continued to move thru the tight field and at lap 100; the No. 12 NAPA Gold Filters Toyota was third on the score board. The first of three cautions came out at lap 103 for debris. He restarted behind David Mayhew and teammate Eric Holmes. At lap 127, Harraka was spun in turn 4. Harraka got the car back around but with the laps winding down finished the race in 11th. Teammate Eric Holmes would go onto win the event.

"The more this goes on the harder it is to believe," said Harraka. "Our NAPA Gold Filters Toyota Camry was fantastic tonight, just as good as Eric's (Holmes) NAPA Toyota. I knew it was going to come down to who saved the most for the end, so I was conserving, conserving, conserving. To get wrecked by someone not even in the points battle is stupid, but to get spun out by the same guy twice is ridiculous and unbelievable. Regardless, this was a fast first showing for our new NAPA Toyota and I look forward to taking it to Colorado."

"Thanks to my entire NAPA Gold Filters crew for giving me a great Toyota to drive tonight."

Drive for Diversity driver Paulie is fourth in the chase for the 2010 series championship.

The next race will be in Dacono, Colorado on August 14th. Last season, with 1,600 fans Harraka collected his first series win at Colorado National and looks to make it two in a row with NAPA fans on hand to cheer him on.

-source: bmr

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Paulie Harraka , Eric Holmes , David Mayhew