Another Camping World West Series Top-10 for Bowles; Californian finishes seventh after starting from the pole in Madera MADERA, CALIF. (April 25, 2009) -- Jason Bowles continued his pursuit of the 2009 NASCAR Camping World West Series title on...
Another Camping World West Series Top-10 for Bowles; Californian finishes seventh after starting from the pole in Madera
MADERA, CALIF. (April 25, 2009) -- Jason Bowles continued his pursuit of the 2009 NASCAR Camping World West Series title on Saturday night (April 25), with another strong outing at Madera Speedway. The Californian started from the pole position, before eventually taking the checkered flag in a hard-fought seventh place.
A little over a week after capturing his first win of the 2009 season in Round Three at Phoenix International Raceway, Bowles was immediately up to speed on the third of a mile Madera Speedway in his native California. The former karting and formula car standout, having turned some quick laps in the two timed practices sessions, made that readily apparent in single-car qualifying. Bowles, one of last drivers to roll on-course for qualifying, captured his eighth career Coors Light Pole award and second pole position of the season.
Starting at the front of the 20-car Camping World West field, Bowles enjoyed a solid start in his No. 6 Sunrise Ford/Oakley/Joe Gibbs Racing Oil/GS 610/RPM 12/Justice Brothers/Bell/Ford, retaining the top spot into the first turn. Unfortunately the yellow lights soon flashed around the oval, halting the racing action due to a car spinning.
On the ensuing lap six restart, things did not go as planned. Bowles immediately lost the lead, becoming involved in a multi-car fight for position among the top-10. Things however went from bad to worse, when on a subsequent restart for another incident, Bowles was forced to pit with a flat tire. The Californian however quickly regrouped, and showing why he was is a leading contender for the title, worked his way back onto the lead lap. From that point forward, Bowles steadily advanced up the scoring charts, eventually earning his fourth consecutive top-10 finish to start the 2009 season, with a seventh place result.
"It was unfortunate that we got that flat right front on the restart around lap 15," stated Bowles. "Changing a tire under green cost us a lot of time and put us two laps down. There's not much you can do about those kind of things, its just part of the game. The guys did a great job all day and we were able to fight back to the lead lap. I made a mistake with about eight to go, which probably cost us a fifth place finish. Were just going to have to work that much harder in the upcoming races to get back on track and score some valuable points."
Bowles and the rest of the Sunrise Ford crew now have a brief break, before returning to action on May 17th, with Round Five of the NASCAR Camping World West Series at the Iowa Speedway for the Long John Silver's 200. Bowles enters the event second in the title chase, trailing the defending champion by 66 points.