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* Successful return -- NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series driver David Gilliland Sunrise Ford Ford) made a successful return to the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series -- winning the Blue Lizard Suncream 200 at Infineon Raceway on Saturday, June 23.

* Successful return -- NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series driver David Gilliland Sunrise Ford Ford) made a successful return to the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series -- winning the Blue Lizard Suncream 200 at Infineon Raceway on Saturday, June 23. It was the third career series win for Gilliland -- who captured the 2004 Sunoco Rookie of the Year title in the first of two full seasons he raced in the series. Gilliland -- whose father, Butch, won back-to-back West Series races on the Sonoma, Calif., road course 10 years ago -- also notched the Bud Pole Award. He lapped the 1.99-mile track at 91.979 mph, to secure his fourth career series pole.

* Another familiar name -- Gilliland was not the only second generation driver in the Grand National West Series to finish up front at Infineon. Taking second was P.J. Jones (No. 24 Bennett Lane Winery "Maximus" Ford). His father, Parnelli, scored 14 of his 15 series victories between 1956 and 1960.

* Top trio pull double duty -- The top three finishers in the West Series race pulled double duty at Infineon -- also competing in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 on Sunday. Boris Said (No. 52 Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet), who finished third in the West Series race, came home ninth in NEXTEL Cup Series action. Jones finished 12th on Sunday, while Gilliland took 25th.

* Another top-five finish at Infineon -- Second-year driver Justin Lofton (No. 66 Lofton Cattle/Cometic/Klotz/Eibach Ford) finished fifth, to go along with the fourth-place finish he had at Infineon a year ago. He was the only driver to have a top-five finish both years.

* Career-best finish -- Kenny Shepherd (No. 95 Save Mart/Mountain Dew Chevrolet) registered his first career West Series top-10 finish, with a ninth-place finish at Infineon.

* Drivers make series debut -- Kevin O'Connell (No. 06 Taleo Grill/General Environmental Management Chevrolet) led a contingent of drivers making their debut in the West Series. O'Connell, who also registered for this year's Sunoco Rookie of the Year program, finished 15th.

* New series record -- A record 27 cars finished on the lead lap at Infineon. The previous high mark of 17 cars had been recorded six times, most recently in this year's season opener in Texas.

* Sixth different race winner -- The first seven West Series races this season have produced six different race winners. In addition to Gilliland at Infineon -- Joey Logano (No. 10 Joe Gibbs Driven Chevrolet) won in Phoenix and Iowa, Scott Lynch (No. 29 Jasper Engines & Transmissions Dodge) won in Texas, Mike David (No. 2 Bennett Lane Winery Ford) won at Altamont, Mike Duncan (No. 9 Lucas Oil/Ron's Rear Ends Chevrolet) won in Colorado and Sean Caisse won the combination race at Elko.

* Special mark for two drivers -- The Infineon event had special significance for a couple of West Series veterans. It marked Mike Duncan's 90th series start and the 70th series start for Johnny Borneman (No. 8 Twisted X Boots/Red Line Oil Ford).

* Aero Exhaust Lap Leader -- In addition to winning the race and the Bud Pole Award, Gilliland won the Aero Exhaust Lap Leader Award for leading the most laps (49) at Infineon. The award goes to the eligible driver who leads the most laps in an event.

* POWERade Power Move -- Marc Davis (No. 92 Joe Gibbs Driven Chevrolet) charged from 24th on the grid at Infineon to finish seventh and capture the POWERade Power Move of the Race Award. At each Grand National Division event, POWERade presents the award to the driver who advances the most positions.

* Featherlite Most Improved -- Brian Ickler (No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet) took the Featherlite Most Improved Driver Award. His sixth-place finish at Infineon followed a 15th-place finish at Colorado. Featherlite presents the award at each event to the driver who improves the most finishing positions from the previous event.

* Leader in HDNet Performance Award -- Although he did not lead any laps at Infineon, Mike Duncan continues to have a commanding lead in the standings for the HDNet Performance Award. He has led 239 laps of competition. The HDNet Performance Award will provide $30,000 in prize money for the top drivers in the two NASCAR Grand National Divisions, the West Series and the Busch East Series. For both the East and West Series, the eligible driver who leads the most cumulative laps in the races HDNet broadcasts will receive a bonus award of $10,000.

-credit: nascar

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Boris Said , P.J. Jones , Scott Lynch , Mike David , Kenny Shepherd , Kevin O'Connell , Joey Logano , Sean Caisse , Marc Davis , Brian Ickler