BOWLES INHERITS WIN WITH WILD FINISH AT INFINEON IN NASCAR CAMPING WORLD SERIES WEST SONOMA, Calif. (June 20, 2009) -- A wild finish left Jason Bowles in Victory Lane on Saturday as the repeat winner in the Bennett Lane Winery 200 presented...
BOWLES INHERITS WIN WITH WILD FINISH AT INFINEON IN NASCAR CAMPING WORLD SERIES WEST
SONOMA, Calif. (June 20, 2009) -- A wild finish left Jason Bowles in Victory Lane on Saturday as the repeat winner in the Bennett Lane Winery 200 presented by Supercuts at Infineon Raceway.
Bowles of Ontario, Calif., inherited the lead following a last-lap incident between his teammate, Patrick Long, and Joey Logano, who had led 38 of 64 laps in the NASCAR Camping World Series West event.
Logano's car spun out in Turn 11 on the final lap after contact from Long's car. The incident led to a win for Bowles, a 17th-place finish for Logano and a penalty for Long, who was placed 23rd in the final rundown as the final car on the lead lap.
"Actually, the real winner here today is my teammate Patrick Long," said Bowles, who became the first driver since 1997 with back-to-back series wins on the 1.99-mile road course. "I was just the beneficiary of some rough driving. We were in the right place at the right time at the end."
Long, who has competed in the NASCAR Camping World Series East this season on off weekends from his sports car racing schedule, was making his debut in the NASCAR Camping World Series West. He drives a second entry for car owner Bob Bruncati in selected events in the series this season.
Long dashed into the lead from the pole position and led the first 19 laps, before making a green-flag pit stop for fuel. Logano, who had opted to stop for fuel earlier during a caution on lap 14, charged his way to the front after restarting 22nd and took the lead on lap 26. Long steadily worked his way forward after his stop, eventually gaining the runner-up spot behind Logano on lap 44. Bowles ran in his wake, with Boris Said and David Gilliland next in line.
Long pressured Logano as the laps wound down, shadowing him around much of the course. A multi-car incident in Turn 11 four laps from the finish scrambled the running order for some of the top 10. Long and Bowles set off in pursuit of the lead as the green flag flew for a two-lap dash to the finish. Long closed in on Logano and the two came in contact as they came through the hairpin turn on the final lap.
The final rundown gave Bowles the win in his Sunrise Ford/COHA Ford. David Mayhew was second, with Eric Holmes in third. Boris Said was fourth, followed by Johnny Borneman in fifth. Rounding out the top 10 were Todd Souza, Tom Hubert, Ryan Foster, Stan Silva and Kyle Kelley.
The race featured four lead changes among five leaders -- Logano, Long, Bowles, Borneman and Moses Smith. Twenty-three drivers finished on the lead lap. The pace was slowed by eight cautions for 17 laps.
It marked the second win of the season and eighth victory of his career for Bowles, who took home $11,550 in prize money and posted awards.
With the win, he was able to trim the championship point lead of Holmes to just 16 points. Holmes leads Bowles in the standings, 1,190 to 1,174. Mayhew is third at 1,131, Mike David fourth at 1,060 and Greg Pursley fifth at 1,017. Brett Thompson at 1,000, Paulie Harraka at 999, Blake Koch at 969, Smith at 947 and Jim Warn at 821 complete the top 10 of the standings.
Koch has edged ahead of Harraka in the tightly contested chase for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year title. Koch has 65 points over Harraka's 64. Jonathon Gomez trails with 43 points, followed by Bow Carpenter with eight points.
The next event on the schedule for the NASCAR Camping World Series West will be the King Taco 200 at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale (Calif.) on July 4.