WS: Sonoma Infineon Raceway news 2010-06-15

Sparks Sure to Fly in Thunder Valley Casino Resort 200 at Infineon Raceway SONOMA, Calif. (June 15, 2010) -- Veteran drivers will square off against rookies in the Thunder Valley Casino Resort 200 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West event on Saturday,...

Sparks Sure to Fly in Thunder Valley Casino Resort 200 at Infineon Raceway

SONOMA, Calif. (June 15, 2010) -- Veteran drivers will square off against rookies in the Thunder Valley Casino Resort 200 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West event on Saturday, June 19, at Infineon Raceway, and there are sure to be fireworks.

Last year, tempers flared on the final lap of the race when Patrick Long tangled with NASCAR regular Joey Logano, leaving Logano spinning. Long took the checkers but was penalized to 23rd place for the incident.

Lost in the shuffle was race-winner Jason Bowles, who won for the second straight year in Sonoma. Bowles returns in search of his third consecutive Infineon Raceway victory this weekend behind the wheel of the Thunder Valley Casino Resort Chevrolet. The Thunder Valley Casino Resort 200 will serve as the main event on Saturday of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event weekend (June 18-20).

Escalon's Eric Holmes is gunning for a third championship to go with the titles he won in 2006 and 2008. With top-three finishes the last three years at Infineon Raceway, a strong finish in Sonoma could make him just the seventh driver in the history of the series to win three or more championships. Holmes, who is in his third season behind the wheel of the No. 20 NAPA Toyota, could also deliver car owner Bill McAnally his fifth series title.

Two series veterans who shadowed Holmes in the standings last year are poised to grab the spotlight this season, however. Greg Pursley (No. 26 GPM Performance Parts/Star Nursery Ford) finished the 2009 season third in the championship standings, while David Mayhew (No. 17 MMI Services/Ron's Rear Ends/KHI Chevrolet) of Atascadero is also expected to contend for the title this season. Mayhew earned a second-place finish in Sonoma last year.

Others in the title hunt this year include Moses Smith of Tempe, Ariz. (No. 16 HASA Pool Products/White Flyer Toyota); and second-year drivers Paulie Harraka of Wayne, N.J. (No. 12 NAPA Gold Filters Toyota) and Blake Koch of West Palm Beach, Fla., (No. 21 Daystar Chevrolet).

In addition to its regular-season competitors, the series attracts a contingent of road-race specialists each year at Infineon Raceway. Boris Said, David Gilliland and Mattias Ekstrom are confirmed for Saturday's main event.

-source: ir

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Paulie Harraka , Mattias Ekström , Moses Smith , Patrick Long , Greg Pursley , Eric Holmes , David Gilliland , Jason Bowles , Joey Logano , David Mayhew , Blake Koch