NASCAR GRAND NATIONAL DIVISION, WEST SERIES POST-RACE NOTES -- MILLER MOTORSPORTS PARK BIG O TIRES 150, JULY 14 * Leading rookie breaks through with win -- Jason Bowles (No. 22 Sunrise Ford/Turbo Torq Ford) scored his first career victory...
NASCAR GRAND NATIONAL DIVISION, WEST SERIES POST-RACE NOTES -- MILLER MOTORSPORTS PARK BIG O TIRES 150, JULY 14
* Leading rookie breaks through with win -- Jason Bowles (No. 22 Sunrise Ford/Turbo Torq Ford) scored his first career victory in the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series in only his 10th start -- winning the Big O Tires 150 at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, on July 14. The 24-year-old driver from Ontario, Calif., had registered a third-place finish and several fifth-place finishes this season -- but had not led a lap prior to the Utah event. Bowles, who won numerous karting titles between 1996 and 2005, is the leading candidate for this year's Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award in the West Series and is fourth in the overall championship standings.
* Car owner Bob Bruncati two-for-two on road courses -- The win at Miller Motorsports Park gives the Sunrise Ford Racing team of Bob Bruncati victories in both road course events that have been run this season. David Gilliland took the win in a second entry for the team at Infineon Raceway in June. The remaining road course event on the West Series schedule is at California Speedway on Aug. 11.
* David takes second Bud Pole Award -- Mike David (No. 2 Bennett Lane Winery Ford) has not been known for qualifying up front, but he is changing that this season. The Modesto, Calif., driver captured his second Bud Pole Award of the year, with a lap of 93.225 mph around the 3.06-mile road course layout at MMP.
* Rookie Alex Haase captures spotlight, also -- Jason Bowles was not the only rookie in the spotlight in Utah. Alex Haase (No. 88 Motorway Auto Group of El Paso/Kyle Busch Motorsports Chevrolet) charged forward in the closing stages of the event to score a career-best second-place finish. The 17-year-old from Las Vegas is tied for second in the Sunoco Rookie standings and is ninth in the overall championship standings.
* Eight different winners in 10 races -- The 10 races in the West Series this season have featured eight different drivers in victory lane.
* Hardin charges out front -- Eric Hardin (No. 5 Alta Dena Dairy Chevrolet) charged out front on lap 27 to lead his first laps of competition this season at Utah. He came away with an eighth-place finish after a late-race pit stop.
* Aero Exhaust Lap Leader -- After winning the Bud Pole, Mike David went on to lead the first 15 laps and capture his second Aero Exhaust Lap Leader Award of the season. The award goes to the eligible driver who leads the most laps in an event.
* POWERade Power Move -- Brian Ickler (No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet) had to start at the back of the pack, after his brakes failed during qualifying. A strong run, coupled with pit strategy, put him as high as second in the closing laps. Despite slipping off course, he managed a sixth-place finish and won 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 -- With his runner-up finish at Utah, Alex Haase captured the Featherlite Most Improved Driver Award -- his third of the season. His finish there followed a 16th-place finish at Irwindale. Featherlite presents the award at each event to the driver who improves the most finishing positions from the previous event.
* Sunoco Rookie of the Race Award -- Along with his win at Utah, Jason Bowles also took home the Sunoco Rookie of the Race Award. He was the top finishing rookie in five of the 10 races so far this season.