BOWLES SHOWS SPEED AND SKILL IN 2010 NASCAR TOYOTA ALL-STAR SHOWDOWN Reigning West Series champion challenged for top honors before late-race contact resulted in 11th place finish IRWINDALE, CALIF. (February 2, 2010) -- While Jason Bowles...
BOWLES SHOWS SPEED AND SKILL IN 2010 NASCAR TOYOTA ALL-STAR SHOWDOWN
Reigning West Series champion challenged for top honors before late-race contact resulted in 11th place finish
IRWINDALE, CALIF. (February 2, 2010) -- While Jason Bowles failed to achieve the results he desired in the 2010 edition of the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown on Saturday night (January 30), the reigning NASCAR Camping World West Series champion continued to show why many view him as a rising star in the stock car ranks. Battling a tight car most of the night, Bowles eventually challenged for top honors, before late-race contact resulted in an 11thplace finish in the "Daytona 500 of Short Track Racing" at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale.
Going head-to-head against not only the best drivers from both the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West divisions, but talented race pilots from across North America, Bowles wasted little time making his presence felt in the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown, ending the final practice session on the semi-banked half-mile oval at the top of the time charts. Things however did not go according to plan for the Californian in Friday night qualifying. Battling a tight car, the three-time 2009 NASCAR K&N Pro Series race winner was only able to post the 10th fastest time in qualifying for the Saturday night race.
Bowles, having won the three previous NASCAR K&N Pro Series races from the pole position at Irwindale, entered race night confident he could work his way forward and challenge for the win. When the green flag waved for the 225-lap affair, the former karting and junior formula car standout immediately set about passing competitors for position. As a result, the No. 6 West/Sunrise Ford Ford was in eighth place as the race passed the 100-lap mark. Bowles, altering his racing line to overcome a tight car, however really began his charge to front in the final 50-laps, rapidly working his way up to third place.
With a late race caution bunching the field back together, Bowles was poised to challenge the lead duo for top-honors. Things changed when the race re-started however. With the car too tight to maintain his inside line re-start position, the West champion found himself in the middle of a four car battle for position. The end result as expected was contact between several cars, knocking the toe out on the No. 6 Ford. Focused on merely finishing the race from that point forward in his damaged car, Bowles eventually crossed the start/finish in a disappointing 11th place.
"I am defiantly disappointed with the race result," stated Bowles. "I knew it was going to be a tough restart at the end, but when I got squeezed it knocked the alignment out so the car was just really tight. I have to hand it to my whole team, for the past three years that have given me great equipment and I can't thank them enough. I also have to thank Bob Bruncati and Sunrise Ford for this unbelievable opportunity. I'm sad to be leaving, but I know it is what I have to do to continue my career. I also want to thank all of my sponsors that have helped through out the years, Oakley, Joe Gibbs Racing Oil, GS 610, Bell, RPM 12 and High Point Distributing. With out them my success would not have been possible. Now I just look forward to kicking off my 2010 season. I will have updates on my future plans in the near future."
-source: jason bowles PR