SWS: Altamont: Race report

Tracy, Calif. (July 20, 2002) Eric Holmes of Escalon, Calif. made it nine different winners in nine races run this season on the Featherlite Southwest Series, NASCAR Touring division by capturing his second career series win Saturday night. Holmes...

Tracy, Calif. (July 20, 2002) Eric Holmes of Escalon, Calif. made it nine different winners in nine races run this season on the Featherlite Southwest Series, NASCAR Touring division by capturing his second career series win Saturday night. Holmes led the final 42 laps after then lrace leader Burney Lamar had to pit due to a right front wheel that came apart. Lamar had led the first 108 laps from pole position after winning his series leading third Bud Pole Award of the season. Lamar would finish in the 19th position after loosing two laps in the pits. Following Holmes to the finish were Kenny Shepherd in second, Featherlite Southwest Series point leader Eddy McKean in third, with Jim Pettit II, and David Gilliland rounding out the top five.

Lamar led the most laps(108) to collect the Gatorade Front Runner Award for the fourth time this season, and Brandon Whitt received Rookie-of-the-Race honors with an 11th place finish. The race took just 54 minutes/13 seconds to complete at an average speed of 83.000 mph. There were three caution periods for 14-laps, and 26 out of the 30 cars that started the event were running at the end.

Eddy McKean lengthened his point lead over M.K. Kanke, with Doug McCoun vaulting into third overall after a seventh place finish. Lamar maintains the fourth position, with Frank Maronski Jr. moving into the top five. Sean Woodside who was in second place in the standings going into the event missed the race after he suffered a broken ankle during the week that required surgery to repair. He is expected to be out 4-6 weeks.

The next event for the for the Featherlite Southwest Series if next Saturday, July 27 at the third-mile banked oval of Madera Speedway in Madera, Calif. Last years race was won by Eric Holmes who achieved his first career victory after several runner-up finishes.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Brandon Whitt , Eric Holmes , David Gilliland , Doug McCoun , Jim Pettit II