Cameron Wins the Altamont 200; Holmes Takes the AutoZone West Series Title TRACY, Calif., October 15, 2006 - El Cajon, Calif native Austin Cameron took the checkers at the Altamont 200 NASCAR AutoZone Grand National West Series Finale at...
Cameron Wins the Altamont 200; Holmes Takes the AutoZone West Series Title
TRACY, Calif., October 15, 2006 - El Cajon, Calif native Austin Cameron took the checkers at the Altamont 200 NASCAR AutoZone Grand National West Series Finale at Altamont Motorsports Park on Sunday October 15 in an event which also saw Eric Holmes of Escalon, Calif bring home the series title for 2006.
Coming in to the race Eric Holmes had to finish seventh or better at Altamont Motorsports Park and he did just that - riding out some bad luck late in the race to finish fifth in the series finale.
"To win at Altamont which is close to home is great," said Holmes. "We had no DNF's and the car was fabulous for the whole year."
Despite having a tire go down late in the race Holmes was able to rebound to put his team in the position to take the championship as the laps ran down at the Altamont Motorsports Park.
Modesto's Mike David, who had an outside chance of winning the series title at Altamont Motorsports Park, finished in the 13th position after a tire problem on the same lap as Holmes put David one lap down in the waning stages of the race.
Despite not finishing due to engine failure, Danville, Virginia's Peyton Sellers was able to secure the NASCAR AutoZone Grand National West Rookie of the Year title at Altamont Motorsports Park on Sunday.
Starting fifth in the line up, race winner Austin Cameron was able to race with the top pack and take advantage of the race troubles that plagued Holmes, David and Sellers throughout the Altamont 200.
"We had a great car and the cards fell our way." said Cameron after the race, adding, "We were at the right place at the right time."
Cameron is a popular driver on the Grand National West Series circuit, winning the Rookie of the Year title in 1998 and battling back from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma cancer in 2003.
Finishing second through fourth place in the event were Scott Gaylord, Johnny Bomerman and Tim Woods.
Holmes finished fifth in the event with Jim Inglebright, Mike Duncan Brian Ickler, Andrew Phipps and Brett Thompson rounding out the top ten.
Altamont Motorsports Park ends its 2006 season next weekend with the event that has thrilled Altamont fans for generations - the Pumpkin Smash 400 Enduro and the Figure 8 open. The action starts at 6PM and pay $2000 dollars to win (based on car count.) See www.altamontracing.com for more information.