NASCAR GRAND NATIONAL DIVISION, WEST SERIES POST-RACE NOTES -- ALTAMONT 200, APRIL 28 * No place like home -- Don't tell Mike David (No. 2 Bennett Lane Winery Ford) there is no such thing as a home track advantage. The Modesto, Calif., ...
NASCAR GRAND NATIONAL DIVISION, WEST SERIES POST-RACE NOTES -- ALTAMONT 200, APRIL 28
* No place like home -- Don't tell Mike David (No. 2 Bennett Lane Winery Ford) there is no such thing as a home track advantage. The Modesto, Calif., driver won three of the last five NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series races at his home track of Stockton (Calif.) 99 Speedway before that facility closed last year. Now he has adopted nearby Altamont Motorsports Park near Tracy, Calif., as his new home track and the winning has continued. David won the Altamont 200 at the half-mile track on Saturday, April 28, to score his fifth career series victory.
* Duncan dominates qualifying -- Mike Duncan (No. 9 Lucas Oil/Ron's Rear Ends Chevrolet) is three-for-three in 2007, winning the Budweiser Pole Award in the first three West Series events this year. A fast lap of 100.161 mph at Altamont gave him his 19th career series pole award.
* First Toyota in West Series action -- The first Toyota Camry to compete in the West Series came as Kyle Cattanach and the Melo Motorsports team made their series debut at Altamont. Despite loosing several laps due to unscheduled pit stops, Cattanach was able to finish 14th.
* Another top five and Sunoco Rookie of the Race Award -- A fifth-place finish at Altamont gave Jason Bowles (No. 22 Sunrise Ford/Turbo Torq Ford) his second top five in the first three races this season and marked his second Sunoco Rookie of the Race Award. It moved him into the lead in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings in the West Series.
* Career marks -- Several drivers had career-best finishes at Altamont. Second-year driver Eric Hardin (No. 5 Alta Dena Dairy Chevrolet) came home fourth, to gain his first career top-five finish. Series rookie Jamie Dick (No. 88 Motorway Motorsports/MRG Chevrolet) notched his first top-10 with a sixth-place finish. Another series rookie, Lloyd Mack (No. 09 STAR Motorsports Chevrolet), finished 12th in only his second series start.
* Longest current string of starts -- Scott Gaylord's (No. 00 Scott Gaylord Racing Chevrolet) string of 88 consecutive starts ended when he missed the Phoenix event. Jack Sellers (No. 15 Aramark/Dutra Group Chevrolet) now leads active drivers on the list of most consecutive starts -- with 65 straight races, dating back to Sept. 1, 2001. Mike Duncan (No. 9 Lucas Oil/Ron's Rear Ends Chevrolet) is close behind with 63 consecutive starts, dating back to Nov. 10, 2001.
* David secures spot in NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown -- With his win at Altamont, Mike David became the third driver to lock in a spot in the 2007 NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown. Only Grand National Division race winners and the champions of the NASCAR Developmental Series will earn starting spots in this year's prestigious event. All others must race their way in under the new format. The other two drivers who have secured a spot in the giant post-season event are Scott Lynch and Joey Logano.
* Bouncing back for POWERade Power Move -- Despite hitting the wall during practice at Altamont, Rick Wall (No. 42 Xiser.com Ford) was able to rebound from a 26th-place start to finish 11th and win 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 -- In addition to winning the Budweiser Pole Award at Altamont, Mike Duncan won the Featherlite Most Improved Driver Award. His race at Phoenix a week earlier ended with a 35th-place finish after a flat tire sent his car hard into the turn one wall. The two-time series champion returned to action at Altamont to finish ninth. Featherlite presents the award at each event to the driver who improves the most finishing positions from the previous event.
* Aero Exhaust Lap Leader -- Johnny Borneman (No. 8 Twisted X Boots/Red Line Oil Ford) dominated the second half of the Altamont race, leading 90 laps and winning the Aero Exhaust Lap Leader Award for leading the most laps. The award goes to the eligible driver who leads the most laps in an event.
* Leader in HDNet Performance Award -- Mike Duncan has taken the lead in the standings for the HDNet Performance Award. He tops the chart, leading 141 laps of competition in the first three West Series races. HDNet, the leader in high-definition television, and NASCAR last week announced the HDNet Performance Award that will provide $30,000 in prize money for the top drivers in the two NASCAR Grand National Divisions, the West Series and the Busch East Series. For both the East and West Series, the eligible driver who leads the most cumulative laps in the races HDNet broadcasts will receive a bonus award of $10,000.
* Phoenix penalty -- Roger Bracken, crew chief for the No. 20 Chevrolet driven by Eric Richardson, has been penalized because of a rule violation on April 18 at Phoenix International Raceway. Bracken was fined $250. He was penalized under section 12-4-A of the 2007 NASCAR Rule Book (actions detrimental to stock car racing), 12-4-Q (car, car parts components and/or equipment not conforming to NASCAR rules) and 20C-16-1C (fuel cell foam not used as provided by the manufacturer; open areas cut out of foam).