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BOWLES STANDS ON THE PODIUM IN OREGON WITH RUNNER-UP FINISH IN NASCAR CAMPING WORLD WEST SERIES RACE Title contender strengthens second place in championship standings with third podium finish at Douglas County Speedway ROSEBURG, ORE. (June 9,...

BOWLES STANDS ON THE PODIUM IN OREGON WITH RUNNER-UP FINISH IN NASCAR CAMPING WORLD WEST SERIES RACE
Title contender strengthens second place in championship standings with third podium finish at Douglas County Speedway

ROSEBURG, ORE. (June 9, 2009) -- American Jason Bowles continued his run of podium finishes on half-mile ovals on Saturday (June 6), finishing second in Round Six of the NASCAR Camping World Series at the Douglas County Speedway in Oregon. With the result, the up-and-coming stock car driver strengthened his hold on second place in the championship title chase.

A one-day event, the Toyota/Bi-Mart 150 presented by NAPA Auto Parts offered the latest opportunity for Bowles to showcase his talents behind the wheel of NASCAR Camping World West Series car. Given his previous success on half-mile ovals, two wins at Irwindale Speedway and pair of third place finishes in the two previous visits to Douglas County Speedway, many expected Bowles to be among the drivers to watch. The former karting and formula car standout did just that.

Bowles, having posted a top-three result in the opening practice sessions and a somewhat disappointing sixth place run in single-car qualifying, immediately began to make his mark when the green flag waved for the 150-lap affair. Showing good speed in traffic and avoiding three incidents before the 1/3 mark, the No. 6 Sunrise Ford/Oakley/Joe Gibbs Racing Oil/GS 610/RPM 12/Justice Brothers/Bell/Ford was soon among the lead back. Bowles continued his advance all the way to second place, chasing the eventual race winner all the way to the checkered flag. In scoring his third podium finish of the season, the Californian maintained second place in the title fight, 36 points back of the lead.

"Today was a good day for the Sunrise Ford Fusion," stated Bowles. "We have been working on our short track program all year and each race it gets better and better. The team gave me a great car for this race, we were real good on short runs, but just didn't not have the forward bite on long runs and in traffic. It was still a solid points day for us. Now we can go to Sonoma and see if we can put the No. 6 Sunrise Ford Fusion back in victory lane."

The 13-race NASCAR Camping World West Series resumes on June 20th, with Round Seven taking place on the Infineon Raceway road course in conjunction with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Bowles won the road course race in Sonoma, Calif., last year after starting P3.

-credit: jbPR

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