NASCAR GRAND NATIONAL DIVISION, AUTOZONE WEST SERIES POST-RACE NOTES -- MONROE NAPA 250 presented by AAA, JULY 29 * Sentimental win at Monroe -- Johnny Borneman's (No. 8 Borneman Plastering/Red Line Oil Ford) victory in the NAPA 250...
NASCAR GRAND NATIONAL DIVISION, AUTOZONE WEST SERIES POST-RACE NOTES --
NAPA 250 presented by AAA, JULY 29
* Sentimental win at Monroe -- Johnny Borneman's (No. 8 Borneman Plastering/Red Line Oil Ford) victory in the NAPA 250 presented by AAA at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Wash., was a sentimental win for the second-generation driver from Ramona, Calif. His father, John Borneman, won the NASCAR Grand National Division, AutoZone West Series event at the .646-mile oval in 1978 -- when Johnny was just one year old. The win marked his first victory of the season and the third of his career.
* Ends drought -- Borneman had gone 32 races without a win. His last series victory was in August of 2002 at Stockton (Calif.) 99 Speedway -- which is next up on the schedule.
* Big win -- Borneman crossed the finish line 14.399 seconds ahead of Mike Duncan (No. 9 Lucas Oil/Ron's Rear Ends Chevrolet) to record the biggest margin of victory since Austin Cameron won by 14.795 seconds at Phoenix International Raceway in February of 2002.
* Another Budweiser Pole for Holmes -- Eric Holmes (No. 62 Sunoco Race Fuels/Paul Oil Chevrolet) captured his second Budweiser Pole Award of the season -- touring the Monroe oval at 98.239 mph in qualifying. With two poles each, Holmes and Peyton Sellers (No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts/NAPA Belts & Hose Chevrolet) are the only drivers to set the fast mark in more than one race this season.
* Big night of racing -- The checkered flag in the NAPA 250 by AAA concluded a big night of racing at Evergreen Speedway. The event was part of the Washington 500 -- which included a 100-lap race for the Speedway Chevrolet Super Stocks in the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series program and a 150-lap race for the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Northwest Series.
* Solid NASCAR debut -- Giuliano Losacco (No. 07 Stock Car Brazil/Inforshop Chevrolet) had a solid showing in his first NASCAR event. The two-time stock car champion from Brazil started 15th and finished 12th.
* And the championship battle gets even closer -- The battle for this year's championship battle continues to be wide open, with only 46 points separating the top five drivers in the standings. The top two drivers -- Eric Holmes and Mike David (No. 2 Bennett Lane Winery Ford) -- were separate by just one point headed to Monroe. Now they are even, with 1,189 each. They are shadowed by series rookie Peyton Sellers, who is just 12 points back at 1,177. Veteran Steve Portenga (No. 77 King Taco/Signco Ford) is fourth with 1,148 and two-time and defending champion Mike Duncan is fifth with 1,143 points.
* POWERade Power Move -- Johnny Borneman nabbed the POWERade Power Move of the Race Award at Monroe, becoming the first driver this year to win the award in back-to-back events. After starting 11th, he paced his way through the first half of the race and then charged to the front -- taking the lead on lap 164 and never looking back. At each Grand National Division event, POWERade presents the award to the driver who advances the most positions.
* Featherlite Most Improved -- Mike Duncan won the Featherlite Most Improved Driver Award at Monroe. Duncan, who had finished 15th the week before at Irwindale, took the runner-up spot at Monroe. Featherlite presents the award at each event to the driver who improves the most finishing positions from the previous event.