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BORNEMAN SCORES SENTIMENTAL WIN AT MONROE IN NASCAR GRAND NATIONAL DIVISION, AUTOZONE WEST SERIES MONROE, Wash. (July 29, 2006) - Twenty-eight years after his father registered a NASCAR Grand National Division, AutoZone West Series win at ...

BORNEMAN SCORES SENTIMENTAL WIN AT MONROE IN NASCAR GRAND NATIONAL DIVISION, AUTOZONE WEST SERIES

MONROE, Wash. (July 29, 2006) - Twenty-eight years after his father registered a NASCAR Grand National Division, AutoZone West Series win at Evergreen Speedway, Johnny Borneman made the same journey to victory lane at the Monroe, Wash., track.

The emotion was evident as Borneman and his father, John Borneman, celebrated victory in the NAPA 250 presented by AAA on Saturday, July 29.

"I've always wanted to win here," said the 29-year-old second generation driver from Ramona, Calif. "I'm glad this could be the one." His father, meanwhile, admitted that he found it difficult to remain calm as the laps wound down. "I'll be honest with you, I was sitting down the last lap," John Borneman said later. "I was pretty beat."

After starting 11th and running mid-pack through the first half of the race, Borneman charged to the high side of turn two to seize the lead on lap 164 and end what had been a dominant run by Eric Holmes. Borneman streaked away from the field to quickly establish a sizeable lead. While that margin was erased by the fifth and final caution of the event on lap 183, Borneman had no trouble in pulling away after the restart to win by more than 14 seconds.

Borneman knew before the race that he had a car that could win, despite not qualifying well. "We tested and knew we really had a good car," he said of his Borneman Plastering/Red Line Oil Ford. "We knew we weren't going to be very good in qualifying."

After experiencing frustration and bad luck through the first half of the season, it appears Borneman has turned his year around with such a convincing win coming on the heels of a third-place finish a week earlier at Irwindale, Calif.. With the win, he netted $9,816 in prize money and posted awards - including the POWERade Power Move of the Race Award for advancing the most positions.

Two-time and defending champion Mike Duncan of Bakersfield, Calif., finished second in the Lucas Oil/Ron's Rear Ends Chevrolet - followed by Steve Portenga of Sparks, Nev., in the King Taco/Signco Ford. Jeff Jefferson of Naches, Wash., was fourth in the Creekside Retirement/Rich Thompson Trucking Chevrolet - with series rookie Peyton Sellers of Danville, Va., fifth in the NAPA Auto Parts/NAPA Belts & Hose Chevrolet. Scott Gaylord, Austin Cameron and Mike David were sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively. Holmes - who won his second Budweiser Pole Award of the year with a qualifying lap of 98.239 mph - led 145 laps, but faded late in the race to finish one lap down in ninth. Series rookie Justin Lofton completed the top 10 in the rundown.

The race featured six lead changes among six drivers - Borneman, Holmes, Jefferson, David, Duncan and Tim Woods III. The pace of the event was slowed by five cautions for 36 laps.

Holmes has pulled even with David, meanwhile, in this year's championship battle - as they each have 1,189 points. Sellers is third with 1,177, followed by Portenga with 1,148 and Duncan with 1,143. Sixth through 10th in the standings feature Jim Inglebright with 1,086, Gaylord with 1,056, Lofton with 1,047, Borneman with 1,041 and Brian Ickler with 1,006.

Sellers continues to lead the chase for this year's Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award. He tops the list with 68 points, followed by Lofton at 63, Ickler with 59 and Eric Hardin with 50. Others include Daniel DiGiacomo at 23, James Bruncati at 20, Eric Humphries at 16, Brian Pannone at 16, Nick Lynch at 15, Spencer Clark at 14, Justin Fisher at eight, Travis Powell at six and Ed Watson at two.

The next event on the NASCAR Grand National Division, AutoZone West Series schedule is the Dodge Country 200 by NAPA Belts & Hose and Havoline at Stockton 99 Speedway in Stockton, Calif., on Saturday, Aug. 5.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Steve Portenga , Tim Woods , Jim Inglebright , Scott Gaylord , Mike David , Eric Holmes , Austin Cameron , Peyton Sellers , Justin Lofton