WS: Iowa: Jason Bowles preview

BOWLES RESUMES CHASE FOR CAMPING WORLD WEST SERIES TITLE IN IOWA Series race winner will go head-to-head with top East and West drivers in lone combination race of the season NEWTON, IOWA (May 13, 2009) -- Jason Bowles will face his ...

BOWLES RESUMES CHASE FOR CAMPING WORLD WEST SERIES TITLE IN IOWA
Series race winner will go head-to-head with top East and West drivers in lone combination race of the season

NEWTON, IOWA (May 13, 2009) -- Jason Bowles will face his stiffest competition of the season on Sunday (May 17), when he travels to Iowa Speedway for the lone NASCAR Camping World West Series and NASCAR Camping World East Series combination race. The Californian enters the Long John Silver's 200 as one of the drivers to watch, thanks to a win, a runner-up finish and two pole positions in the previous three races of the 2009 campaign.

Bowles, having been out of the driver's seat of his No. 6 Sunrise Ford/Oakley/Joe Gibbs Racing Oil/GS 610/RPM 12/Justice Brothers/Bell/Ford for a few weeks, enters Round Five of the NASCAR Camping World West Series excited to resume his pursuit of the series title. Adding to the excitement, the current championship runner-up will not only battle the deep and talented NASCAR Camping World West field, but also be going head-to-head against the top drivers from NASCAR Camping World East Series, as well as NASCAR Sprint Cup standout Kyle Busch. While the 0.875-mile Iowa Speedway has not been kind to the former karting and formula car standout, finishing 22nd and 18th the past two years, Bowles is among the hottest drivers right now in series competition. The California has started from the pole position twice in the past three races, setting a new lap record at All American Speedway, and scoring his seventh career series win in Round Three at Phoenix international Raceway. This combined with a runner-up finish in Round Two and top-10 result in the most recent race, has vaulted Bowles into second in the championship fight.

"I am really looking forward to this weekend's race in Iowa," stated Bowles. "We are taking the same car that I won Phoenix with, so I think my chances of scoring a good finish are much better then they have been in the past. Even though last years results didn't show it, our speed was decent for most the race until I bounced the car off the wall, so I am looking forward to a good run. I love this track, it is as smooth as glass and provides some great racing for the fans. The track does a great job promoting and has sold the place out the past two years. Racing with the east guys is also a good challenge and gives us an idea of where we stand. Hopefully we can put the Sunrise Ford Fusion in victory lane and close in on the points before coming back to the west coast."

The fifth event on the NASCAR Camping World West Series calendar gets underway on Saturday (May 16) with one and a half hour practice session late in the afternoon. Race day commences one day later with a second hour-long morning practice session, followed by single-car qualifying just after noon. The green flag for 200-lap Long Silver's 200 is scheduled to wave at 4:15 p.m. local time.

-credit: jbPR

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Jason Bowles , John Long , Kyle Busch
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing