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Mayhew Leads Charge At Iowa For NASCAR Camping World Series West NEWTON, Iowa (May 19, 2009) -- David Mayhew (No. 17 MMI Services/Ron's Rear Ends Chevrolet) led the charge among the NASCAR Camping World Series West drivers in the Long John ...

Mayhew Leads Charge At Iowa For NASCAR Camping World Series West

NEWTON, Iowa (May 19, 2009) -- David Mayhew (No. 17 MMI Services/Ron's Rear Ends Chevrolet) led the charge among the NASCAR Camping World Series West drivers in the Long John Silver's 200 presented by A&W Restaurants NASCAR Camping World Series East-West combination race at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa on Sunday, May 17.

As the top finisher among the West competitors -- third overall behind Kyle Busch (No. 18 Toyota of Des Moines Toyota) and Brian Ickler (No. 15 BrianIckler.com Chevrolet) -- Mayhew was credited with a win. It was the first career victory for the 27-year-old California driver -- who originally hailed from Atascadero, but now lives in Bakersfield.

"We had a really good car," Mayhew said. "In the end, we put two tires on with 60 or 70 to go and that really brought the car back and made a charge toward the front -- just didn't have enough at the end."

Prior to Iowa, Mayhew had been runner-up three times -- most recently at Madera (Calif.) Speedway April 25.

While Busch may have been the dominant car out front, the battle for second between Ickler and Mayhew was intense as the two swapped the position -- and a little bit of paint.

"I had a good run on Brian," Mayhew said. "We were side by side for a few laps. Being down there on the bottom, after a few laps, it just starts getting slippery. I tried to put the power down a little much and came around and hit rear of his car with my right rear, and got us both sideways and we both went up the track, but we both kept going."

Said Ickler, who won the event in 2008: "The scariest part is you're driving down into Turn 1 and he's on the inside and you can just see that little bit of orange (of Mayhew's car). And you're not lifting and you know he's thinking, 'I'm going to lift as soon as he lifts and you just keep going harder and harder and harder each lap.

"There at the end it was like, 'God, we've got to start lifting or we're not going to make it.' That was a little on edge. But he ran me clean and I tried to run him clean and it's fun racing like that"

Mayhew also nabbed his second career Coors Light Pole Award as the top qualifier among the NASCAR Camping World Series West drivers, second only to Busch overall. Mayhew's first pole award came in the season opener at Kyle, Texas.

NEWS & NOTES

Standings change -- Despite being involved in an accident that led to an eventual finish of 36th overall, last among the 16 NASCAR Camping World Series West competitors at Iowa; Eric Holmes (No. 20 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota) was able to retain his lead in the championship standings. He now holds just a 16-point margin (835 to 819) over Jason Bowles (No. 6 Sunrise Ford.com Ford), who finished ninth overall and fourth among the West drivers at Iowa. With his top finish, Mayhew jumped to third in the championship standings and is just 39 points out of first. Mike David (No. 2 Bennett Lane Winery Toyota) is fourth in the standings, just 53 points out of the lead -- while Greg Pursley (No. 26 Gene Price Motorsports/Star Nursery Chevrolet) is 63 points back in fifth. Meanwhile, Bowles and David are the only drivers with a top 10 finish in each of the first five races this season.

Harraka top rookie -- Paulie Harraka (No. 12 NAPA AutoCare/Adaptive One Brakes Toyota) was the top finishing Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender at Iowa, finishing fifth overall and second among the NASCAR Camping World Series West drivers. He has edged ahead in the chase for this year's Sunoco rookie title. Harraka leads with 46 points over Blake Koch (No. 21 GodSpeaks.com Chevrolet) with 45 points and Jonathon Gomez (No. 60 Century Boatland/Heritage Cattle Chevrolet) with 43 points.

Coca-Cola Move of the Race -- Paulie Harraka won the Coca-Cola Move of the Race Award among NASCAR Camping World Series West drivers at Iowa, moving from his 23rd starting spot to finish fifth. At each series event, Coca-Cola presents the award to the driver who advances the most positions.

Featherlite Most Improved -- Jim Warn (No. 10 MJ2Racing/GPI Performance.com Chevrolet) garnered the Featherlite Most Improved Driver Award among NASCAR Camping World Series West drivers at Iowa. Featherlite presents the award at each series event to the driver who improves the most finishing positions from the previous event.

Happy Camper -- Mayhew captured the Camping World Happy Camper Award for the NASCAR Camping World Series West at Iowa.

Wix Lap Leader -- Chris Johnson (No. 50 TCR Chevrolet) led 29 laps at Iowa to gain the Wix Lap Leader Award among the NASCAR Camping World Series competitors. Wix presents the award at each series event to the eligible driver who leads the most laps.

-credit: nascar

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Paulie Harraka , Mike David , Greg Pursley , Eric Holmes , Jason Bowles , David Mayhew , Brian Ickler , Jonathon Gomez , John Long , Kyle Busch , Blake Koch