WS: Irwindale II: Post-race notes

NASCAR GRAND NATIONAL DIVISION, AUTOZONE WEST SERIES POST-RACE NOTES -- IRWINDALE KING TACO 200, JULY 22 * Familiar face in victory lane at Irwindale -- Austin Cameron (No. 88 Chevrolet) returned to victory lane in...


* Familiar face in victory lane at Irwindale -- Austin Cameron (No. 88 Chevrolet) returned to victory lane in the NASCAR Grand National Division, AutoZone West Series with a win in the King Taco 200 at Irwindale Calif.) Speedway on Saturday, July 22. Cameron has the most wins among active drivers in the series, with 14. He also has the most wins in series competition at Irwindale, with five. In addition, he scored a major post-season victory at the state-of-the-art Southern California facility in winning the inaugural NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown in 2003. Irwindale was also the site of Cameron's previous win, in October of 2004.

* Three different teams -- Cameron has piloted cars to victory at Irwindale for three different teams. His first career series win came at Irwindale in 1999, while he was driving for his family's team owned by his father, Terry Cameron. A win there in 2002 and two victories in 2004 were in the NAPA Auto Parts-sponsored entry of Bill McAnally Racing. His win on Saturday was with the MRG Motorsports team owned by Mark Golembeski.

* Tough competition -- Following the win, Cameron talked about this year's competition in the AutoZone West Series. "All these other guys are just on fire," he said. "We have a great field of cars this year. It's been unbelievable. I've been in the West Series since 1998 and it's never been this tough. It's phenomenal competition and I'm just happy to be a part of it."

* Newest generation in attendance -- Austin Cole Cameron was on hand to see his father's victory at Irwindale. It was the first race that Austin and his wife Rachelle's six-week-old son attended.

* Second consecutive Budweiser Pole Award for Sellers -- Peyton Sellers (No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts/NAPA Belts & Hose Chevrolet) became the first driver this year to win multiple Budweiser Pole Awards. He set the fast time at Irwindale with a lap of 97.297 mph.

* Close qualifying -- Qualifying at Irwindale demonstrated just how close the competition is in the series this season, with the top 20 drivers within half a second of each other.

* Series debut -- Several drivers made their series debut in this event. Moses Smith (No. 76 Hasa Pools Products Pontiac) scored a top-10 finish in his first series race by coming home 10th. Brandon Loverock (No. 98 Unique Pizza & Subs Chevrolet) finished 13th in his first start. Irwindale Late Model regular Scott Youngren (No. 45 Stone Truss/Shower Pan Man Ford) finished 23rd in his series debut.

* Tight championship battle -- This year's championship battle continues to be a wide open affair, with top 10 positions being shuffled after every event. Mike David (No. 2 Bennett Lane Winery Ford) has moved back into the lead, but has just a one-point advantage over Eric Holmes (No. 62 Sunoco Race Fuels/Paul Oil Chevrolet). The top 10 drivers, meanwhile, are separated by just 148 points.

* Exposure for Graffiti Abatement program -- The entry of Kevin Conway (No. 41 The Difference Between Art & Grafitti Chevrolet) displayed the winning artwork in a contest conducted by the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works Graffiti Abatement Program. The contest winner was 20-year-old Ismael Venegas, who is a student at East Los Angeles College and who works at Los Angeles Youth Network, an emergency shelter for homeless and runaway youth. Conway, who finished fifth in his only previous series appearance, started 17th and finished eighth at Irwindale.

* POWERade Power Move -- Johnny Borneman (No. 8 Borneman Plastering/Red Line Oil Ford) moved through the field from 23rd to finish third at Irwindale and win the POWERade Power Move of the Race Award. At each Grand National Division event, POWERade presents the award to the driver who advances the most positions.

* Featherlite Most Improved -- The Featherlite Most Improved Driver Award at Irwindale went to race winner Austin Cameron, who had finished 16th at Roseburg. Featherlite presents the award at each event to the driver who improves the most finishing positions from the previous event.


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Drivers Moses Smith , Mike David , Eric Holmes , Austin Cameron , Scott Young