BUMBERA SALVAGES A 14TH PLACE FINISH AFTER 9-CAR PILE UP AT IRWINDALE 4TH OF JULY Houston, TX -- Kristin Bumbera of Sealy, TX met up with the boys of the NASCAR Camping World Series at Toyota Speedway in Irwindale, CA for the California...
BUMBERA SALVAGES A 14TH PLACE FINISH AFTER 9-CAR PILE UP AT IRWINDALE 4TH OF JULY
Houston, TX -- Kristin Bumbera of Sealy, TX met up with the boys of the NASCAR Camping World Series at Toyota Speedway in Irwindale, CA for the California Highway Patrol 200. Bumbera qualified lower than she was hoping to in the 22nd position but admitted that it wasn't that bad considering the very experienced field of 32 cars. This was only her second race in the NCWS. Bumbera finished 11th in Kyle, TX in April and has been the only female to compete in the series this season.
The track never really tightened up as expected and she battled a loose racecar much of the night, as did many of the drivers. At the 100-lap break the crew made a couple of adjustments which helped her start moving towards the front. With only 15 laps to go Bumbera was caught up in a 9-car pile up in turn four. She almost made it through the wreck until she was hit by one car on the right side that spun her around as then two more hit her on the driver's side. Amazingly she was able to drive the car away and without pitting finish the remaining 11 laps with a strong 14th place finish. In a post race interview Bumbera said, "Irwindale was a fun track to race on. Qualifying 22nd gave me the opportunity to work through the field and gain more experience on the track. It's fast which makes it so much more fun, and being so wide it presented many options to pass people."
Bumbera then flew north to compete the next day in the NASCAR Whelen Late Model Series at All American Speedway in Roseville, CA. Not missing a beat from the previous week she won her fourth pole award for the season. Starting from 7th with the inversion rule she quickly started making her way to the front. On lap 13 she was spun going into turn four sustaining enough damage to require a pit stop. After returning to the track in 20th position she made her own lane as she picked off cars on the outside. Owning the high groove all night she worked her way past every car on the track up to a 4th place finish. Bumbera said, "The car was awesome on the outside and thankfully we were able to make up the positions we lost in the accident, and even more. This weekend is a 100 lap race so I'm looking forward to it. I really enjoy the longer races."
Bumbera earned her first NASCAR win on June 22nd and currently sits 1 point out of 5th place in the All American Speedway points standings. She will be going for her second win at AAS in a 100-lap feature Saturday, July 12th.