NASCAR GRAND NATIONAL DIVISION, WEST SERIES POST-RACE NOTES -- IRWINDALE KING TACO 200, JULY 4 * Back-to-back wins -- Brian Ickler (No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet) was so elated with his first career win in the NASCAR Grand National ...
NASCAR GRAND NATIONAL DIVISION, WEST SERIES POST-RACE NOTES -- IRWINDALE KING TACO 200, JULY 4
* Back-to-back wins -- Brian Ickler (No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet) was so elated with his first career win in the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series that he did it again four days later. After first tasting victory in Roseburg, Ore., on June 30 -- he scored his second win in the King Taco 200 at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway on the Fourth of July. The win moved the 21-year-old San Diego driver from eighth to fifth in the championship standings.
* Holmes strong at Irwindale, again -- The 2006 West Series Champion, Eric Holmes (No. 62 Van Dyke Baler/Paul Oil Chevrolet), turned in another strong performance at Irwindale. Holmes, who is running full-time in the Busch East Series of the Grand National Division and only a handful of events in the West Series this year, finished in the runner-up spot in two West Series races at Irwindale last year. He won the Bud Pole Award with a lap of 96.644 mph and battled Ickler throughout the race, with the pair exchanging the lead nine times. Holmes slipped a spot late in the race, however, to finish third.
* Impressive debut -- Jason Patison (No. 17 Lucas Oil Ford) made an impressive debut in the West Series at Irwindale. After qualifying 14th, he steadily moved his way forward. The 26-year-old Corona, Calif., driver was up to third at the midway point of the race. Although he ended up at the back of the pack after an incident on lap 103, Patison made his way to the front, again, to finish fourth.
* McCreadie nails seventh-place finish -- Tim McCreadie (No. 31 Ferris/RCR/Golden Gate Meat Chevrolet) had his best finish in three races in the West Series, coming home seventh at Irwindale. McCreadie is part of a driver development program between Jim Offenbach's Golden Gate Racing Team and Richard Childress Racing.
* Three points separate trio -- The career path of three second-year drivers continue to have a lot in common. Brian Ickler, Justin Lofton (No. 66 Lofton Cattle/Cometic/Klotz/Eibach Ford) and Eric Hardin (No. 5 Alta Dena Dairy Chevrolet) competed in off-road racing as teenagers and came to the West Series after racing at Irwindale. They are currently fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively, in the championship standings -- separated by just three points.
* Aero Exhaust Lap Leader -- Brian Ickler became the first driver to win the Aero Exhaust Lap Leader Award more than once this year. He led 147 of 200 laps at Irwindale. The award goes to the eligible driver who leads the most laps in an event.
* POWERade Power Move -- Mike David (No. 2 Bennett Lane Winery Ford) charged from 20th on the grid to finish fifth 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 -- Mike Duncan (No. 9 Lucas Oil/Ron's Rear Ends Chevrolet) won the Featherlite Most Improved Driver Award at Iwindale. His second-place finish there followed a 14th-place finish at Roseburg. Featherlite presents the award at each event to the driver who improves the most finishing positions from the previous event.
* Ickler edges Duncan for HDNet Performance Award -- Brian Ickler edged Mike Duncan to win the HDNet Performance Award and a $10,000 bonus, along with a wide-screen, high definition television. The 147 laps Ickler led at Irwindale, coupled with the 99 he led previously this season, put him seven markers ahead of Duncan, who had led 239 laps of competition prior to Irwindale. The HDNet Performance Award provides $30,000 in prize money overall for the top drivers in the two NASCAR Grand National Divisions, the West Series and the Busch East Series.