bowles scores top-10 to begin camping world west series campaign; Multiple cautions halt Californian's charge to the front at Thunderhill Raceway KYLE, TEXAS (March 14, 2009) -- While the start to Jason Bowles' 2009 NASCAR Camping World West ...
bowles scores top-10 to begin camping world west series campaign; Multiple cautions halt Californian's charge to the front at Thunderhill Raceway
KYLE, TEXAS (March 14, 2009) -- While the start to Jason Bowles' 2009 NASCAR Camping World West Series season did not go exactly as planned, the Californian will be pleased to have earned valuable points and a top-10 finish in what was an incident-filled season-opener at Thunderhill Raceway in Texas.
Bowles entered Round One of the 2009 NASCAR Camping World West Series confident that he would be among those challenging for top honors, given his third place finish in the non-points NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown trophy race back in February, and previous success at the high-speed Texas oval, a fifth and sixth. Unfortunately, he was unable to find the right set-up for his No. 6 Sunrise Ford/Oakley/Joe Gibbs Racing Oil/GS 610/RPM 12/Justice Brothers/Bell Ford in single-car qualifying, relegating him to a sixth row (12th place) starting position. Despite the rough start, Bowles maintained his belief that he had the talent and car to move up the charts once the racing action got underway.
Racing under the lights in Kyle, Texas, the former junior formula car standout got off to a clean start when the green flag waved to get the action underway. Bowles immediately showed good speed and racecraft around the fast 3/8-mile Thunderhill Raceway oval, steadily advancing up the timing monitor results. His advance was consistently slowed by repeated cautions, however, in what proved to be an incident-filled race. Despite the difficulties, Bowles was poised to score a top-five finish until a late race spin pushed him down the order. Ending via a green-white-checker, Bowles crossed the stripe in ninth, earning 138 valuable points and top-10 finish to start the 2009 race season.
"The result is a bit unfortunate, as we had a great car and got behind the eight-ball by going out early in qualifying," commented Bowles. "Then I was just riding around in the top-five and with about 50 laps to go my right rear tire developed a slow leak, so I was just trying to hang on for a decent points night and ended up getting turned around with 10 to go. I have to thank the guys on the team, as they gave me a car that I could run faster then the leader with when moving up. We will move onto Roseville, where we won last year to close out the season, and look to turn things in the right direction."
Bowles will now have a two-week break before traveling to the All American Speedway in Roseville, Calif., for Round Two of NASCAR Camping World West Series. In the two series races at the high-banked oval last year, the California started on the pole position once and captured the win in the 2008 season-finale.