* Lynch scores ninth win -- Scott Lynch (No. 29 Jasper Engines & Transmissions Dodge) scored his ninth career win in the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series with a victory in the Allstate Texas Thunder 150 at Thunder Hill Raceway in Kyle,...
* Lynch scores ninth win -- Scott Lynch (No. 29 Jasper Engines & Transmissions Dodge) scored his ninth career win in the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series with a victory in the Allstate Texas Thunder 150 at Thunder Hill Raceway in Kyle, Texas, on Saturday. Lynch, who won the series championship as a rookie in 2003, plans to focus on running a limited schedule in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series this season. Because he only raced a couple of times last year, however, he opted to run the first two West Series races this season.
* Familiar visitor -- A familiar face to the West Series was in the garage area at the Kyle event. Shane Wilson, who won a championship as crew chief with Orleans Racing in the West Series, took time out from his current job as crew chief of Richard Childress Racing's NASCAR Busch Series entry to provide some assistance to race winner Scott Lynch.
* Another Budweiser Pole for Duncan -- Mike Duncan (No. 9 Lucas Oil/Ron's Rear Ends Chevrolet) collected his 17th career Budweiser Pole Award in the season opener in Texas, setting a track record by lapping the 3/8-mile track at 90.995 mph in time trials. Duncan moved to seventh on the list of all-time Career Pole Winners for the West Series.
* Sunoco Rookie of the Race -- Jason Bowles (No. 22 Sunrise Ford/Turbo Torq Ford) was the top finishing rookie at Kyle. He crossed the finish line in fifth overall, giving him a top-five finish in his series debut. Bowles has taken the initial lead among a talented field of 12 rookies who have registered for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year program this season.
* Top 10 for two other newcomers -- Two other series rookies each notched a top-10 finish in their West Series debut at Kyle. David Mayhew (No. 26 Crown Harvesting/Attune Systems/BC Chevrolet) finished sixth, while Ryan Foster (No. 21 Golden Gate Meat Chevrolet) crossed the line in 10th.
* POWERade Power Move -- Andrew Myers (No. 44 Toyota of Escondido Chevrolet) won the POWERade Power Move of the Race Award at Kyle. He charged forward from 20th on the grid to finish ninth. At each Grand National Division event, POWERade presents the award to the driver who advances the most positions.
* Featherlite Most Improved -- Mike David (No. 2 Bennett Lane Winery Ford) won the Featherlite Most Improved Driver Award in Texas. David, who finished 13th in last year's season finale, came home second at Kyle. Featherlite presents the award at each event to the driver who improves the most finishing positions from the previous event.
* Aero Exhaust lap leader -- By virtue of leading the most laps at Texas, Scott Lynch won the Aero Exhaust "Lap Leader" award. The award goes to the eligible driver who leads the most laps in an event.