First career win -- Eric Holmes (No. 62 Sunoco Race Fuels/Paul Oil Chevrolet) scored his first career win in the NASCAR Grand National Division, AutoZone West Series with a victory in the Allstate Texas Thunder 200 at Thunder Hill Raceway in Kyle,...
First career win -- Eric Holmes (No. 62 Sunoco Race Fuels/Paul Oil Chevrolet) scored his first career win in the NASCAR Grand National Division, AutoZone West Series with a victory in the Allstate Texas Thunder 200 at Thunder Hill Raceway in Kyle, Texas, on Sept. 30. Holmes, who set a new record with an average speed of the race at 61.927 mph, became the ninth different winner in 11 series races this season. Prior to his win, the Escalon, Calif., driver had four runner-up finishes this season.
Veteran nabs first Budweiser Pole -- Series veteran Mike David (No. 2 Bennett Lane Winery Ford) won his first series Budweiser Pole Award and set a track record with a qualifying lap of 89.994 mph in Texas. He became the eighth different driver to set the fast mark in 11 races this season.
High marks -- Series rookie Brian Ickler (No. 20 McMillin Homes/NAPAFILTERS.COM Chevrolet) came home second in Texas to match his career-best mark of earlier in the season when he had a runner-up finish at Sonoma.
Solid performances for pair of newcomers -- Two newcomers to the series had good finishes in Texas. Making his second series start, Giuliano Losacco (No. 07 Inforshop/StockCar Brazil Chevrolet) finished ninth. Mark Schulz (No. 33 Schulz Racing Pontiac) took 11th in his series debut, meanwhile.
One race left to decide the title -- With his win, Eric Holmes extended his lead in the championship standings to 47 points over Mike David -- 1,724 to 1,677 -- as the series prepares to head to Altamont Motorsports Park on Oct. 15 for the final championship event of 2006. Going into the final event a year ago, Scott Lynch led Mike Duncan by 41 points. Duncan overcame the deficit, however, to win his second consecutive title.
POWERade Power Move -- Mark Schulz garnered the POWERade Power Move of the Race Award in Texas. He moved forward from 21st on the grid to finish 11th. At each Grand National Division event, POWERade presents the award to the driver who advances the most positions.
Featherlite Most Improved -- Tim Woods III (No. 54 Chino Hills Ford Ford) won the Featherlite Most Improved Driver Award at Texas. He had finished 31st in the previous series event at Fontana. Featherlite presents the award at each event to the driver who improves the most finishing positions from the previous event.