WS: Portland: Phil Dugan preview

Portland race the next challenge for rookie Phil Dugan North Highlands, Calif. -- 2009 Drive for Diversity participant Phil Dugan will pilot his ...

Portland race the next challenge for rookie Phil Dugan

North Highlands, Calif. -- 2009 Drive for Diversity participant Phil Dugan will pilot his #34 Oregon Tool & Supply / RTD Motorsports Chevrolet this Saturday and Sunday at Portland International Raceway.

The scenic Northwest road course is playing host to the NASCAR Camping World Series West "Bi-Mart Salute to the Troops 125." The 21 year-old Dugan is one of 26 drivers entered for the event.

Dugan took over driving duties of the Rob Dixon-owned entry in June and his performance through three races has moved the team to 11th in the owner's standings. Both share a goal of getting the team into the top-ten before the season concludes.

The former Meridian Speedway Late Model champion made the most of his road racing debut last month at Infineon Raceway, and is more prepared for the challenges of shifting and heavy braking at Portland.

A long weekend faces the team, with practice and qualifying slated for Saturday afternoon before the feature event on Sunday.

Dugan will be chasing a piece of $122,000 in prize monies in the 63 lap affair. The race begins at 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon and will be shown on a tape-delay basis on SPEED Channel.

-credit: rtgm

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