NASCAR GRAND NATIONAL DIVISION, AUTOZONE WEST SERIES POST-RACE NOTES -- STOCKTON BASALITE 150 by Havoline, APRIL 29 * Repeat winner at Stockton -- Mike David (No. 2 Bennett Lane Winery Ford) recorded his second win at his home...
NASCAR GRAND NATIONAL DIVISION, AUTOZONE WEST SERIES
POST-RACE NOTES -- STOCKTON
BASALITE 150 by Havoline, APRIL 29
* Repeat winner at Stockton -- Mike David (No. 2 Bennett Lane Winery Ford) recorded his second win at his home track of Stockton (Calif.) 99 Speedway, with a victory in the Basalite 150 by Havoline on Saturday, April 29. It marked his second win on the tight quarter-mile oval in three years and his third career series victory overall. David joins the list of other two-time winners at Stockton -- Austin Cameron, Dick Bown and Jim Bown. Topping the list of winners at the historic track is Jack McCoy, with five victories.
* Lynch takes first Budweiser Pole -- Nick Lynch (No. 29 Baja Motorsports/Mr. Gas Dodge) scored his first career Budweiser Pole in only his fourth race in the AutoZone West Series. He turned a lap of 63.003 mph in qualifying, driving the same car his brother won the pole with in last year's event. After contact with another car sent his Dodge spinning in turn four, Lynch charged back through the field to finish a career best 12th.
* Career best marks -- After starting at the back of the field, Eric Hardin (No. 18 DSNTV/Legacy Int Realty Chevrolet) registered his career best finish, crossing the line ninth at Stockton. He was also the top finishing Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate. Meanwhile, Carl Harr (No. 71 WestWorld Computers Chevrolet) finished seventh, to match his career-best mark.
* Debut for composite body -- Brett Thompson and his Thompson Motorsports team became the first team to compete in a race with the composite body, which is being phased into competition in the NASCAR Grand National Division beginning this year. They unveiled the car, built by Thompson Motorsports in their Idaho shop, during an open practice session conducted by the track on Friday. Although he qualified fifth, a spin early in the race left Thompson to charge from the back of the pack to finish fourth. Amid a field of cars that crossed the finish line with an assortment of crumpled sheet metal -- the No. 61 Rich Thompson Trucking Chevrolet suffered little significant damage to its molded synthetic composite body.
* Record tied, again and again and again -- The Stockton event marked the fourth consecutive race in which a record 17 drivers finished on the lead lap. The string of four straight races dates back to last season's finale at Bakersfield.
* 21 of 22 finish -- Only one car dropped out of competition at Stockton, with 21 of the 22 starters finishing the race.
* POWERade Power Move -- Carl Harr's charge from 18th on the grid to finish seventh earned the Canadian driver the POWERade Power Move of the Race Award at Stockton. At each Grand National Division event, POWERade presents the award to the driver who advances the most positions.
* Featherlite Most Improved -- Johnny Borneman (No. 8 Borneman Plastering/Red Line Oil Ford captured the Featherlite Most Improved Driver Award. After mechanical problems left him with a 33rd-place finish a week ago at Phoenix, Borneman bounced back to finish in the runner-up spot at Stockton. Featherlite presents the award at each event to the driver who improves the most finishing positions from the previous event.