WS: Thunder Hill: Post-race notes

Portenga nabs third win . Steve Portenga (No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts/NAPA Belts & Hose Chevrolet) scored his third win of the season as the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series staged its first event in Texas with the Allstate Texas...

Portenga nabs third win . Steve Portenga (No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts/NAPA Belts & Hose Chevrolet) scored his third win of the season as the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series staged its first event in Texas with the Allstate Texas Thunder 200 Presented by Main Street Homes & The Central Texas Chevy Dealers at Thunder Hill Raceway in Kyle, Texas, on Saturday, Oct. 1. It marked his seventh career series victory.

Gaylord takes Bud Pole . Scott Gaylord (No. 00 Oliver Gravity Separators/Denver Seminary Chevrolet) won the Bud Pole Award at Kyle with a lap of 89.274 mph in qualifying. It marked his fifth career Bud Pole, with his last coming at Roseburg, Ore., in 2002.

Three-way race . The championship battle has become a three-way race. Scott Lynch (No. 08 Mr. Gas Dodge), who was sidelined with a 15th-place finish at Kyle, leads the standings with 1,812 points. Mike Duncan (No. 9 Lucas Oil/Ron's Rear Ends Chevrolet), who also did not finish and was credited with 16th at Kyle, trails by 41 markers with 1,771 points. Portenga is 54 points out of the lead with 1,758.

Best career finish . Andrew Myers (No. 44 Toyota of Escondido Chevrolet) scored his first career top-five finish by coming home fourth at Kyle. His previous best career finish was seventh.

High marks . Sarah Fisher (No. 20 NAPA Filters/Domino's Pizza/Home Depot Chevrolet) had a great performance in Texas. She matched her previous best qualifying mark of third. Despite having to come from the back of the pack after a spin, Fisher ran in the top five through much of the second half of the race and finished sixth.

Career mark . Although his car suffered a flat tire late in the race, Takuma Koga (No. 09 Goodyear Chevrolet) finished 11th at Kyle - matching the career-best finish he had at Bakersfield last fall.

Another POWERade Power Move . David Gilliland (No. 88 RaceCarCeilingFans.com Chevrolet) moved from 14th on the grid to finish second at Kyle, winning the POWERade Power Move of the Race Award. 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 at Kyle. After finishing 11th in the previous race at Roseburg, David finished fifth in Texas. Featherlite presents the award at each event to the driver who improves the most finishing positions from the previous event.

Special treat . Live concerts by several recording groups were incorporated into the Texas event. The concerts were capped off by the performance of Little Texas. After their performance on stage, members of the band went on track to sing the national anthem prior to the start of the race.

Key positions . The top 15 drivers in the West Series and the top 15 in the Busch North Series will be invited to compete in the third annual NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway on Nov. 10-12. The event awards nearly $500,000 to competitors and will be televised live on NASCAR TV on SPEED Channel.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Sarah Fisher , Steve Portenga , Scott Gaylord , Scott Lynch , Mike David , David Gilliland , Andrew Myers