WWS: Mesa Marin: Goodyear Racing race recap

Mike Duncan and Scott Lynch were the biggest winners in the Lucas Oil 150 at Mesa Marin Raceway in Bakersfield, Calif. The race was part of the track's annual October Classic, one of short track racing's best-known events. Duncan won...

Mike Duncan and Scott Lynch were the biggest winners in the Lucas Oil 150 at Mesa Marin Raceway in Bakersfield, Calif. The race was part of the track's annual October Classic, one of short track racing's best-known events.

Duncan won both the race and the Bud Pole Award. He averaged 72.816 mph in the race around the high-banked half-mile venue. He averaged 94.414 mph on his qualifying lap.

Duncan edged second-place finisher Mark Reed by just .807 of a second in the race. Both were competing on their home track. Austin Cameron was third, followed by Lynch and Johnny Borneman.

Lynch's finish in the race allowed him to retain the championship points lead with only one race remaining in the regular season. Lynch has 1,890 tallies in the standings. Duncan is next with 1,876 and Steve Portenga, the only driver with a top-10 finish in every race this year, is third with 1,857.

Lynch has already clinched the Rookie of the Year title; marking the second time he has won that award in NASCAR competition. He has also won the Featherlite Southwest Series ROY title and both times he did so on Goodyear tires. The last year a driver won the Winston West driving title and the Rookie of the Year Award was 1996 when Lance Hooper, racing on Goodyear tires, turned the double.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Steve Portenga , Mark Reed , Scott Lynch