Woodside and Team Walker Motorsports Start 2002 With 4th place Finish in Winston West; 12th in second ever Featherlite Southwest Series February 3, 2002 (Valencia, Calif.) - Sean Woodside and Team Walker Motorsports started their 2002 season off...
Woodside and Team Walker Motorsports Start 2002 With 4th place Finish in Winston West; 12th in second ever Featherlite Southwest Series
February 3, 2002 (Valencia, Calif.) - Sean Woodside and Team Walker Motorsports started their 2002 season off right by powering the #45 NAPA Filters/Ron's Rear Ends Chevrolet to a 4th-place finish in yesterday's NASCAR Winston West Winter Heat presented by Bosch at Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway.
The team also finished in 12th-place in the Featherlite Southwest Series "100," which ran earlier in the day.
Woodside ran halfway back in the field during the opening laps of the Winston West race after starting from fifteenth place. Changes made during a pit stop under caution on lap 30 improved the car's handling, and Woodside began taking a few positions. By lap 76, Woodside was running in 6th place.
The team took a little time during a pit stop on lap 76 to make some final adjustments, then watched Woodside charge back through the field from a 14th place re-entry. By lap 113, Woodside had retaken 6th place.
Woodside took 5th place on lap 147, then set his sites on the #77 car of Greg Pursley, moving in quickly behind him. On the final lap, he took his car low to duck under Pursley. The two made a side-by-side charge out of turn four for the start-finish line, and Woodside overtook Pursley as they crossed the stripe.
The team was pleased with its 12th-place finish in the Southwest Series event, given that this was just their second attempt in the series. The finish places the team near the top of the point standings after subtracting the many entries who were not series regulars.
"It was great to leave Phoenix with a lot better start to the season than we did last year. It looks like the changes we made were for the better."
In last year's season opener, the team's day ended early with engine problems caused by a broken oil line.
Donna Walker, co-owner of Team Walker Motorsports, said, "We were happy to do well in both races. The entire team was very encouraged. Now, we will go back to the shop and lay out our plans for the rest of the year."
More information is available at the team's Web site at www.teamwalkermotorsports.com.
Team Walker Motorsports is a multi-team racing operation owned by Donna Walker and her son, Michael. The Valencia, Calif.-based team fields cars in the NASCAR Winston West Series, the Featherlite Southwest Series, NASCAR Touring, and in Mesa Marin Raceway's Super Late Model division featuring former Winston West champion Sean Woodside and Michael Walker. Team sponsors include NAPA Filters, Ron's Rear Ends, Mechanix Wear and Tri-State Construction.