The battle for this year’s championship in the NASCAR Camping World Series West has developed into one of the closest in recent years between two California drivers.
Second-year driver Jason Bowles (No. 22 Sunrise Ford Ford) of Ontario has closed to within nine points of Escalon’s Eric Holmes (No. 20 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota), with only two races remaining — Altamont Raceway Park near Tracy, Calif., on Saturday, Sept. 13, and All American Speedway in Roseville, Calif., on Oct. 25.
Holmes, the 2006 champion, won last year’s event at Altamont and opened up this season with a win at Roseville.
The battle to get into the top 10 of the championship standings is just as tight. The four drivers in 10th though 13th are separated by just 29 points. Rookie Jim Warn (No. 10 MJ2 Racing/Gran Prix Imports Chevrolet) of Aurora, Ore., is in 10th; followed by Jeff Jefferson (No. 42 MJ2 Racing/Gran Prix Imports Chevrolet) of Naches, Wash.; Jason Patison (No. 17 Lucas Oil Ford) of Corona, Calif.; and Mike Gallegos (No. 34 RTD Motorsports Chevrolet) of Wheat Ridge, Colo.