ROSEVILLE, California —With NASCAR Camping World Series – West point leader Eric Holmes and second place contender Jason Bowles at the All American Speedway track testing on Thursday, it was a great test-and-tune afternoon. Most of the top ten teams in the series took advantage of an extended practice session hosted by Bill McAnally Racing to acclimate drivers and cars to the .333 mile short track to prepare for the championship Toyota/Napa Auto Parts 150 presented by Thunder Valley Casino on October 25.
Bowles and Holmes have been battling it out most of the season with their first battle in the series opener, also in Roseville, with Bowles securing the pole and Holmes securing first place. Going into the final race of the season Eric Holmes will wrap up the championship as long as he finishes 13th or better, according to Kevin Green, NASCAR spokesperson.
“My car is performing as well as it was the first race here in March and I expect to do as well as I did then,” said Holmes late in the day.
Jim Englebright, currently sitting in fifth, was appreciative of the afternoon to ready his car for the track and the race. “It really gives us an opportunity to make adjustments, find the best tires, get everything in place specifically for this track. We can’t do as much in only an hour or so practice before the race. We just need some fine-tuning now. It’s been a great afternoon.”
Thursday afternoon also marked the first time in a NASCAR Late Model for Funny Car drag racer Ron Capps, who got behind the wheel in the #28 Toyota Camry for Napa Auto Parts, in his debut on the oval track. The crew was wondering if he would ever exit the car and he was elated when he did climb out for interviews. “I could die and go to heaven happy now!” he exclaimed. “The experience was everything I thought it would be. I’ve been doing a lot of simulator racing and I think it really helped me. I’m very lucky that Don Shumacher supports me in trying my hand in other racing venues, because I think it all helps improve my drag racing.” Capps will compete in the Toyota/WLM&D 100 race on the 25th.
With 22 teams out to test at the track, race promoter Bill McAnally was thrilled. “The turnout was much better than I expected. There is so much excitement about this race. With what I saw in practice with both CWS and Late Model cars, October 25th is going to be a phenomenal night of NASCAR stock car racing.”
Tickets are still available at local NAPA Auto Parts Stores and Thunder Valley Casino Gift Shop, or call Bill McAnally Racing at 916 676-0256. Tickets for the season opener at All American Speedway sold out prior to the race, so advance purchase is recommended.