ROCKLIN, Calfiornia -- Austin Cameron, pilot of the #16 NAPA Auto Parts/Martin Senour Chevrolet closed the gap on the first place standing in the NASCAR Winston West Championship series fight. With a lot of hard work, the team gained ten NASCAR Winston West points at Irwindale Speedway last Saturday night. The race ran in front of a sell out crowd.
Cameron, who took his fourth Bud Pole Award, led the most laps and held off the #32 car for his third NASCAR Winston West Series win in 2002.
“The car was just awesome,” said Cameron. “My crew chief, Chuck Carruthers, and the boys had the car dialed in. We ran the same car that had three wins at Irwindale last year. We still have some work to do to win this championship and we’re ready.”
“Knowing we needed to get after it, we stepped up and did it,” said team owner Bill McAnally. “We were able to run the 200 laps with one pit stop and the same left side Hoosier tires. With winning the Bud Pole, leading the most laps, and winning the race, there was not much more that the NAPA team could do.”
“We appreciate all the support from the people from NAPA Los Angeles and our other sponsors.”
Brett Thompson, pilot of the #61 MBNA/Rich Thompson Trucking Chevrolet, is currently third in the Stage 8 Locking Fasteners rookie standings. The team turned in a great qualifying effort, qualifying in the top five. Thompson ran in the top ten most of the race and finished the race in ninth place. In the NASCAR Winston West series championship fight, the team holds onto the tenth position.
The Orleans team next travels to Stockton, California for the NAPA Auto Parts 200 at the Stockton 99 Speedway. The race will take place on Saturday, August 17th.
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