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Source — Burry Dolbeare
Date Posted — August 12, 2002
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WEST SACRAMENTO, California -- Burney Lamar, this year's first two-time winner in the highly competitive NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series, will be trying for a three-peat Saturday night on the 3/8th's mile oval at Colorado National Speedway in Erie, CO. The 21 year old college student out of W. Sacramento, CA. has won the last two Series races at Madera and Irwindale Speedways in California, and is currently second in the Series point standing in which only 152 markers separate the top five drivers.

Following up on his "rookie of the year" title he won last year, Lamar currently has two wins, five top five and seven top ten finishes in the Series first eleven races. He leads the Series in Bud Pole Awards, having set the fastest qualifying time on three different occasions, and also leads the Gatorade Front Runner Awards program having led the most race laps so far this 2002 season.

Last year at CNS, Lamar qualified fifth put of a 34 car entry list, and finished tenth in the 26 car starting field that saw Auggie Vidovich the winner. Vidovich finished second to Lamar on the half-mile oval at Irwindale last Saturday night.

In an earlier appearance in Colorado this year at Pikes Peak International Raceway, Lamar scored one of his Bud Poles and finished 15th in the 38 car starting field. Eddie McKean, who won at PPIR, is the current Series point leader, only 47 points ahead of Lamar.

"I'm looking forward to coming to Colorado National. Actually, I'm pretty axnious. I think my Crew Chief, Junior Joiner, will have the right set-up for that track. I also think our luck is beginning to turn around" Lamar lost an earlier race to Series veteran M. K. Kanke on the last lap of a 125 lap race and lost another race with three laps to go. "Everyone at Madera was telling us that we finally got the monkey off our back, and I hope they're right. At the beginning there, when we were having the bad luck, we were really focused on doing good in the points, and it finally got to the point where we got tired of worring about points and focused more on winning races. And with that attitude, I think that's what has got us to the point where we're at".

And Saturday night, driving the #33 Tri-City Manufacturing, WaveShield, AmeriSuites, DC Racing Engines Chevrolet, Burney Lamar hopes to keep his winning streak alive at Colorado National Speedway.


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Article posted by staff on August 12, 2002.