SONOMA, California -- Burney Lamar says, "Life is good", following his second place finish at Infineon Raceway (CA) Saturday afternoon. The event was the seventh on the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division Southwest Series 2004 schedule.
Qualifying third in a 42 car field, Lamar started inside the second row, moved into second on lap 21, and led laps 25 thru 27. Following a pit stop about lap 30, he came out 18th in the field.
"My guys did a great job on that pit stop. Changing four tires by a non-professional group is not easy. And we stayed on the lead lap". Following the stop, Lamar slowly worked his way forward and by lap 59 was in fifth place.
During the last few laps of the race which was extended from 64 to 71 laps because of incidents bringing out yellow flags, Lamar found himself in second place where he finished.
"Those last few laps were pretty exciting", said the youngster.
As a result of his finish, Lamar gained 46 points over the Series points-leader-team-mate, Craig Raudman, and is now still third in the standings, but only 94 markers out of first, and 35 out of second. For the season, the 23 year old W. Sacramento driver has one win, four top fives, five top tens, and two Bud poles.
The next event for the Groeniger/HPS Mechanical/Tri-C/Victory Circle Chassis team will be at the third mile Madera (CA) Speedway on July 17, a track on which he has scored one of his three Series victories.