PHOENIX, Arizona Burney Lamar finished a strong sixth place in the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division - Southwest Series "JC Glass 100" at Phoenix International Raceway Sunday afternoon. s a result, he stays third in the point standings, and with three races to go in the 2004 season, remains in contention for the Series championship.
The weekend started out well for the W. Sacramento driver, as he was among the fastest in
Saturdays practice sessions, and put the Groeniger/HPS Mechanical/Tri-C/Victory Circle Chassis Chevrolet in the third spot during qualifying among the thirty entries.
Following the 100 lap race's only caution on lap four, the 24 year old youngster was fourth where he stayed through lap forty-five when he dropped back to sixth. He lost another spot on lap sixty, but got it back on lap 90 where he finished.
"That race was different", said Lamar. "A few laps after that caution, I figured to sort of cruise where I was, and wait for some more cautions to save the tires and conserve the car for the end. But
Man, from lap ten on, the leader took off and there wasn't saving anything, you know? At least I got by one more there at the end".
Even though his finish was less than he hoped for, Lamar had some positive thoughts on the future. "We learned a lot and got some really good notes for the Phoenix race next month. My crew is really up for the final three races and since we're still in the hunt for the championship, we'll be giving it a hundred and ten per cent from here on out".
For more on Burney Lamar, visit his website at www.burneylamar.com