ROCKLIN, California -- Rocklin, CA- Kerry Earnhardt, driver of the #20 NAPA Belts & Hose/NASCAR select by NAPA Filters returned to the NASCAR Grand National Division West Series after racing in the NASCAR Nextel Cup event at Talladega Superspeedway and recorded another top-five finish at the “NAPA 150 Presented by NAPA Belts & Hose”. Earnhardt started the race on the outside of row two and by lap 16 had taken the lead away from the pole sitter. Earnhardt would lead the most laps in the event when at lap 107, he drove a higher line coming out of turn three and slid the #20 NAPA Belts & Hose Chevrolet into the turn four wall. Now running in 15th and with some damage to the left rear of the car, Earnhardt fought his way back to the top five and finished the race in fourth.
Austin Cameron and the #16 NAPA AUTO PARTS/NAPA Belts & Hose team started the race next their teammate on the inside of row two. Cameron ran in fourth until lap 94 when he got past the pole sitter, Scott Lynch. Cameron and the #16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet dove low to avoid teammate Earnhardt in turn four and began challenging series point leader, Mike Duncan who had taken the lead. The fifth of six cautions of the night came out at lap 130. When the green flag fell, Cameron was held up by a lapped car, allowing Duncan to gain a valuable lead. Not deterred, Cameron closed the gap in the final laps when at lap 148 the car running in third spun in turn 2. The caution flag wasn’t shown until after the leader crossed the start-finish line. The race would finish under caution with the series point leader recording his first win this season and the #16 NAPA AUTO PARTS team losing 10 points in the standings. Cameron and the NAPA team remain in second place in the championship title fight with two races remaining.
Gates Corporation, the World's Most Trusted Name in Belts, Hose and Hydraulics, parent company of NAPA Belts & Hose hosted a street fair at the worldwide headquarters in Denver to kick-off the race event at the Colorado National Speedway. That afternoon, thirty top customers received rides in BMR two-seat race car at the speedway from drivers, Austin Cameron and Kerry Earnhardt. On race day, over 400 employees, customers and store owners of NAPA AUTO PARTS were guest at the hospitality tent behind turn two of the track. Cameron and Earnhardt were available for autographs prior to the race event. BMR would like to thank NAPA AUTO PARTS and NAPA Belts & Hose for their continued support as their race partner in the NASCAR West Series.
The BMR team’s next event will be the “StarNursery.com 150” at Mesa Marin Raceway. Cameron recorded a second place finish at Mesa Marin in 2001 and looks to better that. The #16 NAPA AUTO PARTS team is 58 points out of the championship title race and will continue on towards their goal of bring NAPA AUTO PARTS a fourth West Series title. Driver Kerry Earnhardt will be visiting the Bakersfield track for the first time driving the #20 NASCAR Select by NAPA Filters/NAPA Belts & Hose Chevrolet. Spectator gates will open at the track at 10:00 am on Sunday October 17th with qualifying at 11:20 am. The West Series race will start at 2 pm and will be televised live on HDNet. The race will be rebroadcast on December 18th on SPEED Channel. Check you local listings.
The “NAPA AUTO PARTS 150 Presented by NAPA Belts & Hose” can be seen on SPEED Channel tape-delayed on Sunday, December 11th at noon EST. Check your local listings. For more information on Bill McAnally Racing, please consult or web page at www.billmcanallyracing.com.