BAKERSFIELD, California -- Burney Lamar led the most laps in the 167 lap "Ford Motorcraft 150" at Mesa Marin Speedway Saturday night, but mechanical problems relegated the W. Sacramento driver to a 24th place finish in the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division - Southwest Series 12th race of the season. Despite the outcome, he still remains in third place in the Series point standings.
The night started out well for the 24 year old youngster, as he qualified 10th in a field of 30 cars, and sat on the pole after a ten car starting line-up inversion. Lamar led all but four of the first 111 laps in a race that went seventeen laps beyond the scheduled distance due to cautions. On the 112th lap, while in the lead, smoke poured from the Groeniger/HPS Mechanical/Tri-C/Victory Circle Chassis Chevrolet Monte Carlo due to a broken oil line.
"Man, we started on the pole, led a ton of laps, had an awesome car, my Victory Circle team-mate and I were leading, looking great, and all of a sudden, a lot of smoke. I had to come into the pits to fix it and went down quite a few laps. Just wasn't our night. We had a great car. Lady luck just went the wrong way".
The next event for the Southwest Series will be on the 3/8ths mile oval at Tucson Raceway Park on the 24th of this month, a re-scheduled event that was rained out last September. Lamar has had better results there, having qualified in the top five and finishing in the top ten in both his previous appearances
For more on Burney Lamar, visit his website at www.burneylamar.com..