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News & Notes: David And Co. Return To Lone Star State Running Up Front

By Kevin Green, NASCAR

Thunder Hill Raceway’s 3/8-mile track features some of the tightest side-by-side racing on the NASCAR Camping World Series West circuit. However, it’s a track that perfectly suits 2007 champion Mike David (No. 2 Bennett Lane Winery Ford).

David began his title campaign with a runner-up finish at the short track in Kyle, Texas, a year ago. He hopes for similar results this season when the NASCAR Camping World Series West travels to the Lone Star State for the Allstate Texas Thunder 150 on Saturday, April 19.

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Gas And Go: David's Gamble Pays Off

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

AVONDALE, Ariz. – A new car and a big gamble paid off for Mike David.

A week after taking delivery of a new chassis, David drove the No. 2 Bennett Lane Winery Toyota to victory in the Jimmie Johnson Foundation 150 at Phoenix International Raceway. It was the seventh career victory for the defending NASCAR Camping World Series West champion.

“It’s great,” said David of his first win at the one-mile flat track. “It’s kind of a relief, too. This track has a lot of history. To bring home the trophy is important.”

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Foster Rewards Sponsor With Pole

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

Avondale, Ariz. – Ryan Foster wasn’t sure if he’d even be here. But as soon as he concluded his qualifying lap that it was good enough to put him up at the front of Thursday night’s event.

Foster (No. 41 Glen Haven Beach Resort Ford) got an infusion in the form of his sponsor to be able to haul to Phoenix International Raceway for the NASCAR Camping World Series West race. He repaid the effort with a Coors Light Pole run Thursday afternoon for the Jimmie Johnson Foundation 150.

“I felt it before I crossed the finish line,” said Foster. “I said, ‘This is it baby.’ ”

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News & Notes: Mayhew On A Roll Heading Back To Desert Mile

By Kevin Green, NASCAR

David Mayhew (No. 21 BayBioDiesel Chevrolet) was in a position to possibly win at Phoenix International Raceway a year ago, in only his second start in the NASCAR Camping World Series. That victory eluded him, however, as his car began to fade from the lead with mechanical problems near the finish of the race.
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Cheers: Bennett Lane Winery To Sponsor West Race At Infineon

By Official Release

Sonoma,  Calif. — Infineon Raceway and Bennett Lane Winery have entered into a multi-year partnership that will make the Napa winery the title sponsor of the Saturday race at the upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend, officials from both companies announced.

Bennett Lane Winery will become title sponsor of the NASCAR Camping World Series West event, which will take place on Saturday, June 21. The event will be called the Bennett Lane Winery 200, and will serve as the main event on Saturday of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 event weekend, June 20-22.

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Oh, What A Feeling For Holmes!

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

Leads From Start To Finish To Give Toyota First NASCAR Camping World Series Victory

Roseville – Eric Holmes felt a little pressure.

From expectations running with traditional powerhouse team Bill McAnally Racing. From the more than 150 fans that made the trek from his hometown in Escalon, Calif. to see his return to full-time racing in the NASCAR Camping World Series West. And from the persistant challenge of David Mayhew for more than 150 laps Saturday night

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Suprise! Bowles Earns 'Oval' Pole

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

Roseville, Calif. – Jason Bowles showed he could turn right and left with a pair of road course victories as a rookie last year.

In qualifying for the 2008 NASCAR Camping World Series West opener Saturday, Bowles proved he may be a force on the ovals as well. Bowles earned the first Coors Light Pole Award of the season on the .333-mile oval at All American Speedway and will start out front in Saturday night’s Toyota NAPA AutoCare 150.

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Sign of the Times: Camping World West Opener Sold Out at All American

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

Roseville, Calif. – The new era for the NASCAR Camping World Series has generated plenty of interest at All American Speedway.

Track promoter Bill McAnally said the Toyota NAPA Auto Care 150 was sold out in advance Thursday for Saturday night's event at the 1/3-mile Northern California track.

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Five To Watch: David Faces Several Tests In Quest For Repeat

By Kevin W. Green

Northern California is buzzing in anticipation of the NASCAR Camping World Series West opener Saturday at All-American Speedway in Roseville, Calif. It will be the West’s first trip to the 1/3-mile oval since it was just a 1/4-mile in 1982. The 55th season of the West also kicks off a new era under the NASCAR Camping World Series banner.

There are numerous changes throughout the series and a number of drivers ready to challenge for the championship. Here are five drivers to keep an eye on as the 2008 season takes the green flag:

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New Era, Old Rivalry

By Kevin W. Green

The new era of the NASCAR Camping World Series West will feature the resumption of an on-track battle that is very familiar to fans of the series.

The return of Eric Holmes to a full-time ride in the West, has set the stage for his rivalry to be renewed with long-time friend Mike David. The drivers have accounted for the last two championships, with Holmes winning in 2006 and David breaking through in 2007.

Both drivers are second-generation competitors who hail from California’s Central Valley – Holmes from Escalon and David from Modesto.

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