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Bowles Wins, Pastrana Impresses

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Sunday, January 30 2011

Driver Travis Pastrana, right, and his team owner, Michael Waltrip, had a good night at the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Challenge. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Jason Bowles drove his No. 75 Rusty Wallace Racing Experience Toyota to victory in the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown Saturday night.

Bowles moved to the lead on the final restart of the race, which is held at Toyota Speedway in Irwindale, Calif., and held off DJ Kennington through the final eight laps.

But perhaps a bigger story was the showing of Travis Pastrana, the action sports star who was making his NASCAR debut. After qualifying 20th fastest on Friday, Pastrana finished sixth.

Afterward, he thanked his spotter, Camping World Truck Series driver Matt Crafton, for getting through tough spots over the final laps.

Pastrana was driving a car fielded by Michael Waltrip Racing.

Bowles was the 2009 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion.

Jason Bowles celebrates his victory in the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Bowles’ best finish in the three previous starts in the All-Star event was a third in 2009.

Kennington, who won the 2010 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series championship, drove to a runner-up finish in his debut at the paved short track.

Jonathon Gomez finished third.

Luis Martinez Jr. was fourth and was named Sunoco Rookie of the Race.

Johnny Borneman rounded out the top five.

There were five lead changes among five drivers in the race. There were also 11 cautions.

Coors Light Pole Award winner Thorn was on cruise control in the first segment, with a two-second lead as the competition caution came out for the first of two 10-minute breaks.

Out of the first break, Andrew Myers quickly became the dominant car. Myers built a five-second lead as the second break approached, but a punctured tire brought him to pit road on Lap 190, and he never recovered.

Paulie Harraka, who assumed the lead when Myers relinquished it, was running at the front on Lap 206 after the final break. Coming through Turn 4, Thorn made contact with the left rear of Harraka’s car, spinning him out of the lead. Thorn was penalized to the tail end for aggressive driving, while Bowles took over the lead.

Bowles’ first lead of the race was short-lived as Greg Pursley got past him on the ensuing restart. Pursley couldn’t make it last, however, as he broke down on Lap 217. From there, it was Bowles’ race to win.

Sean Woodside got his 2011 season off to a good start with a win the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model race earlier in the evening at Irwindale. Woodside, from Saugus, Calif., held off former Toyota Speedway track champion Nick Joanides in a green-white-checkered finish for the victory. The 1999 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion took the lead on the first lap and remained out front the rest of the way.

NASCAR TOYOTA ALL-STAR SHOWDOWN

225-laps, Saturday at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale, Irwindale, CA

Lap length: 0.5 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

1. (9) Jason Bowles, Ontario, Calif., Toyota, 225 laps, 61.401 mph, $30,000.

2. (15) D.J. Kennington, St Thomas, Ontario, Toyota, 225, $26,000.

3. (14) Jonathon Gomez, Twin Falls, Idaho, Chevrolet, 225, $17,000.

4. (27) Luis Martinez, Jr., Long Beach, Calif., Ford, 225, $16,250.

5. (37) Johnny Borneman, Ramona, Calif., Ford, 225, $16,000.

6. (20) Travis Pastrana, Annapolis, Md., Toyota, 225, $10,000.

7. (1) Derek Thorn, Lakeport, Calif., Chevrolet, 225, $12,200.

8. (23) Travis Motley, Tucson, Ariz., Chevrolet, 225, $8,500.

9. (21) Moses Smith, Tempe, Ariz., Toyota, 225, $9,200.

10. (16) Steve Wallace, Greensboro, N.C., Toyota, 225, $7,750.

11. (12) Daniel Suarez, Monterrey, Mexico, Dodge, 225, $7,500.

12. (25) German Quiroga, Mexico City, Mexico, Toyota, 225, $13,250.

13. (18) Andrew Myers, Newport Beach, Calif., Ford, 225, $6,500.

14. (36) Chad Boat, Phoenix, Ariz., Chevrolet, 225, $6,250.

15. (39) Lucas Lasserre, Pau, France, Chevrolet, 225, $6,000.

16. (24) Paulie Harraka, Wayne, N.J., Toyota, 224, $6,800.

17. (38) Ryan Philpott, Tracy, Calif., Ford, 224, $5,700.

18. (22) Taylor Cuzick, Tolleson, Ariz., Chevrolet, 223, $5,600.

19. (30) Travis Milburn, Eagle, Idaho, Chevrolet, 223, $6,550.

20. (2) Greg Pursley, Newhall, Calif., Ford, 223, $6,500.

21. (5) Michael Self, Park City, Utah, Chevrolet, 222, $6,400.

22. (8) Andrew Ranger, Roxton Pond, Quebec, Chevrolet, 222, $11,300.

23. (28) Matt Kobyluck, Uncasville, Conn., Chevrolet, 220, $11,850.

24. (35) Dale Quarterley, Westfield, Mass., Chevrolet, 213, accident, $5,200.

25. (31) Troy Ermish, Fremont, Calif., Chevrolet, 212, accident, $6,150.

26. (40) Cole Cabrera, Exeter, Calif., Chevrolet, 208, accident, $5,100.

27. (10) David Mayhew, Atascadero, Calif., Chevrolet, 205, accident, $6,100.

28. (7) Jason Fensler, Wilton, Calif., Chevrolet, 205, accident, $5,100.

29. (3) Sean Caisse, Pelham, N.H., Ford, 163, ignition, $5,100.

30. (19) Ruben Rovelo, Mexico City, Mexico, Dodge, 63, accident, $11,100.

31. (13) Darrell Wallace, Jr., Mobile, Ala., Toyota, 61, engine, $11,100.

32. (4) Brennan Newberry, Bakersfield, Calif., Chevrolet, 52, accident, $5,000.

33. (17) Spencer Gallagher, Las Vegas, Nev., Chevrolet, 48, accident, $5,000.

34. (6) Max Gresham, Griffin, Ga., Dodge, 26, accident, $11,000.

35. (11) Eric Holmes, Escalon, Calif., Toyota, 26, accident, $6,000.

36. (34) Greg Rayl, Roseville, Calif., Ford, 18, engine, $6,000.

37. (33) John Salemi, Nashua, N.H., Chevrolet, 6, overheating, $11,000.

38. (26) Auggie Vidovich, Lakeside, Calif., Chevrolet, 3, engine, $6,000.

39. (29) Sergio Pena, Winchester, Va., Ford, 3, engine, $11,000.

40. (32) Miguel Paludo, New Silver, Brazil, Ford, 2, engine, $11,000.

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour 49 minutes 56 seconds

Margin of Victory: .501 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: D.Thorn (98.178 mph, 18.334 seconds)

Caution Flags: 11 for 53 laps.

Lead Changes: 5 among 5 drivers.

Lap Leaders: D. Thorn 1-102; A. Myers 103-191; P. Harraka 192-205; J. Bowles 206-210; G. Pursley 211-217; J. Bowles 218-225.

Whelen Late Model Series Race

Unofficial Results

50-laps

(Start position in parentheses)

1. (1) Sean Woodside, Saugus, Calif., Chevrolet, 51 laps, 47.271 mph, $2,000.

2. (2) Nick Joanides, Woodland Hills, Calif., Chevrolet, 51, $1,700.

3. (3) Brandon Davis, Henderson, Nev., Chevrolet, 51, $1,500.

4. (20) Travis Irving, Norco, Calif., Chevrolet, 51, $1,400.

5. (10) Matthew Hicks, Lakeside, Calif., Chevrolet, 51, $1,300.

6. (5) Kyle McGrady, Hesperia, Calif., Chevrolet, 51, $1,250.

7. (25) Taylor Cuzick, Phoenix, Ariz., Chevrolet, 51, $1,200.

8. (16) Matt Scott, Pine Grove, Calif., Chevrolet, 51, $1,100.

9. (22) Taylor Miinch, Alpine, Calif., Chevrolet, 51, $1,000.

10. (12) Kenny Smith, Bakersfield, Calif., Chevrolet, 51, $850.

11. (14) Glen Cook, Fremont, Calif., Chevrolet, 51, $800.

12. (21) Richie Altman, Riverside, Calif., Chevrolet, 51, $750.

13. (13) Toni Marie McCray, Highland, Calif., Chevrolet, 51, $700.

14. (19) Jonathon Gomez, Twin Falls, Idaho, Chevrolet, 51, $650.

15. (24) Kenny Smith, Oak Hills, Calif., Ford, 51, $600.

16. (11) Dylan Lupton, Wilton, Calif., Chevrolet, 51, $550.

17. (23) John Moore, Granite Bay, Calif., Chevrolet, 51, $500.

18. (8) Darren Cheek, Redlands, Calif., Chevrolet, 50, $450.

19. (15) George Atkinson Jr., Lancaster, Calif., Chevrolet, 50, $400.

20. (4) Tim Huddleston, Agoura Hills, CA, Chevrolet, 45, accident, $300.

21. (6) Mike Johnson, Covina, Calif., Toyota, 45, accident, $200.

22. (7) Sean Bennett, Crestline, Calif., Ford, 21, engine, $200.

23. (17) Chris Holloway, Bakersfield, Calif., Chevrolet, 14, accident, $200.

24. (18) Dylan Hutchison, Sacramento, Calif., Dodge, 5, accident, $200.

25. (9) Tim Smith, Bakersfield, Calif., Chevrolet, 0, dns, $200.

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 32 minutes 22 seconds

Margin of Victory: .281 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: B.Davis (97.450 mph, 18.471 seconds)

Caution Flags: 5 for 23 laps.

Lead Changes: 0 among 1 drivers.

Lap Leaders: S. Woodside 1-51.

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Sunday, January 30 2011
4 Comments

4 Comments »

  • Jim Pedley says:

    In reply to the comments on the photo selected for this story: First, I picked the photo. I did so because I felt that was the biggest national story in the race. Mr. Pastrana has hundreds of thousands of followers – if not millions. The fact that he finished sixth in his first NASCAR race is impressive and exceedingly newsworthy. This is nothing against Mr. Bowles. He drove a wonderful race and was part of the story and did warrant the photo I ran of him. But I feel that a sports journalists job is not to reward winners but to highlight the most important aspect of the story.
    I am sorry if I offended Mr. Bowles friends, followers and fans.
    – Jim Pedley, managing editor

  • Jenn says:

    You are right. And I’m sure Travis would agree!

  • Gregg says:

    Shouldn’t the first picture on the page be the guy who won and not the guy that finished 6th

    • Christine says:

      Yeah, I was kind of thinking that myself, but, I think it is almost as “big” news as the winner! I had been a big fan of NASCAR since 1986, and over the last several years have completely lost interest. It is just way too cookie cutter and boring. I am hoping that Travis breathes some life back into the sport as it is much needed. I would not be watching in 2011 if it weren’t for him; I actually have someone to root for now! Go Travis, go!!