It's Bowles in a Close One
Jason Bowles edges Holmes and Park for Jimmie Johnson Foundation 150 title
Jason Bowles had one shot at Steve Park and made it count. Bowles jumped to the lead going into Turn 1 at Phoenix International Raceway at the start of a green-white-checkered finish, and rolled the No. 6 Sunrise Ford Ford to the victory Thursday in the Jimmie Johnson Foundation 150 Presented by Shamrock Farms. It was Bowles’ seventh career victory and first of the season in the NASCAR Camping World Series West. His previous best finish at Phoenix was 11th last year. Thursday’s win also earned Bowles a secure spot in the starting lineup for the postseason NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown. Bowles led four times for 86 laps at the one-mile oval Thursday. He briefly lost the lead to Park’s No. 35 Waste Management Recycle America Chevrolet following a Lap 139 restart. Bowles managed to get by Park with five laps to go, but a late-race spin gave Park another shot at Bowles. This time, the 25-year-old Ontario, Calif., driver got the jump he needed. Points leader Eric Holmes also got by Park in a wild scramble on the final restart to grab second. Park came home third, followed by Mike David and Greg Pursley. Pursley had won the pole earlier in the day with a record lap of 27.784 seconds. The NASCAR Camping World Series West will travel to Madera (Calif.) Speedway Saturday, April 25. Tickets to Friday’s Bashas’ Supermarkets 200 and all other opportunities throughout the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500™ weekend at Phoenix International Raceway are available at the newly-designed www.phoenixraceway.com or by calling 1-866-408-RACE (7223).
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