Lamar Aiming for Victory Lane at PIR
Past Copper World Classic winner looks for more Valley glory
From Dollar General Racing Release Burney Lamar has tasted sweet victory before at Phoenix International Raceway. In 2005, Lamar won both the famed Copper World Classic and collected his first win in the NASCAR Camping World Series West at PIR. In next Friday’s Bashas’ Supermarkets 200, Lamar will look to find Victory Lane again from behind the wheel of the No. 32 Dollar General Toyota. The West Sacramento, California native caught the racing bug at a young age. At only five years old, he climbed behind the wheel of a go-kart and, by the time he was 14, had captured a total of 25 track and International Karting Federation championships. At 16, Lamar made his stock car debut at California’s Stockton 99 Speedway, finishing 11th in track point standings in only his first partial season. That same year, he broke Ernie Irvan’s record to become the youngest driver to win both a Trophy Dash and heat race. He continued to make a name for himself in West Coast-based series, such as the USAC Western States Sprint Car Series and the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division Southwest Series, where he earned numerous accolades. Lamar signed with Kevin Harvick Incorporated (KHI) in 2005, running a number of NASCAR Nationwide Series, Camping World Truck Series, and Camping World Series West events. He quickly set the bar high, collecting two victories in the West Series and winning the Copper World Classic at PIR while driving for HPS/Victory Circle Racing in the Southwest Series. In only his second West Series start, Lamar collected his first career West Series win, driving from third place to first on the last lap at PIR. In 2006, Lamar made the move up to the NASCAR Nationwide Series, driving the No. 77 Dollar General car. He kicked off his rookie season with a second-place finish at Daytona International Speedway and went on to capture two additional top-10 finishes in his 29 starts. After a brief hiatus, Lamar returned to racing in 2008, running a limited NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule with Baker Curb Racing and for Wayne Day. This season, Lamar joins a new team and a new manufacturer with a familiar sponsor. He will share driving duties with Brian Vickers in the No. 32 Dollar General Toyota for Braun Racing. With crew chief Trent Owens calling the shots from the box and the burning desire to run up front, the No. 32 and Burney Lamar are a force to be reckoned with in 2009. “I am really looking forward to returning to Phoenix with Braun Racing and Dollar General,” said Lamar. “The No. 32 Dollar General team is rock solid and I am 110% focused and ready for a great year. Returning to the track where I got my first West Series victory and won the Copper Classic, it would feel so great to drive the No. 32 into Victory Lane!” Tickets to all of the on-track action throughout the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500™ weekend at Phoenix International Raceway are available at www.phoenixraceway.com or by calling 1-866-408-RACE (7223).
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