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Sun., April 26, 2009, 8 a.m.

NCWS West Recap: Holmes Wins Fierce Battle At Madera

Eric Holmes pulls ahead of David Mayhew at Madera Speedway. (Photo Credit: Greg Trott/Getty Images for NASCAR) (Greg Trott / The Spokesman-Review)
Eric Holmes pulls ahead of David Mayhew at Madera Speedway. (Photo Credit: Greg Trott/Getty Images for NASCAR) (Greg Trott / The Spokesman-Review)

Eric Holmes nabbed his eighth career NASCAR Camping World West victory Saturday night in Madera, Calif. as he beat David Mayhew and Mike David to the stripe. Jerome, Idaho native Brett Thompson came home sixth with Twin Falls Jonathan Gomez 11th, Aurora, Oregon's Jim Warn 17th and Phil Dugan of Meridan, Idaho 19th.

Courtesy: NASCAR Media Relations

MADERA, Calif. – Eric Holmes overcame a fierce battle to win the NAPA Auto Parts/Toyota 150 presented by Exclusive Energy Drink at Madera (Calif.) Speedway on Saturday and register his second win of the early season in the NASCAR Camping World Series West.

A series of restarts kept fans on the edge of their seats in the closing laps as Holmes, David Mayhew and Mike David waged war against each other through a series of late-race restarts. Contact between the trio in those closing laps left more than a few crumpled fenders and bruised feelings.

Holmes, who had slipped to third, battled his way back to the lead with 10 laps remaining and then held off Mayhew on a restart three laps from the finish to pull out the victory, his eighth career series win.

Mayhew held on for second, with David close behind. Series rookie Paulie Harraka steered his battle-damaged entry to a fourth-place finish, followed by Greg Pursley in fifth. Completing the top 10 were Brett Thompson, Jason Bowles, Moses Smith, Johnathan Hale and Wes Banks.

Holmes, who led the championship standings coming into the event, added to his point lead with the win.

At Madera Speedway
Madera, CA
Lap length: 0.33 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (3) Eric Holmes, Escalon, Calif., Toyota, 150 laps, 53.449 mph, $6,600.
2. (6) David Mayhew, Atascadero, Calif., Chevrolet, 150, $3,500.
3. (5) Mike David, Modesto, Calif., Toyota, 150, $2,750.
4. (2) Paulie Harraka, Fairlawn, N.J., Toyota, 150, $3,025.
5. (9) Greg Pursley, Newhall, Calif., Chevrolet, 150, $2,100.
6. (14) Brett Thompson, Jerome, Idaho, Chevrolet, 150, $4,000.
7. (1) Jason Bowles, Ontario, Calif., Ford, 150, $3,800.
8. (7) Moses Smith, Tempe, Ariz., Toyota, 150, $2,200.
9. (16) Johnathan Hale, Rio Linda, Calif., Chevrolet, 150, $2,150.
10. (12) Wes Banks, Oakdale, Calif., Ford, 150, $2,100.
11. (15) Jonathon Gomez, Twin Falls, Idaho, Chevrolet, 150, $2,050.
12. (19) Jack Sellers, Sacramento, Calif., Chevrolet, 149, $2,025.
13. (8) Blake Koch, West Palm Beach, Fla., Chevrolet, 147, $2,000.
14. (18) Rodd Kneeland, Sonoma, Calif., Chevrolet, 141, $1,475.
15. (4) Jamie Dick, Albuquerque, N.M., Ford, 127, accident, $2,500.
16. (13) Jim Inglebright, Fairfield, Calif., Chevrolet, 93, engine, $1,425.
17. (10) Jim Warn, Aurora, Ore, Chevrolet, 67, engine, $1,850.
18. (11) Paul Pedroncelli, Jr., Sonoma, Calif., Chevrolet, 50, accident, $1,835.
19. (17) Phil Dugan, Meridian, Idaho, Ford, 33, suspension, $1,300.
20. (20) Ross Strmiska, Stockton, Calif., Dodge, 0, engine, $1,250.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 55 minutes 34 seconds
Margin of Victory: .597 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: J.Bowles (76.883 mph, 15.452 seconds)
Caution Flags: 8 for 38 laps.
Lead Changes: 7 among 5 drivers.
Lap Leaders: J. Bowles 1-5; P. Harraka 6-29; E. Holmes 30-56; M. David 57-86; E. Holmes 87-96; M. David 97-132; D. Mayhew 133-139; E. Holmes 140-150.
Standings: 1. E. Holmes, 720; 2. J. Bowles, 654; 3. G. Pursley, 645; 4. M. David, 632; 5. D. Mayhew, 616; 6. P. Harraka, 584; 7. M. Smith, 569; 8. B. Thompson, 561; 9. B. Koch, 555; 10. W. Banks, 508

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