Bennett Lane Winery 200 : Camping World West Series

David PhillipsAnalyst IJune 18, 2009

IRWINDALE, CA - JANUARY 24:  Eric Holmes driver of the #20 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota leads a pack of cars during the NASCAR Camping World Series race during the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown at the Toyota Speedway at Irwindale on January 24, 2009 in Irwindale, California.  (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images for NASCAR)

The stars of the Camping World West Series invade the winding sandy hills of Sonoma California.

While the likes of Jason Bowles, Eric Homes and others make there way to Infineon Raceway where Cup stars will also be this weekend.

The entry list has the likes of David Gilliland, Joey Logono, Boris Said and Hershel McGriff.

Gilliland cut his teeth in the old Winston West Series he won the Infineon race two years ago, he will be piloting the No. 45 Dreyer’s Ice Cream/Speed Wong Racing Toyota.

Boris Said is more than likely just racing the road course for fun and to to get comparable in the car seeing that he hasn't been in a Cup car since Daytona.

Joey Logono needs all the practice he can get as he has no Cup starts there and seeing that the Nationwide dosn't even go to the track, it will be his first time there.

Hershel McGriff 81 years old and going to race - personally is this a good idea anyone and everyone knows that after a certain age things start to fail eye sight is a useful thing on the track and hopefully for himself and everyone on the track he doesn't have trouble. The man is one of the most well respected drivers ever, you have nothing to prove - protect your self - i thought 74 year old James Hylton which races in the ARCA Series should not be still racing.

Back to the race last year Jason Bowles won a spirited three-way battle around the twisting 1.99-mile road course of Infineon Raceway. Bowles held off fierce challenges from Eric Holmes and Jim Inglebright in the closing laps.

In addition to the threat from Holmes and Inglebright, Bowles had another concern in the closing laps. He had opted to pit early, on Lap 19, for fuel and not change tires. That strategy helped him get out front by Lap 31 and avoid much of the slam-bang action that eliminated some of his competition, but it left him running low on fuel in an event that was extended by four laps because of a late-race caution.

Knowing he might run low on fuel, Bowles had been trying to conserve during the caution laps by shutting his engine off and coasting around portions of the track. He was successful and crossed the finish line with a margin of victory of .350 seconds. Taking second was Holmes. Inglebright was third – followed by Tom Hubert and Ken Schrader.

The leaders were among the few that managed to avoid being body-slammed, booted off course or spun at some point. The wild action resulted in 12 cautions and two red flags. The final yellow was for the most dramatic incident, when Jeff Jefferson’s car launched off the curbing in Turn 7 and barrel-rolled several times.

Proving Road Courses are among the most dangerous races of the year.

With Logono and Gilliland entering the race this is not unusual as Kevin Harvick is a former winner so is Brian Vickers

Infineon Raceway is a winding 10-turn, 1.99-mile road course, with varying elevation.

The NASCAR Camping World Series West has visited 28 times, since 1969. In addition to the track hosting 19 stand-alone events, drivers and teams competed in nine companion events with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series between 1989 and 1997.

THis is the first of three road courses this season for the west series drivers the the others are Portland International and Millers Motorsports which is listed as a three mile long road course.