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Fred Penney and Thomas Martin Team for 2003 Rookie Run

Rocklin, Calif. (November 1, 2002)Fred Penney and Penney Racing Supply are proud to announce that they have signed Thomas Martin to drive the Fred Penney/Sierra Mist/Golfland Entertainment Centers/Penney Racing Supply-PRS 2002 Chevy Monte Carlo in the Featherlite Southwest Series , NASCAR Touring division in 2003.

Team owner Frederick W. Penney, a successful business owner and attorney from the Sacramento, California area, brings several years of racing management experience and the necessary resources to field a first class team. Penney founded Penney Racing Supply, a wholesale racing supply house and fabrication shop, to augment his already successful water park and entertainment businesses on the West Coast. Penney continues to build strategic alliances with Pepsi, Golfland Entertainment Centers and other regional and national outlets in hopes to build a multi-car team for 2003 and beyond.

Sierra Mist, a product of Pepsi, has come on board as the major sponsor of the #21 Chevy Monte Carlo. Golfland Entertainment Centers, with locations in California and Arizona, have also joined the Fred Penney Race Team.

Ted Bambino, Pepsi Bottling Group Marketing Manager, is looking forward to this relationship. “Pepsi is excited to have Thomas Martin join the Fred Penney Racing team and help Pepsi promote Sierra Mist in our other marketing partner, Golfland Entertainment Centers.”

Thomas Martin, a former Pro-Four Series Champion on the West Coast, will be competing for Rookie-of-the-Year honors in the Featherlite Southwest Series during 2003. Martin has run several races in the Featherlite Southwest Series over the past two years to familiarize himself with the cars, the competition, and the tracks. “I am excited about the opportunity to team up with Fred Penney” Martin said. “With Fred Penney’s business knowledge, Crew Chief Shaun Capenter’s team knowledge and Car Chief Ty Joiner preparing the cars, I know it will be a very successful year.”

Fred Penney’s race team just finished a successful test at Phoenix Int'l Raceway in preparation for the final event of the 2002 Featherlite Southwest Series season . Martin will debut the new Fred Penney Racing/Sierra Mist/Golfland Entertainment Centers/PRS #21 Chevrolet Monte Carlo in the Cruise America "125" at Phoenix International Raceway on Thursday, November 7. Following the race, fans will be able to get up close to their favorite drivers during NASCAR’s “Zoomfest” located at the Arizona Center. Penney Racing, with Driver Thomas Martin, invites you to stop by the #21 Fred Penney Racing/Sierra Mist/Golfland Entertainment Centers/PRS 2002 Chevy Monte Carlo.

Mesa Marin Raceway Changes Race Date

Officials for Mesa Marin Raceway and the Featherlite Southwest Series, NASCAR Touring division have changed the date for the "October Classic" 150-lap event. Originally scheduled for Saturday, October 19, the race will now be contested on Sunday, October 20 with a 4:00pm start time.

The Featherlite Southwest Series will return to MMR for the third time in 2002 for race number 13 of the 14-race championship series. Darrell LaMoure of Phoenix, Ariz. collected his first career victory in last falls event and looks to repeat at the series oldest charter track.

Eddy McKean of Jerome, Idaho leads the points standings over M.K. Kanke by 120 points, with second year driver Burney Lamar in third. Jim Pettit II and Doug McCoun round out the top-five in the standings.

The schedule for October 20 will have haulers entering the pits at 6:00am, with registration taking place at 7:00am. Practice will get underway at 9:15am, with time trials commencing at 1:00pm

Mesa Marin Raceway has hosted more Featherlite Southwest Series races then any other track (52). Mike Chase has nine wins on the high-banked oval, and M.K. Kanke is the winningest active driver at MMR with four trips to victory lane.

Driver Profile: M.K. Kanke

A title in which he would probably not respond to is King. However, that is just what he is. M.K. Kanke of Frazier Park, Calif. leads nearly every statistical category of the Featherlite Southwest Series except one. Champion.

Although he lays a crooked smile when asked about winning a championship, anyone who takes the time to listen to his wisdom will quickly understand the desire that burns deep within this 22-year racing veteran.

Kanke started racing Late Models on the dirt half-mile of the old Ascot Park Speedway in 1980. With numerous victories and the 1983 track title to his name, Kanke set his sights on the pavement in 1985, spending time racing at both Saugus Speedway and Mesa Marin Raceway. After successful stints in Modifieds and Sportsman cars, Kanke turned to the Featherlite Southwest Series in 1987.

While running his family owned trucking business, Kanke raced the series when he could and in 15 seasons he has started 186 races. His career statistics include 26 Bud Poles (series record), 19 wins (2nd all-time), 78 top-five and 106 top-ten finishes. He was the first man in series history to break the $300,000 mark in career winnings; he currently has won more than $360,000 to date.

Kanke has six top-ten final points' finishes with his best finish of second coming in 1998. This season he is poised to collect his first championship as he sits second behind leader Eddy McKean. The event at PIR in November will be the classic shootout for these steel cowboys, pitting the wiley veteran against the excited newcomer.

"When I get discouraged, my wife pushes me harder then I push myself," Kanke offered. "I have had years when it just has not gone my way and Chris is there motivating me. I have learned not to race for points, I just race to win."

Kanke has certainly done just that. He is the guy that everybody looks for on race day and measures themselves against. When asked who set the standard for him, Kanke says that is easy. "Dan Press is the toughest competitor I ever raced against," Kanke said. "That guy was fierce and he never gave you anything. I went to school plenty of times."

Nowadays, it is Kanke that is schooling the younger drivers. He might not relish the role of "mentor", however, all the drivers look up to and follow him.


Driven to Make it: Thomas Martin

Auburn, Calif. (September 25, 2002) At twenty-four years old, Thomas Martin knows exactly what he wants to do. He wants to drive race cars. While most his age are fumbling around figuring out where to go on Friday, Martin is in his race shop preparing his racecars for the weekend battle. It has always been that way for the former high school football star. While catching touchdowns and making tackles, his mind was always on going fast and turning left.

Martin's interest in motorsports started at a young age. His dad John has been a Toyota certified mechanic for many years and owned several min-stock racing machines. Young Martin would hang around the shop and as he grew, his dad would give him projects to do on the car and a love affair was born.

Thomas Martin started racing on his sixteenth birthday and has never looked back. His first season was spent tackling the tough quarter-mile dirt confines of Grass Valley Speedway. Late in 1994 he joined the Pro-Four West coast series and immediately made a name for himself. He won the prestigious 1995 Rookie-of-the-Year honors and followed that up in 1996 with the series championship. Martin followed his championship campaign up with top-three points finishes in 1997 and 1998. He still holds the one-lap Pro-Four qualifying record at Altamont Raceway Park.

In 1999, Martin moved his attention to racing full-sized Late Model stock cars at Madera Speedway in Central California. Since then he has raced Late Models whenever he can and is focusing his attention on a Rookie-of-the-Year run in 2003 on the Featherlite Southwest Series, NASCAR Touring division.

Martin devotes all his time to racing when not working as a CNC machinist or attending college majoring in Business and Marketing. His goal is to be racing every weekend and ultimately make to NASCAR's upper divisions.

"I don't have a lot of hobbies other than racing," Martin said. "I have loved racing from the minute I went to my first race as a kid. Most everything I do centers around racing."

With the support of his parents, John and Betty Martin (recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary), and his focused desire to compete, this young talent is one to watch.

Thomas Martin personal stats:

Racing Goal:			Drive in the NCTS within five years
Favorite Movie:			Days of Thunder
Favorite Book:			NASCAR Yearbooks
Racing Hero:			Matt Kenseth
Favorite TV personality:	Benny Parsons
Favorite Sports Team:		Sacramento Kings
Favorite Food:			Lobster Tail
Favorite Drink:			Strawberry Daiquiri-no rum
Outlook on life:		Have fun and not too serious


Driver Profile: Doug McCoun

Doug McCoun has quietly made a name for himself on the West coast. Since winning the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series, presented by Dodge National Championship back in 1985, he has proven his prowess on the dirt and the asphalt with numerous wins in the Central California region, but prefers to call the Featherlite Southwest Series, NASCAR Touring division home.

McCoun holds a very distinct statistic on the Featherlite Southwest Series. For the last nine straight years, he has finished no worse than tenth in the final championship standings. That measure of consistency is a mark for all the "young guns" of the Featherlite Southwest Series to shoot for.

McCoun's march into the record books of the Featherlite Southwest Series starts from his home in Prunedale, California, where he has spent his days (and nights) for the last twenty years fighting fires and saving lives as a Captain in the North County Fire district.

His schedule allows him to compete full time on the series, and compete he does. With 170 starts to his credit, McCoun has accumulated nine wins, 45 top-five and 78 top-10 finishes and has become only the third driver in series history to eclipse the $300,000 mark in career winnings. McCoun currently sits fifth in the 2002 championship standings with two races to go, and will certainly make it ten straight years in the top-ten.

"I enjoy the series," McCoun said. "Racing is fun, but winning is the best. This series is so competitive, that winning just doesn't happen because you show up." McCoun recently ended a four-year winless drought with a thrilling win at Mesa Marin Raceway back in June. "Wins will come if you put yourself in position."

Driver Profile: Bob Lyon-Love and Basketball

Bob Lyon, #44, a high school basketball star in California’s San Fernando Valley, found racing the way most kids do, on the hip of his parents while he was in grade school. His early introduction to racing made him a lifelong fan and when he turned 16, he started hanging out his friends at the historic Saugus Speedway.

Lyon started helping a friend work on his racecar and thought it might be fun to get behind the wheel. "I jumped in Gary Bakers old Chevy and was 3/10's faster then he was," Lyon said. "I knew right then that racing was something I really wanted to do."

After Lyon graduated high school in 1980 he built his first racecar in his parents garage. It was a 1957 Ford chassis that Eddy Grey drove in the early 60's. He and his friends spent countless hours restoring the classic mount to race condition and joined the Sportsman ranks at Saugus Speedway.

After spending several season mastering the flat third-mile, Lyon decided it was time for a new challenge and joined the Featherlite Southwest Series. Since 1988, Lyon has amassed a career record of more than 247 career appearances with 191 consecutive starts. He is the fourth driver to earn more than $300,000 in career winnings, and has four victories, 42 top-five, and 88 top-ten finishes to his record. He has won six Bud Pole Awards, and has finished in the top-ten final point standings eleven times, with his best a career best finish of fifth in 1996.

When asked to reflect on his accomplishments, Lyon smiles. "That's what happens when you're around long enough," Lyon said. "I love this series, it's the best out there. We have the best crowds, the best show, and the most cars. There is nothing better then winning. That is why I keep coming back. I want to win."

At 40 years old, Lyon's dedication to racing is only matched to his dedication to his family. With his wife Allison of ten years, he has raised two children, daughter Jamie (10) and son Jake (8). "It is hard to be at the track sometimes," Lyon said. "My kids are growing up and they are involved in sports and other activities, it is tough to miss those times. I love my family and racing. I still have a lot of racing to do."

Robertson Wows Hometown Crowd

Erie, Colo. (August 18, 2002) Jerry Robertson of nearby by Arvada, Colo. used track experience and dazzled his hometown crowd en route to his first career Featherlite Southwest Series, NASCAR Touring victory Saturday evening in the United Power/Touchstone Energy “150” at Colorado National Speedway. A hard-charging David Gilliland was second, with series point leader Eddy McKean coming home third. Jim Pettit II rallied to finish fourth and RE/MAX Challenge Series regular Brian Hoppe rounded out the top five.

Burney Lamar of West Sacramento, Calif. set a new track qualifying record and earned his fourth Bud Pole Award of the season. Lamar’s time of 15.736 seconds/85.791mph paced 37 drivers in qualifying. The entire field was separated by less than 6/10’s of a second with an average qualifying time of 16.043 seconds. Local driver Travis Clark was second quick, followed by Scott Schmidt, Chris Muhler, and Jim Pettit II rounding out the top five qualifiers. The lightning fast qualifying speeds left several drivers scratching their collective heads. Two-time defending race winner Auggie Vidovich Jr. qualified 18th, with former track record holder M.K. Kanke, posting the 17th fasted time.

40 drivers were on hand but unfortunately three drivers had trouble in practice and were not able to make a qualifying attempt. Most notably was current track point leader and NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by Dodge Regional leader Roger Avants. Avants, a former winner on the Featherlite Southwest Series, blew a motor in practice and was unable to change his power plant before qualifying began.

With only twenty-six starting positions available for the 150-lap sprint, thirteen drivers lined up for the 20 lap non-qualifiers race that would see two drivers transfer to the big dance. Brian Hoppe won from the eighth starting position and made the transfer along with local driver Mike Snow. Failing to make the show were Bear Lynch, Danny Mientka, Scott Backman, Rocky Nash, Tim Schendel, Bruce Yackey, Greg Fowler, Kevin Clark, Ed Belec, Ronnie White II, and R.P. Dykes.

Lamar led the field to green in front of a standing room only crowd of more than 14,400 dedicated Colorado race fans. Lamar has led the most laps of any driver this season and looked to dominate another event. Lamar led the first 15-laps before his car started to push up the racetrack allowing Jim Pettit II to assume control of the race. Pettit, enjoying recent on-track success, paced the field for the next nineteen circuits. The first of three cautions flew on lap 24 when Lamar and Chris Muhler tangled on the backstretch. Muhler was able to continue but Lamar’s night ended with heavy suspension damage.

Pettit continued to lead the race on the lap 30 restart but elected to save his tires for a run later in the race, allowing a fast moving freight train named Jerry Robertson to take over the lead on lap 35. Robertson blistered through the field, at times producing a lead of three seconds over Pettit. At the one-third mark, Robertson was at the point, followed by Pettit, Eddy McKean, David Gilliland, Brandon Whitt, Frank Maronski Jr., Brian Hoppe, Chris Muhler, Mike Ledbetter, and Steve Belletto rounding out the top-10.

The second caution period came when the car of Todd Souza lost power and was unable make it to the pits. Souza was assisted off the track and returned nine laps down to finish in the 20th position. Robertson continued to pace the field through the middle section of the race, even though his car started to produce smoke that grew increasing worse. By the halfway point, the top four were the same and Brian Hoppe made his way up to fifth from his 25th starting position. The second five were led by Chris Muhler, followed by Whitt, Ledbetter, with M.K. Kanke and Auggie Vidovich Jr. joining the top-10.

The final caution flag waved on lap 110 for the car of Mike Snow who spun in turn 2 and was unable to re-fire. The final restart came on lap 116, the perfect time for Pettit to make his planned move. That plan was foiled when the #03 Hall Kinion mount developed a miss in the engine that got progressively worse. First McKean got by Pettit, then David Gilliland made the move around the Ford. Meanwhile, Robertson was able to negotiate the traffic and build a substantial lead over McKean. Gilliland moved past McKean on lap 134 and started to close in on Robertson. Gilliland was 3/10’s of a second faster each lap then Robertson but in the end he did not have enough laps to catch the local star. Robertson took the checkers .187 seconds ahead of Gilliland. McKean finished third to pad his point lead, with Pettit holding on to fourth, and Brian Hoppe rounding out the top-5 finishers.

Finishing sixth through tenth were Doug McCoun, M.K. Kanke, Brandon Whitt, Travis Clark, and frank Maronski Jr. rounding out the top-ten. Failing to finish the 150-lap distance were Scott Schmidt (accident), Lamar (suspension), two-time race winner Auggie Vidovich Jr. (electrical), Mike Snow (brakes), Scott Busby (engine), Richard Burton (suspension), and Mike Gallegos (engine). Nineteen of the 26 drivers who started the race were running at the end.

“This is a big win for us,” Robertson said. “I borrowed this car because my car was not ready and it just worked flawlessly. I was concerned when my car started to smoke, but as long as it kept sticking I was going for it. This is such a tough series to win in and I hoped my experience here at CNS would pay off, and it did.”

Finishing second and recording his third straight top-ten finish for new car owner Rich Fountain was David Gilliland. “This whole team works real hard and this finish is a testament to the team,” Gilliland said. “I wish this race was a few laps longer, I think I could have caught Jerry (Robertson) and made a move for the win. This finish just shows what we are capable of and how good we are going to be.”

Extending his point lead with his sixth top-five finish of the season was Eddy McKean. “You always want to win,” McKean said. “My car just got a little tight at the end, but I am real happy to finish third. This finish goes a long way towards a championship. I am excited about how we have run all season. CNS is a fun track to race and tonight was real competitive.”

Collecting his fifth straight top-ten finish and third top-five finish of the season was Jim Pettit II. “I am disappointed that we weren’t able to contend for the win,” Pettit said. “I think we had the car to beat, I was just riding around waiting for the final 30-laps. When the motor started to miss, my heart sank. This finish proves what a great team we have, but man did I want to win this thing.”

Making the long tow from Madison, Wisc. was RE/MAX Challenger Series regular Brian Hoppe. Hoppe finished fifth but was hoping for better. “To finish fifth after starting at the back is pretty good,” Hoppe said. “I had a great car; one I think could have won this race. At the end the car seemed to go neutral so I could not mount much of a challenge. Lapped traffic hurt us a little, but fifth is real good.”

McKean extended his point lead to 120 markers over M.K. Kanke. Lamar falls to third after a 25th place finish 124-points behind McKean. Pettit maintains the fourth in the standings 155-points behind. Doug McCoun jumps back into the top-five 195-points back. The second five see Todd Souza in sixth, with Frank Maronski Jr., Steve Belletto, Brandon Whitt, and Joe Herold rounding out the top-ten.

A new race record was set for the 150-lap distance at 49 minutes, 8 seconds. Lamar collected his fourth Bud Pole Award of the season, and Jerry Robertson won the Gatorade Front Runner Award for leading the most laps (116), and Brandon Whitt was the Rookie-of-the-Race. The average race speed was 68.690 mph with only three cautions for 18-laps, and the margin of victory was .187 seconds. There were two lead changes among three drivers.

The Featherlite Southwest Series drivers will take two months off before returning to action on Sunday, October 20 at Mesa Marin Raceway as part of the “October Classic” weekend. The Sunday afternoon race is slated for 150-laps. The final race of the 2002 season will be on Thursday, November 7 at Phoenix Int’l Raceway where the 17th series champion will be crowned.

The Featherlite Southwest Series is one of eight NASCAR Touring Series that blanket the United States. NASCAR Touring brings special events to many NASCAR Weekly Racing Series tracks and some NASCAR superspeedways and road courses. NASCAR Touring Series can provide a competitor with an entire career, or they can provide valuable experience to competitors moving through the NASCAR ranks. Corporate sponsors make significant contributions to NASCAR Touring Series point funds. The sponsors include Anheuser-Busch, Featherlite Trailers, Gatorade, Goody's Headache Powders, Raybestos Brakes, Hills Brothers Coffee, RE/MAX International, Inc., and R.J. Reynolds brand Winston.

Featherlite Southwest Series
NASCAR Touring
Standings as of August 17, 2002
Following the United Power/Touchstone Energy "150" at Colorado National Speedway, Erie, Colo.
									                                          Laps Completed
Pos	  Driver	       Hometown			Points	 $Won   Starts  Wins  Top 5 Top 10	Out
of 1518
1 	 Eddy McKean 	 Jerome, Idaho 	 	 1,755 	 $36,550 	12 	1 	6 	8 	 1,480
2 	 M.K. Kanke 	 Frazier Park, Calif. 	 1,635 	 $28,300 	12 	1 	6 	9 	 1,369
3 	 Burney Lamar 	 W. Sacremento, Calif. 	 1,631 	 $32,000 	12 	2 	5 	7
4 	 Jim Pettit II 	 Prunedale, Calif. 	 1,600 	 $18,150 	12 	0 	3 	5 	 1,498
5 	 Doug McCoun 	 Prunedale, Calif. 	 1,560 	 $18,280 	11 	1 	2 	7 	 1,292
6 	 Todd Souza 	 Watsonville, Calif 	 1,541 	 $20,225 	12 	0 	2 	6 	 1,473
7 	 Frank Maronski Jr.Quartz Hill, Calif. 	 1,536 	 $16,555 	12 	0 	2 	6
8 	 Steve Belletto	 Modesto, Calif.	       1,411 	 $13,000 	11 	0 	2 	3
9 	 Brandon Whitt 	 El Cajon, Calif. 	 1,409 	 $13,585 	12 	0 	1 	3 	 1,343
10 	 Joe Herold 	 Poway, Calif. 	       1,402 	 $14,105 	12 	0 	0 	3 	 1,474
11 	 Mike Ledbetter 	 Ceres, Calif. 	       1,277 	 $12,515 	11 	0 	0 	2
12 	 Bob Lyon 	       Aqua Duce, Calif. 	 1,233 	 $12,550 	12 	0 	1 	1
13 	 David Gilliland 	 Riverside, Calif. 	 1,159 	 $16,650 	8 	1 	3 	5 	 917
14 	 Sean Woodside	 Saugus, Calif.	       1,124 	 $16,775 	8 	1 	4 	5 	 924
15 	 Scott Busby 	 Martinez, Calif. 	 1,104 	 $10,230 	9 	0 	0 	0 	 1,079
16 	 Auggie Vidovich Jr.Lakeside, Calif. 	 1,077 	 $14,400 	9 	0 	2 	4 	 805
17 	 Rocky Nash 	 Murrieta, Calif. 	 1,038 	 $9,370 	9 	0 	0 	0 	 808
18 	 Nick Joanides 	 Woodland Hills, Calif.    866 	 $9,150 	8 	0 	0 	2
19 	 Eric Holmes	 Escalon, Calif.	         836 	 $13,550 	6 	1 	3 	3 	 500
20 	 Greg Fowler 	 Longmont, Colo. 	         798 	 $6,800 	6 	0 	0 	0 	 639
21 	 Scott Schmidt 	 Fort Lupton, Colo. 	   748 	 $4,285 	5 	0 	0 	0 	 532
22 	 Kenny Shepherd	 Merced, Calif.	         733 	 $10,400 	5 	0 	2 	3 	 474
23 	 Scott Lynch 	 Burley, Idaho 	         680 	 $12,280 	5 	0 	2 	2 	 459
24 	 Jimmy White 	 Covina, Calif. 	         674 	 $5,395 	5 	0 	0 	0 	 614
25 	 Zach Niessner 	 Royal City, Wash 	   658 	 $8,695 	6 	0 	2 	2 	 610
26 	 Danny Burson 	 Albequerque, NM 	         657 	 $2,750 	2 	0 	0 	0 	 291
27 	 Dan Holtz 	       Pacific Palisades, Calif. 654 	 $5,515 	6 	0 	1 	1
28 	 Greg Voigt 	 Santa Barbara, Calif. 	   610 	 $3,990 	4 	0 	1 	1 	 418
29 	 John Baker 	 Tucson, Ariz. 	         603 	 $6,485 	6 	0 	0 	1 	 451
30 	 JR Patton 	       Los Cruces, NM 	         575 	 $3,160 	2 	0 	0 	0
31 	 Greg Potts 	 Manteca, Calif. 	         453 	 $2,375 	3 	0 	0 	1 	 296
32 	 Jason Allen 	 Las Vegas, Nev. 	         443 	 $3,605 	4 	0 	0 	0 	 373
33 	 Frank Deiny Jr. 	 Mechanicsburg, Virg. 	   435 	 $3,050 	4 	0 	0 	2
34 	 Rod Johnson 	 Canyon Country, Calif.    433 	 $2,475 	3 	0 	0 	2 	 325
35 	 Adam Andretti 	 Brownsville, Ind. 	   398 	 $3,080 	3 	0 	0 	0 	 210
36 	 Jason Fensler 	 Wilton, Calif. 	         376 	 $3,175 	3 	0 	0 	0 	 305
37 	 Keith Spangler	 Chatsworth, Calif.	   374 	 $2,800 	2 	0 	1 	2 	 299
38 	 Craig Raudman 	 Bakersfield, Calif. 	   368 	 $2,860 	3 	0 	0 	1 	 412
39 	 Sean Monroe	 Venice, Calif.	         364 	 $2,650 	3 	0 	0 	0 	 217
40 	 Tony Toste 	 Pismo Beach, Calif. 	   358 	 $3,135 	4 	0 	0 	0 	 303
41 	 Scott Brandt 	 Kalispell, Mont. 	   347 	 $2,850 	2 	0 	1 	1 	 225
42 	 Chris Wadsworth	 Oakley, Calif.	         329 	 $1,675 	1 	0 	0 	1 	 150
43 	 Ron Strmiska Jr.  Manteca, Calif. 	         322 	 $4,850 	2 	1 	1 	2
44 	 Thomas Martin 	 Auburn, Calif. 	         314 	 $2,900 	3 	0 	0 	0 	 201
45 	 Joe Zampa 	       Napa, Calif. 	         288 	 $1,325 	2 	0 	0 	0 	 229
46 	 Paul Menard 	 Eau Claire, Wisc. 	   280 	 $4,550 	2 	0 	0 	2 	 168
47 	 Bruce Yackey 	 Greeley, Colo. 	         273 	 $3,225 	2 	0 	0 	0 	 202
48 	 David Philpott 	 Tracy, Calif. 	         261 	 $1,090 	1 	0 	0 	0 	 79
49 	 Jim Inglebright 	 Fairfield, Calif. 	   229 	 $8,875 	1 	1 	1 	1 	 64
50 	 Rick Suran 	 Estacada, Ore. 	         216 	 $2,600 	1 	0 	0 	1 	 104
United Power/Touchstone Energy "150"
Colorado National Speedway

Erie, Colo., August 17, 2002
3/8-Mile Paved Oval
150-Laps, 75-Miles, Purse $58,900

Pos	Qual	Car		Driver	Team	Laps	Points	$ Won	Status
1 	8 	75 		Jerry Robertson	Coldwell Banker/Lucas Oil Chevrolet	150 	180
7,275 	Running
2 	13 	11 		David Gilliland	Centrifugal Technologies/Condenser & Chiller
Chevrolet	150 	170 	4,750 	Running
3 	6 	19 		Eddy McKean	HPS Mechanical/Victory Circle/Magic Valley Pipe &
Steel Pontiac	150 	165 	3,500 	Running
4 	5 	03		Jim Pettit II	Hall Kinion/Career Builder/Bay Pac Racing Ford	150
160 	2,900 	Running
5 	25 	51 		Brian Hoppe	Gildan Activewear Chevrolet	150 	155 	2,000 	Running
6 	7 	34 		Doug McCoun	Marina Motor Co./Truline/Wynn's Chevrolet	150 	150
1,600 	Running
7 	17 	98 		M.K. Kanke	Community Recycling/Watkins Engines/Mechanix Wear
Chevrolet	150 	146 	1,900 	Running
8 	16 	28 	#	Brandon Whitt	Moen Faucets/STR/Simpson Race Products/Auto Pro
Chevrolet	150 	142 	1,800 	Running
9 	2 	79 		Travis Clark	Merkl's Automotive Chevrolet	150 	138 	1,275
10 	15 	7 		Frank Maronski Jr.	Stock Building Supply/Ron Rear Ends/Grip Rite
Chevrolet	149 	134 	1,600 	Running
11 	4 	95 		Chris Muhler	Tri-County Parts Chevrolet	149 	130 	1,100 	Running
12 	9 	61 		Mike Ledbetter	Pabco Gypsum/ER Vine & Sons/Bills Drywall
Chevrolet	149 	127 	1,475 	Running
13 	23 	44 		Bob Lyon	Northridge Rentals/LTR/Ron's Rear Ends Chevrolet	149
124 	1,450 	Running
14 	21 	5 		Joe Herold	Quality Chevorlet  Chevrolet	149 	121 	1,425 	Running
15 	22 	70 		Jason Fensler	Star Nursery.com/Dr. Q's  Fertilizer Chevrolet
147 	118 	975 	Running
16 	11 	30 	#	Steve Belletto	California Hot Wood/Ashby Const./Hill Plumbing
Chevrolet	146 	115 	1,375 	Running
17 	14 	97 		JR Patton	Patricks Carpets/Las Cruces Motorsports/Twin Pine
Casino  Pontiac	145 	112 	1,350 	Running
18 	10 	56 		Danny Burson	Great Western Electric Chevrolet	143 	109 	1,325
19 	12 	06		Mike Gallegos	Steve's Transmissions Chevrolet	142 	106 	800
20 	20 	6 		Todd Souza	Central Coast Cabinets Ford	141 	103 	1,300 	Running
21 	19 	36 		Richard Burton	Mel's Conoco/First Source Lending Chevrolet	139
100 	800 	Suspension
22 	24 	73 		Scott Busby	Richmond American Homes/Sheehan Construction
Chevrolet	131 	97 	1,300 	Engine
23 	26 	39 		Mike Snow	Bradley Motorsports/Sav-O-Mat Chevrolet	105 	94 	800
24 	18 	59 		Auggie Vidovich Jr.	PG Series/Ransom Brothers/Creative
Touch/Carquest Chevrolet	103 	91 	1,300 	Electrical
25 	1 	33 		Burney Lamar	TRI-C Mfg./Diamond City/Amerisuites/DC Racing
Engines Chevy	22 	88 	1,650 	Suspension
26 	3 	52 		Scott Schmidt	The Wright Group/Smitty's/Elite Int'l Chevrolet	17
85 	1,325 	Accident

# Rookie-of-the-Year Contenders
Failed to Qualify: Bear Lynch, Danny Mientka, Scott Backman, Rocky Nash, Tim Schendel, Bruce Yackey, Greg Fowler, Kevin Clark, Ed Belec, Ronnie White II, R.P. Dykes
		Doug  Adams, Dave Finley, Roger Avants
TIME OF RACE: 49 minutes, 8 seconds (New Race Record)
AVERAGE SPEED: 68.690 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY:  .187 seconds
BUD POLE AWARD:  Burney Lamar, Tri-C Mfg. Chevrolet 15.736/85.791 mph (New Qualifying Record) GATORADE FRONT RUNNER AWARD:  Jerry Robertson, Coldwell Banker Chevrolet ROOKIE-OF-THE-RACE AWARD: Brandon Whitt, Moen Faucet Chevrolet CAUTION FLAGS:  Three for18 laps (24-29, 51-55, 110-116) LAP LEADERS:  Burney Lamar (1-15), Jim Pettit II (16-34), Jerry Robertson

1 Eddy McKean	1755	(1)
2 M.K. Kanke	1635	(1)
3 Burney Lamar	1631	(2)
4 Jim Pettit II	1600	-
5 Doug McCoun	1560	(1)
6 Todd Souza	1541	-
7 Frank Maronski Jr.	1536	-
8 Steve Belletto	1411	-
9 Brandon Whitt	1409	-
10 Joe Herold	1402	-
11 Mike Ledbetter	1277	-
12 Bob Lyon	1233	-
13 David Gilliland	1159	(1)
14 Sean Woodside	1124	(1)
15 Scott Busby	1104	-
16 Auggie Vidovich Jr.	1077	-
17 Rocky Nash	1038	-
18 Nick Joanides	866	-
19 Eric Holmes	836	(1)
20 Greg Fowler	798	-

Name	Pts
Burney Lamar	4
M.K. Kanke	2
Dan Holtz	1
Rocky Nash	1
Jim Pettit II	1
John Baker	1
Steve Belletto	1
Kevin Vernon	1

Name	Pts
Burney Lamar	21
Eddy McKean	4
Craig Raudman	4
Kenny Shepherd	4
Sean Woodside	3
Ken Schrader	3
Jerry Robertson	3
John Baker	2
M.K. Kanke	2
Dan Holtz	2
Ed Hoffman	1
Paul Menard	1
Nick Joanides	1
Ron Strminska Jr.	1
Matt Crafton	1
David Gilliland	1
Jim Inglebright	1
Paul Menard	1
Brandon Whitt	1
Doug McCoun	1
Eric Holmes 	1
Jim Pettit II	1

  1 – Brandon Whitt	107
  2 – Steve Belletto	100
  3 – David Gilliland*	31
  4 – Dan Holtz*	26
  5 – Jason Allen*	23
  6- - Greg Voigt*	17
  7 – Jason Fensler*	17
  8 – Adam Andretti*	16
  9 – Thomas Martin*	6
*Withdrawn from ROTY Program

Chevrolet	103	11
Pontiac	66	1
Ford	60	0
Featherlite Southwest Series, NASCAR Touring
United Power/Touchstone Energy "150"
Colorado National Speedway, Erie, Colo., August 17, 2002 150-Laps/56.25-Miles on 3/8-Mile Paved Oval, Purse: $58,900 Finishing position, starting position, driver, car, laps completed, reason out, money won.

   1. (8) Jerry Robertson, Chevrolet, 150, Running, $7,275;
   2. (13) David Gilliland, Chevrolet, 150, Running, $4,750;
   3. (6) Eddy McKean, Pontiac, 150, Running, $3,500;
   4. (5) Jim Pettit II, Ford, 150, Running, $2,900;
   5. (25) Brian Hoppe, Chevrolet, 150, Running, $2,000;
   6. (7) Doug McCoun, Chevrolet, 150, Running, $1,600;
   7. (17) M.K. Kanke, Chevrolet, 150, Running, $1,900;
   8. (16) Brandon Whitt, Chevrolet, 150, Running, $1,800;
   9. (2) Travis Clark, Chevrolet, 150, Running, $1,275;
   10. (15) Frank Maronski Jr., Chervolet, 149, Running, $1,600;
   11. (4) Chris Muhler, Chevrolet, 149, Running, $1,100;
   12. (9) Mike Ledbetter, Chevrolet, 149, Running, $1,475;
   13. (23) Bob Lyon, Chevrolet, 149, Running, $1,450;
   14. (21) Joe Herold, Chevrolet, 149, Running, $1,425;
   15. (22) Jason Fensler, Chevrolet, 147, Running, $975;
   16. (11) Steve Belletto, Chevrolet, 146, Running, $1,375;
   17. (14) JR Patton, Pontiac, 145, Running, $1,350;
   18. (10) Danny Burson, Chevrolet, 143, Running, $1,325;
   19. (12) Mike Gellegos, Chevrolet, 142, Running, $800;
   20. (20) Todd Souza, Ford, 141, Running, $1,300;
   21. (19) Richard Burton, Chevrolet, 139, Running, $800;
   22. (24) Scott Busby, Chevrolet, 131, Running, $1,300;
   23. (26) Mike Snow, Chevrolet, 105, Running, $800;
   24. (18) Auggie Vidovich Jr., Chevrolet, 103, Running, $1,300;
   25. (1) Burney Lamar, Chevrolet, 22, Running, $1,650;
   26. (3) Scott Schmidt, Chevrolet, 17, Running, $1,325;

# Rookie-of-the-Year Contenders
Failed to Qualify: Bear Lynch, Danny Mientka, Scott Backman, Rocky Nash, Tim Schendel, Bruce Yackey, Greg Fowler, Kevin Clark, Ed Belec, Ronnie White II, R.P. Dykes
  Doug  Adams, Dave Finley, Roger Avants
TIME OF RACE: 49 minutes, 8 seconds (New Race Record)
AVERAGE SPEED: 68.690 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY:  ..187 seconds
BUD POLE AWARD:  Burney Lamar, Tri-C Mfg. Chevrolet 15.736/85.791 mph GATORADE FRONT RUNNER AWARD:  Jerry Robertson, Coldwell Banker Chevrolet ROOKIE-OF-THE-RACE AWARD: Brandon Whitt, Moen Faucet Chevrolet CAUTION FLAGS:  Three for18 laps (24-29, 51-55, 110-116) LAP LEADERS:  Bureny Lamar (1-15), Jim Pettit II (16-34), Jerry Robertson

Ron Strmiska Jr. comes from behind to Win (4-27-02)!

Stockton, Calif. (April 27, 2002) Ron Strminska Jr. became only the sixth
driver to win a Featherlite Southwest Series, NASCAR Touring event in his
first start. Strminska started the 125-lap duel shotgun on the field after
transferring from the non-qualifiers race in which he was involved in a last
lap incident with Adam Andretti. Strminska's car was slightly damage but his
crew was able to make repairs in time for the main event at Stockton 99
Speedway, which saw the return of the Featherlite Southwest Series after a
six year hiatus.
Strminska dazzled the hometown crowd as he reeled in then leader Burney
Lamar and made the pass for the lead on lap 123. Lamar finished in second,
with Todd Souza coming home a solid third. Bob Lyon was fourth with series
veteran M.K. Kanke rallying for fifth after falling down a lap early.
Rounding out the top ten were Doug McCoun, Steve Belletto, John Baker, Sean
Woodside, and Greg Potts.
Strminska led only three laps in route to his first series victory worth
more than $3,925. The race was slowed seven times for 45 laps of caution and
took 45 minutes, 48 seconds to complete at an average speed of 40.938. Jim
Pettit II won his first career series Bud Pole Award with a quick lap of
13.337 seconds/67.481 MPH on the high-banked quarter mile paved oval. Steve
Belletto of Modesto, Calif. was the Rookie-of-the-Race for the second
consecutive event. Belletto also transferred to the big dance after winning
the 25-lap non-qualifiers race.
By virtue of his second place finish, Burney Lamar takes over the points
lead after Eddy McKean struggled and finished 18th. Lamar leads Sean
Woodside, McKean, M.K. Kanke, and Joe Herold. The series travels next to the
one-mile oval at Pikes Peak Int'l Raceway for a 100-lap race on Sunday, May
19, 2002 in a companion event with the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.


Featherlite Southwest Series

NASCAR Touring

Stockton "125"

Stockton 99 Speedway, Stockton, Calif., April 27, 2002

125 Laps,31.25 Miles on 1/4-Mile Paved Oval, Purse: $35,850

Finishing position, starting position, driver, car, laps completed, reason

out, money won.

1. (22) Ron Strminska Jr., Chevrolet, 125, Running, $3,925;

2. (7) Burney Lamar, Chevrolet, 125, Running, $2,950;

3. (11) Todd Souza, Ford, 125, Running, $1,850;

4. (14) Bob Lyon, Chevrolet, 125, Running, $1,450;

5. (4) M.K. Kanke, Chevrolet, 125, Running, $1,450;

6. (16) Doug McCoun, Chevrolet, 125, Running, $1,250;

7. (21) Steve Belletto, Chevrolet, 125, Running, $975;

8. (1) John Baker, Chevrolet, 125, Running, $925;

9. (10) Sean Woodside, Chevrolet, 125, Running, $1,150;

10. (13) Greg Potts, Chevrolet, 125, Running, $875;

11. (18) Joe Herold, Chevrolet, 125, Running, $1,075;

12. (2) Nick Joanides, Chevrolet, 124, Running, $800;

13. (9) Jimmy White, Chevrolet, 124, Running, $775;

14. (15) Nathan Tucker, Chevrolet, 122, Running, $725;

15. (8) Jim Pettit II, Ford, 120, Running, $1,350;

16. (10) Mike Ledbetter, Chevrolet, 112, Running, $925;

17. (5) Brandon Whitt, Chevrolet, 106, Running, $950;

18. (17) Eddy McKean, Pontiac, 95, Running, $1,100;

19. (19) Frank Maronski Jr., Chevrolet, 81, Accident, $850;

20. (6) Jason Fensler, Chevrolet, 71, Accident, $700;

21. (12) Dan Holtz, Ford, 35, Steering, $600;

22. (3) Sean Monroe, Chevrolet, 4, Engine, $600;

# Rookie-of-the-Year Contenders

Failed to Qualify: Adam Andretti, David Philpott, Eric Holmes, Chris

Wadsworth, Eric Schmidt, Greg Voigt, Kenny Shepherd, David Gilliland, Rocky

Nash, Scott Schmidt,

Danny Burson, Joe Zampa, Auggie Vidovich Jr., Scott Busby, Mike David

TIME OF RACE: 45 minutes, 48 seconds


MARGIN OF VICTORY: .330 seconds

BUD POLE AWARD: Jim Pettit II, Hall Kinion.Com Ford

GATORADE FRONT RUNNER AWARD: Burney Lamar, TRI-C MFG./Waveshield Chevrolet

ROOKIE-OF-THE-RACE AWARD: Steve Belletto, California Hot Woods Chevrolet

CAUTION FLAGS: Seven for 45 Laps (2-7, 15-25, 52-55, 63-67, 70-75, 86-94,


LAP LEADERS: John Baker 1-47, Burney Lamar 48-122, Ron Strminska Jr. 123-125

Featherlite Southwest Series NASCAR Touring Division Roster as of 4/15/02
Stockton 99 Speedway, April 27, 2002
  Car#      Driver             Sponsor                                    Hometown                          Crew Chief
1.  5 Joe Herold Quality Chevorlet/Nelson & Nelson Race Cars Chevrolet Poway, Calif. Barry O'Brien
2.  6 Todd Souza Central Coast Cabinets Ford Watsonville, Calif Dan Joiner
3.  7 Frank Maronski Jr. Stock Building Supply/Ron Rear Ends/Grip Rite Chevrolet Quartz Hill, Calif. Frank Maronski Sr.
4.  9 Kenny Shepherd Save Mart/Mt. Dew Chevrolet Merced, Calif. Mike Roose
5. 10 Nick Joanides Jackson Race Cars Chevrolet Woodland Hills, Calif. Dave Jackson
6. 11 Jimmy White Centrifugal Technologies/Condenser & Chiller Serv. Chevrolet Covina, Calif. Loren Spangler Calif. Vince Barnes
7. 16 Sean Monroe CBA Motorsports/LTR Racing Engines Chevrolet Venice,
8. 17 Bob Strandwold Strandwold Racing Chevrolet Modesto, Calif. Jeff Strandwold
9. 18 John Baker Melo's Gas and Gear/Mid-States Truck and Rigging Inc. Chevrolet Tucson, Ariz. Tracy Norman
10. 19 Eddy McKean HPS/Victory Circle/Magic Valley Pipe & Steel Pontiac Jerome, Idaho Mark Lungren
11. 21 Thomas Martin Snap-on Tools/NAPA/Strickly Toy-Ondas Chevrolet Auburn, Calif. Sean Carpenter
12. 28 Brandon Whitt Moen Faucets/STR Chevrolet El Cajon, Calif. Steve Teets
13. 30 Steve Belletto California Hot Woods/Ashby Const./ Chevrolet Modesto,Calif. Jim Ashby
30. 31 Greg Potts Anderson ConcretePumping / FriendlyChevrolet  Manteca  Mike Nacimento
14. 33 Burney Lamar TRI-C Mfg./Waveshield/TRI-C Tire Shredder Chevrolet W. Sacremento, Calif. Junior Joiner
15. 34 Doug McCoun Wynn's/TruLine/Tech Cool Chevrolet Prunedale, Calif. Raymond Brown
33. 48 David Gilliland Lukes Transmissions / Domino's / Jan's Towing Chevrolet  Riverside, CA., Bob Johns
16. 52 Scott Schmidt The Wright Group/Smitty's/Elite Int'l Chevrolet Fort Lupton, Colo. Tony Malara
16. 56  Danny Burson Great Western Electric Chevrolet  Albequeque, NM., Scott Burson
17. 59 Auggie Vidovich Jr. PG Series/Ransom Brothers/Creative Touch/Carquest Chevrolet Lakeside, Calif. Terry Henry
17. 61 Mike Ledbetter  Pabco Gypsum/ER Vine & Sons/ Bills Drywall Chevrolet  Ceres, CA.   Harold Long
18. 63 Eric Holmes Taco Bell/Wayne Tuel Enterprises Chevrolet Escalon, Calif. Steve Holmes
19. 71 Greg Fowler Plum Creek Mortgage/Sunoco Race Fuels Chevrolet Longmont, Colo. Rod Fowler
20. 73 Scott Busby Richmond American Homes/Ron Gross Racing Eng. Chevrolet Martinez, CA., Richard Blanchard
21. 74 Jason Allen Wolfe Motorsports/Buzards Eye Inst/EZ Up Canopies Pontiac Ceres, Calif. Brian Kiser
22. 75  Jason Fensler  Fensler Motorsports Chevrolet Wilton, CA., David McGuinness
22. 80 Jon Nelson Ultra Wheels Pontiac Hemet, Calif. Eric Newman
23. 81 Scott Lynch Yerf-Dog Fun Karts/Mr. Gas Chevrolet Burley, Idaho Allen Montes
24. 86 Adam Andretti Countryman Motorsports Chevrolet Brownsburg, Ind. Roger Bracken
25. 88 Rocky Nash Honda Cars of Corona/The Body Shop Pontiac Murrieta, Calif. Chris Greeney
25. 90  Ron Strmiska Jr., Manteca, CA
26. 97 JR Patton Patricks Carpets/Los Cruces Motorsports Pontiac Los Cruces, NM Scott Brandt
27. 98 M.K. Kanke Community Recycling/Watkins Engines/Mechanix Wear Chevrolet Frazier Park, Calif. Sean Johns
28. 03 Jim Pettit II Hall Kinion.com/Bay Pac Racing Ford Prunedale, Calif. Duane Sharp
29. 09 Greg Voight Worldgate Networks/Belstein Shocks Chevrolet Santa Barbara, Calif. Bill Hindorff
31.       Nathan Tucker, Sonora, CA
33. 50  David Philpott, Tracy, CA
34.       Mike David, Modesto, CA
35. 35  Tim Bost, Modesto, CA
36.       Jeff Belletto, Modesto, CA
37. 34f Ken Boyd Ceres, CA

Derrick A. Shannon

Media Coordinator

Featherlite Southwest Series, NASCAR Touring





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