David is In the Driver's Seat for West Season Finale
Championship Will Be Decided at Altamont
Mike David's #2 machine. (NASCAR / Denny Strimple photos)
Altamont Motorsports Park is gearing up for one of its most anticipated events of the year on Saturday, September 15th, as the Dan Gamel RV Centers 200 NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series season finale is set to take place on the "Fastest Half-Mile in the West". Also on tap is a 100 lap Western Late Model shootout where some of the best talent in west coast NASCAR local racing will be on display.
Grand National West driver, Mike David of Modesto Calif., currently holds a sizable lead in the Grand National West points standings and needs to finish 22nd place or better to be crowned the 2007 Grand National Division, West Series champion. A field of at least 30 cars is expected for the event.
David, who drives the No. 2 Bennett Lane Winery Ford, has put on an impressive display of driving talent this year, making podium appearances in seven of the 12 Grand National West events and has not failed to finish a race. David's last win took place at the West Series race at Altamont Motorsports Park on April 28th.
David was the series runner up last year and had a shot at the title at the season finale at Altamont Motorsports Park but suffered a flat tire and went on to witness his long time friend Eric Holmes of Escalon, Calif. crowned the 2006 champion.
Two time Grand National West champion, Mike Duncan, driving the No. 9 Lucas Oil/Ron’s Rear Ends Chevrolet, now sits in the spoiler spot - 95 points behind Mike David.
Holmes, who has not competed regularly in the West Series this year, is scheduled to take a run at the Dam Gamel RV Centers 200 podium on Saturday.
Other West Series non-regulars of note who are scheduled to field entries include Tracy's Ryan Philpott, Stockton's Ross Strmiska, 2005 SRL Champion Jason Fensler and two-time Shasta Raceway Park champion Kyle Cattanach who will be driving a Dan Gamel RV Centers-sponsored Toyota.
Mike David began racing in 1993, competing in the Grand American Modified division at Stockton 99 Speedway. He has captured the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Late Model Rookie of the Year, the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Late Model Championship at Madera Speedway and the Tri-Track Series, and the Spec Truck Series Central Series Championship. David began racing in the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series in 2001.
Not to be outdone, the NASCAR Whelen All-American Western Late Models will also hit the half mile for a 100 lap shootout. Expected entries include all four of Tracy's Philpott racing family, Ross Strmiska, Ceres Calif's Matt Erickson, Kyle Gottula, Mike Beeler and Brentwood Calif's Doff Cooksey. Cooksey will be making a return after suffering a hard hit at Altamont Motorsports Park on August 25th.
Strmiska is the current leader in California's NASCAR Whelen All-American Series points standings and is ranked 32rd in the national standings. Ryan Philpott is currently ranked 8th in the state standings.
Philpott holds a commanding points lead in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Western Late Model division at Altamont Motorsports Park.
Also on tap for Saturday is a 30 lap feature event from Altamont's Grand American Modified division.
Gates open at noon on Saturday. Western Late Model and Grand American Modified racing is set to start at 4:30pm. A West Series autograph session and driver introductions will kick off at 6:45pm with the Dan Gamel RV Centers 200 set to start at 7:3Opm. Ticket pricing is $35 General Admission, $30 for Seniors and $20 for youth.
Altamont Motorsports Park is located between Livermore and Tracy, Calif., within an hour's drive from most points in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as the Central Valley.