Holmes eyes Roseville three-peat

Toyota/Copart 150 runs Saturday at AAS
By: Staff Report
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Eric Holmes, in his No. 20 Napa Auto Parts Toyota Camry is looking for the top spot on the podium with a three-peat performance, in more ways than one, as he prepares for the NASCAR Camping World Series Toyota/Copart 150 season finale Saturday at the All American Speedway in Roseville. Standing in his way is likely to be Jason Bowles in the No. 6 Sunrise Ford–Ford. Both will need to be ready for a strong performance by rookie Paulie Harraka, in the No. 12 NAPA AutoCare Toyota Camry with seven top 10 wins in his first NCWS season. Holmes, the 2006 and 2008 Camping World Series West Champion, has hopes he can surpass Bowles, currently in the lead by 78 points, for his third Series championship. Statistically it can happen. The All American Speedway is home to another battle between these two fierce competitors. In March of 2008 it was Holmes in first, Bowles in second. In October 2008 Bowles arrived first, Harraka second. In March 2009 Holmes captured first and Bowles, second. A victory on Saturday would give Holmes a three-peat on his home track. All of the top 10 drivers in the Series will be battling for points to finish the season. Currently in fifth position is Paulie Harraka, a NASCAR Drive-for-Diversity driver, in his first full season in the Camping World West Series. Harraka is the 2008 Late Model track champion at AAS, and has had six top five finishes, with one win at the Colorado Speedway this year. He is considered the top candidate for the 2009 Rookie of the Year award. In addition to the NASCAR main event, race fans will be treated to USAC Sprint Cars and Midgets and a new feature event, the A-All Mini Storage Media Blitz 100 presented by Comcast. Local media celebrities have been practicing in the NASCAR Toyota Camrys prepared for them by Bill McAnally Racing. Usually holding the microphone, these radio and TV personalities are now giving the interviews and getting psyched up for 20 laps of friendly competition with the $1,000 purse going to the winner’s charity of choice. The midway opens at 3 p.m. with live music, race memorabilia, car displays, interactive exhibits and food vendors, and is open to the public with or without race tickets. Practice begins at noon Saturday and racing starts at 6 p.m. The green flag will be dropped at 8:40 p.m. for the Camping World Series Toyota/Copart 150, following pre-race ceremonies, driver introductions and the national anthem. FYI What: Toyota / Copart 150, presented by Golden State Steel and Stair; NASCAR Camping World Series – West finale; Also USAC Sprint Cars and Midgets,A-All Mini Storage Media Blitz 100 presented by Comcast When: Sat., Sept. 26 Time: Midway opens 3 p.m., NCWS Qualifying at 5 p.m. Tickets:$35 adult general admission, $15 juniors (ages 6-11) general admission, $70 VIP race & hospitality package Pit Pass:$50 per day non-members, $45 per day NASCAR members Purchase:Advance, 676-0256, at the gate as available starting at 2 p.m. Info: