NASCAR Grand National Division, AutoZone West Series driver, Mike Duncan, took charge on the last lap of the Relocate Here 200 presented by the County of San Bernardino with a daring three-wide pass at Auto Club Speedway on Friday night.
"All around, it was a great effort," said Duncan, driver of the No. 9 Lucas Oil/Ron's Rear Ends Chevrolet. "We had a great strategy taking the tires late and boy did that thing come on¿. It was an experience I will never forget¿. Thanks to all of the Auto Club Speedway staff."
Duncan was able to take the lead coming around Turn 3 when Brett Thompson, driver of the No. 61 Thompson Motorsports/VaCom Technology Chevrolet, came up into the barrier wall. He eventually finished the race in fifth place.
The race tied two Auto Club Speedway West Series records with the most caution laps at 33 among seven caution flags and one red flag, also set during the inaugural event in 1997.
Jim Inglebright, Eric Holmes, Nick Lynch and Thompson finished out the top-5 in the 200-mile event that lasted just over two hours.
The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series SONY HD 500 will rock the West Coast's premier sports and entertainment venue this Sunday, September 3. NASCAR's premier series rolls into the oval at speeds in excess of 180 mph and excitement found nowhere else in Southern California. With the grand opening of the Opportunity, California FanZone, Apex by Wolfgang Puck, the Miller Lite Rock 'n Racing Concert Series featuring Puddle of Mudd and a spectacular list of honorary race officials that includes Kelly Clarkson, Jim Belushi and Marcia Cross, this will be the one event not to miss on the West Coast. For ticket information, call 800-944-RACE  or log on to www.autoclubspeedway.com.