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GNW title gets Modesto's David 'cool' N.Y. trip

NASCAR division champions line up near the Brooklyn Bridge in New York.  From left, they are LW Miller (Whelen Southern Modified),  Joey Logano (Busch East), Steve Carlson (Midwest), Ron Hornaday (Craftsman Truck), Jimmie Johnson (Nextel Cup), Carl Edwards (Busch), Andrew Ranger (Canadian Tire), Modesto's Mike David (Grand National West) and Donny Lia (Whelen Modified).
NASCAR division champions line up near the Brooklyn Bridge in New York. From left, they are LW Miller (Whelen Southern Modified), Joey Logano (Busch East), Steve Carlson (Midwest), Ron Hornaday (Craftsman Truck), Jimmie Johnson (Nextel Cup), Carl Edwards (Busch), Andrew Ranger (Canadian Tire), Modesto's Mike David (Grand National West) and Donny Lia (Whelen Modified). NASCAR

Mike David could get used to the royal treatment.

The Modesto stock car driver would love to win another NASCAR Grand National West title and earn, among other things, a return trip to New York for the championship festivities.

David was one of nine major division champions in 2007, following in the treadmarks of Escalon's Eric Holmes from 2006.

One of the "coolest" things about David's first trip to the Big Apple was getting a police escort to the Brooklyn Bridge where he was photographed with the national winners, including two-time Nextel Cup champion Jimmie Johnson on Nov. 29.

David won two Grand National West races and consistently finished in the top 5 -- nine times in 13 races this season.

FAN SUPPORT -- The Infineon Raceway Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities will distribute $524,050 to 67 qualified youth organizations in Sonoma County after its 2007 campaign.

Some of that money -- $15,690 -- was contributed during the annual Speedway Children's Charities dinner in June, which was named in memory of Oakdale drag racer Eric Medlen.

The Sonoma racing facility raised more than $500,000 for the third consecutive year, bringing its total to $2.6 million since 2002. Speedway Children's Charities is the charitable arm of Speedway Motorsports, Inc., which owns and operates Infineon Raceway.

PINKS: ALL OUT -- Entries for the Speed Channel's live taping of the drag racing show "PINKS: All Out" on Sept. 5-6, 2008, at Sonoma's Infineon Raceway, are almost sold out.

More than 400 of the 450 spots in the drag-racing competition have been filled at $35 each. The Infineon Raceway show will be the PINKS season finale and is the only show event on the West Coast.

A tool chest and $18,000 are on the line for "grassroots" dragsters. Spectator tickets start at $10. Visit www.infineonraceway.com or www.speedtv.com for more details.

STOCKING STUFFERS -- Madera Speedway is promoting three 2008 season ticket packages for those needing last-minute holiday gifts. Season-ticket holders can pick their seats in the grandstand with a full-season pass, the HotWood 750 Series pass, or the Super Saturday pass, starting at $120. Every order this weekend includes a free Madera Speedway hat. Visit www.racemadera.com or e-mail tickets@racemadera.com.

Bee staff writer Kelly Jones can be reached at kjones@modbee.com or 578-2300.

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