Sean Whiteside took the NASCAR Winston West championship with a fifth-place finish Saturday behind Kevin Richards, who won the Coca-Cola 500.
"We came in here and did exactly what we wanted to do," Woodside said after winning the title for the first time. "I'm sure we'll be partying on the plane all the way home."
Woodside needed only to finish 28th in the race, the first NASCAR points-paying event outside North America.
Richards, driving a Chevrolet, led only the last four of 201 laps on the 1.549-mile Twin Ring Motegi oval. He averaged 151.95 mph in winning for the third time this year, and collected $83,470.
Austin Cameron was second in a Chevrolet, followed by the Ford of Eric Norris, and the Chevrolets of Brendan Gaughan and Woodside.
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