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Scott Gaylord tied for lead in championship standings in NASCAR WEST Grand National Scott Gaylord of Lakewood, Colo., finished fourth in the ...

Scott Gaylord tied for lead in championship standings in NASCAR WEST Grand National

Scott Gaylord of Lakewood, Colo., finished fourth in the #00 Oliver Gravity Separators/Denver Seminary Chevrolet winning $9,588 in the KING TACO 200 AT California Speedway NASCAR Grand National Division, West. Ken Schrader, Nexlet Cup Driver, visiting the West Series won the event at California Speedway.Gaylord is now tied for the top stop in the championship point stadings with Mike Duncun. Gaylord is the only driver to comlete all laps in this years races.

Televised on SPEED Channel cable network on May 15 at 9 a.m. PT.

The Weather was hot in California as we arrived for our practice day on Thursday.

With the car ready to go we were prepared for a two hour session before qualifying and after a couple laps Scott called in reporting an oil smell in the #00 Oliver Gravity Separators/Denver Seminary Chevrolet and we found a pretty substantial oil leak at the oil pump which was not evident during warm up. After complete diagnosis we discovered a very small screw on the oil pump at the end plate had sheared off, causing the leak. With no spare parts available at the track the crew determined it would have to fabricate something right there to replace the end plate, which they did, but was a lengthy process.

Once the necessary repairs were complete we only had about 25 min remaining in practice to get the car dialed in where Scott would be happy for both qualifying and the race. We qualified 16th out of 30 cars.

The rest of the weekend went well. The race was relitively clean for all, Scott consistantly moved up through the field. Our first stop came under green on lap 51.

We pitted one more time under yellow at lap 71 finishing off our schedueled stops.

The pit stops went perfect, the crew did a great job never loosing position in the pits.

At lap 92 while running forth another yellow came out, knowing it would be about a 5 lap shoot out we opted not to pit for tires while third place and fifth place did stop.

Upon the restart we were in third hoping to hold on and knowing that #08 & #88 would be charging from the rear with new right side tires.

Scott held on for a few laps but #08 had better grip with new tires was able to get by with about three to go. We finished fourth. The weekend was a good one for the Oliver team, the crew did a fantastic job overcoming the oil leak, Scott did a great job in the race and the teamwork together moved our team into a tie for first in the NASCAR Grand National West Series points race.

The next event on the 13-race schedule for the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series will be at Stockton (Calif.) 99 Speedway on May 29.

-sg-

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Ken Schrader , Scott Gaylord