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JEFF BARKSHIRE AUTOZONE APPEARANCE AND OTHER NOTES AROUND THE NASCAR AUTOZONE ELITE DIVISION, NORTHWEST SERIES DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 6, 2005) -- Jeff Barkshire, one of the leading Sunoco Rookie-of-the-Year contenders in the NASCAR ...

JEFF BARKSHIRE AUTOZONE APPEARANCE AND OTHER NOTES AROUND THE NASCAR AUTOZONE ELITE DIVISION, NORTHWEST SERIES

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 6, 2005) -- Jeff Barkshire, one of the leading Sunoco Rookie-of-the-Year contenders in the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Northwest Series, will be making a local appearance this Friday. The Auburn, Washington-based driver will be at the AutoZone store location in Burien for autographs and pictures. His No. 46 Dodge will also be on hand for fans to see up close and personal.

WHERE: AutoZone -- 120 SW 148th St., Burien, Washington
WHEN: Friday, July 8, 2005 from 6:00 -- 8:00 pm

Barkshire currently sits in fourth in the championship point standings led by Jeff Jefferson. Barkshire has posted consecutive top-five finishes, including a career-best finish in second last Saturday in Wenatchee, to move into the top 10 in points. He is the highest-ranking rookie in the standings.

THE RACE: Evergreen Speedway has teamed up with AutoZone to present this Saturday's AutoZone 125 presented by Oso Lumber. Many of the AutoZone stores in the northern Puget Sound area are offering a $5 discount coupon for admission to Evergreen Speedway for the big evening of racing. Additional ticket information can be obtained at (360) 805-6100 or at www.evergreenspeedway.com.

THE TRACK: Evergreen Speedway is scheduled to host its 56th Northwest Series event this Saturday evening, the most of any track the series has visited. In the 20 full years of the Northwest Series, Evergreen has been home to nearly three races per season. The very first Northwest Series race was held there on May 5, 1985. Eventual four-time champion Garrett Evans won that event. Evans has a long and storied career at Evergreen Speedway in the Northwest Series. He holds the qualifying record on the .646-mile oval with a time of 22.152 seconds (104.984 mph). He has won the most series events at the track with 13 and won more Bud Pole Awards with 16.

In this event, seven of the previous 19 winners at Evergreen Speedway are expected to compete led by Evans.

Other previous winners at the track include, Ron Eaton (9), Gary Lewis (8), Pete Harding (4), John Dillon (2), John Bender and Jeff Jefferson.

THE MAN WITH THE PLAN: When it comes to getting around the tracks at Evergreen Speedway, few do it better than Lewis. In the last 18 events there, he has logged 11 top-10 finishes. Impressed? Now, get a load of this; seven of those 11 have been victories. Lewis, from Bothell, Wash., is also the defending champion of this event. He beat Harding to the line by over one second on June 26, 2004.

THE NAME GAME: There are three drivers with the first name of Jeff in the top ten in points, Jefferson, Barkshire and Jeff Bailey.

The NFL's Miami Dolphins had their "Killer B's" defense in the mid-1980's. Now, the Northwest Series has its own version with six series regulars having a last name starting with a B: Bailey, Barkshire, Bender, Joe Benedetti, Travis Bennett and Wilbur Bruce.

SUNOCO ROOKIE UPDATE: It's a large rookie class this season for the Northwest Series. Nine drivers have enrolled in the Sunoco Rookie-of-the-Year program. This season, each driver's best nine finishes in the 10-race schedule will be counted to decide the award winner at season's end. Ten points are awarded to the top-finishing rookie in each event with the next highest finisher getting nine and so on. Standings will be kept throughout the season, but the best nine finishes will be selected upon completion of the final event of the year. Seven of the nine have collected points thus far this year. Barkshire is currently setting the pace with 27 points. Jim McVey, who has 26 points, follows him closely. The remainder of the standings is as follows: Mike Longton (19), Erick Hargraves (15), Troy Tramell (15), Marty Sokulski (6) and Dennis Wurtz (6).

FAST FACTS

What: AutoZone 125 presented by Oso Lumber (Race No. 4 of 10 in the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Northwest Series).

Where:  Evergreen Speedway, Monroe, Wash.

When: 8:30 p.m. PDT (approx.), Saturday, July 9, 2005.

Track layout:  .646 mile oval.

Race length: 125 laps/80.75 miles.

Posted awards: $50,290.

2004 winner: Gary Lewis.

2004 polesitter: Jeff Jefferson.

Top 10 in points: 1. Jeff Jefferson 496, 2. Brandon Riehl 492, 3. Garrett Evans 453, 4. Jeff Barkshire 430, 5. Wilbur Bruce 429, 6. Jeff Bailey 423, 6. John Dillon 423, 8. John Bender 416, 8. Gary Lewis 416, 10. Pete Harding 415.

Pre-race schedule (all times local): 10:00 p.m. Registration opens, 2:00-3:45 p.m. Practice, 5:00 p.m. Bud Pole Qualifying, 8:30 p.m. Evergreen 125.

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Drivers Jeff Jefferson , Jeff Bailey , John Bender , Gary Lewis , Jeff Barkshire