NWS: Top rookies at a glance 2003-07-09

NASCAR Rookies at a Glance - A Look at the NASCAR Elite Division, Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series Victory Circle Chassis 2003 Rookie-of-the-Year Standings DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 9, 2003) - The following is a glance at the NASCAR Elite ...

NASCAR Rookies at a Glance - A Look at the NASCAR Elite Division, Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series Victory Circle Chassis 2003 Rookie-of-the-Year Standings

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 9, 2003) - The following is a glance at the NASCAR Elite Division, Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series Rookie class of 2003 heading into the Parts Plus "125" at the Evergreen Speedway Saturday, July 12. This will be race 8 of 14 on the NASCAR Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series schedule. After the race at Wenatchee Valley's Super Oval July 5, Jason Jefferson holds a 15-point lead over Jeff Bailey for the Victory Circle Chassis Rookie-of-the-Year Award. No positions changed among the nine competitors.

No. 1 - Jason Jefferson (No. 97 Northwest Dodge Dealers Dodge), Simonson Racing.
Last week's ranking: 1st. Jefferson was the top finishing rookie at WVSO with a sixth place finish. Jefferson has held the top spot in the Victory Circle Chassis ROTY standings since the opening race and has collected rookie-of-the-race on five occasions this season. Jefferson is third in the overall standings after 7 races.

No. 2 - Jeff Bailey (No. 27 Frank & Son Auto Body Chevrolet), Bailey Racing.
Last week's ranking: 2nd. Bailey finished 19th at WVSO and lost five points to Jefferson. Bailey sits 10th in the overall standings. Bailey has started all seven races thus far this season and has a career best finish of third at Tri-City Raceway.

No. 3 - Rod Schultz Sr. (No. 01 RES Investments Chevrolet), RES Racing.
Last week's ranking: 3rd. Schultz Sr. finished 16th at WVSO last weekend. Schultz Sr. has three top ten finishes this season and maintains the 11th position in the overall point standings.

No. 4 - Brain Saling (No. 23 Pantrol Ford), Fast Fever Racing.
Last week's ranking: 4th. Sailing failed to qualify at Wenatchee Valley's Super Oval last weekend but improved to 17th in the overall standings. Sailing has six starts and one top 10 finish this season.

No. 5 - Ken Smith (No. 92 Big O Tires Chevrolet), Smith Racing.
Last week's ranking: 5th. Smith did not compete in the event at Wenatchee for the second consecutive race, but maintains the fifth spot in the Victory Circle Chassis Rookie-of-the-Year standings. Smith is scheduled to compete at Evergreen Speedway where he finished 20th in the season opening event and 12th in May.

No. 6 - Brandon Riehl (No. 68 Darrel's Economy Mufflers Chevrolet), Riehl Racing.
Last week's ranking: 6th. Riehl finished 18th at WVSO after a fuel pick up problem sidelined the team for several laps at the start of the event last weekend. Riehl has two top 10 finishes in six starts this season, and he has climbed to 16th place in the overall standings.

No. 7 - Rod Schultz Jr. (No. 01 RES Investments Chevrolet), Schultz Racing.
Last week's ranking: 7th. Schultz Jr. scored his first career top ten finish last weekend at WVSO. Schultz Jr. started 21st and finished 10th and also claimed the Powerade Power Move-of-the-Race Award for improving the most positions in the event. Schultz Jr. has also moved into the 19th position in the overall standings.

No. 8 - Robb Touchette (No. 45 Alternative Blasters Chevrolet), Touchette Racing.
Last week's ranking: 8th. Touchette made his third start of the 2003 season and had a 7th place finish at WVSO last weekend. Touchette has one top five and three top ten performances in his three series starts. Touchette is a former weekly competitor at Evergreen Speedway.

No. 9 - Robert Tesch (No. 96 Tesch Family Racing Chevrolet), Tesch Family Racing.
Last week's ranking: 9th. Tesch has started four of seven races contested so far this season with his best finish of 18th at Yakima Speedway back in May. Tesch has nearly 20 years experience of dirt track racing on his resume' and is improving each race as he learns pavement Late Models. Tesch failed to make the show at WVSO and looks to forward to his second start on the 5/8-mile at Evergreen Speedway.

Fast Facts

NASCAR Rookies this week: 1. Jason Jefferson, 64; 2. Jeff Bailey, 49; 3. Rod Schultz Sr., 47; 4. Brian Saling, 36; 5. Ken Smith, 35; 6. Brandon Riehl, 34; 7. Rod Schultz Jr., 33; 8. Robb Touchette, 28; 9. Robert Tesch, 16.

Races at No. 1: Jason Jefferson (7).

Victory Circle Chassis' offers a season ending bonus of $5,000 to the top finishing rookie at season ending banquet in October. Each rookie competitor earns rookie points for each race they start. No rookie points are awarded for races a rookie fails to qualify for. Points are awarded on a declining scale with the top finishing rookie receiving 10 points then 9,8.7 and so on. Each rookie will count their best 12 finishes of the 14 race schedule towards the 2003 Rookie-of-the-Year championship.

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Drivers Jeff Bailey , Jason Jefferson