NASCAR Top 10 At A Glance A Look at the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest Series Top 10 Drivers DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 23, 2004) - The following is a glance at the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest Series Top 10 in the series...
NASCAR Top 10 At A Glance
A Look at the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest Series Top 10 Drivers
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 23, 2004) - The following is a glance at the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest Series Top 10 in the series championship standings heading into the AutoZone "150" at Irwindale Speedway Saturday, May 29. The race in Irwindale, Calif. will be race six of 14 on the NASCAR AutoZone Southwest Series schedule:
No. 1 - Craig Raudman (No. 2 HPS/Victory Circle Chevrolet), Victory Circle Racing. Last week's ranking: 2nd. Raudman takes the top spot in the standings for the first time this season after a second place effort at Stockton 99 Speedway May 8. Raudman also claimed his third Bud Pole of the season to set the all-time series mark at 28. His average finish position of 3.8 has put him back in championship form.
No. 2 - Jim Pettit II (No. 03 California Hot Wood Ford), Jim Pettit Racing. Last week's ranking: 1st. Pettit suffered his first setback of the season after a cut tire dropped the fourth year series competitor off the lead lap and a 15th place finish at Stockton. The finish was Pettit's first finish outside the top ten all season. Pettit returns to Irwindale Speedway next Saturday for the first time since his thrilling second place run in the inaugural NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown last fall.
No. 3 - Eddy McKean (No. 19 Magic Valley Pipe & Steel Pontiac), McKean Racing. Last week's ranking: 3rd. McKean led the first 54 laps at Stockton May 8 before suspension failure sidelined the 2002 Series champion. McKean finished fourth in his last race at Irwindale and looks to make up ground in the championship chase.
No. 4 - Eric Holmes (No. 62 Wild Cherry Pepsi Chevrolet), Beebe Racing. Last week's ranking: 7th. Holmes jumps up three positions in the NASCAR Top ten after claiming the victory at Stockton 99 Speedway May 8. Holmes finished third last season at Irwindale Speedway. Holmes closed the gap on the top three in the point standings to only 110 points behind Raudman.
No. 5 - Dan Holtz (No. 23 Rialto Concrete Products Ford), Thompson Motorsports. Last week's ranking: 4th. Holtz drops one spot in the standings after 14th place finish at Stockton 99 Speedway May 8. Holtz has three top ten finishes so far this season and sits 128 points behind Raudman in the NASCAR Top 10. Holtz has one top five finish in AutoZone Southwest Series competition at Irwindale Speedway.
No. 6 - Burney Lamar (No. 1 Groeniger Chevrolet), Victory Circle Racing. Last week's ranking: 10th. Lamar scored his second top five finish of the season after a third place performance at Stockton 99 Speedway May 8. Lamar, the 2001 series ROTY, is teaming with Raudman at Victory Circle racing in hopes of a one-two championship punch.
No. 7 - Ben Walker (No. 16 Camacho's Cantina Chevrolet), CBA Motorsports. Last week's ranking: 6th. Walker drops one position in the NASCAR Top 10 after a tenth place finish at Stockton May 8. Walker is quietly giving team owner Clarence Broussard the best performance the team has seen in four years. Walker has three top ten finishes in the first five races and returns to Irwindale Speedway where he has several victories in Late Model competition over the past few years.
No. 8- Bob Lyon (No. 44 Alliance Rentals Chevrolet), Lyon Racing. Last week's ranking: 9th. Lyon continues to use his vast experience on The AutoZone Southwest Series and scored his second top five finish of the season to move up one spot in the NASCAR Top 10. Lyon has started more AutoZone Southwest series races (257) than any other competitor and returns to Irwindale Speedway, a track that his given him difficulty in the past.
No. 9 - Joe Herold (No. 5 Quality Chevrolet Chevrolet), Herold Racing. Last week's ranking: 5th. Herold drops four spots in the NASCAR Top 10 after a 19th place finish at Stockton May 8. Herold is in his fourth full-time year on the AutoZone Southwest Series and has quickly established himself as a veteran competitor. Herold used an off week for the series to compete at Irwindale Speedway where he won the Spec-Truck race last weekend. Herold finished 12th in the last series stop at Irwindale.
No. 10 - Doug McCoun (No. 34 Dick's Valero Chevrolet), McCoun Racing. Last week's ranking: 12th. McCoun rejoins the NASCAR Top 10 after an eighth place finish at Stockton May 8. McCoun a long-time series standout hopes to keep momentum on his side, as each finish will determine the next race. McCoun has one top five finish at Irwindale and finished 20th in the series last visit.
NASCAR Top 10 this week: 1. Craig Raudman, 811; 2. Jim Pettit II, 779; 3. Eddy McKean, 719; 4. Eric Holmes, 701; 5. Dan Holtz, 683; 6. Burney Lamar, 661; 7. Ben Walker, 659; 8. Bob Lyon, 656; 9. Joe Herold, 633; 10. Doug McCoun, 631.
Races at No. 1: Jim Pettit II (3), Eddy McKean (1), Craig Raudman (1).
New arrivals in the NASCAR Top 10 this week: Doug McCoun (10th)
Most weeks in the NASCAR Top 10: Five drivers tied at five races
Biggest mover among the Top 10: Burney Lamar (10th to 6th)
Dropped out of the NASCAR Top 10 this week: David Gilliland (8th to 12th ).